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.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, September 18, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.


Kink Within the Common
with Laura Meyer
Thursday, September 19, 8:30 pm

It doesn't take a closetful of fetishwear to turn us on (though it can't hurt)… humans have been finding sexuality in everyday people and places since before written history. From Vargas-style pinups of women in daily routines to fantasies associated with professions like firefighters, nurses and librarians, the commonplace has long been fetishized. We'll look at the simple, intimate acts that have been the focus of many burlesque routines, both vintage and modern. We'll finish our journey with examples and a how-to on taking everyday items in your local hardware or home improvement store & safely twisting them to a variety of new, naughty purposes. Come and learn with me, Laura Meyer, local corset maker and costumer!

Laura Meyer is a fashion designer, costumer and educator in Milwaukee, WI. She holds a Masters in Education from Alverno College 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 per couple - sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here.


Infinite Ways to Love and Play:
An ethical non-monogamy panel
Friday, September 20, 8:30pm

Polyamory, open relationships, swinging, wife-swapping, and more are all parts of the same big whole: ethical non-monogamy.

Ethical non-monogamy may sound like a contradiction, but many people find that with honesty and trust, sharing their lives and hearts with more than one partner is deeply rewarding. Working through difficult feelings like jealousy and frustration makes these relationships stronger, and helps all of the partners grow.

Join Cooper Becket, Dylan Thomas, Lyndzi Miller and other guests to learn more about the spectrum of ethical non-monogamy. They'll share their own stories, talk about different types of ethical non-monogamy, highlight resources for your own exploration, and answer questions from the group.

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here.


Rope Made Easy
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Wednesday, September 25, 8:30 pm

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT

This entertaining, hands-on class is for those who say they can’t tie knots and that rope takes too long. Find out how easy rope can be!

We will be showing you how to tie a simple cuff (bolla bolla), a couple of arm ties, a basic chest tie, and a simple karada (body tie). With these concepts, you can be creative and develop your own ties and styles. We will talk briefly about safety, materials, and lengths, and then quickly get the rope in your hands. If you are unpartnered, we will pair people up so everyone gets a chance to tie. Tighter fitting clothing will make tying easier. If you normally wear a bra, a thinner (non underwire) bra or no bra is best for feeling the tie.

If you have your own rope, bring two 20-30 ft pieces. The instructor will also bring some rope for folks to use. After learning a few ties, you will have a better idea of the lengths you may want to have. The Tool Shed has a selection of rope for purchase.

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT


Crafting Your Kinky Fantasy:
Scenebuilding 101 with Nyx
Friday, October 4, 8:30pm

New to playing with power dynamics and unsure where to start? Have some exciting, kinky ideas you’re dying to explore and just need some guidance? This informative presentation will go over the basics of establishing and executing a scene successfully, from introducing your ideas to a potential partner to aftercare and post-scene debriefing. We will also talk about books and online resources you can read through at your own pace.

Nyx’s adventures in BDSM come from the top, bottom, and in between. She became active in the Milwaukee kink scene in 2010 and has been reading, studying, playing, and/or ranting about it ever since. Nyx also works at the Tool Shed on Milwaukee’s east side and shares their mission of providing medically accurate and socially aware information on topics of sex and gender in a non-judgmental atmosphere to anyone who visits the store.

$15 per person. Register here.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, October 6, 5:00 pm
October's book selection: Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollee 

Book description:
Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a tortuous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of "witch feminism" through art, film, music, fashion, literature, technology, religion, pop culture, and politics. Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book addresses and illuminates contemporary conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more.

Author Kristen J. Sollee elucidates the ways in which women have been persecuted for their perceived connection with witchcraft, and how they have fought back, harnessing the legacy of the witch for revolutionary means.

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.


Spooky Art of the Tease Burlesque Class
with Polly Amor and Sugar St. Clair
Saturday, October 12, 8:30 pm

Please join us for a very spooky edition of our classic burlesque class. We'll be getting ready for Halloween, and teaching you plenty of tricks *and* treats!

Brew City Bombshells Sugar St. Clair and Polly Amour will introduce some of the classic burlesque moves and teach a short routine. Then 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 later in the month!

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

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 St. Clair joined the Brew City Bombshells in 2009. She has been a full time member of the troupe since then, and has performed across the Midwest at venues such as the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2016 Sugar headlined the Wisconsin Burlesque Festival. 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.


Tea Time at the Tool Shed
Sunday, October 13, 10:00 am - noon
Special shopping hours for trans and non-binary customers & their loved ones

Sometimes trans and non-binary 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 non-binary folks to ask questions and learn in a more focused environment. Partners and loved ones of trans and non-binary 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.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.


Tools for Gender Expression:
Let’s Talk About Feminizing Tools with Ashley Altadonna
Friday, October 18, 8:30 pm

Expressing our authentic selves, relating with others confidently and comfortably, finding a home in our bodies-- these tasks can be especially challenging for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Sometimes using feminizing products (breast forms/prosthetics, shapewear such as gaffs, girdles, or padded garments) can help us feel more comfortable in our own skin.

We will take a hands-on look at a variety of trans-feminine gear. We’ll examine different types of products, their features and limitations, the pros and cons of various materials, and what to look for when balancing cost and performance. How can we use these items? How do we take care of them? How do they relate to our own self-care and health? We'll also cover some practical tips to make everyday use of these items more comfortable, manageable, and effective.

This session offers a valuable opportunity to see a range of gender expression gear first-hand.

Ashley Altadonna is a transgender filmmaker, author, and activist from Milwaukee, WI. She has been advocating for the rights, health, and dignity of the LGBTQ community by providing training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, businesses, organizations, and individuals to around trans and LGBTQ issues for the last 15 years.

Her films, “Whatever Suits You” and “Playing with Gender” have been shown in numerous international festivals, and have been used as teaching aids. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee film department with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2004. In 2008, She began her own film production business, Tall Lady Pictures.

Altadonna is also a health and sexuality educator at the Tool Shed Erotic Boutique, a national award-winning sex toy store. She is a contributor to several local online magazines as well as being featured in Morty Diamond’s anthology “Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary."

$15 per person. Register here.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, November 3, 5:00 pm
November's book selection: Sex at Dawn by by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Book description:
In this controversial, thought-provoking, and brilliant book, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha debunk almost everything we "know" about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. In Sex at Dawn, the authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.

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.


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

Sometimes trans and non-binary 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 non-binary folks to ask questions and learn in a more focused environment. Partners and loved ones of trans and non-binary 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.


Giving Spanks (And So Much More)
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Tuesday, November 19, 8:30 pm

Do you ever walk through our store, see all the fascinating BDSM toys, and wonder how they are used? How do you hold it? How do you swing it? What does it feel like? Floggers, paddles, crops, canes and hands each have a unique feel. Sir Wieland and Cat will teach us all the differences. Come have fun and learn how to use them safely and effectively to enhance your play.

From simple impact implements like your hand, a paddle, or a crop, to the more complicated use of floggers, single tails and many toys in between, we will talk about where and how to strike your partner.

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 or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, November 20, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.