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CSC cosponsors: RADICAL SEX EDUCATION FILMS

at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 
Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm

Deets and tix:
http://ybca.org/radical-sex-education-films

Curated by Herb Shellenberger. Dr. Ted McIlvenna and archivist Joe Rubin in person.
The Multi-Media Resource Center (MMRC) was a radical organization based in San Francisco during the 1970s and 80s. Founded under the auspices of Glide Memorial Church, MMRC leaders and Reverends Dr. Ted McIlvenna and Dr. Laird Sutton believed sexuality was their ministry, with a vital part of their mission done through the creation and distribution of films. They took an activist approach, evidenced in their multi-media “Sexual Attitude Restructuring” presentations and films on homosexuality, masturbation, group sex, gender identity and disability. The films produced by the MMRC weren’t merely the clinical documentaries typically associated with sex education, but included psychedelic sex-trips, erotic cartoons, and feminist counter-cinema. This program is a representative selection of shorts from the MMRC, with films by Jerry Abrams, Lisa Crafts, Constance Beeson, Alice Anne Parker, and a mini-survey of rare works by Laird Sutton. (1968-76, 96 min, 16mm)
www.YBCA.org

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LitCrawl at Good Vibrations/Valencia

Saturday, October 18, 7:15pm

Sex (Still) Spoken Here—Readings from the new Erotic Reading Circle anthology 

Good Vibrations pioneered the Erotic Reading Circle, where everyone from published authors to bar napkin haiku poets can meet, read, and give each other feedback, in the mid-1980s. It still meets every month, now at the Center for Sex & Culture, hosted by Carol Queen and Jennifer Cross of Writing Ourselves Whole. Come enjoy diverse, smart, hot, soulful stories from the Circle!  
Hosted and curated by Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist (and anthology co-editor) Carol Queen, Ph
 
Our readers:
Amy Butcher's murder mystery “Paws for Consideration” won a 2013 SF Book Award; she's co-editor of Sex Still Spoken Here. Find her at amybutcher.com.

Anaín Bjorkquist is a writer and wellness coach helping women turn on + let go sexually and soulfully. 
 
Dorothy Freed began writing erotica because art imitates life. Her stories appear in Twice the Pleasure, Ageless Erotica, and Mammoth Book of Quick and Dirty Erotica.
 
For raunchy gay poetry — whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or go “Holy crap!  Did he just say that?! — you gotta see horehound stillpoint
 
Seeley Quest is a trans performer who has featured around the Bay Area since 2001 and toured in Canada and the US. See more of hir work at sinsinvalid.org

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Queerbody: Get More of the Sex You Want: Flirting & Cruising

Tuesday, 10/21, 7-10pm


Sign up: http://www.queerbody.com/events/

    Do you want to connect with new people and potential lovers more easily?
    Have you ever been cruised and totally missed it?
    Have you had a friend point it out to you when you got cruised or flirted with?
    Are you ever jealous or envious of your friends who seem to connect with guys easily?
    Have you ever wished that meeting and picking up guys was easier for you?

In this fun and playful *free* introductory workshop, we’ll be:

    playing with body language and other non-verbal cues
    learning successful flirting and cruising techniques and strategies.
    changing the way you think about and experience flirting, so you don’t have to *think about it* but can just play and enjoy connecting with new guys!

Flirting is *fun*! It’s a way of playing with people socially.

If you sometimes find yourself stuck, paralyzed with nerves, or just plain confused about what’s supposed to be happening, this is a great place to come and have a new, more fun experience!

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Erotic Reading Circle
Wednesday 10/22, 7:30 pm
$5 suggested donation 

Come  share new or old work with us! We listen non-judgmentally and share our  responses with any writer/reader who feels s/he/ze can benefit from  peers’ feedback. And it’s great practice if you’ve been thinking about  doing any public readings. We welcome writers of any experience level  and every orientation. A Best of the Bay award-winning event! 4th  Wednesdays.

Facilitated by Jen Cross (of Writing Ourselves Whole) and Carol Queen

Erotic Reading Circle

Wednesday 10/22, 7:30 pm

$5 suggested donation 

Come  share new or old work with us! We listen non-judgmentally and share our  responses with any writer/reader who feels s/he/ze can benefit from  peers’ feedback. And it’s great practice if you’ve been thinking about  doing any public readings. We welcome writers of any experience level  and every orientation. A Best of the Bay award-winning event! 4th  Wednesdays.

