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.
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.
Milwaukee LGBT Film and Video Festival
at the UWM Union Theater
Wednesday, October 12, through Sunday, October 23
We are so proud to be a community partner with the Milwaukee LGBT Film and Video Festival again this year. Now in its 31st year, the festival is a highly respected fixture of not only the local LGBTQ community, but also the thriving film community. Please join us at the UWM Union Cinema for four separate film events over the course of the festival.
Friday, October 14, at 9 pm - I mean, _literally_: An Evening of Men’s Shorts
The annual slip-and-slide party of narrative and formal film play that careens across an evening of short works silly, reflective, touching, and outrageous. A carnival of serious fun.
Saturday, October 15, at 9 pm - On the Verge: An Evening of Women’s Shorts
A caucus of good intentions and surprising resolutions, thiss program -- which annually is, thanks to the audience, the liveliest of the Festival – will uncork an international array of defiant gestures, blooming romance, and the coolest of customers.
Friday, October 21, at 9 pm - The Way We Feel and How We Are: An Evening of Trans Shorts
Declarations made, communities forged, and one winningly feral animation (from UWM Alum Mica O’Herlihy) in this program of short documentaries, portraits, and narratives.
Saturday, October 22, at 9 pm - Paris 05:59 Théo and Hugo
Dubbed a cross between "Shortbus" and "Weekend," Paris 05:59 Théo and Hugo does partner passion explicitly unfurle -- the opening was filmed in Paris's legendary sex club L'Impacte-- with a meditative appreciation of the delights and drama of the everyday. Théo and Hugo do meet in a moment of great intensity, but take greater risks as they wander the city at night, an unexpected crisis stirring questions about what they owe and want from each other.
Tickets available here or at the Union Cinema box office the night of each event.
MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm
This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.
Hablemos de Placer: El Pene con Jackie Cruze-Rodriguez
Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 pm
Aprenda junto a la Educadora de Salud Sexual en una serie de talleres sobre el placer y como entenderlo, ofrecerlo y solicitarlo. Durante nuestra primera sección estaremos explorando el tema del pene. Estaremos hablando sobre la anatomía del pene y sus puntos claves que facilitarán técnicas para una mejor relación sexual, masturbación y más placentera ejecución del sexo oral teniendo en cuenta las necesidades y el ritmo de todas las personas envueltas. Hablaremos de como poner un condón de varias formas para facilitar la negociación sexual segura y placentera.Nuestra clase será una muy divertida con muchos ejercicios prácticos y ofrece y un espacio seguro para que todxs puedan hacer preguntas, hablar y crecer en el campo del placer. Excelente clase para las personas que quieren enfrentar sus miedos, entender el pene y sentirse más seguras a la hora de ofrecer placer.
Bienvenidos todos los cuerpos, orientaciones e identidades.
Jackie Cruz-Rodriguez es Educadora en Salud Sexual desde hace más de 15 años trabajando con varios proyectos como Actualiza tus Placeres y usando el arte para la negociación sexual y prevención con Arte con Salud en Taller Salud, además de ofrecer Consejería en Salud Sexual/ Reproductivay placer para personas embarazadas en Mama Aicha. Es original de Puerto Rico y actualmente reside en Chicago donde trabaja como Educadora y Trabajadora de Salud para Chicago Women's Health Center. Jackie es Partera Aprendiz en WI y esta en caminos de obtener su licencia de Partera. Le encanta reír y chupar caña de azúcar.
$10 por persona. Registrar aquí.
Sex and Chronic Pain: Five Steps for Increased Sexual Fulfillment with Lucky Tomaszek
Friday, November 18, 8:30 pm
Building a happy and fulfilling sex life is an ongoing, lifelong process for most of us. Mixing in the added challenges of living with chronic pain, decreased mobility, and side effects from medication can make this journey at times frustrating and difficult. In this session we will talk about ways to navigate and improve our sexual experiences, both individually and with our partners. We'll discuss modifications and adaptive approaches to help decrease discomfort and increase pleasure (such as position aids and other sexual helping devices), with an eye toward accessibility and comfort. We'll also discuss tips to help facilitate communication and connection with our sexual partners.
Lucky Tomaszek regularly works with people of all ages, and of varying abilities, to find unique solutions to the difficulties that can arise as a result of aging, illness, disability and treatment. Lucky spent more than a decade working with pregnant and birthing women as a labor assistant and homebirth midwife. As a woman living with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, she understands the impact that chronic pain, fatigue, treatment, depression and anxiety can have on a person's sex drive and function. For the last several years, she has been providing one-on-one sexuality education and support to customers at the Tool Shed, as well as teaching classes and workshops at colleges, universities and professional organizations throughout Wisconsin.
This is a FREE class. No registration necessary.
Flogging Basics with Sir Wieland and cat
Tuesday, November 29, 8:30 pm
It seems like anytime you see anything kinky, you see a sexy person holding a flogger. But what do you actually do with it? Does flogging hurt? Does it feel good? Join us for a fun evening class, and learn to use them both safely and effectively to enhance your play.
We'll talk about the pros and cons of different types of floggers, and look at the different materials used in their construction. We'll also discuss consent, as well as where and how to strike your partner. Sir Wieland will demostrate a few techniques with his partner cat.
Sir Wieland and cat are respected and much beloved BDSM educators living in Southeastern Wisconsin. With decades of practical experience, they bring skill and sensitivity to their classes.
$15 per person/$25 per couple. Register here.