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The Erotic Reading CircleEvery fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and CultureWednesday, 8/27, 7:30-9:30pmsuggested donation: $5+Since 2006, we’ve been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month to share and celebrate the breadth of erotic artistry in the Bay Area!  The Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.See you at the Circle!   

The Erotic Reading Circle
Every fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and Culture
Wednesday, 8/27, 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 Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.

Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.
See you at the Circle!   

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Perverts Put Out: Dore Alley Edition

Saturday, July 26, door at 7, show at 8pm

The Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

$10-25 sliding scale, no-one turned away. A benefit for the
Center for Sex and Culture.


It’s that time again! Tomorrow you’ll be sniffing out leather daddies in a nearby alley, but TONIGHT….

featuring a passel of brilliant perverts including Jen Cross,
Princess Cream Pie, Philip Huang, horehound stillpoint,
Naamen Tilahun, Seeley Quest, Greta Christina, and your intrepid hosts
Dr. Carol Queen and Simon Sheppard.

See you there!

(As always, feel free to forward, repost, or otherwise pass
the word.)

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School of Shimmy: Illuminating Costumes with Laika Fox

July 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco,CA 94105
$30

Contact: Bernadette: 415-672-4735

E-mail: rhbreservations@gmail.com


All that glitters may be gold but all that glows is platinum! Have you ever wanted to make a costume that glows but were scared to mess with ‘all that nerdy tech stuff’? come talk nerdy with us and learn how to electrify your costumes. Electro-luminescent (EL) wire and LEDs are easy to use once you understand the basics. In this class you’ll learn to solder the components of EL wire and LED projects and a few different ways to use them on costumes. We’ll also provide resources for buying EL wire and LED supplies. Kits available for an additional fee ($10-30)

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Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

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Anna Zusman
Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 7-10 pm
Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer

August 1 – September 21, 2014
Closing Reception: Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm 
free

Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer focuses on work by Bay Area visual artists addressing themes of themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and gender identity in their art. Curated and juried by Jenn Moreno and Dorian Katz, artists were told “please do not censor yourself. Nothing is too perverse!” 

Doing Your Dirty Work is CSC’s annual group show of contemporary artists. This year’s show, as the title suggests, stays Closer, limiting submissions to Bay Area artists, and goes Deeper, presenting more work by each artist. By limiting the show to a dozen artists, rather than the usual few dozens, we hope to better allow the viewer to get to know each of these brilliant and perverse contributors to sexual culture making. Work ranges from embroidered doilies of porn star Sasha Grey’s face mid money-shot, collages of gay porn and auction house antiques woven together, digital prints of beloved artists lost to the AIDS Crisis in both San Francisco and New York, and racy yet old-fashioned pencil drawings of human-machine hybrids caught ‘in flagrante delicto.’

Join us at the reception to take a deeper, closer look at artworks by: Anna Zusman, Cricket, crissy bell snail, Emma Laughlin, Felicita Norris, gregory farrar scott, James Courtney, Jon Macy, Shayna Why, Shilo McCabe, Tyler Cohen, Win Mixter with Alex Fialho.
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ROPE, SMUT & POPCORN! An Evening Social

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Everyone’s welcome!

Date & Time: Saturday, August 02, 2014 · 8:00 PM –12:00 AM  
Location:  Center for Sex and Culture. 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco  
Cost:  $10 at the door, $11.50 in advance & get free popcorn

Online tix: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/ropesmut/
Purchase tickets in advance and get a FREE popcorn

ROPE |      Hang out. Socialize. Practice, play or just chat about rope. Rope bondage games: whether you can tie your shoes or not!

SMUT |      Continuous screening from Midori’s collection of rare and vintage Japanese Smut videos, for your viewing pleasure. Kick back in the comfy cushions and enjoy!

POPCORN |   Movie concessions with popcorn, candy, pop & more!
Let’s get together to enjoy some bondage. Sexy fun shall ensue as we play with rope and “shibari”. Enjoy salacious activities against the panoramic background of smutty Japanese porn. And of course there will be popcorn & yummies at our concession stand!

