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Join us for a CineKink Film Festival Celebration. We’ll be raffling free passes to screenings and the afterglow party. We’ll also preview a sampling of CineKink’s festival shorts.

When: Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2014
Where: The Delancey, 168 Delancey St. (bet. Clinton & Attorney).
(just two blocks east of the Essex Street/Delancey Street stop on the M, J and F trains.)

We hope to see you at The Delancey! We’re there the first Monday of every month. This event is free. 21+, please.

The Pleasure Salon ( has been created to build community, allowing sex-positive activists to cross-pollinate. Our gatherings bring together members of the BDSM, swinger, alternative gender, LGBTQ, sex-activist, sex educator, nudist, sex-magic, polyamory, Pagan, radical faerie, tantra, sex-blogger, porn, pervert and sex-worker communities, and others whose passion is sex. (Let us know if we missed any one of you!) Through building networks in the sex-positive community, the Pleasure Salon hopes to help create a sex-positive world. It is a place for the open exchange of ideas and sensual expression.

Join us in building New York’s pleasure positive community, and bring your like-minded friends to this social gathering. The Pleasure Salon embraces respect, acceptance, and non-judgmental support in this public space.

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What to expect at Pleasure Salon:

In pleasure,

Patricia Johnson, Selina Fire & Mark Michaels

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years.

Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 13, 2013 – January 4, 2014

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Cinekink The Kinky Film Festival

October 2, 2013 – CineKink has announced a call for entries for its 2014 season. The “kinky film festival” is seeking films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.

Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, CineKink is looking to blur boundaries and will consider offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

Cutting across orientations, topics covered at CineKink have included, but are by no means limited to, BDSM, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay, gender bending, sex work and sex geekery.

Submission categories include:
* shorts (less than 40 minutes long; eligible for jury-determined awards)
* features (longer than 40 minutes; eligible for audience-choice awards)
* adult cinema / porn excerpts (10-25 minute segments of longer works; eligible for ‘Bring It!’ showcase)

There is no restriction on production completion dates, as long as the work is completed at the time of submission. International submissions in most overseas formats are also accepted.

“Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything that celebrates sex as a right of self expression is fair game,” says Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director. “Far be it from us to define ‘kink’ – if you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it to us for consideration.”

Scheduled for its 11th annual appearance in February 2014, the specially-curated CineKink NYC, the organization’s flagship festival, will feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, an adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event, and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow the New York festivities, drawing from its programming to showcase award-winners and audience favorites in cities across the country, adding visibility nationwide and year-round. The 2013 CineKink Festival Tour is currently underway, with screenings scheduled in such cities as Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Berlin, and more.

Discounted, early-bird entries must be postmarked by October 11th, while the regular deadline is November 15th. The final festival deadline is December 6th.

For more information and details on entry submissions, visit

Cinekink, the kinky film festival

CineKink NYC, the kinky film festival, returns for its tenth anniversary appearance February 26th through March 3rd, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality.

Note: I’ve helped judge the shorts competition for several years, and  am judging again this year.


The kink-filled festivities begin Tuesday, February 26th, at 8 PM, with a KICK-OFF GALA & FUNDRAISER to be held at Taj (48 W. 21st Street, NYC), a pansexual celebration that, in addition to music and sexy performances, offers several cinematic gems up on the screen.

The festival then moves to Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), Wednesday, February 27 through Saturday, March 2, with several different film and video programs scheduled for each day.

An awards celebration and an AfterGlow play party complete the festivities on Sunday, March 3.


Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM, the festival’s CineKink Season Opener screening of REMEDY, based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, follows a young woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission.

Then, at 9:30 PM, MOMMY IS COMING is a raunchy, romantic sex comedy set in the edgy and gender-bending underground of Berlin.


On Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 PM, a special sneak preview of BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL provides an intimate look at the rise, fall, and rise again of one of the world’s most recognized and controversial sex symbols.

Then, at 9:30 PM, a collection of short works, STRANGE LIVE ACTS, explores the relationship between pain and pleasure, performance and transcendence.


On Friday, March 1 at 6:30 PM, SEXING THE TRANSMAN explores the sexuality of transmen and the changes they experience as a result of their gender transitions from female to male.

At 8:30 PM, in HOOKING UP, a hot mix of hot shorts looks at the magic of getting together and (maybe) getting it on.

And at 10:30 PM, DAREDOLLS AND RUBBERSLUTS is a shiny collection of shiny works, all sharing a certain textile fixation.


