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Get SaSi, the Electro Tongue For Women

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Posts, Sex & Relationships

This week, we announce the SaSi, Babeland's new cunnilingus machine, but I also had a friend try it out. My "friend-with-benefits."

She was more than happy to be a little experimental with it. The toy certainly looks intriguing, and comes in an elaborate, three-sectioned black box with its name embossed in a silvery-pink on the lid. Open that, and there’s the SaSi itself, about the size of a cell phone. On one side are the controls, while at the front, the "tongue" protrudes slightly. This SaSi was purple, but it also comes in pink and black. There’s a natty carry case, and the charger comes with adapters, lest you find yourself in need of it in Europe or elsewhere.

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BDSM at the Cutting Room—with Chris Noth

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

A bustle of BDSM aficionados (a gaggle? a passel?) gathered at the Cutting Room in the Flatiron district last night to celebrate all things lusty and heinous with Domme Deitrich during Penthouse's Cat ‘O Nine event. Cutting Room co-owner Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big of Sex in the City fame) was also there, ostensibly fixing the jukebox (according to event organizer Aerik Von, who admitted he didn't even realize who Noth was.)

Noth also found time to hang out and admire two women in action. One was topless and enjoying a good swish of cat-o'-nine-tails from her attractive dominatrix. Von, who said his aim was to make the BDSM scene in New York sexy again, was having a grand time. His events, he said, were also designed to reunite two things so long torn asunder in the city: bondage and booze.

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Hillary and Obama’s New Double Act

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Politics, Posts


Last night Obama rolled into New York City as part of a campaign to raise funds for his presidential race—as well as to help the Hillary Clinton for President debt retirement fund (estimates put that bill somewhere in the region of $23 million.) Obama started out at a fundraising event at the Grand Hyatt, where Caroline Kennedy introduced him. This morning, he moved on to the Hilton, where he spoke at the Women for Obama breakfast with Sen. Clinton...

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Would You Like ‘Okoge’ With That? ‘Revealed’ is the Thinking Man’s Nudie Show

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Last week, a female performer named Creamy Stevens, all glittery skin and vampy makeup, could be found on St. Marks Place, taking a well-earned cigarette break. “Whoah, what’s going on?” said one guy as he passed, mouth agape. Worth considerably more than the paltry $20 admission fee it demands, the neo-burlesque show "Revealed" offers up a substantial helping of coquetry, comedy and camp, along with other, pinker, softer words beginning with the letter C. Yup, these stripping lasses show the full Monty.

"Revealed" is the brainchild of one Doc Wasabassco (aka Bill Morton), and burlesque performer GiGi La Femme, who looks like a healthy version of Amy Winehouse. Although she displayed the same penchant for self-harm as the burnt-out chanteuse, she did so with a wink and a shiny black paddle, rather than a crack pipe...

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Anita Cookie Gets Baked Under St. Marks

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Going to Anita Cookie's Underground burlesque game show is a lot like hot boxing (the art of getting stoned in an enclosed space.) Anita's comedy fest takes place in a cellar-like space below St. Marks Place and, much like smoking a joint, it induces a silly amount of mirth.  Burlesque aficionados can gather on the second Thursday of every month and, after handing over $10 at the door, watch Anita Cookie take off her clothes and challenge audience members to guess the price of the various kitschy, edible and (most importantly) drinkable artifacts she produces from backstage.

Last Thursday, Cookie's band, the Kindergarteners (Ariel Levine and Zach Abramson) twanged their guitars alongside the banter as Cookie introduced her guest star of the month, Peekaboo Pointe, a member of the "World Famous Pontani Sisters" burlesque troupe (who can currently be found in Murray Hill's neo-burlesque show at Corio in Soho.)  Throughout Cookie's show, Pointe sits calmly in the corner, hand-crafting a pair of nipple concealing pasties with a pastel-pink glue gun.

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Listening to Sheree Rose, Bob Flanagan’s Ex, During ‘Come Out and Play’ at Apexart

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

As part of its “Come out and Play” series—which continues through tomorrow—Apexart (the non-profit art institution a few blocks south of Canal Street) screened over 100 movie shorts under the general theme of “exhibitionism” on Wednesday. Interestingly, the screening was all-inclusive, a kind of open mic for local artists. Titles included such gems as “limb constricting exercise 3,” (Corinne Mynatt) “iPod bra for living sculpture,” (Holly Lester) and “A video of someone taking a powerful psychoactive substance ordered online, uploaded to YouTube, 2007” (Kevin Regan)

To finish up the day’s events, ex-dominatrix turned baby-boomer granny, Sheree Rose, gave a talk entitled “Supermasochist.” She was introduced as “the widow of Bob Flanagan,” which might lead the uninitiated in the audience to believe that some act of S&M involving the aforementioned Flanagan had gone horribly wrong. But no, Flanagan, the man best known in S&M circles for nailing his penis to a wooden board, died in 1996 of cystic fibrosis, at the age of 43.  He had “it’s fun to be dead” inscribed on his tombstone. They married, Rose said, “on his deathbed,” after she’d spent many years as his dominatrix, companion and artistic collaborator...

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Babeland in Brooklyn: Park Slope Gets Their Sex Toys Closer to Home—Including an Artificial Cunnilingus Machine

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Business, Posts

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Sex toys have changed from the do-it-yourself days when a kitchen appliance could, with a little improvisation, be used as a vibrator to a billion-dollar industry. Babeland, best known for giving the Rabbit to the masses (via Sex & the City), has been bringing city dwellers in New York, L.A. and Seattle the latest innovations in orgasm-inducing pleasure for nigh-on 15 years. And, as of last week, women-owned Babeland has officially made its next move and crossed the river to Brooklyn

Nestled next to a maternity store on the edge of baby-stroller-ville in Park Slope, the shop’s shelves were filled with sleek objects that looked more like Apple products than the G-spot seeking devices they were. Back in the day, most toys bore more than a passing resemblance to a penis, complete with wobbly bits, fleshy tones and even the odd blue vein or two. While Babeland still stocks a few dildos of this ilk, pride of place in the store was given over to rows of vibrators with dainty names like Le Petit Ami, Gigi, Delight, and Iris....

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The Devil’s in the Details: Jason D’Aquino at Fuse Gallery

Written by Anna King on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Jason D’Aquino is the perfect artist for New Yorkers. As the title of his new exhibition, Delicate Execution: The Miniature Drawings of Jason D’Aquino suggests, his artwork would fit comfortably on the walls of the smallest studio apartment. Like artists who used to carve whole panoramas on a tiny piece of ivory, Brooklynite D’Aquino uses [&hellip
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