April 08, 2005

Firehorse Productions, Inc. and Midori's Newsletter
April 08, 2005

Table of contents

1. Adventure Report (debauched LA, video work, partying in Australia, "Foot & Shoe Worship" book out!, Another book out in May, Boise pervs, Tribe.net site.)
2. Classes This Month: [Phoenix, SF, Seattle, Toronto]
3. Classes Next Month: [SF, Berlin, Palm Springs, Chicago]
4. Special Fundraising Auction: Alone with Midori for Erotic Art!
5. AIDS Lifecycle efforts continue
6. Rope Dojos! [DC & LA]
7. Midori's Student Lounge on Yahoo

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1. ADVENTURE REPORT
Dear Readers!
Where does the time go? I can't believe it's been two months since the last newsletter. Well, you know my favorite saying by Mae West. "Good Girls keep diaries, Bad Girls don't have the time to!"
Here's a quick snap shot of what I've been up to.

SHOOTING WITH KEN MARCUS
I spent a really fun week in LA rigging amazingly hot women at Ken Marcus' posh studio on Melrose. You might recognize him as the guy who shot sexy women for the cover of Penthouse and Playboys for nearly three decades.
He's got this huge compound of a full erotic photo studio and lush bachelor pad. Once in a while he'll invite me to come down for several days, puts a call out and bondage loving women show up to be tied up by me and shot by Ken.
I thought I had it good, Ken's got a really sweet life! Emily Marilyn, Anastasia, Darling, Claire Adams and Jelena were my sweet victims.
The riggings I got to do were so hot that I was buzzing from it for days. In particular, one I got to do with Darling stands out. Ken had a steel cage, within which I suspended her and then suspended that whole cage!
He's slowly releasing the images on his site at www.kenmarcus.com

During my stay in LA, even with the intense shoot schedule, I did get to go to an amazing dinner with Doc and a bunch of our mutual friends for his birthday. A very debauched and mixed group of pervs, major Hollywood types, leathermen, performer freaks gathered in a private dining room at Restaurant Halie in Pasadena.
For obvious reasons I can't tell you who all gathered to break bread, drink wine and tell lurid tales. The place used to be Einstein's lab during World War II and is said to have a secret tunnel to campus built in for his security.
The food was totally luxurious and conducive to the lusty conversations taking place. http://www.restauranthalie.com

The weekend after LA, KB and I tried to go take our first hang gliding lessons, but the weather was bad so it was called off. After my motorcycle accident last year, for some reason, I've been really wanting to do this.
I think I want to have the experience of flying intentionally without the crash landing or asphalt burn.
My schedules pretty packed between now and June so I'm not sure when I'm going to get to go back to the flight zone but I hope it's sooner then later. In the mean time, I need to try to take the motorcycle out to the parking lot and try to get over the accident.
I returned on another stealth trip to LA to shoot a video. I'm sorry I couldn't tell you guys about this in advance but that was the director's request. I got to do my first shoot as a sexpert for Sinclair Intimacy Institute's Better Sex video series.
I'm not sure when the video comes out but I'll keep you posted. www.bettersex.com

Then I was off to South Plains. That was a great event. It's a mixed gender queer event with load of good people and classes.
I got to have back-to-back totally hot scenes with Sfn and KB's boy, Min the Bunnyboy. It was silly, sexy, sadistic and just wickedly fun. Thanks, guys!

Ah, then March came in like a lion and I had the most glorious three weeks in Australia. God, where do I even start with that trip?
It was just so cool to get to be in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade with the Sydney Leather Pride contingency. What a sexy bunch of pervs!
They were so nice they let me ride in a white chariot pulled by four gorgeous leathermen.
The Sydney Mardi Gras is Australia's huge Pride Parade. It's held at night with amazing lighting and everything. After that the whole city turn out to party until well in to the next after noon with an all night multi venue dance freak fest. The laser light show nightclub alone has like 2000 people in it. The Aussies really know how to party.
You'll find parade photos, and even a shot of me at www.petezimagez.com/home.htm Click on the icon for Mardi Gras Parade and look for the chick in the red latex cat suit. That's me.
The official Mardi Gras site is www.mardigras.org.au/

To recover after Mardi Gras, sweetie-pie Aleini took me to the Korean Ginseng Baths. That was a much needed spa visit as the meat of the tour, a three-city kink fest was about to start.
I taught really fun classes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. That interrogation scene was crazy and the demo scene with the tarantula was exciting.
My deepest thanks to Mark of DV8 House who made this whole tour happen.
The best part was making all these really cool friends, starting with Mark of Sydney (who could have been my evil brother), Mistress Laura (who I want to adopt as my mom!) and Dom of Melbourne, and Gen of Brisbane (who'd make my bets gal-pal list any day).

