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CSC at the CA Academy of Science — Valentine’s Day Nightlife!

Every Thursday night from 6-10pm, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond.  21+. 55 Music Concourse Drive (in Golden Gate Park), SF


2/14/2013 - “Spin the Bottle NightLife” - Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Beer Week in one fell swoop. Almanac Beer Co., Drake’s Brewing, Pac Brew Lab, anyone? Talks and activities by Center for Sex and Culture founders Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence. Sample V-day sweet treats provided by Whole Foods and get crafty with SCRAP. Music by Hard French DJs Carnita and Brown Amy plus Sweet Cheeks DJs Loco and Mawkus.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day and SF Beer Week in one fell swoop!

SF Beer Week Celebration in African Hall   
6:00–10:00 pm, Beer Hall featuring:
Almanac Beer Co., Ale Industries, Speakeasy, Anchor Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Pac Brew Lab

Activities in the East Pavilion  
6:00–10:00 pm, Photoboof “Kiss Cam”
6:00–10:00 pm, Good Vibrations Pop-up Exhibit of Vibrators Past and Present 
6:00–10:00 pm, Whole Foods Valentine’s Day Sweets 
6:00–10:00 pm, SCRAP’s Valentine’s Day Crafts

Dance Party in the Piazza   
6:00-10:00pm, Hard French is for Lovers: Hard French DJs Carnita and Brown Amy plus Cupid “love bombs” and other suprises
8:30 pm, Couples Dance-off, emceed by the Hard French Crew - Register when you arrive, space is limited!

Music in the Coral Reef
6:00-10:00pm, Sweet Cheeks DJs Loco and Mawkus

Planetarium 
6:30 pm, Celestial Attractions
7:30 & 8:30 pm Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet 

Sex and Culture Talks in the Forum  
Presented by the Center for Sex and Culture
7:00 pm, “A Brief History of Sex and Science” presented by Center for Sex and Culture founders Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence
8:00 pm, “How to Make Anything Sound Sexy” presented by Midori
9:00 pm, “Sex and Dating in San Francisco” presented by Carol Queen
Please note all three talks will be seated first-come, first-served

Science Love Stories in the Aquarium
7:30 pm, Chat with Academy Biologists Lauren Oquita and George Groh about animal reproduction in the Animal Attraction exhibit 

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Treasures from the Center for Sex and Culture

Carol Queen & Robert Lawrence

Wednesday, August 22, 2012   7:30 pm - 9:30 pm @ Mr S. Playspace, 385A Eighth Street

An evening with the co-founders and principals of San Francisco’s premier resource for all things sexual, the wondrous and underappreciated Center for Sex and Culture. Its mission: “to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. From our San Francisco home we promote creativity, information and healthy sexual knowledge.”

Carol and Robert will talk about their own roles in the erotic evolution of San Francisco’s leather/kink/fetish culture, about the development of their partnership and the creation of the CSC. They’ll also be bringing, for your perusal and inspection, an assortment of erotic art, publications, toys, posters, items from the estate of Larry Townsend (of THE LEATHERMAN’S HANDBOOK), turn-of-the-century buttplugs, plus other obscure, rare, and significant finds.

[NOTE: We’ll need a few extra volunteers for this program, to assist in transporting and displaying the items Robert and Carol will be bringing us from the CSC. If you can help, please drop us a line at volunteer@sfldg.org]

DR. CAROL QUEEN is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She is a noted essayist whose work has appeared in dozens of anthologies. Her essay collection, REAL LIVE NUDE GIRL: CHRONICLES OF SEX-POSITIVE CULTURE, was published in 1997 and reissued in 2002; it is read in university classes across America. Her erotic stories can be found in several BEST AMERICAN EROTICA volumes, among many other anthologies; her erotic novel, THE LEATHER DADDY AND THE FEMME, was published in 1998 and won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award the following year. A “director’s cut” edition with new material came out in 2003. Her first book, EXHIBITIONISM FOR THE SHY, published in 1995, explores issues of erotic self-esteem and enhancement and was reissued with new material in 2009. 

She is co-editor of the anthologies BEST BISEXUAL EROTICA (volumes One and Two), SEX SPOKEN HERE, SWITCH HITTIERS, and POMOSEXUALS, which won a Lambda Literary Award in 1998. She’s also edited “Whipped!” and two volumes of 5-MINUTE EROTICA, short-short erotic fiction. She has appeared in several explicit educational videos, notably “Carol Queen’s Great Vibrations: An Explicit Consumer Tour of Vibrators” and “Bend Over Boyfriend: An Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Male Anal Pleasure.”

