Under My Big Top — A Very Sexy Circus
September 21, 2012 8PM
657 Harrison, San Francisco
Welcome to Under My Big Top, ladies and gentlemen. For your entertainment, I created a sexy circus as a way for my readers to see the world through my eyes for an evening. I am taking all of the faces from my writing and bringing them to you for one sexy night, and this year my performers and guest stars exceeded even my wildest imagination. Performers include: Carol Queen, Jamie DeWolf, Vagina Jenkins, MC Crumbsnatcher, Ginger Murray, Dossie Easton, Dixie De La Tour, Ripplee Severin, Rain DeGrey, The Mayhems, Broke Ass Stuart, Ultraviolent, Thora Hammer, Morgan, Miss Scarlett Black, Midori, Monika Thomas, Allison Moon as well as many others.
Performances Include: Electricity play, live erotic performance art, burlesque, comedy, spoken word, sex-education, suspension, BDSM performances, music, and more. It is a night for our sex positive community to show you who we are and what we do. It is a vast array of talent that you will rarely see under one fantastic roof. This evening will be a kaleidoscope of perversion, education, and beauty. Once the circus is over, you can dance the night away with all these sex positive peeps. Beyond the entertainment, it is a night to immerse yourself in fantasy, whimsy, and desire.
I look forward to seeing you all Under My Big Top, September 21, 2012. Since this is a private event, no tickets will be sold at the door.
— Fleur De Lis
Supporters of the Center for Sex and Culture, don’t miss your chance to bid on Jiz Lee during the night’s Sexy Auction. Highest bidders enjoy 30 minutes of companionship for the evening on a private bed within the VIP area.
All proceeds from Jiz Lee’s auction benefit the CSC.
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Lovely stakeholder people!
The Center for Sex and Culture, located in San Francisco, is publishing an art exhibition catalog on our safer sex poster collection in conjunction with an exhibition displaying these posters at our gallery. The 2-month exhibition opens on November 8, 2013.
Please check out the KICKSTARTER campaign, spread the good word, and visit in November to see the historical posters on display.
I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.
Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.
These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.
The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. It means a great deal.
From the beautiful book FORBIDDEN PHOTOGRAPHS by CHARLES GATEWOOD.
Don’t forget to get your daily dose of reading today. From the Staff of the library at The Center for Sex and Culture, we recommend a good photography book on America’s sexual underground.
"Modern cultural anthropologist/photographer Charles Gatewood is a Dr. Leakey of the Damned." - San Francisco Weekly
Love your friendly, local, sex librarian,
Pledge $20 to the Center for Sex and Culture’s Grace Alley Mural project fundraiser on Offbeatr to receive a copy of Exhibitionism for the Shy autographed by famed author and CSC co-founder - Dr. Carol Queen Carol Queen! Only a few copies remain:
The Center for Sex and Culture’s Grace Alley Mural Project on Offbeatr: Looking to raise $2000 by December 22nd 2012 for public art celebrating San Francisco’s past sexual renegades, founders, activists, and healers.
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 Colla, Finley Coyl, Amandalynn, 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, but we need your donations to fill this wall with art.
Donation levels and rewards:
The first 20 donors to contribute $10 will receive a “safe sex play” gift bag! all the things you need to get it on— safely.
Pledge $15 or more: Vintage Porn Magazine Stash.
The first 10 donors to contribute $15 will receive hand picked vintage porn stash— featuring classics from Playboy, Hustler, Playgirl, and others.
THIS $20 PLEDGE IS NOW SOLD OUT!
Autographed book from Carol Queen.
THIS $50 PLEDGE IS NOW SOLD OUT!:
Center for Sex & Culture Goodie Swag Bag
Donors who pledge $50 or more, will receive a specially created sound recording of a woman pleasuring herself to orgasm — just for you.
The first 3 donors to contribute $60 will be granted Basic Membership to the Center for Sex & Culture. A $60 value that includes-Discounts on events and classes. Invitation to member-only events.
The first 10 donors to contribute $100 will be granted free library membership at the Center for Sex & Culture (a $100 value).
—-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.
Welcome to the 1st Annual CatalystCon
Sparking Communication in sexuality, activism and acceptance.
September 14-16, 2012 Long Beach, CA
CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity.
This is a conference meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate. It is a conference where everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences. With the most current attacks on women’s rights such as birth control, mandatory transvagainal ultrasounds as well as sex education being pulled from our schools, it is more important than ever to come together and have these important conversations on all areas of sexuality.
The fundamental principle of Catalyst is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting changing conversations.
Please visit our Hotel page for full details on our conference venue.
NOTE: CatalystCon limits the number of attendees for each conference. Registration will close early if tickets sell out before the September 13th date.
Tickets $100-150 at:
CQ moderates the panel Sex Ed: Out of the Classrooms, Into the Streets; presents Feminist Perspectives on 50 Shades of Grey; teaches Anatomy of Pleasure with Robert; and Robert co-presents Sex and Disability.
Further details on speakers at Catalyst Con here: http://catalystcon.com/speakers/
Meet our Director
Carol Queen has a Ph.D. in sexology and is the author or editor of eleven books about sex, including Exhibitionism for the Shy, Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, The Leather Daddy & the Femme, and PoMoSexuals (edited with Lawrence Schimel). She is the co-founder and executive director of The Center for Sex & Culture, is Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations, and frequently speaks at colleges and universities about sexuality.
Anatomy of Pleasure Intensive with Drs. Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen
Three separate and different lectures!
Saturdays, July 14, 21 & 28, 10am-2pm at the Center for Sex and Culture — 1349 Mission St., San Francisco
Pay what you can — suggested cost is $40 per session.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR SEX EDUCATORS — especially self-taught ones or those who have never had a formal anatomy class!
Want to know more about the senses? Who doesn’t? Find new combinations to make you and yours hotter, and learn the body’s many sensory secrets. Join us for a thoroughly eye (and flesh) opening tour of the body with way more area covered than just that enticing spot between your legs (though we will delve in there as well). Learn how nearly any sense can be a source of erotic inspiration! This is especially relevant for us kinky sorts who already think of the entire body as their canvas.
Dr. Robert Lawrence has been lecturing about human anatomy and sexuality since 1980, and his knowledge has provided a proven, fact-based foundation for other writers and instructors in the fetish and SM community to build upon. Have you ever been told to take an aspirin or an antihistamine prior to being spanked? Dr. Lawrence first made the suggestion in 1980 (he still has his SFSI SM lecture notes). Have you ever heard of humans being shaped inside like a donut? How about proprioception and bondage? How many senses can you describe and play with individually? He can demonstrate at least 15 specific senses and can break them into more than 20 depending on how you split (or stroke) the hair. No matter your level of familiarity and comfort with the topic, this lecture is a must-experience for anyone committed to developing their sensual and sexual responsiveness. Demonstrations of reflex, dermatomes, sensory specificity and adaption will show you what you have been missing — and help you better understand arousal, BDSM enthusiasm, and orgasm!
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