I also got to pet a koala (and get crapped on by the said fur ball), body surf the Gold Coast, eat and drink loads of Auzzie food and beer, etc. The Sydney Harbor Bridge climb with Mark and Ken was fun. Yes, it's touristy but it's a Must-Do activity. Anyway. How many people can say that they had a CBT scene several hundred feet above the Sydney harbor?
Eagle leather rocked as my sponsor making sure that all the details were executed with precision and helping with continuing the education efforts. SAX/Lucrezia & De Sade made me this most amazing leather kimono clad Japanese bondage Barbie in a custom quilted leather case. My god, what craftsmanship! It's reflected in so much of their work too. All stores above were totally hot.
Mark of DV8 House was really sweet and got me this hot red/black leather outfit from Marquis De Sade. I go to do a wicked as hell little on-stage show at the Hellfire club. I dragged this cute girl on stage by rope, treated her with delicious terror and then cut her clothes off and shaved her hair off with a clipper and straight razor. Oh and a bunch of us even go to have dinner with Tim Woodward of Skin Two who was in town after the first ever Australian Rubber Ball. With all the cars driving on the British side and having a cocktail or two with Tim, I started to wonder if I wasn't in London. And then there was the huge finale show at the big fetish ball L'Erotica that the crew threw. I hope the photos are up soon.
All my heart, thanks and appreciate to Mark, DV8 House and the Australian crew! www.dv8house.com

After returning from Australia I entered a self-imposed period of a writer's "house arrest." I retreated from all communications except with the proofreaders who volunteered to work with me as I put the finishing touches on my next book. It's a collection some of the best essays from the past 6 years and a few new pieces as well. It's titled "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink" to be published by Daedalus Publishing. It's the same kink publisher who's brought us Fakir Musafar's "Spirit + Flesh". "Consensual Sadomasochism", "Masters Manual" and "SlaveCraft."
It'll be officially released at the end of may at the vender fair of International Mr. Leather in Chicago. I'll keep you posted when it's available. (www.daedaluspublishing.com)

Speaking of books being available, many of you who've enjoyed my last book "Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage" have been wondering when my next book would be coming out. While it's not a bondage book, per se, I do have a new book out that's on one of my favorite topics. "Foot & Shoe Worship" is now out from Greenery Press, It's a little book that's part of their Toybag book series. In the book you'll find out how to enjoy feet and shoes if you're dominant, submissive, sadist, masochist or hedonist. I also have some great feet pampering formula too. The photos are all either taken by me, or are of my feet. I'm happy with this cute little book. As I travel I will always have a small stock of the book with me for sale.

Last weekend I went up for my second visit to Boise, Idaho's Alternative Lifestyle Expo. Yes, Boise. Your eyes do not deceive you. Not all pervs live in kink central like NYC or SF. The Body Modification Art show was really cool! They had artwork such as sculptures and paintings inspired from body mod as well as live body mod performances. I got to teach some classes and made a sexy girl cry (in a good way) during a class on Military and Interrogation Play. The fetish stage show at the party on Sunday night would have been received with accolades just as much in San Francisco or New York. It had amazing costumes, opera singers, African drummers, top notch ballet dancers and live music making the show over-the top. Honestly, when I first went to Boise I didn't expect to see what what I saw and didn't think these jaded eyes could be impressed. Boy, was I wrong. I totally admit that I was wrong.

Oh, and I'm finally getting on the tribe.net bandwagon. It just takes me a while to get around to the cool things that all my friends know about, but I've always told you I'm a big dork. So I'm on tribe.net and there's a "where's Midori next" tribe there. If you tribe, then hope to see you there. I put some of my candid snap shots up too.

Oh and today was a big day too. I got to help bathe three cats. It's one the most frightening things I've done in a while.

It's just past midnight and I've not packed yet for my trip to Leather Leadership Conference so I'd better wrap this up.

In Leather pride,

Midori

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2. CLASSES THIS MONTH

Phoenix, AZ
April 8 - 10 Leather Leadership Conference
My presentation is titles ""Education: Ethics, Values & Responsibilities"
( www.leatherleadership.org )

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San Francisco
April 12, Tues. 7:30pm - 10pm $20
(415) 550-7774
My favorite class! "BEYOND TWISTED: When You Don't Fit the Standard Kink Roles"
Description: Ever feel like you don't quite fit the roles and terms commonly used in SM? When are you a "real" top or bottom? Have you had scenes that leave you vaguely unfulfilled? Do you question how your desires fit your partners? How do you make a scene work when your needs don't seem totally compatible? How can you design a successful multi-player scene when the interests vary? In this unique class, Midori will show you a new way to look at your desires and to question conventional leather wisdom. She will help you to investigate how to meet your and your partner's needs and to find new ways to reach a satisfying scene.
( www.qualitysm.com )

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San Francisco,
Wed April 13 7:30p-9:30p, $30 single / $50 pair
"Hands-on Play Piercing"
"Curious about temporary piercings but not ready to just go and do it on your? Want to get a feel for giving or receiving under qualified supervision? In an intimate, guided lab environment learn how to properly prepare the skin, protect both the bottom and the top, gather equipment, set up a safe play environment, how to pierce correctly to maximize safety and pleasure. You'll start piercing on inanimate objects and move onto piercing people. All materials provided. Couples and playmates encouraged!"
( www.madame-s.com/cgi-bin/madame-s/events.html )
Register by calling 415-863-9447, 321 7th Street (at Folsom St.)

