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Oct 02 2012

Mistress Serene, Dr. Stella Resnick & MoreOctober in LA

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Well, we survived Carmageddon 2 and our epic heat wave is finally ending. It’s a great time to jump in your car, roll down the windows and cruise down Santa Monica Blvd. to our LA store.

We’ve got a full schedule  including visits by Mistress Serene and Dr. Stella Resnick, two nights of comedy and free classes in blowjobs and self pleasure with our own Sex Specialists. Join us!

Sensation Play with Serene
Wednesday, October 3rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Drive your partner to new heights of intimacy with simple and surprising techniques from sensation play expert Mistress Serene, author of All My Heroes Were Ho’s. She’ll cover negotiation skills to create effective communication of each other’s needs and desires, including how to share and incorporate your favorite fantasy with your partner.  Learn how to use each of your ten senses while discovering your body’s own stimulus response.  This class is open to individuals and couples of all genders, orientations and experience levels.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, October 9th @ 8-10pm $7

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 and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Blowjobs and Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, October 10th @ 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.

Going Deeper: Enhancing Intimacy for Better Sex with Stella Resnick, PhD
Wednesday, October 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Totally fulfilling sex depends upon how present you and your partner are in your bodies. When you take the time to get in sync through delicious kissing, eye contact, and empathic touch and movements, your energetic bodies sync up in a profound affection that further intensifies and extends your pleasure. Clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist Stella Resnick, PhD will discuss methods for finding a body-mind connection with your partner. This workshop will be followed by a signing of Dr. Resnick’s latest book, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love.

The Ultimate O with Sarah
Wednesday, October 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-Spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, October 23rd 8-10pm $7

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 and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

May 02 2012

Megan Andelloux On Sex & DisabilityThis Sunday in LA!

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by thepleasurechest

  • Are you or someone you love living with a disability?
  • Do you have a chronic illness that’s affecting your sex life?
  • Do you experience challenges like pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction or limited mobility?

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive.

This Sunday at 4pm at our West Hollywood store, we offer a unique opportunity for those living with disability or chronic illness to explore solutions for achieving and maintaining a happy sex life.

The Pleasure Chest is pleased to welcome sex educator Megan Andelloux for Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses, a free workshop open to individuals, partners and couples.

In this class, she’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility. The workshop is totally free of charge and open to all adults.

Megan Andelloux is the founder and director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. She is certified as a sexuality educator through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and works as a board-certified sexologist through The American College of Sexologists. She has worked full-time in the field of sexuality education for more than fourteen years.

 

Apr 27 2012

Advanced Anal, Amazing Oral & Kink for AllMay in New York

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by thepleasurechest

Want to learn how to give amazing oral? Or how to take your anal adventures to the next level? Perhaps you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and want to learn the ropes of bedroom bondage. Whatever your interest, we’ve got a class for you in May.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Better Bottoming for Kink Beginners with Midori
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you yearn to submit to a lover or partner, but don’t know how to ask or where to start? In this class, Midori, our favorite camp counselor of kink, will discuss how to be a great bottom, and how to get what you want while thrilling your partner. She’ll also share common pitfalls to avoid and how not to be a ‘bad bottom.’ Get BS-free, reality-based information at this practical workshop for aspiring kinksters.

Advanced Anal Play with Ignacio
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure
Tuesday, May 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Sexo: Lo Basico! with Adriana
Wednesday, May 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

De acuerdo con nuestra misíon para conectar con nuestra comunidad, The Pleasure Chest ha realizado la necesidad para educacíon multilingüe. Una a nuestras especialistas, hablandodelplacer de juguetes eróticos. Temas incluyen: anatomía, condones, diferente tipos de lubricantes, vibradores para el principiante o el profesional, juguetes para parejas, limpieza y seguridad, y ¡tambíen sugerencias muy calientes!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Aaron
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 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 blow-jobs. 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.

The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Coming up…

Beginners BDSM with Hana
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers with Ignacio
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Adriana
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

Apr 26 2012

May in LA

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by thepleasurechest

April went by fast, but May is action-packed. We’re hosting three (count ‘em) comedy nights with the funny folks from Performance Anxiety, including their free 1st anniversary show. We’re also premiering our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop, and expecting visits from Jaiya Ma and Megan Andelloux. Basically, you’re spending the month with us. Read below for a complete schedule.

Performance Anxiety’s 1st Anniversary
Tuesday, May 1st @ 8-10pm FREE!

Performance Anxiety officially celebrates turning into a one-year old baby at The Pleasure Chest. We’re going to commemorate the night by giving you a free show with free beer and the usual 15% discount off any purchase you make. Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller host. The lineup includes Natasha LeggeroNick KrollJon DoreAparna NancherlaNate CraigHasan Minhaj & Chris Thayer! Seating is first-come, first served and we expect to fill up. So, please arrive early!

Pre-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you have difficulty achieving orgasm? Is it a struggle to “get there” with a partner? Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you achieve and expand your orgasm and much, much more.

Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses with Megan Andelloux
Sunday, May 6th @ 4-6pm FREE!

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive. In this workshop, we’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Mary
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE! 
Inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Multi-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen and Sarah
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Can’t get enough? Want to learn how to have multiple orgasms? In this class, we’ll discover techniques for coming again and again both with a partner and solo. We’ll also explore how to expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and our favorite tips and toys for maximizing pleasure. Though this class is open to all genders and orientations, we will be focusing on orgasm for female-bodied people.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 15th @ 8-10pm $7

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 and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, May 16th @ 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.

Red Hot Touch: The Art of Erotic Massage with Jaiya
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Your hands can be your greatest asset in bed. Why not learn to use them with exquisite skill? Join Jaiya, author of Red Hot Touch, as she guides you through tantalizing techniques from full-body turn-on to mind-blowing genital massage. Want to know how to pet her G-Spot in the way that it likes best?  Want to learn how to find that hidden hot part of his penis that loves firm pressure? Jaiya shares her secrets in this fun-filled class where you’ll discover how to have your lover(s) writhing beneath your fingertips.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 29th @ 8-10pm $7

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 and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Butt Sex Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, May 30th @ 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.

Coming up…

Strap-On, Get Off: An “Edutainment” Workshop
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Gay Sex for Men with Mike
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, June 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

Jun 21 2011

Summer in the City Upcoming Workshops in New York

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by thepleasurechest

Spend some of your hot summer nights with us. Our workshops are fun, free and held in our lovely air-conditioned store. Here’s our complete schedule of classes for the season.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers

Monday, June 27th @ 8pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, July 5th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Kinky Sex

Monday, July 11th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, July 19th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Safer Sex Techniques & Toys 201

Monday, July 25th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Condoms and dental dams are hot! Find out why at this safer sex workshop where our Sex Specialist will lead a judgment-free, open discussion. Learn how to use a harm reduction approach, while having fun safer sex and negotiating play when you or a partner is affected by an STI. We will also discuss STIs beyond HIV and communicating your status with partners.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Butt Sex Basics

Monday, August 8th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him

Tuesday, August 16th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialists: Brandon B. & Laura

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Monday, August 22nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Advanced Anal

Tuesday, August 30th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Krys Fox

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Suck It! Beyond the Blowjob

Monday, September 6th @8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Do you think that just because your partner uses or has a silicone cock, that they can’t experience a great blowjob? Think again! Get tips on how to receive and give mind blowing oral pleasure. Learn how to silicone-cock gulp and T-cock slobber your partner to an explosive orgasm. Let’s go down and share techniques for queers, trans folks and strap-on lovers.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Laura

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard

Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50

Tuesday September 27th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 


Jun 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • Up, up and away! We began the week by enjoying this clip of a Seattle man taking a hot air balloon ride while suspended from flesh hooks. Has Werner Herzog seen this? (h/t Boing Boing)
  • After not one but two high profile lesbian bloggers were revealed to be men, The Awl published this delightful post from a real live lesbian blogger. We know she’s telling the truth because of all the “vagina licking” that goes on.

Make love, not riots?

  • The riots in Vancouver produced this now iconic photo of two lovers who appear to be kissing, oblivious to the chaos around them. The true story behind the picture isn’t quite so sexy. The young man says he was trying to comfort his girlfriend after they were trampled by riot police.
  • Trojan (of condom fame) released the US Sex Census, a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults. They concluded that Los Angeles has more sex than any city in the country. The average Angeleno does “it” 135 times a year. Unfortunately, it’s not the best sex. That honor goes to Philadelphia, whose citizens reported the highest levels of satisfaction. Los Angeles was also number one in vibrator use at 48%. We don’t know how scientific this survey was. 1,000 people isn’t very many. (Sorry, but we’re sample size queens!)
  • Scientific American took a look at the state of male birth control methods, and concluded that nothing is likely to replace the condom in the near future.

  • World of Wonder dug up this ad from a 1937 issue of some magazine called True Romance, reminding us that while beauty norms may change, the message never does.
  • In recent years, advertisers have increasingly targeted men’s insecurities too. Responding to a New York Times (!) article about intimate male hygiene, Jezebel investigated the wide world of products designed to combat “ball stink.”

Got prostatitis?

  • We don’t know about testicle deodorants, but we’d love to get our hands on a Dila-Therm! (h/t BoingBoing)

  • Also from Jezebel, we learned about the PBS documentary Two Spirits and its investigation of the four recognized genders in Navajo culture.
  • Earlier this month, census takers in Nepal began to recognize a “third gender” to account for its transgender population.
  • A study from the Netherlands concluded that as women gain social and economic parity, they cheat at the same rate as men. But, Anna Holmes wonders, do women cheat for the same reasons?

  • Finally, we’re not much for 80s nostalgia, but one of our Facebook friends sent us this amazing link to a vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!