Thursday, June 19, 2008

Center for Sex and Culture Events


Don't forget the "More 5 Minute Erotica" bookparty tonight!

Here's your VERY last call to join us at SF Pride -- I'm an honorary grand Marshall, we'll have an "historical whore" contingent fronted by the fabulous Ms. Sadie Lune, and we need more help to work the gates -- for every person who does a shift we make close to $100 from a Pride Partners grant. If you can help, please contact gened@sexandculture.org -- and thanks!! Gene's the one to contact if you decide you want to have a closer volunteer relationship with us.

New offerings at the Center include a sex workers' writing workshop, starting next month with gina de Vries, and a visit from Marcia Baczynski (of the Cuddle Party gang), doing parties next week, the week after Pride, and a couple of great workshops too. We're still waiting to hear about cost for some of the July workshops but we promise we'll have that info for you next time. Also coming in July -- Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick's new show!

Finally, if you were at the terrific Play Party panel last month, scroll to the very bottom for the contact info and links we promised you. We'll have another of these later in the summer.

Happy Pride Month!
xox--CQ and your Sex & Culture friends


Events with a *star are new to this newsletter. How it works: the first listing is ours: CSC-sponsored events, events held at CSC, and events co-sponsored by or benefiting CSC. They are followed by brief save-the-date listings, then the second half is a list of other people's events and announcements which may be of interest to you. Both lists are boiled down to a table of contents, just below this note.

In this newsletter:


More 5 Minute Erotica Bookparty -- 6/18
Ask the Doctors: Threesomes -- 6/19
Writing Ourselves Whole Reading -- 6/21 POSTPONED
Wrangler -- 6/21
*YogaShare for Men -- 6/22
The SF Jacks -- 6/23
*Dominatrix Waitrix Video Screening with Eve Minax -- 6/24
*Erotic Reading Circle -- 6/25
Fucking Daphne Bookparty -- 6/26
*Queer Cuddle Party -- 6/26
Pride! -- 6/29
SF Jacks Pride Party -- 6/29
*Sex Workers' Writing Workshop -- 7/2 and 16
*Women's Cuddle Party -- 7/2
*Navigating Open Relationships -- 7/9
*Tarts and Crafts Night -- 7/9
*The Art of Partnership -- 7/12
*CQ's Birthday Benefit -- 7/12
*Parts Is Parts with Eve Minax -- 7/13

Save the date! Upcoming from CSC

Other cool events/announcements:
Army of Lovers presents “The New Brotherhood
Hot Draw! -- 6/20
Bisexual Wednesday! June 25th
*Mistress Heart classes
Lovejourney Tantra for Women
Jenny Block Bookparty
SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring) in LA, 7/12-13
Cleo Dubois Intensives

*****

TONIGHT!! Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 pm -- MORE 5 MINUTE EROTICA BOOKPARTY

Carol Queen's newest editing project is a follow-up to her first book of short-short fiction. With a great line-up: Simon Sheppard, Robert Morgan Lawrence, Jeff Jacobsen, Sabrina Chapadjiev, Sherilyn Connelly, Lady Monster, Jane Cassell, Betty Blue, Jen Cross, Gina de Vries, Blake C. Aarens, Franklin Evans, Carol Queen, and M. Christian!

At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th St. $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. CSC can accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, plus personal checks.

*****

Thursday, June 19th: Ask the Doctors: THREESOMES
Join Dr. Carol Queen and Dr. Robert Lawrence as they explain the wonders and challenges of threesomes. Three doesn’t have to be a crowd if you let the good doctors help navigate you through the dynamics of group sensuality.

When: Thursday, June 19th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Good Vibrations Valencia Street Store
603 Valencia Street (at 17th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 522-5460
Free

*****

Saturday June 21 5:30 pm -- WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON
Victoria Theatre -- http://www.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?FID=42&id=1391

Center for Sex and Culture co-presents Wrangler at Frameline32, the 32nd San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

There have been dozens of gay porn stars, but only one Jack Wrangler. Bursting onto the scene in the early ’70s, he wasn’t the typical obscure object of desire but a full-bodied, self-confident stud. Buff, masculine and clearly comfortable in his own skin, Wrangler was more than just a hot guy to fantasize about — he was a role model. With a screen persona that blended virility with a sly eye for fun, Wrangler was the first out actor to show how a gay man could be strong, secure and lustful. In this entertaining oral history of the ground-breaking ’70s, the self-aware (and self-deprecating) Wrangler describes his journey from skinny Beverly Hills brat (his hard-to-please father was a production exec on “Bonanza”) to aspiring actor to a brand name with a product line (Accu-Jac, anyone?). Fans from Chi Chi La Rue to Marc Shaiman to Bruce Vilanch drop by to recall the heady days of gay movie houses and to sing Jack’s praises. Rounding out the package are a wealth of clips of Wra
ngler strutting his stuff in vintage films. Proving that there are second —and third—acts in American life, Wrangler successfully made the jump to straight porn and, in recent years, established himself as a serious director of legit theater. The most surprising turn in Wrangler’s iconoclastic life, however, was meeting and wooing songbird Margaret Whiting. Creative and vital, and as unconcerned as ever with the limits others would place on him, Jack Wrangler is still a role model.

