March 29, 2008

Midori's Newsletter March 29, 2008

Table of contents

1. Notes from the Road
2. Bang 4 the Buck women's party returns San Francisco
3. April classes/events (Berkeley, Philadelphia, SF, San Rafael)
4. May 2nd. Special Birthday Bash at Beach Blanket Babylon
5. May preview (SF, London UK, Paris FR, Chicago)
6. New columns, new venues
7. Hang out with me! My on-line haunts


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- - - - - - - - 1. NOTES FROM THE ROAD

With March my spring teaching tour really got into gear. My travels first took me to Seattle where Max of BondageLessons sponsored me for several classes at the Center for Sex Positive Culture and Babeland welcomed me with a sell-out house. Then I got to enjoy steamy art and performances of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival at the Seattle Center. The highlight was the throngs of women who bumped, giggled, hooted and hollered and generally had a raucous and debauched time at the Seattle Bang 4 The Buck women's party. Over the evening 260+ women partied their sexy booties off and in total we raised $4,263, which goes for critically needed HIV services through AIDS LifeCycle.

Then back to San Francisco, where Kumi and I performed an abbreviated version of "Elements of Suffering" with the fantastic live music and sound engineering accompaniment by the fatasgamoric LUMO Brothers. This was at the Friday night portion of the SF Fetish Ball.

A few hours later I was on a plane headed to Tulsa, where it seems to be impossible to get to via any direct route from San Francisco. Ah, Zen and the art of modern air travel! I taught a couple of classes there along with Jay Wiseman to a very welcoming and engaging crowd in their new, local community space.

Immediately after that I spent two separate 4-day visits to Los Angeles. I've been visiting and teaching in LA for a few years now, and lately the flowers of my efforts are really coming to bloom. Private classes to couples and small groups kept me busy as well as the lively classes at the Pleasure Chest and the intimate Salons at Coco De Mer. It's very interesting that in LA, like London, tutoring seems to be the norm. I was comparing notes with a well-known cooking teacher and he's found the same as well.

If all this seems a bit tiring, yes, it is. The travels and the spring allergies have just wiped me out! I do try to get my rest and feed my soul as much as possible in between. Gardens and flowers seems to be the theme for me this month, as K and I spent a lovely date day at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Then I had the pleasure of visiting the Hunting Gardens in Pasadena with a friend. The new Chinese Garden is brilliant! Of course the Japanese Garden there is simply remarkable. A must-visit destination if you love gardens and find yourself in the LA area!

By the time you read this, I'll be somewhere in Buenos Aires, enjoying an actual vacation. I look forward to sharing my adventures with you on my blog.

Wishing you peace, pleasure and joy!

Midori

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2. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN'S PARTIES - EARLY WARNING!

It's back! That sexy, naughty and notorious party for women and transfolk... all for the great cause of AIDS LifeCycle

San Francisco: Friday, April 25th

Time: 6:30pm FREE LESSON, 8:00pm STRIP-O-RAMA, 10:00pm - 2:00am PARTY

Location: THE CITADEL, 1277 Mission St (at 9th st), San Francisco, CA 94103.

Cost:
$15 - Strip-O-Rama ONLY *or* Party ONLY
$20 - Big Bang Ticket: Strip Show AND Party

Once again we have amazing sponsors so we can give away tons of prizes, raffles and more. (Pleasure Chest, Stockroom, Stormy Leather, Syren, Good Vibrations, Babeland, Twisted Monk, SocialKink, Desire and ID Lube)

Shake your booty or cheer on and wave the bucks during the no-holds-barred amateur strip contest... After learning the finest moves from Miss Indigo Blue. Lydia McLane will tally-mistress till the winners the lap-dance-off... then there's Auntie Midori's Meat market and the debauched actions after that!

More info at Bang4TheBuck.org

Volunteer and get in for free! Send e mail to: support@bang4thebuck.org

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3. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS

BERKELEY, CA
• Mon 4/14 "Hands-on Flogging: Total Finesse and Skill" class at
Good Vibrations 510.841.8987.

