March Events

We’re very pleased to share our event programming with you—watch this space to stay up-to-date with our parties, date nights, workshops, and classes!

Upcoming events for March

Craft your own sensual fantasy
with Rachel Kramer Bussel

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Thursday, March 10, 7:30pm – 9pm
$30/individual or $55/couple

For singles who are dating, new couples, or even long-term couples, sharing your fantasies with another person can be tricky terrain to navigate. What will the other person think? How do I express a fantasy that’s only half-formed in my mind? What if I’m not sure I actually want to live it out? This fun workshop will explore how to tap into your innermost desires in creative ways in order to gain insight into yourself, and, if desired, craft new adventures with a partner or a future date. From celebrity crushes to a sexual wishlist to risqué letters and beyond, you’ll learn how to take your relationships to the next level, whether these fantasies stay strictly in fantasy mode or are ones you want to explore in real life. Couples and solo participants are welcome!

About the Presenter:
Rachel Kramer
Bussel is a writer, editor, blogger, and writing instructor. She is the editor of over 60 anthologies, including Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica and The Big Book of Orgasms. She’s written for a range of organizations, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She also teaches writing workshops across the country and online at LitReactor.com. She Tweets @raquelita. Find out more at rachelkramerbussel.com!

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Strip Tease for Shy Birds
with Leah King

Thursday, March 17, 7pm – 9pm, $30

Wondering how to excite your partner/s – or yourself! – with the age-old art of striptease? Feeling a little too shy to strip down to nothing but tassels and a thong? Come and find your inner vixen in a fun class combining sensual warm-ups, a How-to-Strip lesson, and body-positive choreography in a judgment-free zone specifically for newbies. Please bring: 1) your favorite sexy song to help find your own special flare for seduction; 2) things you like to take off – whether that’s long gloves, a feather boa, tight pants, something strappy, or a snowsuit. All body types, levels, and genders are welcome to join, though this class will focus on bringing shy birds out of their nests.

About the Presenter:
Leah King is a burlesque and cabaret dancer who has been dazzling audiences in three continents for nearly a decade. She is a founding member of the hugely popular Brown Girls Burlesque dance troupe, touring member of Urban Erotica, and has performed in nightclubs, private parties, music videos, concert halls and festivals in New York City, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Rio, Vienna, and Prague. She has taught dance and movement courses to youth and adults of all levels including the hugely popular ‘Beginning Burlesque for the Bedroom’ course at Other Nature queer feminist sex shop in Berlin. Her classes are fun, empowering, non-judgmental, and not for the faint of heart.

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Rope Bondage Intensive 101 & 102 with Yin Q

Thursday, March 3rd 7pm – 9pm
Sunday, March 6th 11am – 1pm
$100/individual, $140/couple

(Tickets are also available for just the Sunday session—please inquire!)

Are you interested in playing with teasing and restraint while holding your partner captive? Or perhaps you’d like to struggle for freedom yourself? Rope bondage can add some kink to your fantasy, or can be practiced as an artform all its own. Please is excited to offer this hands-on, two-part series for novices who are interested in learning and practicing the basic ties of rope bondage.

In the Thursday class, participants will start with basic rope safety, practice wrist and ankle ties, and view a demonstration of more elaborate torso harnesses. The Sunday class will focus more intensively on the waist harness and the diamond/”tortoise shell” harness, plus a few other rope tricks for sensual play.

Couples are welcome to come together; if you attend as an individual, be prepared to work with another individual rope partner or assistant. Everyone is encouraged to tie and be tied, so please be willing to play both roles with your workshop partner! Participants will remain fully clothed throughout the class, so dress in comfortable clothing, like you would to a yoga class. Safety and consent are our first priority and will be discussed at the beginning of the class with handouts on BDSM protocol.

*A nylon rope starter kit (from local rope expert Erin Houdini) is included in the price of admission! Our kit contains 1 length of 40′ nylon rope, 1 length of 25′ rope, 2 lengths of 10′ rope, and 1 pair of curbed-tip safety scissors. For participants attending the Sunday class only, ticket price includes only the 40′ rope. Please contact us to let us know in advance if you already have your own kit.