Kicking off Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 PM, feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino takes the stage in THE FEMINIST PORN SHOW, introducing the concept of feminist porn and playing a selection of short clips she has curated from filmmakers around the world.

At 2:30 PM the discussion continues, as THE FEMINIST PORN PANEL explores what feminist porn is, how it relates to the mainstream adult industry, and some personal experiences creating, performing, or studying it.

At 4:30 PM, a special industry showcase, BRING IT!, features a dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, each representing a wide range of genres and visual styles, all stepping up with a hot sampling of their recent creative endeavors.

At 7:15 PM, RELEASE is a taut and sexy collection of shorts that play with the dynamics found between build-up…and relief.

And at 9:30 PM, the festival’s Closing Night Tribute showcases a meticulously restored version of Radley Metzger’s THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN, widely considered to be the greatest adult film of all time and the apex of porno chic.


CineKink NYC concludes the evening of Sunday, March 3 at 6:00 PM, with an AWARDS CELEBRATION, including presentation of the annual festival awards.,

And at 9:00 PM, the CineKink AFTERGLOW PARTY, is one last chance to mingle with like-minded festival-goers and enjoy a few additional screenings, this time in a relaxed play party setting.

The locations for both events will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit



Tickets and passes may be purchased via


Ticket prices for all screenings/panels are $10/$9 advance; $7 for seniors and students (use code “senior” or “student” for advance purchase discount). All prices are inclusive of online ticketing fees.

Admission to the Kick-Off Gala & Fundraiser is a suggested donation of $15/$10 advance.

Admission to the Afterglow Party is $30/individual, $40/couple, $50/triad, advance purchase only.

The Awards Celebration on Sunday evening is free of charge.

A limited number of CineKink All-Access Passes, covering admission to all screening programs/panels, plus all parties, are available in advance for $85; $75 for members of any sexuality-focused organization; $60 for students/seniors; $45 for CineKinksters & Friends w/Benefits (CineKink supporters).


Want to help out during Cinekink? Go here:


Billing itself as “the really alternative film festival,” CineKink NYC returns for its tenth anniversary appearance February 26-March 3, 2013, to be followed by a national showcase tour. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works featured at CineKink range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit –and everything in between.

More info:


Sponsors for CineKink NYC/2013 include Crystal Delights,, and TakeDown Piracy, along with ainsley-t, DistribPix, Feminist Porn Awards, FetishMovies, Leather Archives & Museum, Les Jeux du Marquis, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Pleasure Salon, Reload, and The Eulenspiegel Society.


+ round-up of all screenings, be sure to add/invite your friends/fans:


FETLIFE – (registration required)
You can find links to each screening on the left hand side of Lisa’s profile, under “Events Organizing”

On December 7th, the erotic reading series Between the Covers will host contributors and examine E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy at the Happy Ending Lounge.

Featuring contributors to Smart Pop’s latest title, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey , this diverse group includes:

–    Reading Series Host: Lori Perkins, editor of Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, and editor of 20 erotic anthologies
–    Laura Antoniou, author of the long-celebrated BDSM series, The Marketplace
–    Susan Colón, romance novelist and O, The Oprah Magazine contributor
–    Sherri Donovan, matrimonial lawyer
–    Melisa Febos, memoirist and author of Whip Smart
–    Megan Frampton, romance novelist and Heroes and Heartbreakers romance blog moderator
–    Louise Fury, literary agent
–    Catherine Hiller, author and PhD
–    Debra Hyde, winner of the 2011 Best Lesbian Erotica Lambda Literary Award for her BDSM tale Story of L
–    D.L. King, erotic romance author and BDSM lifestyle participant
–    Hope Tarr, PhD, historical and contemporary romance author

When: Friday, Dec., 7th, 8:00 PM
Where: Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome Street (bet. Forsyth and Eldridge. Pink awning says “Xie He Health Club”)
Admission: FREE

About Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation with sections on Fifty Shades as erotic fiction, sexual empowerment, fanfiction, and pop culture.

“Fascinating examination of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy . . . Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone.”
—Publishers Weekly starred review

E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!

About Between the Covers and Smart Pop

Between the Covers reading series spotlights authors and their works with readings, door prizes, and endless enthusiasm for all things erotically edgy. Hosted by publisher and editor Lori Perkins, the series happens the first Friday of the month at Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome Street, New York, New York.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. for socializing.

Reading begins promptly at 8:00! Between the Covers is a 21-and-older event.