Tickets will go on sale Friday May 23 for Frameline members, and Friday May 30 for the general public.

*****

*Sunday, 6/22, 11 am -- NUDE YOGASHARE FOR MEN

Nude YogaShare for Men, Sunday Mornings at 11:
Open to all men interested in celebrating their bodies in yogic ritual clothing-free in respectful community. Sessions are usually scheduled the LAST Sunday of each month at 11 am ( holiday weekends excluded) at the CSC, 1519 Mission (at 11th street) in San Francisco:
JUN 22, JUL 27, AUG 24, OCT 26
Sessions last approximately 70 minutes, and combine aerobic and core conditioning, as well as yoga poses in the hatha and vinyasa traditions.. cost is $15 per session (NOTAFLOF), and mats are available for rental ($5). RSVPs are WELCOME for entry into class: thom@tgpraxis.net, or at 415.505.8980

*****

*Monday, 6/23, 7:30-8:30 door -- the SF JACKS

For more about this fellowship of men who like to j/o in the company of other like-minded men, visit http://www.sfjacks.com/ Held every second and fourth Monday.

*****

Tuesday, 6/24, 8 pm -- DOMINATRIX WAITRIX VIDEO SCREENING with Eve Minax

Dominatrix Waitrix is a video featurette inspired by frustrations with the service industry and the power imbalance between owners and managers, managers and servers, servers and customers. It is fueled by revenge fantasies from over ten years waiting tables, and the transformations of these fantasies into a reversal of power play for sexual pleasure.

Combining narrative, sci-fi, sadomasochism, and elements of musical theatre conjures an ideal forum for questioning power dynamics in the service industry and among lovers. These relationships stir and release a complex range of emotional responses from frustration to arousal. The musical numbers are the repetitive texts and movements of restaurant servers. The science fiction space station is a video patch bay, connecting satellite surveillance cameras in restaurant bathroom stalls. The narrative asks the ultimate question of, not, “will she be rescued?” or “will they fall in love?” but rather, “who will top whom?”

Dominatrix Waitrix emerges from the sex positive political pleasure politics of queer artist-activist collectives such as ACT UP, transgressive writers such as Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, burlesque social commentators such as Charlie Chaplin, and the campy drag aesthetics of pop culture artifacts such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Three decades after Laura Mulvey challenged the male gaze and called for a new cinematic pleasure in her landmark essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Dominatrix Waitrix stands within a new generation of porn-art films by women and queers, gazing and being gazed at, and entertaining pansexual communities with intelligent, pleasurable, smut.

SYNOPSIS: A chorus of restaurant servers identically dressed and robotically chanting banal lines, ie: “Can I take your order, Sir?” and “Thank you. Have a nice day.” Programmed movements and intricate patterns based on Busby Berkeley film choreography. Dominatrix Waitrix appears: “Now give me my fucking tip.”

The Dispatcher’s Headquarters: The center of a vast surveillance network and restaurant worker rescue service with live video feeds of disgruntled servers. At the switchboard sits The Dispatcher - an alluring and commanding pimp-daddy in furs. Dominatrix Waitrix is bold and cunning and clad in leather. She works for The Dispatcher who created her in his image. They flirt and flatter, banter and bicker.

The Dispatcher sends Dominatrix Waitrix out on missions: to clone herself as Server Clients, to take over their miserable jobs long enough for them to have a break while still receiving tips and paychecks for the hours worked by Dominatrix Waitrix. This is a free service. We never learn The Dispatcher’s motivations. We do, however, learn the motives of Dominatrix Waitrix.

Dominatrix Waitrix exists as a human clone. She is amorphous, multi-gendered, and immortal. The only human quality she owns is an extremely powerful libido. She chooses the bodies of vulnerable servers and preys on their puppet-like customers. Her only concern is to give and receive pleasure and pain.

One bold and buxom waitress wishes to keep Dominatrix Waitrix under her spiked heel. Dominatrix Waitrix fancies the red-headed mortal, but in the end, who will hold the whip and who will wear the handcuffs?

"A STYLISH, QUIRKY MIX OF EROTICA AND RAGE" - FRED CAMPER, CHICAGO READER

"AN AMAZING, UNIQUE, INTERESTING FILM!" - ANNIE SPRINKLE

"SEX-SATURATED!" - NEW CITY

"The gender-bending, BDSM and fetish play (the cast) perform(s), while not of the hardest core around, is sexy and sincere--and any flick where a woman gets pronged with a pepper grinder is a winner in our book (the opening title sequence is funny as hell, too)...it's well worth a look if kinky comedy is your thing.” - PENTHOUSE FORUM

At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th St. $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. CSC can accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, plus personal checks.

