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The Center for Sex & Culture Library/Archive @ 12th Annual SF Zine Fest! Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm

The Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by:  Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.

The CSC Zineography project began when the Library/Archive crew uncovered a wealth of erotic, nasty (in a good way), subversive, sexual health, gender bending, queer, sex worker related zines, booklets and pamphlets. The artist in all of us fell in love with this collection and became instantly attached to getting this material cataloged and curated as a way to make them available to the community.

The growing amount of material in the zine collection required assistance in our cataloging efforts, which is when I recalled how material was being cataloged and culled for metadata at the San Francisco State University, American Poetry Archive (APA). As an intern at the APA I was able to take part in what they termed “community cataloging.” One student would be assigned one poet- they would research that poet, listen to the large amount of digital recordings from that particular poet that are part of the Poetry Archives holdings-  the student would take detailed cataloging notes that would then be turned into HTML metadata used in the APA’s growing digital archive.

This method of “community cataloging” led to richer detail and a higher wealth of metadata to create searchable records from. The better the metadata the greater the access. At CSC we applied this same methodology. The amazing volunteers, some with official library training and others who have become “accidental librarians,” have become amazing community catalogers and have created a valuable catalog with detailed information about each zine.

The hope for this project is inclusion in a larger community of Zine Libraries, by means of a union catalog (a combined library catalog describing the collections of a number of libraries). Currently we are working in a newly formed metadata schema called xZINECOREx- developed by Milo Miller, one of the co-founders of QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project and other Zine libraries. ZINECORE will allow for greater access by means of combined forces. Having Zine libraries use the same method or standards of cataloging is crucial to us all becoming part of a union catalog and creating greater access of information to a wider community of users.

To get involved in the community cataloging and the CSC Zine Project e-mail-   library@sexandculture.org

   Also, if you have a website with links to zine libraries, please add ours: The Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 | CSC Library/Archive CSC Zineography Zine Catalog Join us at the  12th Annual SF Zine Fest! The Bay Area’s Premiere Zine Festival

Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm

San Francisco County Fair Building

1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way

(in Golden Gate Park)

Free Admission!

SF Zine Fest on Facebook

@sfzinefest

Center for Sex & Culture

CSC Zineography

 and don’t forget the annual post-party at Mission Comics & Art.

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PRIDE DAY OPEN HOUSE:

FAIROAKS PROJECT CLOSING AND LIBRARY BOOK SALE!


Fairoaks Project Closing Reception June 30, 2013 1-4 pm
Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979. His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.

The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a counter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges. Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.

The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.

CSC Library: 2nd Annual Book Sale! Pride Day, June 30th 1-4 
The CSC is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Library Book Sale/Open House. The 2nd Annual Book Sale will feature even more rare finds and wonderful smutty treasures than our first! Up for purchase will be all the items from our online Alibirs Bookstore, duplicates of rare magazines and serials important to the LGBTQIQA community, plus items such as, Heavy Metal, Penthouse, Playboy, erotic literature, art and photography, and much much more! All prices will be negotiable and proceeds will directly benefit the CSC Library & Archive.

Please stop in on Pride Day to enjoy the library, the art and being with great, smart, creative people at the Center for Sex and Culture— your lil’ local sex community center.

The Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive was born from, and is sustained by, donated collections of books, magazines, journals, zines, comics, dissertations, works of art, videos, memorabilia, and personal papers of key members of the community.

For information about last years sale: The Center for Sex & Culture’s Spring Smut Sale: Own a Part of Our Sexual History written for the The SF Weekly by Alexis Coe

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I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595936600/cscs-safer-sex-poster-exhibition-catalog

Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.

The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.


Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 8 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.


Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.

Dorian

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Receive the touch you love to give…by joining us for another Maximizing M2M Pleasure One-Day Workshop

Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St., SF

Sunday, August 5th 2012

10am to 5:30pm

Portions of the day will be clothing optional

$150 (sliding scale available); Lunch Included


Facilitated by:

Life Coach and Massage Healer, Mark Hollenstein

And by: Sexologist Dr. Jallen Rix, “The GaySexpert”

Men! Explore your sexuality with other men in a safe and nurturing environment.  Participate in sexy group exercises, honest sharing, lively facilitation and a few fun surprises, to more fully experience a rich, satisfying and open-hearted sex life. Break through long-held beliefs that keep you locked in unconscious shame. Learn healing techniques to release negative emotions that hold back your sexual freedom. Experiment with options to fulfill more of your sexual desires. Receive and give intentional, arousing touch with respect for your personal boundaries. Build a stronger “sex-esteem”.

