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Wednesday, May 8 2013
May sure is a busy time. School is ending, it’s Masturbation Month, and from May 18-26, the Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival is once again out to show San Francisco a good time. Started in 1999 as a forum for sex workers — including prostitutes, porn performers, exotic dancers, and others — who made films about sex work and the sex industry, it has since expanded to include visual arts, performances, workshops, parties, and political organizing. New events this year include festival kick-off, The WhoreCast LIVE, ($20-$50) Siouxsie Q’s podcast performed live for the first time. Other must-sees include Tom Orr’s Love for $ale: Hookers with Hearts of Gold, ($15-$20) described as “a hooker showtune benefit extravaganza” for the St. James infirmary; and voyeurs should not miss Sex Worker Sinema ($35) at the Roxie, with films like Lot Lizard, American Courtesans, and Scarlet Road, about Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton, who specializes in clients with disabilities. Lastly, Mariko Passion takes people on a tour like no other with “Whorrific Popcorn Theater Bus and Cabaret,” ($35) which visits landmarks of S.F. whoredom like City Hall. Storytellers include Scarlot Harlot, Femme 6, and Ckiara Rose.
Sat., May 18; Mon., May 20, 2013

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