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.

The Tool Shed's detailed guidelines around classes and events (including our policies around cancellation, refunds, waiting lists, etc.) can be read here.


ONLINE EVENTS

Since we cannot do classes in person these days, we're moving some FREE educational opportunities online!  For online classes, we are using the Zoom platform. Online events are moderated, and when you enter the room your camera and microphone will be turned off.  Check out our Facebook event listings for further details on each event-- the meeting link will be posted there shortly before the event begins.


Ask The Sexperts:
A Weekly Live Online Event with the Tool Shed Staff
Wednesday nights at 6:30pm on Zoom
FREE!
Next Ask the Sexpert: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

When it comes to sex, it seems like the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Do you have a question or three about sexual health or pleasure? Wanna get an honest answer and a couple of good laughs? Spend the evening in the virtual company of Tool Shed staffers Lucky and Hudson and anonymously ask your secret questions. We'll combine honesty and humor, while providing accurate, up-to-date information to anyone with questions. Please join us!

For this event, we'll make a private room on Zoom and you're all invited! Questions can be sent privately to the event moderator via chat in the Zoom room. Sending us a question grants us permission to read the question aloud, but we will never reveal any personal details like your name, age, or location when reading the question. Check out our Facebook event listings for further details-- the meeting link will be posted there shortly before the event begins.


Five Myths About Polyamory with Lyndzi Miller
Friday, May 15, 6:30 pm, on Zoom
FREE!

Join Tool Shed staffer Lyndzi on Zoom as she debunks the five most common myths about ethical non-monogamy with humor and facts. There will be plenty of time for your questions about the whole spectrum of ethical non-monogamy, too.

Lyndzi Miller has been a sexual educator at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique since 2012, and is their current assistant manager. She established the Milwaukee Poly Group in 2008, facilitating discussion and support group meetings every month since. She also hosts the bi-weekly podcast, "Polyamory Uncensored," interviewing ethically non-monogamous folks on their polyamorous journeys. She is an avid knitter, a mother, a burlesque dancer, and a huge geek.

This is a FREE event. No registration necessary.

For this event, we'll make a private room on Zoom and you're all invited! Questions can be sent privately to the event moderator via chat in the Zoom room. Sending us a question grants us permission to read the question aloud, but we will never reveal any personal details like your name, age, or location when reading the question. Check out our Facebook event listings for further details-- the meeting link will be posted there shortly before the event begins.


Kinky Q and A with Nyx
Saturday, May 23, 6:30 pm, on Zoom
FREE!

Do you have questions about kink, fetishes, and BDSM? Tool Shed staffer Nyx has got answers! Join us on Zoom where you can anonymously submit questions for Nyx to answer.

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.

This is a FREE event. No registration necessary.

For this event, we'll make a private room on Zoom and you're all invited! Questions can be sent privately to the event moderator via chat in the Zoom room. Sending us a question grants us permission to read the question aloud, but we will never reveal any personal details like your name, age, or location when reading the question. Check out our Facebook event listings for further details-- the meeting link will be posted there shortly before the event begins.


Tool Shed Book Club: Online Edition!
Sunday, June 7, 5:00 pm
June book selection:
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World
by Kai Cheng Thom

Book description:
What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?

In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

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. We'll be meeting online using the Zoom platform for the next few book clubs, in keeping with the Safer-At-Home order.

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!  We will post the Zoom link to the virtual meeting on our Facebook events page shortly before the event begins.

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.


MARCH THROUGH MAY IN-STORE EVENTS CANCELED
Many of us are concerned about the COVID-19 virus.  Because our events tend to gather large groups of people into a single space, we have opted to cancel our upcoming events for the months of March and April.  Anyone who has already pre-registered for an event will be refunded.  As of March 18, the Tool Shed is closed for in-person shopping until at least May 26, possibly longer.

We will continue to monitor our community's situation and the recommendations from public health officials for group events as our May schedule approaches.  We will post updates to this page and to our Facebook page as developments occur.