About the Presenter:
Yin Q is a BDSM writer, educator, and leather lifestyle Top. She has presented for The Eulenspiegal Society, The LeatherMan NYC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and numerous leather conferences in NYC and San Francisco. Check out http://www.yinq.net/ for more details.

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January & February Events

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A SEXTING VARIETY SHOW WITH TINA HORN

Saturday, February 27, 7-10pm
at Excelsior Bar, 563 5th Avenue, Park Slope, NY

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door—includes a copy of Tina’s book, Sexting: The Grownup’s Little book of Sex Tips For Getting Dirty Digitally

Join us for a night of sex-ty fun to celebrate the launch of Tina Horn’s book,Sexting: The Grownup’s Little book of Sex Tips For Getting Dirty Digitally. Featuring:

  • Sexting-themed improv games (audience participation encouraged, but not required!)
  • Filthy comedy from Sriya Sarkar
  • Sexting-themed short films from Eileen Yaghoobian of Send Me Your Sexts
  • A short workshop to develop your own dirty talk skills!

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Kink for Couples: BDSM 101

Friday, February 12 at 7:00 PM
$30/individual, $50/couple

Looking to spice up your love life and enhance intimacy?

Join Ms. Mona Rogers of Domi Dollz and her submissive for a naughty night of fun. This introductory workshop is designed to teach couples how to integrate the exciting world of BDSM into their relationship. The hands-on portion of this class will teach techniques such as spanking, flogging, restraints, and sensory play. We will also be covering some basic psychology that goes along with play to help you connect better with you partner.

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day and extra special one and come and play with us!

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Kink for Couples: BDSM 101

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Leah King is a burlesque and cabaret dancer who has been dazzling audiences in three continents for nearly a decade. She is a founding member of the hugely popular Brown Girls Burlesque dance troupe, touring member of Urban Erotica, and has performed in nightclubs, private parties, music videos, concert halls and festivals in New York City, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Rio, Vienna, and Prague. She has taught dance and movement courses to youth and adults of all levels including the hugely popular ‘Beginning Burlesque for the Bedroom’ course at Other Nature queer feminist sex shop in Berlin. Her classes are fun, empowering, non-judgmental, and not for the faint of heart.

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StripTease for Shy Birds

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Kelli Dunham is a registered nurse and author of seven books of humorous nonfiction including the award winning bestsellers – The Boy’s Body Book and The Girl’s Body Book. For more about Kelli, visit www.kellidunham.com, or check out her articles New Guidelines Are About the Pelvic Exam, Not Pap Exam and I Promise You Can Successfully get a Pap Exam Even If You Are Traumatized, and many more!

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December Events

A MEMORABLE PRESENT – YOU!

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Admission is Free! Register online

Want to create a memorable experience for your partner as a gift this holiday season? Good presents come in unassuming packages – YOU! Create a fantasy getaway in your bedroom and serve some delightful surprises for your partner that will have both of you looking forward to this time next year!

In this free mini-workshop, Please staff member Sid will take you through fantasy scenarios which are delightfully warm and loving, yet will cause some serious toe curling! Send this year off with a bang!

KINKY GIFTS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

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Admission is Free! Register online

The nights are longer and the weather is colder…’tis the season for spicing things up! Please can help you explore your naughty side with toys that are perfect for holiday gift giving (or receiving). Get tied up in more than ribbons this year!

In this free mini-workshop, Please staff member Lauren will introduce you to feel-good toys that will get you squirming in your seats, and give you the inside scoop on how to perpetuate pleasurable-giving through this holiday season and on into the New Year!

DOMI DOLLZ PRESENTS:
DOMINATRIX FOR A DAY (A LADIES* ONLY CLASS)
*open to all women (trans, non-binary, and cis)

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Friday, December 11th, 2015 From 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission is $35 Per Person

Tickets available in store or online

This ladies only salon is designed to help you discover your inner Dominant.  We will give you all the tips and tricks on how to create and explore your naughty alter ego.  Our sexy demo submissive will be available for hands on practice as we teach you a wide variety of basics such as spanking, sensory play, restrains, and role play.  Come and join us for a for an evening of delightful debauchery that surely can’t be beat.

