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Indiegogo Campaign for Sex Still Spoken Here!

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 On July 1st, 2014, the Center for Sex and Culture & The Erotic Reading Circle launched a month-long fundraiser to publish our new anthology entitled Sex Still Spoken Here.

The Indiegogo campaign ( http://igg.me/at/sssh-anthology) will take place throughout July with a goal of raising $5,000 dollars. A mighty goal, we know, but this money will go towards printing costs and actually PAYING our 27 writers (amazing right?!). As a volunteer-run project, we really need your help.

How can you get involved?

1. Donate! Every dollar helps! If you have more than that, you can score an e-book for $7 or splurge for $20 gets and receive a gorgeously printed paperback of your very own. The prizes just get better from there.

2. If you can’t donate (or even if you can) Tag us, Share us, Spread the word!

We’ll feature material from our 27 writers, including horehound stillpoint, Seeley Quest, Simone Corday, Sinclair Sexsmith, Jeff Jacobson, Avery Cassell, Dorothy Freed, Scott Bentley, C.J. Schneider, Anáin Bjorquist, Christine Solano, Lilycat, Jack Fritscher, Norman Armstrong, Holly Zwalf and more, plus sexy stuff from the editors: Dr. Carol Queen, Jen Cross, and Amy Butcher. 
Why should you get involved, you may ask?
The Erotic Reading Circle is a group of writers and listeners that has gathered every week since 2006, at San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture, to share stories of desire and longing in a supportive and fun community setting. We believe that there should be more erotic writing in the world, not less, so that readers have access to a wider, more realistic, more human array of erotic expression – thus this new anthology, named in honor of the first Erotic Reading Circle anthology, Sex Spoken Here, published in 1997 by Down There Press. 
This is the first anthology published by the Center (and the second book this year!). We have a lot more we’d like to publish from our fledgling DIY publishing arm but we are a small team of volunteers, and there is only so much we can do. Therefore, it is really up to our (and your) community’s support and help increase the reach of this campaign. We thank you from the bottoms of our writerly hearts and can’t wait ‘til Sex Still Spoken Here is … well … finally here!
With adoration & gratitude,
Dr. Carol Queen, Jen Cross, and Amy Butcher
The Editors of Sex Still Spoken Here 
(coming September 2014)
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Dirty Words: a monthly erotic writing playdate with Jen Cross

Saturday July 26
Open the gates and let your writing voice flow
A half-day erotic writing group open to all
Fourth Saturday of every month 

Ever read through a sexy short story and thought, “I’d like to do that!”? In this monthly writing group, you can try your hand at some explicit erotic writing.

Come together with a fun and supportive group of writers and dive into your own sexy and surprising new writing! This group is designed to leave you more confident with sexual language, erotic expression, and your own writing practice. You’ll receive immediate and concrete feedback about what’s already working (and hot!) in your writing, and will leave with several new pieces of work.

Don’t be surprised if you find, as have previous participants, that you’re more comfortable discussing your own sexual desires after practicing writing about fictional sex! Bring your notebooks or laptops and your most open mind.

Unless otherwise noted, this group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month. Fee for this group is $25-50, sliding scale. Limited to 10 writers!

No previous writing experience necessary! Workshops held in San Francisco at the Center for Sex and Culture (1349 Mission St.); pre-registration is required — please write to jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org with questions or to register.
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Perverts Put Out: Dore Alley Edition

Saturday, July 26, door at 7, show at 8pm

The Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

$10-25 sliding scale, no-one turned away. A benefit for the
Center for Sex and Culture.


It’s that time again! Tomorrow you’ll be sniffing out leather daddies in a nearby alley, but TONIGHT….

featuring a passel of brilliant perverts including Jen Cross,
Princess Cream Pie, Philip Huang, horehound stillpoint,
Naamen Tilahun, Seeley Quest, Greta Christina, and your intrepid hosts
Dr. Carol Queen and Simon Sheppard.

See you there!

(As always, feel free to forward, repost, or otherwise pass
the word.)

