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csczinefest:

ZINES, COMICS & ART BY THE BAY AREAS BEST CREATORS OF TRANSGRESSIVE AND EROTIC MATERIAL!

BOOKISH BEASTS: Center for Sex and Culture is looking for  zine and comic book makers!

After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.

Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

CSC provides 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. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of CSC’s books are searchable through Goodreads and CSC’s zine database: http://www.sexandculture.org/lbry

If you want to participate or have any questions, contact us at:sexandculturegallery@gmail.com The registration fee is $20. To register, go to: http://www.sexandculture.org/ click on the red donate button on the right side of the page. 

Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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The Art of Jacks
30 Years—See the Thing Itself

Exhibit runs one week only  - March 24-31, 2013
at The Center for Sex and Culture

Opening reception with artists in attendance 
Sun., March 24 - 31, 2013 • 2:00 – 6:00 pm

WHO:        The SF Jacks, founded in 1983, is a Men’s Social Masturbation group—a fellowship of men who like to jack-off in the company of like-minded men. Staffed by volunteers, the Jacks is neither a business nor a religion.

WHAT:    The Art of Jacks 30 Years—See the Thing Itself

To honor SF Jacks’ 30th Anniversary, this exhibit of art created by and for the Jacks will consist of acrylic paintings, sculpture, constructions/installations, photography, and graphics of all sorts. Bay Area artists represented include Lou Rudolph, Keith Hennessy, Seth Eisen, Jack Davis, Dan Becker, Lord Huckleberry, Dogtor Woof!, Jim James, Michael Johnstone, and Drs. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence.

WHY:         The Jacks’ 30th Anniversary is Monday, March 25, 2013.

WHEN:        Sunday, March 24 -  Sunday, March 31, 2013

            Opening reception with artists in attendance, 
            Sunday, March 24, 2 PM to 7PM.

            Exhibit Hours—Tues. March 26 thru Sun. March 31, 1:00 - 7:00 pm
            except Saturday, March 30, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

WHERE:    The Center for Sex and Culture
            1349 Mission Street (at Grace Alley btwn 9th and 10th streets); SF 94103

Editors and columnists—
This is a not-to-be repeated opportunity for a unique human interest story, appealing not only to the gay community, but to alternative persons of all persuasions, and the broader community of readers interested in the life style, novel activity, and broad range of creativity of some San Franciscans who fly just under the radar.

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next up at CSC gallery - Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas

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February 7 – March 29, 2014

Opening Reception, Friday February 7, 7 -10 pm

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

 The Center for Sex and Culture is proud to present Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas. The stories we learn as well as stories we invent play an enormous role in how we understand the world and our place/s in it. Kelly and Thomas’ drawings begin with the bodies enacting narratives that transgress ideals of beauty in relationship to erotic pleasure. Their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being and being sexual.

Kerry Kelly’s series of drawings, the Dirty Girl, highlights sexual activity among disparate age groups. Often focusing on the elderly bodies that are more than sexually active—they are kinky, aware, mischievous and fully engaged with their bodies and desires.

Kelly sources imagery from both pornographic film stills and images of actors fully clothed. Kelly gives her full attention to rendering the flesh. Sex toys, props, furniture and clothing is either outlined or depicted flatly with gouache that contrasts with the softness of colored pencils. The clothing becomes illustrative, creating a cartoon caricature of the ‘mask’ behind which we hide.

Karen Thomas’ overtly erotic drawings and paintings are filtered through her personal philosophies on mythology, Catholicism, ritual, fairytales, feminism and eroticism. The familiar motifs Thomas depicts integrate inventive backgrounds frequently made of ornate wallpaper containing winged dog-cherubs, and other mischievous creatures. Her visual retellings depict grotesque and gaudy characters in an overtly erotic manner.
A common element in her work is the cultural and mythological significance of the language of hair. Thomas has been researching hair as an aspect of femininity, otherness, and as a symbol of man’s connection to wild animals. Her figures contain hybridities of animal and human characteristics.