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*Wednesday, 6/25, 7:30 pm -- EROTIC READING CIRCLE

Join Carol Queen and Jen Cross and your fierce, fabulous community of erotic writers the fourth Wednesday of every month, as we gather to share our creative erotic endeavors! Bring whatever you're working on, or whatever you'd like to be working on.

Non-judgmental listening guaranteed, all orientations and levels of writing experience welcome.

$5-up sliding scale suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds (donations support the Center for Sex and Culture). At 1519 Mission.

*****

*Thursday, 6/26, 8 pm -- FUCKING DAPHNE Bookparty

Who is Daphne Gottlieb?

There are basic facts that can be agreed upon. She is six feet tall, dreadlocked, a San Francisco fixture, and a riotous spoken-word poet. Other facts are subtle and harder to pin down. Does she like men, women, or is she non-gender-specific when it comes to the bedroom? Is she a drunk, a drug addict, or straight-edge? Is she a top, a bottom, or switch?

Every author in the new anthology Fucking Daphne takes the truth and twists it into something resembling fact. When warped, the specter of Gottlieb becomes as slippery as an eel and solid as a brick. She is the bondage bunny at the Love Parade for Marlo Gayle. For Sarah Katherine Lewis she is a vulnerable feminist attempting to reclaim the harsh reality of a strip club in “Dancing for Daphne”. She is the initiator into “What It’s Like in San Francisco” for Stephen Elliott. Close to the truth yet far from it, Fucking Daphne presents a legion of chalk-outlined Gottliebs waiting to be filled in.

Each story spills over with the magnetic draw of Daphne Gottlieb. The authors write her into existence over and over again—she faces their fears and reveals their weaknesses. In the end, she may have not been their lover, their neighbor, or their betrayer, but she is definitely a force of nature. Fucking Daphne is a tribute to that force and the havoc it wreaks on others lives, whether in reality or between the pages of this book.

Featuring Charlie Anders, Justin Chin, Tristan Crane, Stephen Elliott, Guy Gayle, T.R. Moss, Gabe Scelta, Lori Selke, Bucky Sinister, and Susan Steinberg. Hosted by Daphne Gottleib, and book sales available thanks to our friends at Modern Times.

At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th St. Donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds.

*****AND!

*Thursday, June 26, 7:00-10:30 -- QUEER CUDDLE PARTY FOR PRIDE!

$35 per person, no one turned away for lack of funds. At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th. -- RSVP at www.cuddleparty.com/calendar

Queer/All-Inclusive Cuddle Parties (www.cuddleparty.com) are an innovative and unique workshop/social-event designed to give participants better tools for communicating boundaries, asking for what you want, and meeting one another in a safe, playful, non-sexual environment. It is...

• A place to connect with fascinating people in a light-hearted, relaxing environment.

• A setting in which you're respected for the whole of who you are.

• A structured, safe space to learn about boundaries, intimacy and affection.

• A laboratory where you can experiment with what makes you feel comfortable, and what makes you feel good.

Learn and practice asking for exactly what you want without being afraid. Develop deeper respect for yourself, your body, and your boundaries. Have fun sharing social, affectionate touch in an open-communication, no-expectation zone!

Join Cuddle Party facilitator Marcia Baczynski as we practice getting our touch and nurturing needs met in the company of cuddly and extraordinary men. Bring comfy clothes or pajamas to change into when you arrive so we can relax. Arrive on time - NO LATE ARRIVALS - and please RSVP. Gay, Straight, Queer, and Trans Folk [i.e., Everyone] welcome!

Cost: $35 - no one turned away for lack of funds. To RSVP and for more info on how a Cuddle Party works, please go to www.cuddleparty.com

*****

*Sunday, June 29 -- SEX WORKER PRIDE! (CSC's SF Pride contingent, co-sponsored by St. James Infirmary)

Calling all current and former sex workers and allies! Would you like to march in the SF Gay Pride Parade (the morning of Sunday June 29 around 9am-3pm)with a bunch of fancy-looking hos? The Center for Sex and Culture and the St. James Infirmary are forming a float and contingent based on SF's historical brothel parades, which ran down Market St from 1840's-1906. If you work in the industry and would like to take a step into the past for Pride, join us! We will be dressing in vintage-esque lingerie (1840's-1920's style) and sex workers are eligible to ride on our trolley float, while allies and non costumed people are welcome to march with us, carry banners and hand out goodies to the crowd.

We need allies too! If you are a sex worker ally and want to march with our contingent let us know!!!!

For questions, or to get on the update list email Sadie at: sadiewantsawife@gmail.com

*****

AND!

