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We’ve opened the event on sexually transmitted infections (by Dept. of Public Health staff) to the public TOMORROW! It’s at 5pm, it’s free, and please come and pass it on to anyone who would be interested. And don’t forget the Eros Evolving conference in Piedmont next Saturday; the How to Lose Your Virginity film screening at CSC that night; a night with our friends at Kotango; Perverts Put Out, and way more! Please come see us. 

We’ve opened the event on sexually transmitted infections (by Dept. of Public Health staff) to the public TOMORROW! It’s at 5pm, it’s free, and please come and pass it on to anyone who would be interested. 

And don’t forget the Eros Evolving conference in Piedmont next Saturday; the How to Lose Your Virginity film screening at CSC that night; a night with our friends at Kotango; Perverts Put Out, and way more! Please come see us. 

We’re hosting a terrific Psychology Tomorrow event with Nica Noelle and other great presenters—and DON’T MISS The Ghost of Richard Pacheco on 1/31: Howie Gordon’s long-awaited memoir is HERE! His son Bobby will be with him to celebrate the publication of Hindsight, Howie’s book, with selections from his show Debbie Does My Dad. It’s a fabulous book and it’s be a really special night. Pass it on!  
If you’re interested in Andy de Montigny’s special class on sex & ritual with Francesca Gentille, RSVP now! If the ladies don’t get enough pre-registrations, the class may not go forward. Also, please note that we listed an Open Relationships Discussion Group last time—that group has found a different meeting space so we won’t be offering it at this time.  
Next month is huge, including a visit from our good friend Lee Harrington—he’s offering a Valentine’s week class for *trans folk and their partners.  
In place of the C-Spot this month, there’s a special message from Annie Sprinkle. Scroll all the way down.  
Please share this newsletter with anyone you think would enjoy it. (I have added social sharing tags to this mailing in case you have friends/networks you want to tell about CSC goings-on.) Your friends can get on our e-list via our website,sexandculture.org. Join us on Twitter: @CentrSexCulture. Our main website is at http://www.sexandculture.org. Bookmark our Tumblr page at http://centersexculture.tumblr.com/ — you’ll find events info plus lots more sex-related stuff! We’re on Facebook too!   
And – did you know that you can rent CSC for your own gatherings?

We’re hosting a terrific Psychology Tomorrow event with Nica Noelle and other great presenters—and DON’T MISS The Ghost of Richard Pacheco on 1/31: Howie Gordon’s long-awaited memoir is HERE! His son Bobby will be with him to celebrate the publication of Hindsight, Howie’s book, with selections from his show Debbie Does My Dad. It’s a fabulous book and it’s be a really special night. Pass it on!  
If you’re interested in Andy de Montigny’s special class on sex & ritual with Francesca Gentille, RSVP now! If the ladies don’t get enough pre-registrations, the class may not go forward. Also, please note that we listed an Open Relationships Discussion Group last time—that group has found a different meeting space so we won’t be offering it at this time.  
Next month is huge, including a visit from our good friend Lee Harrington—he’s offering a Valentine’s week class for *trans folk and their partners.  
In place of the C-Spot this month, there’s a special message from Annie Sprinkle. Scroll all the way down.  
Please share this newsletter with anyone you think would enjoy it. (I have added social sharing tags to this mailing in case you have friends/networks you want to tell about CSC goings-on.) Your friends can get on our e-list via our website,sexandculture.org. Join us on Twitter: @CentrSexCulture. Our main website is at http://www.sexandculture.org. Bookmark our Tumblr page at http://centersexculture.tumblr.com/ — you’ll find events info plus lots more sex-related stuff! We’re on Facebook too!   
And – did you know that you can rent CSC for your own gatherings?

Event Fast Facts:
Howie Gordon (Richard Pacheco) Hindsight bookparty
Friday, 1/31, 8pm
At the Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco

No charge: Donations to CSC accepted, but not required

Event Fast Facts:
Howie Gordon (Richard Pacheco) Hindsight bookparty
Friday, 1/31, 8pm
At the Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission btw. 9th and 10th Streets, San Francisco
No charge: Donations to CSC accepted, but not required



Plays Well in Groups: A Journey through the World of Group Sex
Reception and Interview with Katherine Frank


At The Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission
Sunday, 11/10, 7-9pm
Suggested donation $10-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds

Carol Queen interviews anthropologist and author Katherine Frank about her groundbreaking new book about group sex. From the social organization of group sex (what is it? how do people wind up doing it?) to group sex as an opportunity for arousal and transcendence;  experimentation, adventure, and play; belonging, status, identity, and affirmation; and/or rebellion, liberation, and entertainment, come learn about group sex among the elite, around the world, and the swingers and BDSM enthusiasts next door. Meet the author and celebrate the release of this valuable work!