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The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Times of Daddy Alan Selby: Open House, A Kinky Chill Room near the Up Your Alley Fair

Sunday July 27, 1-4 pm

free

Exhibit runs: June 6 – July 27

This is the very last opportunity to see this exhibition of art and ephemera that comprises the Alan Selby aka Mr. S collection before it heads to the National Leather Museum in Chicago - permanently! Come hang out with curator Dr. Jordy Tackitt-Jones, CSC staff and other perverts taking a break from the alley filth. (or come get spanked indoors)

The Mayor of Folsom Street! Alan Selby is history. Come take a look. More dominant and kinky than strictly sadistic, he was the “S” in Mr. S. Leather. He was the original San Francisco Leather Daddy, and the unofficial “Mayor of Folsom Street.” He was a tireless activist and fundraiser and an incorrigible flirt who mentored hundreds and fucked thousands. Those he knew became better, stronger, more knowledgeable and more powerful for having known him. Selby was an Englishman who proudly became an American. He was a gentleman and a Leatherman. He lived his life with good humor, courage, compassion, generosity and grace. He adopted the City of San Francisco, and it, in turn, adopted him. This exhibit marks the 10th anniversary of his passing. Artifacts, archival material and a selection of memorial art.

BIOGRAPHY
J. Tackitt-Jones is a native Californian and a long-time San Francisco resident now residing in rural Mendocino County. He is an independent scholar, curator, artist and activist. He received his Ph.D. in Visual Studies, with an emphasis in Critical Theory, from the University of California Irvine, and holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from SF State. Recent curatorial projects have included the exhibits Little Presents: Prints and Polaroids from the Warhol Foundation, and Tough Love: A Half-century of Masculine Homoerotic Imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area. Somatechnics has published his article A Martyr in the Archive: The Life and Afterlife of Harvey Milk’s Suit. His current research includes critical auto/biography, community history, curatorial and archival studies, homomasculinity, psychoanalysis and photography. He serves on the boards of the Queer Cultural Center and The 15 Association, both based in San Francisco. @drjordyjones blogs as Gay Highwaymen.
Got stories? Please do tell! Alan Selby’s biography will be published by Palm Drive Media and will launch in February, 2015. Contact @drjordyjones.

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Monday, 7/28 (and every 2nd and 4th Monday)Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission
SF Jacks - now in our 26th year of Pubic Service!

* Just dik… desire… and lots of naked guys in a room!   
* SF Jacks meat the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month   
* Doors: 7:30 - 8:30 PM only, play until you’re finished   
* $7 Donation Suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds  
  * 13th Jacks Virgin is our guest!   
* For more info, call: 415 267-6999http://www.sfjacks.com/
 

Monday, 7/28 (and every 2nd and 4th Monday)
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission

SF Jacks - now in our 26th year of Pubic Service!

* Just dik… desire… and lots of naked guys in a room!   

* SF Jacks meat the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month   

* Doors: 7:30 - 8:30 PM only, play until you’re finished   

* $7 Donation Suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds  

  * 13th Jacks Virgin is our guest!   

* For more info, call: 415 267-6999
http://www.sfjacks.com/

 

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School of Shimmy: Illuminating Costumes with Laika Fox

July 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco,CA 94105
$30

Contact: Bernadette: 415-672-4735

E-mail: rhbreservations@gmail.com


All that glitters may be gold but all that glows is platinum! Have you ever wanted to make a costume that glows but were scared to mess with ‘all that nerdy tech stuff’? come talk nerdy with us and learn how to electrify your costumes. Electro-luminescent (EL) wire and LEDs are easy to use once you understand the basics. In this class you’ll learn to solder the components of EL wire and LED projects and a few different ways to use them on costumes. We’ll also provide resources for buying EL wire and LED supplies. Kits available for an additional fee ($10-30)

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Rent U: Badass Business Bootcamp for cis and trans males in the sex industry

July 31 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free—must sign up here: http://hook-online.com/rentu/sf/2014-july-31-badass-business-bootcamp

This class will focus on web-based tools that can provide more safety for you while doing your work and create a more effortless first point of contact with your clients as well as additional tips and tricks for overall safety and sustainability.

Discussion Points includes:

    What are you selling? Knowing this is paramount to every decision in regards to your business.
    What is YOUR brand and why this matters and how is creates an unbreakable foundation for your success.
    Who is your client/market? Step by step guide to identifying your ideal client (niche market) and developing a way to speak directly to them in ways that create more rapport/chemistry in your advertising and put them at ease during the initial point of contact all the way through to your first meeting.
    Understanding the headspace of a client and how that will lead to better results.
    Putting the pieces together…Websites, content, imagery, advertising and how they work hand in hand with your ads to create a more effective way to address your potential market.

