Things You Should Know: Late July, Early August Edition

As usual, the Bay Area is full of sexy fun things to do all the freaking time and it continuously frustrates me that I am not capable of teleporting in and out of all the great events going on. Here is a small selection of some fantastic events that could use your support!

  • Berkeley Kite Festival!
    July 30th-31st, 2011 from 10am to 5pm at the Berkeley Marina
    So this event doesn”t have much in common with any of the things I generally post about, but whatever: the festival is beautiful, and the Berkeley Marina and Cesar E. Chavez Park is one of my favorite places in The East Bay. So you should go and check it out!

    Officially: The Berkeley Kite Festival takes place once a year at the Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. The festival is free and breathtaking, though parking can be a pain in the ass. If you go, be sure to bring tons of sun screen, a jacket or windbreaker and a camera (the kites are stunning and very, very photogenic). Check out the official site for details about parking and the free shuttle from the North Berkeley BART station.

  • Mattachine Dance Party with John Cameron Mitchell
    July 31st, 3pm to 8pm at el Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco

    John Cameron Mitchell. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Shortbus. John Cameron Mitchell! Wig in a Box! Midnight Radio! The Origin of Love! (I would link videos but Youtube has decided to take away all the play buttons on the videos. I have been a very bad girl, apparently.) The New York Times did a write up of Mattachine when it was in New York and it sounds like tons of dancing fun!

    From the event page:

    Mattachine is a now-legendary NYC dance party brought to you by director/actor JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole), former-Portland performance queen AMBER MARTIN, PJ DEBOY (Shortbus), and PAUL DAWSON (Shortbus). For over three years, it’s been packing the dance floor and overflowing onto the sidewalk at the West Village bar Julius’—the very bar where members of the Mattachine Society, the country’s first gay-rights, pinko-commie organization, demanded a drink in 1964 to fight against the city’s “no service for known homosexuals” law. Before Stonewall, there was the infamous “Sip-In.” Now, 48 years later, those men are honored once a month in Julius’ by scores of fancy-dressed folks careening into each other’s arm to the songs of queer yesteryear and beyond. Like John says, “ALL music is dance music!!”

    Now they’re taking MATTACHINE on the road, promoting ethical homosexual culture everywhere. Tonight is your night to be an early-era, pinko-commie, downtown homo, demand your drink, and careen into someone else’s arms. $5 at the door. Dress: Up and Come: Out!

  • Salacious Magazine Issue #2 Bay Area Launch!
    July 31st, 2011, from 5pm to 7pm at Good Vibes on Valencia St. in San Francisco

    I’ve already written about this a few times, but just in case you’ve forgotten:
Salacious Magazine will be launching in the Bay Area at Good Vibes Valencia St. location. There will be wine and cheese and queer smut, plus eco-rotic sex toys. A good time will be had. Also, by this last day in July I anticipate having a permanent, shell-shocked expression on my face due to the constant socializing that this month has ended up filled with.

    From Salacious Magazine:
    Salacious #2 wine and cheese happy hour launch! Join SALACIOUS Magazine and Good Vibrations as we celebrate “SALACIOUS #2: Voyeurism,” the magazine’s sophomore debut. Expanding on its core values of presenting queer, feminist, anti-racist sex art and literature, SALACIOUS Issue #2 presents work on the theme of Voyeurism. Sweet music, snacks, drinks, and sexy schmoozing amongst sexy local toys! Magazines go for a PARTY-ONLY rate of $15.

  • Sex Protests: Make a Statement
    August 1st, 2011 from 8:30am to 2pm at the Center for Sex & Culture
    Organized as a reaction to an ill-conceived Australian photo competition, Shilo McCabe of the phenomenal Sex Positive Photo Project and Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, the event invites you to make a statement!
    Creatrix Tiara takes it away:

    Creatrix Tiara, the Sex-Positive Photo Project, and the Center for Sex and Culture invite you to MAKE A STATEMENT
    about sex positivity
    about sex or gender identity
    about discrimination and stereotypes
    about sexual violence
    about slut-shaming
    about sexual and sex worker rights

    – or about anything to do with sexuality that you feel strongly about.

    The shoots will be lingerie/fashion magazine style, so BYO sexy clothing (whatever feels sexy and comfortable to you). There will be posterboards and markers, but do bring your own signs if you have them.

    8:30am for a 9am shoot start. Feel free to bring your own camera if you want to shoot yourself too. All genders and sexualities welcome.

  • Sizzle: Awareness
    August 6th, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm at Viracocha, 998 Valencia St.

    From Femina Potens:

    Award winning open mic, spoken word, performance evening featuring Visual Art Work by Maxine Holloway & Madison Young, DJs, Multi-Media performances featuring local performance artists and writers including Maggie Mayhem, Drew Deveaux and Buck Angel PSAs, spoken words by Kitty Stryker, all inspired to educate our queer, kink and sex positive communities on health awareness.

    You can get tickets to the August edition of Sizzle here.

    Also! If you’re looking for fun and sexy things to do, the Center for Sex & Culture has huge variety of programs going on — just check the sidebar of their main page here.

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