Which does SF care more about: sex education or Internet technologies? This weekend's Sex::Tech conference renders the question moot, for the moment. The conference's two days are devoted to exploring the ways kids' sexual health can be improved using the wonders that modern living's servitude to screens can produce.
But look at me getting all BDSM! (Hard to forget my computer domme even for a moment.) This is gonna be an awesome event. And it looks to be a hot topic: presale tickets and youth-accompanied adult passes have already sold out, but you can still register on-site.
Among the various speakers are three young women who have produced short films on the meaning of masculinity for today's youth, online peer educators, university experts who will speak to the utility of web-collected data in health studies, and tech-savvy peeps eager to make the connection between our addiction to the Internet and improved sex ed. So what's the best way to communicate the importance of STD testing? These folks have got an app for that.
“Etiquette, Protocol, and Postures: A Formal Kink Educational Series”
Show your respect for your BDSM relationship by learning the rules of the rope. Special attention is paid to adapting the standard kink protocol to your own personal situation. Slave bethie taps on five years of kink fealty to make your submissive/dominant persona soar.
Thurs/31 8-10 p.m., $20
1277 Mission, SF
“Fist Full of Film: Blood, Gore, and Girls”
The best chance you have this week to watch The Craving, director Val Killmore's lesbian canniball thriller. And don't worry, you won't have to go home all riled up and looking for blood: Femina Potens is sponsoring a play party after this film screening featuring horror movie-themed BDSM performances and so much more. Sign up for a yearlong Femina Potens membership if you'd like to attend the after-party.
Thurs/31 8-10 p.m., $10
Kok Bar opening party
Twinks and punks and leather daddies – jocks, bears, skins oh my! The bar that used to be Chaps has shuffled off its unecessary association with any article of clothing and is going straight to the point. So let's celebrate the opening of a brand new hole in the city, one that will celebrate all the fucks of years past and looks forward to those of the future.
Fri/1 9 p.m., free
1225 Folsom, SF
SF's party for kinky 18 to 30-something year olds gets feral with this month's theme: wild animals. Dress up in your furry finery and avail yourself to the Citadel's dungeon play spaces, take in the animal exhibition show at 10:30 p.m., or hell – bust out your animal instincts and show your stripes in the show yourself.
Fri/1 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $20
1277 Mission, SF
Instead of your usual debauchery and deviance (or hey, in addition to them), here are some things you can learn this weekend: youth perspective on public health issues, how to make an app using new software technologies, how edu-tainment works as a preventative health tool, and what exactly goes on behind the scenes at 16 and Pregnant. Oh yes.
Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel
905 California, SF
“Cultivating the Deep Heart: Deeper Explorations of Tantra”
Tantra teacher Evalena Rose instructs on how to shift your kundalini energies to produce the biggest bang in the bedroom. The class focuses on exercises that will help you activate, open, and get ready for that “full body orgasm.” Explosion!
Sun/3 $20-25 single, $35-45 couple
1620 Polk, SF