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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Upcoming Events


-=-=-=-=- MEN'S-ONLY BEAT AND GREET THIS FRIDAY

The Men's-Only Beat and Greet is coming up this Friday. Since these are held only on the FIFTH Friday of each month, there are only a handful of them per year, as opposed to the pansexual events on the third Friday of each month. We've recently started a new tradition that seems to work well... If you would like to ride-share to the play-space (parking is awful downtown), meet me at the entrance to the DMV in Hillcrest by 8:30Pm SHARP. Newbies are particularly welcome, since there are ample teaching/learning opportunities, taught by some truly great guys like Bryan, Mike, Joshua and Jerry.  

I ALWAYS teach at these events - I call it "stocking the fish pond", because if many men become comfortable playing together in our community, it creates more opportunities for brotherhood. Nobody wants to be inexpert or awkward, but in our broken-apart Internet age, we tend to stay stuck at one level. This is because we don't often offer each other assistance and one-on-one mentoring, outside of occasions like this one. Don't miss out on a chance to become serenely comfortable with your own progress, growth and satisfaction!

At the last one, I gathered a big crowd of newbies together and gave a toy-bag tour, to break the ice. It worked; everybody got into the groove, and nobody was left out. At the end of the event, EVERY guy left with a big, happy and comfortable smile. In fact, the guy who started out being the shyest newbie couldn't stop giggling when he left!  Many thanks to Bryan, Mike, Joshua and Jerry and their team of volunteers for hosting this event, and making it a safe and welcoming space - It's a huge asset to our town.

-=-=-=-=-=- UPCOMING EVENTS

Fri. Mar. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as June 29, August 31 and Nov. 30th of 2012. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment. I will be there, teaching flogging as usual.

Sun. Apr. 1, 5PM, CIGARS & BOOTS on the patio at Redwing. First Sun. of each month. Wear whatever gear makes you feel extra-sexy!  If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you. 

Wed. Apr. 4, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. No theme for this session yet - It's Open Discussion time!



Wed. Apr. 4, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Beep and San Diego Puppy Patrol (SDPP). First Wed. of each month.

Thu. Apr. 5, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.


Fri, Apr. 6, 7-9PM;  SDLOG educational event. First Friday of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Centerby the Aladdin restaurant near Ralph's supermarket on University.

Sat. Apr. 7, Noon onward: The next FilmOut San Diego event will be the Super Sci-Fi Saturday and the showing of six popular science-fiction movies: "Logan's Run," "Flash Gordon," "Barbarella," "The Fly," "Re-Animator" and "Frankenhooker." The screenings will start at noon on Saturday,  April 7. A costume contest is planned. An all-access pass is $20.


Sat. Apr. 7, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 before 10PM. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.


Thu. Apr. 12 at 9pm till 1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle.  Second Thu. of each month


Fri. Apr. 13, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Fri. of each month. Hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct.FebruaryMarchAprilJune and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

Sat. Apr. 14, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.

Sun. Apr. 15, 1PM: Bus Trip to Long Beach, hosted by the San Diego Eagle. We shall be visiting at least three bars: Pistons, Crest and Motherlode. The cost is unchanged from the last time - $45. This includes transportation,  food on the way to LB,  open bar. Tickets will be available at the bar. For the last Eagle Bus Trip we sold out and had to increase the size of the bus at the last minute. Be sure to buy your ticket at the bar early.

Wed. Apr. 18, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. No theme for this session yet - It's Open Discussion time!


Wed. Apr. 18, 7-11PM: TNG social event at Bamboo Lounge. TNG stands for "The Next Generation", which is a kinky social group for younger men and women from 18 to 35 years old. This particular event is in the style of a group discussion. Third Wednesday of each month.

Thu. Apr. 19, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri. Apr. 20, 10:30PM: STUD Night at the Eagle. April's Special Guest Porn Star is San Diego's own Preston Steel. You had a chance to see this STUD in the Mr. San Diego Eagle Contest. Now is your chance to get up close and personal. (Flag YELLOW)


Fri. Apr. 20, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

Sat. Apr. 21, 9PM-3AM: ANVIL CLUB up in the San Fernando Valley. I give it a rave review here. Upcoming dates include June 23, August 24 (Rubber), Oct. 20 (Uniforms) and Dec. 15.