Share! @planetmidori #ropesmutpopcorn

Bring your ropes! 
Don’t have any? Don’t worry; we’ll have a box of practice ropes for your experimentation and explorations!

This event is strictly 18+, please bring your I.D.
All genders, orientations & experience levels encouraged.

Sponsored by: Midori’s Rope Dojo® 
A two-day intensive, unique hands-on learning experience. For more please visit ropedojo.com

Location info: 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. www.sexandculture.org
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What You Need to Know (But May Not) About Hepatitis C! with Andrew Reynolds of Project Inform

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Center for Sex and Culture
 1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Door Opens at 7:00.
Program begins promptly at 7:30, ends at 9:30
 
Light refreshments provided.
 
FREE
(Donations encouraged.)
Program Overview: Do you have questions about hepatitis C prevention (including sexual transmission) and treatment? This is a very exciting time for HCV as we have lots of new treatments on the horizon and we have an opportunity to treat and cure everyone with this disease! That said, awareness of HCV is relatively low, and there can be lots of confusion about it. This program will feature
 
    •    an overview of HCV prevention and treatment;
    •    an open question and answer period from the audience;
    •    a facilitated discussion on safer sex and HCV;
    •    where to go for HCV testing; and,
    •    a call for greater advocacy and resources to improve access to prevention and treatment.
 
About Our Presenter: Andrew Reynolds is the Hepatitis C Education Manager at Project Inform. In addition to facilitating HCV support groups, managing a national hepatitis C phone-line, and other related HCV educational efforts, he is leading a campaign to raise awareness of sexual transmission of HCV in HIV-infected persons. Prior to working for Project Inform, Andrew spent over 15 years working in HIV, STD and HCV treatment and prevention.

Academy Programs are open to all genders and orientations.

 
Red Hanky Nite at Powerhouse follows.
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School of Shimmy: Fan Dancing with Balla Fire

July 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Center For Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
Cost: $30   rhbreservations@gmail.com

Balla Fire has been seen flittering about stages all over the Bay Area and will teach you how to conceal and reveal with your fans. Various techniques and movements will be discussed. Learn to let the fans do the work as you move about, behind, and beneath them. BYO fans if you have them, any fans will do, as will a couple of mead notebooks, trash can lids, large serving platters, or anything your imagination can conjure. Fixed open ostrich feather fans and veiled fans will be used for demonstration, or Balla may snag your trash can lids to share tips and tricks. Small folding fans will also be provided to students. Fan (or trash can lid) dancing doesn’t have to be intimidating. Come dance and giggle with us for the evening.

About this teacher: Miss Balla Fire, cofounder of Sin Sisters Burlesque in Santa Cruz, has left a swath of creative destruction on the burlesque landscape since 2005, a natural progression from the trail of broken hearts and stolen souls from her more vernal and carefree days. Once she began performing, this ingrained pattern of aggressive invasion gave her the social grace to rapidly become one of the premier creative leads in the Bay Area’s rich burlesque scene. Featuring regularly as one of the brightest stars in all Bay Area shows. In her hometown of Santa Cruz, the Sin Sisters reign supreme with one of the biggest and most elegant monthly burlesque shows in the country, on the second Saturday of each month. And they also beckon you to join their glamorous world by offering burlesque classes for all skill levels. For more information (or to get your pants back), see sinsistersburlesque.com.
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Bodies on Fire: A Visual Storytelling Event with ET Russian, Nomy Lamm, Lyric Seal, and BED DEATH

Friday, 8/8, 7-10pm

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Come join us at the Center for Sex and Culture to get deep, hot, sweet, and scary with

horrific performance art by Lyric Seal

terrific multimedia storytelling from Nomy Lamm
featuring work from her all new book, 515 Clues!

and, all the way from Seattle, Washington,
ET Russian, with slippery words and sexy comics 
from her new punk rock literary offspring,
RING OF FIRE THE ANTHOLOGY
http://leftbankbooks.bigcartel.com/product/the-ring-of-fire-anthology-by-et-russian

featuring soundscapes by BED DEATH

We are all gonna be on fire.