*Sunday, June 29, 4 pm -- Special Pride Day SF JACKS

Guys, if that parade just made you want to wank, come over to CSC! For more about this fellowship of men who like to j/o in the company of other like-minded men, visit http://www.sfjacks.com/ -- please check the site for any last-minute info, specific door times, etc.

*****

*Wednesday, July 2, 7 pm -- SEX WORKERS' WRITING WORKSHOP

This is a writing workshop for people who work or have worked in all
areas of the sex industry to share their writing and get honest,
non-judgemental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to
write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex
industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed.
This will hopefully be a place where people can write and share about
their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves,
explain every detail, or endure stupid questions and moral judgements.
Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned
writers.

We will write using a modified version of the Amherst method: A
writing prompt will be given, people will write for 30-45 mins, and
then we will share what we've written and get feedback if we want it.

When?: The first and third Wednesday of every month, starting July 2nd, 7pm-9pm.
Where?: The Center for Sex & Culture, 1519 Mission Street, San Francisco
How much?: Sliding scale $10-20 (more if you can, less if you can't,
*nobody* turned away)

Who's teaching this, anyway?: Gina de Vries is a queer femme writer,
rabble-rouser, activist, sex worker, proud pervert, and Paisan. She
co-edited (with Diane Anderson-Minshall) the queer youth anthology
[Becoming]: young ideas on gender, identity, and sexuality, and her
fiction, journalism, memoir, and smut have appeared dozens of places,
including: Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl
Writing, Dirty Girls, More Five Minute Erotica, TransForming
Community, That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting
Assimilation, Bound to Struggle: Where Kink & Radical Politics Meet,
The Revolution Starts at Home, make/shift magazine, and Curve magazine
(where she was a columnist from 1997-2004). Gina curates shows for
long-running queer performance series San Francisco in Exile, blogs
for national LGBT blog Bilerico.com, and teaches writing workshops
wherever willing pupils will have her. She also serves on the Advisory
Board of the Center for Sex & Culture, and the Board of Youth Trans &
Intersex Education Services. She can be cruised online at
ginadevries.com and queershoulder.livejournal.com.

*****AND!

Wednesday, 7/2, 7:00-10:30 pm -- WOMEN'S CUDDLE PARTY

$35 per person, no one turned away for lack of funds. At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th. -- RSVP at www.cuddleparty.com/calendar

Women Only Cuddle Parties (www.cuddleparty.com) are an innovative and unique workshop/social-event designed to give participants better tools for communicating boundaries, asking for what you want, and meeting one another in a safe, playful, non-sexual environment. It is...

• A place to connect with fascinating people in a light-hearted, relaxing environment.

• A setting in which you're respected for the whole of who you are.

• A structured, safe space to learn about boundaries, intimacy and affection.

• A laboratory where you can experiment with what makes you feel comfortable, and what makes you feel good.

Learn and practice asking for exactly what you want without being afraid. Develop deeper respect for yourself, your body, and your boundaries. Have fun sharing social, affectionate touch in an open-communication, no-expectation zone!

Join Cuddle Party facilitator Marcia Baczynski as we practice getting our touch and nurturing needs met in the company of cuddly and extraordinary men. Bring comfy clothes or pajamas to change into when you arrive so we can relax. Arrive on time - NO LATE ARRIVALS - and please RSVP. Gay, Straight, Queer, and Trans Women welcome!

Cost: $35 - no one turned away for lack of funds. To RSVP and for more info on how a Cuddle Party works, please go to www.cuddleparty.com

*****

*Wednesday, 7/9, 7 pm -- TARTS AND CRAFTS! Art, Craft and Collage Night at CSC!

Join us at CSC for an evening of making stuff, gossip and quasi-intellectual discussion! All small handicrafts are welcomed; collage, knitting, crocheting, quilting etc. We meet at 7 pm on the first Wednesday evening of the month starting March 5th. Chocolate, luscious yarn and witty repertoire are all encouraged. If you have particular collage or craft materials you wish to work with, please bring them; we don't yet have a big stash for you to play with.

Thanks to Annie Sprinkle for our great new event name! She's the best!

At the Center for Sex & Culture (room 1), 1519 Mission near 11th. $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. FYI: From July onward, Tarts and Crafts Night will be the SECOND Wednesday of the month, not the first.

*****AND!

Wednesday, 7/9, 7-9 pm -- NAVIGATING OPEN RELATIONSHIPS: A Workshop for Couples

So, you and your significant other have decided to explore non-monogamy. Now what? With the dizzying array of options available to people who’ve decided to go “off the map,” how do you and your partner plot a course of your own? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise?

Opening up any relationship takes skill, patience and perseverance. Mistakes will be made. But why make any more than you have to?

Join relationship coach Marcia Baczynski for a two-hour workshop devoted specifically to couples who are charting new territories in their relationships. In this interactive, revealing evening, you will learn:
The most common pitfalls of open relationships and how to avoid them.
How to merge different poly styles so that everyone ends up happy.
Five things that will help you survive any poly exploration.
The secret key to turning jealousy into a blessing.
At the Center for Sex & Culture (room 2), 1519 Mission near 11th.