Facilitated by Jen Cross (of Writing Ourselves Whole) and Carol Queen

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Hands-on Rope Body Harness with Midori 
Thurs. Oct 23.  7pm - 9pm
Center for Sex and Culture
Body harnesses are fantastic for creating beautiful, effective, and sexybondage for all types of bodies and many different sorts of scenes.You can use a harness for very secure rigging. Or you can make a prettyrope outfit.  Create intense harnesses for sensation seekers. How aboutsensual body play? We’ll go through at least 4 different harnesses withtime to practice. If time permits she¹ll show you more!Dress & Supplies: Wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom ofmovement.  And, of course, bring rope - the more, the merrier! (Suggestedminimum: 3 or 4 pieces of 30’ to 45’, plus one rope of 75’+ . If the ropeis for a smaller person, bring the shorter lengths. For a larger person,bring the longer lengths.)If you are attending solo, you’ll be paired with another solo student forpractice.This Rope Dojo Elective is open to those who play at one or both ends ofthe rope.You do not have to be a Rope Bondage Dojo graduate to attend. If you’venot attended, this class will provide excellent foundation for Dojo.More info: www.RopeDojo.comPair tickets: $40Solo tickets: $25Tickets at: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/10-23-2014/Midori bio:Voted 2013 Best Sex Educator, by SF Weekly Magazine & “50 Fierce Femmes”2014 - Sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco,Midori’s made an amazing career out of being the traveling coach on theart of creative and sensual living.Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, Midori is known for herhilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boostingconfidence and expanding personal growth. Native of Tokyo, Japan, shebrings a unique perspective pleasure and authentic living.She wrote first English book on Shibari “Seductive Art of JapaneseBondage” as well as “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink” and twisted sci fiin “Master Han’s Daughter”She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®,ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds:Creating Effective D/s Protocol.When she’s not traveling and teaching, she’s creating provocative andhaunting art and performances.www.FHP-inc.comwww.RopeDojo.comwww.ForteFemme.comwww.passionatebonds.comFacebook / Twitter / Instagram / Vimeo: @PlanetMidoriFetLife: Midori

Hands-on Rope Body Harness with Midori 

Thurs. Oct 23.  7pm - 9pm

Center for Sex and Culture


Body harnesses are fantastic for creating beautiful, effective, and sexy
bondage for all types of bodies and many different sorts of scenes.
You can use a harness for very secure rigging. Or you can make a pretty
rope outfit.  Create intense harnesses for sensation seekers. How about
sensual body play? We’ll go through at least 4 different harnesses with
time to practice. If time permits she¹ll show you more!

Dress & Supplies: Wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of
movement.  And, of course, bring rope - the more, the merrier! (Suggested
minimum: 3 or 4 pieces of 30’ to 45’, plus one rope of 75’+ . If the rope
is for a smaller person, bring the shorter lengths. For a larger person,
bring the longer lengths.)

If you are attending solo, you’ll be paired with another solo student 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

Pair tickets: $40
Solo tickets: $25

Tickets at: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/10-23-2014/

Midori bio:
Voted 2013 Best Sex Educator, by SF Weekly Magazine & “50 Fierce Femmes”
2014 - Sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco,
Midori’s made an amazing career out of being the traveling coach on the
art of creative and sensual living.
Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, Midori is known for her
hilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boosting
confidence and expanding personal growth. Native of Tokyo, Japan, she
brings a unique perspective pleasure and authentic living.
She wrote first English book on Shibari “Seductive Art of Japanese
Bondage” as well as “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink” and twisted sci fi
in “Master Han’s Daughter”
She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®,
ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds:
Creating Effective D/s Protocol.
When she’s not traveling and teaching, she’s creating provocative and
haunting art and performances.
www.FHP-inc.com
www.RopeDojo.com
www.ForteFemme.com
www.passionatebonds.com
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Vimeo: @PlanetMidori
FetLife: Midori