Thank you for your understanding!


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH–MAY

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.


The Pegging Revolution:
An Intro to Pegging
with Lyndzi Miller and Cooper Becket
Friday, March 27, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Pegging is a term first coined by Dan Savage, and describes the act of a woman using a strap-on to penetrate her boyfriend, husband or other male partner. But pegging can be fun for lots of folks! Role-reversal, power play and butt sex can feel good, regardless of your orientation or identity!

Here at the Tool Shed we get questions about pegging every day. How do we do it? What are the right tools for the job? Does it actually feel good? I'm a straight guy, will pegging make me gay?

Lyndzi Miller, Tool Shed staff member and sexuality educator, and Cooper Becket, Life on the Swingset podcaster, will answer these questions and cover all of the basics of pegging, a sexual activity that is growing in popularity. They'll also talk about safety, male anatomy and the health benefits of being pegged. Yes folks, that's right. Taking it in the boot is actually good for you!

Lyndzi Miller has been a sexual educator at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique since 2012, and is their current assistant manager. She established the Milwaukee Poly Group in 2008, facilitating discussion and support group meetings every month since. She also hosts the bi-weekly podcast, "Polyamory Uncensored," interviewing ethically non-monogamous folks on their polyamorous journeys. She is an avid knitter, a mother, a burlesque dancer, and a huge geek.

Cooper S. Beckett lives in Chicago with Elle, his wife, constant, and binary star, Egon, their ghost terrier, and black cat Willow. As a queer non-monogamous writer, Beckett endeavors to create characters that reflect the diverse lifestyles of his friends, his partners, and himself. From that mandate, he writes scary, silly, and sexy books and essays. Beginning his writing career as a podcaster as host of the Life on the Swingset Podcast and speaker in the sexuality education community, he wrote My Life on the Swingset, a memoir of his first five years in non-monogamy, then followed that up with two novels, A Life Less Monogamous, and Approaching the Swingularity. He has recently returned to his first love, the horror genre, with Osgood as Gone, and Osgood Riddance. Like Lydia Deetz, he has always thought himself strange and unusual, be it his perspective on sexuality, monogamy, politics, or where Elder Gods ought to fall in the hierarchy.

$20 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Tea Time
Sunday, April 5, 10:00 am - noon
Special shopping hours for trans and non-binary customers & their loved ones
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL & MAY

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 offers 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.

Tea Time is normally held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 10:00 am to noon. In April, however, we'll be holding Tea Time on the first Sunday of the month.

This event is free, no pre-registration required. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL & MAY.


Flogging Basics
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

It seems like anytime you see anything kinky in the media, there's 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, 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.  THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, April 15, 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH–MAY

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.


Crafting Your Kinky Fantasy: Scenebuilding 101
with Nyx
Friday, April 17, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

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. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Coloring Outside the Lines of Sexuality:
Exploring Non-Monogamy and Yourself
with Cooper Becket
Friday, April 24, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Cooper S. Beckett, author and co-creator of Life on the Swingset, talks about how sexual adventure impacts one's personal growth. Sharing stories, lessons he's learned, and strategies he's employed during his sexual adventuring, Cooper invites you to explore yourself. Coloring outside the lines of your sexuality and being curious about yourself while sexing can be another facet of the experience along with all the pleasure and fun!

As a queer non-monogamous writer, Cooper S. Beckett endeavors to create characters that reflect the diverse lifestyles of his friends, his partners, and himself. From that mandate, he writes scary, silly, and sexy books and essays. Beginning his writing career as a podcaster as host of the Life on the Swingset Podcast and speaker in the sexuality education community, he wrote My Life on the Swingset, a memoir of his first five years in non-monogamy, then followed that up with two novels that take a brutally honest look at swinging and polyamory, A Life Less Monogamous, and Approaching the Swingularity. Returning to his first love, the horror genre, with first Osgood as Gone, and now Osgood Riddance, has been like a homecoming. From a young age, his obsession with horror movies and books seriously concerned his mother. It probably still does. Given a choice, he would rather winter at the Overlook than the Waldorf. Like Lydia Deetz, he has always thought himself strange and unusual, be it his perspective on sexuality, monogamy, politics, or where Elder Gods ought to fall in the hierarchy.

