101 Vagina Exhibit and Book Launch
Saturday 19 April – Sunday 27 April, 2014
Saturday 19th April, 6-9pm
Goforaloop Gallery & Studios
1458 San Bruno Avenue
Moving, celebratory, and intense, this crowdfunded photo book uses a simple but powerful format to get its message under your skin: a black and white photo of each woman’s pubis (belly to thigh), plus her own statement, story, poem or rant about her relationship to her vagina and other pleasure parts. The photos aren’t spread-legged, so they don’t carry the visual explicitness of Femalia, though I like the women’s visible body variations of size, age, skin color, public hair choices, labia visibility, and body modification. But the book’s extraordinary gift is the voices of the women, some grappling with their own histories of body discomfort and even abuse, moving toward self-acceptance, humor, and a true embrace of the power of the pussy. This isn’t just a love letter to the vajayjay from Australian photographer Philip Werner—it’s a book about self-respect. Foreword by Toni Childs.
101 Vagina was exhibited at Think Tank Gallery in Los Angeles last week and now moves to San Francisco at Goforaloop Gallery.
101 Vagina is about breaking down the taboo around the Vagina and body image shame generally. It’s also about the sharing of story and celebration of our diversity.
On our opening night we had talks from Marriage & Family Therapist, Human Sexuality Professor, Sexologist, Sex Therapist: Dr. Hernando Chaves and Sex Educator Elle Chase (Lady Cheeky). It was covered in the LA Weekly
101 Vagina has appeared in many of Australia’s most respected media outlets. From April 5th the exhibition is in North America and through each of its exhibitions, discussions and art activities are scheduled where we hope to attract interest from women’s organizations, sex educators, academics and artists. There is also a Craftinoon table where people can craft their own art. Images on LA Weekly.
101 Vagina exhibition and book tour will start in Los Angeles (5-13 April) before visiting San Francisco (19-27 April), Montreal (17-25 May), New York (3-8 June) and finishing in Toronto (14-22 June)
Available from the website, $5 from each book is being donated to charities working to heal or end violence against women and girls.
Naturally, feel free to attend any time during the exhibition tour in San Francisco. If you wish to interview Philip, please RSVP.
Work MORE #6 group exhibition
Exhibition Saturday, March 29–Thursday, April 24, 2014. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday, 12–5pm
Opening night party and interactive drag show, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm
934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
Dance, drag and contemporary art collide in the gallery at the opening night party and interactive drag show for Work MORE! #6, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm, free admission. The exhibition is the third Spring 2014 Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition at SOMArts, organized by residency recipient and Work MORE! creator and artistic director Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!). By pairing San Francisco drag performers with non-drag fine artists for an exhibition of collaborative installations and performances, Work MORE! #6 situates San Francisco’s avant-garde and traditional drag practices within a gallery space, re-contextualizing the artistry, aesthetics and forms that are ever-present and continually evolving in San Francisco’s nightlife venues.
“Like folk art, drag carries within it traditions, techniques, perspectives and stories that are passed down from generation to generation or mentor to mentee via chosen ‘drag families’. Through this exhibition we hope to reveal both the the unique individual and collective legacies of the performers themselves.” —Work MORE! artistic director, Mica Sigourney
The organizers of Work MORE! #6 devised a platform for collaborative art-making that utilizes drag to disturb traditional notions of beauty and gender while promoting interdisciplinary collaborations among artists who co-create rather than compete.
22 avant-garde and traditional drag performers and artists are divided into six production teams that include at least one artist working in each discipline: painting, photography, music and video. Drag artists naturally cross mediums working freely in painting and design (make-up), soft sculpture (hair design and costume design) as well as sculpture (set and prop making). These new encounters and partnerships illustrate the multidisciplinary artistry embedded in drag making as well as strengthen and diversify drag families and traditions.
RELATED EVENTS INCLUDE
Opening Night Party & Interactive Drag Show
Friday, March 28, 7–10pm
Art, Performance & Legitimacy Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 16, 6–8pm
Closing Reception & Fake Docent Tours
Thursday, April 24, 6–8pm
The Erotic Reading Circle
Every fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and Culture
Wednesday, 4/23, 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!
Clever Media Arts Presents Fucking Different XXX
April 24th at 7 pm
What began six years ago in Berlin has become a worldwide phenomenon. Gay filmmakers make movies about lesbians and lesbian directors make films about gay men. For “Fucking Different XXX,” eight prominent international filmmakers got together to present the “other” sex and their erotic adventures.
C L E V E R Media Arts in collaboration with the Center for Sex and Culture will screen a collection of short films called Fucking Different XXX and will conclude with a Q & A with Shine Louise Houston (Pink & White Productions), Jiz Lee (Crash Pad Series), and Cheryl Dunye (Mommy Is Coming).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to registe
Vixen Noir presents…
SupaStar Erotica! For One Night ONLY!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission Street (btw 9th and 10th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Show: 9pm Cover: $10-$25, sliding scale
(No one turned away for lack of funds)
Burlesque! Striptease! Performance Art! Spoken Word! Poetry! Music!
Bay Area SupaStars bring “Erotic” Performances to the stage for YOUR PLEASURE!
