Brooke Magnanti didn't always appreciate the transformative power of writing about sex. As “the most famous call girl in the world,” she wrote an infamous blog in the UK about her life and times as a prostitute. She got famous – although she kept her true identity concealed – and a hit TV show was made of her life. Her frank sex talk kept everyone intrigued, titillated, and humanized sex workers for an online audience. And then the tabloids found out who she was.
And she was poked, prodded, harassed via email, her parents were interrogated, her ex boyfriend started getting all threaten-y. Her other career as a research scientist was called into question. Sucks. But she's better now, happy she voiced her sexual reality, and as found her relationships deepen on account of it. She's looking to teach you how to seize the power of the pen (and Ipad) for the same means this weekend, in a talk (Sat/17) and writing workshop (Sun/18) at Femina Potens gallery. She's ex-hooker, hear her roar.
Dr. Charles Glickman wants you to squeeze the very most out of your cock collar – what a nice feller! He'll be breaking down the anatomical mysticalism behind base camp, make sure you're being safe, and, of course, talk 'bout fun new tricks to spice things up between you and your ringbearer. You doooo.
Wed/14 6:30-7:30 p.m., free
2504 San Pablo, Berk.
Part expert panel discussion, part hands-on play time, this class is perfect for the new comer to the BDSM scene. Canes, clips, hoods, and needles? You can find it all here. Women only, please.
Fri/16 8-10 p.m., $4 members, $10 non-members
3543 18th St., SF
Great America Takeover
The SF Citadel wants you to arrive early at the castle, unload all your toys there, then head out for a day of thrill-seeking – on the rides at Great America. Say what? No, really. Wear your tourist clothes, and if you get a terrible sunburn all the better. Rosy cheeks knocks $5 off your admission for the Citadel dungeon play party upon the group's return to the city.
Sat/17 meet at SF Citadel 10 a.m. for carpools to amusement park, $54.99 park admission
1277 Mission, SF
Writing Workshop with Belle De Jour
There is a blogger out there even sexier than I. UK digital dime, Belle De Jour (aka, Brooke Magnanti) shares her secrets for getting allll of you all on paper, or digital page, in this writing workshop not to be missed.
Sun/18 3 p.m., $15-20
2199 Market, SF
Fabulous Fellatio/Petting the Kitty
Gotta love that give and take. And should you and your sweetie want a refresher course on all ways to put the puff back into each other's privates (sorry, I don't know where I was going with that one), Good Vibes is supplying you with not one, but two evenings of education with sex educator Megan Andelloux. Go the first night for a crash course on phallus lovin', the second for a crash course of cunnilingus. Study hard, kids.
FF: Mon/19 6-8 p.m., $25-30
PtK: Tues/20 6-8 p.m., $25-30
1620 Polk, SF
Beginning Strip Class
Burlesque beauty Alotta Boutté brings her considerable, ahem, skills to the stripper pole in the dungeon basement of the Big Pink House. Wear clothing that's comfortable -- but not so comfortable you'll mind leaving it on the floor.
Tues/20 7:30-9:30 p.m., $5
Big Pink House (contact for address)