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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Culture Spy

Re: “Boys in a Book Club

Knitting clubs aren't really about the knitting, though they talk about that, too. It's just that you knit alone a whole lot, so sometimes it's nice to be able to gossip while you're knitting instead. What knitting club ever talks for hours about the actual knitting? This here "boy" likes to gossip with the ladies, but when talking about a book I like to talk about the book. So very linear of me, I know, but then prose is linear, too. Knitting isn't, even though knitting is about, among other things, getting something "done."

Posted by oranckay on 10/13/2011 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Smash Mouth and the Egg Challenge


Posted by Ken Krzeminski on 10/06/2011 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Booty Pageant

You never even mentioned Rasa Vitalia's amazing Banana Dance tribute to Josephine Baker....awesome! nicest booty in the room!

you can see her here!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by booty-luva on 09/04/2011 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Talking About Sex — and Being Asian

Kudos and keep up the good work, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice! Given the increasingly exploitive market forces targeting teens and parents preoccupied with current hard economic times in all varieties of ethnic communities, it's not only the immigrant Asian teens who could profit from a group like ACRJ!

Posted by A Parent on 08/23/2011 at 7:22 AM

Re: “"How Berkeley Can You Be?" Thwarted by Berkeley

Based on the amount of enthusiasm and nostalgia I hear, I bet many residents would be more than willing to donate. I myself would contribute if I knew how. What could someone do to help?

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Posted by Theo on 08/16/2011 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

@Max: You're right, I just reviewed the CD jacket.

Posted by Rachel Swan on 08/03/2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

The author seems to be going back and forth too much to be able to tell her opinion, honestly. As in any social situation, you are going to have better than average stories and just average stories, but the point of the whole thing is to open up the audience to new perspectives, and having them laugh at the same time never hurts. Some of the more jaded individuals in the audience might text rather than listen, but that is to their detriment. Every story shared enlightens the listening. You just have to pay attention beyond your own ego.

Posted by Jenky Rosakranse on 08/02/2011 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Bawdy Tales is an amazing example of people daring to get up on stage and be real, authentic, vulnerable, and raw. Just look at any of Reid Mihalko's stories, I dare you to be anything other than entranced in the humor and magnificent story telling. I have experienced much of the same with each member Dixie chooses to put up on stage. I and a whole caravan of open ears have traveled long distances just to watch the show. sincerely Monique Darling

Posted by Monique Darling on 08/02/2011 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Since moving to Chicago from San Francisco, I've missed a few things. Sure, the weather, especially during this year's Snowpocalypse (or was it Snowmageddon?), but definitely Bawdy Storytelling.

Even from afar, when I learn of the upcoming topic I think of a story of my own that could fit with the theme, and wonder how it would come across if I were to tell it.

I've told stories for Bawdy a few times. Before the first time, Dixie talked to me on the phone to make sure I could carry on a conversation. Then she had me come to a microphoned rehearsal after which I was given feedback. This was well before March 2011 so to say Dixie didn't do the work to put good stories on stage is ridiculous.

What Dixie did not do was tell any of us at rehearsal that our stories – or our storytelling – wasn't up to muster, which says something about the open community aspect of Bawdy. My performance that first time wasn't so good, but Dixie was nice enough to allow me to return at a later time as a storyteller – after I'd had a chance to see other storytellers as a Bawdy audience member.

As a member of Bawdy's audience I've laughed, I've been embarrassed, I've felt worry and happiness and sadness – all for the storytellers. Sure, some have been better than others, but all have been at least worth a listen.

Some storytellers talked about things I just don't get (there's a fetish for that?!) and others were nervous and awkward, but everyone was genuine and kind enough to share their stories.

Since living in Chicago I've had the opportunity to attend the Moth events. Just like Bawdy, the stories weren't all good, but some of them were, and all of them were interesting. The Moth is well respected, and rightly so. I'd put Bawdy Storytelling on par.

I look forward to attending a Bawdy Storytelling event in Chicago.

Posted by ShazamChi on 08/02/2011 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

My girlfriend and I would probably be described as "vanilla" by most standards and we love Bawdy Storytelling! Where else can you hear raw, honest and entertaining stories about adult relationships? We always have a good time and enjoy the perspectives of other peoples situations. You need not be into kink to enjoy Bawdy anymore than you need to be a musician to enjoy a live concert. Bawdy is a lot of fun for everyone. It sounds like the reviewer enjoys Bawdy but instead chose to dwell on one night that didn't impress her so she could let loose some 'zingers.' Review fail.