*****

Saturday, July 12, 1-3 pm -- THE ART OF PARTNERSHIP: Creating Partnership within Relationship

When it comes to relationships, the word “Partner” gets tossed around all the time… We talk about our partners, whether we want a partner, what we want from our partner and so on, but rarely do we take the time to examine what partner actually means within the context of relationships.

In this workshop, we will explode the myths and fantasies around partnership and learn how to dance with and enhance both your individualism and togetherness.

Whether you're in a relationship, or want to be, join relationship coach Marcia Baczynski as we explore the concept of partnership as a distinct relationship style. Discover what it means to be a partner to someone else, learn how to cultivate partnership in your life, and find out what successful partnerships have in common.

At the Center for Sex & Culture (room 2), 1519 Mission near 11th.

*****AND!

*Saturday, July 12, 8 pm -- CAROL QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Join Good Vibrations in celebrating another year in the life of our favorite sex educator/author/activist, Dr. Carol Queen! Enter the peepshow, complete with live performances, toasts, roasts, and more merriment than you can stand. Spin the Wheel of Pleasure, enter to win a variety of awesome prizes, and all proceeds go to the Center for Sex and Culture!

When: Saturday, July 12th
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: Good Vibrations Valencia Street Store
603 Valencia Street (at 17th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 522-5460
Free

*****

*Sunday, July 13, 1-4 pm -- PARTS IS PARTS with Eve Minax

Minax says: I am an equal opportunity artist. I believe all mediums ought to be treated with the same amount of respect and manipulation as others. The fact remains, however, that all matter (genitalia) are respectively part of a larger whole (the body), making them unique to the individual.

In this workshop we will tackle the larger picture of how matter sometimes “dictates” the “approach” creating the form. By playing with various parts, learning how to decorate, celebrate, and ideally masturbate in a variety of ways, we will see how polarizing and segregating parts becomes an exclusionary and potentially isolating practice. Finally, we will ideally find joy in creating “art” with our own or other’s parts and share the pleasure of difference.

In a word, we will have fun with PARTS!

This will be a hands-on workshop in which individual parts will be treated with equanimity and respect. Be prepared to practice on yourself or a partner. I will have loads of ideas, skills, and “objets de plaisir” to share. Please bring yourself and any tips, techniques, and toys you have as well.
Eve Minax (http://www.mistressminax.com) is a Professional and Lifestyle Domina, educator, consultant, performer, trainer, and activist. She first began power play issues on the playground in childhood when she led a group of young girls as superheroes and her subsequent studies in performance, circus, and alternative sexualities combined with international travel and living transformed her natural propensities into serious BDSM explorations around the globe.

Presently based in Chicago, Illinois, Minax has led and continues to lead many different workshops for organizations and conferences. A long time volunteer for the Leather Archives and Museum, (http://www.leatherarchives.org) , Minax coordinates the kinky film festival “CineKink: Chicago” http://www.cinekink.com with the LAM. You may find her several times a year in San Francisco as lead staff instructor at the Cléo Dubois Academy of S/M Arts, (http://www.sm-arts.com).

When not traveling, teaching or training, Minax can be found resting with her loving extended leather family either in Northern California or Chicago.

At CSC, 1519 Mission near 11th St. $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. CSC can accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, plus personal checks.

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SAVE THE DATE! More detail next time.

Michele Serchuk Photo Class -- 7/20
Candye Kane Benefit at El Rio! -- 7/23
Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick performance! -- 7/24-8/2
Perverts Put Out, Dore Alley edition -- 7/26
Next YogaPlay for Men -- 8/4
August '08 -- a visit from Heather Corinna!

*****OTHER EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:*****

Army of Lovers presents “The New Brotherhood
Hot Draw! -- 6/20
Bisexual Wednesday! June 25th
*Mistress Heart classes
Lovejourney Tantra for Women
Jenny Block Bookparty
SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring) in LA, 7/12-13
Cleo Dubois Intensives


*Army of Lovers presents “The New Brotherhood” as part of the Queer Arts Festival

Kirk Read and Zak Symanski host this multimedia evening of performance, film and writing exploring the ways gay men and transmen are sharing public space, redefining what it means to be a man and having sex with each other.

Featuring performances by
Abe Bernard and Dylan Vade screening their legendary film “Trannymals Go to Court”
mohawked former church queen Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor
southern storyteller Logan Knight
a slideshow by tattoo artist Shadow Morten
And Castro For All co-founder John Newsome
new work by Kirk Read and Zak Symanski

LGBT Community Center, Ceremonial Room

June 18, 2008 7:30pm
$8-15 sliding scale, no one turned away

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/34349

*****

Friday, June 20th - 7:15pm-10:00pm - Hot Draw!

