September 1, 2009

Table Of Contents
1. An Irrational Desire
2. Rope Bondage Dojo Stage 2 Registration Opens Sep 1
3. New! "Passionate Bonds" D/s Protocol Weekend w Laura Antoniou & Midori
4. September classes/events (Santa Clara, Edmonton, Columbus OH, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London)
5. Preview October (London, Somerset UK, Copenhagen, Santa Cruz CA, San Francisco, Los Angeles)
6. Next Forte Femme. March 19 - 21, 2010 San Francisco
7. On Twitter now, and Other On-line Haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook etc.

1. AN IRRATIONAL DESIRE

I am haunted by an irrational desire.

It's welling up from inside of me again at a really bad time. (Or is it a good time, I'm really not sure.) Currently I'm swamped with work, backlog of e-mails, projects on track and off track, and the fall tour's about to start. Desires like this ought to take a back seat - but it's not.

This desire of mine turned into days of dreaming, planning, driving, foraging, e mailing, wrangling friends, problem solving, talent gathering, driving my spouse crazy and general forsaking of work-stuff that needs to get done.

Next week is a big push and I'm sure I'll be losing sleep over this.
Care to come and join me in my personal madness?

What's this beast that's got me by my brain stem? It's the monstrous desire to create and make art. My notorious Art Prank streak in me is raising its impish head and taking over my life!

Earlier this summer, the "LoveSeat" and its accompanying "LoveSeat Effect" struck Seattle at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Here's the video on YouTube. (Thank you, Juliet Heart, for documenting and interviewing!)

Then last week I engaged in a piece of art action that had me so nervous before going on stage that I thought I was going to throw up. My worry of having to post bail was, fortunately, unwarranted. The docu video will be out soon as the talented team of Zille DeFeu and Jeremy W is currently editing it.

In the mean time here's my write-up on it. Let me know what you think.

The next bit of my Art Prank is a month-long solo show at the lovely Femina Potens gallery in San Francisco. Folsom month at that! I'm very excited!

In this show titled "PLASTICS", The LoveSeat will make another appearance as well as several other pieces in the series.

I'll be madly installing the pieces on Sept 1st through the 3rd, and burning the midnight oil. Feel full of hot air? Got the art bug you? Nothing better on TV? Swing on by and lend me a hand!

'Plastics' One Woman Art Show By Midori
Femina Potens Art Gallery, 2199 Market St @ Sanchez
September 5-26, 2009
Opening Reception Sept. 19, 7:30pm
Artist Discussion Panel for Press & Members Sept 19, 6pm

You'll find more show details at www.feminapotens.org I'll post photos on my usual digital haunts.

Sustainable wood dongs: "Love the warmth and softness of things natural!", "It's all about sustainable harvest, baby!", "Make me one with Mother Earth", "X-rated tree-hugger"Silicone toys: "Our health matters. I'm not about to expose you to icky, cancer-causing Phthalates", "Quality snob"

All this creative frenzy - it's scary, exciting, mind altering and I feel totally alive! Oh it's going to be an interesting fall!

Wishing you peace and pleasure.

Midori

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2. ROPE BONDAGE DOJO STAGE II REGISTRATION

It's finally here! I know many of you have been waiting for this.

Tuesday, Sep 1: Stage II of Rope Bondage Dojo registration opens on line at www.RopeDojo.com. There you'll find the verification & sign-up. Once confirmed, you'll receive the ticket purchase URL.

Pre-requisite: Graduation from Stage I

Dates: '
Friday night refresher + mingle 10/16 (7pm - 10pm),
Sat 10/17 & Sun 10/18 (10am - 6pm)

Location:
Fri - Center for Sex & Culture
Sat - The Citadel

Cost: $350 / student

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3. NEW! D/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND WITH LAURA ANTONIOU & MIDORI (Washington DC & Toronto)

WHAT: "Passionate Bonds: Weekend Intensive for Conscious D/s & Protocol"

WHERE / WHEN: 2 Locations / Dates

- November 6 - 8, Washington DC
- November 27 - 29, Toronto, Canada

COST: $450 first person in the order. $400 for each additional individual.
Registration for both locations open September 18th at http://www.FHP-inc.com/classes.php

Join Marketplace author Laura Antoniou and educator Midori for a special weekend intensive designed for people who enjoy authentic power dynamics and D/s, who want to consciously create quality relationships that suit their personal hungers and needs in the context of the real world.

Far beyond what you can learn from a book or a standard seminar, participants will be guided through a special curriculum designed to clearly identify their value system, behavior preferences and relationship goals.

Through the unique curriculum and its innovative tools, each individual or relationship unit will create their own customized manual of effective protocol, rules, etiquettes and codes of conducts.

