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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pick Up Lines to Accompany New Year's Champagne

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 9:39 AM

We have our party hats (and tiaras) on and have been practicing counting backwards all day. We want this New Year's Eve to be spectacular. We want you to ring in the New Year with style - and nothing says "Hello New Decade!" like someone's tongue in your mouth at midnight. Smooth talk your way into the New Year (and someone's arms) with this list of champagne cocktails and pick up lines.

Before we begin, there is nothing cute about the bubbly if you can't open the bottle. Here's the quick tip on how to open a bottle of champagne, have someone else do it for you (but don't watch them, instead duck and cover). If you insist on doing it yourself, check out this "how to open champagne with a sword" instructional video from The Food Network with Ted Allen. Remember there's a always a "champ" in champagne. Happy New Year everybody!

1. The Classic Cocktail
A sugar cube, some angostura bitters, champagne and cognac.

The Line: "Here's looking at you kid"

The best place to enjoy this decedent cocktail is looking over the city at Top of the Mark. 1 Nob Hill, S.F.

2. The Old Cuban
mint leaves, rum, angostura bitters, simple syrup, champagne.

The Pick-Line: "I speakeasy, and carry a big stick. "

We love Rye, the best neighborhood bar, even if you don't live in the neighborhood. Stop in and see Jen Ackrill, we think she makes one of the best Old Cuban's in the city. Rye 688 Geary Street

  • Photo: Jen Ackrill

3. St. Germain and Champagne

The Line: "There's a saint in this drink, but your eyes are sinfully beautiful."

Sit by the fireplace lounge at the trendy MatrixFillmore. 3138 Fillmore Street, S.F.

4. The Black Velvet- Guinness and Champagne

The Line: "Do you have Irish in you? Want some?"

Truthfully, there were a lot more lines we could think of for this drink, and you should be creative and try them all at The Tipsy Pig later. 2231 Chestnut St, S.F.

  • Photo via Weddingsandcourtships

5. Mimosa - OJ and champagne

The Line: "Orange you the person in my dreams."

If you've never been this is your year to check out the "The Breakfast of Champions" party on New Year's Day at Kelly's Mission Rock. Party starts at 6 AM and rages all day, but breakfast is only served until noon. 817 Terry Francois Boulevard, S.F.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

The "No Sex" Sign Guy: What Happened to Subtlety?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Just feet from a gay pride flag flapping in the breeze, Owen Dias squats on the fire hydrant five days a week like Dorothy landed in Oz. In a city renowned for free love, the first topless club, and a mayor beloved despite his adulterous sex scandal, a man with a "No Unlawful Sex" sign is mostly dismissed as an oddity. But Dias has returned five days a week for 22 years, sitting in his natty suit and top hat through the taunts that he's a repressed gay, through the invitations to hook up, through the on-line claims they've got him into bed.

"No sex!" he calls to harried passerby. "No sloppy seconds!"

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Morning Hangover: Flash Mobs and Insane Clowns

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 1:28 PM

While the rest of the country attended more run of the mill night clubs and house parties, S.F. did what it does best this weekend, taking a walk on the weird side.

Between the Insane Clown Posse and punk legend Diamond Dave's birthday party on Friday to a "Hat Flash Mob" in Union Square and Dead Prez at the Green Festival After-party on Sunday (with a pitstop in DoLo Park on Saturday) there was so much going on it was hard to regain our focus until about our third Bloody Mary this morning.

Well, we've finally sobered up and got it all together, for your reading pleasure.

Revelers at Diamond Dave's, face-paint optional. - HANNA QUEVEDO
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  • Revelers at Diamond Dave's, face-paint optional.
View more pics in "Party @ Diamond Dave's" by Hanna Quevedo.

ICP is still going, um, strong - RICHARD HAICK
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  • ICP is still going, um, strong
Read more in "Friday Night: Insane Clown Posse at the Warfield", by Andrew Vontz.

Girls and their eye-bling, in Dolores Park - ALEXIA TSOTSIS
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  • Girls and their eye-bling, in Dolores Park
Click through for the scene in "Magic Hour @ Dolores Park."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Exotic Erotic Ball Slideshow: Wildest Party on Earth (NSFW)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM


Click through to our (very NSFW) slideshow for lingerie, fetish, and leather.

