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.
Rope for Intimacy with Sir Wieland and cat
Tuesday, September 13, 8:30 pm
We're excited to welcome Sir Wieland and cat back to the Tool Shed this fall. For years, they've been bringing their knowledge of decorative rope to our customers, and have become some of our favorite instructors. This time, they're back to teach a class specifically to people who want use rope to enhance their sex life at home.
For many people, rope has a distinctly sensual feel. This class will teach you how to use rope in erotic ways to enhance your sex life. There are many ways you can tie a person to make certain areas of their body more accessible and heighten both partners' sexual pleasure. Limiting your partner's mobility or having them struggle against the ropes may turn you on.
Wear clothing that is tighter to the body and stretchable so the ropes do not get caught in loose fabric. A pad for the floor and a pillow will be helpful. We will have rope to use or you can bring a few 30 ft pieces.
$15 per person/$25 per couple. Register online.
Charge Up Your Sex Life with Lady Sophia
Friday, September 16, 8:30 pm
Neon Wands, Violet Wands and TENS Units oh my! 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.
Embodied Sexuality for Survivors of Sexual Violence with Sophia Chase
Saturday, September 17, 10 am
THIS IS A MORNING CLASS!
When you’re a survivor of sexual assault or abuse, feeling safe and in control of your body can be challenging. This workshop focuses on embodiment, being present during sex, and sexual empowerment in your solo and partnered sex life. We’ll be talking about triggers, one of the key hurdles in the bedroom after abuse, ways to lessen their presence and tools confront them head-on.
Sophia Chase has worked as adult sex educator since 2003. She has created and presented numerous workshops on numerous sexual health and pleasure topics. She has an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies from DePaul University and a MSW from the University of Chicago. 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. 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.
This is a FREE class. No pre-registration necessary. Doors open at 9:45am.
BACK TO BACK: Butt Fun for Everyone!
This two night event will cover the basics of butt play for both women and men. You can register for either class, or both together. Both classes are open to people of all genders and orientations, so pick the one that sounds the most interesting to you!
Take It Like a Man with Cooper Becket and Lyndzi Miller
Friday, September 30, 8:30 pm
Pegging - The act of a female giving anal sex to a male using a strap-on. Some couples enjoy the power reversal of this and some guys simply just like it up the arse. (source: Urban Dictionary) Here at the Tool Shed we get questions about pegging every day. How do we do it? What are the right tools for the job? Does it actually feel good? I'm a straight guy, will pegging make me gay?
Lyndzi Miller, Tool Shed staff member and sexuality educator, and Cooper Becket, Life on the Swingset podcaster, will answer these questions and cover all of the basics of pegging, a sexual activity that is quickly gaining popularity. They'll also talk about safety, male anatomy and the health benefits of being pegged. Yes guys, that's right. Taking it in the boot is actually good for you!
$15 per person/$25 per couple. Register online.
Ladies Night: Bottom's Up! with Lyndzi Miller and Lucky Tomaszek
Saturday, October 1, 8:30 pm
We're going to start at the beginning, and talk about all different kinds of butt fun for you to explore on your own, or with a partner. There are so many ways to enjoy anal play - touching, rimming, fingering and penetrating with a penis or toy. We'll talk about all of them! This class will look at safety, pleasure, communication and the right tools for the job.
Staffers Lucky and Lyndzi have both worked at The Tool Shed for four years. They get to answer health and pleasure questions all day at work, and love teaching groups. Lyndzi is the moderator of the Milwaukee Poly Group, which meets monthly at the Tool Shed. Lucky serves as the store's education coordinator.
$10 per person. Register online.
Cross Dress for Success with Ashley Altadonna
Thursday, October 13, 8:30 pm
Breast forms and shapers and make-up, oh my! Tool Shed staffer and transgender filmmaker/author/advocate Ashley Altadonna will be on hand to go over some basics of feminine gender presentation and the joys of cross dressing. Geared towards male-bodied folks but open to everyone, this event will look at shopping for clothes, lingerie, hair removal, body shaping, make-up techniques and more.
Ashley Altadonna is a Sexuality Educator at Milwaukee's Tool Shed Erotic Boutique. An internationally distributed filmmaker and owner of Tall Lady Pictures (www.tallladypictures,com), she has been featured in publications such as Milwaukee Magazine, OnMilwaukee.com, and Milwaukee Record.com. When she's not annoying her cats with her songwriting, you can find her watching Italian Neorealist cinema.
This class is FREE! No pre-registration necessary. Doors open at 8:15pm.