Sat. Apr. 21, 9:30PM-2AM: LL Bear Dance Party @ Rich's San Diego.

Sun, Apr. 22, 1-4pm: Kurt's Fundraiser at Dutch's House. This is a big deal.


Sat. Apr. 28, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle.  Fourth Sat. of each month. Everyone is invited to strip down to those boxers,  briefs or "street" legal jocks and join in the fun,  you do not have to enter the contest. Although our 1st prize is $100 Cash and 2nd prize is a $25 bar tab., Clothes check opens at 10pm and the contest will be held at midnight. Your evening will be hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012,  Eli.

May 25-28: International Mr. Leather 2012 Contest Weekend in Chicago.


Sunday, July 29: Up Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco.

Sunday, September 23: Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcoming Events

I'm going up to be in the LA area for LA Fetish Pride 2012 this weekend, attending plenty of events and enjoying life, with everything culminating in the Mr. LA Leather 2012 contest.  I plan to snag plenty of photos.  If I weren't already committed to going, I would be attending the Mr. San Diego Bear 2012 contest at the Hole this Saturday, followed by the Underwear Party and contest at the Eagle, hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli.

I've been hearing from a good number of guys who are planning to attend the Men-Only Beat And Greet on the following Friday.  The crowds are growing in number, and it's always a very warm and welcoming space.  This last time, we had a huge amount of newbies, and they ALL left wearing big, satisfied smiles.

-=-=-=-=-=- UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed. Mar. 21, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. No theme for this session yet - It's Open Discussion time!

Mr. LA Leather 2012 Contest Weekend Highlights:

Thursday, March 22: 
Southland Honors - Awards Party

Friday, March 23:
BBQ Bondage Throw Down - Pansexual bondage play party at Sanctuary LAX
Mr. LA Leather Cigar Social - The LA Eagle
Uniform & Leather Party - Formal uniform and leather reception with the Regiment, California B&B Corps & BLUF

Saturday, March 24
Tow to Tow - Mr. LA Leather Contest and Meat Rack - Off the Hook
Anvil Club - Men only Extreme Dress Code Party at Threshold

Sunday, March 25
Mr LA Leather Victory Brunch - Celebrate with the new Mr LAL at Oil Can Harry’s
Street Fair - Pansexual, multi-fetish street fair at Threshold

Thu. Mar. 22, 9PM-Midnight: INK & STEEL at the Eagle. Do you like tattoos? What about piercings? This night is for guys like you! This month we're having a Best Tattoo Contest,  with the winner selected by people in the bar. It will be at 10 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 24, 8PM: Mr. San Diego Bear contest at the Hole. 

Sat. Mar 24, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle.  Fourth Sat. of each month. Everyone is invited to strip down to those boxers,  briefs or "street" legal jocks and join in the fun,  you do not have to enter the contest. Although our 1st prize is $100 Cash and 2nd prize is a $25 bar tab., Clothes check opens at 10pm and the contest will be held at midnight. Your evening will be hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012,  Eli.

Sun. Mar. 25, 4-7PM: POUR YOUR SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL DELIVERY benefit at Jakes. Wine-tasting and dinner.

March 29-Apr. 1: International Ms. Leather 2012 contest in San Francisco.

Fri. Mar. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as June 29, August 31 and Nov. 30th of 2012. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment. I will be there, teaching flogging as usual.

Sun. Apr. 1, 5PM, CIGARS & BOOTS on the patio at Redwing. First Sun. of each month. We are changing the location as a test, so be sure to wear whatever gear makes you feel extra-sexy!  If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you. 

Wed. Apr. 4, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. No theme for this session yet - It's Open Discussion time!


Wed. Apr. 4, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Beep and San Diego Puppy Patrol (SDPP). First Wed. of each month.

Thu. Apr. 5, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.


Fri, Apr. 6, 7-9PM;  SDLOG educational event. First Friday of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Centerby the Aladdin restaurant near Ralph's supermarket on University.

