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We have a full bill for our amazing benefit on April 7 that includes hot dyke rockstar action with Jackie Strano (formerly of the Hail Marys), the terrific Tom Orr singing dirty versions of your favorite showtunes, dance/performance by Twincest and RAWdance, Raina Bird's spoken word, and more! The night before you can attend a festive reception at Good Vibes Polk Street for our wonderful and intrepid associate Nora Dye, whom CSC is sponsoring as she bikes across America this summer! And don't miss Midori's first visit to CSC as she takes us on a very personal tour of Pink Japan -- TONIGHT!
AASECT members take note: our Education Director Dr. Charlie Glickman will be doing a CE workshop in association with Stephen Braveman in Monterey about unlearning sexual shame; it happens on April 15. Please let me know if you'd like the full blurb on this event.
More planning for the Masturbate-a-Thon is happening, and we'd be thrilled to include you! Scroll to the very bottom of this email for a note about that. Also, thanks to those of you who dropped us notes about our new membership plan; your questions will be answered soon!
We hope to see you at one of these terrific events. Happy spring!
xox--Carol, Robert, and everyone at CSC
Remember, if it has a star * it has not been listed here previously! (Some GV classes say "new" -- that means they haven't been offered by us and/or GV before.)
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
Pink Japan with Midori -- 4/4 TONIGHT!
Benefit for Wanderlust Bike Tour -- 4/6
*Fabulous Benefit for CSC and Joe's House of Happy Feet -- 4/7
*Hands-On Flogging with Midori -- 4/9
*Hot & Bothered: Playing with Erotic Embarrassment with Midori -- 4/10
Declaring Our Erotic writing workshop series with Jen Cross -- begins 4/11
*Journeyman III Academy -- begins 4/13-15
Save the dates
Non-CSC events and other announcements of interest:
International Ms. Leather Benefit Lap-Dance-a-Thon (plus call for dancers!) -- 4/5 TOMORROW!
*Mondo Porno: ResErection -- 4/6
Sexual Partnering for Lesbians with Felice Newman -- 4/15
Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm -- 4/4 -- PINK JAPAN with MIDORI
Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture at CSC, 290 Division at 10th, Suite 405 * $20
From cuisine, music, fashion, technology to anime, Japan's cultural influences on the West is immense. In many ways the Japanese erotic cultures are also influencing today's Western tastes. Yet the daily realities of Japan's gender relations, sexual habits, sexual consumer culture and gay/lesbian/transgendered world remain hidden to us, creating an aura of mystique. In this funny and insightful talk, join Midori for a double-expatriate's photo tour of Japan's hidden sexual culture today.
Midori is a Kyoto born, Japanese-American author and sex educator based in San Francisco. Raised by trail blazing feminist professors in Japan, she's well versed with the contradiction that is 21st Century Japan. Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology and trained as a sex educator, she possesses a keen insight into culture and sexuality. www.PlanetMidori.com
Friday, April 6, 6-8 pm -- BENEFIT FOR WANDERLUST BIKE TOUR! Our associate Nora and her trusty bike Rhonda will take to the highways next month to pedal across country seeking sex-positive folks as well as people working for reproductive rights. Come send her off and donate to her expenses as she blazes a trail of CSC associates all across the US! 6-8 pm at Good Vibrations, 1620 Polk St btw. Sacramento and Clay.
Here's what Nora says about her trip:
I'll be spending the summer touring the country by bicycle, interviewing, listening to, and connecting people who are doing groundbreaking, interesting work that in some way combines reproductive health care, political advocacy, and sexuality education. I am fortunate to be sponsored by the Center for Sex and Culture and supported by Good Vibrations, two amazing organizations which are supporting my trip. On the road, I hope to gather knowledge and information, forge connections between people who could mutually benefit from knowing each other, and get inspired and excited by the amazing communities, ideas, and projects that are being manifested every day.
I'll be writing about my experiences, taking pictures, posting podcasts of my interviews, and more, depending on how fancy I get technology-wize, and I hope that you'll follow along with me from the comfort of your computer screen. While I can't promise that it will be informative, I can promise that I will endeavor to be entertaining. I just hope you're easily amused.