He lives in Chicago with Elle, his wife, constant, and binary star, Egon, their ghost terrier, and black cat Willow.

$20 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Couples Massage
with Betsy Meinecke
Sunday, May 3, 10 am

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Reach out and touch someone... consensually, mindfully, and therapeutically! Massage requires clear communication and supportive, nurturing intent, which makes it an incredibly powerful way to connect and de-stress with each other. We will spend most of this class hands-on, taking turns giving and receiving Swedish-based body massage, under the guidance of Betsy Meinecke of Anahata Massage Therapy.

Massages will be performed on the Tool Shed floor, so bring something (yoga mat, thick blanket, or sleeping bag) to lie on AND something large enough to cover your entire body (sheet, blanket, or large beach towel) for draping. Please bring the lotion or oil of your choice in a bottle with a pump attachment, or purchase a bottle of massage oil from the Tool Shed. Betsy will provide handouts for folks to take home after class.

Betsy Meinecke (she/her or they/them) holds a BS in Biology from the College of William & Mary, an Advanced Medical Massage Diploma from The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, and has been a full-time bodyworker for 13 years. Betsy has been in private practice for eight years, and has served on the faculty of The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and The Milwaukee School of Massage. She is delighted and honored to be returning to The Tool Shed as an educator.

Class size limited!

$50 per couple. Pre-registration required. You must register with a partner for this class as you will be working in pairs. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Tea Time
Sunday, May 10, 10:00 am - noon
Special shopping hours for trans and non-binary customers & their loved ones

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL & MAY

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 offers 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.

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

This event is free, no pre-registration required. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL & MAY.


Blown Away:
Killer Blow Jobs for All Bodies!
with Andre Shakti
Thursday, May 7, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Contrary to popular belief, one type of blowjob does not fit all! That's why Andre Shakti is
here to offer an inclusive, individually tailored approach to giving.

  • Are you looking to level up your current blowjob game but are at a loss for new techniques?
  • Are you hesitating to talk to a partner about wanting to give or receive a blowjob for the very first time?
  • Are you starved for blowjob tips for silicone cocks and trans bodies?
  • Are you or your partner sick of going to blowjob workshops that don't take body size and ability into account?
  • Are you wondering how to emulate your favorite porn star's deep-throating skills without sending yourself to the ER?
  • Are you hoping to receive an anatomy refresher course to maximize you and your partner's physical pleasure?

Wherever you're at, Andre Shakti is here to offer an inclusive, individually tailored approach to giving YOUR very best blowjob! Leave your inhibitions and assumptions at home, and get ready to be BLOWN AWAY!

This workshop welcomes folks of all sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, relationship structures and experience levels.

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission. She is the reigning polyamory pundit at her biweekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net. Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, politics and pleasure, social/racial/gender justice, sex worker rights, non-monogamy and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook/Fetlife via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits on Twitter via @andreshakti, and support her Patreon via patreon.com/IAmPolyamorous.

$25 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Take My Breath Away:
Intro to Erotic Asphyxiation
with Andre Shakti
Friday, May 8, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Erotic asphyxiation - or breath control play- is the consensual restriction of oxygen to the brain for the purposes of sexual arousal, and is a controversial topic even WITHIN the BDSM/Kink community. Curious about how to safely, intentionally, and intimately explore breath play from an informed place? Instructor Andre Shakti has seven years of personal and professional erotic asphyxiation experience.

