When it is raining, it is because she is sad.
Even her parrot’s advice is insightful.
If there were an interesting gland, hers would be larger than most men’s entire lower intestines.
Her blouses never wrinkle.
She is left-handed. And right-handed.
Even if she forgets to put postage on her mail, it gets there.
She once knew a call was a wrong number, even though the person on the other end wouldn’t admit it.
You can see her energy from space.
The police often question her, just because they find her interesting.
If a monument was built in her honor, Mt. Rushmore would close, due to poor attendance.
She once buried a time capsule full of things that haven’t happened yet.
She has been pronounced dead 7 times…make that 8.
Her bear hugs are actually hugs she gives to bears.
She can’t be bought, but locks of her hair have been know to show up on auction.
She has never had a run in her stockings
She changed her sex because she was bored
If she disagrees with you, it is because you are wrong.
SHE IS THE MOST INTERESTING WOMAN IN THE WORLD
Alex Ward will be sharing her insights on working in the adult industry at the “Sex Worker Perspectives” panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Ariel Echo burst onto the Seattle burlesque scene in 2013 with a stomp and a snarl. She has a penchant for leather boots, tight corsets, and losing both with a flourish. Got a job? She will get it done. This lady is one part siren and ten parts badass. Ariel will be our kitten stage hand at the Blues & Burlesque show on Sunday Dec 14th.
Billy Scream has been intermittently performing on the burlesque stage since 2003. Whether he is creating magic by administering the cheaper-than-therapy Rorschach test that is Tarot, or by tearing off his clothes and causing explosions of various flashy substances from his nipple and crotchal regions, this Filthyminded Fancylad, is committed to pulling back the tattered curtain of everyday reality and showing you the glistening naughty bits of the Infinite! In his daily life, he can be found expounding at length to no one in particular about the socio-political underpinnings of Ursula K. LeGuin and Scooby Doo, or fast asleep in a burlap bag at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. DO NOT WAKE HIM. Billy Scream will be reading tarot at the Sexy Circus Dance party on Saturday Dec 13th!
BOOM BOO L’ROUX
Boom Boom L’Roux hails from New York City originally, and was drawn to the burlesque stage from her experience as a go-go dancer in the NY club scene. Since moving to Seattle she’s been gracing the stages of the Burlesque scene and has made a name for herself as a solo performer and producer of shows like Fresh Meat, Boom L’Roux’s Late Night revue, The Midnight Revue, and DRIPPING.
Boom Boom is also very active in the burlesque community. She has been on the BurlyCon Committee for three years and assisted at the 2013 Moisture Festival. She interned at the Academy of Burlesque, and can be seen staging managing at Burlesque Behind the Pink Door. Boom Boom will be skillfully shaking some tail at the Blues & Burlesque Show on Sunday Dec 14th.
Crystal Tassels has intoxicated audiences on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Ever the globe-trotter, Ms. Tassels made her burlesque debut while living in South Korea as a member of what was, at the time, the country’s only burlesque troupe. Now that she’s back across the pond, this jet-setter revels in tease, glamour, and is also a francophone chanteuse.
With inspirations that range from Hollywood vintage, to yé-yé mods, to Harajuku girls, Crystal Tassels will delight you with her effervescent charm. Crystal Tassels will be charming the pants off of people at the Sunday Show Blues & Burlesque Fundraiser on Dec 14th!
EILEEN CORCORAN, MSW
Eileen Corcoran, MWS, has been a long time community advocate for women who engage in street based sex work and who are chronically homeless, struggling with addiction, and mental health issues. Eileen brings both a personal and professional perspective to street based sex work and harm reduction methods, from her own experiences in the sex industry as a street based sex worker and current career as a social services provider at Evergreen Treatment Services, LEAD Project. Eileen will be a panelist on the Rights Not Rescue Discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is putting the emi back in feminism at www.eminism.org. Emi will be a panelist on the Rights Not Rescue Discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Inara Byrne lived a fairly average life (married, good job, the occasional dinner party with the neighbors) until a few years ago. Finding herself abruptly (though happily) single, she began to explore more of the world and what it had to offer her. A desire for adventure, fun and romance led her down an unexpected but delightful and unique path and into a career as a playful intimate companion for intelligent gentleman. Now she loves to share her stories of empowerment and connection with those who wish to hear. Inara will be sharing insight to her experiences in the adult industry at the Sex Worker Perspectives panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Jae has been sharing her charms throughout the great northwest for over a decade. Jae has made her mark on the world as an award winning playwright, an acclaimed performance artist, an ordained minster, and a birthday clown. From Taylor Hall Elementary School Library to The Kennedy Center, Jae’s productions have received accolades from critics and audiences alike. A women of many talents, Jae has truly done it all. She has masturbated with mailmen, roped and wrangled as a Rodeo Queen, and made balloon animals for Bill Gates. She believes that the worlds biggest problems can be solved by healing human sexuality… and in that endeavor she hopes to be a lighthouse of erotic enlightenment to others…even after she pays off her student loans. Jae will be tellin’ you allll about it at SASS Speaks on Friday Dec 12th, which is performing in and stage managing.