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Coming Out Kinky - A Grown Up Comedy
One Night Only - Bay Area Premiere!
Friday, October 24:
Sponsored by Good Vibrations and the Center for Sex and Culturedoors at 7:30, show at 8pmhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/872483This solo performance follows one adventurous woman’s curious exploration of her sexuality. When she was a little girl, Jean Franzblau believed that sex must be bad and made the impossible commitment to never be sexual. The show tracks her unusual path of exploration as she discovers that sex is a natural and wonderful part of the human experience. Franzblau portrays some twenty characters in this adventure story for curious and open-minded adults to enjoy.$20-30 sliding scale (no one turned away) For sexy toys: http://www.goodvibes.com/main.jhtml?kbid=219694"What makes her stories come alive is Franzblau’s ability to inhabit each of the characters so completely that you really will feel there is more than just one person on the stage."                                                                                  BroadwayWorld.com                                                                                       “…quite winning.”       “…an engrossing tale”               “…unnervingly personal…fascinatingly truthful.”  StageRaw.comThis comedy completed it’s World Premiere in Los Angeles in 2014 and was selected Top Ten in L.A.Writer/Producer/Actress Jean Franzblau unveils the 2014 Bay Area Premiere of her sexy play featuring themes of erotic curiosity and empowerment. Based on her own experience of discovery after a painful breakup, the story tracks Franzblau as she gives herself permission to experiment sexually. “It started me on a journey that I just couldn’t stop writing about,” she explains.When Franzblau learned that there were S&M dungeons in Los Angeles where she lived, she decided to visit one. She was shocked to realize that she had secret desires that only S&M could quench. Franzblau has since come out to family and friends which inspired the show’s title, Coming Out Kinky - A Grown Up Comedy.Franzblau collaborated with Director Karen Aschenbach for eighteen months to get the show performance ready. The show had its World Premiere in Los Angeles and was selected as a top ten show by StageRaw.com. For more information, go to KinkyJean.com.Jean has been a guest on Playboy Radio and has been featured in numerous articles, podcasts and blogs.A portion of every ticket will be donated to Center for Sex and Culture  and Sex-Positive World.org. “Sex-positive” is a philosophy of sexuality that emphasizes safety, mutual respect, communication and consent. It also acknowledges and celebrates sexual diversity  the idea that there are many ways to express sexuality. Sex-Positive World.org supports the philosophy that sexuality is a natural, healthy and essential part of life.About Jean Franzblau (Writer/Performer): Over thirteen years ago, Jean debuted her YouTube film, Internet Dating as a writer/producer and lead actress. Jean is also a corporate professional leading seminars on communication and uses these same skills to facilitate sex-ed workshops and snuggle parties. Find Jean at SexualEsteemWithJean.com and JeanFranzblau.com.About Karen Aschenbach (Director): Karen has worked across multiple disciplines as a writer, director, actor and producer. Of her many Los Angeles productions, her favorites include the solo show Ripe, which was enthusiastically mentioned by the LA Times last year and Mrs. Cage, an LA Times Critics Choice. Karen works with performing artists one-on-one and in her Crafting Your Craft Seminars. Her methods help artists discover meaning and focus so they can get their work done.$20-30 sliding scale (no one turned away)
Coming Out Kinky - A Grown Up Comedy
One Night Only - Bay Area Premiere!
Friday, October 24:
Sponsored by Good Vibrations and the Center for Sex and Culture
doors at 7:30, show at 8pm

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/872483

This solo performance follows one adventurous woman’s curious exploration of her sexuality. When she was a little girl, Jean Franzblau believed that sex must be bad and made the impossible commitment to never be sexual. The show tracks her unusual path of exploration as she discovers that sex is a natural and wonderful part of the human experience. Franzblau portrays some twenty characters in this adventure story for curious and open-minded adults to enjoy.

$20-30 sliding scale (no one turned away) 

For sexy toys: http://www.goodvibes.com/main.jhtml?kbid=219694

"What makes her stories come alive is Franzblau’s ability to inhabit each of the characters so completely that you really will feel there is more than just one person on the stage."  
                                                                                BroadwayWorld.com
                                                               
                        “…quite winning.”       “…an engrossing tale”
               “…unnervingly personal…fascinatingly truthful.”  StageRaw.com

This comedy completed it’s World Premiere in Los Angeles in 2014 and was selected Top Ten in L.A.

