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Mar 05 2014

Free Workshops This Month in L.A.

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hot sex dr jessHot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks with Dr. Jess
Wednesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Fulfill your lover’s wildest dreams with Hot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks for both women and men. From seduction moves and dirty talk to hot foreplay and sizzling “finishing moves,” Dr. Jess will share her favorite techniques from her best-selling book.

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 11th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

nina-hartleyBlow Jobs and Beyond with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, March 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Get ready to celebrate Steak and a BJ Day in style! Porn star and sex educator extraordinaire Nina Hartley will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. The class will cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Kinky Sex for Curious Couples with Mary
Tuesday, March 18th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn skills of communication and negotiation around BDSM with your partner and how it can be an intensely romantic journey between two (or more) people. Bondage, role play, sensation play – all of these things and more can be enjoyed within a loving relationship, whether monogamous or open. Our Sex Specialists will cover safety, tips, tricks, and how to choose quality implements. For beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome too!

sarah-tG-Spotting 101 with Sarah
Wednesday, March 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure  Chest
Tuesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

buttocks of a womanButt Sex Basics with Kate and Koko
Wednesday, March 26th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Feb 20 2014

Braunger, Stevens & More!
Performance Anxiety February 25th

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performance anxiety flyer Feb25th

Join us on Tuesday, February 25th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg  – joined this week by guest host Jake Weisman - at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy James Adomian on his favorite gay villain.

Feb 15 2014

Strangers on a Train

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cupid on metro

In a heart-melting move, L.A.’s Metro train service hosted speed dating today in several cars of its commuter trains. The cars were decorated with hearts, the employees wore heart antennae, and at least one Cupid was present. If you were having doubts about your faith in humanity, you might want to rethink them.

Get the adorable details here.

Feb 14 2014

Love Temptation in L.A.

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acabar vday 1
We couldn’t be more excited for our Valentine’s plans: the Love Temptation party at Hollywood’s lavish Moroccan-style lounge, Acabàr! We’ve contributed a $25 gift card and some sexy conversation-starters to every dinner guest.

Guests will savor a four-course feast by celebrated chef Octavio Becerra. Before or after the meal, they can head over to Acabàr’s lounge area for sensual entertainments by House of Kaya: burlesque dancers, living lamp girls, silk wing dance, and a snake dancer wrapped in a twelve foot albino python. On the way home, they can stop at The Pleasure Chest for toys and treats to make this Valentine’s Day memorable.

Acabàr is located at 1510 Stanley Ave at Sunset Blvd. The dinner is $125 per person, and seating is limited. Call 323-876-1400 or email reservations@acabarla-la.com to reserve a table.

Jan 31 2014

Role Play, Burlesque & More! Free Workshops in Los Angeles

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Embrace romance this February by learning some new seduction skills! As always, attendees get 15% off all of their purchases.

My Smutty Valentine: Role Play & Dirty Talk with Kate
Wednesday, February 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Who says that Valentine’s Day has to be all about hearts and flowers? This class will teach you how to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies, for a truly salacious celebration of love. We’ll help you find the scenarios that make you the hottest, move past giggle fits gracefully, and embody an extra-sexy alter ego.

sex workers uniteSex Workers Unite with Melinda Chateauvert
Monday, February 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Activist Melinda Chateauvert will be reading from her new book, Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, a provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedom.

Bedroom Burlesque with Kitty Cadillac
Wednesday, February 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Sex Specialist Kitty Cadillac as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. It’s role playing at its finest!

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, February 25th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Jan 23 2014

Martin, Miller & More! Performance Anxiety Jan. 28th

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performance anxiety flyer Jan 28th

Join us on Tuesday, January 28th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Demetri Martin on flirting unsuccessfully.

Jan 09 2014

Miller, Kasher & More! Performance Anxiety January 14th

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performance anxiety flyer Jan 14th

Join us on Tuesday, January 14th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Nikki Glaser on her Brazilian wax.

Jan 09 2014

Big Beautiful Sex

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lady cheeky

We were delighted to have sex educator Lady Cheeky at our Los Angeles store last night, teaching her body positive workshop Big Beautiful Sex. She shared her insights about overcoming fat-shaming, building sexual confidence, and finding the toys and positions that work best for your body. The workshop was such a big hit that we want to share the highlights with all of you!