The 30th Annual Exotic Erotic Ball came back home to the Cow Palace last Saturday.  After last year's disappointing Treasure Island outing replete with bus issues and too few bathroom facilities it was a welcome return, taking in an estimated 9000 party goers. The main stage area offered plenty of seating and much room, allowing attendees to get a close hand look at the main attractions offered and featuring fantastic shows by Super Geek League, Impotent Sea Snakes, and Missing Persons as well an appearance by Tila Tequila. The intermission shows were especially entertaining as Paul Nathan took stage to become the ring leader for some steamy burlesque and other fetish oddities.  Honestly, we didn't know that tongues could do the various things showcased. At the decidedly more intimate Bling Bling stage, hosted by Enrique of Surreal SF, we were treated to hot exclusive acts that sometimes overshadowed the bigger fare of the main stage.  It featured an all star DJ lineup, the Surreal Devil Girls, and a stand out performance by CR Gruve. This little stage that could, actually produced the single most show stopping event of the night in the form of a stellar performance by Coolio.  A stones throw away, the VIP area seemed like a rehash of last year's fare which, while entertaining (sexy Zombie strip tease anyone) seemed ill managed at the entrance.  We caught quite a few people who didn't pay the extra money for VIP access having full reign of the area.  That being said the smaller main stage did make for some pretty cool happenings.  Of note there was the excellent power duo performance by DJ Meikee Magnetic and live drummer Mateo-G.    In the more subdued and tightly packed expo area, the vendors were out in full force offering everything under the fetish sun.  A virtual market of the sexy, kinky and grotesque.  This was the only thing that suffered in the move back from Treasure Island which was much more robust and airy than the cramped area at the Cow Palace.  It seemed that it didn't allow you to take in much of what was being offered and stalls were a little packed due to foot traffic. So what was the sum total? The same as year's past sprinkled with some highlight moments. We were slightly disappointed with not having a "must see" act that would have made everyone converge on the main stage, but there was enough on the fringes to make it worth it.  All in all the Cow Palace is a much better place to hold this event. 
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

SF Strip Club In the News Again

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

If you read Peter Jamison's post in the Snitch yesterday
about the troubles with Heaven Mini Theater or today's related story in the Chron, it's clear the city is actually doing something about one of it's so-called "problem clubs." Finally.

While the Snitch scooped the Chron by about fourteen hours, the latter's rundown does have some additional details about the incident last April, when, according to court documents,: "a Heaven employee shot the Broadway Showgirls Nightclub doormen as retaliation for the witness handing out Showgirls passes in front of other clubs."

The Chron story also has reaction from the club's attorney, claiming Heaven was in full compliance with city regulations, despite the fact that, as reported, "The club... violates the city's planning code on at least three fronts: operating after 2 a.m., operating on a story of a building not authorized for commercial use, and operating an adult entertainment business within 1,000 feet of another such establishment." Apparently, being a sleazy den of sin with a wholly-ironic name isn't a violation in and of itself. Even more ironic: this version of Heaven clearly isn't "a place where nothing ever happens," as the Talking Heads once insisted.

Adding to the salaciousness is the news that an undercover sting revealed that Heaven's strippers allegedly engaged in acts of prostitution--with kickback loot going to the club--although, lets be real, people: if you can't get a blow job at a strip club, you're either broke, fugly, psychotic, or overtly odiferous. I'm actually more shocked at the brazenness of the alleged shooting: what club has its employees shoot employees of another club for passing out flyers in front of the establishment? Now that's gangsta.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

SF Harry Potter Convention: Not As Sad As Expected

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Before an angry mob of Snapes and Dementors attacks my apartment with giant goblets of fire (note to mob:I do NOT live in the Castro so you should probably mosey on down to the Mission or anywhere that is again, NOT THE CASTRO) I should say I really enjoyed myself at Azkatraz, this year's Harry Potter "Symposium" held in downtown SF. My expectations of costumed, lonely nerds with little to no social skills were, while not blown out of the water, diminished somewhat by the infectious and genuine enthusiasm of the participants. Read: kids in Hogwarts uniforms performing line dances.

