I’m going to this event to raise funds for Kate Bornstein’s cancer treatment. I’ve also posted Kate’s acceptance speech on receiving the Pioneer Award at the 26th Lambda Literary Awards – Viviane

The fabulous and inimitable Kate Bornstein (author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook) has been fighting cancer and needs our help! Cancer is hard work and medical expenses are astronomical. So let’s get together, raise some funds, and give each other life! With performances by Justin Vivian Bond, Mike Daisey, Amber Martin Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales, Carla Rhodes, Glitta Supernova and the cast of Gertrude Stein Saints! Emceed by Murray Hill and DJ Sveta! VIP Tickets and Superstar Tickets include an exclusive preshow champagne party and reserved preferred seating. Superstar tickets are a front row table for eight.

Where: The Cutting Room,44 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016

When: Sunday, June 15, 8PM

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/881173611898709/?ref=23

Ticket purchase link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9926724

Video by Efraim Gonzalez


This was at the Walter Reade in NY, but was sold out by the time I heard about it. It’ll be shown on HBO on June 23rd.

miholrgeFor nearly four years and many quarrels, my partner and I have connected with love. A thousand times we argue and then nine hundred and ninety nine times we make up. In any other circumstances a hundred arguments would end the relationship, ours is connected through rope. Through Kinbaku our love and romance binds our hearts and deepens our connection over time.

Topics of discussion
-Reflection of my forty years of Kinbaku photography, and what’s ahead of me
– Tales of adventure and confessions of Shibari of my partner Miho
– The difference of Kinbaku as practiced in Japan and the United States, based on my observations on my visits to the USA.
– Rope work
– Shibari poses or the creation of a story in an image

When: June 16, 7PM9

Where:  Kink.com, San Francisco Armory,  1800 Mission St,

ABOUT Norio Sugiura: Born April 9th, 1942

For many years he collaborated with Mr. Dan Oniroku, the famed erotic novelist, BDSM master, kinky impresario and Kinbaku master. Then in 1974 he became a freelance photographer, shooting for many cult classic Japanse BDSM magazines and published many exceptional erotic BDSM photography collections. For over four decades, he’s worked with some of the most amazing performers, models and rope artists in Japan.



Twitter: @sugiuranorio

Tickets $20
Buy tickets: https://advance.zozi.com/express/activities/3251

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A special lecture brought to you by RopeDojo.com & Midori’s Fire Horse Productions, Inc.

Cinekink_camera_500Disclosure: I have helped judge the Cinekink shorts competition for several years, and recently backed their successful Kickstarter campaign.

CineKink NYC returns for its eleventh annual appearance on Tuesday, February 25th, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

For a closer look at the entire line-up and information on ALL of the hot works in the schedule:

But we’ve got so much great programming jammed into CineKink NYC this year–and with under a week to go–a headliner overview of the schedule might give you a firmer grasp on how you’re going to be spending February 25-March 2!

KICK-OFF! – Tuesday, 2/25 @ 8:00 pm
Put on your shiny finery and come help us kick off our tenth anniversary festivities in proper style! An evening to embrace fantasy and a pansexual celebration of epic proportions, in addition to sexy performances, our opening night gala will feature some spectacular cinematic morsels–HOLY F#&% and MONOTONY. And with all proceeds going to support the continuation of CineKink’s sex-positive and kink-friendly program mission, it’s mixing and mashing for a good cause!

48 W. 21st Street, (bet. 5th and Broadway)
Suggested donation – $20/$15 advance

The festivities then move to Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), Wednesday, February 26 through Saturday, March 2, with several different film and video programs scheduled for each day.

Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM, the festival’s CineKink Season Opener screening of THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, profiles legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” and his wife and collaborator Peggy.

Then, at 9:00 PM, our tribute to Joe Sarno continues, with a classic offering from the director’s NYC-centered prime, THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT!, detailing the sordid goings-on that transpire when a young woman goes to work as a chambermaid in her aunt’s motel.

On Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 PM, in NSWF, two strangers enter a sexy liaison that is heavy on roleplay and cloaked in the semi-anonymity of an online, casual relationship.

Then, at 9:00 PM, a collection of kinky short works, AT YOUR SERVICE, explores the various dimensions and dynamics of sexual service and submission.

On Friday, March 1 at 6:30 PM, MR. ANGEL chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator, porn pioneer Buck Angel.