Go to www.MaxM2M.com for the 411.

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Society of Janus presents:

Talking Isn’t Communicating By SimplyMichael

When: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8-10PM, doors open at 7:30pm

Location: Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission St., SF (btw 9th & 10th St.)

Cost: $5 for Janus member and reciprocal ors, $15 for all others.  RSVP to events(at)soj(dot)org

You may prepay your ticket for the event (see below)

About the program:

Ever wonder why other people aren’t as clear as you?  Ever have a fight where afterwards you realize it was all just a great big mistake?  Do you sometimes struggle to be understood or even just heard?  Communication is far more complex than just talking about things.  Understanding how you hear and react to your partner and how they hear and react to you takes time and effort.  Learn a variety of proven listening and discussion skills that can help improve the clarity of your communication with your partner/s.  Few things can affect the depth and intensity of any relationship dynamic as profoundly as improving the quality of communication.

About the presenter:

Michael is a largely monogamous dominant and something of a private player who has been in and around the scene for nearly twenty years.  He owned and ran Dragon’s Keep, one of the few N. California public play spaces out of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Over a decade ago, he formed Sacramento’s oldest and largest BDSM groups.  He was the co-founder of Sacramento’s MAsT group.  

Combining his passion for woodworking and BDSM, he creates and sells beautiful implements of pain and pleasure.  He has supported a wide variety of leather title holders, community events, and groups with donations of time, money, and his art.  As a presenter, he prefers to teach classes focused on improving relationships and has taught widely at the local level and at the national level.

Prepaying:

We now have the ability for you to purchase a ticket for this class online.  Go to: https://www.wepay.com/x1ok0mn/events/society-of-janus-presents-talking-i

If you’re a Janus member, you will need to include your membership number in a “Note to seller” to get the member discount.  Please make sure you print out your ticket and bring it with you.

Note: Janus programs are open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal positive interest in BDSM.  You do not need to be a member to attend.

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THE CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE IS EXCITED TO HOST RED HOTS BURLESQUE’S SCHOOL OF SHIMMY FOR PART OF THEIR UPCOMING SERIES OF CLASSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

You’ve heard about a burlesque revival.  You’ve seen snippets of this sensation in the press and on T.V.  Now it’s time for you to get in on the action!  Calling all divas, cool cats, harlots, dames, hot mamas and daddy-o’s.  RED HOTS BURLESQUE SCHOOL OF SHIMMY is for you!  If you have always dreamed of being a burlesque star or just want to learn what all this fun is about, you too can be Red Hot!

Bring a friend or meet some in the class.  Burlesque is about having fun!  Bring a smile and an open mind because we’re going to let loose as you learn to shake it with confidence and class!

COMING SOON TO THE CSC:

August 4, 1-3PM — CONQUERING THE STILETTO WITH TRUVY TROLLOP

Ever wondered about how women can walk, much less dance, in sky high heels?  Do you want to create that sexy strut instead of a teetering skip in your favorite Louboutins?  Truvy Trollop can teach you everything you need to know about conquering high heels.  In this intensive workshop, attendees will learn basic high heel walking techniques and how to dance in your heels.  Truvy teaches this fun and foxy workshop so that you can learn to feel confident and controlled in your favorite sky high pumps!  Students are encouraged to bring at least two different pairs of shoes with different heel heights.


August 4, 3-5PM — GET POLISH WITH HARVEST MOON

Burlesque sensation from NYC ONE TIME ONLY! Learn to strike the final pose!End an act with flair and leave the crowd wanting more. Get practice using hand gesturing and finding fluidity in movements to make them more cohesive and awe-inspiring. Class also includes stretching for increasing flexibility. Bring high heel shoes and whatever you can loosely move it. Be prepared to sweat and love it!


August 7, 7-9PM — BRINGING SEXY BACK: SENSUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

What does it mean to be sexy? How do we use our bodies on stage to convey all the many nuanced flavors of our own sexuality? Apply your ideas about sexiness to a fun, sensual burlesque choreography. This is a dance class for burlesquers of any background, with simple movements that provide an opportunity to explore the sexy in you. 


