Good Vibrations Guide to Valentine’s Week

Valentine’s Week Events

Whether you love checking out vintage vibrators, sex positive book fairs, meeting groovy authors at the library, experiencing animal attraction at a museum, enjoying amateur porn in a theater setting, sharing a rare in store experience with one of our celebrated illustrators, or just getting your own big game on we have some amazing events and gatherings lined up for you!

2nd Annual Sex Culture Book Fair

The Second Annual Sex Culture Book Fair 
at Adobe Books
Saturday, February 6th, 4pm – 10pm
3130 24th Street in San Francisco

Join Carol Queen, Madison Young, Jiz Lee, Allison Moon, Bawdy Storytelling, and many other writers and sex culture revolutionaries for panels, readings, demos and more! Jiz Lee, editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star, will be hosting a reading with contributors Lorelie Lee, Jack Hammer, Madison Young, Cinnamon Maxxine and Lyric Seal.


THE Sex & Pleasure Author Talk at SSF Public Library

Author Talk: THE Sex & Pleasure Book 
Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 pm
South San Francisco Public Library
840 West Orange Ave., SSF CA
(650)829-3860

Staff Sexologist Carol Queen will visit the South San Francisco Public Library for its annual Love In The Library Day on Tuesday, February 9 at 6pm. She’ll talk about the new book she wrote with Shar Rednour, THE Sex & Pleasure Book. Visit Website.


Creature Crush Night LIfe Event

Creature Crush NightLife
Thursday, February 11th at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

From animal attraction to human nature, celebrate the science behind the things that make us blush at this special Valentine’s Day edition of NightLife. Snap a photo of your favorite Academy animal (be sure to tag it with #CreatureCrush) and tell us why you love it for a chance to win an exclusive, up-close animal encounter! In African Hall, hear fascinating talks on love and sex with Marcia Baczynski and Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence. Plus, get artsy while making your own liquid-marbled valentines, marvel at beautiful blooms from the Pacific Orchid Exposition, and view antique and modern vibrators with SF institution Good Vibrations. Take an R-rated Tour of the Universe during a special edition of Celestial Attractions at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, followed by two showings of Habitat Earth. Up for a challenge? Try to draw your date while blindfolded with local alternative art community Paint Pens Collective or type out a letter to your secret crush with a vintage typewriter. Learn about the animal kingdom’s weirdest mating and reproduction stories with Academy biologist Kelly Markello and stroll through the Animal Attraction aquarium gallery. Feeling the love yet?

NightLife Basics
What: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (for adults ages 21+) Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and drinks available for purchase
When: Every Thursday night, 6-10 pm
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost: $15 per person ($12 for Academy members)
Tickets available at the door or online


Briefs Erotic Short Film Competition

BRIEFS 2016
Erotic Short Film Competition
Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm
at The Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave., Oakland CA, 94610
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BRIEFS 2016 is the East Bay Express’ 5th annual Erotic Short Film Competition showcasing works by amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world. The one night screening will explore the limits of erotic filmmaking in a liberating and entertaining format ideal for sex-positive film lovers of every gender and orientation.

Held at the iconic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland on Thursday, Feb. 11th, BRIEFS 2016 features a hosted screening by none other than Tourettes without Regrets founder Jamie Dewolf, and a non-hosted screening shortly after.

Films will be judged by all attendees, along with a handpicked group of special guests. A cash prize of $500 is awarded for the Judges Choice and $1000 for the Audience Favorite. Winning film teams will also walk away with bundles of sizzling goodies from local retailers. Previous judges include: iconic queer pornstar, Jiz Lee; East Bay Express Film Critic, Kelly Vance; social worker/performer, and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, Honey Mahogony; national cannabis leader, and owner of Harborside Health Center, Steve DeAngelo; author of the Tales of the Pack series, Allison Moon; cultural worker of the urban landscape, social entrepreneur, and co-owner of Impact HUB Oakland, Ashara Ekundayo; artist, performer, fashionista, and graphic designer for The Watergarden, Kenshi Westover; and, artist, cartoonist, and tattoo artist, Mark Bode.

Good Vibrations Executive Vice President Jackie Strano (Jackie Rednour-Bruckman) will be one of the judges.

An after party & awards ceremony will be held after the event at the newly reopened Uptown Nightclub in Oakland. Attendees can most certainly expect controversial burlesque, wild interactive audience games, and jaw dropping dance performances creating an all-around crazy, fun event not intended for the light of heart!


Oh Joy Sex Toy Book Party at Good Vibrations Polk Store

Oh Joy Sex Toy! Bookparty
Friday, February 12th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Good Vibrations Polk Street Store
1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400

Oh Joy! Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan will be signing copies of the newest Oh Joy Sex Toy book! Come meet the duo responsible for the popular weekly web comic of the same name, which celebrates the wonderful world of sex. From sex toy reviews to sex education to interviewing sex industry professionals, they leave no stone unturned, no vibrator left unused, and no nipple left unpinched when it comes to the subject of sex positivity and terrible puns. Oh, the puns. They are pretty bad. Spend $10 on a toy in the store and get an exclusive, limited edition print from Erika for free!

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations is the premiere sex-positive, women-principled adult toy retailer in the US. An iconic brand and one of the world's first sex toy shops to focus specifically on women's pleasure and sexual education, Good Vibrations was founded by Joani Blank in 1977 to provide women with a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental place to shop for erotic toys. Good Vibrations has always included all people across the gender spectrum, and is a place where customers can come for education, high quality products, and information promoting sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. Customers can shop Good Vibrations' expertly curated product selection across any of its nine retail locations or on the GoodVibes.com website, where they can also find a wealth of information pertaining to sexual pleasure, exploration and education.

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