Sat. Apr. 7, Noon onward: The next FilmOut San Diego event will be the Super Sci-Fi Saturday and the showing of six popular science-fiction movies: "Logan's Run," "Flash Gordon," "Barbarella," "The Fly," "Re-Animator" and "Frankenhooker." The screenings will start at noon on Saturday,  April 7. A costume contest is planned. An all-access pass is $20.


Sat. Apr. 7, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 before 10PM. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.


Thu. Apr. 12 at 9pm till 1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle.  Second Thu. of each month


Fri. Apr. 13, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Fri. of each month. Hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct.FebruaryMarchAprilJune and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

Sat. Apr. 14, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.

Sun. Apr. 15, 1PM: Bus Trip to Long Beach, hosted by the San Diego Eagle. We shall be visiting at least three bars: Pistons,  Crest and Motherlode. The cost is unchanged from the last time - $45. This includes transportation,  food on the way to LB,  open bar. Tickets will be available at the bar. For the last Eagle Bus Trip we sold out and had to increase the size of the bus at the last minute. Be sure to buy your ticket at the bar early.


Wed. Apr. 18, 7-11PM: TNG social event at Bamboo Lounge. TNG stands for "The Next Generation", which is a kinky social group for younger men and women from 18 to 35 years old. This particular event is in the style of a group discussion. Third Wednesday of each month.

Thu. Apr. 19, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.


Fri. Apr. 20, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.


Sat. Apr. 21, 9PM-3AM: ANVIL CLUB up in the San Fernando Valley. I give it a rave review here. Upcoming dates include June 23, August 24 (Rubber), Oct. 20 (Uniforms) and Dec. 15.

Sat. Apr. 21, 9:30PM-2AM: LL Bear Dance Party @ Rich's San Diego.

Sun, Apr. 22, 1-4pm: Kurt's Fundraiser at Dutch's House. This is a big deal.

May 25-28: International Mr. Leather 2012 Contest Weekend in Chicago.


Sunday, July 29: Up Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco.

Sunday, September 23: Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

BIG, SPLASHY AND AUTHENTIC FUNDRAISER FOR KURT'S TRAVEL FUND

Sun, Apr. 22, 1-4pm
2859 Nutmeg Street
North Park CA 92104-4941

A year or so ago, I raved about a big, super-successful fundraiser social event at a private home in a canyon near Balboa Park:


It was a powerful, magnificent event, and now it's happening again, a year later. If you care about being part of a thriving, vibrant and effective community, this is the event you want to attend.  Everybody who is a stand-up, fine human being will be there, along with a lot of new faces who are eager to fit in. The sort of folks who will be there, are the kind of people who always keep their word, do what is right, and make the world a better place.  If you're looking for solid role-models, you can't possibly do better than to attend this event.  It's a great location, too!

This event supports Mr. San Diego Leather 2011 Kurt, who has been an INCREDIBLE ambassador for San Diego by traveling to many, many cities in the last year, and helping out with their events.  He has always been more than a bit frazzled, because his individual style of leadership has been to attend as many events as possible, in as many parts of the community as he can reach.  By doing so as a proud, open and respectable gay leatherman, he has opened a lot of minds and raised the level of civilization in the world.

Now, he needs to travel to Chicago to compete in the International Mr. Leather 2012 Contest in late May. This event is our way of sending him off with money for his travel-fund. Lodging and airflight aren't cheap!

Please come out and show your support for Kurt. In return, you will be able to rub elbows with the very finest people we have in our local Tribe.

Greetings Leather Family & Friends,
Many of you have had the honor to meet Mr. San Diego Leather 2011 Kurt Wendelborg. Kurt has done and continues to do "as his title year has been extended" an amazing job as an ambassador for San Diego's Leather community. It's been inspiring watching him work so hard with the LGBT community. "No" is not a word in Kurt's vocabulary. He has made us proud. Now lets support him on his journey to compete for the International Mr. Leather Contest. We are asking for a $10 donation at the door to help raise funds for Kurt to once again make us proud as he represents San Diego's Leather community at IML in Chicago in May.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Social Column

-=-=-=-=- IML TRAVEL TIPS

For those planning to fly to Chicago for the International Mr. Leather 2012 Contest Weekend:

Hotel rooms are booking very quickly now and some specialty rooms (Regency and Suites) are almost are almost sold out. Plenty of regular rooms are available...for now.

