Upcoming Events

All events are held at 2427 N. Murray Ave., two blocks north of North Ave. near the intersection of North and Farwell, unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The Tool Shed takes a break from classes and workshops during the summer months. We will resume our class schedule again in September!


Erotica Writing Workshop with Rachel Kramer Bussel
Tuesday, September 30, 8:30 pm

Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, and write against type. You'll learn how to incorporate everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing, and make them fit for particular magazines and anthologies. She'll also talk about submitting your work and keeping up with the thriving erotica market (including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites). Whether you're writing to that special someone, penning longtime fantasies, or want to earn cash for your dirty words, this workshopis for you. Paper and writing implements will be provided or you can use your own laptop.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is the editor of over 50 anthologies, including Serving Him, Twice the Pleasure, Gotta Have It, Women in Lust, Irresistible: EroticRomance for Couples, Orgasmic, Cheeky Spanking Stories, The Mile High Club, and the Best Bondage Erotica series.

$20 per person. Register here.


Charge Up Your Sex Life: Electric play for beginners with Lady Sophia
Friday, October 10, 8:30 pm

Neon Wands, Violet Wands and TENS Units-- we've got them all at during this electrifying evening! Come and learn about safe and exciting ways to incorporate electrical stimulation into your solo or partner play. We’ll cover how to use the different types of electrical units currently on the market, pros and cons of each and give you tips on where to place electrodes on the body for maximum pleasure! And, if you like, you’ll have the opportunity to feel the tingle of a variety of electrical toys.

Lady Sophia has worked as adult sex educator since 2003. She has created and presented numerous workshops on everything from flirting to strap-on sex. She has presented at venues including universities such as Columbia, University of Chicago and Northwestern, Lawrence College in New York, LGBTIQ organizations, activist collectives and non-profit agencies. She has an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies from DePaul University and a MSW from the University of Chicago. Her sex ed related work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, TimeOut Chicago and "Eight-Forty-Eight" on Chicago Public Radio.

$20 per person. Register online.


Dominance for Nervous Beginners with Lady Sophia
Saturday, October 11, 8:30 pm

We all know that real dominants were born knowing they were kinky tops. They're beyond reproach, serious in their scenes, never make mistakes and... they don't exist! There are as many ways to be a fantastic dominant (and submissive) as there are kinksters. This Dominance 101 style workshop will help you to figure out what type of top, switch or sub you are. We'll cover kinky archetypes, and how they help and hinder us, basic negotiation skills to have a safe, sane, consensual and fun scene, how to communicate your interests to your play partner and even a few spanking, bondage and sensory play tips for good measure. This workshop is open to people of all genders, sexual orientations and experience levels, though well seasoned players may find themselves familiar with the content.

Lady Sophia has worked as adult sex educator since 2003. She has created and presented numerous workshops on everything from flirting to strap-on sex. She has presented at venues including universities such as Columbia, University of Chicago and Northwestern, Lawrence College in New York, LGBTIQ organizations, activist collectives and non-profit agencies. She has an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies from DePaul University and a MSW from the University of Chicago. Her sex ed related work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, TimeOut Chicago and "Eight-Forty-Eight" on Chicago Public Radio.

$20 per person. Register here.


Young MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, October 15, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is primarily for those in their 20s and 30s who are interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.


Decorative Rope with Sir Wieland
Wednesday, November 5, 8:30 pm

Come learn from the best! With his deep knowledge and friendly teaching style, Sir Wieland's classes are always wildly popular.

In this class, we'll take basic ties and turn them into decorative pieces of art on the body. With a few ideas, we hope to inspire you to use your imagination to develop your own ties.

We'll cover an ankle tie, a toe tie (is your pedicure up to date?), chest ties and karadas.

Bring rope, and wear fitted clothing so the rope doesn't tangle in your clothes. If you're not sure what kind of rope, or how much, just bring what you have. We'll have rope available here for your use, and some for sale after the class. Also, bring your creative mind.