Hot Draw! is an erotic leather/fetish drawing group for gay men hosted by Mark I Chester at his studio at 1229 Folsom St. in SF. Open to sketchers of all skill levels. Friendly and non-competitive. Poses include fetish gear, leather, bondage and eroticism. Call 415-621-6294 for info and to make a reservation. Suggested donation.

Every session of Hot Draw! is different. To check out past sessions and galleries from Hot Draw! go to <http://markichester.com/hotdraw>http://markichester.com/hotdraw

*****

*Come celebrate Bisexual Wednesday! June 25th will be the bi-est day of the year. Join us for the following bi-fabulous events:
6 p.m. BiBQ in Dolores Park, by the picnic tables at the playground. All hungry bisexuals and friends are welcome, whether you've got a hot dog, or a bun – or both or neither! Bring some food or drink to share.

9 p.m. Bisexuals on Parade! Full from the BiBQ? Time to walk it off, with a sparkly Bi Pride parade to the Roxie Theatre for the next event….

9:30 p.m. Bi Request at the Roxie Theatre. Watch bisexual porn and other bi films, at this annual SF International LGBT Film Festival show!

11 p.m. Bi Request After-Party, sponsored by the Lexington Club! What's better than watching bisexual porn? Partying with hotties at the bar afterwards, while enjoying bi-tastic drink specials.

For more info on Bisexual Wednesday, visit http://amyandre.com/journal/2008/06/bisexual-wednesday/.

*****

*Wednesday 6/25/08, 9:30 p.m. -- BI REQUEST FILM PROGRAM
Location: Roxie Theatre, on 16th at Valencia, San Francisco
After-party: Lexington Club, on Lexington (between Valencia and Mission) and 19th, San Francisco
Tickets and program info: http://www.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=1537&FID=42

There were tons of great short films to select from this year, all of which are either made by bisexual filmmakers or feature bi characters, or both. Frameline staff and I picked the best of the best, and I can’t wait for you to see what we found.

First of all, there is sizzling hot bisexual porn, in the form of a film titled The Bi Apple. It’s directed by the multi-talented Audacia Ray, who is, among many other things, a writer for the Village Voice and editor of $pread magazine. The gorgeous star of the film (that’s her in the picture in this email) plays a journalist interviewing – and interacting with – a multi-racial cast of bisexual characters who all live in a very sexy and very unusual apartment building in New York. In addition to sexed-up bi housemates, I’ll also be showing films about Frida Kahlo, Ukrainian immigrants, Swiss teenagers, and more. Each one is so beautifully shot, with sharp acting and very moving compositions. I’m really looking forward to seeing you at the theatre and sharing this selection with you.

But, wait, there’s more! The fabulous Lexington Club has offered to sponsor the after-party! And, I’m telling you, after watching bisexual hotties get it on onscreen, you’re going to want to head to the party. They’ll have drink specials, champagne, and more. (Don’t worry: if you’re a non-drinker like me, they also have non-alcoholic stuff.)

So, mark your calendar, and get ready for a tasty evening… Bring your friends, and let’s really fill the theatre. This is the second year of the Bi Request program, and last year we had a packed house. I’d love to have that again this year, to show that bi programming at Frameline is important and appreciated. Frameline is one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the world, and films that get shown here often then get selected for other festivals. The success of a bisexual film here will set the stage for bisexual films getting shown internationally. By supporting this event, you can impact the experiences of bisexual people around the world – by being a part of us getting to see ourselves, our stories, and our lives on the big screen.

*****

Tuesday, 6/24/08
Good Vibrations Presents Beyond the Duality of Hands:Playing Energetically with Hands and Body by Heart©
Two hour Class: Lecture, Demonstration and Attendee Practice Workshop

Beyond the Duality of Hands: Playing Energetically with Hands and Body by Heart©
Two hour Class: Lecture, Demonstration and Attendee Practice Workshop
There is no need for toys. You can play anytime with energetic hands and body. This class will show you sensual face slapping, energetic body punching, body locking, and body walking in a rhythmical way! The focus will be on creating a spiritual flow during play, utilizing rhythm percussion, breathing, creating intention, energy building with your play partner, maintaining mindfulness, and safety.

The first hour consists of a lecture with handouts and demonstrations with a demo-model. In the second hour the attendees will engage in hands-on play with each other. Ms. Heart and her demo-model will assist attendees, answer individual play questions, and give tips.
Wear comfortable clothes, take off your finger rings, and a small blanket. The class is designed for those who are already playing and wish to learn new styles and techniques.

Location: Good Vibrations 1620 Polk Street (@ Sacramento St.) San Francisco, CA 94109
Time: Doors 7:30 Class: 8-10 p.m.
RSVP: Pre-registration "strongly" suggested: (415) 345-0400
Cost: $25 pre-register; $30 drop-in (couples are discounted)
Special services: Sign language (ASL) interpretation available on request. Please contact us at (415) 255-1155 (voice only) or Charlieg@goodvibes.com at least one week before the workshop to make arrangements. Bring your own coffee/water and snacks.