This trip would not be possible without the support of the amazing people at Good Vibes, at the Center for Sex and Culture, at the ACLU of Northern California, and the people in my life who have provided guidance, support, and advice as this trip has been planned. I invite you to become a part of this network, and by supporting me, supporting the spread of knowledge and information about reproductive health care, sexuality, and politics. There are several ways to support me, all conveniently outlined below for your reference. Connect me with your people - Firstly and most importantly, I'd love to know who YOU know that you think I would like to talk to. (I'd also like to talk to you!) On my website there is more info about who exactly I'm looking for, and why, as well as an invitation that can be sent to folks you know.
Attend my Going Away Party and Fundraiser! Good Vibrations is hosting a happy hour shindig where you can hear more about my trip live and in person, bid on fabulous silent auction items, buy wanderlust t-shirts and other propaganda, and look at a giant map that explains what an absolutely absurd amount of ground I have to cover.
http://wanderlustwithrhonda.com/ (bookmark to keep up with Nora and Rhonda via Nora's blog!)
Saturday, 4/7, 8 pm -- Fabulous Benefit for CSC and Joe's House of Happy Feet
975 Howard btw. 5th and 6th * $15-50
With Jackie Strano from The Hail Marys (and her lovely wife Femmepress Shar, if we're lucky!), Twincest, Tom Orr of Dirty Little Showtunes, Ryan and Wendy from RAWdance, Raina Bird, and more!! This is going to be a GREAT show -- don't miss it! And help CSC and Joe's brand-new performance space (where we will be doing many of our larger cultural events, now that CSC's offices won't hold more than 50 people) catch up after all their move-in expenses!
Would your business like to purchase an ad for the program book? Please let us know!
*Monday, April 9, 8-10 pm -- Hands-On Flogging
Good Vibrations- Berkeley
$25 -- Registration info at http://www.centerforsexandculture.com/pages/CSC-events-at-GV.html
Ahh… the flogger. It’s often what comes to mind when we think of kinky sex, but picking one out and learning to use it can be quite a challenge. If you’d like to learn the skills of using floggers and get some tips on finding one that works for you, come join Fetish Diva Midori for a hands-on evening full of useful tips. You’ll learn how to find the toys that will create the sensations that you want and that will work for your body, as well as how to use them to deliver powerful sensations without fatigue. If you have a flogger, please bring it. Midori will also bring different types to experiment with.
*Tuesday, April 10, 8-10 pm -- Hot & Bothered: Playing with Erotic Embarrassment
Good Vibrations- Polk St.
$25 -- Registration info at http://www.centerforsexandculture.com/pages/CSC-events-at-GV.html
Why do people get off on being embarrassed? How can you link the blush of embarrassment and the blush of arousal? What are the potential psychological ramifications? Lots of people get hot from doing or being made to do things in the bedroom that makes them feel naughty, such as role playing, sexual confessions, exhibitionism, consensual 'forced' cross-dressing, and teasing, but may not be sure how to make it safe and fun. Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play that can heighten your desire and make your sex hot.
Indulge your spring fever -- Erotic writing workshops begin in April!
Tuesdays -- DECLARING OUR EROTIC with Jennifer Cross: April 10-May 29, 2007 (no meeting May 1), to be held at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. Open to folks of all sexualities and all genders! Meets Tuesday evenings -- workshop limited to 8 participants.
Declaring Our Erotic- Reclaiming Our Sexuality: April 11 -May 30 (no meeting May 2). Open to women. Meets Wednesday mornings in San Francisco. -- workshop limited to 8 participants.
In this workshop, you will :
** Get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexual desires,
** Celebrate and struggle with various and complex aspects of your sexual self, and, of course,
** Practice explicit erotic writing!
Visit www.writingourselveswhole.org for more information or to join us!
Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 7:30pm -- CSC co-sponsors Frameline at The Center: Enough Man
San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street @ Octavia -- FREE
Please arrive early as seating is limited!
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker.