August 14, 7-9PM — **BURLESQUE 101**

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. 
Burlesque 101 has been seen in the NYTimes, KOFY TV, Curve Magazine at Fabulosa Fest at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts and MORE!


August 21, 7-9PM — **CHOREOGRAPHY WITH ALOTTA BOUTTE**

Get the lessons in bumps, grinds and all those magical moves of burlesque stars from Alotta Boutte who won Best Troupe at Miss Exotic World 2004, and Best Burlesque in both SF Guardian and Eastbay Express. She has graced the pages of 7x7 Magazine as part of the annual “Top 20 under 40.” and Jan/Feb 08 issue of Curve Magazine. She has been in productions of Margaret Cho’s Sensuous Woman, Miss Exotic World, Tease-O-Rama and Beach Blanket Babylon.


August 28, 7-9PM — **ABOVE THE BOOBS: HAIR AND MAKE-UP**

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. 


September 4, 7-9PM — **BURLESQUE 201**

Getting an Act together.  Students are encouraged to come with an act or character in mind. We will develop personas and discuss song choice, prop use, costume selection and techniques for coming up with acts. This class will include lecture and group work.


**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.  No deposit needed for class, however space is very limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.  To reserve a spot email redhotsburlesque@gmail.com with “S.O.S.” in the subject line or call 415-672-4735.  State which class/es you are interested in, and don’t forget to inquire about discounted rates!  All classes are $30, unless otherwise noted.

**If you would like to perform at the School of Shimmy Showcase, Burlesque 101, 201 and Finishing Touches (which will be at El Rio, date TBD) are mandatory classes.  A Student Showcase will take place on various dates as part of the famed weekly show, Red Hots Burlesque.

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Anatomy of Pleasure Intensive with Drs. Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen
Three separate and different lectures! 
Saturdays, July 14, 21 & 28, 10am-2pm at the Center for Sex and Culture — 1349 Mission St., San Francisco
Pay what you can — suggested cost is $40 per session.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR SEX EDUCATORS —  especially self-taught ones or those who have never had a formal anatomy class!
Want to know more about the senses? Who doesn’t? Find new combinations to make you and yours hotter, and learn the body’s many sensory secrets. Join us for a thoroughly eye (and flesh) opening tour of the body with way more area covered than just that enticing spot between your legs (though we will delve in there as well). Learn how nearly any sense can be a source of erotic inspiration! This is especially relevant for us kinky sorts who already think of the entire body as their canvas.  
Dr. Robert Lawrence has been lecturing about human anatomy and sexuality since 1980, and his knowledge has provided a proven, fact-based foundation for other writers and instructors in the fetish and SM community to build upon. Have you ever been told to take an aspirin or an antihistamine prior to being spanked? Dr. Lawrence first made the suggestion in 1980 (he still has his SFSI SM lecture notes). Have you ever heard of humans being shaped inside like a donut? How about proprioception and bondage? How many senses can you describe and play with individually? He can demonstrate at least 15 specific senses and can break them into more than 20 depending on how you split (or stroke) the hair. No matter your level of familiarity and comfort with the topic, this lecture is a must-experience for anyone committed to developing their sensual and sexual responsiveness. Demonstrations of reflex, dermatomes, sensory specificity and adaption will show you what you have been missing — and help you better understand arousal, BDSM enthusiasm, and orgasm!

Anatomy of Pleasure Intensive with Drs. Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen

Three separate and different lectures! 

Saturdays, July 14, 21 & 28, 10am-2pm at the Center for Sex and Culture — 1349 Mission St., San Francisco

Pay what you can — suggested cost is $40 per session.

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR SEX EDUCATORS —  especially self-taught ones or those who have never had a formal anatomy class!

Want to know more about the senses? Who doesn’t? Find new combinations to make you and yours hotter, and learn the body’s many sensory secrets. Join us for a thoroughly eye (and flesh) opening tour of the body with way more area covered than just that enticing spot between your legs (though we will delve in there as well). Learn how nearly any sense can be a source of erotic inspiration! This is especially relevant for us kinky sorts who already think of the entire body as their canvas.  

