Sunday, June 1, 2008

Cool events from the Center for Sex and Culture or Kulchah as we say in the southlands

Friday, June 13: Dr. Carol Queen presents A History of Porn, followed by a midnight screening of her clip show BEYOND BOOGIE NIGHTS
Dr. Carol Queen presents "Beyond Boogie Nights" at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. Join us for an in-store pre-party at our Brookline store, and take 15% off everything in the store! Porn in the 1970s -- its "Golden Age" -- depended more on plot and character than most porn today, and many of its directors and stars believed erotic movies would soon be a mainstream genre. It didn't happen quite that way, but many viewers love old porn for its more natural bodies, storylines, and sexual revolution flair! Good Vibrations cultural staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will show some of her faves and talk about the rise of explicit cinema.

In-store Pre-Party

When: Friday, June 13th
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 pm
Where: Good Vibrations Brookline Store
308-A Harvard Street (enter from rear parking lot)
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 264-4400

Midnight showing of "Beyond Boogie Nights"

When: Friday, June 13th
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 pm
Where: Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 264-4400
Cost: $10


Saturday, June 14, 7 pm -- WRITERS WITH DRINKS
Sheerly Avni (
Naomi Hirahara (Snakeskin Shamisen, Los Angeles Noir)

At The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.
Variety is more that just the name of Prince's favorite girl-singer sidekick. It's more than just having sex dressed as Alien Greenspan every once in a while. It's also a Literary Imperative! Which is why Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and "other."

$3-$5 sliding scale, All proceeds benefit the fight to save rent control ( (YAY CHARLIE! WE WON!!) and the Center for Sex and Culture. Charlie Anders MCs and vamps.


Sunday, June 15 10am to 5:30pm -- MAXIMIZING M2M PLEASURE: Enjoying More Slices of Your Sexual Pie.

Explore your sexuality with other men in a safe and nurturing environment. Participate in sexy group exercises, honest sharing, lively facilitation and a few fun surprises, to more fully experience a rich, satisfying and open-hearted sex life. Break through long-held beliefs that keep you locked in unconscious shame. Learn healing techniques to release negative emotions that hold back your sexual freedom. Experiment with options to fulfill more of your sexual desires. Receive and give intentional, arousing touch with respect for your personal boundaries. Build a stronger “sex-esteem.”

Facilitated by: Sexologist, Dr. Jallen Rix, “The GaySexpert.” And by: Life Coach and Massage Healer, Mark Hollenstein

For more details or to register online at: or call 415-720-1075 to receive registration by mail.

When: Sunday, June 15th
Time: 10am to 5:30pm
Where: Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission St.
Cost: $125, Lunch Included.
Portions of the day will be clothing optional.


Sunday, June 15, 1-5 pm -- WALKING TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO PROSTITUTION HISTORY with Greggor Mattson

$20 per person benefits the Center for Sex & Culture -- space is limited, please reserve in advance with Greggor at

We'll start at the Ferry Building and end at Powell St. BART -- 1pm--5pm, inclusive of a 1-hour lunch stop at the San Francisco Brewing Company

Including: the old Barbary Coast: parts of the Embarcadero, Jackson Square, North Beach, Chinatown and Union Square.

Wear sensible shoes and sunscreen/rain poncho, bring your camera, money for beer and/or pub food, and dollar bills for the Lusty Ladies.

The tour will focus on the changes and continuities of San Francisco's prostitution history, one that is unique on the West Coast but common to the other great port cities of the world. We will look at how changes in the urban fabric of the city accompanied changes in the meaning of public and privacy, women in the public sphere, and the morality of commercial sex.

Greggor Mattson has a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied urban sociology, gender and sexuality. His dissertation was on European prostitution politics in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Finland. He has taught classes on prostitution and sexuality at San Francisco State, UC Berkeley and Mills College.


Sunday, June 15th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm -- LIVE THROUGH THIS - On Creativity and Self-Destruction

Women Like Me and CSC present a book signing and reading with Sabrina Chapadjiev and her new book, featuring special guests and book contributors Carol Queen, Silas Howard, Cristy Road, and Stephanie Howell. The diverse array of contributors here — novelists, poets, cartoonists, dancers, photographers, playwrights, burlesque performers — traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists and mark a path for survival. This is a fearless exploration of women’s silent rage, the power that can come from internal struggle, and the possibility of transforming this burning force into fierce and enlightened work. With a special panel about sexuality issues as they relate to creativity and self-destruction.

Where: Good Vibrations Berkeley Store
2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way)
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987


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: Robert Morgan Lawrence, Jeff Jacobsen, Sabrina Chapadjiev, Sherilyn Connelly, Lady Monster, Jane Cassell, Betty Blue, Jen Cross, Gina de Vries, Blake C. Aarens, and M. Christian!

