Category: Events

Events: The Sweet Spot, Sexploratorium, Poet-Tree En Motion, Philly Poly Conference

Several must see events to be held the following week in Philadelphia.

Sweet Spot Nation

The Sweet Spot with Ainsley Burrows: Feb 8

Poet-Tree En Motion: Feb 6

Coming of Age; Sexploratorium 18th Anniversary

Poly Living Philadelphia: 9th Anniversary



Ancient Sexuality before Kama Sutra, Monica Day – The Sensual Life WorkShop

25% discount for Monica Day’s ‘Essensual Experience: An Immersive Weekend Exploration of Sensual Courage, Creativity, and Confidence. February 21-23, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Below: Article on 4,000 Year Old Erotica

Monica Day can be viewed performing/reading on video to the right of the Erotic Literary Salon’s Home page.

Monica will be the featured presenter for the special Valentine’s Erotic Literary Salon-Live in Philadelphia, February 18th.

Excerpt from Essensual Experience Flier:

Introduction to the Essensual Experience provides a safe space to explore, experience, and express your sensuality. During three immersive days, you will discover the wisdom and power that is possible when you are comfortable in your own skin, and able to share who you are more fully and honestly.

“AMAZING! Life changing…opened up
my communication with everyone in a whole new way. Made me less afraid to express myself and how I truly feel. I have the knack for being able to “beat around the bush” with things that are all filler really, and Monica, you really got down to the deep place that I have always been scared to come from. – Sunny Pierce

For more details regarding the workshop: When you contact Monica, tell her where you saw this ad and she will extend you the 25% discount. A most generous offer.

4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality

Clay plaquesClay plaques at The Israel Museum, made 1,500 years before the Kama Sutra, display graphically that Old Babylonian culture held an ‘exalted’ view of sex

BY ILAN BEN ZION January 17, 2014, 3:09 pm

Excerpts from Times of Israel Article:

Museums are often misconstrued as dusty and lifeless — the least likely place to find something hot and steamy. But the Ancient Near East section in The Israel Museum’s Archaeology Wing features rare erotic art from the land between the rivers (Tigris and Euphrates), which predates India’s Kama Sutra by over 1,500 years. Such astonishingly intimate works reveal a side to the ancient Near East that contrasts sharply with the modesty prevalent in the modern Middle East.

Two clay plaques, small enough to hold in your palm, depict couples copulating in remarkable detail. Dating from the early second millennium BCE, the Old Babylonian period, they come from a 300-year window when mass-produced terra cotta plaques were popular, including those that exhibit sexual acts.

Mesopotamian erotica was “really something racy,” Laura A. Peri, curator of Western Asiatic Antiquities, said when we met in the labyrinthine bowels of the museum. “It’s not all, you know, missionary and that’s it.”

The first plaque shows a man penetrating a woman from behind, while standing. The second, slightly smaller one, depicts a man and woman in a similar position, with the woman drinking beer through a straw from a jug.

According to Dr. Julia Assante, a Near Eastern social historian, the woman drinking beer from a straw was not just a reflection of lifelike sexual encounters, but was “undoubtedly a [visual pun].” The straw in the woman’s mouth and the man raising a cup of wine to his lips were symbolic of performing oral sex on their respective partners. The Babylonians, Assante writes, held “an exalted cultural view of sex as inducing an altered state of wonder.”

Read more: 4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality | The Times of Israel
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I regret having to inform, the Salon will be cancelled for this evening. Snow, snow, glorious snow, which I dearly love under other circumstances, is supposed to make traveling most treacherous. I realized I was willing to walk the 10 blocks from my home, but I’m not willing to risk falling. One new hip and another one scheduled for mid-February, day after Salon. Must play wimp.

Stay home, soak in the tub, enjoy!

Ainsley Burrows also had to postpone his presentation. He feared his travel plans would be thwarted, if he couldn’t return home (Brooklyn) in time to make his Wednesday morning flight. Ainsley will definitely be the featured presenter at the April 15th Salon (note it is early in the month, since April 1st  falls on a Tuesday).

In almost 6 years of hosting the Salon I have cancelled only once, for the Obama inauguration – I was invited and then fell ill. So you can imagine how difficult this decision was for me.

For everyone who signed up to read today, Jan. 21 you will automatically be on the February 18th Salon reading list. Please email me if you are unable to attend next month. There will be two featured presenters in February, Monica Day and an Argentine Tango demonstration.

Hope to see you all next month.

Winter Storm Warning in Southeastern, PA

Significant snowfall expected today and tonight followed immediately by bitterly cold air.

A fast moving but potent weather system will bring snow to our entire area today into this evening. As the storm strengthens to our East later today, the winds will increase resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow. As the storm continues to exit. Bitterly cold air will quickly settle in tonight into Wednesday.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 6 am EST Wednesday.

Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 1 am to 11 am EST Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Wind Chill Advisory, which is in effect from 1 am to 11 am EST Wednesday.

  • Snow accumulations: 8 to 12 inches.
  • Timing: snow will overspread the area toward mid to late morning, then continue through this evening.
  • Impacts: travel will become hazardous due to snow covered roads and periods of very low visibility. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will develop especially this evening and tonight. The afternoon and evening rush hour will be significantly impacted.
  • Winds: northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 to 40 mph, becoming north and northwest overnight.
  • Temperatures: mainly in the teens to 20s today, then dropping to the single digits tonight.
  • Wind Chill, as low as 10 below zero. These dangerous values can quickly cause Frostbite to exposed skin and lead to hypothermia.


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A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Areas of blowing and drifting snow will greatly reduce the visibility especially in open areas later Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night. This will result in snow blowing back onto previously plowed roadways. Use extra caution while driving. A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.


Tomorrow-Weather Conditions – Jan 21-ELS-Live-Philadelphia Weekly-PhillyNow

Tomorrow The Salon will happen, since I live so close to TIME. But in the event it is even too dangerous for me to make the trek, I shall post all information regarding the Salon tomorrow.

Ainsley Burrows, spoken word poet extraordinaire, creator of the ‘The Sweet Spot,’ featured presenter tomorrow Jan 21, along with 20+ readers, at the Erotic Literary Salon-Live.

 Ainsley Burrows at, or

Philadelphia Weekly – PhillyNow

The Erotic Literary Salon

by Josh Kruger

Word geeks talking genitalic fun—or even use—are lucky to be around these days. It used to be that the only sites to talk freely about intimate exploits were either stiflingly clinical or unnecessarily shameful, with bright neon lights outside and sticky linoleum on the inside. Indeed, safe spaces where people could creatively rant or rave about their awesome, mundane or downright twisted sex lives were primarily on psychiatrists’ couches or barstools a few blocks away from the neighborhood parish. Thank heaven times have changed.

To celebrate both remorseless kinkiness and good ol’ fashioned spoken word, the Erotic Literary Salon brings together an eager audience on every third Tuesday of each month at TIME in Center City, where open souls share five-minute sex-related poems, remembrances and short stories. And for January’s gathering, attendees will welcome Ainsley Burrows, creator of the touring “pop-erotica extravaganza” dubbed Sweet Spot Nation, which hits Philly next month—on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. (Mark that calendar now.)

Burrows, who’s toured professionally as a poet for over a decade, will give a talk with a Q&A before the evening’s open mic—oh, and his ultra-hot poems are going to leave blisters. Here’s to a night that’s as publicly and positively affirming of sex and sexuality as it ought to be. / JOSH KRUGER

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