About the Presenter:
Ms. Mona Rogers is a lifestyle and professional Dominatrix.  She has been experimenting with kink most of her life and has been a fixture in the pro scene since 2007. Throughout the years of her exploration she has become deeply in touch with her kinky side and enjoys being able to share her love for her art. She is one of the lead educators for Domi Dollz and the co-author of “Kisses to Kink: A Dominatrix’s Guide to Great Sex.”

ROPE BONDAGE 102 – BODY HARNESSES & SENSUAL ROPE GAMES

rope bondage 102Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2015 From 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission is $50 per couple, $30 for singles

Tickets available in store or online

Expand your rope bondage knowledge in this intermediate class that teaches you how to tie body harnesses, focusing on the waist harness and the diamond/”tortoise shell” harness.
Plus you’ll learn a few other rope tricks for sensual play!

Participants should have some prior experience with rope bondage, and be able to do a basic two-pole tie. Couples are welcome to come together; if you attend as an individual, be prepared to work with another individual rope partner or assistant. Everyone is encouraged to tie and be tied, so please be willing to play both roles with your workshop partner! Participants will remain fully clothed throughout the class, so dress in comfortable clothing, like you would to a yoga class. Safety and consent are our first priority and will be discussed at the beginning of the class with handouts on BDSM protocol.

*Supplies needed: 1 length of 40′ nylon rope, 1 length of 30′ rope, 2 lengths of 10′ rope, and 1 pair of curbed-tip safety scissors. Rope by local expert Erin Houdini will be available for purchase at the shop prior to the event, or you are welcome to bring your own!

About the Presenter:
Yin Q is a BDSM writer, educator, and leather lifestyle Top. She has presented for The Eulenspiegal Society, The LeatherMan NYC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and many leather conferences in NYC and San Francisco. Visit http://www.yinq.net/ for more details

November Events

Use Your Words: Dirty Talk with Tina Horn

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission is $20/person.
Tickets available in-store or online!

It’s often said that the biggest erogenous zone is between the ears, not the legs, and sexy talk is a great way to get those juices flowing. Professional exhibitionist motormouth Tina Horn will open your mind to dirty dynamics and have you cursing like a sailor in no time. You’ll get a chance to practice nasty talk, learn how to get in touch with your own filthy fantasies and the fantasies of others, and experience the excitement that words can unlock in and outside the boudoir or dungeon.

People of all genders, partnerings, and desires welcome! Class will include a live demonstration that’s guaranteed to make you blush!

Tina Horn is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary media-maker, queer punk, and true karaoke believer. A tireless extrovert, Tina Horn thrives on human interaction and knows she has as much to learn from her students as they do from her. After years of assisting such sex ed superstars as Reid Mihalko, Midori, Barbara Carrellas, Madison Young, Cleo Dubois, and Eve Minax, she began leading her own original workshops at Good Vibrations in the Bay Area in 2010.

Currently, she produces and hosts “Why Are People Into That?!”, a popular podcast that demystifies desire. Her first book is a collection of nonfiction stories about Bay Area sex workers called Love Not Given Lightly. For more on her work visit www.tinahorn.net.

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The Ritual of Sex with Amy Jo Goddard

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission is $30/person.
Tickets are available in-store or online!

Sex, at its best, is a ritual. Sometimes when people’s sex lives become tedious, monotonous, or boring, they may disengage or even think something is wrong with their relationship or with their own sexuality. In actuality, identifying this pattern can indicate that all one’s sex life needs is a jolt of creativity! In this workshop, we’ll identify some red flags and explore ways to get creative about sexuality, honor it as a ritual and make it something that excites and/or reinvigorates us! We’ll share ideas for ritualizing our erotic lives and participants will develop a sexy ritual they can try alone, with a partner or in a group setting.

This event is being held in conjuction with the release of Amy Jo’s new book Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake Up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power, and Sexual Intelligence. Keep an eye on her website for more info on her book release party!

Amy Jo Goddard has become the most renowned Sexual Empowerment Coach in the world. After nearly two decades of working in the sexuality field with every audience you can think of, from first graders to adult professionals to college students across the US, Amy Jo dedicated herself to building a successful coaching practice for women and couples. She has built her business with her tremendous experience, pioneering smarts, and deep compassion for the clients she works with. For a full bio, please visit amyjogoddard.com.