At CSC, 15519 Mission near 11th St. $5-20 sliding scale; nno one turned away for lack of funds.


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


Saturday June 21 5:30 pm -- WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON

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.



With Jen Cross and her band of hot, sexy, challenging writers. More detail next time!

Fucking Daphne Bookparty -- 6/26
Charlie Anders
Justin Chin
Tristan Crane
Stephen Elliott
Guy Gayle
T.R. Moss
Gabe Scelta
Lori Selke
Bucky Sinister
Susan Steinberg


SAVE THE DATE! More detail next time.
Dominatrix Waitrix Video Screening with Eve Minax -- 6/24
Erotic Reading Circle -- 6/25
SF Pride
Special Pride Day Jacks
FYI: From July onward, Tarts and Crafts Night will be the SECOND Wednesday of the month, not the first
Starting in July -- a sex workers' writers group on the first and third Wednesdays of the month
CQ's Birthday at Good Vibes (Valencia St.) -- 7/12
Eve Minax: Parts Is Parts -- 7/13
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


$10 off your purchase of any Octopus tickets. Now thru 6/8! A gift to CSC list members from The Magic Theatre
Terry Furry Art Show
Trans Porn Panel with stars from Trannywood!
Hot Draw! -- 6/6 and 20
The Best of San Francisco in Exile: Past, Present, and Future -- 6/7
Kirk Read Solo Show 6/10-14
Virgie Tovar Breast Fetishist Erotica Reading
*Live Through This Bookparty -- 6/14
Sex and Spirit: A Workshop for Queer Women -- 6/14 and 15
*Mistress Heart classes
Jenny Block Bookparty
SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring) in LA, 7/12-13
Cleo Dubois Intensives
*PSR Religion and Sexuality classes -- call for registration, summer session '08
*Housing Help Needed
*In Memoriam: Rory Root
*Need Kittens?

The Magic Theatre would like to offer CSC list members $10 off your purchase of any Octopus tickets. Now thru 6/8!

Octopus is a love story rendered through a post-modern gay lens. Octopus examines the fallout of one night of lust on four men. This universal story of love, jealousy, and commitment commingles with a mysterious telegram delivery boy and a ravenous monster from the ocean floor. Click here for more information:

Press on Octopus:

"A fiercely imaginative and finely tuned new voice... Smartly observed and blissfully performed... [Octopus'] tentacles tickle the funny bone, awake the mind and tug on the heart.” - SF Chronicle
“Octopus is hard to define – part farce, it stings with truth. Highest praise to a young writer with a unique and many-armed talent.” - SF Theater Blog


Through June 22nd: Art by Terry Furry at the Polk Street Gallery

Good Vibrations is proud to present Terry Furry in our Polk Street Gallery. Join the artist and friends for a special reception of the artist's erotic figure paintings. Terry explains: "My focus at this time is on closely cropped details of the body, depicting a sensuous, erotic nature of man. The Panels in this current exhibition show this close viewpoint of a cropped moment in time where the viewer is an intruder on a private and intimate moment. I love contradiction in my work; the contradiction of a red drawn graphic line producing realism in relation of the modeled form, the contradiction of cloth sometimes feeling more life than that of flesh..."

When: Thursday, May 29th – June 22nd
Where: Good Vibrations Polk Street
1620 Polk Street @ Sacramento
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400


Friday, June 6th: Trans Porn Panel with stars from Trannywood!

Listen to your favorite trans porn stars discuss the making and starring in of trans porn today. Join Dex Hardlove, Ian Sparks, Ian Foxe, Mark Van Helsing, Marlo Davis, and CJ Cockburn as they show clips from some of their films and answer questions about their craft and their experience as trans porn stars in the Bay Area and beyond.

When: Friday, June 6th
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


Friday, June 6th - 7:15pm-10:00pm - Hot Draw!
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 <>


The Best of San Francisco in Exile: Past, Present, and Future
Saturday, June 7th
7pm doors, 7:30 show
Joe's Garage, 975 Howard Street, San Francisco
$10-20 sliding scale, nobody turned away

Started in 2001 by queer arts visionaries Kris Kovick and Sara Moore, San Francisco in Exile has been a cornerstone of San Franciscan queer and outsider culture -- promoting new and emerging queer artists alongside queer arts Most Valuable Players; showcasing and exploring everything from femme and pansy fabulousness to homo hip-hop; and queering everything from virginity to work. Join Meliza Banales, Jen Cross, Gina de Vries, Cindy Emch, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Zuleika Mahmood, and horehound stillpoint as they read fabulous new stuff and tell tales of Ye Olde SFinX days.


