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Indiegogo Campaign for Sex Still Spoken Here!

 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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Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour

Sunday, July 20, 3pm

@ Good Vibrations Polk Street

FREE!

Reserve your spot here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/706737
A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco’s most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen and her team of trained docents.

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HOW TO FUCK BETTER: SUNDAY July 20: Good Top/Bad TopAt the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission $40 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://htfb141.BrownPaperTickets.comTTBaum and Integral-Eros present this comprehensive class for men! All classes offer anatomy lessons, practical tips, and demonstrations with live models. 

HOW TO FUCK BETTER: 
SUNDAY July 20: Good Top/Bad Top

At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission 
$40 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://htfb141.BrownPaperTickets.com

TTBaum and Integral-Eros present this comprehensive class for men! All classes offer anatomy lessons, practical tips, and demonstrations with live models. 

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School of Shimmy: Fan Dancing with Balla Fire

July 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Center For Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
Cost: $30   rhbreservations@gmail.com

Balla Fire has been seen flittering about stages all over the Bay Area and will teach you how to conceal and reveal with your fans. Various techniques and movements will be discussed. Learn to let the fans do the work as you move about, behind, and beneath them. BYO fans if you have them, any fans will do, as will a couple of mead notebooks, trash can lids, large serving platters, or anything your imagination can conjure. Fixed open ostrich feather fans and veiled fans will be used for demonstration, or Balla may snag your trash can lids to share tips and tricks. Small folding fans will also be provided to students. Fan (or trash can lid) dancing doesn’t have to be intimidating. Come dance and giggle with us for the evening.

About this teacher: Miss Balla Fire, cofounder of Sin Sisters Burlesque in Santa Cruz, has left a swath of creative destruction on the burlesque landscape since 2005, a natural progression from the trail of broken hearts and stolen souls from her more vernal and carefree days. Once she began performing, this ingrained pattern of aggressive invasion gave her the social grace to rapidly become one of the premier creative leads in the Bay Area’s rich burlesque scene. Featuring regularly as one of the brightest stars in all Bay Area shows. In her hometown of Santa Cruz, the Sin Sisters reign supreme with one of the biggest and most elegant monthly burlesque shows in the country, on the second Saturday of each month. And they also beckon you to join their glamorous world by offering burlesque classes for all skill levels. For more information (or to get your pants back), see sinsistersburlesque.com.
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San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group  
Monday, July 21
o   meets at the Center for Sex and Cultureo   generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pmo   doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm  Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):     CSC   1349 Mission Street   San Francisco, CA 94103   phone: (415) 902-2071   email: info@sexandculture.org   web: http://www.sexandculture.org/   OpenStreetMap: http://bit.ly/14awr3x  for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutualrespect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance andsubmission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among personsof a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.  The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personalinterest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, withintheir own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, genderidentifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVP(*) inthe week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:     Eric Arkouda EArkouda@mailworks.org   SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com  A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.  SFDsDG Meeting Dates in 2014:Aug18 Sep15 Oct20 Nov17 Dec15* RSVP: Please respond if there’s a reasonable chance of your being able to attend; this is a requested courtesy, for my gathering of rough numbers for handout materials, and for saying hello to you.  It is ok to redistribute this official description.Home: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDsDG/   

San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group  

Monday, July 21


o   meets at the Center for Sex and Culture
o   generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pm
o   doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm  
Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):  
   CSC
   1349 Mission Street
   San Francisco, CA 94103
   phone: (415) 902-2071
   email: info@sexandculture.org
   web: http://www.sexandculture.org/
   OpenStreetMap: http://bit.ly/14awr3x  
for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutual
respect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance and
submission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among persons
of a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.  
The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personal
interest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, within
their own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, gender
identifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVP(*) in
the week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:  
   Eric Arkouda EArkouda@mailworks.org
   SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com  
A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.  
SFDsDG Meeting Dates in 2014:
Aug18 Sep15 Oct20 Nov17 Dec15

* RSVP: Please respond if there’s a reasonable chance of your being
 able to attend; this is a requested courtesy, for my gathering of
 rough numbers for handout materials, and for saying hello to you.  
It is ok to redistribute this official description.
Home: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDsDG/   

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The Erotic Reading CircleEvery fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and CultureWednesday, 7/23, 7:30-9:30pmsuggested donation: $5+Since 2006, we’ve been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month to share and celebrate the breadth of erotic artistry in the Bay Area!  The Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.See you at the Circle!   

The Erotic Reading Circle
Every fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and Culture
Wednesday, 7/23, 7:30-9:30pm
suggested donation: $5+

Since 2006, we’ve been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month to share and celebrate the breadth of erotic artistry in the Bay Area!  
The Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.

Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.
See you at the Circle!   

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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

Exhibit runs: June 6 – July 27

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! 

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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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