Writer/Producer/Actress Jean Franzblau unveils the 2014 Bay Area Premiere of her sexy play featuring themes of erotic curiosity and empowerment. Based on her own experience of discovery after a painful breakup, the story tracks Franzblau as she gives herself permission to experiment sexually. “It started me on a journey that I just couldn’t stop writing about,” she explains.

When Franzblau learned that there were S&M dungeons in Los Angeles where she lived, she decided to visit one. She was shocked to realize that she had secret desires that only S&M could quench. Franzblau has since come out to family and friends which inspired the show’s title, Coming Out Kinky - A Grown Up Comedy.

Franzblau collaborated with Director Karen Aschenbach for eighteen months to get the show performance ready. The show had its World Premiere in Los Angeles and was selected as a top ten show by StageRaw.com. For more information, go to KinkyJean.com.

Jean has been a guest on Playboy Radio and has been featured in numerous articles, podcasts and blogs.

A portion of every ticket will be donated to Center for Sex and Culture  and Sex-Positive World.org. “Sex-positive” is a philosophy of sexuality that emphasizes safety, mutual respect, communication and consent. It also acknowledges and celebrates sexual diversity  the idea that there are many ways to express sexuality. Sex-Positive World.org supports the philosophy that sexuality is a natural, healthy and essential part of life.

About Jean Franzblau (Writer/Performer): Over thirteen years ago, Jean debuted her YouTube film, Internet Dating as a writer/producer and lead actress. Jean is also a corporate professional leading seminars on communication and uses these same skills to facilitate sex-ed workshops and snuggle parties. Find Jean at SexualEsteemWithJean.com and JeanFranzblau.com.

About Karen Aschenbach (Director): Karen has worked across multiple disciplines as a writer, director, actor and producer. Of her many Los Angeles productions, her favorites include the solo show Ripe, which was enthusiastically mentioned by the LA Times last year and Mrs. Cage, an LA Times Critics Choice. Karen works with performing artists one-on-one and in her Crafting Your Craft Seminars. Her methods help artists discover meaning and focus so they can get their work done.

$20-30 sliding scale (no one turned away)
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Dirty Words: a monthly erotic writing playdate with Jen Cross

Fourth Saturday of every month — 10/25, 1-4 pm

Ever read through a sexy short story and thought, “I’d like to do that!”? In this monthly writing group, you can try your hand at some explicit erotic writing.

Come together with a fun and supportive group of writers and dive into your own sexy and surprising new writing! This group is designed to leave you more confident with sexual language, erotic expression, and your own writing practice. You’ll receive immediate and concrete feedback about what’s already working (and hot!) in your writing, and will leave with several new pieces of work.

Don’t be surprised if you find, as have previous participants, that you’re more comfortable discussing your own sexual desires after practicing writing about fictional sex! Bring your notebooks or laptops and your most open mind.

Unless otherwise noted, this group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month. Fee for this group is $25-50, sliding scale. Limited to 10 writers!

No previous writing experience necessary! Workshops held in San Francisco at the Center for Sex and Culture (1349 Mission St.); pre-registration is required — please write to jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org with questions or to register.

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SF Jacks - now in our 27th year of Pubic Service!
Monday 10/27
  * Just dik… desire… and lots of naked guys in a room!
 * SF Jacks meat the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. 
* Doors: 7:30 - 8:30 PM only, play until you’re finished. 
* $7 Donation Suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. 
* 13th Jacks Virgin is our guest! 
* For more info, call: 415 267-6999 sfjacks.com 

SF Jacks - now in our 27th year of Pubic Service!

Monday 10/27

  * Just dik… desire… and lots of naked guys in a room!

 * SF Jacks meat the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. 

* Doors: 7:30 - 8:30 PM only, play until you’re finished. 

* $7 Donation Suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. 

* 13th Jacks Virgin is our guest! 

* For more info, call: 415 267-6999 sfjacks.com 

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

Sat Nov 1st. 6pm - 8pm

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.

