Friday evening of the Folsom Street Fair saw a throng gathered in a second-story SoMa apartment for an art opening. The space was owned by a one Mark I. Chester, a man who counts as one of the city's many hubs of sex culture. Chester tends towards the art side of rough sex -- regularily hosting drawing sessions where men pose in various states of disarray -- a harness here, a dog mask there, and not much else. But tonight, the crowd was more diverse. It was there to witness the opening of "Fear No Art," the sex and power exhibition that you watch close its doors on Sun/30 this week.
Black-and-white photographs hung densely on Chester's walls, but the opening party was 3D. On"stage" (the front of the living room), a man in a gold lamé thong performed comedic showtunes describing his life as a D-List porn star. Soliciting audience interaction, he neatly displayed his aptitude for deep-throating. Lucky banana.
Any lingering effects of his levity was appreciated for the next act (at least, your hemophobic reporter appreciated them). Next up was Leland of the San Francisco girls of Leather, who announced to the crowd that she'd be etching the exhibition's name onto the back of the helper she'd brought to the front of the cramped room with her.
"Don't be afraid to move in closer, it's actually really quite beautiful," she counseled the audience. A handful of art lovers obliged, pushing in for a closer look at her razor-thin lines that blossomed into strips of blood before their eyes as the woman who the back belonged to squirmed in agony -- particularly when Leland went back over the lines for a more pronounced look.
"Fear No Art" advises you in a similar manner -- not to be afraid to look at sex in all its forms, and to consider what every kind of eroticism says about us as humans. It closes Sun/30, an excellent chance to take in 2D representations of human beauty, lust, and love.
Naked Girls Reading: Neil Gaiman edition
So lit-sexy it's scary, this regular reading event -- hosted by the area's hottest female sex activists in their alltogether -- welcomes to its featured artist slot Rain DeGrey, professional bondage rigger, Kink.com star, and sex educator. She and the regular crew of NGR will be reading from the works of Neil Gaiman, a novelist whose children's book featured a young orphan being raised by a graveyard, if that gives you any idication of the creepiness of his canon of work. C. Theodore Walker will perform a "half play, half ritual" based on the works of Aleister Crowley.
Thu/27 8-10:30 p.m., $15
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission, SF
Steam's one-year anniversary party
Powerhouse kicks off Halloween weekend with the 12-monther of its bathhouse revival shindig, Steam. It'll be garaunteeing that the ghouls drop their sheets with a wet towel contest (winner gets $100, which will buy a zombie Amy Winehouse-sized load of vodka-Red-Bulls. Go-gos, power showers, hot boys -- oh, boo.
Fri/28 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., $5
1347 Folsom, SF
XXX Haunted Fun House
Halloween at Mission Control is like Christmas Day in Santa's Workshop -- all the work from around the year pretty much leads up to this one big spectacular. Do these swingers have mad flair game? Obviously. Pack more than a sheet with holes in it when you go to this two-night extravaganza featuring performances to fuck to from DJs Jocelyn and Cyril Noir, seances, zombie strippers, and virgin sacrifices (yeah right).
Fri/28 10 p.m.-late, $25-$35 free membership required
"Building Our Own White Picket Fences"
In a sex events column gone by we talked about Femina Potens' plans for an art exhibit that re-envisioned what family and home meant in the alt sex-LGBT community. It's opening on Fri/28, a multi-media presentation featuring artists Midori, Monica Canilao, Harrison Bartlett, Mev Luna, Amelia Reiff Hill, and Madison Young. Go to reflect on your own notion of what the future holds, and be inspired by the imaginings of others.
Fri/28 7:30 p.m., free
Michele O'Connor gallery
2111 Mission, SF
"Fear No Art" closing party
"Things I Have Fucked Someone With: An Incomplete Collection" is photographic round-up of just those things by Patti Beadles. It looks like one of those kitchen posters that show you all the different kinds of chili peppers, and at this sex art exhibition she also displays a similarly-configured of things she has not fucked anyone with (shape seems to be the defining factor between the two). Pair this with Jim Duvall's BDSM romance novel cover of a woman being used as a harp by a lover, Shilo McCabe's pussy-baring fetish art, and others and you have yourself a panoramic view of human sexuality at local sex luminary Mark I. Chester's SoMa apartment.
Sun/30 2-5 p.m., donations suggested
1229 Folsom, SF