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An Evening with Mr Angel – Buck Angel returns to Max Black

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Buck Angel, the world’s most famous trans pioneer, returns to Max Black this November for a very special evening of conversation and inspiration with a screening of the award-winning documentary Mr Angel.

The documentary Mr Angel, directed by Dan Hunt was shot over six years and chronicles Buck’s extraordinary life – he has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology.

This feature length film explores Buck’s moving story with a goal to understand the complexities of someone who overcame incredible obstacles, then shamelessly sought the spotlight and its backlash, to share his message of empowerment. An inspirational story of rare perseverance and an unlikely hero. The film has screened at Rio International, Frameline, Indianapolis International, London LGBT, Brooklyn International, and Tokyo LGBT Film festivals… among others. It just reecently won BEST DOCUMENTARY in Seattle. This will be one of the very first screenings of the film in Australia.

Buck has lead the way for all of us to find self-acceptance in powerful and personal ways. His message of self-acceptance goes beyond gender, sex and genitals: it is a universal concept of knowing, becoming, and loving yourself.

On the night:

  • Champagne Reception
  • Screening of Mr Angel
  • Open Q&A session with the audience
  • Buck will be available for autographs and a limited line of Buck Angel merchandise will be available on the night

Let Buck Angel be your guide to re-defining the concept of gender, enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and our individual expression of identity.

One night only. Tickets are strictly limited. Do not miss this very special event.

If you have a question for Buck we are inviting you to let us know in advance by emailing us at info@maxxxblack.com. We’d love to know what you’d like to know! Read more about Buck and his career at Buck Angel’s official website.

The Details

When: Monday 17th November 2014 at 7pm

Where: Max Black – Level 1, 264 King Street, Newtown 2042

Tickets: $20 – TICKETS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED – GET YOURS HERE

The Gathering 2014 – the 6 workshops you shouldn’t miss

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The Gathering returns to Sydney this October with over 40 brilliant kinky workshops amongst a host of some very glamorous fetish events. With so much to choose from we thought we’d help by talking about the 6 workshops we’re recommending to customers and friends of MB. These are all suitable for beginner to intermediate players and run by some the community’s most respected and talented teachers.

If you take advantage of The Gathering’s multi-workshop pass you can attend any four of these for one low price or register for the whole weekend, go to all the workshops you can and also get access to the parties and social events!

1. Sensual Rope Connectionsrope

Presented by Mark, Aleni & Lani De Viate

There is much more to a great bondage scene than good-looking (or technical) rope work. Energy and connection begins the rope scene before the first rope is even laid against skin, and continues throughout the entire rope embrace. Learn how to transmit your energy, enforce your energy, express your dominance, and get the best from your rope partner.
Engage in a journey that includes this dynamic team sharing their thoughts and experience in the sensuality of rope and concludes with a guided meditation with a twist that defines the mindfulness needed to find your own pathway to connect with rope and partner.
Join Mark, Lani and Aleni as they delve into the erotic connection between top and bottom and learn to use your energy to leave your bottom always wanting more.

cane2. All About The Cane

Presented by Mistress Electra Amore
Mistress Electra Amore, an accomplished caning mistress who has toured the world showcasing her skills, is joining The Gathering for the first time.
“It took me years to actually pick up a cane and use one. It scared the hell out of me – they used to use it during my school years. But when I started, it morphed in my hand as if it was an old friend and each of my, even, accurate and precise strokes were all measured and delivered with a natural force”.
During this workshop you’ll explore the cane –  including the different styles, thickness’, and the ideal length for you. You’ll also learn some of the fundamental things such as cleaning, storing and maintaining them. But the most important thing you will learn is how to deliver a meaningful and accurate disciplinary stroke – with love and skill.

3. Spankingspank

Presented by Zoe Montana
Zoe Montana certainly knows a bit about spanking. She is a professional spanking mistress who has starred in much classic British spanking porn: ‘Tammy’s Shame’, ‘Punishment by Proxy’ and ‘Whipping Boy’ are just a few.
Her Spanking class was one of the top 5 classes of the 2012 Gathering in terms of popularity.
Zoe returns in 2014 to show how you can use spanking as a great addition to a scene – or a scene all of its own…

4. Fantasy Into Realityscene

Presented by Aleni De Viate
“I’ve dreamt of this. Waited so long for it to finally come true, and now….” If you are just starting out, stepping off the ledge of fantasy into the free-fall of actually playing, this class is for you.
Exploring the elements that will make your first “kink scene” a success, you’ll discover ways to make it more intimate, less intimidating, and absolutely achievable.
Be privy to the mind of a dominant who has created many successful first scenes for budding sub missives over the years, and learn what it takes to turn your fantasies into your reality.

dom5. Women On Top: Starting Your Dominance

Presented by Mistress Electra Amore
Do you have an undesirable urge to be in charge? Does the thought of taking the lead excite you? Do you have a need to exert your Dominance?
Maybe you’re not sure where to start or how to go about it, or have you taken that step and found yourself in a bit of trouble, like many others when they first start to explore their Dominant nature – regardless of their age. Well, here is your chance to step into your Dominant side.
A professional Dominatrix, Electra will be sharing her personal journey and experiences, giving tips, advice and demonstrations and empowering you to take control – where it really matters.

flog6. Percussion Play – Flogging, Caning & Paddles OMG!

