On the website for Kink Studios – Kink.com's foray into the world of arthouse porn cinema – one scrolls down a quote from, of all people, that strapping hunk of man meat Roger Ebert. It's about The Last Tango in Paris:
The movie frightened off imitators, and instead of being the first of many X-rated films dealing honestly with sexuality, it became almost the last. Hollywood made a quick U-turn into movies about teenagers, technology, action heroes and special effects. And with the exception of a few isolated films like The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and In the Realm of the Senses (1976), the serious use of graphic sexuality all but disappeared from the screen.
But being the innovators, perverts, and getting-things-done Type A's that they are, the minds behind Kink.com decided to do something about this dearth of sexy, smart art. To wit, they made a film, Indietro, that combines all the flogging and excited screams that you've come to expect from the website's more conventional BDSM flicks, with haunting piano trills and – gasp! – character development. They stocked the film with acting turns by Madison Young, Aurora Snow, and William Van Toland, and is written and directed by Vivian Darkbloom.
Virgie Tovar presents “Burlesque Basics for the Shy and Awkward”
Amazing alert: the fantabulously fat burlesque star Dulce de Lecherous (Miss Tovar if you're nasty) is doing this course on Burly Q gratis for the wonky and discombobulated set. I bet you never thought you'd be able to shimmy in stilettos, or twirl tassels with tact – but this here Virgie is ready to ease all comers – boys, girls, bois, “girls” – into stageside sexiness. Or, at least get you on the right path. We're only talking about an hour-long class here, people.
Thurs/12 6:30-7:30 p.m., free
1620 Polk, SF
First Full of Kink: Indietro
Watch Kink Studios' first foray into art porn, ask all your perverted wonderings of its cast and crew, then enjoy black and white porn and live burlesque performances. Afterwards, you can stay for the play party – if you're a member of Femina Potens. Keep it classy, art freaks.
Thurs/12 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $15
“Saburau: The Warrior's Path of Service”
A educational run-down of positive power exchange practices in the Japanese samauri tradition. Sure, it's not your run-of-the-mill Exiles class (they tend to focus on more explicitly S&M teachings), but that's why this course sounds so cool. Ground your play time in a background of service-oriented community.
Fri/13 8-10 p.m., $4 members/$10 non-members
The Women's Building
3543 18th St., SF
Dungeon monitor training
This training is not about loving control – or maybe it is, but don't walk into it whip in hand. Being a dungeon monitor is a big deal, a crucial role in the pursuit of a healthy S&M scene. This orientation is open to everyone, and features interactive scenes showing problematic dungeon happenings in which you're asked to practice your better judgement to mediate. Not into becoming a monitor, per se? You're still welcome to learn and hone your skills as a member of a smart and safe community.
Sat/14 4:30-7:30 p.m., $5-10 suggested donation
1277 Mission, SF
Naked Girls Reading: Burlesque legends
SF's regularily-occurring lit night is famous for letting it all hang out. Really -- the women on stage are naked as jaybirds. And though once again local luminaries like Lili St. Cyr, Lady Monster, and Cherry Galette will be orating from honored texts, this time around at least part of the show will be occuring offstage. Burlesque legends from Holiday O'Hara to Satan's Angel will be in attendance – and you can sit next to one of the lovelies, if you're down to shell out another five bucks. Deal!
Sun/15 8:30-10 p.m., $15-20
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission, SF