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Nude Aid, an erotic art-making and take-away event to benefit the Center for Sex & CultureSaturday, February 2, 2013, from 3-8pmCenter for Sex & Culture: 1349 Mission Street in San FranciscoHow much: $30 — admission entitles guests to take one piece of art. Silent Art Auction items are not eligible for the ticket exchange and can be purchased separately.More info: 18 and OVER only, please. Relatively easy parking in the neighborhood; several MUNI lines stop in the vicinity, and CSC is three blocks from Civic Center BART.Artists make art (from live models) before your eyes; take a piece of art home (included in price of admission)! Additional tickets to trade for additional pieces of art can be purchased. Refreshments available. 
On Saturday, February 2, from 3-8pm, CSC is delighted to present its annual benefit, NUDE AID.Here’s how the Nude Aid erotic art-making and takeaway event works: Admission to Nude Aid is $30. This entitles each guest to experience a spectacular erotic tableau vivant as artists make art, live, with live nude, nearly-nude and fetish-clad models to inspire them. Each guest can choose a piece of art to take home, and may purchase additional tickets (also $30) to trade for additional paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, collages, or body prints. Handle Valentine’s Day shopping needs by purchasing more art and desirables from Nude Aid’s silent auction! Enjoy beverages and “whores d’oeuvres” too.Nude Aid is continually the Center for Sex & Culture’s single most successful benefit. Donors, models, artists and special guests from past Nude Aid events have included Leonard Nimoy, Annie Sprinkle, Candye Kane, Charles Gatewood, Nina Hartley, Eric Kroll, Sharon Mitchell, Candida Royalle, Winston Smith, Jonathan Solo, Scarlot Harlot, Ruby Pearl, Madison Young, Gloria Leonard, David Steinberg and many more. Nude Aid’s 2013 full lineup will be announced soon. Nude Aid was developed by Annie Sprinkle. The Center for Sex & Culture is grateful for her permission to use her concept and the title for its benefit. Nude Aid welcomes artists, donors of auction items, models, or other volunteers wishing to become involved to get in touch by emailing carol@sexandculture.org.Also, artists and local businesses have donated items for a silent auction.CSC can accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover for silent art auction purchases, door admission, and donations. CSC is a 501(c)(3) educational organization; for more detail, to sign up for twice-monthly mailings, donate, or peruse the events calendar, seewww.sexandculture.org.

Nude Aid, an erotic art-making and take-away event to benefit the Center for Sex & Culture

Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 3-8pm

Center for Sex & Culture: 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco

How much: $30 — admission entitles guests to take one piece of art. Silent Art Auction items are not eligible for the ticket exchange and can be purchased separately.

More info: 18 and OVER only, please. Relatively easy parking in the neighborhood; several MUNI lines stop in the vicinity, and CSC is three blocks from Civic Center BART.

Artists make art (from live models) before your eyes; take a piece of art home (included in price of admission)! Additional tickets to trade for additional pieces of art can be purchased. Refreshments available. 

On Saturday, February 2, from 3-8pm, CSC is delighted to present its annual benefit, NUDE AID.

Here’s how the Nude Aid erotic art-making and takeaway event works: Admission to Nude Aid is $30. This entitles each guest to experience a spectacular erotic tableau vivant as artists make art, live, with live nude, nearly-nude and fetish-clad models to inspire them. Each guest can choose a piece of art to take home, and may purchase additional tickets (also $30) to trade for additional paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, collages, or body prints. Handle Valentine’s Day shopping needs by purchasing more art and desirables from Nude Aid’s silent auction! Enjoy beverages and “whores d’oeuvres” too.

Nude Aid is continually the Center for Sex & Culture’s single most successful benefit. Donors, models, artists and special guests from past Nude Aid events have included Leonard Nimoy, Annie Sprinkle, Candye Kane, Charles Gatewood, Nina Hartley, Eric Kroll, Sharon Mitchell, Candida Royalle, Winston Smith, Jonathan Solo, Scarlot Harlot, Ruby Pearl, Madison Young, Gloria Leonard, David Steinberg and many more. Nude Aid’s 2013 full lineup will be announced soon. 

Nude Aid was developed by Annie Sprinkle. The Center for Sex & Culture is grateful for her permission to use her concept and the title for its benefit. Nude Aid welcomes artists, donors of auction items, models, or other volunteers wishing to become involved to get in touch by emailing carol@sexandculture.org.

Also, artists and local businesses have donated items for a silent auction.

CSC can accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover for silent art auction purchases, door admission, and donations. 

CSC is a 501(c)(3) educational organization; for more detail, to sign up for twice-monthly mailings, donate, or peruse the events calendar, seewww.sexandculture.org.

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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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From the Collection of Larry Townsend

Photos by Marilyn Roxie

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From the Collection of Larry Townsend - RSVP on Facebook or OPENLY

February 3rd, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 

Larry Townsend was a pivotal figure in the development of leather culture as we know it. What many do not know is that he was also a collector of art. The Center for Sex and Culture is extremely proud to present a selection of work from his collection. We will be showing illustrations by Macbeth, Olaf, Sean, Orsen, Russ, Dennis, Zane, DP, and others. This work spans a wide range of what we now thing of as the classical period of gay SM illustration work; the period in which almost no artists used their real full names when doing this sort of work. There are cops and cowboys and romans and leathermen playing in almost every way imaginable. The clear theme that runs through Townsend’s collection is that of unrestrained perverted joy. We will also be showing a selection of Townsend’s personal ephemera including toys, leathers, and original manuscripts. Please come join us to share this exceptional collection of materials.
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Art from The Arty Shoe Party

Photos by Marilyn Roxie

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