Director Bryan Poyser talks about Love and Air Sex

Categories: Film and TV, Sex

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

MM Serra
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.

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

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.

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Melinda Chateauvert talks Stonewall, SlutWalk, rights for sex workers and her new book

Categories: Activism, Books, Sex

Tracey Primavera
Though it's a human-rights movement with roots in gay-liberation activism, the fight for rights for sex workers is much less recognized, says Melinda Chateauvert. Her new book,Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk aims to change that, chronicling the the movement from the struggle to end police brutality to the push to change legislation. Chateauvert will sign and read from her book at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 7 at the Tattered Cover Colfax. We caught up with the author, activist and historian in advance of her visit to Denver to talk about the controversial movement.

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Photos: The freaks and kinks came out to play at Boulder's Exotica Erotica Ball

Zombies were solidly outnumbered over the weekend at the Exotica Erotica Ball, where green men and slinky cat-women canoodled with masked mystery ladies and scantily clad executioners. Photographer Brandon Marshall captured the sexy backlash bash in all its fishnetted majesty. Here are some of our favorite photos; you'll find these and more in the full (NSFW) slide show.

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Comedian Kristin Rand on spirituality, polyamorous hominids and cotton candy

Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

Kristin Rand is a boisterous and unflinchingly honest local comedienne, actress and fashionista. She's Half of the sketch comedy duo Moxie! that she formed with fellow crowd-crusher Mara Wiles, and together they have monthly shows at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Rand also recently starred in the Nix brothers's short film Love to Hate, which won the audience award at the 48 Hour Film Project. Westword recently caught up with Rand to discuss spirituality, poetry, the mating habits of prehistoric humans and literary cotton candy.

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(NSFW) The five weirdest sex toys

Categories: Lists, Sex

This is exactly as creepy as you think it is....
There is nothing wrong with consenting adults using sex toys to spice up some otherwise boring bed-sport, and the adult-toy industry has come up with a truly dazzling selection of every possible implement for every possible body part/orifice. But for every pair of pink, fuzzy handcuffs and every benign blow-up doll, there also lurks a toy that defies belief.

Here are five of the weirdest sex toys out there Warning: your sex-toy cherry will be popped at some point while reading this list.

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Meet the tree that's making your neighborhood smell like Semenville, USA

Categories: Nature, Science, Sex

Kate St. John
These trees are best observed from a distance, or with a military-issued gas mask.
Spring is in the air. You can tell, because the air stinks.

That foul fragrance is the contribution of the Callery pear tree to Colorado. Those who have not inhaled its near-toxic fumes simply don't understand; it's something you have to experience to believe. But if the Callery continues on its prolific track of pervasiveness, it won't be long before its rotten stench permeates this town.

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The eight hottest robots in pop-culture history

Robots are everywhere. From helping us find cat videos on the Internet to assembling other robots (yeah, that can't end well), they've become almost as ubiquitous in real life as they have been in pop culture for years. This Saturday, the multimedia art exhibit Let's Pretend We're Robots opens at Good Thieves Press, celebrating both our robot pals and all the varieties of technology we associate with them. Inspired by this event celebrating the aesthetics of androids, we decided it was high time to have a look at the hottest robots pop culture has to offer. Don't feel too weird about being turned on by a machine, since we all lust after technology; some of us just do it more literally than others.

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Sex marks the spot: Planned Parenthood hosts its first Get Yourself Tested trivia night

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Planned Parenthood promotes its annual Get Yourself Tested campaign.
In what U.S. state is it illegal for a man to have sex with a fish? If you want to know the answer -- and are looking for something both fun and educational to do Thursday night -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has you covered. It's hosting a sex-trivia night at Hamburger Mary's Club M as part of PP's annual Get Yourself Tested national campaign.

The event will feature trivia questions both humorous and informational on topics ranging from anatomy to pop culture, and proceeds will go to support the GYT low-cost testing days coming soon to a PPRM center near you.

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