Jesse Belle-Jones, “The Modern Sexual Intellectual,” is a co-producer/proprietress and principal performer of Sinner Saint Burlesque (http://www.sinnersaintburlesque.com), co-producer of the Seattle chapter of Naked Girls Reading (http://nakedgirlsreading.com/seattle), performance art curator for the 2014 Seattle Erotic Art Festival (http://www.seattleerotic.org) and serving her second year of tenure on the board of directors for the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture (http://thefspc.org). Jesse Belle-Jones will be performing at the Blues & Burlesque Sunday Show on Sunday Dec 14th.
Jesse James is a social justice cowboy. After many years wandering the desert, he finally made it to the west coast where he found an oasis of mermaid sexworkers and fell in love with Siouxsie Q. He is now living the dream as the editor, producer, and co-host of the acclaimed podcast, The WhoreCast. With a Master’s Degree in Social Justice Education, Mr. James is a fierce ally and believes in the power of solidarity. His theory of revolution is an alchemical combination of Paulo Freire and Princess Leia. He’s great at using a chainsaw, saving lives, and deconstructing masculinity. When he’s not busy undermining the patriarchy, and making sure Siouxsie Q isn’t late to events, he is most likely lost at the local comic shop. Jesse James will be co-hosting the Blues & Burlesque Sunday Show on Sunday Dec 14th.
Kris Nyrop is the LEAD Program Director for the RDP. He was the Executive Director of Street Outreach Services in Seattle from 1997-2007. Prior to that he worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. He has been an instructor in Anthropology at the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College and in 2008 was the O’Donnell Visiting Professor at Whitman College. Kris was the project ethnographer for the Vancouver Injection Drug User Study from 1997 to 1999. He has worked as an outreach worker, researcher, and trainer in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, hepatitis C prevention, syringe exchange, harm reduction, and drug policy reform. Additionally, he has consulted with projects throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia. Kris will be speaking at the Rights Not Rescue Discussion Panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Kristen DiAngelo is a community organizer, courtesan, political activist, a harlot and a whore. Residing in Northern California, Kristen has worked in the sex trade since the mid 70’s and as a result of the sex industry has flourished. Currently, Kristen works as a political activist, co-founder of SWOP Sacramento, and as an expert witness. Ms. DiAngelo is the Executive Producer, Producer, and writer for the award-winning documentary American Courtesans. Her film American Courtesans, has screened in 7 countries and is currently carried in numerous libraries across the US and Canada and has become part of the teaching curriculum in many educational institutions. Winner of two “Best Documentary” Awards, one “Audience Choice” Award, one “Award of Excellence” and Recipient of a Human Rights and Civil Rights Award out of Jakarta, Indonesia, Kristen has spoken around the world about the plights of sex workers under prohibition in the United States.
Seeking to bring a deeper understanding and a dose of reality to the outside world’s view of the sex trade, Kristen currently spends her time working to change the legal status of sex work in the US and reaching out to those in the trade who still suffer. Earning a degree in finance, Kristen DiAngelo at one point transitioned into the “real” world, before she returning home to her friends and real family and a professional sex career that better suited her.
Kristen’s sex trade experience spans the streets, the massage parlors, the brothels of Nevada, owning a service and working the internet. Her diversity of employment in the sex trade brings with it a well-rounded view of the industry. Pimped repeatedly- but now independent for more years than not- she’s drawn strength from adversity, transforming from a victim of poverty and exploitation to a warrior for the rights of those who are marginalized and people who survive on the streets. Her education and understanding cannot be bought. Today, Kristen uses her first hand experiences to effect change and mitigate collateral damage from the reprisal of the abolitionist movement. Kristen will be presenting selections from her film “American Courtesans” at SASS Speaks on Friday Dec 12th, and will also be a panelists at the Rights not Rescue discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
We are beyond thrilled to have Maggie Mayhem, a powerfully brainy and righteously sexy activist, participating at SASS. Maggie Mayhem is a sex positive activist, artist and a sex educator. She began receiving formal training on sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, harm reduction, and substance use in 2003 and has continued accessing as many academic and medical resources possible to keep up to date with medically accurate information. For SASS 2014, Maggie will be presenting monologues featuring the stories of famous historical whores, which will be performed at SASS Speaks on Friday, Dec 12 7-9pm. She will also be participating on the “Rights Not Rescue” panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Maggie McMuffin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and has put that degree to use by getting naked for a variety of audiences. A burlesque performer since 2010 and a stripper since 2012 (as well as dabbling in a multitude of other naked activities both professional and private), Maggie enjoys putting on performances that range from silly to sultry whether at work or around town. Maggie has also contributed writing to Tits and Sass. Maggie is the primary SWOP-Seattle coordinator for our Blues & Burlesque Sunday Show on Sunday Dec 14th!