By the end of this session, you'll be able to:

  1. Recite the Do's and Don't's of consensual erotic breath play.
  2. Comprehend WHY people would be into consensual erotic breath play.
  3. Calmly and lovingly respond to potential trauma triggers.
  4. Confidently and safely execute a variation of consensual erotic breath play variations and techniques.

This workshop welcomes folks of all sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, relationship structures, and experience levels.

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission. She is the reigning polyamory pundit at her biweekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net. Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, politics and pleasure, social/racial/gender justice, sex worker rights, non-monogamy and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook/Fetlife via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits on Twitter via @andreshakti, and support her Patreon via patreon.com/IAmPolyamorous.

$25 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Group Sex GPS
with Andre Shakti
Saturday, May 9, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Sex is complicated enough without adding multiple partners into the mix, so where does
someone interested in group sex even begin?
Welcome to Group Sex GPS! Throughout this course Andre Shakti will demystify group sex -
turning it from fantasy into accessible reality - as well as empower you to take charge of your
desires.*

We’ll cover:

  • Initiation: Finding compatible group sex partners.
  • Cultivating an intuition and an emotional intelligence that are group sex-specific.
  • Risk awareness, consent communication and safety consciousness.
  • Navigating both private and public group sex environments.
  • Navigating kink and/or power dynamics within group sex.
  • Group sex self care: Before, During & After.
  • Identifying red flags in a potential group sex situation, & MORE!

This workshop welcomes folks of all sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, relationship structures, and group sex experience levels.

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission. She is the reigning polyamory pundit at her biweekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net. Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, politics and pleasure, social/racial/gender justice, sex worker rights, non-monogamy and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook/Fetlife via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits on Twitter via @andreshakti, and support her Patreon via patreon.com/IAmPolyamorous.

$25 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Intro to Tantra
with Lorae Ritch
Saturday, May 16, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Ultimately Tantra is a path of the heart; a path of love as transformation, love as evolution. Tantra sees the heart as the center of the soul and the doorway to spiritual awakening. When the heart blossoms, enlightenment is close at hand. When the heart opens to true love and allows it to be transformed by the life-giving energies of sexuality it is possible to experience the Absolute.

We will:

  • Begin the journey with breath work & meditation.
  • Engage the senses to experience connection to the body.
  • Utilize communication to express the yearnings of the soul.

This introduction to Tantra will take you on the path of the self. You will discover the boundaries and limitations that the "mind" has accepted and created. By freeing ourselves from these restrictions we can understand who we really are and how we can connect deeper to the world. In a mutually supportive environment, we will safely journey through our inner worlds to the place of emotion, sensation, pleasure and higher consciousness.

Lorae's lifelong journey has been one of exploring sexuality, spirituality and the relationship that both have with our bodies, our health and our connections with the world. She maintains a practice in Sacred Sexuality Coaching, incorporating breathwork, guided visualization, energy & sound healing, sexological body and pelvic release work ardently believing "the laying on of hands" creates healing.

As an advocate for holistic sexuality, Lorae conducts private sessions for individuals and couples, does public speaking and media events on tantra/sacred sexuality education.

Her trainings & certifications include: CA Sexological Bodyworker, Certified Tantric Counselor, Mind-Sound Technology® teacher, Sky Dancing Tantra Facilitator, Hypnotherapy and breath work. She’s member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), a charter member of the Association of Sexual Energy Professionals (ASEP).

For more information about Lorae and her offerings, please see www.femininewisdom.com.

Please wear comfortable or loose-fitting clothes as we'll be doing some breathing and moving practices.

This workshop is open to singles and couples.

$15 per person. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, May 20, 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH–MAY

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.


The Kink in Your Closet 2.0:
Wearing Fetishwear
with Laura Meyer
Thursday, May 28, 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

Ever wonder where fetishwear came from, or even, what it IS? Local corset maker and costumer Laura Meyer will take you on a kink-laden journey through leather, latex, PVC, and fishnet fabrics. Sights along the way include; stiletto heels and boots, hobble skirts, corsets, hosiery and gloves, among others.