Here’s what Amazon says about Plays Well in Groups:


From tribal religious rituals to the Playboy mansion, and from ancient Rome to Burning Man, Plays Well in Groups explores the phenomenon of group sex. Author Katherine Frank draws on surveys, ethnographic research, participant interviews, and more to provide explanations for both participation in group sex and our complex reactions to it, from fascination to fear. The book looks at group sex across cultures—who has it, andwhy. Group sex is almost always taboo and often criminalized, and yet it persists across cultures throughout history. Plays Well in Groups looks at the symbolism of orgies, as well as contemporary manifestations of group sex in bathhouses and public sex venues, at BDSM and swinging parties, on Craigslist, and in political scandals, Tantra classes, reality television, and more. Frank explores the many reasons people participate in group sex, from arousal to spiritual transcendence, in this bold study of subversive sexuality.



About Katherine Frank: Katherine Frank is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Duke University, 1999) and sex researcher. She is also the author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002), and a co-editor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006). Frank has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals—Archives of Sex Research, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and Sexualities, for example—and her writing on strip clubs, marriage and monogamy, infidelity, reality television, swinging, sex tourism, eating disorders, and feminism appears in numerous anthologies. She has also published short fiction and non-fiction in magazines ranging from the prestigiousHarvard Business Review to Spread Magazine, a publication for and by sex workers.

If possible, books will be available for purchase! 

Plays Well in Groups: A Journey through the World of Group Sex
Reception and Interview with Katherine Frank
At The Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission
Sunday, 11/10, 7-9pm
Suggested donation $10-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds
Carol Queen interviews anthropologist and author Katherine Frank about her groundbreaking new book about group sex. From the social organization of group sex (what is it? how do people wind up doing it?) to group sex as an opportunity for arousal and transcendence;  experimentation, adventure, and play; belonging, status, identity, and affirmation; and/or rebellion, liberation, and entertainment, come learn about group sex among the elite, around the world, and the swingers and BDSM enthusiasts next door. Meet the author and celebrate the release of this valuable work!
Here’s what Amazon says about Plays Well in Groups:
From tribal religious rituals to the Playboy mansion, and from ancient Rome to Burning Man, Plays Well in Groups explores the phenomenon of group sex. Author Katherine Frank draws on surveys, ethnographic research, participant interviews, and more to provide explanations for both participation in group sex and our complex reactions to it, from fascination to fear. The book looks at group sex across cultures—who has it, andwhy. Group sex is almost always taboo and often criminalized, and yet it persists across cultures throughout history. Plays Well in Groups looks at the symbolism of orgies, as well as contemporary manifestations of group sex in bathhouses and public sex venues, at BDSM and swinging parties, on Craigslist, and in political scandals, Tantra classes, reality television, and more. Frank explores the many reasons people participate in group sex, from arousal to spiritual transcendence, in this bold study of subversive sexuality.
About Katherine Frank: Katherine Frank is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Duke University, 1999) and sex researcher. She is also the author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002), and a co-editor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006). Frank has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals—Archives of Sex Research, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and Sexualities, for example—and her writing on strip clubs, marriage and monogamy, infidelity, reality television, swinging, sex tourism, eating disorders, and feminism appears in numerous anthologies. She has also published short fiction and non-fiction in magazines ranging from the prestigiousHarvard Business Review to Spread Magazine, a publication for and by sex workers.
If possible, books will be available for purchase! 

The Biggest Quake: New thinking on the San Francisco AIDS epidemic

The Biggest Quake: New thinking on the San Francisco AIDS epidemic

BOTH SHOWS FREE! 

