Sexy Stuff to Do This Week: Stripper History, Steamy Storytelling, and Sinful Summer Shows!
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Ah, summer in The City! The nudists are out and about in the Haight and the Castro, the parks are full of stripped-down singles peacocking in the sunshine, and all across The Bay proud queers and kinksters are letting their freak flags fly. It’s a sexy time of year, folks – and there’s plenty of freaky-fun stuff to do this week!
Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of June 8th, 2021…..
This Week’s Giveaways
This Week’s Events
7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free (registration required)
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In this discussion of her book, Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power, author Jenny Worley, a former San Francisco Lusty Lady dancer, will give an account of how she led her fellow coworkers to create the first strippers’ union in the world and take control of the operation of their club. This free virtual event is part of SFPL’s Summer Stride programming.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free, 18+
Join the SF Leather and LGBTQ+ Cultural District for this intimate, bi-weekly celebration of local literary talent! Every other Tuesday, join hosts Cal Callahan and Sumiko Saulson for a selection of steamy stories, erotic essays, and provocative poetry, performed by an international community of kinky writers. The two shows scheduled in June (6/8 and 6/22) will be Pride-themed, with a cast of all-queer writers and readers. A recording is posted on the SFLCD website after every show, so you can watch on-demand too (as long as you’re 18+).
6/9 – 6/30, Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:15 pm (also available virtually and on-demand) | de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive | $10
Inspired by works of art in the de Young museum’s galleries, Bouquets to Art is a weeklong display of floral installations, offering new ways of seeing the permanent collection. Visit the installation at the museum in-person, or treat yourself to an in-depth look at every floral design in the galleries with a virtual ticket. The virtual experience also offers behind-the-scenes details, curator picks and museum staff favorites.
7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Suggested donation: $15
Dive into into the cultural evolution of sex in America – and get a peek into its future – with two of the Bay Area’s most renowned sexperts! Join Sex Therapist and CIIS Sex Therapy Certificate Program Lead Zoe Sipe for a lively conversation with cultural sexologist, author, and co-founder of San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture, Carol Queen. Together, they’ll discuss everything from social movements to sexual shame. (The chat will be recorded and posted to YouTube as well, so don’t worry if you miss the live broadcast!)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free
San Mateo County Libraries presents this virtual conversation with author George M. Johnson as part of their Equity Author Series, which highlights authors who write about equity in housing, immigration, education, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Johnson will speak about the experiences that informed the writing of their hugely successful memoir “All Boys Aren’t Blue.”
6/10 – 6/12, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free
City Lights, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and Gray Area are teaming up for this virtual conference exploring how technological bias shapes our everyday realities. The event will feature ten speakers and workshops, examining how everything from algorithms to images can perpetuate the biases of their creators, and how to further the cause of technological inclusivity and diversity. It’s free to attend, but make sure to RSVP!
6:30 pm | San Francisco Ferry Building | Free
Rejoice, Murderinos! Author Bob Calhoun’s new book, The Murders That Made Us is a horrific history of the San Francisco Bay Area, from the vigilante mobs of The City’s early days to the Zodiac Killer and Silicon Valley white collar crime. Pop by the Ferry Building and enjoy an outdoor reading from the book by the author, and grab your own signed copy afterward.
8:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free
The Exploratorium may still be closed until July 1, but its acclaimed After Dark events are continuing online! Join Jason Tester of Queer the Future and a panel of other experts as they imagine how the challenges of our future may disproportionately impact the lives of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
8:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free, 18+
That’s right, San Jose’s weirdest and best variety show is still going strong with an online offering on Twitch every second Friday! This evening’s show will feature performers from around the globe, and promises a virtual smorgasbord of sexy, strange, and singular performance art. The show is free, but be ready to tip the talent!
All Day | Golden Gate Park | Free (smartphone app required)
Take a magical trip into the immersive soundscape of SOUNDWALK, a GPS-enabled work of public art by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet. Access the audio installation via the free smartphone app, and as you wander the park, your location will trigger a live, overlapping mix of musical motifs performed by Kronos, Reid, and other musicians. SOUNDWALK officially opens on 6/12, and will last through June of 2024.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Scottish Rite Center Parking Lot, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland | Free
Who doesn’t love a good craft fair? Oakland’s Girl Gang Craft, a female-forward community for artists and entrepreneurs, is hosting their first live-and-in-person craft fair since the start of the pandemic. Scooch down to the Scottish Rite Center parking lot to browse locally handmade art and goodies, and support small woman-owned businesses.
6:30 pm | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street | $8-15
This tongue-in-cheek documentary directed by Edgar Wright follows the exploits of “your favorite band’s favorite band,” the wildly influential – yet seemingly unheard of – musical duo, known as the Sparks Brothers. A headliner at this year’s SF DocFest, The Sparks Brothers promises to be a charming peek into the lives and legacy of the band.
6/12-7/25, Saturdays and Sundays @ 11:00 am and 3:00 pm | Upper Haight | $45
Follow in the footsteps of historical queer icons Peggy Caserta and George Harris III, aka Hibiscus (both portrayed by actor Tina D’Elia) on this theatrical, performance-driven queer history tour of Haight-Ashbury! Journey from the historic Doolan-Larson Building at Haight and Ashbury Streets to the erotic underground of Buena Vista Park, and take in the untold queer history of the area.
8:00 pm – 2:30 am | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | Free
Unleash your inner demon at Death Guild, the oldest weekly goth/industrial dance night in the country, and the second oldest in the world! This hybrid edition of the beloved goth party (join via livestream if you can’t make it out to the parklet!) will feature sets by DJ Bit, Decay, and Joe Radio.
Mark your calendar for next week
Friday, 6/18 – Tōtum by Ballet 22
Saturday 6/19 – Hubba Hubba Revue’s Juneteenth Celebration