Center for Sex and Culture

Sep 07

School of Shimmy: Introduction to LYRA with INDIA SKY

Saturday September 20
 @ Center For Sex and Culture, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Come fly at the Center for Sex and Culture! In this workshop participants will learn tricks, holds, inversions and spins on Aerial Lyra, working up to a short sequence. This workshop is designed for beginners and those with some aerial experience. Wear comfortable gym clothing including leggings or sweats that cover the back of the knee.

All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required.
email RHBreservations@gmail.com for your spot. 

Sep 06

PERVERTS PUT OUT!’S PRE-FOLSOM FLING

Saturday, September 20th
doors 7:00, show 8:00
The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
$10-25 sliding scale

Come celebrate San Francisco’s biggest, baddest street fair, with a bunch of perverted geniuses including Sherilyn Connely, Greta Christina, Philip Huang, Lori Selke, horehound stillpoint, and Xan West.. As usual, ringmasters Simon Sheppard and Dr. Carol Queen will oversee the delightful debauch.


Sep 03

Folsom St. Fair!

Sunday, Sept 21

We’ll have a booth, we’re looking forward to greeting you whether you’re a seasoned Folsomite or a first-timer! Come see us!

Sep 02

Closing Reception for Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm

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!” 
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

Sep 01

San Francisco JacksMonday, 9/22 (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/

San Francisco Jacks
Monday, 9/22 (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/

Aug 29

The Erotic Reading CircleEvery fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and CultureWednesday, 9/24, 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!  TONIGHT! We launch the brand-new Erotic Reading Circle anthology, Sex Still Spoken Here! Come hear readers from the anthology, buy your copy of the book, and celebrate with us!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, 9/24, 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!  

TONIGHT! We launch the brand-new Erotic Reading Circle anthology, Sex Still Spoken Here! Come hear readers from the anthology, buy your copy of the book, and celebrate with us!

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 C L E V E R Screen and the Center for Sex and Culture Present Courtney Trouble
September 25, 2014
7 pm
Please join C L E V E R Media Arts in collaboration with the Center for Sex and Culture for a “clever” conversation with queer porn icon COURTNEY TROUBLE. Courtney is the founder of TROUBLEfilms, IndiePornRevolution.Com, and QueerPorn.TV, as well of the director of 14 full-length films, including Fuckstyles, Seven Minutes In Heaven: Coming Out!, and the Roulette series.  


 
Courtney will present several of her award winning short films and discuss her female-forward porn aesthetic that has revolutionized the Adult Video world.  Some of her cast members will be present.
 
More about Courtney Trouble here 
More about CLEVER here
More about the Center For Sex and Culture here
 
Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission StreetSan Francisco, CA
 
TICKETS: sliding scale $10-$12

The C L E V E R Screen and the Center for Sex and Culture Present Courtney Trouble

September 25, 2014

7 pm

Please join C L E V E R Media Arts in collaboration with the Center for Sex and Culture for a “clever” conversation with queer porn icon COURTNEY TROUBLE. Courtney is the founder of TROUBLEfilms, IndiePornRevolution.Com, and QueerPorn.TV, as well of the director of 14 full-length films, including Fuckstyles, Seven Minutes In Heaven: Coming Out!, and the Roulette series.  

 

Courtney will present several of her award winning short films and discuss her female-forward porn aesthetic that has revolutionized the Adult Video world.  Some of her cast members will be present.

 

More about Courtney Trouble here

More about CLEVER here

More about the Center For Sex and Culture here

 

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

 

TICKETS: sliding scale $10-$12

Aug 28

School of Shimmy: Burlesque 101

Saturday, Sept 27
@ Center For Sex and Culture
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us as we learn the art of Tease! Red Hots Burlesque is back at The Center for Sex and Culture presenting Burlesque 101: Bump & Grind Basics. In this two-hour workshop, students will learn the history of burlesque, how to create a persona and basic choreography. As well as learning to build your burlesque attitude; feel great about your body, and an open discussion about increased confidence and positive thinking.

All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required.
email RHBreservations@gmail.com for your spot.

Dirty Words: A Monthy Erotic Writing Playdate with Jen Cross

September 27, 1 pm to 4 pm

Center for Sex and Culture

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. 

Aug 27

School of Shimmy: Above the Boobs: Hair and Make Up Tips

Monday, Sept 29
 @ Center For Sex and Culture 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is your chance to accentuate your look, use hair pieces and wigs. Learn the proper care of fake hair, the secrets to being seen by the back row and just how to get that glittery lipstick. Most materials provided. Please bring if you have: base, make-up brushes, mascara and liquid eyeliner.

All classes are open to students of any age or gender who want to shake it on stage or in the bedroom. No previous dance or performance experience is required.
email RHBreservations@gmail.com for your spot. 

