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Press Release – December 16 – Featuring Sex-Positive Reverend Dr. Beverly Dale

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featuring “Rev Bev” Connecting the Sacred & the Sexual, Along With Attendee Readers, Tuesday, Dec 16.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max)

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

 

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, December 16. Reverend Dr. Beverly Dale is an ordained Christian clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who is currently a clergy-in-residence at United Christian Church of Levittown. A graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary, she has spent most of her thirty years of ministry helping people reconnect their spirits and their bodies and confronting sex-negativity in the church and culture. Affectionately know as “Rev Bev,” she will present poetry and music to inspire us to bring the sacred to any sexual exploration. http://www.beverlydale.org

 

Prior to Readings – Adult Sex-Ed: The Joys of Sex

Topic – Reverend Dr. Beverly Dale will give a quick run through of the key biblical words and passages that will shake up your ideas and open the door to sex positive views. “We’ll look past biblical misogyny with its procreative bias and instead discover sexual freedom, pleasure and diversity!”

 

Approximately twenty attendees will also entertain with their 5-minute erotica, sex memoirs, rants, short stories and poetry.

 

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (97 years young) occasionally recites her original erotica.

 

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Adult Sex-Ed: The Joys of Sex between 7:00-7:30, readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $10, discounted for students and seniors to $8. Salon attendees must be 21.

 

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.

 

…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

 

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010

 

“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

First-time attendee and reader 2013

 

 

Liberating Pleasure & Healing the Spirit-workshop-Reading the Bible with Sex Positive Eyes

My good friend Reverend Dr. Beverly Dale (Rev Bev) will be teaching a four week course, “Reading the Bible with Sex Positive Eyes” starting this Weds. 9/17, day after the Salon. Her courses are always well received and filled with myth shattering information.

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NEXT CLASS BEGINS 9/17-10/8 -a 4 week course called “Reading the Bible with Sex-Positive Eyes”

William Way Center in Philadelphia PA. 7 p.m PRE-REGISTER at tinyurl.com/nnf6d7j

The workshops and classes offered by the Incarnation Institute are based on the requests and usually customized to the interests of the participants. These sexual subjects are always presented through a body and sex-positive Christian framework. We have expertise in the following areas:

Themes

  • The Hook-up Culture
  • Sexual ethics and decision-making
  • Sexual diversity
  • Gender non-conformity
  • Sexual abuse
  • Self-image and sexual self-confidence
  • Women’s erotic empowerment

Sample Programs

“Calling Missionaries of Pleasure” – a program for those who are already exploring outside traditional norms that illustrates the crucial insights learned about body acceptance, diversity, intimacy and pleasure’s abundance are important contributions for a body-positive society. Rather than being hidden away, these lessons are good news to be celebrated and shared with others.

“Seeing Biblical Women through New Eyes: Sassy, Sexy and Self-Confident” & “Reading the Bible with Sex-Positive Eyes” — Both of these programs highlight the ways scripture is always in dialogue with reason, science, Christian tradition, and our personal spiritual journeys. This perspective towards scripture helps open us to fresh insights that challenge sex-negativity and religious rigidity as well as sexism and misogyny.

“The Hook-Up Culture: The Good, Bad and the Ugly” – a program for singles that acknowledges that a “meat market” approach to dating is only slightly less appealing than enforced celibacy. This non- judgmental program makes a distinction between objectified, cheap, and meaningless hook-ups and mutually satisfying, but ethical and compassionate relationships of a short duration.

“Introduction to a Gay-Friendly Christianity” – a program for the sexual minority communities and those people who love them. The focus is on inclusion and hospitality as hallmarks of Jesus’ life and teachings as well as a re-examination of the traditional “clobber passages” in the Bible that are used to justify Bible bashing of this population.

“Christianity or Polyamory: It’s Not Either/Or” — This program is for those interested in multi- partnerships and has as a key focus the ways scripture and stories of the early church can teach us how to discern righteous behavior — rather than simply obeying cultural norms.

