Two words to understand why sex at Burning Man requires some amount of pre-playa study: alkaline dust. You do not want the stuff getting in while you do, lemme tell ya. So it is a very, very nice thing that Pink, one of Mission Control's pansexy sex parties, is providing a primer on playa pussy (Fri/20). Subjects covered in the course? How to look for sexy in the barely clothed insta-city, tips for romping through the heat and psychedelia, and the importance of spray bottles when you're getting with that neon fur-clad bunny you met by the ice stand.
Queer, Poly, and Under 30
So, what's that like? Apparently, enough are interested in the successful maneuverings in the world of polyamory by the under-30 set that the Center for Sex and Culture planned a panel on the subject. Your experts? Among others, Jiz Lee, genderqueer porn star; Allison Moon, former mayor of Burning Man's Camp Beaverton's Home for Wayward Girls, and moderator Reid Mihalko, sex-help web guru.
Thurs/19 7-9 p.m., $10 suggested donation
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission, SF
You know us youngsters, always listening to them iPod contraptions. Well now there's a way for the gay men among us to shuffle up the tunes and their partners at the same time. I'm talking about Spunk, the weekly party for 18-29 year old members at Eros, which promises that the evening's soundtrack will be comprised of “music most often heard on ipods, and swapped among friends.” Mmmm racy vagueness...
every Thursday 4 p.m.- 12 a.m., $8
2051 Market, SF
Pre-Pink Playa Sex Playshop
Pay good attention to your teachers – Doctor Friendly and Miss Pringle know what they're talking about when it comes to Black Rock booty. Stay after the course for a little pre-fest warmup: the Pink party is on directly after. Come gussied up in next week's costume to inject an extra hit of playa pizazz.
Fri/20 9-10:15 p.m., $20-30 members only
2519 Mission, SF
The Mystery and Seduction of Electro Play
Lady Ripplee Severin has this to say about her first, electrifying BDSM experience: “I found myself seduced and lured to the sound, sent and feel of this visceral form of BDSM play. The first time that violet wand touched my skin, I knew then I was hooked.” She sure sells the shock, no? Bring your electrical device if you're well-versed in this kind of play – and curious bottoms, come prepared to be turned on.
Sat/21 6-8 p.m.
Email BigPinkHouseSF@gmail.com  for location and price
Keeping It Hot in an LTR
It sounds like a sexy sportscar, no? But Lisa Skye Carle is actually using “LTR” to refer to a “long term relationship” – shhh don't let the secret get out! Sometimes, the fact that you and your sweetie have been together forever can seem like a fact you want to forget in the bedroom. But it just doesn't have to be like that. This course promises to show you lust and laviciousness, even in eyes you know as well as your own.
Tues/24 6-8 p.m., $25-30
1620 Polk, SF
The Eyes Have It/Swap It Out!
So you've got your Folsom Street Fair outfit picked out, but that black eyeliner is hard to apply! And come to think of it, the black platforms you have aren't quite the same black as your bustier and cape... man, something just isn't right. No worries, my leather love, the Citadel's got you covered. Bethie Bee is presenting a two part course on makeup and fashion this week. Makeup is Tues, when basic looks are covered, and on Wednesday a clothing swap is being held to make sure you're fly for the Fair.
Tues/24 8-10 p.m., $20
Weds/25 7:30-9:30 p.m., free if you bring 5 items or more
1277 Mission, SF