Now in the third year, this class gets better every time we have it! This edition will include hands-on demonstrations of how to correctly wear/lace/wriggle into several of the items discussed, including thigh-highs and garter belts, corsets, and latex gloves.

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. THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED & WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Tea Time
Sunday, June 14, 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 offers 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.

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

This event is free, no pre-registration required.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, June 17, 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.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, July 5, 5:00 pm
July book selection:
Love's Not Color Blind by Kevin A. Patterson

Book description:
Polyamory, however compassionate an alternative to monogamy, still operates and is rooted in a racist society. The things that make monogamous dating daunting for people of color-- shaming and exclusion by white partners, being fetishized, having realities of everyday racism ignored-- occur in polyamorous relationships too, but are often exacerbated by societal misconceptions of polyamory as a game of "collecting" different kinds of lovers.

When these behaviors are unacknowledged and unchecked, polyamory isn't a more inclusive or compassionate relationship style. Agreeing to "not be racist" or, worse, trying "not to see race" only makes it worse. To make polyamorous communities inclusive, we must all take ownership, acknowledge our part in perpetuating racism, and listen to people of color.

These conversations can be difficult and (if we're being honest) self-incriminating. But they are necessary for us to build a better alternative.

Love's Not Color Blind puts forward the framework-- through research, anecdotal testimony, and analogy-- for understanding, identifying, and ultimately confronting the manifestations of racism within polyamorous communities.

Whether you're a community leader or you just like to date a lot, this is an invaluable tool for creating a more inclusive polyamory.

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
Sunday, July 12, 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 offers 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.

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

This event is free, no pre-registration required.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, July 15, 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.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, August 2, 5:00 pm
August book selection:
Making Spaces Safer by Shawna Potter

Book description:
Shawna Potter, singer for the band War On Women, has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. Taking the battle to music venues themselves, she has trained night clubs and community spaces in how to create safer environments for marginalized people. Now she's turned decades of experience into a clear and concise guide for public spaces of all sorts, from art galleries to bagel shops to concert halls, that want to shut down harassers wherever they show up. The steps she outlines are realistic, practical, and actionable. With the addition of personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and no-nonsense advice like "How to Flirt without Being a Creep," she shows why safer spaces are important, while making it easier to achieve them. Eschewing theory, she assumes the reader is already an ethical creature and jumps right in with candor, punk passion, and righteous anger to get the job done.

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
Sunday, August 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 offers 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.

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

This event is free, no pre-registration required.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, August 19, 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.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, September 6, 5:00 pm
September book selection:
Good Sexual Citizenship by Ellen Friedrichs

Book description:
Most of us want to be decent people in the world. Yet when it comes to sex, we so often stumble and contribute to sexual injustice. Think about it: are we really still blaming victims of sexual assaults? Can it truly be that there is a gender based orgasm gap? Are we actually labeling people based on the kind of sex they do or don’t have? Why do we insist on questioning if sex is consensual when someone’s passed out drunk?

Our society is undergoing an evolution, and we should take this as a call to action to ensure that all people, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, ethnicity, race, religion, or social class, are treated as humans worthy of respect.

Good Sexual Citizenship asks us all to break down sexual hostility and build up something better. To promote understanding and empathy, Friedrichs includes a factual and historical backdrop covering gender disparities, women’s rights, sexual violence, prevention, and sex education, and challenges readers to use this insight, along with guided exercises, to examine their own potential for “good sexual citizenship.” Covering topics like consent, sexual assault, pleasure, double standards, casual sex, hook-up culture, and teen sex, she provides us with tools to navigate societal messages, sexually hostile climates, stereotypes, and outdated mentalities.

This book is written for anyone—but especially educators, parents, fellow students, coworkers, and employers—who have helplessly looked around in the midst of some type of sexual injustice wondering, “What can I do?”

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
Sunday, September 13, 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 offers 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.

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

This event is free, no pre-registration required.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, September 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.