Dr. Robert Lawrence has been lecturing about human anatomy and sexuality since 1980, and his knowledge has provided a proven, fact-based foundation for other writers and instructors in the fetish and SM community to build upon. Have you ever been told to take an aspirin or an antihistamine prior to being spanked? Dr. Lawrence first made the suggestion in 1980 (he still has his SFSI SM lecture notes). Have you ever heard of humans being shaped inside like a donut? How about proprioception and bondage? How many senses can you describe and play with individually? He can demonstrate at least 15 specific senses and can break them into more than 20 depending on how you split (or stroke) the hair. No matter your level of familiarity and comfort with the topic, this lecture is a must-experience for anyone committed to developing their sensual and sexual responsiveness. Demonstrations of reflex, dermatomes, sensory specificity and adaption will show you what you have been missing — and help you better understand arousal, BDSM enthusiasm, and orgasm!

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Sex-Positive Parenting with Airial Clark
A series of 4, 90-minute interactive workshops with the overarching title of Sex-Positive Parenting; Strategies and Support for Families. 
$25 each, or if you sign up for all 4 it’s $75 (buy 3, get 1 free). 
Each workshop is stand alone with a specific focus, but taken together are a comprehensive curriculum. 
Four workshops spanning August 25 and 26: 10:30am-Noon and 1:00pm-2:30pm, both days at the Center for Sex and Culture
 1. Parenting with an alternative sexuality; Ending the silence of non-monogamous, kinky, or queer parents. 
2. Coming out as a family; To reveal or not reveal is the question. 
3. What to say and When to say it; Strategies for age-appropriate conversations about sexuality and desire. 
4. Building Social Support Networks; How to build your sex-positive dream team of peers and professionals. 

Airial Clark, M.A is the founder of The Sex-Positive Parent. She has a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and is also the parent of two tweenage sons. Airial graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a BA in English Literature and Anthropology. At Cal, she was the President of the Student Parent Association. She is a contributing writer for Good Vibrations Magazine, the Sex Positive Photo Project of the SF Bay Area and Shades Magazine. Airial presented her graduate level research on the intersections of race, non-monogamy and parenting at the Open SF conference. She was recently interviewed on the Sexploration with Monika radio show and featured on My Sex Professor.com. Based out of the SF Bay Area, Airial sees the mission of her work to provide strategies and support for sex-positive parenting; specializing in community building for parents with alternative sexualities.
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets

Sex-Positive Parenting with Airial Clark

A series of 4, 90-minute interactive workshops with the overarching title of Sex-Positive Parenting; Strategies and Support for Families.

$25 each, or if you sign up for all 4 it’s $75 (buy 3, get 1 free).

Each workshop is stand alone with a specific focus, but taken together are a comprehensive curriculum.

Four workshops spanning August 25 and 26: 10:30am-Noon and 1:00pm-2:30pm, both days at the Center for Sex and Culture

1. Parenting with an alternative sexuality; Ending the silence of non-monogamous, kinky, or queer parents.

2. Coming out as a family; To reveal or not reveal is the question.

3. What to say and When to say it; Strategies for age-appropriate conversations about sexuality and desire.

4. Building Social Support Networks; How to build your sex-positive dream team of peers and professionals.


Airial Clark, M.A is the founder of The Sex-Positive Parent. She has a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and is also the parent of two tweenage sons. Airial graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a BA in English Literature and Anthropology. At Cal, she was the President of the Student Parent Association. She is a contributing writer for Good Vibrations Magazine, the Sex Positive Photo Project of the SF Bay Area and Shades Magazine. Airial presented her graduate level research on the intersections of race, non-monogamy and parenting at the Open SF conference. She was recently interviewed on the Sexploration with Monika radio show and featured on My Sex Professor.com. Based out of the SF Bay Area, Airial sees the mission of her work to provide strategies and support for sex-positive parenting; specializing in community building for parents with alternative sexualities.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets

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The Erotic Reading Circle
Held every fourth Wednesday at the Center for Sex and Culture
June 27, 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 next Erotic Reading Circle meets on June 27, 7:30-9:30 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 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!    

Photo by Marc Travanti
Held every fourth Wednesday at the Center for Sex and Culture
June 27, 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 next Erotic Reading Circle meets on June 27, 7:30-9:30 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 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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This Is What YOU Want

5:00pm to 11:00 PM

The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, SF

Buy your tickets at Eventbrite

This piece is an invitation. For the audience of this is what you want 2012. An audience bombarded and inspired by the experience of other peoples work on desires over the week.

