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The Open Relationship Discussion Group

Monday 8/4

7:30-9:30 pm

Center for Sex and Culture

1349 Mission St. between 9th and 10th

The Open Relationship Discussion Group is a friendly, moderated, guided discussion for anyone interested in consensual, non-monogamous relationships, based in the Mission Control community and led by open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski. We meet starting at 7:30pm and going to 9:30 with about half an hour of informal social time afterward. Doors open at 7:20. Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds. Location TBD each month, until Mission Control gets our new permanent home. Check back here for topic and location each month.



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THE RING OF FIRE ANTHOLOGY

Friday, 8/8, 7-10pm

THE RING OF FIRE ANTHOLOGY is a collection of the zine from the late 1990s by ET Russian, and features new material never before published. RING OF FIRE is honest, engaging, and ahead of its time.

Alternately emotional and erotic, funny and political, RING OF FIRE
captures the work and words of artists and leaders shaping disability
culture and history, and also tells the author’s story of healing from
a traumatic accident at a young age. A young feminist steeped in the
cultures of queer and punk, Russian embraced a cultural identity of
disability while writing RING OF FIRE. Years later, after discovering
the disability justice movement and getting a job in a hospital,
Russian examines what it means to be on the giving and receiving end of healthcare in the United States, and the challenges of working with a disability.

Through black and white ink drawings, comics, linoleum block print
portraits, essays and interviews this collection explores connections
between science, culture, bodies, disability justice, sex, class,
race, healing and the politics of work.

"The Ring of Fire Anthology is beautiful, sexy, and thought provoking
all at the same time. If ever you’ve needed stories, art, poetry, and
bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness
and radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian’s
vivid work lives and breathes these connections.”
—Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride

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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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The Open Relationship Discussion Group

 Monday, July 7

7:30-9:30

Center for Sex and Culture

Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Open Relationship Discussion Group is a friendly, moderated, guided discussion for anyone interested in consensual, non-monogamous relationships, based in the Mission Control community and led by open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski. We meet starting at 7:30pm and going to 9:30 with about half an hour of informal social time afterward. Doors open at 7:20. Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds. Location TBD each month, until Mission Control gets our new permanent home. 

The topic: Self-Love

“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – RuPaul

The world of open relationships often opens doors to all sorts of love. Many times, the awareness and self-acceptance required to do open relationships well can shift our relationships to ourselves. We may learn to stick up for ourselves, our boundaries and our desires in new ways. We can discover through various lovers what truly satisfies us in bed. And we can see things that are lovable about ourselves through our lovers’ eyes.

But in the open relationship world, self-love can also have a shadow side. It can excuse narcissism. Avoidant partners may try to foist their lack of intimacy off on your supposed lack of self-esteem. And it can be easy to blame ourselves for having whatever baggage we have.

Join us for a lively conversation about self-love. We’ll talk about:

    What does it mean to really love yourself?
    Is it even true that you can’t love another if you don’t love yourself?
    What is the line between self-love and narcissism?
    How can you encourage a love affair between your partner(s) and themselves?
    And lots more


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THE SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP IS CANCELED FOR THIS WEEK

Sex Workers’ Writing WorkshopSaturday, 7/12, 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. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current & former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com 

THE SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP IS CANCELED FOR THIS WEEK

Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
Saturday, 7/12, 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. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current & former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com 

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Writers With Drinks presents: “An Evening of Oversharing About Money”


When: Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM 
Who: Carol Queen, Charlie Anders, Berkeley economist Brad DeLong, and more!
How much: $5 to $10, all proceeds benefit the CSC 
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco

About Writers With Drinks:

Writers With Drinks has won numerous “Best ofs” from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City novels. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

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School of Shimmy: Burlesque 101

July 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Center For Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
Cost: $30
Contact: Bernadette 415-672-4735


Join us as we learn the art of Tease! Red Hots Burlesque is back at The Center for Sex and Culture presenting Burlesque 101: Bump & Grind Basics. 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.
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.

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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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Communication for Thriving Poly and Other Sex Positive Relationships: Overcoming Communication Obstacles

7/19, 10 AM - 4 PM
Center for Sex and Culture in SF
$40 Early Registration thru July 4, $50 after that date 

Do you strive for deeper connections in your relationships….More fun in your play….Hotter sex? This 5-hour Playshop is designed to help you discover what gets in your way of having successful conversations. I will be presenting a fun, experiential and interactive Playshop where you will have the opportunity to find out what gets in the way of successful negotiations and respectful, connecting, and effective communication. Many of us struggle with doing it peacefully and successfully, even when we thought we were skilled communicators.