Doors: 7:30, Event: 8 PM

In order to help us support the space and our work we ask for a $7-10 donation at the door. NOTAFLOF. (but be generous if you got it!)

This is a disability affirmative space. While the Center for Sex and Culture is not ADA accessible, there is wheelchair access through the front door and chairs have fit in the bathroom with relative ease. Please come scent-free. This includes no smoking outside the door, and being aware of chemicals you come in contact with throughout the day.

CAN’T WAIT TO FEEL YOU THERE! THIS IS GOING TO BE SO COOL! NOT TO BE MISSED AT ALL

Check it out on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/624616250986289/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming !”

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Images of the Feminist Future: A Panel on Feminist Porn
Saturday, August 9th
Doors open: 8pm/ clips start at 8:30pm/ panel from 9pm-11pm

Center for Sex and Culture 
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
sliding scale $12-20

Join your favorite queer and feminist porn stars & producers in a panel discussion about building a feminist future through porn! 
This event will be hosted by the Center for Sex and Culture, a celebrated San Francisco event space, library and sex culture archive. 

Featuring: 
+ clips of feminist porn produced here in the Bay Area!
+ snacks and drinks!
+ scent free, accessible location in SoMa, SF!
+ merch tables!

Panelists include: 
Princess Donna of Kink.com
Tobi Hill-Meyer of Handbasket Productions
Courtney Trouble of TROUBLEfilms, 
AND heartthrobs Cinnamon Maxxine and Chelsea Poe

Topics will include feminist praxis-in-action, queer world building, the politics of representation, and more. You will not want to miss this!
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School of Shimmy: Glamorous Self-Care with Hunny Bunny

August 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
$30
Contact: Bernadette 415-672-4735 

E-mail rhbreservations@gmail.com

After the glitter: Glamorous self care for performers… Join Hunny Bunny for this unique workshop focused on stretching, relaxing and make up removal. Learn simple, natural mind and body techniques to keep your inner sparkle as bright as your costumes!
You will practice stretches/warm up and cool down techniques from the Barbary Coast’s very own Bendy Barbie… did you know that she is also a native and edible plant specialist?! Every participant will leave with a goodie bag full of readily available herbs, oils and potions that can be picked or purchased in your area.

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THE SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP WILL BE CANCELED THIS MONTH.  Sorry for any inconvenience! 
Sex Workers’ Writing WorkshopSaturday, 8/9, 2-4pm (usually 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-4pm)Sliding scale $10-$20 (more if you can, less if you can’t, **nobody turned away** — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths. Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:+Street and Survival Sex Workers+Escorts and Personal Companions+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers+Phone Sex Operators+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!) **Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to  queershoulder@gmail.com.**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and her publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming & Crying, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and The Revolution Starts at Home. Gina is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between non-trans and trans women. She has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com   

THE SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP WILL BE CANCELED THIS MONTH.  Sorry for any inconvenience! 

Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
Saturday, 8/9, 2-4pm
 (usually 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-4pm)
Sliding scale $10-$20 (more if you can, less if you can’t, **nobody turned away** — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries
 
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
 
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
 
**Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to  queershoulder@gmail.com.
**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and her publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming & Crying, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and The Revolution Starts at Home. Gina is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between non-trans and trans women. She has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com   

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Naked Girls Reading: Dearly DepartedSunday, August 10, 8pmDeets: https://www.facebook.com/events/747818001923635/?ref=br_tfnakedgirlsreading.com Tickets on sale here:http://events.fanfueled.com/nakedgirlsdearlydeparted($20 or two for $35—$25 at the door) Reading selections from recently-departed wordsmiths!(Sadly CQ will not be reading this time!) 