Distributed by Frameline Distribution.Co-presented by Center for Sex & Culture, Fresh Meat Productions, Tranny Fest, Trans March and United Genders of the Universe.
Documentary meets explicit sexuality in Luke Woodward's groundbreaking debut video about body image, relationships, sex and sexuality from the perspective of nine female-to-male (FTM) transmen and their partners. Featuring health educators, college students, sex workers, activists and artists, Enough Man navigates the terrain between objectivity and personal identity, allowing viewers into some of the most personal and rarely discussed areas of transgender life. By, for, and about FTMs, Enough Man is at once sexy and political, punchy and poignant.
4/13-15 -- JOURNEYMAN III ACADEMY, CA (Private event by application only, go to http://ca.j3a.org for information) This will be our orientation weekend for the new class, covering topics like etiquette and protocol, graduation requirements, mentoring, and service at instructor receptions.
SAVE THE DATE! More info to come:
5/25 -- PERVERTS PUT OUT!
5/26 -- THE MASTURBATE-A-THON!
Also scheduling: Estate Planning and Money Management for alternative relationships and families; Juliet's Tender Loving Touch; nutrition for sexual health! NEW: Melissa Gira on podcasting and blogging. And GREAT SEX IN DISABILITY, ILLNESS OR AGEING with David Spero, RN
April 5, 2007, 9pm-1pm
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
Contact: Jessi HolmanAhart
As a way to celebrate the return of the International Ms. Leather contest to San Francisco, we are hosting a Lap-Dance-a-Thon. Proceeds to benefit IMsL & IMsBB travel funds , NCSF the LA&M and The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Please help!
If you know an exhibitionist that you want to see dance, please encourage them. Sponsor our dancers before the event. They are being asked to show up with money when they arrive, as well as dancing for tips. Sign a few sponsor sheets and add more nearly naked lovelies to the scenery. Nothing makes a hot thing hotter than a hot place to be, and someone hot watching! Give them your money before you get there. Show up and bring your friends with their pockets full of cash.
You will pay $5 at the door to help defray the costs associated with this event. Guidelines for alcohol consumption are still in negotiation. We are hoping for at least a bar outside of the performance space. Bring ample money for tips. Big bills are great. Have enough of them so that you don’t run out, or desperately NEED to go running around hunting for change.
Bring your luscious body, your hot energy, and tempting dance moves.
In order to participate as a dancer, you will need:
v A pledge form and at least $25 in pledges. Hot prizes to the top fundraisers, including a grand prize package to IMsL 2008. Other prizes to be announced.
v At least one dance outfit, and the more the merrier. We are still working out the details of the venue, so come expecting to wear a minimum of the equivalent of a publicly legal swimsuit. If we are allowed anything less, we’ll let you know.
v CD(s) with music you like to dance to (please mark at least 3 songs). Clearly mark your music before you hand it to the DJ with name, phone #, room # (if applicable), and which songs you hope get played. If sequence is important to you, make it clear for our DJ (she’s a volunteer).
v Optional: Music for up to three dance sets. Each set would be three great songs that go great together, that you intend to dance to, and may remove extra layers of clothing down TO your “swimsuit”. You may use props and as much creativity as you can muster. If you decide to perform, you will sign up for a specific time slot for your set(s), when you arrive on Thursday.
v Please note: In consideration of the venue, we ask that you keep your show and performance may include simulated sex, NOT actual sex.
*Friday, April 6 -- Mondo Porno: ResErection -- on Good Friday! Doors at 8:00, Movie at 8:30, Bands at 10:00, Party till 3:00am
The San Francisco Mondo Porno team - Fudgie Frottage and DragStrip, Editrix Abby and Paradox Media - unleash a psychotic soiree of sacrilege this Good Friday at Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street. Yup, forget everything you held holy and get out your Jesus drag for Mondo Porno ResErection! The evening begins with a screening of Repenetrator, the Burning Angel alt-porn "classic" starring Joanna Angel and featuring a properly un-Christian resurrection plot. In The Temple of the Rock, the live music line-up includes The Tongues, Charm School Dropouts, Lick and MC Meathook. In between each band will be a bit of bawdy burlesque, featuring The Indra and LA's Devastatia Fox and Sparkle Diamond.