“In touch with the erotic, I become less willing to accept powerlessness, or those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self-effacement, depression, self-denial.” Audre Lorde
Cum celebrate the power of the “EROTIC” with us at none other than San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture! It’s gonna be a sexy-as-hell and empowering night you don’t want to miss! Dress up in your most come-hither outfit, grab a date or bring it solo and cum be uplifted and aroused, titillated and taunted, shaken and stirred. TIPPING IS ENCOURAGED, so bring XTRA DOLLARS!
Hosted by the Sexy SupaStar Recording & Performance Artist, Vixen Noir!!! Performing for the 1st time, her new single, Lusty Lady and more!!!
With Guest SupaStars: The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Pippa, S Angelo Acevedo, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell & Roke Noir
This is a benefit for Vixen Noir’s new music video, Lusty Lady & her upcoming tour: “Vixen Noir: The Dangerous Tour”
April 27th, 11:00am-1:00pm
How do some performers keep your attention, and others lose it almost right away?
In this class you will: expand your concept of personal confidence and presence, learn to project presence beyond body, becoming more proficient at reaching the audience in the back rows. Also learn techniques to appropriately fill an area from teeny to no walls at all.
There will be information & tips, demos, exercises, hands-on experiences, dyads, handouts, and Q & A.
Holiday O’Hara has been performing since she was 5. Going pro at 18 she danced and worked in burlesque and striptease from 1968 through 1983, reclaiming and celebrating her body, her sexuality, her personhood. In 1983 she traded her boa for a whip and became internationally known as Sybil Holiday, consensual bdsm practioner, educator, lecturer, and author. Her interest in the human mind as well as the body brought her in 1997 to certifications in clinical hypnotherapy, and to become a Reiki ll practitioner.
This class is the 1st taught since 2005 when her 2nd round of incapacitating body pain began which lasted 5 years till 2010. It took 3 years of healing to where I can happily say that this is the beginning of bringing all three careers together and being back on the stage. ♥
SF Jacks - now in our 27th year of Pubic Service!
Monday, April 28, 7:30 pm
* 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 sfjacks.com
Tuesday, 4/29, 7-9pm
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission
sliding scale $15-$30 — tickets at the door
Living out fantasies can be sexy and exhilarating! But how often do we stop ourselves from achieving them with the idea that its just not possible? In this hot and steamy interactive workshop, you will see your fantasies come to life in front of you as we discover how to consciously take our desires into our own hands and achieve success and awareness by turning our fantasy lives into a reality!
2-3 Volunteers Needed! If you are outgoing, not shy, and willing to do some improv acting, please contact about being a Volunteer (Free Entry).
Info and to volunteer contact email@example.com
Monday, May 5, 7:30pm
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission
Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.
Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.
Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri. Come to CSC to enjoy readings and buy the book! No charge—donations gratefully accepted to defray the cost of the space.
Joining Shawna at this book launch party/reading:
Jay Xuret (SF)
Author Bio: Shawna Kenney is the author of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, which has enjoyed international translation and a television development deal. She also co-authored Imposters, a book about celebrity impersonators.
Kenney’s work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Bust, Juxtapoz, Alternative Press, The Baltimore Sun, The Florida Review, and on the Ms. blog, among others, and her essays appear in numerous anthologies. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a BA in film from American University.
Kenney lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Visit her website at shawnakenney.com.
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30-9:30 pm
More coming soon!
Friday May 9, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm
At the Center for Sex and Culture
$15 per person
Why do the Japanese tie the way that they tie? What is it that they really find appealing in shibari? This illustrated lecture explores differences and similarities in visual style between western and Japanese rope bondage.
Stefano Laforgia is an Italian Rigger and BDSM educator. He started his journey in BDSM at early age, but lived it mainly in private until he moved in Rome in 2000, where he became an active member of the local BDSM community.
In 2005 he quit his office job and decided to live his lifestyle in a public way when he founded Alcova, the first fetish/BDSM shop in Rome. Since then he has worked on various projects, both in Italy and around the world: he was the first to organize bondage classes in Rome, organized play parties and took part in BDSM themed workshops and conferences. In 2011 Stefano founded the first School of Japanese Bondage in Italy, and organized “LegARTI”, the first event in Italy entirely dedicated to Japanese bondage.
His approach to shibari has shifted with time especially since 2008, when he started visiting Japan and met some of the best Japanese kinbakushi, making acquaintances with some of them, including Kinoko Hajime, who Stefano invited to come and perform in Europe for the first time.
Stefano was so fascinated with Japanese bondage that he started to share his views about it with other Italian and international riggers during various events in the following years, contributing to the genesis of a new trend that emphasizes the connection and interaction between the rigger and the bottom. This process clearly shows in the type of ties he uses and through his pictures, where Stefano becomes more and more an active part of the image, a whole with the model, showing the connection, the erotic tension, and the power exchange with the bottom.
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
Saturday, 5/10, 2-4pm
(usually 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-4pm)
Sliding scale $10-$20 (more if you can, less if you can’t, **nobody turned away** — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
**Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and her publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming & Crying, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and The Revolution Starts at Home. Gina is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between non-trans and trans women. She has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current & former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com
Unbecoming MILF: Confessions and Complaints of a Bi Butch Breeder
May 10, 7:30 pm.
$5-20 sliding scale, no-one turned away.
A benefit for
the Center for Sex and Culture.
On Mother’s Day Eve, self-described “bi butch breeder” Lori Selke will
smash through the myths of sex and motherhood and take on her archetypal enemy the MILF in a one-woman multimedia death match.