Tucson Sex Worker Arts Festival
& Sex Work Fest in Tucson!

Was Great Festival, Dave has full report.  See websites for 2003 Dates
11/14/02 Tucson Sex Worker Arts Festival
See: http://sexworkersartshow.com/generalinfo.html
Part of
Sex Work Fest in Tucson!
Dates: November 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2002
Location: The Screening Room,
127 E. Congress, Tucson, AZ

The Sex Workers' Art Show is coming to your town! The show is an eye-popping evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry to dispel the myth that they are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses.

Modeled after the extremely successful show by the same name that has taken place annually in Olympia, Washington, the Sex Workers' Art Show is a cabaret-style event featuring music, video, spoken word, striptease, badass poetry, fire dance, and other performance art. The performances offer a wide range of perspectives on sex work, from celebration of prostitution and sex-positivity to views from the darker side of the sex industry.

A visual art display travels with the tour and features smart and innovative works in photography, pen and ink, collage, paint, wood sculpture, and silkscreen.

The amazing line-up of artists and performers includes New York performance diva Penny Arcade; Dr.Carol Queen, performer and author of Real Live Nude Girl, Exhibitionism for the Shy, and countless other books; writer Jayson Marston of LA's Adult Industry Medical Center; Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and director of Sister Spit Traveling Roadshow; Carmen Li, chicago dominatrix, activist, and performer; Scarlot Harlot (aka Carol Leigh), filmmaker, performer, and prostitutes' rights activist; porn star turned blues artist Candye Kane (at select dates); filmmaker and actress Gina Gold; Spider, producer and performer in The Transfused rock opera and Dr. Frockrocket's Medecine Show; Annie Oakley, Olympia performer and tour organizer; prolific cartoonist and muralist Isis Rodriguez; Emi Koyama, lecturer and director of the Intersex Society of North America; Portland writer Leslie Bull; and more. See artist bios.

The show includes people from all areas of the sex industry: strippers, prostitutes, dommes, film stars, phone sex operators, internet models, etc. It is whore-positive, queer positive, and freak-positive. The idea behind the show is to offer a space where sex workers, who are often stereotyped as being unintelligent, amoral, and incapable of doing anything else, can be heard and respected. This is both empowering for sex workers and mind-blowingly educational for the audience. The Sex Workers' Art Show entertains, arouses, and amazes, while simultaneously offering scathing and insightful commentary on notions of class, gender, work, and sexuality.

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