Thursday, June 26 2008, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Society of Janus Presents
Percussive Impact Play: Toys for the Body, Mind and Spirit by Heart©
Two hour Class: Lecture, Demonstration and Attendee Practice Workshop

Dancing toys? Transform your style of playing with toys through beat and dance. The class emphasis is on using impact toys in a percussive, rhythmic and spiritual flow style.

Additionally, it will cover developing an intention prior to play, how to create energetic flow with various toys, energy building with your play partner, maintaining mindfulness, and safety.

The first hour consists of a lecture with handouts, and demonstrations with a demo-model. In the second hour the attendees will engage in hands-on play with each other. Ms. Heart and her demo-model will assist attendees, answer individual play questions, and give tips.

Wear comfortable clothes, bring a few impact toys, (i.e. paddles, straps, slappers, crops, and canes etc), pillow and a small blanket/yoga mat. The class is designed for those who are already playing and wish to learn new impact play styles and techniques. For more information about the presenter: www.msheart-sf.com

When: Thurs June 26, 08
Where: SF Citadel SF Citadel 1277 Mission St. Btwn 9th and 8th Sts., San Francisco , CA 94103 (415) 626–1746 www.sfcitadel.org
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7:00)
Cost: $5– Janus members; $15– non–members (You do not need to be a member to attend).

ADA special services: Sign language (ASL) interpretation might be available by arrangement. Contact the organization directly www.soj.org at least two weeks before the workshop date and ask if they have a volunteer available. Bring your own coffee/water and snacks – Vending machine available.

For More information on the presenter, go to: msheart-sf.com

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*LoveJourney: Tantra for Women goes to....

SUMMER CAMP!

July 11 - 14 ~~ Friday noon thru Monday evening

A Joyous Retreat at LoveJourney's beautiful Temple

Come play in sacred community, meet new women, laugh and dance,
and enjoy ecstatic Tantric connections! Four days of bliss!
© Join our growing community of women for powerful rituals and scrumptious ceremony
© Frolic in the gardens and hot tubs, pleasuring in lazy days together
© Enjoy advanced Tantric practices and exchanges of healing and massage
© Relax and recuperate, enjoying the pleasures of women at play in nature

© Practice erotic arts and connect joyfully with women experienced in Tantra
© Explore deep heart-sharing and sacred, prayerful, erotic touch
© Pleasure in sweet, sensual delights in our delicious PUJA
© Be royally entertained in the world's best TALENT SHOW

For Women Who've Studied Tantra and their loved ones.

Each day we share powerful rituals, creating a community altar, energized by our love and song. Our Saturday offering is the latest evolution of sacred touch practices, and our Puja is delightful and deeply fulfilling. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and meditation nooks as you rest, play, connect. For maximum pleasure, stay here camping or sleeping in the Great Room (no cost).

Come early Friday to begin enjoying paradise with your Tantra sisters, absorbing beauty from these delightful gardens and enjoying the deep connections we've made. You are invited to bring your bodywork table and offer Tantric or therapeutic bodywork to your sisters, or enjoy receiving work that enhances your capacity for pleasure. Stay into Monday to enjoy the sweet nectar of afterglow and the closing ritual Monday evening.

$295 by July 1, $325 after. $475 any pair. Covers all four days and meals.
One day: $125 (any 24 hours). Covers meals if you give us 48 hours notice.
Pre-registration required: $75 deposit by July 1, non-refundable after July 1.
Work exchange, scholarships, and payment plans available.

NOTE:
Last year, we tried pricing each individual section, a strategy that proved costly in time and resources. This year, we reduced the price instead. Either pay for the whole weekend (the wisest course), or pay a one day price and choose times you'll attend, up to 24 hours. For the second option, you must inform us you'll be here at least 48 hours before a meal to have food available to you. No further breakdowns in price will be considered, though you can ask for work exchange, scholarships or payment plans.

Camping and floor sleeping free, Indoor beds $20/night,
Private room: $65/night, $90 for two.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER -- it honors us and supports ease of preparation!

Directions & “What to Bring” will be sent upon receipt of FEE or $75 DEPOSIT
Send check to: Evalena Rose, 7909 Lynch Rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Or, sign up on our website by credit card: www.tantraforwomen.com

Questions? Call 707/ 824-1117 or Email: lucy@tantraforwomen.com.

FRIENDS & LOVED ONES NEW TO TANTRA must attend an introductory session (one Thursday evening, July 10) or private session. This increases safety and comfort for all. Contact Evalena to discuss anyone you want to bring from outside LoveJourney or the larger Tantric community.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday: We'd love your presence for the women-only introductory session from 7-10. Help welcome new women to the community and the event. They gain safety and benefit more from our circle by learning the breath and boundaries.

