Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming in-store 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.

The Kink in Your Closet: The Evolution of Fetishwear
with Laura Meyer
Thursday, January 25, 8:30 pm

Ever wonder where fetish wear came from, or even, what IS it? Local corset maker and costumer Laura Meyer will take you on a kink-laden journey through leather, latex, PVC, nylon and fishnet fabrics. Sights along the way include; stiletto heels and boots, hobble skirts, corsets, hosiery and gloves, among others. She'll also touch on a couple of iconic figures in history that spurred the fetishizing of certain items.

Laura Meyer is a fashion designer, costumer and educator in Milwaukee, WI. She holds a BA from Alverno College, is completing a Masters in Education, and has over twenty years of experience in costuming and research. Her work, focusing on corsetry and historic designs, has been featured in art exhibitions, museums and various interviews for publications in the Milwaukee Metro area. Her interest in alternative lifestyle/fashion is integral to the research and creation of her fashions.

$15 per person/$25 for a pair. Register here.

Art of the Tease: Tops and bottoms!
with Sugar St. Clair and Polly Amour
Friday, February 2, 8:30 pm

The Tool Shed has been a proud sponsor of the Brew City Bombshells since the beginning of the troupe. We're excited to have two of the Bombshells' very own stars present this fun and exciting burlesque dancing class. 

Sugar and Polly have something different up their gloves! This class will focus on a new kink-themed piece of choreography where each student will have a chance to be Domme and sub! Of course, they will also introduce some of the classic burlesque moves and teach you how to work all your best angles. The group will practice and perfect the routine, incorporating struts, glove peels and feather boa work. Every one who participates in this class will also be invited (but not required!) to perform a group number live on stage with the Brew City Bombshells one week later! 

This class is open to people of all genders, orientations, body types and ages (over 18, please). Wear comfortable clothes and bring a set of heels. Don't worry-- everyone's clothes will stay on during this class.

Sugar St. Clair joined the Brew City Bombshells in 2009. She has been a full time member of the troupe since then, and is also a member of the Miltown Kings. She's dedicated to the Milwaukee queer art scene and plans to keep on dancing for a very long time.

Polly Amour has been doing burlesque with the Brew City Bombshells since 2010. Since then she has started her own burlesque theater troupe that focuses on geek themed burlesque, Dainty Rogue Productions. She strongly believes that burlesque is an art for people of any size, gender, and ability and tries to bring that awareness to the performer community with her sass and ass.

$25 per person. Register here.

Couples Massage
with Kari Nabbefeld
Sunday, February 11, 10 am


Get ready for cozy evenings with a nurturing morning of partner massage. Learn how to improve intimacy and reduce stress with your partner through massage. In this class we will cover the basics of Swedish Massage, and learn ways to work massage into your everyday life, creating opportunities for you and your partner to escape from stress and open lines of communication through the power of touch. Together we can develop a routine and establish dialogue useful when speaking with your partner about touch. Both partners will take turns giving and receiving massage with Kari's guidance. At the end of this class you will receive materials that you can consult at home.

Kari L. Nabbefeld is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Graduate of Fox Valley School of Massage in Appleton, Wisconsin. As a freelance therapist she dose not work at a spa but rather works events around Milwaukee ranging from small parties to workplace or festival events. Passionate about prenatal, infant and sports massage, she is available for individual appointments. There will be no tables for this class, so please bring a yoga mat, thick beach towel or blanket, as well as a sheet for draping during your massage. Bring your favorite massage oil, or use one provided by Kari.

Class size limited!

$50 per couple. Pre-registration required, couples only. THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT.

A Discussion on Sex and Aging
with Dr. Akeira Johnson
Saturday, February 17, 10 am

This is a MORNING class!

Please join us for a frank discussion about the ups and downs of senior sex. Akeira will start with some general information about sex, health, and pleasure after 55. She'll talk about reclaiming and maintaining sexual health with chronic illness, reduced mobility, after menopause, as well as other age-related health issues that may arise. Additionally, Akeira will give a few hints for feeling frisky as you age. Then we'll open up this for an informal small group discussion where you can have your questions answered and get the info you need to stay as active as you want to be for as long you want!

From Akeira Johnson, MD: I have a specialty practice in women’s health and I see the void of accurate education about sexual health in my patient's lives. I have started and currently run a female sexual health clinic at the VA hospital here in Milwaukee. I think that there are so many patients that can benefit from being empowered to talk about sex with their healthcare providers. In my practice, I focus on normalizing the many acts of sex and the importance of a sex life that is both consensual and enjoyable. I hope that outside of the VA I can empower people to have further discussions with health care providers if there is concern for pathology, empower those interested in (legal) nontraditional sexual activity (same sex, swinging, etc), and embracing sexual health as a priority.

$10 per person. Register here.