Marysia Walcerz has been practicing circus arts since the tender age of 9, where a chance encounter with three juggling balls and a hat in Amsterdam opened up the world of busking and making things airborne. Starting in the world of juggling as a teenager, Marysia moved from object manipulation to fire spinning and flow arts when she started college and began practicing with Soul Fire Tribe in Yellow Springs, OH. Later in Olympia, she moved up and into the air when she began training aerials under the tutelage of the Tallhouse Arts Consortium. Marysia discovered her inclination towards contortion while training acrobatics and tumbling under Cirque du Soleil acrobat Cory Tabino, and began focusing on her flexibility seriously at age 22. Following her graduation from The Evergreen State College, Marysia moved to Sao Paulo, Brasil and spent six months training trapeze at Galpao do Circo, while keeping up with her object work at the weekly encontro du malabares (jugglers meetup). Upon returning to North America, she landed in Portland OR, where she has continued her physical circus education at Nightflight aerial school, training contortion and aerials for the past three years. Currently, Marysia is a member of the Circus Project Training Company under coaches Jacki Ward and Nicolo Kehrwald. Marysia will be delighting audiences with her contortionist skills (and perhaps a lira performance, if we’re lucky!) at the Sexy Circus Dance Party on Saturday, Dec 13th.
Melinda Chateauvert is an activist and historian with several decades of experience in civil rights law, social justice organizing and university teaching. She is a high school drop-out from Iowa who hitchhiked to San Francisco in 1976, back when there were hippies in the Haight, streetwalkers in Union Square, “transsexuals” in the Tenderloin, hustlers on Polk, leathermen south of Market, and live nude girls (and pierced punks) on Broadway. Years later, she earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania by way of women’s studies degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and George Washington University. Her book, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk, was published this year by Beacon Press. She has taught courses on Community Organizing, the Modern Black Freedom Movement, Sex Work, and Gender & Sexuality in African American Families for over twenty years. Mindy has served on the board of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, and HIPS in Washington, DC (which provides harm reduction services and advocacy to promote the health, rights, and dignity of people engaged in street economies). She is currently an advisor for Women With A Vision in New Orleans. She lives in DC and New Orleans, and is working on a new book about race riots, red light districts, and the professionalization of the police. Melinda will be sharing excerpts and insights from her book “Sex Workers Unite” at the SASS Speaks show on Friday Dec 12th, and will also be participating on the “Rights Not Rescue” panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Jonathan & O are the performance duo Midnight Cirkus! Midnight Cirkus brings sexy, cirque-style suspension bondage to the stage: a hot fusion of erotic Japanese-style rope work, costumes, and naughty flair. When not busy with onstage shenanigans, Jonathan and O collaborate with artists and models across a variety of mediums to express and explore the mysterious beauty of rope and the human form. Midnight Cirkus will be performing their composition titled Ningyo (‘Doll’) at the Sexy Circus dance party on Saturday December 13th.
