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Nautical Night: A Sea-Loving Play Party

When: Saturday January 19th 8pm to 1am

Ticket purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/312574

Where: The Center for Sex & Culture. 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (between 9th and 10th Streets, on the corner of Grace Street.)
Please note that Mission St has parking restrictions so please follow all posted signs.
This event is strictly 18+, please bring your I.D.

Calling all sailors, merfolk, beach babes, pirates, and creatures at sea! A nautical play party is underway! So grab your booty and come aboard to the Center for Sex & Culture for some kinky fun. January may be cold, but under the sea and on the beach it is always hot! Dress in your swimsuit, sailor outfit, fish tail, or fins and come meet, mingle, play and fuck with the Bay’s sexiest perverts.

Nautical Night welcomes land and sea creatures of all genders, sexualities, ages, abilities, bodies, preferences, and play! This party is in conjunction with Midori’s Rope Bondage Dojo ®- so if you are so inclined, bring your rope and grab an open rafter. Maybe you’ll spot a student learning the ropes and practicing their knots.

Proceeds from Nautical Night goes to the amazing work of the Center for Sex & Culture.

Tunes brought to you by A. Lowe!

Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Have some buried treasure? Donate more to support the community.

Crewmates and volunteers are most welcome here for full comp. We need crew for set up, clean up, DM duty, and door watch. Please email Avianswers@gmail.com for more details.

Anchors aweigh!

About A. Lowe: A. Lowe is an Oakland based DJ/Producer. Genres include glitch hop, dubstep, bass music, breaks, pop, hip hop, IDM and whatever else moves the dance floor. Get updates and free downloads here:

https://soundcloud.com/alowe
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About Midori’s Rope Bondage Dojo®: A two-day intensive, unique hands-on learning experience. For more please visit ropedojo.com

About the Center for Sex & Culture: The mission of the CSC is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.

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We did it! Funding is complete for the Center for Sex and Culture’s Grace Alley Mural project on Offbeatr with $2,035 raised by December 22, 11:30 pm. Thanks for all of your support!

Further information here:

http://offbeatr.com/project/grace-alley-mural-project-10161016955

The Center for Sex & Culture is in the process of conceptualizing and creating a public art project, the Grace Alley Mural Project, to be featured on the exterior of the Center for Sex & Culture building on the wall at Grace Alley.  We have a team of our very own notorious (and not-so-notorious) muralists prepared to collaborate on this Mural, a highlight of San Francisco’s sexual history and culture.  Our group of talented artists includes Eddie CollaFinley CoylAmandalynn, and Éclair Acuda Bandersnatch.  Their work on Grace Alley will pay homage to our city’s past sexual renegades, founders, activists and healers.

The Mural will be situated amidst nightlife, non-profits, neighborhood residential and mixed commerce — but it’s also a location in need of beautification to our Public Spaces.  It will emphasize the good work of non-profit organizations centered around sex, enhance the good work we are doing here and let the surrounding community know we are an organization that plans to stay and grow in this neighborhood.  The Mural will be a celebration of sex-positivity, knowledge and the work San Francisco has pioneered and achieved on behalf of sexual health, education and openness.

This Mural is a true labor of love — for sex, the community and the sex community, but we ask for your financial support to make this loving project really happen.  Specifically, your monetary donations would help toward the rental of electric scissor lifts (to be used to physically elevate the artists as they work on the wall), artists’ commissions and project supplies.  Any contributions you may be able to provide toward that estimation will be deeply cherished!

To see more images of the Grace Alley Mural Project follow us on Facebook, visit our Tumblr, or come see it in person at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco.

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Trailer for upcoming shows "The Biggest Quake" featuring 8 writers making brand new works about the San Francisco AIDS epidemic. Shows are all FREE at Metropolitan Community Church at 7pm. Every show is different and features different material from the writers. Justin Chin, K.M. Soehnlein, Carol Queen, Ed Wolf, Julia Serano, Brontez Purnell, Mark Abramson and Kirk Read.