You must use this link to reserve your room at the Hyatt this year. Rates start at $175!

The vendor market is coming together nicely and is just about sold out as well. The list of vendors will be posted on the IML website in the next week or so. Be sure to check for updates and weekend schedules.

You can also be a part of the IML Facebook Page.

-=-=-=-=- REVIEW OF BELT PARTY ON MARCH 10TH,  2012

Posted here, earlier today...

Upcoming Events

-=-=-=-=-=- MR. SAN DIEGO BEAR 2012 CONTEST

Sat. Mar. 24, 8PM: Mr. San Diego Bear 2012 contest at the Hole. Join Bears San Diego for a fun filled evening as we choose the next Mr. Bear San Diego on Saturday night March 24th at 8 this year's Bears San Diego Charities.
 
The current Mr. Bear San Diego 2011, Mark Flores will be stepping aside and passing on the title, and our good friend Empress XXV Roxy Bleau will be emceeing the evening. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will perform a blessing.
 
Come on out and meet some of the hottest bears, cubs, otters etc. in San Diego.

-=-=-=-=-=- UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed. Mar. 14, 7-10PM: The Bodyguard has been CANCELED.

Wed. Mar. 14, 7-11PM: TNG social event at Bamboo Lounge. TNG stands for "The Next Generation", which is a kinky social group for younger men and women from 18 to 35 years old. This particular event is in the style of a group discussion. Third Wednesday of each month.

Thu. Mar. 15, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri. Mar. 16, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.

Sat. Mar. 17, 9:30PM-2AM: LL Bear Dance Party @ Rich's San Diego  Here is my review of this event.

Wed. Mar. 21, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. No theme for this session yet - It's Open Discussion time!

Mr. LA Leather 2012 Contest Weekend Highlights:
Thursday, March 22: 
Southland Honors - Awards Party

Friday, March 23:
BBQ Bondage Throw Down - Pansexual bondage play party at Sanctuary LAX
Mr. LA Leather Cigar Social - The LA Eagle
Uniform & Leather Party - Formal uniform and leather reception with the Regiment, California B&B Corps & BLUF

Saturday, March 24
Tow to Tow - Mr. LA Leather Contest and Meat Rack - Off the Hook
Anvil Club - Men only Extreme Dress Code Party at Threshold

Sunday, March 25
Mr LA Leather Victory Brunch - Celebrate with the new Mr LAL at Oil Can Harry’s
Street Fair - Pansexual, multi-fetish street fair at Threshold

Thu. Mar. 22, 9PM-Midnight: INK & STEEL at the Eagle. Do you like tattoos? What about piercings? This night is for guys like you! This month we're having a Best Tattoo Contest,  with the winner selected by people in the bar. It will be at 10 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 24, 8PM: Mr. San Diego Bear contest at the Hole. 

Sat. Mar 24, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle.  Fourth Sat. of each month. Everyone is invited to strip down to those boxers,  briefs or "street" legal jocks and join in the fun,  you do not have to enter the contest. Although our 1st prize is $100 Cash and 2nd prize is a $25 bar tab., Clothes check opens at 10pm and the contest will be held at midnight. Your evening will be hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012,  Eli.

Sun. Mar. 25, 4-7PM: POUR YOUR SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL DELIVERY benefit at Jakes. Wine-tasting and dinner.

March 29-Apr. 1: International Ms. Leather 2012 contest in San Francisco.

Fri. Mar. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as June 29, August 31 and Nov. 30th of 2012. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment. I will be there, teaching flogging as usual.

Sun. Apr. 1, 5PM, CIGARS & BOOTS on the patio at Redwing. First Sun. of each month. We are changing the location as a test, so be sure to wear whatever gear makes you feel extra-sexy!  If you like a low-pressure, comfortable event with men that you can relate to, this one is for you. 

Wed. Apr. 4, 7-9PM: MEN'S MONTHLY DISCUSSIONS Moderated by California LeatherSir 2012 SamThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. First and third Wednesday of each month. 

Wed. Apr. 4, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Beep and San Diego Puppy Patrol (SDPP). First Wed. of each month.