Ms. Joanne has been in the sex industry in various forms for three decades. My career began in the pre internet era. In my current incarnation as an independent provider, my offerings reveal the beauty, diversity and resilience of human sexual possibility. At 53 I am pleasantly surprised that men (and the occasional woman) are still paying me. I also have worked venues with my clothes on. I am fascinated with how sexuality and sex work impacts our daily lives: the intersection of sex, society and the individual. Ms. Joanne will be speaking on the Sex Worker Perspective discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
MONK (aka TWISTED MONK)
Monk is dubbed “a unicorn” by his friends, because he is so many things that aren’t supposed to exist. Before launching his bondage rope company, this former Eagle Scout and evangelical missionary was a software cowboy, an actor/stuntman, and a filmmaker. Six years ago, Monk’s mother-in-law gave him Midori’s rope bondage book, and a ropemaker was born. Today, in addition to running the world’s largest bondage rope company, Monk enjoys a career as a sex worker, writer, activist, educator, and entertainer. Twisted Monk will be performing at the Sexy Circus Dance Party on Saturday Dec 13th, and will be a panelist at the Sex Worker Perspectives discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Pantera’s career began as an exotic dancer in 1999 where she immediately took to the pole like a monkey. With help and influence from some of the best dancers, pole artists, and fitness professionals around the world, Pantera’s performance evolved into an innovative athletic endeavor. It took several years of hard work, trial and error, and education, but she eventually honed her craft to the point where she could leave the strip clubs behind and earn the title of the World’s Most Famous Pole Dancer™. In addition to her work as a feature performer, cover girl, promoter, and personal trainer, Pantera had the opportunity to both compete in and judge events in places like Europe, Australia, Central America, Japan, and the Caribbean. Pantera has also been honored with many championship titles for her work and starred in the first advanced instructional pole DVD, Pole Tricks 101. Pantera will be knocking our socks off with a solo performance at the Sexy Circus dance party on Saturday Dec 13th.
photo by Mike Shipley
Filmmaker and advocate PJ Starr has been working on NO HUMAN INVOLVED since 2010 and the film is now in post-production. PJ developed the idea for the film at the Filmmakers’ Collaborative at the Maysles Institute in Harlem, New York. She has made a number of other films (some fiction, some experimental and some documentary) about the experiences of trans people and people in the sex trade, including PROSTITUTION FREE ZONE about the District of Columbia. She has also documented organizing efforts on behalf of the India-based Karnataka Sex Workers Union during the World Social Forum in 2009 producing a short film for that group in 2010.
Meet Mister Page: Kinky, nonmonogamous, and looking to spread the joy! Mister Page is a suspension bondage rigger, performer, educator, and the stage manager for the Sexy Circus Dancer Party!
Iconoclast, Anthropologist, Jester, Stripper: Randi Rascal is Your Own Private Radical. An incendiary alloy of beauty and wit, she will seduce you out of the mainstream and into her world of glamorous anarchy, where nothing is sacred and everything’s sexy. Randi’s talents have been featured across the U.S. and Canada, from the tiny, historic stage of Seattle’s Pink Door to the grand showroom at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Competition in Las Vegas. With every performance, she beckons you beyond the bump n’ grind. Get revolutionary with Randi at the Sunday Show Blues & Burlesque Fundraiser on Dec 14th!
SAILOR ST. CLAIRE
Sailor St. Claire is a curvaceous redhead with learned mind and an A+ anatomy. With her scintillating wit and charm, Sailor channels academic excellence into burlesque bravura. Since 2009, The Showgirl Scholar has been putting her knowledge of the literary canon to more-than-scholarly uses, crafting elegant and erudite stripteases that offer audiences an education in the humanitease.
This bookish beauty co-produces Naked Girls Reading – Seattle, performs with Sinner Saint Burlesque, and is the producer and host ofTuesday Tease, a monthly burlesque revue with live music by Pervana. Sailor has also graced stages in Portland, San Francisco, Edinburgh and recently performed at the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Alabama Burlesque Festival, Great Southern Exposure Burlesque & Variety Pageant, Diversi-Tease, and was awarded Legend’s Choice by April March at the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston. Sailor St. Claire will be wowing audiences at the Sunday Show Blues & Burlesque Fundraiser on Dec 14th!
For Savannah Sly, sex work isn’t just a job…it’s an anthropological vantage point into the hidden undercurrents of politics, identity, economics, and of course, and of course, human sexuality. As a career sex worker with 10+ years of experience, Savannah has made a point of exploring every nook and cranny of the adult industry as she can wiggle her way into, engaging the people she meets with compassionate curiosity and a desire to understand what draws people to the vast and dynamic field of erotic commerce. Savannah believes that criminalized prohibition of certain activities (drugs, abortions, sexual expression, etc.) is a detrimental means of governing complex human behaviors, and believes that open dialog, education, and a re-evaluation of our capitalistic values are the best means of improving the quality of life for all people. Savannah is one of the SASS coordinators, and will also be performing her salutes to sex workers in the form of song at SASS Speaks on Friday, Dec 12th.
Sean Riccio began doing comedy at 19 in his college’s student union with a “borrowed” amp and mic (he had every intention of returning them someday), and was roundly booed/chased off by security. He has never stopped since. Full of energy and excitement, Sean waxes poetic about phone sex and makes dirty jokes about philosophy. He has performed all over the United States and currently lives in that most emerald of cities, Seattle. Sean will be amping up the audience as the MC at SASS Speaks on Friday Dec 12.