Naked Girls Reading: Dearly Departed
Sunday, August 10, 8pm

Deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/747818001923635/?ref=br_tf
nakedgirlsreading.com 

Tickets on sale here:
http://events.fanfueled.com/nakedgirlsdearlydeparted
($20 or two for $35—$25 at the door) 

Reading selections from recently-departed wordsmiths!
(Sadly CQ will not be reading this time!) 

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School of Shimmy: CHOREOGRAPHY with Alotta Boutte

August 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Center For Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street

$30


Learn how to radiate onstage and command your audience with just a look or flick of the wrist! This class  is  designed  to  help  you  get  into  your  skin  so  you  can  own  the  stage.  Through  dance  and choreography, we’ll explore what’s it’s like  to be in your body, learn how it moves and what stage presence physically  feels like. Funny, educational, and good  for all levels of movers, Alotta  teaches you how to expand your presence and take up space while making you laugh, shimmy, shake, bump, grind, and have a damn good time. Wear your dance clothes. Heels welcome but not required.

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Control & Dominance Moves: Kinesthetic Rope 201 with Midori (Rope Dojo Elective)

August 20

Doors 7pm

Class 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ticket: $25/per person. Advance ticket sales only.

Learn effective rope moves to enhance control. What ever style of bondage or rope play you enjoy, these skills will boost the emotional and psychological intensity. In this hands-on class you’ll practice safe moves that are body-smart for the top side and bottom sides.
Whether you enjoy Kinbaku, Shibari, Westen, Predicament, Damsel in Distress, Take-downs or Confrontational play, these techniques will integrate well into your fun!

No experience necessary.
You do not need to have taken Kinesthetic Rope 1 or graduated from Rope Dojo ® - but if you have, this will enhance your continuing education.

Bring: Two or three length of rope that you usually play with. If you’re not sure, bring two or three lengths of 20 to 30 feet of ropes. Some practice ropes will be available to borrow.
Yoga mat or towels are suggested but optional

Wear: Comfortable clothing.

Pair attendance is encouraged, but solos are welcome as well. If you come solo, you’ll be paired with other solos for practice.

This Rope Dojo Elective is open to those who play at one or both ends of the rope.
You do not have to be a Rope Bondage Dojo graduate to attend. If you’ve not attended, this class will provide excellent foundation for Dojo.
More info: www.RopeDojo.com

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Relationship Survival at Burning Man

with Marcia Baczynski
Sunday, 8/17, 4-7pm
Center for Sex and Culture
Part of the magic of Burning Man is the altogether unexpected nature of what will happen. For one week, we step outside of our usual selves, finding God in a phone booth, discovering your true authentic self in the eyes of clown on whip-its, or stumbling upon the Barbie Death Camp and Wine Bistro.

But, all this novelty can be a strain on your relationship. Once you combine it with the heat, dehydration, strange substances, strange food and even stranger campmates, your previously lovely and wonderful partner may seem to have turned into some sort of dusty alien. A dusty alien you can barely stand.

Fortunately, you can avoid a visit to the Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet with a bit of preparation and foresight. In this workshop, led by open relationship coach and multiple-Burn veteran Marcia Baczynski, you’ll find out everything you need for your relationship to not only survive, but thrive, at Burning Man. We’ll cover:

Your #1 secret weapon for avoiding fights on the playa (especially those really, really stupid ones)
The real reason the Burn makes or breaks relationships
What to do when you have different ideas of what “fun at Burning Man” means
A quick and easy way to get the most out of your time together — and apart
Simple and practical steps you can take now to make your Burn together the best one ever
Plus, you’ll walk out with your own personalized guide for staying connected, getting what you both need and having  a blast during your time in the dust.

Whether you’re a virgin burner or going home yet again, join us for a hilarious and practical workshop that will help you make sure you get to enjoy your camp, your costumes and your favorite co-conspirators. Because “going to the Burn” shouldn’t mean “sitting in a hot tent processing.”
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