February Workshops

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We have a month full of educational offerings, with a special focus on the bonds of love with three bondage workshops. There are a number of workshops with limited capacity and we recommend advance purchases. Workshop tickets can be purchased online via StrangerTickets.com or at our Library during public hours. An added benefit of purchasing advance workshop tickets from the Library beyond the lower ticket price is the lack of service fees.

Sunday, Feb. 1 – 2:30pm
High Security Bondage ~ Educator: Max
CSPC Main Space: $40. Advance: $35

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Increasing Intimacy: An Introduction to Tantra ~ Educator: Nekole Shapiro
CSPC Main Space: $40. Advance: $35 (Individual) / $60 (Duos)

Sunday, Feb. 15 – 1:00pm
Rope Bondage for Lovers ~ Educator: with Jonathan
CSPC Main Space: $65. Advance: $60 (Duos)

Friday, Feb. 20 – 7:30 pm
Issues and Uses of Privilege in BDSM ~ Educator: Sar Surmick
FSPC Studio: $20. Advance: $13 (Individual)

Saturday, Feb. 21 – 12:00 pm
Conscious Touch ~ Educator: Will
CSPC Annex: $40. Advance: $32 (Individual) / $58 (Duos) / $82 (Trios)

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Restrained Convictions 1 – ‘Bight Me’ ~ Educator: EricJ
CSPC Main Space: $30. Advance: $25 (Individual) / $45 (Duos)

Sunday, Feb. 22 – 12:00 pm
The Practical Application of Floggers ~ Educator: Russell Harmon
CSPC Main Space: $40. Advance: $35 (Individual) / $65 (Duos)

Wednesday, Feb. 25 – 6:30 pm
Safety is Sexy: How to construct a Safer Sex Agreement ~ Educator: Quintus
CSPC Annex: $25. Advance: $20 (Individual) / $35 (Duos) / $50 (Trios)

Coming Out Kinky – Friday, January 23rd

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A Guest Blog by Jean Franzblau

When I performed a preview production of my show, Coming Out Kinky – A Grown Up Comedy, a wonderful thing happened. I was contacted by a member of the audience who asked about investing in the show. I was on a cloud of joy and optimism: “Wow,” I thought. “That was so easy! I’ll be able to put up a longer production of the play and so soon!”

At my first lunch meeting with the investor, the conversation took an unexpected turn. Given that his professional background was in continuing education for therapists, he asked me if I’d be interested in performing the show as part of a class to teach therapists about kink. “My show can help therapists?!” I thought. A soothing feeling of legitimacy spread through my body – maybe what I was doing was important to the world after all.

My decision a few years ago to share Coming Out Kinky publicly felt like a step into an abyss. Will people want to hurt me? What will happen to my career? My mom fretted about these concerns and I comforted her – inwardly just as worried as she. As foolhardy as my decision to expose my unique sex life openly seemed to me, I felt called to do it anyway.

Now, I was teaming up with a sex therapist to create a class. Given that my day job is as a corporate seminar leader, my worlds were indeed integrating. But hey, what about my dream of a longer production of my play? I’d spent eighteen months developing the show for a public audience. My investor seemed less and less interested in that expensive venture and I was left with a challenge in front of me.

I knew that ambitious, creative people were posting their projects on websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.com inviting the world to support them. I was terrified to do it. If I went this route, I could no longer share my show with a select group of local friends – people who I knew wouldn’t judge me harshly. If I launched a crowdfunding campaign, I would have to tell everyone. This meant coming out on Facebook, blogging, giving radio interviews and being visible like never before.

coming_out_kinkyHow would I be received?

– High school acquaintances on Facebook have stepped forward to “like” and enthusiastically support me

– My conservative friends and relatives have expressed that though they don’t fully understand what I’m doing, they love me and want me to be happy

– I was invited to be a guest on Playboy Radio (!)

– My campaign received visits from Europe, the Netherlands and Brazil; one contributor came from Ethiopia!

I raised over $12,000 and am now on tour with the show

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign taught me that there is an appetite for candid stories about sexuality. More specifically, I’ve learned that kink is ready to come out of the closet. I am a respected professional, beloved daughter, affectionate sister and compassionate friend. I am also kinky as hell. The world seems ready for me, for this message and for my show.

Here are details about the Washington Premiere of Coming Out Kinky performing one night only on January 23rd.. Tickets are available and selling fast.

Library Closed 1/16

Please note that our Library will not be open for it’s normal open hours this coming Friday, January 16th, 2015.

This closure is due to lack of available staff while our Head Librarian is traveling. If you would like to become a part of the Library staff to help prevent these closures, please join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm for our Library Training. The next training is January 28th.

Thank you for your understanding.