$15 per person or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here.


Honor One Another: Yoga for the Sacred Chakra with Jessica
Sunday, November 9, 10:00 am
Please note: This is a MORNING class.
From the instructor: I've designed a class to help you foster the ability to more fully experience sensations. You'll take home breathing techniques to relax the nervous system. You'll learn exercises to tone the pelvic floor. And you'll enjoy a 75 minute Hatha Yoga practice designed to bring awareness to the second chakra. Please bring a mat or towel.

I truly believe that yoga is for Every Body. People of all genders, body types, and skill levels are encouraged to attend.

We'll move at a slow and steady pace. You are welcome to take pause whenever you need to. There is no pressure to be anything but exactly where you're at.

Jessica Popp focuses her practice on Alignment Yoga, a subset of Hatha yoga that blends traditional yoga with the needs of modern Western bodies and minds. Jessica brings her own experiences and knowledge of sexual health and well being to her students.

$12 per person. Register here.


Bacchanalia Basics: It's (Play) Party Time! with "Life on the Swingset"
Friday, November 21, 8:30 pm
They're whispered about, opinions are drawn, expectations are high. With so many people needing a safe place to explore their sexuality, play parties have value far beyond a whole bunch of naked people in a room. They can educate as well as titillate.

The "Life on the Swingset" crew will delve into the logistical concerns (how to arrange a bedroom so ten people can fit on the bed), as well as the ethical ones (consent, interaction with people, disclosures of STI status and relationship arrangements), and address how to deal with potential issues you may encounter, creeps, left out individuals, and levels of risk aware sex involvement. In this session they’ll be broken down from all sides, the academic idea behind them, throwing them, and attending them.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:
When Cooper Becket isn't writing or podcasting at Life on the Swingset, he's living it up as an evangelical swinger, exploring polyamory, and spreading the good word that "sharing is caring." He truly believes that many people would be open to exploring their sexuality, looking beyond orientation, and experiencing great sex (that most basic of human rights), if only they were told it's okay to do so. He has resolved to make the world safer for sexuality, even if it's only one couple at a time.

Dylan Thomas is a different kind of evangelist. Dylan sees the need for an evolution in how people communicate and perceive each other. By learning that love and emotion are unlimited resources, people can learn to appreciate the wealth of diversity in lifestyles and sexuality everywhere. As a co-host on Life on the Swingset, Dylan has relayed his own journey, sharing his failures, fears and triumphs: wading through homophobia and male chauvinism and into yearning for bi-sexuality; creating communities around swinging; and learning about polyamory.

Miko Technogeisha is a writer, researcher, educator and podcaster with an insatiable curiosity. No longer content to be a virtual voyeur, she is actively pursuing the life non-monogamous. She is managing editor for Life on the Swingset‘s website as well as a host on Life on the Swingset the podcast and The Kinky Geeks podcast. She also writes for several online publications about all aspects of open relationships and sexuality. She is an emissary for Sex Geekdom, volunteer support staff for Bawdy Storytelling, and a volunteer educator for the Center for Positive Sexuality on panels for non-monogamy, BDSM and alternative sexuality.

$15 per person or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here.


Feminine Presentation for Trans* People with Ashley Altadonna
THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE! THIS CLASS WILL BE ON OUR JANUARY SCHEDULE. STAY TUNED!

Breast forms and gaffs and make-up, oh my! Tool Shed staffer, Ashley Altadonna will discuss feminine gender presentation. The main focus of this presentation will be for people assigned male at birth who are exploring feminine and/or female presentation, but everyone is welcome! There will be talk about options in hairstyles, clothing choices, body language, transition-related products, and more.

Ashley Altadonna is a local filmmaker and owner of Tall Lady Pictures (tallladypictures.com). Her films have been shown in numerous festivals from London, Berlin and Melbourne to New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

$10 per person. Due to scheduling constraints, this class will be held in January, and registration will open later this fall.

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