On The Edge: Serenity, A Firefly BDSM Cosplay Event @ The Studio (10 min SW of Downtown Chicago)
Jul 29 @ 2:00 AM – Jul 28 @ 8:00 AM

“… live with a man 40 years… share his house, his meals, speak on every subject… then tie him up and hold him over the volcano’s edge. On that day, you will finally meet the man.”


Click here to catch up with Firefly on Netflix

This will be an all day event on Saturday 7/28/12 ~ Part One: from 2pm to 6pm in Chicago’s Chinatown. Part Two: from 9pm to 3am at The Studio.

Part One will involve a guided group trip to Chicago’s Chinatown for Firefly Cosplay costume shopping and for eating delicious Chinese food (and of course mischief and fun). You must cover your own costs separately for this part of the day. The time we will do this will be from 2pm to 6pm.

Part Two:
This will be a Firefly BDSM Cosplay event from 9pm to 3am that will include a Cooperative (NOT COERCIVE!!!!) interrogation scene involving multiple people Adelai Niska style.

A Firefly roleplaying game scenario (actual game, not BDSM) that will be Gamemastered by Ken Melvoin-Berg.

Last but certainly not least, an event that will involve “Companions.”  More will be announced on this later.

As always all events at The Studio are clean, sober and 18 years of age and older.

Donation of $20.

Due to the extreme preparation for this event, SERIOUS RSVPs ONLY!!!! Send the RSVP to [email protected] (exact address will be given in response to RSVP e-mail)

Facebook Invite 

Fetlife Invite

Quick, Violent, and Dirty Self-Protection @ The Studio (10 min SW of Downtown Chicago)
Mar 21 @ 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM

self defense class chicagoDue to the recent events that have affected our community, many people are asking for a way to feel protected. The loss of Foxy Goat has crushed many of us and changed the way in which we think we are safe in our homes. All of the profit for this class is going as a donation in her name to assist the 1901 Gallery Theater.

Effective self-protection is by its nature quick, violent, and dirty. It is not about kicking someone’s ass, egos, or looking tough. The purpose of this class is to share knowledge about how to cause enough damage, swiftly, ruthlessly, and unexpectedly, so that a victim can escape from an attacker and protect themselves from any further harm. It isn’t pretty, elegant, sporting, or honorable.

While avoiding conflict and being in danger is always the best strategy, sometimes that is not a possibility. The Quick, Violent, and Dirty Self-Protection seminar is designed to teach students about how to prepare for imminent assault, how to use the body’s natural weapons, and when and how to employ highly effective force-multipliers to inflict debilitating damage on an attacker with the purpose of preserving one’s safety, well-being, and own life.

Quick, Violent, and Dirty Self-Protection is a two-hour intensive lecture and demonstration of a few specific techniques, methods, and courses of action that can be learned easily and practiced repeatedly until they become second-nature survival strategies.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”—Bruce Lee

Instructor Biography and Background

Happy-Venom has been training in fighting techniques since childhood. He been boxing since age 6 (his father was a former pro boxer), wrestling since 8, started karate and kung-fu at 10, and then began training in his main instructor’s style of Japanese jujutsu, as well as the muay Thai, wing chun, Shotokan karate, aiki-jujutsu, and Japanese weapons by age 12.

In the more than three decades since then, he has studied many styles of martial arts, including savate, tae kwon do, catch wrestling, and jeet kune do to add to his knowledge of fighting and hand-to-hand combat.

Happy-Venom is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and used to do crazy shit like fighting in cages, traveled to distant lands to shoot people and blow stuff up, and wrangled drunkards in biker bars. Now he engages in more humanitarian activities like training MMA fighters and security personnel on how to beat people up more efficiently.

The cost of the class is a $20 donation. All profits are going to 1901 Gallery in Lisa’s name.

Pay by PayPal here http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5812287709

or $20 cash at the door

RSVP to hold your spot and to get the address: [email protected]

To contribute to the reward fund to capture Lisa Koziol-Ellis’ killer, visit the Fight for Foxy website here: http://fightforfoxy.com/FIGHTFORFOXY/justiceforlisa.html
If you have any information that may help police, you are urged to come forward. Contact info for the Elgin Police Department here: http://fightforfoxy.com/FIGHTFORFOXY/INFORMATION.html
Ethical Non-Monogamy: Navigating Open Relationships @ Meow University at Good Gyrll Studio
Jun 30 @ 9:00 PM – Jul 1 @ 12:00 AM

Polyamory workshop ChicagoIt seems everyone’s talking about non-monogamous relationships these days.  Polyamory has recently been featured on prime time news shows, magazine covers and reality TV programs.  If you’ve thought about exploring some form of non-monogamy, you’ve probably wondered:

Is there a difference between and open relationship and a polyamorous one?   How do swinging and group sex factor in? What is the appropriate way to approach someone for a threesome? How is jealousy managed with multiple partners? Isn’t “open-relationship” just a fancy term for cheating?  Are people poly because they like to have lots of sex?  How I talk to my partner about opening up our relationship?  What happens if I get jealous? 

There is no magic formula for an open relationship or one right way to be poly. In this workshop Ken and Sunny explain different types of non-monogamous relationships and give you tools to craft and maintain a relationship that’s right for you (and them!).


This class is through Chicago’s Meow University

And will take place at:

Good Gyrrl Studio
1200 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

Eventbrite ticket page and additional details coming soon!


About the Instructors

Ken & Sunny Outside The Box

Ken Melvoin-Berg owns Weird Chicago Tours and the Midwest’s premier S&M Dungeon, The Studio. As a Lecturer and Sexstorian, he is the creator of On The Edge (a lecture/film series on BDSM). In addition to authoring 14 books on various subjects, Ken edits and writes numerous articles on sexuality.

He travels around the world teaching kink awareness to various private groups and continually develops new kink-friendly/sex positive classes.

Ken is responsible for the infamous Northwestern University Fucksaw controversy while teaching his class, Networking for Kinky People. Sunny Megatron is his partner in crime in his perverted adventures.

Sunny Megatron is a pleasure advocate, sex blogger, sexpert, adult sexuality educator and accidental superhero.

Along with Ken, she is one of the infamous Northwestern Fucksaw Four and is the proud owner of that fucksaw heard around the world.

On any given weekend you can find Sunny hosting Red Light District Sex Tours and bachelorette parties for Weird Chicago Tours. She also teaches various sexuality workshops around the country including: Networking for Kinky People, BDSM 101, How to Give a World Class BlowJob, Exploring Non-Monogamy, ZAP! Electrical Play, The Female Orgasm, and Junk For Your Junk: Sex Toys 101.

Although Sunny covers various subjects, her specialties are the female orgasm and alternative sexuality— from LGBTQ topics to swinging, BDSM, nontraditional relationships, extreme toys, g-spot techniques and more.  She particularly enjoys helping those curious about adding a little spice to their sex lives that aren’t sure where to begin.