Rope Bondage 101 with YIN QUAN

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Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission is $90/couple, $70/individual.
Price includes a starter rope kit with your choice of cotton or nylon rope, containing two 2 lengths of 10ft and 1 length of 30ft plus 1 pair of curbed tip safety scissors.
Tickets are available for purchase in-store or online!

Have you been dreaming of tying your partner up for some kinky, restrained fun? Or perhaps you’ve been wishing to be tied up too, happy to relinquish control? Come find out how at Rope Bondage 101, an introductory, hands-on workshop for novices who are interested in learning the basic ties of rope bondage.

Participants in this class will learn basic rope safety, practice wrist and ankle ties, and view a demonstration of more elaborate torso harnesses. Couples are welcome to come together; if you attend as an individual, be prepared to work with another individual rope partner or assistant. Everyone is encouraged to tie and be tied, so please be willing to play both roles with your workshop partner! Participants will remain fully clothed throughout the class, so dress in comfortable clothing, like you would to a yoga class. Safety and consent are our first priority and will be discussed at the beginning of the class with handouts on BDSM protocol.

Yin Quan is a BDSM writer, educator, and leather lifestyle Top. She has presented for The Eulenspiegal Society, The LeatherMan NYC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and numerous leather conferences in NYC and San Francisco.

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October Events

CRYSTAL HEALING WITH CHAKRUBS (Vanessa Cuccia)

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission is $30/person.
Tickets are available for purchase in-store or online!

Chakrubs are sexual wellness toys carved from 100% crystal that are designed to bring a sense of sacredness to your playtime. These beautiful, hand-crafted tools are created with the intention of opening oneself up to the healing properties that crystals provide. In this workshop, participants will learn about Chakrubs in the context of crystal healing, the Chakra system, and energy flow. We will explore the ways that Chakrubs can help us identify our turn-ons and overcome our sexual blocks, and look for ways to transmute socially-instilled shame into positivity. With fully energized and active Chakras, you can be on your way to reach your goals, fulfill your aspirations, and see the light of your life.

Vanessa Cuccia conceived the idea for Chakrubs in September, 2011, when she was living in Los Angeles. She had met a spiritual teacher who lived with her, and who taught her about the healing properties of crystals on both scientific and metaphysical levels. She would carry crystals around with her everywhere she went, including the sex toy shop she worked for at the time.

In her words: “One day my friend and I went to a woman’s house who has one of the largest crystal collections. As she proudly showed one of her crystals, I exclaimed, “That would be a great sex toy!” The eyebrows in the room all raised in shock looked at me in confusion and bewilderment, but there was no turning back, I knew this was something I had to do. I began to research deeper into energetic and crystal healing, as well as personal work discovering what was preventing me from experiencing true ecstasy. Realizing how sensitive I am to energy, Chakrubs has become a tool to assist in developing a true sense of self, and honoring what and who may enter my body.

The ease in which Chakrubs has developed is a testament to the readiness the world has for a product such as this. Chakrubs shows us that we are aware of the immense bliss that is at our fingertips if we choose to break through energetic blocks and old ways of thinking that are holding us back.” Find out more about Chakrubs at www.chakrubs.com.

Intersex 101 with Claudia Astorino

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission is $30/person.
Tickets are available for purchase in-store or online!

There’s a ton of variation in what human bodies look like, and they rarely come in two flavors. Perhaps you’ve met a fantastic person who happens to be intersex, and you’re smitten! Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about how the “I” fits into that whole LGBTQIAGNC acronym. You’ve got some questions: What does it mean to be intersex? What does intersex have to do with bodies, and what are intersex activists fighting for? How can you best have a healthy, consensual relationship with your intersex partner? Join intersex activist Claudia Astorino to talk intersex 101, consent, and how to be a good intersex ally. With Q&A to follow!

Claudia Astorino is an intersex activist and a queer person. She is a contributor to Autostraddle and Everyone Is Gay, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, RH Reality Check, The Parents Project, Girls Sex 101, and her personal blog Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome. Claudia is also the coordonator of the annual Intersex Awareness Day events in NYC and has co-/led workshops and presentations at various universities and institutions. She lives in NYC.