At 8:30 PM, in BLURRED LINES, a hot set of hot shorts rides the line and throws a bit of everything into the mix.

And at 10:30 PM, in HÄPPCHENWEISE, a video experiment brings together six protagonists – mostly unknown to each other – to talk about their sexuality and, as they become more comfortable, to act upon it.

Kicking off Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 PM, driven by the motto “America needs better porn!” THE PORNO JIM SHOW proffers entertaining insights into the state of modern pornography and an overview look at what’s hot (and not) now.

At 2:30 PM the discussion continues, as the panel SEX IT UP! looks at an old aesthetic distinction – the difference between art and porn –  and why it’s become increasingly irrelevant.

At 4:00 PM, a special industry showcase, BRING IT!, features a dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, each representing a wide range of genres and visual styles, all stepping up with a hot sampling of their recent creative endeavors.

At 7:00 PM, BROKEN SIDE OF TIME combines photo shoots using actual photographers, and a narrative based on some of their real-life adventures, to tell the tale of one model, Dolce, who’s looking for a better life on the other side of the camera.

And at 9:45 PM, FOLSOM FOREVER is the story of how a small San Francisco street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way.

Drink a toast to this year’s fantastic crop of CineKink filmmakers and enjoy the presentation of our annual awards! Who will take home the CineKinky?!

This year the Academy of Motion Pictures moved their little awards event to OUR usual date… so it looks like we’ll be spanking with the stars! You’ll definitely want to make plans for our popular AfterGlow Party, one last chance to meet, mix and mingle with your fellow CineKinksters and enjoy a few more select screenings, this time in a relaxed play party setting. Lounge on the sofas, find yourself a private nook or recline across a spanking bench and settle in for one final evening of CineKinky goodness unfolding all around you. And this year with continuous coverage of the 86th Annual Academy Awards! (Please note that a limited number of advance purchase admissions — $30/individuals, $40/couples, $50/triads — will be released; priority VIP admission will be given to CineKink NYC All-Access Pass holders.)

Save big with a discounted CineKink NYC All-Access Pass, including admission to all regular film programs and panel discussions, PLUS the Kick-Off Gala, the Awards Celebration and – priority VIP entrance to! –  the AfterGlow Party. Price is $90/general admission; $60/students & seniors; $50/CineKinksters and Friends w/Benefits!

Individual movie tickets are $10 door/$9 advance (fees included); $7 seniors & students.

For more info and to buy now:

Want to help out during CineKink NYC?  We’ve got a variety of volunteer shifts and positions available–and can offer you comp tickets and our eternal thanks and admiration in return!

To sign-up for more info, go to: http://cinekink.com/supporters/volunteers

Pleasure Salon NY

Join us for a CineKink Film Festival Celebration. We’ll be raffling free passes to screenings and the afterglow party. We’ll also preview a sampling of CineKink’s festival shorts.

When: Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2014
Where: The Delancey, 168 Delancey St. (bet. Clinton & Attorney).
(just two blocks east of the Essex Street/Delancey Street stop on the M, J and F trains.)

We hope to see you at The Delancey! We’re there the first Monday of every month. This event is free. 21+, please.

The Pleasure Salon (http://www.pleasuresalon.com/) has been created to build community, allowing sex-positive activists to cross-pollinate. Our gatherings bring together members of the BDSM, swinger, alternative gender, LGBTQ, sex-activist, sex educator, nudist, sex-magic, polyamory, Pagan, radical faerie, tantra, sex-blogger, porn, pervert and sex-worker communities, and others whose passion is sex. (Let us know if we missed any one of you!) Through building networks in the sex-positive community, the Pleasure Salon hopes to help create a sex-positive world. It is a place for the open exchange of ideas and sensual expression.

Join us in building New York’s pleasure positive community, and bring your like-minded friends to this social gathering. The Pleasure Salon embraces respect, acceptance, and non-judgmental support in this public space.

Please follow the Pleasure Salon page here on Facebook or FetLife (https://fetlife.com/groups/14080) to communicate with other attendees.

Please join our newsletter list: http://bit.ly/psalonemail

What to expect at Pleasure Salon: http://pleasuresalon.wordpress.com/what-to-expect

In pleasure,

Patricia Johnson, Selina Fire & Mark Michaels