Tips for Learning to Feel Sexy

Remember this: “The person there with you in the room – they want to be there.”

“To feel better about having sex, you have to have sex.” Notice how confident you are while you’re afterglowing, and bask in that confidence.

Take time to touch the parts of your body that you normally want to hide in ways that feel pleasurable.

If you look in the mirror and think that you look ugly, replace that with a neutral observation: “I have red hair.”

Try going to a Korean spa. Everyone is walking around naked: you get to just be another body.

Notice how you judge other people’s looks. Try to be more compassionate in your thoughts. You’ll train yourself to be nicer to yourself.

hitachiFinding Your Favorite Toys

Try a longer toy that gives you some extra reach:

- The Magic Wand Original is an unbeatably powerful vibe.

- The Njoy Pure Wand may look like “a Star Trek torture device,” but it’s everyone’s favorite G-spot/prostate toy.

If you’d like to try strap-on play, the Tantus Bend Over Beginner Kit comes with a harness that adjusts up to 82″.

Silicone lube lasts forever, keeps your thighs from chafing in the summer, and loosens doors. Magic.

The We-Vibe 4 vibrator stays in place during intercourse, so that you don’t have to worry about holding it there.

Excellent Sexual Positions

Having a  firm pillow to lean on – like a sofa pillow or a Liberator Wedge - can help you find a position that’s more comfortable. For instance, you can have doggy style sex without the stress on your wrists and knees.

liberator wedge

Reverse cowgirl lets you control your leverage.

Try having sex on your side; it lets you relax and leaves your hands free for other things.

Liberator pillows are great for oral sex too!

 

Dec 26 2013

Free Workshops in Los Angeles!

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Resolved to amp up your sex life in 2014? We’ve made it easy, with free workshops every week with our sex specialists and guest experts!

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

lady cheeky

Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Fundamentals of Flogging with Shay & Koko
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Butt Sex Basics with Kate
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandrasandra (2)
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Dec 20 2013

A Big, Bright Response to Anti-Gay Bigots

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same love letter 1When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

 

In April, Dr. Mary Pham decided to fly a pride flag from the top of her Irvine, California home. Many of her neighbors had flags hanging from their homes – seasonal flags, or flags celebrating a favorite sport – and she decided that she wanted to hang a flag to show her support for LGBT folks.

“Not in Irvine, Mary,” a friend warned her. She laughed it off.

“Look, either you know what it is or you don’t,” she decided. “Either it’s a pride flag, or it’s just a rainbow flag. And if it’s a pride flag, and you notice, either you like it or you hate it. And if you hate it then you’re just a jerk.”

Deciding that “if there’s any reason to eat, drink and have a party, why not?” she and her friend Ramon invited several friends over for brunch and a “flag-hanging ceremony.”

In July, she was told that people had been writing angry emails to her HOA about the flag. When she saw them, she was taken aback by the hateful language she saw. One of them referred to the flag as a “Fag Flag.”

“Is the GAY PRIDE [in large font and rainbow colors] display protected by free speech rights?” its author asked. “The Orange Tree Patio Homes neighbors are shaking their heads in disgust.”

Another email offered this confusing sentiment: “Most people do not choose the gay lifestyle, and personally it irritates me to have to be reminded everyday of two men having sex with each other.”

While no one was being openly hostile to her, Dr. Pham started to feel nervous about the negative attention the flag was receiving. She contacted The Center OC, her local LGBT center, and asked their executive director, Kevin S. O’Grady, for advice. At his insistence, she filed a police report, just in case.

The negative responses didn’t stop with the police report. Someone printed out a press release from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and left it at her door. One morning, she found a flyer on her windshield that said only “GOD HATES FLAGS.”

In December, she was interviewed for a piece in the OC Weekly about the angry responses to her flag. When she read some of the “mean and hateful” comments that people had left about the article, she decided to throw caution to the wind.

“Before, it was just a flag. Now, I’m going to fight back.”

She and her son, Russell, discussed what they could do to make an even bigger statement – without violating HOA restrictions, of course. Finally, they agreed on something:

pride house

After all, she’s allowed to put lights up for holidays.

Dr. Pham sees this experience as an incentive to get seriously involved in LGBT activism. She and Kevin S. O’Grady have already sat down to discuss how to make Irvine a more LGBT-friendly place.