Aug 26

Arse Elektronika San Francisco 2014: TRANS*.*

Talks, machines, games, workshops and performances.
October 2-5, 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

http://www.monochrom.at/arse-elektronika/about.html

Trans is a Latin noun or prefix, meaning “across”, “beyond” or “on the opposite side”. What does that mean for sex and technology?
- Transitions, translations, transgressions, transistors & transducers, transactions, transmission (specifically sexually transmitted infections), transdermal?
- How does sex change as we age? As we grow, as we mature? And what about old age? Sex in nursing homes? Sex when people have lost much of their sense of identity with Alzheimer’s Disease and the like, but are still horny, still sexual entities? How do pharma and biotech help/monetize this situation?
- Sex under drugs, sex under other altered states? Is Viagra a drug? At what point does a loss of cognitive function take away our ability to consent?
- Transnationality and sex. What about translations and transitions across cultures? For example: Hacking, porn, dissent in Iran? Purity Balls and the American obsession with virginity whatever that really means?
- How does our sex and our perception of sex change with the introduction of new gadgets? Who are the early (sexual) adopters? And what about the adapters? What about (white male) privilege and new gadgets? Google Glass Ceiling?
- SCOT (social construction of technology) research, such as that of Mackenzie and Wajcman, argues that the path of innovation and its social consequences are strongly, if not entirely shaped by society itself through the influence of culture, politics, economic arrangements, regulatory mechanisms and the like. So if its true that technology itself doesnt matter, but the social or economic system in which it is embedded (Langdon Winner), then what does that tell us about the transition from sex tech into the cultural mainstream?
- Is human sexual behavior transforming our planet? What’s the sexual side of the anthropocene?
- Transgression and mechanophila? Is our technological society driven by erotogenic fixation on machinery? What about hardcore pornography such as Fucking Machines? Can this be seen as constituting the limit of current sexual biopolitics?
- Sex puppets, Real Dolls and the Uncanny Valley? A never-ending transition?
- Teagan Widmer’s latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people. How can apps like Widmers help with tasks that most people take for granted, like the ability to use the bathroom?
- Is trans* a controversial label online? How do we develop language-theory-activism in general? Programming languages are designed to be inclusive of “trans” in a broad sense for both binary and non-binary gender modalities. Does it have transmisogynist qualities?
- Feminists, among other critical scholars, have long argued the problems with the notion of the Transcendental. Focusing on the transcendental moves our attention away from the day-to-day struggles involving the material and instead replaces it with transcendent ideas and ideals. How is this manifested through issues of sexuality and technology? What can we do about it? What are the power struggles involved, positionalities afforded and relationships to, that transcendental modes of thought afford for socio-economically marginalized populations? Can we compare and contrast notions of transcendence alongside notions of immanence? What is the role of the body and embodiment with respect to transcendentalism? What are the implications of transcendental for power? Grassroots activism? Citizens’ movements? Open source? Hacking? Can we have visions of the future without being transcendental?
- And, last but not least, since sex is a pretty biological thing (insofar as things are biological things), we want to remind of genetics with our theme. Genetic transformation/translation/transcription/transmission.

Aug 25

How To Create An Effective Online Profile & Write Messages That Will Get Good Responses

Thursday 10/9, 7:30 pm
$20

The world is the now the Internet … and if you don’t know how to use it then you are at a serious disadvantage in making any kind of connection: employment, social, artistic and – most of all – erotic. In this class, M. Christian will not just explore how to use the Internet and various sites as a resource to explore your own sexuality in any form, but also how to create an effective and alluring online profile. But creating a digital ‘self’ is only part of it: participants will also get tips on how to reach out in imaginative ways that will get a positive response, the important things that are too often forgotten and other social niceties that can be the difference between frustration and disappointment and having a wonderful and sexy time online!

Aug 01

Monday 10/13, 7:30 pm
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/

Monday 10/13, 7:30 pm

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/

San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group
October 20, 7:30 pm

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:
Jan20 Feb17 Mar17 Apr21 May19 Jun16 Jul21 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/
Last-Modified: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:18:00 PST

San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group

October 20, 7:30 pm

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:

Jan20 Feb17 Mar17 Apr21 May19 Jun16 Jul21 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/

Last-Modified: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:18:00 PST

Erotic Reading Circle
Wednesday 10/22, 7:30 pm
$5 suggested donation 

Come  share new or old work with us! We listen non-judgmentally and share our  responses with any writer/reader who feels s/he/ze can benefit from  peers’ feedback. And it’s great practice if you’ve been thinking about  doing any public readings. We welcome writers of any experience level  and every orientation. A Best of the Bay award-winning event! 4th  Wednesdays.

Facilitated by Jen Cross (of Writing Ourselves Whole) and Carol Queen

Erotic Reading Circle

Wednesday 10/22, 7:30 pm

$5 suggested donation 

Come  share new or old work with us! We listen non-judgmentally and share our  responses with any writer/reader who feels s/he/ze can benefit from  peers’ feedback. And it’s great practice if you’ve been thinking about  doing any public readings. We welcome writers of any experience level  and every orientation. A Best of the Bay award-winning event! 4th  Wednesdays.

Facilitated by Jen Cross (of Writing Ourselves Whole) and Carol Queen