Friday: Grounds open at noon, come play, rest, recuperate, set up camping, hot tub, schmooze. Bodywork and healings may be exchanged in the afternoon, with dinner at 6, and the official opening circle at 7:30.

Saturday will include fulfilling energetic connections, maha mudra (making love to the universe), some advanced explorations of erotic practices and finding our “yes” to pleasure. We’ll have free hours to enjoy the fabulous grounds and the amazing women who come. Saturday evening is a delicious Puja with room after to stay and snuggle, run energy, play into the night.

Sunday allows time to sleep in, hot tub, commune with nature and each other. We’ll sing, do heart centered ritual, and enjoy heart shares about Tantra and our lives. Enjoy our unsurpassed community barbecue. Bring your props and costumes for our crazy and delightful Talent Show and stay into the evening for frivolity and fun. Great singing, dancing, talent, and raucous skits.

Stay and enjoy this sanctuary through Monday (sweet nectar of afterglow). The closing ritual is 7-9PM. For me, the best part of Summer Camp is the days and evening after the weekend as we reap the benefits of having dropped so deep into the One Heart! Last year, the most common comment was "I wish I'd stayed the whole time." Time to dance, go deeper, enjoy sanctuary.

Weekend Meals will be catered with breakfasts and other meals either BBQ or prepared communally from food provided. As usual to keep costs lower than workshop weekends, we ask that you give a couple hours toward food service and grounds clean up at the end. A sincere request, not a requirement.

--
Evalena Rose, M. A., MetaTherapist, Channel 707/ 824-1118
LoveJourney: The Healing Path of Tantra
Featured on award-winning documentary, "Hearts Cracked Open"
Sample of film: http://www.lovejourneytantra.com

Sacred Sexuality evenings: Introducing Tantra
Women Only: July 10 - Sebastopol,
Men and Women: July 25 - Sebastopol
Evoking Divine Passion: Introducing Tantra & Sacred Arts of Love
Oct 24-26, 2008 - Men and Women
Circle of Radiance: A Puja for Men and Women experienced in Tantra
July 26

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Saturday, July 12th: Jenny Block book party for "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage"

Jenny Block is proud to present her first book, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage,” to be released June 1 by Seal Press. Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner.

Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the reader is ready to embrace an “alternative lifestyle,” Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are simply good people who love their spouses but want variation; capable parents who are not deviant just because they choose to be honest about their desires. Open challenges our notions of what traditional marriage looks like, and presents one woman's journey down an uncertain path that ultimately proves that open marriage is a viable option, and one that's in fact better for some couples than conventional marriage.

When: Saturday, July 12th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Good Vibrations Valencia Street Store
603 Valencia Street (at 17th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 522-5460
Free

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SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring)
WHEN?
July 12-13, Sat 7/12: 10 am-6 pm Sun 7/13: 10 am-5 pm
WHERE?
California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles/Westwood Campus
1145 Gayley Avenue, 3rd floor; corner of Kinross
Los Angeles, CA 90024; in downtown Westwood Village
WHO?
Presenters: Patti Britton, Ph.D. & Robert Dunlap, Ph.D.
COST?
Fee: $425 per person in advance; Limited Seating
BENEFITS?
AASECT-approved for 13 CE credits. 1 Credit course at CGI
WHAT ELSE?
For more info contact Dr. Patti Britton: (310) 575-8889; drpattixox@aol.com

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Erotic Dominance Weekend Intensive for Dominant Women & Women Who Switch
July 19-20, 2008 in San Francisco
Hands on Training! Class limited to 9!
Gain the confidence you need to make your scenes soar!
Teachers: Cleo Dubois and Eve Minax, with the assistance of Selina Raven
www.sm-arts.com/intensives/women.html
www.sm-arts.com/intensives/form-women.html

Erotic Dominance Weekend Intensive, Professionals’ Course
August 15-17, 2008 in San Francisco
Hands on Training! Class limited to 9
The techniques, fetishes and business of Professional Dominance
Teachers: Cleo Dubois , Eve Minax and Selina Raven
http://www.sm-arts.com/intensives/pros.html
http://www.sm-arts.com/intensives/form-pros.html

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*Panelist Links for the site:

Cleo Dubois: www.sm-arts.com
Robert Lawrence & Carol Queen: www.sexandculture.org
Scott Levkoff & Polly Whittaker: www.kinkysalon.com, www.clubkiss.us
www.pinkplayparty.com, www.crushlab.com
Philippe Lewis: www.createtheworldyoudream.com
Jerry Zientara: www.sfjacks.com

If applicable... a DISCUSSION GROUP for the panel…

Homepage: http://groups.google.com/group/groupsexthenandnow

Group Email: groupsexthenandnow@googlegroups.com

Reid’s Email: reid@cuddleparty.com

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