The Biggest Quake: New thinking on the San Francisco AIDS epidemic
 
ALL SHOWS FREE! JUNE 14-15-16, 7pm  New material in every show
Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka near 18th
 
Mark ABRAMSON, Justin CHIN, Brontez PURNELL, Carol QUEEN, Kirk READ, Julia SERANO, Karl SOEHNLEIN, Ed WOLF
 
The Biggest Quake brings together eight San Francisco artists with varied backgrounds in writing, performance art, music, public health, science and AIDS activism. Topics will include barebacking, pre-exposure HIV medications, crystal meth, the missing generations of trans women, being newly infected, helping people commit suicide and ACT UP. A rich brew. WE PROMISE there will be no cliches about being HIV positive and thriving and no one will tell you that men who bareback have low self esteem. In preparation for these three evenings, the eight artists created brand new essays and performance works in collaboration with one another. The location, Metropolitan Community Church, was ground zero for hundreds of memorial services during the peak of the AIDS years. The work promises to be funny, touching, harrowing, historical and controversial. The artists spent hours having conversations as a group and individually, deepening their understanding of the AIDS epidemic. The variety of voices here creates a dialogue that goes across generational, gender, and experiential lines. The purpose of this project is to generate new stories and thinking about AIDS and to spark a resurgence of artists making work about the epidemic, in terms of history, where we are now, and the future imaginary.
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March 22nd - Midori’s Pink Japan a Secret Travelogue of Contemporary Japanese Sex Culture

 What exotic erotic adventures happen behind the closed doors of Japan? What sensual entertainment do today’s Japanese citizens partake in? Come to Midori’s fascinating presentation at the Center for Sex & Culture on March 22nd to find out! Advance tickets are available now; please see the link below.
 
From cuisine, music, fashion, and technology to anime, Japan’s cultural influence on the West is immense. In many ways the Japanese erotic cultures also influence today’s Western tastes. Yet the daily realities of Japan’s sexual habits, sexual consumer culture, gender relations, and sensual subcultures world remain hidden to us, creating an aura of mystique. In this funny and insightful presentation, join Midori for a double-expatriate’s personal tour of Japan’s hidden sexual culture today. Come early to browse through her collection of naughty magazines, rare books, unusual flyers and other goodies from Japan. Midori is a Kyoto-born, Tokyo-raised, Japanese-American author and sexuality educator based in San Francisco. She is well versed with the contradiction that is 21st Century Japan and possesses a keen insight into culture and sexuality.
 
"Midori’s Pink Japan presentation was a perfect fit for the Center for Sex & Culture: full of detailed information about sexuality in contemporary Japan that we wouldn’t get anywhere else, through the unique lens of Midori’s own interests, expertise, and bi-cultural history. It’s an engaging and informational show," says Carol Queen, Ph.D.,  Director of the Center for Sex & Culture.
 
Midori is a San Francisco based educator and author. She travels far and wide speaking on 21st century sexuality to a wide range of audiences, from colleges and the general public to media and subculture groups. In 2001, she wrote the first English language book on Shibari, “The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage.” Other books to this date include “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink” and “Master Han’s Daughter.” In 2002 she founded Rope Bondage Dojo©, leading many Dojos each year with the Dojo Cadre. Later she formed ForteFemme, a unique women’s dominance weekend training and empowerment intensive.  She’s also driven to create controversial art and installations.
 
Twitter & Facebook: PlanetMidori 
 
 
About the Center for Sex & Culture:
The Center for Sex & Culture is a three-time winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay award (Best Emerging Sex Non-profit, 2005, Best Erotic Resurrection for its Erotic Reading Circle, 2007, and Best Contest for Wankers, 2009) and was included in SF Weekly’s 2005 Best Of San Francisco listing as “Best Place to Watch Pornos (and Be Considered Intellectual)” and as its 2011 winner as “Best Palace of Self-Pleasure.” CSC hosts educational and cultural events having to do with sexuality for adults of every orientation and gender that span the continuum from didactic to experiential. It maintains a sexuality library, archive and gallery, and supports sex-related research projects. CSC is a 501(c)(3) educational organization; for more detail, to sign up for twice-monthly e-mailed event updates and/or its press list, please email carol@sexandculture.org. To peruse the events calendar or learn more about the Center for Sex & Culture, see www.sexandculture.org. CSC is on Facebook and tweets at @ CentrSexCulture.
 
