There are times to rejoice that we live in a city as alt-hot as we do, and this is one of them. Around the country, pornography theater might call up images of lonely men in trenchcoats – but in SF, it can mean a community celebration of sex positivity – and yeah, it's going to be hot.
The Indie Erotic Film Festival  starts this weekend and continues to the middle of next week (Sat/17-Thu/22). The sweaty-palmed nights will include screenings of films, from Naked Sword to the works of Shine Louis Houston and the ever-fabulous short film competition, for which festival sponsor Good Vibrations  has solicited snippets from around the world (New Zealand makes porn? Hooray!).
New to skin flicking? Worry not because opening night of IXFF doubles as its own 101 course. Susie Bright, sex activist is putting her erotic film criticism to work for a showing of her American porn retrospective. She'll be speaking about the revolutionaries of pornography – maybe at the end of the festival you'll have learned other names she can add to her list.
Bawdy Storytelling: Candy From Strangers
The City Clinic triage survey includes a question that goes roughly like this: have you ever had sex with someone you weren't able to contact the next day? That's stranger danger, boys and girls – lust that has to be congratulated for its sheer simplicity. This month's Bawdy features live stories told by local luminaries about anonymous encounters. Hey, maybe you'll meet someone in the crowd...
Wed/14 8 p.m., $10
The Blue Macaw
2565 Mission, SF
Kinky Salon's Pussyfest
Faster pussycat, faster – if you're down to strap-on a tail and purr suggestively you're gonna love this edition of the swinger's party. It's all cat costumes this time around – grab a partner and bring your catnip.
Sat/17 10 p.m., $25-30 members only
Indie Erotic Film Festival
Gay, queer, straight as an arrow – you're going to find something on screen you can scream to. Presentations of the films of Spain's Erika Lust, Pink and White Production's feminist queer porn producer Shine Louis Houston, even a night of shorts from around the world (this on Thu/22 at the Castro, preceded by a festival closing party with a mustache photo booth and burlesque prancers).
Various times, prices, locations
“Alchemy: Partner Tantra Yoga”
The town's tantric center Dakini Temple is sending out its director out into the world to share its teachings. Bast is this emissary, and she'll be teaching partners the basic of yogic sexuality. Male ejaculation control will be explored, as well as multi-orgasmic states and amrita – the female orgasmic ejaculation.
Tues/20 6:30-8:30 p.m., $45-50
1620 Polk, SF