Facilitated by Donia Christine, Business coach, educator and activist and TT Baum


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CLEVER Screen with Cheryl Dunye presents her film Mommy Is Coming

Thursday, July 31, 7pm, $10

About the film:

Pioneer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye returns with a sassy, raunchy, romantic sex comedy set in the edgy underground of Berlin where love and taboo affairs collide! Cute power femme Dylan (Lil Harlow) and studly hotel clerk Claudia (the sexy Papi Coxxx) are suffering from monogamous relationship blues. Hellbent to Claudia sets out on a gender-bending roller coaster-now as Claude-through a subversive Berlin sex club while her lover has threesomes with her best friend Teo (played by the incomparable Jiz Lee.) Everything comes to a climax when Dylan’s mother (world-renown sex educator Maggie Tapert) arrives in town hellbent on releasing some tension. Fun, provocative and interwoven with personal interviews, Mommy Is Coming is filled with sheer delight - in more ways than one! 

Ticketshttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/795158

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Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

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Anna Zusman
Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 7-10 pm
Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

August 1 – September 21, 2014
Closing Reception: Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm 
free

Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer focuses on work by Bay Area visual artists addressing themes of themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and gender identity in their art. Curated and juried by Jenn Moreno and Dorian Katz, artists were told “please do not censor yourself. Nothing is too perverse!” 

Doing Your Dirty Work is CSC’s annual group show of contemporary artists. This year’s show, as the title suggests, stays Closer, limiting submissions to Bay Area artists, and goes Deeper, presenting more work by each artist. By limiting the show to a dozen artists, rather than the usual few dozens, we hope to better allow the viewer to get to know each of these brilliant and perverse contributors to sexual culture making. Work ranges from embroidered doilies of porn star Sasha Grey’s face mid money-shot, collages of gay porn and auction house antiques woven together, digital prints of beloved artists lost to the AIDS Crisis in both San Francisco and New York, and racy yet old-fashioned pencil drawings of human-machine hybrids caught ‘in flagrante delicto.’

Join us at the reception to take a deeper, closer look at artworks by: Anna Zusman, Cricket, crissy bell snail, Emma Laughlin, Felicita Norris, gregory farrar scott, James Courtney, Jon Macy, Shayna Why, Shilo McCabe, Tyler Cohen, Win Mixter with Alex Fialho.
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ROPE, SMUT & POPCORN! An Evening Social

Everyone’s welcome!

Date & Time: Saturday, August 02, 2014 · 8:00 PM –12:00 AM  
Location:  Center for Sex and Culture. 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco  
Cost:  $10 at the door, $11.50 in advance & get free popcorn

Online tix: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/ropesmut/
Purchase tickets in advance and get a FREE popcorn

ROPE |      Hang out. Socialize. Practice, play or just chat about rope. Rope bondage games: whether you can tie your shoes or not!

SMUT |      Continuous screening from Midori’s collection of rare and vintage Japanese Smut videos, for your viewing pleasure. Kick back in the comfy cushions and enjoy!

POPCORN |   Movie concessions with popcorn, candy, pop & more!
Let’s get together to enjoy some bondage. Sexy fun shall ensue as we play with rope and “shibari”. Enjoy salacious activities against the panoramic background of smutty Japanese porn. And of course there will be popcorn & yummies at our concession stand!

Share! @planetmidori #ropesmutpopcorn

Bring your ropes! 
Don’t have any? Don’t worry; we’ll have a box of practice ropes for your experimentation and explorations!

This event is strictly 18+, please bring your I.D.
All genders, orientations & experience levels encouraged.

Sponsored by: Midori’s Rope Dojo® 
A two-day intensive, unique hands-on learning experience. For more please visit ropedojo.com

Location info: Center for Sex & Culture
The mission of the CSC is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. www.sexandculture.org
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Rope Dojo® in San Francisco CA, August 2014Midori is presenting her fantastic weekend intensive rope bondage trainingin San Francisco, August 2nd-3rd.
People of all skill levels will receive concentrated and multifacetedinstruction in rope play, including Japanese style of rope, Shibari.Midori and her co-presenter, DeLano of DeLano Bound, will be joined by theteam of trained Dojo Cadre instructors. Learn solid skills, efficiency,fluidity and style. Gain speed and confidence. Dive into psychologicalnuance and discover how to design amazing scenes that make your pulserace.  Discover the heart and soul of the rope pleasures. There will besignificant sections on better bottoming skills and the bottom experience.Curriculum if this concentrated weekend workshop is built upon theShin-Tou-Shu-Dou method. It includes 17+ hours of instruction with lots ofhands-on practice, and a Saturday night social / play / practice time.I thoroughly recommend the Dojo to anyone who wants to know about rope inkinky play. Trevor H. Jacques; author and kink researcher.http://WholeSM.comAttendance is limitedFor info and to register: www.RopeDojo.com

Rope Dojo® in San Francisco CA, August 2014

Midori is presenting her fantastic weekend intensive rope bondage training
in San Francisco, August 2nd-3rd.