What is it that YOU want?  Do you know?  Does it matter?

What happens when you share it with others?

What sort of people do you want to share it with? (lover? friend? priest? teacher? student?)

What if you confessed a fake desire?  Or…someone else’s desire?

What is the value of speaking what you desire?

How valuable is your desire to you? Can you profit from speaking it?

What if you had to pay to say it to others?  Would you say it with passion? What if you said it indifferently?  What would you do if your desire could be fulfilled?

This is What YOU Want is a piece that provides us with a framework to explore these and other questions around an economy of desire.

As the culmination of TIWIW2012, Center or Sex and Culture hosts a participatory exploration conceived by Tessa Wills and Directed by TT Baum, developed with assistance from artists and Bay Area luminaries:  Kirk Read, Cayenne, Pele, Syd Blaekovitch, Sadie Lune, Praney, Christraper, Brontez, Ariadne, Syd Nova, Elizabeth McSturdy,  SiouxsieQ, Ian Waisler, Minax, Annie Danger, Captain Snowden, and Carol Queen. 

Tickets are $15 – $25 (with “appointment times” attached) this exploration is an hour long, and it will be presented in three stages. You can say a desire to the charger of your choosing,  rememeber that if you ask, maybe you will get what you desire… or not.   And maybe it will answer some of the questions above. Or not. Make it risky, make it profound. Or not!

We are expecting it to be many things, especially fun.

For a five hour performance exploration in unchartered territory between sensual practices and art practices, between performance and happening, embodying the theme of “This Is What I Want 2012″, and making the site of that research of the economy of desire culminate in your personal experience.

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Slow Sex Symposia
Queer exit-strategies from capitalist economies of attraction and performance

Presented as part of the
This is What I Want Festival

30th June 2012 12-4 PM
at the Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Free of Charge with reservation
reserve your seat at
 Eventbrite

Presented in collaboration with Center for Sex and Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence and under rigorous curatorial direction by Los Angeles based London scholar and practicing performance maker Doran George, “Slow Sex” comprises two facilitated discussions about desire.

Over the course of a day, events will encourage the symposium audience to make a connection between their own desires and performance that is influenced by alternative participatory sexual-practice.

Panel 1: 12:00-1:50 pm

PERFORMING CRITICAL DESIRE
Jim Self, Tessa Wills, Sara Kraft, Mica Sigourney, Dia Dear, Rafa Esperza, Nick and JMY, Taisha Paggett

The first panel ”Performing Critical Desire, brings together the artists that have presented in the 2012 festival ”This Is What I Want, to discuss how their work does or doesn’t connect with the legacy of alternative sexual practice. Contributors will discuss how their critique of  dominant models of desire connects to their identity, lifestyle or artistic perspective, and how the festival theme provided them with a context to create new work or restage and bring a particular lens to an existing work. They will also reflect upon the influences on queer perspectives in their work more generally, and take questions that arise from the audience.

Panel 2: 2:10-4:00 pm

PRACTICING RADICAL PLEASURE
Carol Queen, Xandra Ibarra, Dossie Easton, Joseph Kramer

The second panel “Practicing Radical Pleasure” facilitated by Carol Queen of the Center for Sex and Culture, focuses on the alternative sexual practice movement to structure desire in a way that resists conventional models of attraction and play. With its richly diverse cultural make-up, and distinct history of sex and gender movements, San Francisco has historically been home to one of the strongest radical pleasure communities in the world. Joseph Kramer, Dossie Easton and Xandra Ibarra will present their respective work in the development of lifestyles and the synthesis of identities that have been part of the Bay Area milieu. Each of the panelists has either influenced or been directly involved in the world of performance, and San Francisco boasts a unique relationship between experimental sexual practice and art.

