‘Bedpost Confessions’ tonight at The Kessler

‘Bedpost Confessions’ moves sex talk from the closet into Oak Cliff

What would you do if your friend admitted to  being a prostitute? Or if your sister talked about having sex outside of her marriage with a 21-year-old virgin? Sexual talk outside of the bedroom can still be taboo, even in today’s desensitized world of fast hookups and Showtime melodramas. Bring up intercourse (or something far more intense), and most people will cringe or shy away.

Tonight, it all comes out. The Austin-based stage show Bedpost Confessions features performers talking up their sexual adventures out loud all in good fun. Trying to break away from the taboo of talking about sex, co-founder Sadie Smythe and company bring their show to Dallas. Local writer and Dallas Voice contributor Jenny Block, pictured, gets in on the action which makes perfect sense. As the author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage, she’ll have ideal material for the night.

Her thoughts on tonight’s show.

“It’s just sex. It’s supposed to be this happy, fun, sometimes even spiritual experience. It’s all gotten so twisted and tangled when really it should be so simple. Consenting adults doing something that our bodies were built to do. But somewhere along the line, people got confused. Outwardly we are this over-sexed society. But behind closed doors we don’t talk to our kids, we don’t communicate with our partners, and we’re lost when it comes to all things sex. The funny thing is, the fix is an easy one. We have to talk to one another and to our kids and to our partners. We have to strangle the taboo. We could have solved all of the world’s ills by now if we stopped worrying so much about such a natural thing and started putting our brain power to better use.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Block will also be signing copies of her book after the show. Along with Block, Smythe and the other performers, the audience gets to play as they are encouraged to write their sexual confessions to be read aloud. Don’t worry, it’s all anonymous. Read the original article here.

DEETS:


—  Rich Lopez

‘Trannies’ get ticked off on Showtime this month

 

Israel Luna’s controversial revenge comedy Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives has made the festival circuit for the past year, and now it reaches an even wider audience: Via the Showtime cable network.

Beginning Friday on SHO Next at 12:30 a.m. (just after midnight), Showtime will air the Dallas-shot take-off on blaxploitation/grindhouse films on its various premium cable subscription networks. You can watch it 10 times throughout the month, not counting any West Coast feeds. The entire line-up, as currently scheduled:

July 1 @ 12:30 a.m. (SHO Next)

July 2 @ 10:05 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 7 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 8 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 13 @ 3:25 a.m. (SHO Next)

July 16 @ 10:10 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 19 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 24 @ 11:30 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 29 @ 1:20 a.m. (SHO Beyond)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 12.31.10

IMG_0107Friday 12.31

Chortling in the new year
You’ve chortled, don’t lie. Backdoor Comedy offers a funny approach to your midnight plans with its New Year’s Eve Extravanganza. The lineup includes BET’s Chris Brown, Emmy-winning funny lady Linda Stognar and headliner Paul Varghese who got his start in Dallas but went on to the big time with gigs on Showtime and Comedy Central. Chortle away.

DEETS: Backdoor Comedy, 8250 N. Central Expressway. $27–$43. 8 and 10:30 p.m. BackdoorComedy.com.

Sunday 01.02

Drag royalty says goodbye to Dallas
After 18 years of performing, Wayne Smith will do a final show before saying farewell to Dallas. Smith is most famous for his spot-on impersonation of Cher. This month’s Drag Brunch isn’t just about the mimosas and frittatas, it’s about saying goodbye to Smith who’s become legend in these parts.

DEETS: Dish, 4123 Cedar Springs Road. 11 a.m. For reservations call 214-522-3474.

Tuesday 01.04

Waiting for that schwanzstucker?
We hear it’s huge, but that was from the movie. Will the musical version of Young Frankenstein be as funny and have all the sexy innuendo? With Mel Brooks still behind it, we’re betting yes.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Through Jan. 23. $30–$98. ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Uncle Barky: Showtime's 'The Real L Word' doesn't have nearly enough lesbian sex in it

The cast.
The cast of Showtime’s ‘The Real L Word.’

Former Dallas Morning News TV critic Ed Bark, aka Uncle Barky, has posted a review of Showtime’s new series, “The Real L Word,” in which he basically argues that the show doesn’t have enough lesbian sex in it:

The first two episodes sent for review flaunt the language expected from a premium pay network without any advertisers to offend. But the above publicity photo is more provocative than anything you’ll otherwise see. Participants on HBO’s long-running Real Sex are more than happy to disrobe. Not so the six featured lesbians on The Real L Word, whose almost comically chaste bedroom scenes show less flesh than your basic daytime soap opera. Or pool party. Or walk around the block on a hot summer day. It’s like The A-Team without explosions.

This may shock you, but I’ve never even seen an episode of the original “The L Word.” And I certainly don’t claim to speak for any lesbians or women. But personally I don’t have a problem with Bark’s review. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see GLAAD go after him.

—  John Wright