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

Pair tickets: $40
Solo tickets: $25

Tickets at: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/11-1-2014/

Midori bio:
Voted 2013 Best Sex Educator, by SF Weekly Magazine & “50 Fierce Femmes”
2014 - Sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco,
Midori’s made an amazing career out of being the traveling coach on the art of creative and sensual living.  Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, Midori is known for her hilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boosting confidence and expanding personal growth. Native of Tokyo, Japan, she brings a unique perspective pleasure and authentic living.  She wrote the first English book on Shibari “Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” as well as “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink” and twisted sci-fi in “Master Han’s Daughter”.  She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®, ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective D/s Protocol.
When she’s not traveling and teaching, she’s creating provocative and
haunting art and performances.
www.FHP-inc.com
www.RopeDojo.com
www.ForteFemme.com
www.passionatebonds.com
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Vimeo: @PlanetMidori
FetLife: Midori

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Make ‘em Blush, Make ‘em Squirm: Humiliation Play-The Why & The How with Midori

Sunday, Nov 2. 5pm - 8pm

Why do people get off on being embarrassed or humiliated? Is this a style of play you’ve struggled to understand? Do you want to understand how to do this well and avoid disasters? What are the potential psychological ramifications?  What’s different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner?

Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation.  What’s the difference between a healthy and constructive scene and one that is destructive and harmful?
She will share with you a unique model she’s developed to better
understand and create an experience that is hot for all the players
involved.
Are you trying to better understand this difficult subject? Have you
questioned yourself on your desires or ability to make another squirm?  Or have you ever secretly wanted to be put on the spot or shown how really naughty you are? Then this class is for you!

Tickets: $20

Advance purchase only athttp://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/11-2-2014/

Midori bio:
Voted 2013 Best Sex Educator, by SF Weekly Magazine & “50 Fierce Femmes”
2014 - Sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco,
Midori’s made an amazing career out of being the traveling coach on the
art of creative and sensual living.
Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, Midori is known for her
hilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boosting
confidence and expanding personal growth. Native of Tokyo, Japan, she
brings a unique perspective pleasure and authentic living.
She wrote first English book on Shibari “Seductive Art of Japanese
Bondage” as well as “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink” and twisted sci fi
in “Master Han’s Daughter”
She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®,
ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds:
Creating Effective D/s Protocol.
When she’s not traveling and teaching, she’s creating provocative and
haunting art and performances.
www.FHP-inc.com
www.RopeDojo.com
www.ForteFemme.com
www.passionatebonds.com
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Vimeo: @PlanetMidori
FetLife: Midori

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Open Relationship Discussion Group

Monday, November 3, 7:30pm 
CSC, 1349 Mission 

This month’s topic: Threesomes! 

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.

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Sex Sells: How To Write and Sell Erotica

Nov 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: $20 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/875297 

The market for erotic fiction and nonfiction is booming! There actually is a secret to writing great erotica - and you’ll discover just what that is in this fun, hands-on workshop with well-known erotica writer and teacher M.Christian. For the beginning writer, erotica can be the ideal place to begin writing, getting published, and - best of all - earning money. And for the experienced writer, erotica can be an excellent way to beef up your resume and hone your writing skills. M. Christian will review the varieties of personal and literary expression possible in this exciting and expanding field. He’ll also teach you techniques for creating love and sex scenes that sizzle. Plus: current pay rates, how to write for a wide variety of erotic genres, where and how to submit your erotic writing, and more.

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Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women-Opening Day

October 1st, 2014

Exhibit Runs October 1, 2014–November 16, 2014

Reception Friday, October 10, 7-10 pm
Film Screening, Saturday, October 11, 7–9 pm A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, plus Q&A with Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier
Cheryl Dunye & crystal am nelson, Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, Emerging Scholars Program - Queer Cultural Center event

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Michaela Pilar Brown

The Center for Sex and Culture is pleased to present the group exhibition, Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women. 

What is the role of desire in the lives of black women (cis, trans, and woman-identified)?  

An important group exhibition, Dark Desires answers this question by exploring the history of the black erotic, broadly speaking, with a particular interest in black female-identified sexual subjectivities. Dark Desires features a selection of material from the Center’s library and archive as well to provide a much needed historical framework for the ways in which black female (identified) sexual positivity has been imagined and self-represented across spheres. Highlights include issues of the landmark magazine On Our Backs, the first women-run, lesbian erotica magazine in the United States; vintage BDSM pulp novels from Star Distributors that tell of the kinky exploits of black dommes; and a large scale centerfold poster published in September 1984’s Penthouse magazine that cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America crown; among other ephemera. 

