Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sex Positive Art, Thursday, February 11, 7pm.

One of the new elements that Sex Positive Week 2010 has included is Sex Positive Art. It will be a casual display and discussion featuring local artists with work surrounding themes of gender, sexuality, and Sex Positivity.

The Sex Positive Art portion is coordinated in part by Jaguar Press (, and will feature work from Katie Reinman and Kelly Hamilton's Group Show, "Inflection Points," a multimedia show exploring the metaphysics of the human body and its various states of suspended communication. Kelly Hamilton is presenting a selection of provacative photos from a few series that she has been working on since the original Jaguar Press "Women by Women" photo project. Katie Reinman has taken the same concept of exposing the self through a physical medium and applied it to resin effervescing with definition and fine colors. The artists both utilize fabric as an interpretation of personal/public expression, an attempt to visualize the elusive barrier between full self-awareness and the public gaze.

The Art portion will also feature photography by Elizabeth Bicher, Mariana Velazquez, and Qallective (queer art collective). It will begin with a walk-around display of artwork followed by artist and attendee comments. The event will take place on Thursday, February 11, at 7pm in the Soroptimist House.

The Pleasure Chest, Wednesday, February 10, 12pm and 2pm

Since opening its doors in 1971, The Pleasure Chest has gained national notoriety for its boutique atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. The Pleasure Chest has always offered top-notch support, advice, and information to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, and A-List status. The Los Angeles location provides educational courses to help implement new ideas, techniques and products into your sex life.

"The Ultimate O: How to reach and expand your orgasm" will provide information and tips to do just that. It will take place at 12pm in the Soroptimist House.

The "Queering Your Sex" workshop is geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or non-traditional power play into their sex. The class covers communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, blowjobs on non-bio cocks, role-playing, and tips, tricks, and toys for hot queer sex. It will take place at 2pm in the Soroptimist House.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Daryl Wein's "Sex Positive," Tuesday, February 9, 7pm

Sex Positive
a film by Daryl Wein
Film screening
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:00pm

Daryl Wein ( is a New York based actor/writer/director/producer. His feature length documentary, Sex Positive, which he produced and directed received Official Selection in competition at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and BFI Times London Film Festival, in addition to 20 other film festivals around the world.

SEX POSITIVE explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M- hustler-turned-AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has never been aptly credited. Berkowitz emerged from the epicenter of the epidemic as a community leader, demanding a solution to the problem before anyone else would pay attention. However, it was not Berkowitz' voice alone that sparked contention. SEX POSITIVE explores the explicit bravery of this unrecognized triumvirate, and their dire quest to save lives in the midst of unwavering dissent. Now destitute and alone, Mr. Berkowitz tells his story to a world who never wanted to listen. Through the eyes of Mr. Berkowitz, the audience is made witness to a graphic testimony of sex, death, and betrayal, while placing the invention of ‘safe sex’ in a fresh and compelling context.(