More Information:

http://www.incarnationinstitute.org/classes_and_workshops/

Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore

Trust me this is not the title of a grade B movie, it is Philadelphia choreographer Amanda Miller’s current contribution to the world of modern dance. Dance critic Merilyn Jackson invited me to join her last night and I was surprisingly impressed by the story-line, choreography and dancing. I’m a former ballet/modern dancer and tend to be too critical.

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Paul Struck and Chandra Moss in Miller Rothleins’ Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore, Photo by Johanna Austin.

I had the honor of meeting Amanda after the production and asked her about the creation of the piece. It was interesting to learn about her source materials and collaborative process with dancers.

This is a must see for anyone familiar with modern dance, and especially if you have never attended a dance production. You will not be disappointed.

“Sometimes humorous and sometimes sobering, this new work irreverently unveils the virgin whores, domestic goddesses, and forbidden creatures that litter our collective contemporary psyche.
This piece began as a reaction Miller had to the archetypical female characters in the dance canon; her experiences in Cambodia learning a traditional dance as well as witnessing the Cambodian sex trade; and her life as a ballerina–performing in classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Cinderella.  She has thought about how each dance depicts women in some mythological or fantastical situation where a prince saves or destroys them through acts of “love.” With that in mind, her latest work was born. Miller is setting out to replay the iconic female mythologies of classical dance through a contemporary, feminist lens”.

*NEW: REVIEWS in PHILLY METRO and CITY PAPER.
PREVIEW THE MUSIC by Pete M. Wyer.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION Saturday Nov 16 with Amanda Miller, Tobin Rothlein, and Kristin Kest.

PURCHASE TICKETS

$20: Admission, $10: Students and Dance Pass holders

Thursday, November 14, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 15, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2:00 PM

The White Space at the Crane Arts Old School.
1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(Two blocks north of Girard)  MAP
*Please note the location is not the Crane building.

Kristin Kest’s essay for the show: http://www.millerrothlein.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/KEST-ForbiddenCreatureVirginWhore.pdf

      http://www.millerrothlein.org

Tomorrow – Tuesday – Oct 15 – The Erotic Literary Salon – The Do’s And Dont’s Of Writing Erotic Fiction

The Do’s And Dont’s Of Writing Erotic Fiction

Excerpts from Elissa Wald’s column in LitReactor.

Sex is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s vitally important to nearly all of us. It’s a driving force in our daily lives (even when we’re celibate), and its mysteries are infinite. So it bewilders me that — as a rule — erotica is seldom taken seriously, either by writers or readers. Intelligent, well-written erotica is a rare, rare thing (and I’ve been looking for it all of my life).

I believe that in order to write well about sex, we have to resist the version of sexuality that’s brandished at us every day by the advertising and fashion industry: most especially the idea that we can only be aroused by superficiality and perfection. How can we make sex — on the page as well as in life — less a performance and more a source of communion? How can we go deeper?

The following are some of my own tips for writing erotic fiction:


1. Respect The Genre. Respect The Reader

Bring the same attention and regard to writing about sex as you would to anything else you’d write. Assume the reader wants — and is capable of appreciating — something beyond a jerk-off vehicle. There’s nothing wrong with getting off — I always hope my readers are getting off on what I write! — but I want to affect people between the ears as much as between the legs.

There’s nothing wrong with getting off – I always hope my readers are getting off on what I write! – but I want to affect people between the ears as much as between the legs.

2. Spare The Rod

The throbbing rod, that is, and all other coy euphemisms for body parts. Please don’t tell me about our hero’s member, or manhood, or hard hot tool or battering ram. Likewise, don’t refer to our heroine’s mound or tunnel or the center of her womanhood.

3. Dispense With Cliches

Don’t say that he pounded her like a jackhammer, or that she lay back, spent. Tell me something I haven’t heard before. Make me think about something that wouldn’t occur to me otherwise.

4. Less Is More

Stay away from blow-by-blow descriptions of sex acts. The mechanics aren’t what’s intriguing. The emotional dynamics between people are intriguing.

‘All the Sex I’ve Ever Had’ will be presented along with attendee readings and featured presenter. Details and cover story on reality theater piece are in earlier posting.

http://theeroticsalon.com/blog/special-addition-to-next-weeks-erotic-literary-salon-all-the-sex-youve-ever-had/