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ANOTHER TALK BY JACK RINELLA!
Saturday, June 23: The Lusting Pervert’s Guide to Getting Laid with Jack Rinella
7:30-10PM
$10-30 sliding scale
Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
Many of us come to kink because we are seeking a sexual partner, either for the thrill of scene or a long term relationship. Yet time after time, we fail to reach our social goals. How can we learn new ways to improve our chances of success? Whether you’re a wall-flower or a gigolo, here is Jack’s guide to getting the kind of scene or relationship that you seek, whether it includes getting laid or not.
Bio:
Jack Rinella, author of The Master’s Manual, The Compleat Slave, Partners In Power, The Toy Bag Guide to Clips and Clamps, Becoming a Slave, Philosophy in the Dungeon, The Dictionary of Scene-Friendly Terms, More from the Master, and The Dionysian Alliance is a free-lance writer, computer professional, and college instructor. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented across the country, including the Leather Leadership Conference, Black Rose, Bash at the Beach, The Leather Archives and Museum, Beat Me in St. Louis, Master’s Retreat, TES, Headspace in Bloomington, IN, PEER in Cincinnati, and Menamore Leather/Levi Club in Wilmington, NC, South Plains LeatherFest, and many, many more.
Born in upstate New York of Italian-American parents, he’s been a high school and college teacher, a drug rehabilitation counselor, a cook, a computer salesman, a Catholic seminarian, a Pentecostal minister, an advertising copy writer, a graphic designer, and has done stints at printing, publishing, telemarketing, head-hunting, and computer consulting.
He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and has written extensively about our lifestyle for nearly eleven years. He is a weekly columnist for Gay Chicago Magazine and his writing has also appeared in Drummer, in The (San Francisco) Sentinel, and in Philadelphia Gay News.
He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can. You can contact Jack at mrjackr@Leathermail.com or visit his web site at www.LeatherViews.com.

ANOTHER TALK BY JACK RINELLA!

Saturday, June 23: The Lusting Pervert’s Guide to Getting Laid with Jack Rinella

7:30-10PM

$10-30 sliding scale

Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

Many of us come to kink because we are seeking a sexual partner, either for the thrill of scene or a long term relationship. Yet time after time, we fail to reach our social goals. How can we learn new ways to improve our chances of success? Whether you’re a wall-flower or a gigolo, here is Jack’s guide to getting the kind of scene or relationship that you seek, whether it includes getting laid or not.

Bio:

Jack Rinella, author of The Master’s Manual, The Compleat Slave, Partners In Power, The Toy Bag Guide to Clips and Clamps, Becoming a Slave, Philosophy in the Dungeon, The Dictionary of Scene-Friendly Terms, More from the Master, and The Dionysian Alliance is a free-lance writer, computer professional, and college instructor. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented across the country, including the Leather Leadership Conference, Black Rose, Bash at the Beach, The Leather Archives and Museum, Beat Me in St. Louis, Master’s Retreat, TES, Headspace in Bloomington, IN, PEER in Cincinnati, and Menamore Leather/Levi Club in Wilmington, NC, South Plains LeatherFest, and many, many more.

Born in upstate New York of Italian-American parents, he’s been a high school and college teacher, a drug rehabilitation counselor, a cook, a computer salesman, a Catholic seminarian, a Pentecostal minister, an advertising copy writer, a graphic designer, and has done stints at printing, publishing, telemarketing, head-hunting, and computer consulting.

He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and has written extensively about our lifestyle for nearly eleven years. He is a weekly columnist for Gay Chicago Magazine and his writing has also appeared in Drummer, in The (San Francisco) Sentinel, and in Philadelphia Gay News.

He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can. You can contact Jack at mrjackr@Leathermail.com or visit his web site at www.LeatherViews.com.

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Saturday, June 23: An Historical Perspective of Kinky Sex with Jack Rinella
2-4:30PM
$10-30 sliding scale
Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
We have an extensive, if hidden and often forgotten, History. There is more to the idea of the “Old Guard” than we think. This slide show / seminar will talk about our past and what it tells us about our present and our future. We will debunk myths and legends so that we are free to create a community as lively and exciting as the ones that created our present lifestyle. — note this is a rather long presentation, so plan about 1.5 to 2 hrs — but people love it.
Bio:
Jack Rinella, author of The Master’s Manual, The Compleat Slave, Partners In Power, The Toy Bag Guide to Clips and Clamps, Becoming a Slave, Philosophy in the Dungeon, The Dictionary of Scene-Friendly Terms, More from the Master, and The Dionysian Alliance is a free-lance writer, computer professional, and college instructor. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented across the country, including the Leather Leadership Conference, Black Rose, Bash at the Beach, The Leather Archives and Museum, Beat Me in St. Louis, Master’s Retreat, TES, Headspace in Bloomington, IN, PEER in Cincinnati, and Menamore Leather/Levi Club in Wilmington, NC, South Plains LeatherFest, and many, many more.
Born in upstate New York of Italian-American parents, he’s been a high school and college teacher, a drug rehabilitation counselor, a cook, a computer salesman, a Catholic seminarian, a Pentecostal minister, an advertising copy writer, a graphic designer, and has done stints at printing, publishing, telemarketing, head-hunting, and computer consulting.
He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and has written extensively about our lifestyle for nearly eleven years. He is a weekly columnist for Gay Chicago Magazine and his writing has also appeared in Drummer, in The (San Francisco) Sentinel, and in Philadelphia Gay News.
He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can. You can contact Jack at mrjackr@Leathermail.com or visit his web site at www.LeatherViews.com.

