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Jimmyjane's Ethan Imboden On Pleasure Products

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.

mySpoonful: Your New Indie Music Source

Move over, Pitchfork. SF-based mySpoonful recently launched a website and tri-weekly email newsletter that neatly packages new music for indie lovers lacking the time to sort through all the noise. Already boasting a dedicated Bay Area following, the site (which just launched nationally) is poised to become one of the best new music sources on the web this year.

This Week's Hottest Events: Thee Oh Sees, SF Beer Week, and Mortified

Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps, and The Sandwitches
Four great bands and a benefit for The Coalition on Homelessness—sold. Donate a warm coat and win extra karma points. 
When: Wed. 2/9
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St.

Get Surreal at the Exploratorium Tonight

Art meets science at tonight's Exploratorium event. This week's After Dark program gets wild as the museum transforms into a Mad Hatter's tea party. Except, instead of tea, you'll be sipping beer and wine. And, instead of getting lost in Alice's Wonderland, you'll hobnob with the ghosts of painter's past in a café de Paris setting.

7 Not-So-Obvious Valentine's Day Gifts

Skip the cologne, roses and lingerie, and get your sweetie something more creative this V-Day. Here are seven ideas.

Instead of Cologne:
Turn your man into the suave, debonair type you’ve always loved by gifting him with an old-fashioned shaving kit. The straight razor is back in style, but unless he’s a pro, he’ll appreciate this 
compact shaving set with a pure badger brush, stand, and five-blade, nickel-plated razor. $195 at The Art of Shaving, 287 Geary St., 415-677-0871.

This Week's Hottest Events: Thao Nguyen, Interpol, and SF Indiefest

Thao Nguyen x 2
Get a double dose of local folk rock favorite Thao Nguyen. She'll be sharing funny stories about big disappointments for CounterPULSE's Words First solo performance showcase. Then, on Friday, she'll be supporting Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in a performance with Mirah at an Oakland art auction.
When: Wed. 2/2 and Fri. 2/4
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. and Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland

Jess Curtis/Gravity: Dances for Non/Fictional Bodies

After only one performance by Jess Curtis/Gravity, you'll understand that he's a rare breed. Last year's Symmetry Project stripped its performers of cover and pretension, literally, as two naked bodies moved around each other and the room for hours as the audience contemplated the meaning of it all. On a whole other level above exhibitionism, the performance raised important questions about the body in its most vulnerable form, and it was entrancing.

Save KUSF Rally and Board of Supes Meeting Today

The KUSF saga continues. Supporters of the university's beloved community radio station will gather today for a peaceful rally outside City Hall before the Board of Supes meeting. The Board is being called on to review the legality of the sale of 90.3 FM on a local level. Get up to speed on the scandal here.

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Ballet, Science of Cocktails, and Macworld

SF Ballet Opening Night: Giselle
Mad love, betrayal, broken hearts—it doesn't get any more classic than this. A Romantic ballet at its finest, Giselle is a Romeo & Juliet of the dance variety. The story of love and loss opens the 2011 SF Ballet season. Get it on your calendar now.
When: Sat. 1/29 - Sun. 2/13
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.

Weekend Getaway: Mendocino Crab and Wine Days

Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.

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