It's easy to see how photographer Michael Rosen gets people to take their clothes off. He listens, he's mild-mannered, and he makes great art of the occasion – what more could you want in a voyeur? Rosen has been taking erotic photos since 1977, images of all genders, all sexualities, all the slutty, falling-apart-at-the seams of human sexuality. His new show opens on Fri/4.
This new exhibition, “Contact Sheet,” focuses on the fairer sex. Rosen has assembled comprehensive looks at individual womens' sexuality – the series start with them fully clothed, then progress to strip shots, close-ups of genitals, and erotic images.
“They’re strong, in control, and display what of themselves they choose,” comments Rosen. Lucky ladies to have a shutterbag there to pick up what they're putting down.
“100 Ways to Play: A Catalog of Kink”
Like a smorgasbord of BDSM snacks, this party gives attendees the opportunity to sample many of the ways of play that they might be called upon to perform at a dungeon party. Get the introductory skills you need to at least know what you don't know about electric, fetish, medical, sensation, impact play, and much more.
Thu/3 7:30-10:30 p.m., $15-$25
1277 Mission, SF
Michael Rosen photography exhibit: “Contact Sheet”
36 women, caught and preserved on 35mm film contact sheets – this is Rosen's meditation on feminine sexuality. Seeing as he's been capturing sexy things for over 30 years, his thoughts bear listening to.
Fri/4 6-9 p.m., free
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission, SF
If you can't get laid at 2011's final installment of this cruise-y queer soulfest, you're just not trying. Or you need to work on your outfit. The monthly retro bump-and-grind returns to El Rio for one last time before it gets too cold for vintage swimsuits and white denim booty shorts.
Sat/5 2-9 p.m., $7
3158 Mission, SF
“Intersextions of Fat Positivity & Sex Positivity”
Sex educator Virgie Tovar will bring her fat-friendly knowledge of all things carnal to this workshop on bridging the gap between chubby and sexual positivity. Come to learn more about integrating both into your community.
Sun/6 3-4 p.m., free
1620 Polk, SF
Eagle in Exile
Ever since leather bar legend the Eagle was ousted from SoMa, there's been a severe lack of all-you-can-drink beer events for bears and big boys. Well, except for Eagle in Exile, which brings those boys to the El Rio yard with bottomless Rolling Rocks. Pair with a side of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and performances by the Patsy Cline belt-outs of the Patsychords and Carletta Sue Kay and you have yourself a party.
Sun/6 3-8 p.m., $10
3158 Mission, SF