We also have invited artists from around the country who work in a range of media—photography, drawing, video, collage, and sound sculpture—to bring into relief the ways in which contemporary visual artists and their black female (identified) subjects are engaging with this history and self-defined notions of the erotic, pleasure, desire and their uses in their own lives and in the worlds through which they circulate. In this portion of the exhibition we present Michaela Pilar Brown, whose large-scale color photographs explore the ways in which history and memory leave traces on and through the body; Rashayla Marie Brown, whose photographic and video performance works included here subverts the power dynamics of the Gaze and reveals the tensions that engorge desire in search of an object; Ajuan Mance, whose drawings of men she meets on the streets of the Bay Area challenges conventional notions of where queer black female desire is located; Megan Morgan, whose practice grapples with the eroticization of visibly miscegenated bodies and the sexual histories they expose; Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka, whose sound sculptures explore sexual experimentation and discovery between and among black women; co-founder of the entertainment and lifestyle network Black&Sexy TV, Numa Perrier, whose selfies are a testament to the ways back women not only see themselves, but also desire to be seen; Keisha Scarville, whose black and white photographs present the body as the primary site where pleasure and trauma collide and entwine; Cascade Wilhelm, a white artist whose nude photographic portraits of the curator—a queer black woman—disrupt commonly accepted notions of racial and sexual objectification; and Visions from the New California award winning artist Suné Woods, whose new large-scale collages mine desire as something that is at once sexual, sensual, and political.

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Numa Perrier

Participating artists: 
Michaela Pilar Brown (Charleston, SC)
Rashayla Marie Brown (Chicago, IL)
Ajuan Mance (Oakland, CA)
Megan Morgan (Sacramento, CA)
Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka (Los Angeles, CA)
Numa Perrier (Los Angeles, CA / Black&SexyTV)
Keisha Scarville (Brooklyn, NY)
Cascade Wilhelm (Los Angeles, CA)
Suné Woods (Los Angeles, CA)

Free and open to the public, the reception for Dark Desires is Friday, October 10, 2014, 7–10 pm at the Center for Sex and Culture. There will be an artist roundtable discussion led by the curator at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm, we will screen A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, which we will follow with a Q&A of director, writer, producer Dennis Dortch and co-producer and Dark Desires artist Numa Perrier. The screening takes place at the Center for Sex and Culture. Seating capacity is 100.

On Sunday November 16, 2014, 7-9 pm, Center for Sex and Culture will host the Queer Cultural Center’s Emerging Scholars Program event, a conversation between crystal am nelson and filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye. 

Dark Desires is curated and organized by crystal am nelson. For more information about the curator, please visitwww.crystalamnelson.com.

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Rashayla Marie Brown

About the Center for Sex and Culture

The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture 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. 

The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery hours, Monday 11 am-4 pm and by appointment contact dorian@sexandculture.org

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Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women-Opening Reception

October 10, 7-10 pm

Exhibit Runs October 1, 2014–November 16, 2014

Film Screening, Saturday, October 11, 7–9 pm A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, plus Q&A with Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier

Cheryl Dunye & crystal am nelson, Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, Emerging Scholars Program - Queer Cultural Center event

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Michaela Pilar Brown

The Center for Sex and Culture is pleased to present the group exhibition, Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women. 

What is the role of desire in the lives of black women (cis, trans, and woman-identified)?  

An important group exhibition, Dark Desires answers this question by exploring the history of the black erotic, broadly speaking, with a particular interest in black female-identified sexual subjectivities. Dark Desires features a selection of material from the Center’s library and archive as well to provide a much needed historical framework for the ways in which black female (identified) sexual positivity has been imagined and self-represented across spheres. Highlights include issues of the landmark magazine On Our Backs, the first women-run, lesbian erotica magazine in the United States; vintage BDSM pulp novels from Star Distributors that tell of the kinky exploits of black dommes; and a large scale centerfold poster published in September 1984’s Penthouse magazine that cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America crown; among other ephemera. 