This year marks the sixth incarnation of the Harry Potter Con. Each year the convention (and name) changes cities in order to allow fans from all over a chance to attend without paying too much in travel costs. The event is volunteer-run and totally internet-communicated. These guys tweet A LOT.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Fetish Ball Brings the Pain

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Is that your typewriter or are you just happy to see me?
  • Is that your typewriter or are you just happy to see me?

All tied up and nowhere to go? Have a closetful of spandex and PVC? Tired of just watching grainy BDSM clips on the Internet? Like playing Dungeons and Dragons - minus the Dragons? Interested in exploring your wild side?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you'll probably feel right at home at Saturday's Marquis Fetish Ball at Supperclub. It's a virtual Disneyland for the corset-and-cuffs/latex-and-leather set, what with a performance by bondage babe and author Midori, a live model casting, beats by DJ Netik, an aerial performance by Evacide , live drawings by Suzanne Forbes, a fetish performance by Satine Phoenix and Athena Fatale, a fashion show by Blacklickorish Latex Design, a "play dungeon," theme rooms, a raffle, and MC the Baroness.

Attendees are advised to come "dressed to thrill" in fetish attire and must be 21 years or older. If that sounds like your ideal Saturday evening out, here's your link for kink.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bondage Sets and Miniskirts on a Tour of Kink's Armory

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Padded Cell Set.
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If you think the old Armory at 14th and Mission -- a giant brick fortress fashioned back in the 1910's as a recreated Moorish castle -- looks imposing from the outside, check out its insides. Once a month, the alternative porn studio that owns the enormous building, opens its doors for free public tours. No, visitors don't get to watch any sex scenes in action. However, they do get to explore the intersection of an authentically antique interior with fabricated dank, dark sets - of real prison cells and BDSM restraint devices, all under the same roof. After all, not only does the Armory, which housed the National Guard until the 1970's, have a military history, it's also the site of weekly shoots for seventeen different fetish websites.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Habits, Heels, and Ear Brassieres Come with a Surprising Spirituality

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Sister Edith at Revival Bingo in April 2005 - NV. SR. VIVA L'AMOUR
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  • Sister Edith at Revival Bingo in April 2005

For Sister Edith Myflesh, the president of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, dressing up in a nun's habit, strapping on a bra-like headpiece, and spending two hours applying white face makeup isn't just about entertaining. It's an honest to God religion.

The Sisters, the infamous San Francisco order of (mostly) men in drag, started on Easter weekend 1979, can now boast nearly 70 members, with other orders popping up around the world - everywhere from America's deep south to Uruguay. Here, the sisters have become well-known figures by hosting an ambitious calendar of events - including bingo nights, holiday galas, and straight-up parties - the proceeds from which go to support sex and gender related charities. The order has been swept up by controversy in the past. It's not hard to imagine how the Catholic church might object to the sisters. Still, these ladies garner a lot of respect, whether they're fighting breast cancer, staging races in high heels, or just holding their heads high as they stroll down the street in full habit.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

SFEC Commissioner Is the Landlord of a "Problem" Club

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 7:00 AM

In yesterday's follow-up  to Tuesday's story in the Chron on proposed new legislation aimed at regulating problem clubs, writer C.W. Nevius drops quite a bombshell: Terrance Alan, a member of the SF Entertainment Commission, is also the landlord of Pink Diamonds, a Tenderloin strip club which has been designated a public nuisance by the City Attorney's office.

Let's consider the irony, shall we? The SFEC wants more power to enforce suspensions on "problem" clubs. If their request is approved, Alan could be put in the uncomfortable position of deciding whether to impose fines, sanctions, or suspensions on his own property, which has had several shootings outside its premises in recent months.

But here's the rub: if the club is such bad news, why hasn't the SFEC already imposed a

30-day suspension--which it has the power to do under current

regulations--against Pink Diamonds?  Which

makes one wonder if the fact that the club's landlord is an an

Entertainment Commissioner the reason why the club (which does not serve alcohol) has remained open,

despite the violence and noise it apparently attracts. Which also makes

one wonder why new laws are needed, if the old ones aren't being

enforced to the fullest? Which also raises the issue of how any club

which appears to be a gunfire magnet can stay open despite being on the

radar of city officials and the SFPD.

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