Class size will be strictly limited to allow for a unique quality experience emphasizing individualized attention.

Q&A

Q. Do I need to bring a partner?
A. No! Anyone may attend, partnered or not.

Q. I am fairly new and my partner and I are exploring options. Is this for me?
A. This is perfect for you; come on in and discover your passions.

Q. I have been in the Scene for a while and I have considerable experience. Can this be helpful for me?
A. Absolutely. Crystallize your experience and desires into a tangible and intentional format, which will allow for greater success in your current and future relationships. Come and reacquaint yourself with the dreams and desires that brought you into the scene, and find out things about yourself and your partner(s) you might not have seen before.

Q. My primary and I have a submissive - can all three of us come?
A. Pricing for this intensive is purposefully set to allow for "relationship units" of every size; this is by no means 'couples only'!

Q. Is this a play event? Will there be play parties?
A. While the Passionate Bonds weekend won't be hosting play parties, the local play space will be great to go and explore. The weekend's emphasis is on the heart and mind of creating an on-going D/s-based relationship, so get plenty of sleep and be prepared to think! There will be sections where physical actions of protocol will be studied and acted out. Beyond that, we encourage the attendees to create their own playtime as part of the weekend.

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4. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS SEPTEMBER: (Santa Clara, Edmonton, Columbus OH, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London UK)

SANTA CLARA, CA
• Wed 9/2 "Flogging: Hands-on Skill Improvement" at at The Edges.

EDMONTON, CANADA
Sat 9/5 Two classes for C.O.P.E..
• "Eroticizing Pain"
• "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements"

Sun 9/6 Two classes for The Traveling Tickle Trunk.
• "Eroticizing Pain"
• "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements"

COLUMBUS, OH
• 9/11 - 9/12 Two classes for Central Ohio Perversion Excursion event.

SAN FRANCISCO
• 9/4 - 9/27 Solo art exhibition at "Plastics" at Femina Potens Gallery.
• Sat 9/19 talk and show reception for my show "PLASTICS" at Femina Potens Gallery. Talk at 6pm. Reception 7:30pm. (Free!)
• Mon 9/20 Author's meet & greet at the new kink themed coffee shop, Wicked Grounds.
• Tue 9/22 "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside the Box" at the Citadel.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Series of classes for Smitten Kitten Boutique
• Thr 9/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How To Thrill a Man"
• · Fri 9/25 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"
• Sat 9/26 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her"

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5. PREVIEW: OCTOBER CLASSES / EVENTS (London UK, Somerset UK, Copenhagen DK, Santa Cruz CA, San Francisco, Los Angeles)

LONDON ENGLAND
Series of Salons for Coco De Mer.
Info & Registration:

• Wed 10/7 "Tricks to Please a Man" South Kensington store, 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 2AE

• Thr 10/8 "Rosy Cheeks" South Kensington store, 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 2AE

• Fri 10/9 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" South Kensington store, 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 2AE

• Mon 10/12 "Tricks to Please a Man" Covent Garden store, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD

• Tue 10/13 "Bedroom Burlesque & Seductions for Beginners" Covent Garden store, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD


SOMERSET, UK
• Tue 10/6 Private Salon for the members of SoHo House

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
• Sat 10/10 A special presentation just for Manifest Club!

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Wed 10/15 "Rosy Cheeks: Beginner's Guide to Love Swats, Spankings, Paddling and More" at Pure Pleasure Boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Tel: 831.466.9870

SAN FRANCISCO
• 10/16 through 10/18 Rope Bondage Dojo® Stage II
Pre-requisite: Successful graduation of Rope Bondage Dojo® Stage I.
Registration opens Tuesday, September 1st at www.RopeDojo.com

• Tue 10/20 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" at Good Vibrations on Polk St. 620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street) San Francisco, CA 94109. (415) 345-0400

• Thr 10/22 "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements" at The Citadel. 1277 Mission St. (at 9th St.)
Yoga meets assisted stretching, meets contact improvisational dance, meets Tango with a touch of Fight Club! Pair tix $50, Solo tix $30 1pm - 4pm. Register on line or tickets at door

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6. NEXT FORTE FEMME WOMEN'S WEEKEND

A little heads-up... I know many of you like to plan ahead.
Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance returns to San Francisco! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme:
When: Fri 3/19 through Sun 3/21/2010
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Cost: $650/per person.
Register: Advanced registration required.

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7. TWITTER AND OTHER DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

I admit it. I'm an addict now. You'll find me on Twitter as @PlanetMidori Connect up with me there! Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Fet Life Midori_SF
My Space
Tribe


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