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Seattle, WA
April 14 - 17 Seattle Erotic Art Festival
( www.seattleerotic.org )
Lecture "Castrated Pleasures & the Eunich Society: When Sex is Stripped from Art" and appearances

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Toronto, Canada
April 19, Tuesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm $30
"Hands-On Flogging Workshop"
If you have floggers, bring them!
Pre-registion required
info@comeasyouare.com
701 Queen St W, Toronto Ontario, Canada M6J 1E6, 416.504.7934
( www.comeasyouare.com )

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Toronto, Canada
April 20, Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm $30
"Hands-On Hand & Feet Bondage Workshop"
Pre-registion required
info@comeasyouare.com
701 Queen St W, Toronto Ontario, Canada M6J 1E6, 416.504.7934
( www.comeasyouare.com )

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Toronto, Canada
April 23 - 24
Rope Bondage Dojo - SOLD OUT

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3. CLASSES NEXT MONTH
May 4 - My birthday!

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San Francisco
May 8, Sunday for The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Lecture "Behind the Leather Door"
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Berlin
May 14 - 15
Dinner show and spectacular show with Kumi!
Berlin Fetish Ball and related events
(www.german-fetish-ball.com )

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Berlin
May 15 2pm - 430pm
Class at Lustwandel erotic bookstore, topic to be announced soon!
( www.lustwandel.de )

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Palm Springs
May 20 - 22 DESIRE Women's BDSM Weekend
Presenting a series of workshops in this women-only kinky retreat center.
"Hands-on Flogging" "Erotic Humiliation" "Military & Interrogation Scenes"
( www.desireleatherwomen.com )

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Chicago
May 27 - 30 ShibariCon
"History of Japanese Bondage"
"Beginning to Bottom"
( www.shibaricon.com )

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Chicago
May 27 - 30 International Mr. Leather
Official Launch and signing of my new book "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink" at the Daedalus Publishing booth in the Vendor Fair. Stay tuned for launch party info.

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4. SPECIAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION: ALONE w MIDORI for EROTIC ART!
"Special Fundraising Event: Private Festival Tour with Midori.
Midori--internationally acclaimed author, sex educator, artist, and Festival Juror--will take you and your guests on a two-hour tour of the Art Festival's collection. This is a unique opportunity for a frank, intelligent and witty discussion about contemporary erotic art and related subjects.
On-line bidding starts March 21 and closes April 8. To place your bid, email MidoriTour@wetspot.org. Please include your contact information (this will not be sold or shared with anyone). Proceeds go to benefit the Seattle Sex Positive Community Center Capital Campaign Fund. This tour goes to the highest bidder over $300. All bidders will be notified of the highest bid on April 9 and will be able to place final counter bids until April 11.
( www.seattleerotic.org)

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5. AIDS LIFECYCLE EFFORTS CONTINUE
Thank you to all my supporters, party attendees and friends who have pledged to help my volunteer fundraising work with AIDS LifeCycle! This is the 7-day bike ride event from SF to LA to raise much-needed funds in the fight against AIDS/HIV
If you're curious as to what this is about, or maybe wish to help, or just want to see a new photo of me in a hot red latex outfit, please visit my AIDS Lifecycle fundraiser page! Help end the suffering of HIV/AIDS with my goal for the 2005 ride. Just $5 will thrill me!
( aidslifecycle.org/9556 )

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6. NEW ROPE DOJOS ADDED THIS YEAR
(Dojos book up at least 2 months in advance so sign up early. Space is limited.)
• DC: July 9 - 10 at the Crucible http://www.the-crucible.com ( www.the-crucible.com )
• Los Angeles, September 10 - 11 Registration on line at www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=83354

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7. MIDORI'S STUDENT LOUNGE ON YAHOO
I've got a discussion lounge set up in yahoo for those who want to keep in closer and more regular contact with me. If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or you just want to meet and have intelligent discussion on kink with other like-minded people around the globe (ok, so it's mainly people who've been to my classes but they do range from Denmark to Australia) join the discussion at my yahoo group called DivaMidori (it is Adult Access only) the URL is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/divamidori/


See you around!

Midori


If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or you just want to meet and have intelligent discussion on kink with other like-minded people around the globe (ok, so it's mainly people who've been to my classes but they do range from Denmark to Australia) join the discussion at my yahoo group called DivaMidori (it is Adult Access only) the URL is:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/divamidori/