 

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September’s Events

Rope Bondage 101 with Yin QUAN

Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission is $90/couple, $70/individual.
Price includes a starter rope kit with your choice of cotton or nylon rope, containing two 2 lengths of 10ft and 1 length of 30ft plus 1 pair of curbed tip safety scissors.
Tickets are available for purchase in-store or online!

Have you been dreaming of tying your partner up for some kinky, restrained fun? Or perhaps you’ve been wishing to be tied up too, happy to relinquish control? Come find out how at Rope Bondage 101, an introductory, hands-on workshop for novices who are interested in learning the basic ties of rope bondage.

Participants in this class will learn basic rope safety, practice wrist and ankle ties, and view a demonstration of more elaborate torso harnesses. Couples are welcome to come together; if you attend as an individual, be prepared to work with another individual rope partner or assistant. Everyone is encouraged to tie and be tied, so please be willing to play both roles with your workshop partner! Participants will remain fully clothed throughout the class, so dress in comfortable clothing, like you would to a yoga class. Safety and consent are our first priority and will be discussed at the beginning of the class with handouts on BDSM protocol.

Yin Quan is a BDSM writer, educator, and leather lifestyle Top. She has presented for The Eulenspiegal Society, The LeatherMan NYC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, and numerous leather conferences in NYC and San Francisco.

 

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July and August’s Events

Sexual Myth Busting with JoEllen Notte and Elle Chase

Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$30 admission
Tickets can be purchased in-store or online!

Whether in movies, locker rooms or from people who swear that all their other partners did it – everyone’s been exposed to some form of sexual urban legend. Stop wondering “how?”, “why?” or “do people really do that?!!” and let sex educators Elle Chase and JoEllen Notte answer all of your burning bedroom questions. In this workshop find out the truth about some of the things you’ve heard “everyone’s” doing and get the facts on the how to make some stuff that sounds impossible or unenjoyable a bit more realistic and fun. We’ll tell you what’s real, what’s not, how to enjoy things you never thought you could, and why it’s okay if things just aren’t realistic for you (hint: the phrase “cup of tea” will be used). This interactive workshop will include plenty of time for questions and the option to ask them anonymously.

Please is thrilled to have JoEllen and Elle premier their first collaborative workshop at our store! For more information about our lovely instructors, read their bios here. Drinks will be served at the beginning of the event, and there will be time afterwards for private shopping, where JoEllen and Elle can offer advice and help select products.

 

Late Night Date Night: Toys for Two

Friday, July 24, 2015 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$20 for individual; $35 for couples
Tickets can be purchased in-store or online!

Interested in a new adventure with your partner? Want to greet your sweetheart with a surprise? Whether you’re just starting to explore toys in the bedroom or looking to diversify the collection, Please can suit your fancy! During a one hour session, we will uncover techniques and tactics for all kinds of interests, as well as tips to maintain your new discoveries. Questions and inquiry are highly encouraged during the group presentation, but staffed sexperts will be at the ready when discretion is key! Sweeties, crushes, and friends are welcome as well, so drop by on your night out, and leave with a bevy of fresh ideas (and a gift bag too)!

Toys for Two will be led by Laurel Wright MPH, a Sexual Health Educator based in Brooklyn, NY. For the last several years, Laurel worked with community based organizations and university systems to design and implement comprehensive workshops through a sex-positive lens. While completing a Master’s in Public Health, Laurel facilitated HIV counseling and testing with individuals and couples in the Midwest’s Largest LGBT healthcare clinic. Currently, Laurel is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center working with youth and adults.

 

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June Events

Our workshops begin June 20th, with two fantastic events planned for the weekends:

June 20th
6pm – P-spot Play for Father’s Day
7pm – Blow Him Away
8pm – Toys For Boys

Come celebrate Father’s Day a little early with Please! You’ve earned a night of sexy fun. Enjoy drinks on us and 3 free mini-workshops on anal play, oral sex, and more.

June 27th
Toys for a Romantic Getaway
Workshop repeats at 6, 7, and 8pm

Planning a romantic getaway or a staycation? Please has some ideas for how to spice things up this summer! Come cool down with complimentary drinks while we turn up the heat with some fun, unique and sexy toy ideas.

 

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