 
Event in brief:
Midori’s Pink Japan 
Thursday March 22, 7:30pm
At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, SF
$10-30 sliding scale
 
 
More March arts and culture at the Center for Sex & Culture  — kindly let us know if you would care for more information about these events:
 
A Very Special Evening with Toronto-based transgender activist, actor and writer S. Bear Bergman
         March 8, doors at 7:30, show at 8pm
Carol Queen in Peep Show — a spoken word look-back at the Lusty Lady Theatre (Members FREE!)
         Friday, March 23, doors at 7:30, show at 8pm
Erotic surrealist Penny Slinger teaches photoshop collage techniques
         Saturday, 3/ 24, 2-6pm
Erotic Reading Circle
    Wednesday, 3/28, 7:30-9:30
 IN BURNING - IN BASHING BACK - IN BLOOMING - A SPOKEN WORD AND PERFORMANCE ART-MUSICAL BY Stockholm, Sweden-based artist ALEXANDER ALVINA CHAMBERLAND
     Thursday, March 29, 7:30 doors, show 8pm
 
March in the Gallery: Kinky homoerotic b/w drawings (various artists) from the Larry Townsend collection

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I am so proud of what has been accomplished in the last week to get this very important library together and nearing future use here at the Center for Sex and Culture.

I cannot sufficiently begin to thank all the hard working interns and volunteers, none this could have happened without you. Your role is a service to our community. 

On that note, please join this community as we celebrate Folsom St. Fair 2011, byGIVING TILL IT HURTS!!!

Come out to Folsom, get spanked, save the world.

Each year, Society of Janus holds a Charty Spanking and Flogging booth at Folsom Street Fair, the proceeds benefitting a local organization. This year, our designated beneficiary is Center for Sex & Culture
If you are a CSC supporter, we ask that you stop by the Janus booth on 9th between Folsom and Harrison and have some fun by getting spanked. Donations start at just $5 and there will be some really hot tops.

PS – Besides Janus’s generous sponsorship, we’ll be sharing a booth with Fantasy Makers again this year – more butt-warming and other naughtiness there too! And don’t miss our other Folsom Day goings-on:

SC Open House

Come by CSC (just two blocks from the Folsom Street Fair!) for our open house. 1349 MIssion St. bn 9th & 10th. Featuring archive show and sale of vintage dungeon equipment! 

The CSC Archive Show

Goodies from the Archive of the Center for Sex and Culture will be on display in a rare public showing of selections from the collection. The show features posters, photographs, letters, original documents and manuscripts, and other ephemera from a variety of historically, politically and sexologically significant sources. ’70s porn posters, original manuscripts of groundbreaking erotica, bondage toys of famous perverts and famous pervert places, a vibrating Nimbus 2000 Broomstick and more! Come see the beloved detritus of the movements that made San Francisco the Mecca of sexual liberation and libertinism that we know it as today.

NOT ONLY THAT! Here’s what our fiscal sponsee Mark I Chester is up to: 

For Folsom I am doing a group exhibition of sexual and erotic photography.  The opening is Fri Sept. 23rd and the show will have open hours Sat and Sun of Folsom.  Mark also will be doing a digital pix special on Sat and Sun.  The show will be open by appointment thru October. Mark now needs your support more than ever.  Hope to see you soon!

The Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission St. between 9th and 10th, on corner of Grace St./Alley.

See at Folsom Street!

photo by lv

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Center for Sex & Culture: Help Wanted! (Library Shelves)

The Center for Sex & Culture needs your help for our library shelving project! We’re looking for: kind people who can de/construct shelving, wood working, window installation; lumber (100 feet of 2x4 or 2x6 in any condition, used is okay); people with strong backs that can lift. Contact lbryvxn@gmail.com if interested.

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The Lusty Ladies

Pride 2011

by library vixen

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The Library Computer finally up and running, with internets! 

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