PHILADELPHIA, PA
• Fri 4/18 "JoyStick Secrets" class at Passional Boutique 215.829.4986
• 4/19 - 4/20 "Rope Bondage Dojo®" 16-hours of concentrated instruction from Midori and 3 excellent trainers in a small group. Pre-registration required.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Thur 4/24 "Fun with His Bits!" at Stormy Leather 1158 Howard Street San Francisco, CA Best to call the store and reserve tickets. 415.626.1672
• Fri 4/25 Bang 4 The Buck women's party!

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Wed 4/30 "Back Door Betty: Health, Fun, Basics to Strap-ons and More" at Pleasures of the Heart

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4. BIRTHDAY BASH AT BEACH BLANKET BABYLON!

Help me celebrate my 42nd birthday and support me in my favorite good cause! I figured I'd throw a very special birthday party and make it a fun gathering and a super cool fundraiser for my AIDS Life Cycle journey this year. You've not heard of Beach Blanket Babylon? It's a fun, cheeky theater show with singing, dancing and witty social satire that's been going on in San Francisco for 36th years. It's fun for everyone. (21+ because there's a bar.)

Dress up in fun outfits... Fancy dinner wear, cycle gear, drag, wacky costumes, fet wear... (You must be street legal, of course.)

Tickets only available at: www.PlanetMidori.com/bbb $58 front cabaret, $50 rear cabaret

When: Friday, May 2nd. 9:30pm (coordinated with International Ms Leather opening ceremony)

Where: Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard, (Green Street), San Francisco. (In the heart of North Beach)

If you can't make it to the party but still want to join me in this big trip, please consider sponsoring me at:www.aidslifecycle.org/8081

Thanks!

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5. MAY PREVIEW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
· 5/1 - 5/4 Presenting at International Ms. Leather Weekend.

• My Birthday Party at Beach Blanket Babylon • Tue 5/6 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Good Vibrations on Polk Street. 415.345.0400

LONDON, UK
A series of sensual Salons at the luxurious Coco De Mer boutique, located at 23 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD. tel. 0207 836 8882. Pre-registation highly encouraged
· Thr 5/8 "Wrapped For Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex"

· Sun 5/11 "Erotic Japanese Rope Bondage - Hands-on"

· Mon 5/12 '"JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure Him"

· Tue 5/13 "Lesbian Sex Secrets: How to Pleasure Her"

· Wed 5/14 "Rope Body Harness - Hands-on"



PARIS, FRANCE
· Sat 5/10 A book signing at Demonia Boutique

• Sat 5/10 Appearance at the fetish party, La Nuit Elastique

CHICAGO
Classes locally while attending International Mr. Leather contest.
· Wed 5/21 A class at G Boutique 2131 N Damen Ave?Chicago, IL 60647. Tel. 773.235.1234

• Thr 5/22 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure Your Man" at The Pleasure Chest 3436 North Lincoln Avenue?Chicago, IL 60657. Tel. 773.525.7151
• Sun 5/25 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage" at Early 2 Bed. 5232 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60640. Tel 773.271.1219

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6. NEW COLUMNS, NEW VENUES

For those of you who enjoyed my monthly column on ErosZine.com for the past three years, I have sad news for you. The site has discontinued new columns. They are, however, keeping my old columns in the archives with photos. I really enjoyed my writings for them and the editorial freedom, so I hope you'll enjoy the archives as well. Diva's Debauchery

In the mean time I continue to write for various other publications.

~ Men's Health magazine in UK features me as their monthly sex advisor and problem solver in "Ask Midori".

Social Kink has me as their featured blog columnist. This month I wrote about "Suitcase Dungeon: The Traveling Kinkster". Last month I wrote "MacKink or Modern Kink - Ruined by the Public?"

My monthly column in Bondage.com often gives me a chance to engage in educational smut fiction to include medical play and an upcoming episode on electrical and insertive toys

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7. HANG OUT WITH ME!
Come and hang out with me at my various on-line haunts! I run two really good sexuality discussion groups, have some blogs at LiveJournal and MySpace as well. They're all listed www.PlanetMidori.com
Live Journal
KinkWire.com
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
My Space

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