Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming classes, events, and other Tool Shed happenings.

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.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, June 2, 5 pm
June's book selection: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy

Book description:
For 20 years The Ethical Slut has dispelled myths and showed curious readers how to maintain a successful polyamorous lifestyle through open communication, emotional honesty, and safer sex practices. The third edition of this timeless guide to communication and sex has been revised to include interviews with poly millennials (young people who have grown up without the prejudices their elders encountered regarding gender, orientation, sexuality, and relationships), tributes to poly pioneers, and new sidebars on topics such as asexuality, sex workers, and ways polys can connect and thrive.

The authors also include new content addressing nontraditional relationships beyond the polyamorous paradigm of "more than two": couples who don't live together, couples who don't have sex with each other, nonparallel arrangements, couples with widely divergent sex styles, power disparities, and cross-orientation relationships, while utilizing nonbinary gender language and new terms that have come into common usage since the last edition.

Event description:
Each month the Tool Shed book club meets to discuss a book or other piece of writing that sheds light on sexuality today. Book club meetings are hosted by the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Tool Shed at Pridefest!!
Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8
At the Pridefest Grounds, Henry W. Maier Festival Park 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI

The Tool Shed is excited to be a part of Milwaukee's Pridefest celebration this year.  Our booth will be located in the brand new "Red Light District" building (an 18+ space), where we will be selling all kinds of cool toys, sexy gear such as underwear, harnesses, leather, and T-shirts, plus other surprises!  We will also be leading nine lively classes about sex and sexuality-related topics for folks of all bodies and orientations-- see class schedule and descriptions below.  Eight of our classes will be held on the Red Light District stage, and one class will be held on the all-ages Stonewall Stage.

PRIDEFEST 2019 CLASSES BY THE TOOL SHED
Most Tool Shed Pridefest classes will be held on the Red Light District Stage, located on the Summerfest Grounds (Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
Entering the Pridefest grounds requires a ticket purchase for the Festival
There are no additional costs for our classes once inside the Pridefest grounds
You must be 18+ to attend these classes/enter the Red Light District space

Friday, June 7 at 5:00 pm
The Ins and Outs of Strap-On Play
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds

Strapping on a dildo and harness opens up a rich variety of sexual play for people of all body types, orientations, and gender expressions.  For many folks, strap-ons are a simple way to be able to enjoy penetration with a partner. For others, strapping on a sexual prosthetic can be an important part of their gender identity. Strap-ons can help with erectile challenges, or allow for positions or activities that our bodies might not otherwise perform with ease. Plus, strap-ons can be a powerful part of sexual role play and fantasy.

We’ll provide a rundown of the basic tools used in strap-on play, as well as providing tips and tricks for strap-on use in different scenarios. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm
Live Rope Demo with Sir Wieland and Cat
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
Tool Shed faves Sir Wieland and Cat will get knotty and show us some rope tying skills. Watch as Sir W crafts beautiful knots and exquisite designs on Cat's willing body, using the advanced techniques of a master rigger. Consent will be modeled before and throughout the demo. Sir W and Cat will be available for questions afterwards. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Friday, June 7 at 9:00 pm
Sounds Hot!
Welcome to the World of Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
The insertion of objects into the urethra for sexual play may not be as well-known as other types of sexual exploration, but for many it is a uniquely delicious form of sensation. (In less technical terms, urethral play usually involves stimulation by putting objects into the hole where pee leaves your body.)

In this class, we’ll cover the kinds of tools used in urethral play, the types of materials they are made of and how to clean them, and safety/usage tips. Though urethral play can be practiced by people with bodies of any genital configuration, this class will mainly focus on how this type of play tends to work for folks with penises. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 pm
Backdoor Basics:
An Intro to Anal Sex for Everyone
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
Anal sex can encompass a variety of different activities, including touching, rimming, fingering, adding vibration, or penetration using a toy or a penis. Lots of different people already enjoy anal play, and many more are curious about how to get started. This presentation will introduce the basics of anal anatomy, different techniques for stimulating the butt, and different types of anal toys with unique features. We’ll also cover the importance of preparation and lubrication, and talk about ways to decrease discomfort and increase fun. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 pm
Letting Your Kink Flag Fly:
How to Communicate and Negotiate Your Desires
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
So you’re into some kinky types of play, and maybe you’re curious about a few more, but you don’t know how to find like-minded folks to play with? This presentation will talk about the many different ways that people can communicate their kinky desires to one another, as well as tips for negotiating your desires, needs, and limits respectfully with a partner or partners. We’ll talk about old-school flagging tools like the hanky code, learning about the rules and protocols of certain community spaces, as well as using technology like web sites, social media, and hookup apps to find folks with shared kinky interests. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 pm
Innies and Outies: The Anatomy of Pleasure!

