“Spanking for Lovers” Book Party & Workshop

Spanking for Lovers

Spanking for Lovers Book Party & Workshop

Author Janet W. Hardy will discuss ways to make a spanking hot and enjoyable, while demonstrating her techniques on a live model. Afterward, she will sell and sign books, and the Catalyst playspace will be held open until midnight for those who wish to try out what they’ve learned.

Spanking for Lovers is an updated, expanded, and illustrated edition of Hardy’s The Compleat Spanker, originally published in 1997. It includes new chapters about spanking relationships and how to receive a spanking, as well as an appendix on the specialized topic of canes and caning, and much more new information.

This is an excellent “intro” event for those new to sex-positive happenings. Catalyst is a pansexual creativity and diversity supportive environment. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystSexPositive.com.

Wednesday, February 24
7:30pm – midnight

$20 online presale
$25 at the door

Ages 18 +
Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Martha’s Pantry are always welcome

Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon

February 21 – Sunday Funday Fundraiser for Boi Eddie
February 23 – Hitchin’ Bitches
February 24 – Spanking for Lovers Release Party/Workshop w/Janet Hardy
February 26 – Darklady’s “Johnny Cash’s Birthday” Naughty Karaoke
February 27 – Figure Drawing, House of Fyre’s Fetish Night
February 28 – PNW Bootblack Workshop & Party

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Get Freaky Friday Play Party at Catalyst


Get Freaky Friday Play Party

Get your freak on at Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place. Check out the new dungeon furniture, chill on the pillow-top king mattress in the twinkle room, thrill to the erotic art, socialize and sip an espresso in the main room, and basically let your freak flag fly. Catalyst is a pansexual creativity and diversity supportive environment. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome here. Learn more at CatalystSexPositive.com.

Get Freaky Friday Play Party
Friday, January 29
9pm – 1am

$10 per person
$5 for Catalyst Members
Ages 18 +
Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Martha’s Pantry are always welcome

Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon

January 26 – Hitchin’ Bitches
January 28 – On the Fringe Rope Group w/Tantrika
January 29 – Get Freaky Friday Play Party
February 4 – Darklady’s “Exploding Kittens” Social & Game Night
February 6 – Rose City Dommes CFNM, PDX-PAH Munch & Mosh
February 6 – Reformatory at the Catalyst Play Party
February 7 – Superbowl Sunday Viewing & Play Party
February 10 – Darklady’s “Polyamory/Marriage 2.0” Potluck & Porn

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2 Allena Gabosh Workshops: 1) Polyamory, 2) Difficult Conversations

Allena Gabosh

Workshop #1
The Good, the Bad, and the Poly
Polyamory is a much misunderstood lifestyle. This will be an open and honest discussion about Polyamory in all its forms, from someone who has done it for 30+ years. Polyamory is an incredible lifestyle, but not always an easy one. It has a lot of rewards, but there are also a lot of pitfalls and potential disasters. Learn Allena’s 20 “Relationship Principles” (great for anyone, poly or mono). Find out tips on making it easier to live within your “polycule”. Come prepared to be part of this dialogue and share your poly experiences.

Saturday, November 14
5:30 pm – 7:30pm

Workshop #2
Difficult Conversations
Want to talk to your partner about changing something in your relationship? Opening it up? Trying a new kink? Is there an issue or problem you just keep avoiding? Do you put off conversations hoping the problem will just go away or that your partner can read your mind? It’s really not as hard as you think, you just have to be willing to take a chance, be vulnerable and speak up. Allena will give you tools and techniques on having those tough conversations.