Scarlett O’Hairdye is Seattle’s Superhero of Sparkle! A long and varied performance history boasts a performance in the first Nerdlesque Festival as well as the Ultimate Grand Supreme winner of the 2014 Seattle Burlesque Games. Scarlett comes from a background of anime convention cosplay and musical theater. She sold her personal dignity for a bag of magic beans when she was a child and never looked back. Her costumes? Lavishly accurate. Her ideas? Nearly infinite. Her cheese biscuits? Famous in the Seattle burlesque scene. Her hair? Really, really, ridiculously red. She creates fanfiction on stage with nearly every act… And she can probably kill you with her brain. Scarlett will be strutting her stuff at the Sunday Show Blues & Burlesque Fundraiser on Dec 14th!
Siouxsie Q is the creator and host of the acclaimed podcast The WhoreCast which showcases the stories art and voices of American sexworkers. As an active sexworker herself Siouxsie Q is committed to fighting for sexworker rights and ending exploitation within the industry. If podcasts are not your thing you can read Siouxsie Q’s column “The Whore Next Door” every week in the San Francisco Weekly, where she tortures her editor by constantly being too political. When not feverishly writing her column or rushing to record her next interview, Siouxsie Q teaches classes on non-monogamy with her co-host and fiacee Jesse James. Fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Whore is what Siouxsie was born to do, but she’ll happily talk baseball, BDSM, and Broadway musicals with you if prompted. Siouxsie Q will be performing songs from her 1 woman show “Fish Girl” at SASS Speaks on Friday Dec 12th, and will also be co-hosting the Blues & Burlesque show on Sunday Dec 14th.
Stacey Swimme has worked in the sex industry for sixteen years. She is co-founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOPUSA) and the Desiree Alliance, organizations advocating for decriminalization of all forms of sex work. She has spoken in the US and internationally about sex worker political organizing in the United States over the past twelve years. She currently works with SWOP Sacramento providing Sex Work Aware trainings for service providers who work with sex workers including therapists, social workers, medical doctors and students. Stacey believes sex workers deserve to enjoy healthy and fulfilling relationships with their romantic partners, family members and friends. She consults with and provides workshops for sex workers and their families to find creative solutions for coping with the shame, stigma and fear that are often barriers for honesty and true bonding for people who love sex workers. Stacey will be speaking on the Sex Worker Perspectives discussion panel on Sunday Dec 14th.
Suspended Animation is a crew of burners, kinksters, performers, and responsible deviants dedicated to the kinetic art of full-suspension rope bondage. Suspended Animation has graced the Playa at Burning Man for numerous years, offering the public a chance to get a taste of BDSM during their infamous “bondage rides”. SA’s expert crew also presents dramatic performances showcasing multiple styles of this beautiful and technically demanding art. Fly high with Suspended Animation on Saturday Dec 13th at the Sexy Circus Dance Party!
AstroDomina a.k.a. Sydney Lee is a Seattle-based humiliatrix, dominatrix, webcammer, pleasure device consultant, and web developer. Sydney will be speaking on the Sex Workers Speak panel discussion on Sunday Dec 14th.
Timmi is a part time sex worker and full-time pervert. He hopes that his fetish video work has not only gotten some people’s rocks off, but inspired individual expression and helped mitigate internalized oppression. He is grateful and honored to have this work, “When You Wank Upon A Star”, included in SASS Speaks on Friday Dec 12.
Tobi Hill-Meyer made her film making debut with Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project, winning a Feminist Porn Award for Emerging Filmmaker and being named #3 in Velvet Park Media’s list of the 25 Most Significant Queer Women in 2010. She is a multiracial trans woman with over a decade experience working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations on a local, state, and federal level, having served on several boards and offering support as a strategic consultant, currently serving as the External Coordinator for the Gender Justice League. With her background in activism, she uses her media production company, Handbasket Productions, to create stories and entertainment that reflect community needs and values. Most of her work can be found at www.HandbasketProductions.com or www.DoingitOnline.com
Tobi’s film “Money Shot Blues & How to Fake Ejaculation” will be screened at SASS Speaks on Friday Dec. 12th.
Will is a sex educator, sacred intimate and intimacy coach. He has lead workshops through throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His passion is to explore and unfold the power of embodied sensuality in all of its forms. In addition to the practical tools of Sexological Bodywork, he adds his own experience and sacred sexuality to facilitate erotic exploration and transformation. He is particularly interested in the interplay of power and surrender, and in the exquisitely profound opening that can create. Will be sharing his experiences at the Sex Worker Perspectives panel discussion on Sunday, Dec 14th