TUESDAY JUNE 25, 8pm
Magnet, 4122 18th St. between Castro and Collingwood

THURSDAY JUNE 27, 8:30pm
Subterranean Art House, 2179 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 


Writing and performance by 
Mark ABRAMSON, Justin CHIN, Brontez PURNELL
Carol QUEEN (25th), Kirk READ, Julia SERANO (25th), Ed WOLF

Curated by Kirk Read

The Biggest Quake brings together eight San Francisco artists with varied backgrounds in writing, performance art, music, public health, science and AIDS activism. Topics will include barebacking, pre-exposure (PrEP) HIV medications for HIV-negative people, crystal meth, being newly infected, helping people commit suicide in the 1980s and getting arrested with ACT UP. A rich brew. WE PROMISE there will be no cliches about being HIV positive and thriving and no one will tell you that men who bareback have low self esteem. The work promises to be funny, touching, harrowing, historical and controversial. The artists spent hours having conversations as a group and individually, deepening their shared understanding of the AIDS epidemic. The variety of voices here creates a dialogue that goes across generational and experiential lines. The purpose of this project is to generate new stories and thinking about AIDS that is not mediated by public health messaging or non-profit politics. We aim to spark a resurgence of artists making work about the epidemic, in terms of history, where we are now, and the future imaginary.


See the videos of last summer’s original shows here:  

June 14, 2012 - Kirk Read The Biggest Quake:  www.vimeo.com/album/1975177   
June 15, 2012 - Kirk Read The Biggest Quake:  www.vimeo.com/album/1976963
June 16, 2012 - Kirk Read The Biggest Quake:  www.vimeo.com/album/1977205

Facebook page: 
SF show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/135293953342574/

Berkeley show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/460509750699575/


Artist bios:

Mark Abramson
 was a Midwestern farm boy who joined the great gay migration to San Francisco in the 1970s. His writing has appeared in the gay press as far back as Christopher Street, Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine and Mouth of the Dragon. Like the central character in his best-selling “Beach Reading” series, Mark Abramson grew up in Minnesota and worked as a waiter in the Castro, but Mark is better known as a bartender and co-producer of “Men Behind Bars,” an annual AIDS benefit and the huge dance parties on San Francisco piers called “Pier Pressure” and “High Tea
.

 Justin Chin’s
 third book of poetry, Gutted, received the Publishing Triangle’s 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry, and was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards, and the Assoc. for Asian American Studies Book Awards. His other books of poetry are Bite Hard, and Harmless Medicine, a 2002 Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards finalist. He is also the author of three collections of essays: Burden of Ashes, Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes & Pranks, and Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms; and most recently, the short story collection, 98 Wounds.

Brontez Purnell
 is a zinester, writer, dancer and musician, who now lives in California. Brontez was originally from Triana, Alabama, then moving to Huntsville, Alabama, and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he released Schlepp Fanzine while still living at home. He then relocated on his own to Oakland, California, where he released his next zine, Fag School. He is also the mastermind behind the band The Younger Lovers and is an ex-member of queer electro band Gravy Train!!!! Brontez has written for various publications, including the on-line edition of Jigsaw, and has also written a column called “She’s Over It” for Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll. He has read his work at Lit Quake in San Francisco. He is currently working on his first novella “Johnny, Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger? (Diary of  an American Waiter Bored at Work).

Kirk Read
 (curator) is the author of the coming out memoir “How I Learned to Snap” and created the solo shows “This is the Thing” and “Computer Face.” He has toured with the Queen’s English, Sister Spit and twice with the Sex Workers Art Show. He is passionate about the intersection of art and public health. Over the years he has produced over 250 nights of performance and literature, including events addressing crystal meth, barebacking, computer addiction, sex work and HIV/AIDS from the perspective of artists and writers who create work from lived experience. He helped organize the Gay Men’s Sex Summit and the first two national Gay Men’s Health Summits in Boulder. He worked as a phlebotomist and HIV counselor at St. James Infirmary, San Francisco’s free clinic for sex workers. At St. James, he also started a support group for male sex workers. He cohosted the long running queer open mic K’vetsh with Tara Jepsen and cohosts Smack Dab with Larry-bob Roberts, a queer open mic on third Wednesdays at Magnet. He started Army of Lovers, an organization that curates queer art events. He started Formerly Known As, a festival of male sex worker performance, now in its fourth year. He believes in the power of art to shape and guide social movements.