Presented by Aleni Di Viate
An introduction to that part of BDSM most people first think of – the art of Corporal Punishment.  It looks mean, but it doesn’t all have to really hurt.This class covers a wide range of techniques – from how to give a sensual flogging through to heavy discipline pain play.
Aleni, one of Sydney’s finest Dominants,  talks about safety issues, topping (do-ing) techniques, how this play works for those on the receiving end and will provide you with hands on instruction. This class gives you lots of information and fun for both Do-ees and Do-ers.

So there you have it – 6 sensual, stimulating workshops we just can’t recommend strongly enough. For more info on The Gathering and the available workshops visit their website thegathering.com.au.

CLAUDE Play Packs now distributed at Max Black!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Max Black and Claude have joined forces to bring free kinky play packs directly to women who play with other women. Is that you? Next time you visit Max Black you can pick one up!

Max Black is stocked with play packs which have lube, condoms, gloves, cleaning product for toys and surfaces and of course no kit would be complete without some info about safe sex, looking after yourself, your partners and your toys. Blood play packs are also available with the same contents as the above kit and also a sharps disposal bin, alcohol swabs, needle tips, cotton wool balls and of course we’d never distribute this kind of stuff without some information about how to keep yourself safe and free from blood borne viruses.

If you can’t make it in to Max Black but you’re a woman from NSW you can order your free play pack on the Claude website (www.iloveclaude.com). While you’re there check out the badass site which celebrates women into kink, defiance, art and sex.

Claude is pumped full of all the good stuff – music, bravery, health info, free stuff, videos, interviews and everything that sits on the edge. One more thrust and Claude would burst!

Meet Cyndi Darnell – sex therapist, teacher, lover…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This July Max Black will be hosting the charming Cyndi Darnell for three new workshops, put together just for MB. So we thought you might like to know more about this Melbourne-based counsellor, author and educator before tickets to her workshops sell out…

The Counsellor

Cyndi is, first and foremost, a sex therapist and relationship counsellor with clients stretching far beyond her Melbourne abode. With over 20 years experience studying human sexuality here unique perspectives are the result of her very broad range of study – everything from the clinical (her qualifications include a Masters of Health Science) to the esoteric (Sexological Bodywork and Tantra).

Working with couples and individuals Cyndi aims to help clients build a sex-positive lifestyle that is a full expression of our very sensual potential.

I have always been a pleasure enthusiast. For as far back as I can remember, my fascination with pleasure and sexuality has been part of my identity. Having travelled the world extensively in my 20s in the pursuit of self-knowledge and then my 30s exploring more introspective wonders and delights, I have come to embrace the understanding that sexuality and pleasure is not something separate from our lives, but part of our lives as a pathway to genuine wholeness, contentment and wellbeing.

Cyndi Darnell at Max BlackThe Media

Cyndi’s educational and therapeutic skills have been seen and heard across Australia on The Project, ABC Radio National, Triple J, JOY 94.9,  SMH, Cosmopolitan, Time Out and both Australian Women’s & Mens’ Health mags (among other publications).

The extraordinary Catherine Deveny is a huge supporter of her work and together they made a series of free-to-air educational podcasts about sex, pleasure and the human condition.

Cyndi was also the founder and creator of Pleasure Forum Australia , ( spanning 4 years from 2010-2013) an unfunded and independent monthly adult-to-adult sex education program where the emphasis was on pleasure and practical education, not sleaze and clinical theory.

 

The Educator

In addition to the Pleasure Forum, Cyndi has become a sought-after educator in all things sexuality-related. Her Melbourne seminars are always sold out early and Max Black is thrilled to be able to bring Cyndi to Sydney this year.

Her comprehensive and entertaining workshops on adult sexuality, pleasure, anatomy and relationships help to demystify sex and put the emphasis on pleasure (that’s what we love!). She has worked closely with some of the world’s leaders in sex-positivity including a past MB workshop favourite, author and film maker Tristan Taormino.

We love Cydni’s light and effervescent approach to education and her rather wonderful ability to bridge the world of sex from many perspectives. That’s why Max Black is proud to be presenting Cyndi in 3 workshop presentations this July…

 

Click the links above to read more about Cyndi’s new workshops and for details about tickets.