We also have invited artists from around the country who work in a range of media—photography, drawing, video, collage, and sound sculpture—to bring into relief the ways in which contemporary visual artists and their black female (identified) subjects are engaging with this history and self-defined notions of the erotic, pleasure, desire and their uses in their own lives and in the worlds through which they circulate. In this portion of the exhibition we present Michaela Pilar Brown, whose large-scale color photographs explore the ways in which history and memory leave traces on and through the body; Rashayla Marie Brown, whose photographic and video performance works included here subverts the power dynamics of the Gaze and reveals the tensions that engorge desire in search of an object; Ajuan Mance, whose drawings of men she meets on the streets of the Bay Area challenges conventional notions of where queer black female desire is located; Megan Morgan, whose practice grapples with the eroticization of visibly miscegenated bodies and the sexual histories they expose; Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka, whose sound sculptures explore sexual experimentation and discovery between and among black women; co-founder of the entertainment and lifestyle network Black&Sexy TV, Numa Perrier, whose selfies are a testament to the ways back women not only see themselves, but also desire to be seen; Keisha Scarville, whose black and white photographs present the body as the primary site where pleasure and trauma collide and entwine; Cascade Wilhelm, a white artist whose nude photographic portraits of the curator—a queer black woman—disrupt commonly accepted notions of racial and sexual objectification; and Visions from the New California award winning artist Suné Woods, whose new large-scale collages mine desire as something that is at once sexual, sensual, and political.

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Numa Perrier

Participating artists: 
Michaela Pilar Brown (Charleston, SC)
Rashayla Marie Brown (Chicago, IL)
Ajuan Mance (Oakland, CA)
Megan Morgan (Sacramento, CA)
Nanci Nwamaka Ikejimba Muraoka (Los Angeles, CA)
Numa Perrier (Los Angeles, CA / Black&SexyTV)
Keisha Scarville (Brooklyn, NY)
Cascade Wilhelm (Los Angeles, CA)
Suné Woods (Los Angeles, CA)

Free and open to the public, the reception for Dark Desires is Friday, October 10, 2014, 7–10 pm at the Center for Sex and Culture. There will be an artist roundtable discussion led by the curator at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm, we will screen A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, which we will follow with a Q&A of director, writer, producer Dennis Dortch and co-producer and Dark Desires artist Numa Perrier. The screening takes place at the Center for Sex and Culture. Seating capacity is 100.

On Sunday November 16, 2014, 7-9 pm, Center for Sex and Culture will host the Queer Cultural Center’s Emerging Scholars Program event, a conversation between crystal am nelson and filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye. 

Dark Desires is curated and organized by crystal am nelson. For more information about the curator, please visitwww.crystalamnelson.com.

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Rashayla Marie Brown

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Dark Desires: The Erotic Lives of Black Women: Film Screening: A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy

 Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm

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On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7–9 pm, we will screen A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy, which we will follow with a Q&A of director, writer, producer Dennis Dortch and co-producer and Dark Desires artist Numa Perrier. A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy is told in six vignettes set over the course of a single Los Angeles day. This drama delves into the world of romance and sexuality in the black community set in Los Angeles designed to shatter stereotypes about black sexuality. 
The cast includes Valley Jones, Chonte Harris, Alphonso Johnson, Marcuis Harris, Emily Liu, LaKeisha Blackwell, Raymond Ma, Chris Yen, Allen Maldonado, Jerome Anthony Hawkins and Kathryn Taylor. The film was originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. 

Bios:
Dennis Dortch is a 2008 Sundance Film Festival Alumni and Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Director for his feature film debut A Good Day to be Black and Sexy. Dennis co-created The Couple (in development at HBO) and Roomieloverfriends (Best Web Series 2013 ABFF). As a visionary he oversees all productions and growth strategies, and works hands on as a writer and director.
Numa Perrier is an actress, artist, writer, and filmmaker. For BLACK&SEXY.TV she serves as Director of Programming and Development, ushering projects from script to screen. She co-stars and writes for the networks hit series The Couple (in development at HBO). She also co-created and writes Roomieloverfriends (Best Web Series 2013 ABFF). Her most recent project she created for the network is YELLOW a satirical docu- series about the pleasures and problems of the light skinned black man.

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