Saturday, November 14
8:00 pm – 9:30pm

18 & Over
$20.00 per person
$35 for BOTH presentations

Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR

Allena Gabosch, Executive Director of both the Center For Sex Positive Culture and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture from their creation until retiring January 1, 2015. She is currently the Development Director for the Center for Sex Positive Culture and on the board of the Foundation. Allena has been active in the sex positive movement practically from its inception; producing educational and social events for the sex-positive community since 1990. She is a frequent speaker on many sexuality related subjects at colleges and conferences around the US and Canada, with an emphasis on Sexuality, Relationships, BDSM and Polyamory. She is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television as an expert on sexuality and has been in numerous documentaries. She has been quoted in many articles on-line and even once in People Magazine, thanks to the popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey. Allena was a former Producer of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. She is a past board member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and a former commissioner with the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities. She is a kinky sapiosexual, polyamorous switch and considers herself extremely blessed as she has a rich and full poly life, with many amazing and loving people in her “polycule”. thecspc.org

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Movie Review: “Gone: A Story of Love & Courage”


Gone: A Story of Love & Courage
D: Angie Rowntree. Madeline Blue, Gee Richards. 35 Min.

Mainstream film loves to flirt with sex, but it’s never quite ready to make a commitment. Sex, to much of Hollywood, is a mercenary thing; primarily useful as a tool to transition a scene, provide a shock, or look hip. Explicit sex, we have been told, is the purview of pornography; somehow less worthy of art or understanding than explicit violence.

Director Angie Rowntree dares to call that conventional wisdom out with her short film, Gone, a movie with both the balls and the ovaries to not only present its sex frankly, but to literally marry it to kink, love, and devastating loss.

Rowntree tells a tale as old as time when she introduces her audience to Rebecca, an attractive woman who has finally met the love of her life – and discovered that he’s more than a little into structured relationships and discipline. Because the love-vibe is strong, Rebecca is able to open herself fully to Todd, who becomes both her husband and loving dominant.

In spite of many flashbacks to good times, Rebecca is beyond distraught; forced to adjust abruptly to a world, a house, a dungeon, and a life without her beloved. The why of her apparent abandonment is a timely reveal, but not really the point of the story.

What is the point? Other than the fact that love truly is a many-splendored thing and there are as many ways to express, intensify, and commit to it as there are people capable of loving? From a film-makers’ position, the point is that a powerful story involving complex emotional states can be successfully told in combination with explicit sex. It just takes some talent and a genuine respect for all of the subject matter, even the wonderfully kinky-weird stuff and the vanilla married sex stuff.

Rowntree, her cast, and her crew clearly have these qualities.

— Darklady


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Darklady’s “Meet Michael Rosen” Social & Play Party

Michael Rosen

Darklady’s “Meet Michael Rosen” Social & Play Party

Meet & Greet a SF Erotic Photography Legend

This Friday we’ll forgo karaoke and focus on the visual, when SF photograper friend Michael Rosen visits the Catalyst. His work is hanging on the walls now (available for purchase) and we want to offer Portlanders an opportunity to meet this talented man, admire his work, and show him how Portland plays. (This is not a photo event)

Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Bring your favorite beverage and/or potluck contribution and enjoy the Catalyst’s pansexual and diversity supportive Social, Erotic, and Kinky Play spaces. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystSexPositive.com.

Don’t miss Michael’s “Take Your Erotic Photography to the Next Level” presentation prior to the Social and Play Party.

Ages 18 +
Friday, October 9
8:30pm – 1am
RSVP is appreciated but not mandatory

$10 per person/$15 per couple
FREE to Catalyst Members
FREE to Michael Rosen presentation attendees

Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Esther’s Pantry are always welcome
Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon

October 9 — Michael Rosen Presentation, Darklady’s Naughty Social & Play Party
October 10 — Submissive Women Forum & Discussion Group, Pixie Fyre’s Fetish Night
October 13 — Democratic Debate Watching Party
October 15 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
October 16 — Zeniths Play Party & Community Challenge Celebration
October 17 — Rose City Sisterhood, Rose City Domme/sub Mixer, Women-in-Power Party
October 18 — BiLS Meeting, BLP Board Meeting, MAsT Meeting
October 19 — Bad Girls Board Meeting
October 23 — YUE Party
October 24 — Figure Drawing, Zeniths Munch, Bad Girls Mummification Workshop & Queer Play Party
October 27 — Kinky Open Relationship Circle Discussion
October 29 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
October 30 — Darklady’s Naughty Polyween Karaoke & Play Party

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