Thu. Apr. 5, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri, Apr. 6, 7-9PM;  SDLOG educational event. First Friday of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Centerby the Aladdin restaurant near Ralph's supermarket on University.

Sat. Apr. 7, Noon onward: The next FilmOut San Diego event will be the Super Sci-Fi Saturday and the showing of six popular science-fiction movies: "Logan's Run," "Flash Gordon," "Barbarella," "The Fly," "Re-Animator" and "Frankenhooker." The screenings will start at noon on Saturday,  April 7. A costume contest is planned. An all-access pass is $20.

Sat. Apr. 7, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 before 10PM. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews.

Thu. Apr. 12 at 9pm till 1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle.  Second Thu. of each month

Fri. Apr. 13, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd Fri. of each month. Hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct.FebruaryMarchAprilJune and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

Sat. Apr. 14, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.

Sun. Apr. 15, 1PM: Bus Trip to Long Beach, hosted by the San Diego Eagle. We shall be visiting at least three bars: Pistons,  Crest and Motherlode. The cost is unchanged from the last time - $45. This includes transportation,  food on the way to LB,  open bar. Tickets will be available at the bar. For the last Eagle Bus Trip we sold out and had to increase the size of the bus at the last minute. Be sure to buy your ticket at the bar early.

Sat. Apr. 21, 9PM-3AM: ANVIL CLUB up in the San Fernando Valley. I give it a rave review here. Upcoming dates include June 23, August 24 (Rubber), Oct. 20 (Uniforms) and Dec. 15.

May 25-28: International Mr. Leather 2012 Contest Weekend in Chicago.


Sunday, July 29: Up Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco.

Sunday, September 23: Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

Friday Night Beat and Greet

Friday Night Beat and Greet
Hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, Caryl, Mike Underwood, Josh, Jerry and PuP
Downtown San Diego Dungeon - Email for information - addresses below.
Friday March 16, 8:30 pm - 1:00 am -- Doors close at 11:30pm!
The Friday Beat and Greet is usually held on the 3rd and 5th Fridays each month.
This event is open to people age 18 and above.
Soft drinks and water will be available at the dungeon, we are asking for $1.00 donation for each drink.
This social/ impact play event is for friendly people who would like to learn more about flogging, paddling and the like. We'll be demonstrating techniques on eager volunteers and curing the curiosities of those who have questions. Nothing too wild, just pleasantly kinky enough to bring a smile that lasts a while!
Please bring a flogger, paddle, cane or two with you, if you have one. This will help you learn with your own toys. If you do not have toys, we do have toys you may use.
Do not be intimidated by coming to a dungeon or being in the night life of Downtown San Diego, this event is open to all levels of experience, and beginners are particularly welcome. If you're new to this sort of thing, you can always trust that you'll end up with a positive experience. You'll be surrounded by very, very nice folks who have a lot of expertise and a deep level of trust with each other. We've been doing this a long time, and we like to share what we now.
This is not your typical BDSM event, it's not a fundraiser, a workshop, or a class really. Even though teaching and learning will be involved, Friday Night Beat and Greets are just a pleasant way to share some good times in a relaxed kinky setting. We all need to get the heck out of the house once in a while - why not hang out with some folks that enjoy doing what you enjoy doing?
There is no charge to attend the event, we just ask that you leave any Attitude outside the door, be playful and open-hearted!
Things to keep in mind for this event:
This event is held in a private space; however, you are responsible for your own actions at all times. Safety measures will be in place during the event. Please bring a valid ID and be prepared to sign a liability form. All information given will be kept confidential.
Because Dungeon Servitus resides within the confines of a residential and commercial building, we ask that you act and dress appropriately anywhere outside of the dungeon.
Anyone behaving in a manner that is considered inappropriate will be asked to leave the property and may not be allowed reentry for future events. The decisions of the Dungeon Servitus staff and hosts are final.
Please note a few things about the Beat and Greet:
1) The maximum capacity is 50 people. There is a chance you may be asked to wait until someone leaves before being permitted to enter.
2) In order to allow everyone a chance to try things, we ask that you limit your time on the play equipment to a short time. If there are people waiting, we may ask you to wrap up your time on the equipment after 10 minutes.
3) This is a community event that is hosted by members of the community. Membership in any club or organization is not required.
For more information about the Beat and Greets, please contact Bryan at info@beatandgreet.com or Caryl at caryl-cx@earthlink.net
Hope to see you there!