Posted by Ramonesome on 07/30/2011 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Wow, you sure have the Luvplanet review all wrong. What a inspiring, talented local act they are. Is it safe to assume that you didn't listen to the entire CD? Amazing how you can take something so good, write just a paragraph and completely not capture the essence of the band at all. Go see them live, then listen to the entire CD. Only then may you be able to comment accurately. This review is all wrong....

Posted by Max Allstadt on 07/30/2011 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

why even bother going to an event like this if you're a f*&@ing prude? it's like a vegetarian reviewing the bacon truck.

Posted by rachel's daddy on 07/29/2011 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Factual clarification: the night she's talking about that she didn't like is clearly Bawdy Slam, which was an outlier in many ways - shorter time limits, people not having to audition, etc. So it's not so much that Dixie "finally instituted some quality control," it's that one night she decided what would happen if it was more of a free-for-all. If she'd done any research on the history of the event she would know this.

Posted by Judge on 07/29/2011 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Go back to music Ms. Swan you know nothing of bawdy. Please leave the seats to us perverts who who enjoy hearing real people share true experiences from all walks of life and flavors of sex. If is not appropriate to be judgmental regarding a person's preference, taste or presentation. We won't comment on your prude, rude and vanilla life if you refrain from bad mouthing bawdy.

Posted by Proud Perv on 07/29/2011 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

I made it to a few Bawdy events while living in San Francisco, and enjoyed them all. I wouldn't claim to be a kink lifestyler, but I an a pervert and love hearing about (and practicing) various things (like fisting) that less adventurous folks (i.e. more boring) would shy away from.

I've never been to a Bawdy that wasn't standing room only, so I think people enjoy them. If it's not your thing, stay home and refrain from whining about something that many people clearly enjoy.

Rachel Swan, you deserve a good hard spanking.

Posted by shazams_viking on 07/28/2011 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Disclaimer: I'm one of those unvetted Bawdy storyteller, and I didn't attend the two shows this reviewer did.

-However I have seen four Bawdys, the first one being about six months ago and at every one time has been an issue, and I know that standing on that stage looking down at Sparkle Bottom and her big two minute sign is quite motivating- the attention deficit reviewer would be happy to know that I finished a minute early.

I was surprised at the defensive tone of this review. It seems that Ms. Swan feels bad she's never been fisted, but my experience with the performers and audience has been that they are remarkably warm and accepting. As she said, perverts are easy to please, she seemed to mean it mockingly, but I find it to be one of the most endearing qualities of the community.

I sincerely hope that Dixie continues to allow some less than perfect stories to wind up on stage in order to continue the lack of boundaries between audience and performer. For me the experience of telling my story on stage was empowering and exciting. I hope many other non-famous non-professionals like myself get that experience. There's enough elitism already.

Besides, sex IS funny.

Posted by Jessica Noodle on 07/28/2011 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

Wow. All I can say is what crawled up Rachel Swan's "orifice" and died? I've attended several Bawdy Storytelling events and found them to be fun and, better yet, REAL. If you're looking for stand up comedy, this isn't the place. If you'd like real stories from real people who sometimes stutter and blush when they tell you the stories then come on down! Why would she be surprised that people are talking about fisting, balloons and abduction when the theme is kink? It's not like it was a surprise.

This article is only going to encourage people to come down. Dixie does an AMAZING job with amateur and first-time storytellers to help them be able to tell their stories. Sometimes the stories are funny and sometimes they're just sad. But that's life and sex. If you want something predictable and boring, go see one of the many mainstream movies in the theater right now.

Posted by jasont on 07/28/2011 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

"I've never seen such a whiny group of people as there are present in the comments section here."

@Jezzer, when I was in kindergarten, we used to have milk and cookies, after story time, then a nap. Perhaps, those are the missing ingredients here. I'd be cranky without my nap, too. Really, guys, give Rachel some credit. By all indications, she sat through the show, until the bitter end.

Posted by Lawngun on 07/28/2011 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

My only hope is that similarly close-minded people will read this review and stay away from Bawdy, thus leaving plenty of seats for the rest of us. While the sex described in stories may not be my particular cup of tea, I learned long ago that yucking someone else's yum is just plain rude and cuts one off from a potentially eye-opening experience. I go to Bawdy to be shocked, entertained, tantalized, challenged, and to have a whole host of new "hm, I wonder if that would be fun" questions added to my list of tricks to try.

Posted by emmy on 07/28/2011 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Spicing Up Sexy Storytelling

I've never seen such a whiny group of people as there are present in the comments section here. One would think that "adult" storytelling would imply that people were adult enough to take a little criticism without throwing tantrums left and right, but one would apparently be wrong.

Posted by Jezzer on 07/28/2011 at 2:16 PM

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