*Bi-Licious Queer Art & Performance Event to Celebrate the "B" in LGBT

We invite you to a succulent evening of thought-provoking art and performance, encouraging audience participation through an interactive panel discussion with bisexual artists and activists. Opening reception for the art show, followed by the performance and panel discussion. Featuring an emerging bisexual community of talented visual artists, comedians, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, poets, writers and activists.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

6PM Art Reception / 7PM Performance
The LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco


Hi folks,
I'm thrilled to announce that my first full-length show opens in June during the Queer Arts Festival.
I would love to see you there!
Please get your tickets in advance, because it's a 50 seat theater.


music by Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney
video by Liz Singer
props and design by Doug Hansen and Kirk Read

at the Garage, 975 Howard @ 6th Street
June 10-14, 2008 Tuesday through Saturday, 8pm

Tickets: $12-15, 1-800-838-3006

Writer/performer Kirk Read creates an evening of stories about sex work, hallucinations and the apocalypse. Read learned to perform in a touring Virginia evangelical youth group, with some in his hometown expecting him to become a preacher. Instead, Read became an escort and an avowed fan of magic mushrooms. In short, Read is a different sort of preacher. Read's stories weave in and out of Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney's soundscape, creating an atmosphere of magical trance. Read's humor and acute observation, together with Mooney's trippy, layered music and Liz Singer's shimmering video installation, will take you to church. Expect to hear stories about a 450 pound sex work client, people with dietary restrictions, the Brady Bunch and touring through rural Alabama with genius strippers.

I am making a show program, so if you have a business or skill that you'd like to advertise, please contact me. I'm happy to trade ad space for money (sliding scale) or barter. I'll also need volunteers to pass out flyers and possibly other things, like helping work the door and pre-production errands, etc. Get in touch if you want to help: / 415-722-0828

Please forward this widely and wildly!


Friday, June 13th: Virgie Tovar Breast Fetishist Erotica Reading
Virgie Tovar, author of 'Destination DD: Adventures of A Breast Fetishist' multiplies the fun with threesomes – check out this dynamic reading from her latest crop of breast fetishist stories!

When: Friday, June 13th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Good Vibrations Berkeley Store
2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way)
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987


Bay Area award–winning literary series SIZZLE

"Living Through This" featuring cutting-edge artists explore their use of art to survive madness, abuse, incest, depression, andthe impulse toward self-destruction manifest in eating disorders, cutting, addiction, and contemplation of suicide. Confronting the brutality many women and girls encounter in the world around them, and bravely takes as its subject the often misunderstood violence they at times inflict upon themselves. Hosted by Madison Young Featuring Sabrina Chapadjiev, Daphne Gottlieb, Cristy Road, Inga Muscio, Stephanie Howell, Silas Howard, and Carol Queen. At Femina Potens.


Sex & Spirit: A Workshop for Queer Women with Isa Magdalena
Sat. and Sun., June 14 & 15, 9-5:30 pm
Optional follow-up Evening 6/19
$225 per person, some partial scholarships available
Discount for registering in pairs (not required)
Register: Barbara at, 415-601-4732
Introducing the Flesh & Spirit women's community! Expannd your eperience of sex and spirit in a safe,sacred, playful environment. We'll use practice from Tantra and other traditions to bring sex and spirit together where they belong: in the sanctity of our bodies.

Sex is the Magic!
You shouldn't be trapped in the world of matter,
Even if you are of the world of matter.
You shouldn't be trapped in the world of spirit,
Even if your spirit flies free like a bird.
The visible and invisible realms are there to
celebrate one another.
In sex they love each other,
make love with each other, through each other.
Sex is given to honor spirit and matter and all of their
children with passion and compassion in equal celebration.
Isa Magdalena

Why Consider This Workshop?
You are totally comfortable with your body, your sex life, your kinky/vanilla/poly/monogamous/celibate choices BUT don’t feel like you have much of a connection to Spirit OR
Your spiritual life is great, but you’ve lost touch with your erotic nature OR
Your experience of flesh and spirit is already magical and you want to spend a weekend with other women who are interested in living in the power of this connection.
Touch will be an important vehicle for our learning.
Each woman will determine her own pace, according to her own erotic truth.

Isa Magdalena, first leader of Body Electric women’s workshops and author of the breakthrough book Libido, Where Sex, Science and Spirit Meet, has been a sex-worker-coach-pioneer-teacher since the early 90s. Isa is a lifelong student of the sexual and the mystical. Her workshops weave together the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
About Flesh & Spirit Women's Community
We are very excited about this workshop which launches the Flesh and Spirit Women’s Community. It is our intention to create community which supports women in the celebrating all of who we are and especially in the integration of Spirit and the Erotic. Envision with us formal and informal ways of creating community: workshops(including the Peaceful Warrier, Lover, Elder, Sacred Prostitute), potlucks, Reiki, rituals, and other activities yet to be created.


*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 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:

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
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 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:

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