Winnie Wenglewick Brings Kink to the Stage with BITE

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From Denver's Dangerous Theatre's Website
Winnie Wenglewick and Denver's Dangerous Theatre present BITE.
Winnie Wenglewick loves showing her audience how to get kinky. The owner, producer and artistic director of Denver's Dangerous Theatre, Wenglewick is currently producing BITE, a "choose-your-own-adventure sex farce" that offers audiences numerous opportunities to vote for what happens next, whether it's a "blowjob fest" or some other kinky escapade. In a recent conversation with Wenglewick, we learned why she choose BITE and how Denver audiences feel about BDSM.

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Five Tips for S&M Newbies

Categories: Events, Lists, Sex

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If you've ever wanted to get kinky, this is the weekend to start. Tonight Beyond the Bedroom will host Coming Out Kinky: A Grown Up Comedy at Shine in Boulder; tomorrow it will offer "Welcome to S&M: A Gentle Introduction" at Denver's Dangerous Theater, with discussion/demonstrations of masochism, bondage, discipline and submission. According to Beyond the Bedroom's Daka Dan, "This workshop will help people identify different areas they might be interested in playing with, how to get started with it and to understand that it is completely normal to have these desires."

S&M can be both scary and exhilarating for people dabbling in it for the first time, so here is our list of five beginner's tips for S&M. And a bonus sixth: Make sure to pick out an awesome safe word/phrase like "banana," or "liquid hot magma."

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Five Tips for Coming Out Kinky

Categories: Events, Lists, Sex

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Beyond the Bedroom will host Coming Out Kinky -- A Grown Up Comedy at Shine tomorrow night. Jean Franzblau's comedy is about a woman's path of sexual exploration; she plays twenty characters in the show. Beyond the Bedroom Executive Director Daka Dan describes the actress/playwright as "not a 'full-time' kinkster who has only relatively recently been on this path." As a result, "she has great insights for those on their initial steps into this truly wondrous world."

Kink can truly be another world for newbies -- a world full of new experiences, new challenges and, hopefully, new paddles, floggers and nipple clamps. In advance of the show, we're offering five tips for coming out kinky: Welcome to the jungle, and forget almost everything you learned in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Five Reasons Why the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Will Suck

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With its terrible writing, dump truck-sized plot holes, horrible Twilight fan-fic dialogue and a plethora of downright ridiculous misconceptions about BDSM and kinksters, Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in E.L. James's trilogy, made me want to faceplant into my Kindle. It's four hours of my life that I will never get back.

I get that this is a work of fiction, but at the same time Fifty Shades has become an influential book, and will continue to be with the first movie coming out. Which is why it's important to point out its shortcomings. Here's a list of reasons why Fifty Shades of Grey sucks -- and the movie -- due out next year -- will too.

See also: Screw Fifty Shades; check out the kinky work of local authors Reggie and Kasi Alexander

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Orgasm 101: Denver's a sexy city, but Becky Tate, of Lust & Co, thinks we can do (it) better

Categories: Sex

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Becky Tate on stage at Ignite Denver.
Becky Tate was the last speaker to take the stage last February during Ignite Denver 16 -- a periodic event that invites people to give five-minute, twenty-slide presentations about anything they want -- and she was a good choice: Tate's talk was about sex, and it was called "30 Days of Pleasure."

"I have a personal question to ask you. How many orgasms have you had in the last month? Think of times with yourself and fun with others. Now I want you to double that number," she started, much to the delight of the cheering audience.

"I challenge you to double the amount of orgasms you have in the next month, and I guarantee you will be a happier person."

See also: The story behind BeforePlay.org and its sex-positive meme campaign

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Cheesman Park: Haunted by fun (and angry ghosts, probably)

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Our cover story this week, Alan Prendergast's "Party in the Park," looks at how Denver's park rangers are gearing up for a busy summer season. In response, Westword writers are weighing in with appraisals of their own favorite Denver parks, continuing with Byron Graham's tribute to Cheesman Park.

Denver's park-going residents have long enjoyed wiling away temperate afternoons sunning themselves on the gently sloping hills of Cheesman Park. Whether you're strolling through the park's neoclassical pavilion, enjoying the view of the distant cityscape over the treetops, or happening upon an especially festive Quinceañera, you'll always find good times in Cheesman Park -- along with the occasional human skull.

See also: City Park: A stroll in the heart of Denver

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The story behind BeforePlay.org and its sex-positive meme campaign

Categories: Interviews, Sex

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You may have seen Beforeplay.org's billboards around the city or memes (like the one above) floating around Facebook. Part of an ongoing campaign advocating safe sex and sex positivity, BeforePlay.org is using humor to connect with Coloradans in a way that is accessible and designed to spark a conversation. Formed in 2008 as a public/private partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy, BeforePlay.org has been working to provide the tools and information necessary to make safe-sex education fun, easy to understand and even easier to talk about.

Westword reached out to Greta Klingler, family planning supervisor for the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and BeforePlay.org's spokeswomen to learn more about what the organization's mission and how it sets out to accomplish that mission.

See also: Let's talk about sex: Is hip safe-sex discussion making a comeback through memes?


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Director Bryan Poyser talks about Love and Air Sex

Categories: Film and TV, Sex

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Love and Air Sex (2013)
Sarah Paxton plays Kara in Love and Air Sex.
Bored Japanese businessmen started the air-sex trend, says Bryan Poyser, director of the raunchy, heartbreaking romantic comedy, Love and Air Sex, which opens at the SIE FilmCenter on Friday, March 7, for a weeklong run. Air sex is the erotic equivalent of air guitar. Pornographic mimes boasting filthy stage names such as Cuntastrophe (winner of the fifth annual world competition) and Jam Out With My Clam Out (2013's New York air-sex champion), go head to head, thrusting solo dirty dancing to new heights of obscenity. For Poyser, the international air-sex championship became the perfect backdrop for a love story. While crass jokes litter the film, Love and Air Sex is a sophisticated exploration of loneliness, desire and lost love. In advance of the Denver run, Westword spoke with Poyser about his film.

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MM Serra on whether Johnny Minotaur is art or obscene teen-exploitation

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MM Serra is struggling to find a New York City venue bold enough to exhibit Charles Henri Ford's 1971 surrealist memoir film, Johnny Minotaur. Nobody wants to bite. This experimental classic examines teen sexuality with explicit homoerotic imagery. Several institutions refuse to show it because curators believe the performers look like minors and that the film violates basic standards of decency, she says.

Serra, executive director of The Film-Makers Cooperative, will be at the Sie FilmCenter this Saturday night to present a new print of this controversial film as part of the Denver Film Society's four-day Sex Shop Cinema series. She speaks with Westword about her programming work, 21st century censorship and why Denver has been friendlier to Johnny Minotaur than New York's art establishment.

See also: Sex Shop Cinema: Puppet porn, butter-for-lube and more (NSFW)

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Sex Shop Cinema: Puppet porn, butter-for-lube and more (NSFW)

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Whether you are a raincoat-wearing heavy-breather, an academic seeking fodder for educational frottage or a run-of-the-mill cineaste, beware: You had better be of age and hope the city authorities do not bust up this festival. The Denver Film Society has curated a lineup of erotic films sure to fan your flames of desire and debate -- so grab your favorite lube and check out our handy guide to the eleven films in the DFS Sex Shop Cinema.

See also: The best BDSM movies: Five more options for your viewing pleasure (Iimages are NSFW)

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