Review Of Belt Party On March 10th, 2012

Well, it went exactly as I would have predicted, if anybody had asked me beforehand. The turnout this time around was MUCH bigger than the one in December (I hear that there were around 400 attendees).  Evidently, everybody who went the last time invited their friends along for the second one. The place was becoming intolerably crowded, up until they opened up the second half of Numbers at 11PM.

I only took two pictures (I was kind of busy), but they sure do tell the story. This one shows the crowd on the dance floor as it actually was, lit up by the flash on my camera. These guys were there to show off what they've got!   I'm pretty sure that you, the guy reading this right now, would have fit in quite well, wouldn't you?


This next picture shows the crowd lit up by the club's lighting, and it gives a better representation of how it FELT to be there in the dizzying kaleidoscope, dancing with your shirt off, sweating, uninhibited and happy. 


It was a VERY HOT PARTY.  I'm a great community organizer, but it's simply not my overall goal to provide raunchy, sweaty, hot and intimate parties that bring out the howling horn-dogs.  It's a great pleasure to see the men of CubClub (and Chris from the BearNight monthly dance parties) stepping up to the plate and doing it better and better every time. 

As before, I only saw the organizers in brief blurs as they shot around the whole building, handling what needed to be handled so that the overall experience was the best possible for the largest number of people. That's what people do when they are committed to excellence. I also noticed a good quarter of the people who attended were unofficially "on duty". They were there with tails wagging, trying to figure out how they could help make the event a success. It was a community effort, and these folks were responding to leadership in its purest form.

So, what was it like?

It depends on your viewpoint. There was a group of guys from Los Angeles there, and they were NOT happy. They showed up in around $3,000 worth of Langlitz leather each, in three layers!  I had very little on, and I was sweating like a P-I-G pig!  They were distressed because there were women present. I didn't know what to say to make them feel better, and they left soon afterwards. I used to feel the same way, because all that I had ever known was the tiny sub-sub-culture that comprised "gay leathermen".  We are all now shifting past that, out of being a sub-sub-culture, past sub-culture and into the larger culture, thanks to the Internet.

Everybody else that night was experiencing varying degrees of being high on the endorphins of Communal Joy.  Those of us who have been attending many recent events already knew what to expect, so we relaxed right away.  The new faces I saw (about half of the crowd) looked determined to figure out what was going on, so that they could mesh better with the rest of us.

As I've said before, the level of mutual trust is growing in our community.  This shows up as mellow, unified and satisfied people attending every event. Nobody has to go into Self-Protective Mode, so nobody freaks out. Every time I approached somebody to invite them to get on my list, I'd say "Listen to the crowd.  You can't fake that kind of happiness". Nobody could disagree with that.

The crowd was diverse as all hell, and the energy-level was wonderful. LOTS of happy chattering, lusty cruising, playful behaviors, and ecstatic dancing. I wandered around the party at the beginning, cracking my singletail whip to get the crowd's endorphins pumping. Then, I did some flogging, and Anthony took over the next shift after I was done. I really regret not having gotten some pictures of him in action - He's pretty-much the perfect example of the concept of "Flogging Topman".

I wish that I could have been in sixteen places at once, because I missed out on so much - there simply was no single focus of energy. There was a constant shifting of dynamics from place to place all night long.  Spike was on the patio shining boots, with cigar-smokers gathered around. The dance-floors were crowded and jumping. DJ Shane Stiel provided exactly the kind of music that everybody wanted… I've ever seen him disappoint a crowd. The performers were numerous, raunchy-fun, and super-friendly. Everybody was on target, and nothing was left to chance.

In 2012, we have more choices than I've seen for decades; they are all REALLY GOOD CHOICES, and they keep getting better. We are greatly blessed by having lots and lots of good people pulling together to make our community a really welcoming, fun and playful space.

The next one will be at Numbers again, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 during Pride Weekend in San Diego. I will be providing more details as soon as I get them.