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.

PARTY CRASHERS & OTHER RE-ORDERINGS:
An Evening of Women's Shorts
Saturday, October 18 at 9:00pm
**At the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee)**
Please join the Tool Shed at the 2014 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (October 16-26). We're excited and proud to be co-sponsoring a number of showings at this year's festival, including the Women's Shorts. Hope to see you at the Festival! More info on the Women's Shorts program can be found here!


A Screening of THE FOXY MERKINS
Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm
FOLLOWED BY A POST-FILM RECEPTION

**At the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee)**
Please join the Tool Shed at the 2014 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (October 16-26). We're excited and proud to be co-sponsoring a number of showings at this year's festival, including the hilarious feature presentation, THE FOXY MERKINS. A lively, unstoppingly funny and triumphantly absurdist comedy about the travails of two lesbian hookers, THE FOXY MERKINS smartly skewers conventional cinematic depictions of sex work (especially gay male ones) while also being a buddy film about hooker-in-training Margaret (played by co-screenwriter Lisa Haas) and her mentor, the savvy street veteran Jo (played by co-screenwriter Jackie Monahan).

Please join us for the film, and then for a post-movie reception with the film's star/co-writer LISA HAAS! There will be food, drink, and gaeity, as we celebrate the Foxy Merkins, the wonderful treasure that is the annual Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, and the occasion of the Tool Shed's upcoming 10th birthday this December!


NOT, LIKE, A LIFETIME MOVIE MOMENT:
An Evening of Men’s Shorts
Friday, October 24 at 9:00pm
**At the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee)**
Please join the Tool Shed at the 2014 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (October 16-26). We're excited and proud to be co-sponsoring a number of showings at this year's festival, including the Men's Shorts. Hope to see you at the Festival! More info on the Men's Shorts program can be found here!


CATEGORIAL REFUTATION:
An Evening of Trans* Shorts
Saturday, October 25 at 5:00pm
At the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee)
Please join the Tool Shed at the 2014 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival (October 16-26). We're excited and proud to be co-sponsoring a number of showings at this year's festival, including the Trans* Shorts. Hope to see you at the Festival! More info on the Trans* Shorts program can be found here!


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.


Young MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, Novemer 19, 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.


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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