Saturday, June 23: An Historical Perspective of Kinky Sex with Jack Rinella

2-4:30PM

$10-30 sliding scale

Center for Sex & Culture

1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

We have an extensive, if hidden and often forgotten, History. There is more to the idea of the “Old Guard” than we think. This slide show / seminar will talk about our past and what it tells us about our present and our future. We will debunk myths and legends so that we are free to create a community as lively and exciting as the ones that created our present lifestyle. — note this is a rather long presentation, so plan about 1.5 to 2 hrs — but people love it.

Bio:

Jack Rinella, author of The Master’s Manual, The Compleat Slave, Partners In Power, The Toy Bag Guide to Clips and Clamps, Becoming a Slave, Philosophy in the Dungeon, The Dictionary of Scene-Friendly Terms, More from the Master, and The Dionysian Alliance is a free-lance writer, computer professional, and college instructor. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented across the country, including the Leather Leadership Conference, Black Rose, Bash at the Beach, The Leather Archives and Museum, Beat Me in St. Louis, Master’s Retreat, TES, Headspace in Bloomington, IN, PEER in Cincinnati, and Menamore Leather/Levi Club in Wilmington, NC, South Plains LeatherFest, and many, many more.

Born in upstate New York of Italian-American parents, he’s been a high school and college teacher, a drug rehabilitation counselor, a cook, a computer salesman, a Catholic seminarian, a Pentecostal minister, an advertising copy writer, a graphic designer, and has done stints at printing, publishing, telemarketing, head-hunting, and computer consulting.

He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and has written extensively about our lifestyle for nearly eleven years. He is a weekly columnist for Gay Chicago Magazine and his writing has also appeared in Drummer, in The (San Francisco) Sentinel, and in Philadelphia Gay News.

He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can. You can contact Jack at mrjackr@Leathermail.com or visit his web site at www.LeatherViews.com.

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June 20: Traversing the Cutting Edge of Spiritual Sexual Shamanism with Baba Dez Nichols
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
7-10PM
$20
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St.
Join us for this fascinating evening presentation on Spiritual Sexual Shamanism! We will explore tools for mastery of our ‘emotional energy body’ and engage in exercises for presencing, activation, and integration of Spiritual Sexual Energy. We will also explore tools to clear ingrained cultural guilt, shame & fear, and understand how beliefs, judgments, and telepathic agreements can limit & control our power and influence our lives. Through integrating these understandings in our emotional and physical bodies, it’s possible to experience a conscious clear connection with our nervous system that can bring us all the way into living freedom and bliss. Through integrating this material, we will deepen our ability to support ourselves, our people, and all humanity in conscious evolution. These teachings provide the foundation to becoming a Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Practitioner. $20 for the evening.
BABA DEZ NICHOLS is a Internationally renowned speaker and teacher, Daka, author, singer-songwriter, and transformational guide, trained in the Sacred Temple Arts to share, inspire, and support others in their integration of the divine masculine and feminine (Shiva/Shakti) energies within. He is the founder of the Sedona Temple and School of Temple Arts and the Annual Daka-Dakini Conferences for sacred sexual healers, Tantra teachers and practitioners. He has studied, assisted, and been blessed with the presence and wisdom of many masters around the world for over 30 years. His path is to travel worldwide and help others deepen in their truth and power, find healing & enjoyment in transformation, and manifest grounded results. He is currently on tour promoting the release of his documentary Sex Magic, his book Sacred Sexual Healing: The Shaman Method of Sex Magic.

June 20: Traversing the Cutting Edge of Spiritual Sexual Shamanism with Baba Dez Nichols

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

7-10PM

$20

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission St.

