Love + Sex
You pass them every day. Local history is built on them. In honor of our licentious past, and in a sincere effort to separate the women from the girls, one writer gets $500 from 7x7—and permission from his wife—to embark on a highly subjective tour of local strip clubs.
I’ll level with you: I’m not much of a strip club guy. I went to one for my bachelor party, but I’m hardly a regular. That said, I dig the idea of tawdry San Francisco, blinking lights, hired flesh, and slick-talking doormen. Luckily, there’s no shortage of grit on any after-dark walk down Broadway. The strip just east of Columbus is also the last vestige of our Barbary Coast past.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, 1031 Kearny St., 415-434-1301
Cover Charge: Your best deal is a $5 cover during the day. After 7 p.m., the price jumps to $10 on Sunday and Monday, $15 Tuesday through Saturday. On weekends, the price jumps to $20 after 2 a.m.
Ambiance: A fresh-faced crowd and basic setup: tables, bar, low light, loud pop music.
What You Get: It’s $20 for a short lap dance in full view of the club, $100 for three songs in the VIP dance lounge, and in the champagne room it’s $250 for 30 minutes.
The city’s new wave of feminism wholeheartedly embraces sex—and the disparities between the men and women having it. Meet four experts who are changing the rules of the playing field.
Nicole Daedone, OneTaste Founder (above)
Ethan Imboden may be the man behind Jimmyjane—the local pleasure product company known for bringing high design to vibrators—but don’t mistake him for a sex fiend. He has degrees in engineering and design from Johns Hopkins and Pratt. He spent 10 years developing products for such big wigs as Nike, Motorola, and Ford. And he’s totally normal. Imboden’s a-ha moment came when three people separately approached him about designing for the adult novelty market.
Not into long-stemmed roses and prix-fixe dinners for two? Stop trying to “define your relationship” this weekend and head down to Lower Haight to get all kinds of buzzed.
We at 7x7 have celebrated many a power couple, as there's no shortage of them here in the Bay Area. Now, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is doing the same. Inspired by the husband-wife duo who created ubiquitous childhood nostalgia meme Curious George, Margret and H.A. Rey, the museum is highlighting successful, entrepreneurial couples to spark curiosity in love birds around town.
Fellas, this Friday night ain't another day at the rodeo: Mark Rhoades is staging "Cupid's Back," his yearly Valentine's Day Party, full of high-end antics for us hopeful romantics, all in the heart of the Castro!
And besides wigs and button-flys, if there's anything else we know how to pull off, it's a theme: so please come dressed in shades of pink or red. Are you single and looking to share your rosy outlook? Your name will go on a red heart pinned to your shirt. Couples get pink hearts. And everyone gets to enjoy the open bar featuring vodka and tequila delights!
If you're a bike lover looking for a special someone, head out to the San Francisco Bike Coalition's annual dating game, Love on Wheels, tonight, February 9, at PUBLIC WORKS. In true "Dating Game" style, each contestant will quiz three unseen potential dates on their velo appreciation and chose one to pedal away with at the end. This year's tunes will be provided by DJ Jamie Jams (of the Knockout's monthly 90s dance party, Debaser) as bike lovers of all makes, sizes, and vintages mix, mingle, and dance. The event is 21 and over, doors at 6, game at 7.
According to Sabrina Chaw, you can eat in a way that uses masculine energy (hasty and goal-centered) or feminine energy (mindful and slow). A quiet, healthful meal ranks high on Chaw’s recommendations at A Feminine Feast, a nutrition practice with a heavy bent on yoga and traditional Chinese medicine. When women come to Chaw to address body image and weight, she coaches them on the pleasures of food and how to eat from their feminine side. That, in turn, nourishes their sexuality and relationships.
In June, Ginger Murray launched a print quarterly, the first issue of which covered such varied topics as vibrators, linguistics, gay porn, history, and car repair. The idea is to provoke intelligent conversations about sexuality, gender, and identity. Murray named her magazine Whore! as a way to embrace the word’s earliest definition: one who desires. It’s also not a bad ploy to get people talking.