Ugh. There is nothing sexy about breast cancer (unless you're Annie Sprinkle). But honestly, when life gives you tumors, you give that thing tumescence – or at least, that's adult film performer Hollie Stevens' view.
Stevens was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, but it's hardly held her down. The clown porn enthusiast filmed an intense scene on societysm.com in which her head was shaved – it had to happen anyway for chemo, so why not make it someone's fantasy? This week, you can help young Stevens out in her quest for health. On Fri/29, she's hosting a low-lit lingerie roller disco, complete with an auction featuring Chuck Stevens pornography prints, and Girls and Corpses magazines – the site of Stevens' recent “Playdead bunnies” feature.
“Is Leather Dead? Does it Need to Die?”
Leather leader-author Guy Baldwin, kink educator Race Bannon, lesbian activist Gayle Rubin, and Instigator magazine editor Michael Thorn take a hard look at leather's relevance today. In the age of Internet cruising, can a community still be said to exist? Heady questions being asked mere days before the Up Your Alley street fair.
Weds/27 7-10 p.m., free
1800 Market, SF
A Night for Hollie Stevens
The press release says bring your fat wallet, lingerie, or both. So you've got options. Can't make it? Donate to Stevens here.
Fri/29 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $30
Private SoMa location, SF (buy ticket for details)
Comfort and Joy Active Touch
Burning Man fundraising season is upon us (for those who were lucky enough to score a ticket) and one of the most venerable playa sexy camps is throwing a big, swinging bash set to jams by DJ Bus Station John
Fri/29 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $20 suggested donation
Perverts Put Out! Dore Alley edition
Our sex columnist Gina De Vries is over the moon for this recurring performance series that focuses on the gamut of sex and artistic expression – cop fantasies, “bearlesque,” even cruising the Excelsior has gotten its due on stage over the years. What will go off this year? You'll have to attend to find out – it's also the perfect pre-party for all those that are gonna have to work Up Your Alley tomorrow.
Sat/30 7:30 p.m., $10-15
1349 Mission, SF
Up Your Alley street fair
In the thick of hippie summer fests comes Up Your Alley Fair, an al fresco get-together that unmasks the sexual undertones of other festivals. Why pretend it's all about the music when you know all you're trying to do is get that hottie back to your tent to get laid? Up Your Alley (and Folsom Street Fair, its big brother) makes no pretense – it's all sexy sex all the time, in the DJ areas, in the women-only Venus Playground, and by your favorite pillory.
Sun/31 11a.m.-6 p.m., $7 suggested donation
Folsom between Seventh and 12th St., SF