At the Stonewall Stage (all ages), Pridefest Grounds
Sexuality educator Lucky Tomaszek will facilitate an informative workshop on the many erogenous zones of the human body, and how they can be part of safe and healthy sexual play. We’ll explore the similarities and differences of sexual anatomy through the lens of gender diversity, and will discuss a variety of different toys and tools. All are welcome, from the shy to the courageous.

Saturday, June 8 at 5:00 pm
All Around the Vulva
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
Join us for a conversation about the ins-and-outs of vulva pleasure. Like Loch Ness and the Yeti, the clitoris and g-spot are shrouded in cultural mystery, and some people aren't even sure if folks with vaginas can ejaculate. We'll shine a big light on all of these, talking about the physical structures and how to get the most out of each part. This discussion is designed to be both fun and informative.  People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!

Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Five Myths About Polyamory with Lyndzi Miller
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
In this presentation Lyndzi Miller will go over her experience being a polyamorous person for the past 12 years, specifically the myths that come up around being ethically non-monogamous time and time again. She will go over the top five myths about polyamory, what it is and isn't, and answer any more questions that might crop up from the audience.

Saturday, June 8 at 9:00 pm
Hitting the Sweet Spot:
Tips for G-spot and Prostate Play
At the Red Light District Stage (18+), Pridefest Grounds
Most people these days have heard of the G-spot or the P-spot (prostate).  But did you know that these "spots" share many similarities-- especially when it comes to stimulation techniques? This class will delve into these erogenous zones, including tips on how to find them and stimulate them. We will also look at a variety of different toys and tools and talk about how they can be part of safe and fun sexual play. People of all bodies, abilities, and gender identities are welcome!


Tea Time at the Tool Shed
Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am - noon
Special shopping hours for trans and non-binary customers & their loved ones

Sometimes trans and nonbinary customers have in-depth questions about our products that can be hard to fully address during the everyday hustle and bustle of the Tool Shed’s regular store hours. Tea Time will offer a relaxed space for trans and nonbinary folks to ask questions and learn in a more focused environment. Partners and loved ones of trans and nonbinary people are also welcome during Tea Time.

In addition to specialized shopping time, Tea Time will also feature mini-presentations about the gender identity products we carry, as well as helpful tips and tricks for using these products.

Tea Time is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

This event is free. No registration is necessary.


Tool Shed in the Pride Parade
Sunday, June 9
Step off at 2:00pm, South 2nd Street in Milwaukee

As we have in years past, the Tool Shed will once again be marching in the Milwaukee Pride parade alongside Milwaukee's finest burlesque troupe, the Brew City Bombshells.  We're looking forward to celebrating as proud members of the LGBTQ community, and marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, July 7, 5 pm
July's book selection: Ethical Porn for Dicks by David Ley

Book description:
Our media is filled with confusing, polarizing messages about the dangers of porn, while at the same time sexually explicit images are pronounced in advertising and entertainment. Using a natural question/answer format for people feeling fear and shame about porn use, this accessible, funny, and well-informed book is the first one to offer men a nonjudgmental way to discover how to view and use pornography responsibly.

Event description:
Each month the Tool Shed book club meets to discuss a book or other piece of writing that sheds light on sexuality today. Book club meetings are hosted by the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, August 4, 5 pm
August's book selection: Sex Workers Unite by Melinda Chateauvert

Book description:
Although the multibillion-dollar international sex industry thrives, the United States remains one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution, and these discriminatory laws put workers at risk. In response, sex workers have organized to improve their working conditions and to challenge police and structural violence. Through individual confrontations and collective campaigns, they have pushed the boundaries of conventional organizing, called for decriminalization, and have reframed sex workers rights as human rights.

Telling stories of sex workers, from the frontlines of the 1970s sex wars to the modern-day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented movement, introducing skilled activists who have organized a global campaign for self-determination and sexual freedom that is as multifaceted as the sex industry and as diverse as human sexuality.

Event description:
Each month the Tool Shed book club meets to discuss a book or other piece of writing that sheds light on sexuality today. Book club meetings are hosted by the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, September 1, 5 pm
September's book selection: The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Book description:
Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world–for us all.

Event description:
Each month the Tool Shed book club meets to discuss a book or other piece of writing that sheds light on sexuality today. Book club meetings are hosted by the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.