Strutting his stuff as the leather parade marshall in last year's Pride festivities, Steve Ward no doubt had many thoughts relating to the thriving kink community that cavorted about him. But one of those was surely that people need a guide to this crazy wonderland. After all, many of us crave a good spanking at the hand of an experienced master -- or vice versa -- but often that urge has trouble translating readily into one's role in the sex community.
Luckily, now we have a guide. Ward is organizing a class on Tues/11 entitled “The Crooked Path: Carving out your niche in the BDSM Communities,”  a one-time course that will explore the difference in roles in the BDSM community from dungeon volunteers to leaders of events, and to those that adopt leather as a lifestyle versus those that do it on the studded side. The sociology of kink? Perhaps – give it a look to learn more about your sensual stylings. And hey, what's the rest of all this? Oh, just another week of sexy SF events.
Beginner's Dungeon Class
Angela and Iain, officers in the Society of Janus and dungeon masters extraordinaires teach this primer on how to rough up and get roughed up sexily and safely. There's an art and etiquette to the SF BDSM scene – and being Emily Post ensures you'll have plenty of friends to play with 'til that whippin' wrist tires and your cheeks glow red.
Thurs/6 7:30-10:30 p.m., $10-20 sliding scale
1277 Mission, SF
For all those fond of house training, this play party is meant only for those kinky menfolk under the age of 40. Think of it – 5,400 square feet of naughty necessity, stocked with the younger half of kinky society! Does it get you hard? Does it polish your leather? Indulge those urges.
Fri/7 8-11 p.m., $25 membership required
1277 Mission, SF
Femina Potens has lost its clunky shoulder pads – the sexy art gallery (arty sex gallery) has shuffled off its bricks and mortar coil and, for the time being, will be holding events here and there about the sex-positive venues of SF. Tonight, they're hosting an art-bondage melting pot in the hour before Mission Control's lady lovin' Pink party. Femina founder Madison Young talks shop about merging ropes and art, and FiveStar does an arty, ropesy number of her own. Art!
Fri/7 9-10 p.m., free, members only
2519 Mission, SF
Perverts Put Out
I have a lot of favorite FOX News clips, truly. Hilarity. But one of my tippy-top most near and dears has got to be its segment  on Perverts Put Out , the sluttiest reading series out there. I believe it had something to do with the organization receiving a government art grant – something along those lines. The fact is, this is SF at its finest. This week, emcee Simon Sheppard welcomes the “talents” of Philip Huang, Greta Christina, and Lady Monster, among others.
Sat/8 7:30 p.m., $10-15 sliding scale
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission, SF
A particular poignant night of banging studs in a bar – don't ask don't tell has finally been stricken off the face of the earth! Surely, this will lead to legions of gays banging down army recruitment office doors – or at least great sales numbers for Raging Stallion's newest release, Assghanistan (current SFBG office joke de rigueur, not actual impending release, sorry). This is Chap's military fetish uniform night, so pack your camo jock.
Sat/8 6 p.m.-2 a.m., free
1225 Folsom, SF
The Crooked Path
A panel discussion of SF leather luminaries, all members eager to share with you the story of their ascent into the leather community's leadership roles. Heading up the charge is Steve Ward, who serves on the national Leather Leadership Conference. Wondering where you fit into the wild rumpus? Here's a great place to hear some educated opinions.
Tues/11 8-10 p.m., $20
1277 Mission, SF