Join us for this fascinating evening presentation on Spiritual Sexual Shamanism! We will explore tools for mastery of our ‘emotional energy body’ and engage in exercises for presencing, activation, and integration of Spiritual Sexual Energy. We will also explore tools to clear ingrained cultural guilt, shame & fear, and understand how beliefs, judgments, and telepathic agreements can limit & control our power and influence our lives. Through integrating these understandings in our emotional and physical bodies, it’s possible to experience a conscious clear connection with our nervous system that can bring us all the way into living freedom and bliss. Through integrating this material, we will deepen our ability to support ourselves, our people, and all humanity in conscious evolution. These teachings provide the foundation to becoming a Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Practitioner. $20 for the evening.

BABA DEZ NICHOLS is a Internationally renowned speaker and teacher, Daka, author, singer-songwriter, and transformational guide, trained in the Sacred Temple Arts to share, inspire, and support others in their integration of the divine masculine and feminine (Shiva/Shakti) energies within. He is the founder of the Sedona Temple and School of Temple Arts and the Annual Daka-Dakini Conferences for sacred sexual healers, Tantra teachers and practitioners. He has studied, assisted, and been blessed with the presence and wisdom of many masters around the world for over 30 years. His path is to travel worldwide and help others deepen in their truth and power, find healing & enjoyment in transformation, and manifest grounded results. He is currently on tour promoting the release of his documentary Sex Magic, his book Sacred Sexual Healing: The Shaman Method of Sex Magic.

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Society of Janus Presents: self-ish Submission: Why your Needs Should be Nourished - presented by Mollena
Sunday, June 17, 2012
6:00 PM –8:00 PM
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Please note: you do not need to be a member to attend. Janus programs are open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal, positive interest in BDSM.
The program runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, but come early for a mixer and social event!
About Our Program
This exciting and timely program is presented for the Society of Janus by Mollena.
As submissives and slaves, we often approach our relationships from the viewpoint that the ultimate goal is to meet the needs of our partners, and in that way, have our own needs met. While this seems a lofty goal, fully abandoning one’s own needs and wants may not bring the blissful surrender you seek. Sometimes? We need more. Feedback, affection, focus, attention. In power exchange relationships (Hey, they’re called ”exchange” for a reason!) there needs to be an ebb and flow, a give and take that fulfills all parties involved. Knowing what you need, what it takes to achieve your needs, and expressing them clearly can help you be present and fulfilled in your relationships.
We will discuss ways to handle questions such as determining:
How do I know what I want?
What would happen if I have my needs met?
What would happen if I do not have my needs met?
When does serving another become compromising myself?
How do I know when I’ve gone too far?
This discussion will revolve around assessing, categorizing prioritizing and supporting your needs and your wants, and discovering what you are…or are not…willing to do to have these met.
About our Presenter, Mollena Williams
This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. She is also thrilled to have been named Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009 after that contest’s decade long slumber.
Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics.

Society of Janus Presents: self-ish Submission: Why your Needs Should be Nourished - presented by Mollena

Sunday, June 17, 2012

6:00 PM –8:00 PM

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Doors open at 5:00 pm

Please note: you do not need to be a member to attend. Janus programs are open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal, positive interest in BDSM.

The program runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, but come early for a mixer and social event!

About Our Program

This exciting and timely program is presented for the Society of Janus by Mollena.

As submissives and slaves, we often approach our relationships from the viewpoint that the ultimate goal is to meet the needs of our partners, and in that way, have our own needs met. While this seems a lofty goal, fully abandoning one’s own needs and wants may not bring the blissful surrender you seek. Sometimes? We need more. Feedback, affection, focus, attention. In power exchange relationships (Hey, they’re called ”exchange” for a reason!) there needs to be an ebb and flow, a give and take that fulfills all parties involved. Knowing what you need, what it takes to achieve your needs, and expressing them clearly can help you be present and fulfilled in your relationships.

We will discuss ways to handle questions such as determining:

How do I know what I want?

What would happen if I have my needs met?

What would happen if I do not have my needs met?

When does serving another become compromising myself?

How do I know when I’ve gone too far?

This discussion will revolve around assessing, categorizing prioritizing and supporting your needs and your wants, and discovering what you are…or are not…willing to do to have these met.

About our Presenter, Mollena Williams

This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. She is also thrilled to have been named Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009 after that contest’s decade long slumber.

Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics.

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