Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year! on Sunday 1/29/06 Kitten on the Keys opens for Scarlot Harlot:
Event: Scarlot Harlot presents Whore College: A Performance and Lecture Series (featuring weekly guests stars including Annie Sprinkle, Tina Butcher, Carol Queen, Robyn Few and Kitten on The Keys)Dates: Saturday and Sundays (Two weekends) January 21, 22, 28 and 29.Times: All Shows at 8 PMLocation: Epicenter Gallery, 398 11th St. (near Harrison), San FranciscoCost Sliding Scale $10-$20URL: for publication: 415-861-1157Email: harlot@unrepentantwhore.comPhotos for Publication at:"Whore College" is a series of educational and entertaining evenings by long time sex worker, activist, artist and Dean of Whores, Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot. This series includes multi-media song, dance, schtick and Power Point presentations in collaboration with local artists and educators. Attend all four evenings and earn your continuing education degree in "Sex Worker Arts and Politics."On the occasion of the passage of the first federal (intrastate) anti-prostitution legislation (HR 972, see Whore College launches an educational program presenting performances and videos documenting sex worker art and resistance from around the globe, plus discussions about new repressive laws and policies brought to us by the Bush administration and our local moralists. Each evening will be introduced by a guest star and focus on a theme of sex worker arts and politics.Presentations and performances by Annie Sprinkle and Tina Butcher (January 21st); Carol Queen with selections from Peep Show (January 22nd); Robyn Few and SWOP (January 28th); and Kitten on The Keys (January 29th). Additional contributions, costumes graphics and more by Dee Dee Russell, Neon Weiss, Gilbert Baker, Gina Gold, Wang Fang Ping, Sexy Shock, Erochica Bamboo and others.Also featured throughout January at the Epicenter Gallery is the current exhibit sponsored by the Center for Sex and Culture, Tina Butcher's "The Traveling Erotic Art Show" a touring kinky exhibition of curated mixed media including live performance art, video art, and photography on the subjects of kink, bondage, and fetishism.Unrepentant Whore: Collected Works of Scarlot Harlotby Carol Leigh , 240 pages/paperback/ ISBN 0-86719-584-3Scarlot Harlot, unrepentant whore, activist, and artist, is a brazen, brainy hooker. Since the late 1970s, Harlot (AKA Carol Leigh) has written, performed and produced work in a variety of genres on women's issues and her experiences in the sex industry. This collection of articles and essays documents over twenty years of prostitute radicalism from a leader of the sex workers' rights movement. Heady, political, and sexy, these autobiographical missives defend sex, queer rights and reproductive freedom and attack fundamentalist feminism, economic injustice and discrimination. Leigh's writings explore a historic cultural and artistic underground from an irreverent point of view, challenging conventions of sexuality, aesthetics, technology and prevailing social mores.***************************"Scarlot Harlot presents Whore College" Schedule1. Sex Worker Political Art from Around the Globe- Saturday, January 21stThis series is introduced by Annie Sprinkle Ph.D., prostitute/porn star turned performance artist/sexologist. Her autobiography, Post Porn Modernist (Cleis Press) is a cult classic and her last book, Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance, won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (2002). Her brand new book, "Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular -- Makeover Your Love Life" (Penguin/Tarcher) is her first mainstream how-to self-help book.Also featured this evening is Tina Butcher and her bondage persona Madison Young, collaborating in a spectacular spoken word and bondage performance in beautiful suspension. Tina is a performance artist, and founder of Femina Potens Art Gallery. Madison Young is a bondage and fetish model who travels the world getting tied up for videos and magazines.Scarlot Harlot introduces her series with her slide show about sex worker culture from around the world featuring a report about her recent participation at the European Sex Workers Conference in Brussels in October 2005. This presentation has screened internationally and at colleges in the US and presents a unique collection of artifacts from sex workers from all over the world.2- "Sex Workers in the Looking Glass" Sunday, January 22ndCarol Queen introduces the evening, performing segments from Peep Show. We go behind the scenes at the pre-union Lusty Lady Theatre with Queen, who worked there as Minx Manx in 1990! In her solo spoken word piece Peep Show she introduces you to her colleagues in tall boots and blonde wigs and to a few of her most notable customers as she found her calling (and her exhibitionistic self) in the Private Pleasures booth, where anyone could come to Talk To A Live Nude Girl!Carol Queen is the author of "Exhibitionism for the Shy," "Real Live Nude Girl," and "The Leather Daddy and the Femme" and the co/editor of seven other books. She's been in several sex ed videos, including Bend Over Boyfriend, and is both the director of the Center for Sex & Culture and the staff sexologist at Good Vibrations.Leigh performs pieces from her book, Unrepentant Whore and screens videos of sex worker performances, focusing on self-representation.3- "The Truth About Trafficking and Other Stories" January 28thRobyn Few of SWOP and Scarlot Harlot combine talents and passions as they educate you about recent trends in anti-prostitution legislation.This evening of song, film and politics features Robyn Few, Director of Sex Workers' Outreach Project. Filmmaker Few will screen her recent documentary about decrminalization in New Zealand and discuss SWOP's recent efforts in their campaign to decriminalize prostitution. Leigh and Few also launch their musical debut in "Puttanesca."Leigh's Power Point show "The Truth About Trafficking" presents a sex worker rights perspective on the current discourses about trafficking. Providing little known gossip and facts about how mainstream feminists (even Gloria Steinem!) sold out the sex workers tracing the current anti-trafficking framework to the 19th century white slavery movement.Few and Scarlot will talk about recent legislation and policies which target all commercial sex from porn to prostitution and could have an effect on San Francisco's economy and the welfare of our city's residents. Come to Whore College this evening and learn why the Bush police might knock down your door. 4-"The Trick and Pimping Show" Sunday, January 29th featuring Madame Scarlot, Psychic Prostitute, and Kitten on The KeysThe Psychic Prostitute launches this evening with her amazing supernatural powers. Madame Harlot will guess your sexual kinks and fetishes simply by meditating on your aura (as prostitutes do, ofcourse) Warning: Don't bring anyone from whom you have any secrets!Kitten on the Keys, Suzanne Ramsey, will open the show with naughty, outrageous ditties such as "Grandma Sells My Panties on E-bay." She is a firkeytoodlin' frisky feline galloping with uber kittitude. As seen on HBO, E! , IFC, Queer TV and other media outlets, she embodies the spirit and style of those days of decadence gone by. Suzanne won the SF Weekly Music Award in the New Genre/Beyond Category for her campy vaudevillian performances of her kinky cabaret ditties in 2003! At the 2nd Annual NY Burlesque festival, Kitten won a Golden Pastie Award for being the Biggest Tease! Pianist and chanteuse, expect a racy ragtime romp when this little kitty sharpens her claws on a meow mix medley of mad cap gems of yesteryear with a naughty whimsical edge. Suzanne has performed in London, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo, Nantes and Lille(France) and US cities.-- Carol LeighBay Area Sex Workers Advocacy Network

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Bay Area native pianist and singer Suzanne Ramsey aka Kitten on the Keys .