People of all skill levels will receive concentrated and multifaceted
instruction in rope play, including Japanese style of rope, Shibari.
Midori and her co-presenter, DeLano of DeLano Bound, will be joined by the
team of trained Dojo Cadre instructors. Learn solid skills, efficiency,
fluidity and style. Gain speed and confidence. Dive into psychological
nuance and discover how to design amazing scenes that make your pulse
race.  Discover the heart and soul of the rope pleasures. There will be
significant sections on better bottoming skills and the bottom experience.
Curriculum if this concentrated weekend workshop is built upon the
Shin-Tou-Shu-Dou method. It includes 17+ hours of instruction with lots of
hands-on practice, and a Saturday night social / play / practice time.

I thoroughly recommend the Dojo to anyone who wants to know about rope in
kinky play. Trevor H. Jacques; author and kink researcher.
http://WholeSM.com

Attendance is limited

For info and to register: www.RopeDojo.com

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The Open Relationship Discussion Group

Monday 8/4

7:30-9:30 pm

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission St. between 9th and 10th

The Open Relationship Discussion Group is a friendly, moderated, guided discussion for anyone interested in consensual, non-monogamous relationships, based in the Mission Control community and led by open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski. We meet starting at 7:30pm and going to 9:30 with about half an hour of informal social time afterward. Doors open at 7:20. Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds. Location TBD each month, until Mission Control gets our new permanent home. Check back here for topic and location each month.



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THE RING OF FIRE ANTHOLOGY

Friday, 8/8, 7-10pm

THE RING OF FIRE ANTHOLOGY is a collection of the zine from the late 1990s by ET Russian, and features new material never before published. RING OF FIRE is honest, engaging, and ahead of its time.

Alternately emotional and erotic, funny and political, RING OF FIRE
captures the work and words of artists and leaders shaping disability
culture and history, and also tells the author’s story of healing from
a traumatic accident at a young age. A young feminist steeped in the
cultures of queer and punk, Russian embraced a cultural identity of
disability while writing RING OF FIRE. Years later, after discovering
the disability justice movement and getting a job in a hospital,
Russian examines what it means to be on the giving and receiving end of healthcare in the United States, and the challenges of working with a disability.

Through black and white ink drawings, comics, linoleum block print
portraits, essays and interviews this collection explores connections
between science, culture, bodies, disability justice, sex, class,
race, healing and the politics of work.

"The Ring of Fire Anthology is beautiful, sexy, and thought provoking
all at the same time. If ever you’ve needed stories, art, poetry, and
bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness
and radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian’s
vivid work lives and breathes these connections.”
—Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride

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School of Shimmy: Glamorous Self-Care with Hunny Bunny

August 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
$30
Contact: Bernadette 415-672-4735 

E-mail rhbreservations@gmail.com

After the glitter: Glamorous self care for performers… Join Hunny Bunny for this unique workshop focused on stretching, relaxing and make up removal. Learn simple, natural mind and body techniques to keep your inner sparkle as bright as your costumes!
You will practice stretches/warm up and cool down techniques from the Barbary Coast’s very own Bendy Barbie… did you know that she is also a native and edible plant specialist?! Every participant will leave with a goodie bag full of readily available herbs, oils and potions that can be picked or purchased in your area.

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Images of the Feminist Future: A Panel on Feminist Porn
Saturday, August 9th
Doors open: 8pm/ clips start at 8:30pm/ panel from 9pm-11pm

Center for Sex and Culture 
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Join your favorite queer and feminist porn stars & producers in a panel discussion about building a feminist future through porn! 
This event will be hosted by the Center for Sex and Culture, a celebrated San Francisco event space, library and sex culture archive. 

Featuring: 
+ clips of feminist porn produced here in the Bay Area!
+ snacks and drinks!
+ scent free, accessible location in SoMa, SF!
+ merch tables!

Panelists include: 
Jiz Lee of Pink and White Productions
Princess Donna of Kink.com
Tobi Hill-Meyer of Handbasket Productions
Courtney Trouble of TROUBLEfilms, 
AND heartthrobs Cinnamon Maxxine and Chelsea Poe

Topics will include feminist praxis-in-action, queer world building, the politics of representation, and more. You will not want to miss this!
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