Julia Serano
 is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, and activist. Julia is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007), a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny frames popular assumptions about femininity and shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about transsexual women. Her other writings have appeared in anthologies (including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Word Warriors: 30 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Movement) and in feminist, queer, pop culture and literary magazines and websites such as Bitch Magazine, AlterNet.org, Out, Feministing.com, make/shift and Clamor.  In recent years, Julia has gained notoriety in transgender, queer, and feminist circles for her unique insights into gender, and her writings have been used as teaching materials in queer and gender studies courses across North America.

Ed Wolf 
has been working continuously in the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1983, as chronicled in the award-winning documentary “We Were Here.” He has developed HIV-related curriculum and trainings for a large number of national and international organizations and institutions, including the California State Office of AIDS, the Shanti Project of San Francisco, UCSF AIDS Health Project and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. He’s facilitated trainings for counselors working in clinical trials in Lima, Peru as well as South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. His stories and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Christopher Street, the James White Review and Prentice Hall’s Discovering Literature. Ed has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was awarded the HIV National Educator of Year Award from the body.com.




The Biggest Quake was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from the William Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation. Additional support was provided by The Queer Cultural Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
 
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!
This will be the kind of event where you have powerful conversations afterward, meet new people and get your own creative process instigated. It won’t be a downer, it will be magic.

Fairoaks Project Closing Reception: Photographs by Frank Melleno

A Rare Look inside a SF Gay Bathhouse in 1978, Curated by Gary Freeman

Closing Reception June 30, 2013 1-4 pm

           Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979.  His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.

           The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a counter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges.  Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.

           The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.

BOOKISH BEASTS: CSC Zine & Comic Fest

With Wondercon not in San Francisco this year there is not great comics events happening in April. Wouldn’t be great to have a local comics event that was a s uniques as San Francisco? The Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for a small gathering of local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their stance outside the mainstream. 

Bookish Beasts is a one day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring sex, sexuality, gender and erotica. We want to give you the opportunity to exhibit your works, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material. 

This is a not for profit event that is free to the public, Although as we live to support local artist we will  need some help from you t make this happen. We are asking for $20 to split an 8’ table with chairs. You will be responsible for cashiering your own sales and all profits are your own. The CSC has enough chars but will need to rent tables and promote the event. If this sounds like a great event that you want to get involved with please confirm right away. 

The event is one day. April 14th from noon to 6PM. There will some presentations and workshops following. Please let us know if you are interested in participating or would like to propose a workshop or presentation. 

CSC provides judgement-free educations, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectra; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and incoming issues of public policy health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of the CSC Library books are searchable though Goodreads and CSC’s Zineography, along with their growing zine catalog/database, which is currently being cataloged

If interested in participating or for more information contact us- gallery@sexandculture.org

Sincerely, 

Jon Macy

Dorian Katz, CSC Curator

Anissa Malady, CSC Librarian 

Tess McCarthy, CSC Archivist

Spin the Bottle with CSC at the California Academy of Science! ⇢

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us!

Feb 14, 2013
Center for Sex and Culture founders Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence will deliver fascinating talks in the Forum with guest Midori. Also, don’t miss a pop-up exhibit of vibrators past and present curated by Good Vibrations. In the East Pavilion, sample sweet treats from Whole Foods, make a good old fashioned valentine at SCRAP’s craft table, and stop by the Photoboof for posterity’s sake. 

In the aquarium, enjoy “gold classics” being spun by Sweet Cheeks DJs Loco and Mawkus in the coral reef, and strike up a conversation about extreme mating in the animal kingdom while wandering through Animal Attraction. In the Piazza, Hard French DJs Carnita and Brown Amy will whip up a soul storm, topped with grown-up board games and a few surprises.

We will also be bringing in some sexy goodies from the CSC Library &  Archive to highlight our wonderful collection! Library Pop-Up. 

About the CSC Library and Archive

The Center for Sex & Culture Library and Archive was born from, and is sustained by, donated collections of books, magazines, journals, zines, comics, dissertations, works of art, videos, memorabilia, and the personal papers of key members of the community. It is being cataloged by a team of dedicated volunteers and interns, under the supervision of Anissa Malady, MLIS. 

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More info on this great event HERE!

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