March 1, 2009

1. Sensual Rush: Touched by Art.
2. March classes/events (Dallas, Santa Cruz, LA twice!, San Rafael, Las Vegas, Santa Clara, Boulder, Denver, San Francisco)
3. Preview April classes/events (Santa Cruz, San Rafael, LA, Chicago, maybe Seattle) + NYC Dojo registration opens
4. Support me in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
5. On-line haunts: FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook, MySpace etc

1. SENSUAL RUSH: TOUCHED BY ART

"Sensual pleasures": When did these words come to mean only pleasures of the genitals? When did eroticism come to mean only the things that happen between one's thighs? Sensuality encompasses indulgences and awakening of all the senses. Eroticism is a joy in the body that embraces the intangibles of the heart, the spirit and the mind. If the senses are dulled, perhaps from grief in the state of the world or numbing from onslaught of daily stress, then our sensual potential starves.

We all have our own cures for the battered and beleaguered sensuality - often in ways that aren't even seen by others as tangibly sensual or overtly erotic.
What's yours? Gardens, music, film, scents, culinary arts, travel, dancing?
Mine? Mine is art.

Museums - and intentionally created art spaces - are my sensual recovery room. They are my places of worship. There, my senses, spirit, sensuality and joy in the human potential come together and ignite me.

I came to this realization last year as I walked through the Art Institute of Chicago. Where my eyes welled up and I was choked by a sense of awe and wonder. I was breathless at the simplicity and power of Felix Gonzalez-Torres' work. There I engaged in one of my Art Pranks - a random act of performance. (Blogged:Midori's LiveJournal )

I blush to Mozart and weep to Wagner. Rodin brings warmth to my loins. I swoon in the light of James Turrel and Eliasson. Others make me gnash my teeth, plunge me into grief or suspend me in meditation. This state of art-verklemmtness - buzzes me like a hot current through my body and mind. I'm charged and alive. A frenzy catapults me into a state of creativity, for no other reason other than a need to create. Sometimes I need to infect other with this state - the desire to transmit something within me to others - to touch the world around me and leave a mark. A drive within my DNA, inexplicable yet natural as the drive for sex and pleasure, and for some the drive to procreate. I am certain that I'm not alone in this - even if my own art is outside many conventions.

Happily there are venues and events that love outsider artists with these irrational creative drives. Sometimes they're art galleries, such as Femina Potens where recently I committed another act of Art Prank. Sometimes they're more "profane" spaces of nightclubs, where, under the guise of entertainment, I can bring the flesh the visions within me. Soon one of my Art Prank sculptures will be appearing at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Yes, I'm excited.

So if you see me in a gallery, walking alone - know that I'm at my worship.
If you see my creations, know that you caress another irrational Mandala from my heart.

We all have our places of worship and sensual recovery. What's yours? Have you shared it with those in your life? Let it touch you - let it touch them.

Wishing you peace and pleasure.

Midori


2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS (Dallas, Santa Cruz, LA twice!, San Rafael, Las Vegas, Santa Clara, Boulder, Denver, San Francisco)

DALLA, TX
• Sun 3/1 Performance at the Church club.

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Wed 3/4 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at at Pure Pleasure Boutique, 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Sun 3/8 "Backdoor Antics" at Pleatures of the Heart. 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899

LAS VEGAS, NV
2 Classes for Nawayoi, at the Museum of Erotic Heritage 3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas NV 89109 Tel 702-369-6442. $20 in advance $25 at the door.

• Sat 3/14 11:30pm - 2pm "Predicament Bondage"
• Sat 3/14 3pm - 5pm "Hands-on Rope Body Harness"


Classes for the Museum of Erotic Heritage 3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas NV 89109 Tel 702-369-6442. $20 in advance $25 at the door Online Tickets, $25 at the door.

• Sun 3/15 3 - 5pm "Pink Japan"
• Sun 3/15 7 - 9pm "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice"

SANTA CLARA, CA
• Wed 3/18 "Beyond Twisted" (One of my favorite classes I rarely get to teach!) at Edges 1725 De la Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

BOULDER, CO

• Thr 3/19 Special class for the Human Sexuality Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

DENVER, CO
• Sat 3/21 "Cherry Blossom Festival" Presenting several cool classes for Wickd.

SAN FRANCISCO,CA
• Sat 1/28 "Rope Dance" at the Citadel. 1277 Mission St (at 9th st), San Francisco, CA 94103. (Bring a dance partner!)

LOS ANGELES, CA
• Sun 1/29 "Art of Feminine Dominance Level 1" Syren / Stockroom Boutique. 2809 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles. CA 90026 Tel 213-989-0334

• Mon 1/30 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pleasure Chest. 7733 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Tel 323.650.1022


3. PREVIEW: APRIL CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Cruz, San Rafael, LA, Chicago, maybe Seattle)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• TUE 4/7 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at at Pure Pleasure Boutique, 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

NYC DOJO REGISTRATION OPENS
~ Fri 4/10 Noon Eastern time.
The next Rope Bondage Dojo® will be in NYC on May 23-24. The registration opens on-line at www.ropedojo.com. This does sell out early so mark your calendar!

SAN RAFAEL, CA

• Thur 4/16 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" atPleatures of the Heart. 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899.

LOS ANGELES CA
• Mon 4/20 Class (likely "JoytStick Secrets: How to Thrills a Man") atCoco De Mer. 8618 Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.

• Mon 4/20 Class (currently working on a topic) atCoco De Mer. 8618 Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.

CHICAGO, IL
• Sat 4/25 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness" at Nawashibari-Chicago

• Sun 4/26 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Early To Bed 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. on Chicago's north side, right off Lake Shore Drive at the Foster exit Tel: 773-271-1219 or toll free at 866-585-2BED (2233).

Three Classes at The Pleasure Chest 3436 North Lincoln Avenue. Tel: 773.525.7151 • Mon 4/27 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" • Tue 4/28 "Backdoor Antics: Anal Sex for Him and Her" • Wed 4/29 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Sex Bondage"

SEATTLE, WA
• 4/30 - 5/3I'm planning to attend the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. A fantastic event! Come and bounce on my installation!


4. AIDS LIFECYCLE: A REQUEST FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I'm at it again! I maybe foolish but I'm not hopeless!

In June I'm volunteering as one of the roadies for AIDS Life/Cycle. A week of my life will be devoted to being in service to the cyclists and ultimately to a greater cause - reduction of suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.
I am fundraising and I humbly request you support, both emotionally and fiscally.
Please join my team.

http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/midori

When June comes around, send me notes of cheer. It's a tough week and your notes really go a long way keep us going.

Please, sponsor my efforts. (Hey, it's tax deductable too!) Small or big, it's all part of the bucket brigade that stems the tide from overwhelming us.
Equivalent of a cup of coffee or a cocktail, maybe?

Through out the year I'll also be doing some creative fund raising. I hope you'll join me on this.

Please let others know of my efforts.
Thank you so much!


5. Here are the places I waste time when I'm on-line... Drop on by!

Midori's AIDSLifecycle page
Live Journal
My Space
Tribe
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"


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