PAST ATTENDEES COMMENTS:
“Loved the integration of so many approaches and systems into a doable practice.“

“I found everything you did useful. Thank you! I would recommend this to others!”

“Of the few communication workshops I’ve done, you are the best listener. What a good model for us.“

TO REGISTER: 
contact Karen Haas at karenhaas54@gmail.com or call 707-494-2205. In the message give an email address where you can be sent a PayPal invoice.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Karen Haas, MA, is a caring, and light-hearted counselor and trainer whose major passion is helping others experience the love and connection that they deeply desire. She has brought her workshops to the public at both the International Non-Monogamy Conference in Berkeley and the Northwest Leather Conference in San Jose, has been personally involved in alternative relationship life-styles, including Non-Monogamy and Power Exchange for nearly two decades.

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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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HOW TO FUCK BETTER: SUNDAY July 20: Good Top/Bad TopAt the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission $40 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://htfb141.BrownPaperTickets.comTTBaum and Integral-Eros present this comprehensive class for men! All classes offer anatomy lessons, practical tips, and demonstrations with live models. 

HOW TO FUCK BETTER: 
SUNDAY July 20: Good Top/Bad Top

At the Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission 
$40 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://htfb141.BrownPaperTickets.com

TTBaum and Integral-Eros present this comprehensive class for men! All classes offer anatomy lessons, practical tips, and demonstrations with live models. 

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Antique Vibrator Museum Docent Tour

Sunday, July 20, 3pm

@ Good Vibrations Polk Street

FREE!

Reserve your spot here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/706737
A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco’s most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history with Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen and her team of trained docents.

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San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group  
Monday, July 21
o   meets at the Center for Sex and Cultureo   generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pmo   doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm  Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):     CSC   1349 Mission Street   San Francisco, CA 94103   phone: (415) 902-2071   email: info@sexandculture.org   web: http://www.sexandculture.org/   OpenStreetMap: http://bit.ly/14awr3x  for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutualrespect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance andsubmission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among personsof a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.  The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personalinterest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, withintheir own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, genderidentifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVP(*) inthe week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:     Eric Arkouda EArkouda@mailworks.org   SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com  A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.  SFDsDG Meeting Dates in 2014:Aug18 Sep15 Oct20 Nov17 Dec15* RSVP: Please respond if there’s a reasonable chance of your being able to attend; this is a requested courtesy, for my gathering of rough numbers for handout materials, and for saying hello to you.  It is ok to redistribute this official description.Home: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDsDG/   

San Francisco Dominance/submission Discussion Group  

Monday, July 21


o   meets at the Center for Sex and Culture
o   generally meets on the third Monday of each month, from 7:30-9:30pm
o   doors open at 7:00pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm  
Join us at the CSC (Center for Sex and Culture):  
   CSC
   1349 Mission Street
   San Francisco, CA 94103
   phone: (415) 902-2071
   email: info@sexandculture.org
   web: http://www.sexandculture.org/
   OpenStreetMap: http://bit.ly/14awr3x  
for a directed discussion—held in a spirit of fellowship and mutual
respect, on matters pertaining to Mastery, slavery, Dominance and
submission, with an emphasis on our M/s and D/s lives—among persons
of a variety of backgrounds, views, sensibilities, and philosophies.  
The meeting is open to adults having a sincere, positive, personal
interest in M/s or D/s, and who agree to keep confidential, within
their own dynamic, what transpires at the meeting. All roles, gender
identifications, and orientations are welcome. Please RSVP(*) in
the week preceding the meeting to either of these addresses:  
   Eric Arkouda EArkouda@mailworks.org
   SF D/s Discussion Group mailing list SFDsDG@yahoogroups.com  
A $5-$10 donation to our host, the CSC, is requested.  
SFDsDG Meeting Dates in 2014:
Aug18 Sep15 Oct20 Nov17 Dec15

* RSVP: Please respond if there’s a reasonable chance of your being
 able to attend; this is a requested courtesy, for my gathering of
 rough numbers for handout materials, and for saying hello to you.  
It is ok to redistribute this official description.
Home: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDsDG/   

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