Queen serves as Executive Director of the Center for Sex and Culture and works as staff sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex toy and book store in San Francisco, where she has worked since 1990, and blogs for the Good Vibrations web magazine at www.goodvibes.com. She has addressed numerous scholarly and professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the International Condom Conference, the International Conference on Prostitution, and the International Conference on Pornography; she frequently addresses college as well as general and specialized audiences. In February 2009 she debated the question of promiscuity (“Virtue or vice?”) for the Oxford Union at Oxford University, England.

Carol is active on behalf of progressive sex education and sexual minority issues. She has been speaking publicly about non-mainstream sexualities, from lesbian to leather, for over 25 years. Her perspective in addressing sexual diversity incorporates personal experience, accurate sex information, and informed cultural commentary. For more information (including CV and bibliography) see her website: www.carolqueen.com

DR. ROBERT MORGAN LAWRENCE, ED.D., has 35 years of non-profit experience in the field of human sexuality. He has a Doctorate of Education degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and holds an additional doctoral-level degree in healthcare which informs his sexological perspective. He has served as a sex-industry consultant, educator and academic author, and has lectured both nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health. He has been an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, the Chapter Secretary for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and a member of the San Francisco Coalition for Healthy Sex.

From 1979 Lawrence served in volunteer positions on the switchboard and training staff, and then as training coordinator, of San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI); he shared the latter position with Dr. Queen. In the early 1990s they left the organization to pursue their own projects, traveling and teaching together widely as they developed the Center for Sex & Culture.

Lawrence has covered many sexuality-related topics during many years of public speaking. He has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Sonoma State, Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and the University of Chicago, and has appeared in places as far-flung as Amsterdam, London and (on a 1994 Ford Foundation direct grant) Beijing. Lawrence and Queen have produced safer-sex education events of many kinds, including the live Masturbate-a-Thon that has become a significant fundraising event for the Center for Sex & Culture. He has been active as a safer-sex educator since 1980.

Robert co-wrote the entry on “Bisexuality in the U.S.” for The International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, edited by Robert Francoeur (Continuum, 1997). He has also published in the “Journal of Bisexuality” and has more recently written and published erotica. His work has been published in magazines and books and for many years he was regularly interviewed on radio and television programs worldwide. Limited mobility from a failed surgery has curtailed his activities with and for the CSC, though he continues to serve as its Board president.

Robert also makes collage art solo and with Carol, some of which has been shown at San Francisco galleries. 

* * * * * * photo by Efrain John Gonzalez

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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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Carol and Robert present “Seven Billion Sexual Orientations” at PRIDE NightLife

CSC co-founders, Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, join the popular NightLife event at the California Academy of Sciences to contribute to a very special PRIDE NightLife, an Official SF Pride 2012 Event.  This Thursday, June 21, at 8PM, they will be presenting a talk entitled “Seven Billion Sexual Orientations” about supporting sexual individuality and diversity.  Support the CSC and support yourself by attending!

$12/$10 for Academy members; at the door or online 

Event Schedule

 for PRIDE NightLife:

6-8pm Rainforests of the World (Last entry at 7:45pm)



6-10pm Earthquake- New Exhibit!/ West Pavilion



6:30-10pm Hard French SF Photo Booth, Haute Gloo Craft Station, Rainbow World Fund, AIDS Memorial Grove, & LGBT Center/ African Hall

6-10pm Verasphere/ Roaming



6-10pm Juanita MORE! & DJ Pink Lightning and DJ Rapid Fire from Stay Gold/ East Pavilion



6-10pm Hard French DJs Carnita & Brown Amy/ Aquarium



6-10pm Pride Cocktail Tour/ Bars Throughout

6-10pm Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt Tastings/ Children’s Gallery (East)

6:30pm “Stargayzing”/ Planetarium

7:30pm Gender & Sexuality in the Animal Kingdom with Academy Biologist Nicole Chaney/ Aquarium (Animal Attraction)

7:30 & 8:30pm (Limited Seating) Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet/ Planetarium



8:00pm “Seven Billion Sexual Orientations” - Talk by Carol Queen & Robert Lawrence/ Forum (2nd Floor)



8:45pm Drag Performance & “Transpecies” Costume Contest hosted by Heklina of Trannyshack/ Piazza

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Carol Queen, Jiz Lee and Robert Lawrence at Hot Rod and Lube Fundraiser 2010

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