And from the stage between performers, Fudgie Frottage and Editrix Abby will be slingin' the FREE PORN while it lasts, plus additional giveaways from Good Vibrations, Adam & Eve, Fantasy Glide and Madame S. Mix, mingle and pick up some salacious swag. Sidle up to the saucy dancers and spend some of your hard earned cash. Meanwhile, in the Dance Den of Iniquity, DJ Damon (1984 / Bondage a-Go-Go ) will spin sacriligeous sex rock and dance romance. Upstairs in Marauding Mary Magdalene's Lap Dance Lounge the Ladies of Chez Badunkadunk will be available for dances as DJ Simone of D.I.E. spins makeout music for the sacred whores.
Editrix Abby Ehmann has been reviewing porn for years and receives about abox a day of DVDs. In November 2002, she threw together the first Mondo Porno in New York City, initially as a way to unload those bags and bags of excess smut. Surprisingly, the kinky combination of raunchy rock & roll, sexy strippers and free porn was a big hit! Thus more Mondo Pornos resulted, including the San Francisco debut in September 2003. Now it's time for the big Return of Mondo Porno. Is San Francisco ready for MORE free smut?
COST: $10 with flier, printout or in costume: Religious, Bunny, Re-Animated, Loin Cloths, Shrouds of Turin, etc. $15 without. http://www.mondopornoparty.com
Sexual Partnering for Lesbians: How to Create & Sustain Vibrant Sexual Relationships
with Felice Newman
Berkeley, CA * April 15, 2007, 1-5 pm.
Felice Newman is on a mission to end “lesbian bed death” in her lifetime. She believes that a dwindling sex life is not inevitable for long-term partners. In fact, as Felice tells her clients, lesbian partners need not settle for anything less than a completely satisfying sex life. In this half-day workshop, Felice will introduce the concepts and practices that will help you create a shared sex life that will deepen in heat and intimacy through the years.
When you have sex, you bring with you the whole package of who you are: your sexual history, your beliefs about sex and gender, your accumulated sexual wisdom, your erotic imagination and yearnings, and your physical structure. As a somatic practitioner and sex educator, Felice addresses the whole “self,” including sensations, desires, tissues, emotions, thoughts, muscles, breath, movement, language, history. This workshop will include basic somatic practices including sensation awareness, self-observation, breathwork, and a (fully clothed) couples’ bodywork exercise.
Space limited–register early!
$170 per couple; $150 if paid registration is received by March 16, 2007.
To register: Send an email to Felice Newman: email@example.com
Felice Newman is author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us (Cleis Press). She is a sex educator and certified Somatic Coach who works with couples and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Visit Felice’s website: www.felicenewman.com
MASTURBATE-A-THON CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
You are invited to volunteer your very life essence, the most valuable thing you have, to the most inane, insane benefit the world has ever seen. Come help a group of people masturbate in public to raise funds for a legally organized non-profit. Watch as they pleasure themselves toward a legal letter to the IRS which tells the IRS that they masturbated to raise money! A wank off which is a complete write off!
See the noodlers wander and peer. Experience base beauty and earthy wonders. Stand and soak in the marvel of a group grope.
No standing and modeling here, hang with the jiggiling flesh of the masses. Leave the pretty parties behind and experience the flesh of the ages.
This year is going to be very busy indeed. We have booked the Porn Palace at 415 Jessie Street, behind the Old Mint. We have on line needs for directors and production crew, administrative and office manager, models, security and traffic control, on line ad sales, tshirt and poster producer, floor monitors/orgasm counters, cleaning fairies, 2257 release staff, clothes checkers, old and young gaffers, best bois and good hearted sex workers and strippers of all catagories.
We need sexually oriented acts and content, sex esthetes, nude performers, exhibitionists, jack off artists, jill off artists, vibrator riders and fucking machine exhibitionists who wish to be seen by a lot of people on line and would love to show the world that they will be willing to:
Come Save the World - Come for a Cause!
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