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NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac previews this week's happy marriage of Storyville and the Gold Mine Saloon: The Poetry Brothel.

 

Beware the ides of March, my pets.  You may be resting now, entertaining gentle thoughts of post-Mardi Gras restraint, but come Thursday March 15 at the All Ways Lounge a crew of delicious deviants prepares to tempt you with flesh, music, and sweet, sensual poetry.

 

The Poetry Brothel, an NYC institution since 2007, was born out of boredom.  Founder Stephanie Berger (also known as “The Madame”) moved to New York after growing up in San Diego and spending time in Los Angeles and London.  Berger says she expected the city to reveal an underground bohemia of secret parties and poetry readings.  Instead, she found academic affairs in stuffy auditoriums which started her mind wandering from even the most talented poet’s work. 

“I realized that I really like reading poetry with friends in a bedroom or on a couch and being able to talk about it,” says Berger.  “I wanted a poetry reading series that would happen one-on-one.”

 

Nearly five years later, The Poetry Brothel has amassed an impressive stable of Poetry Whores, and has branched out to cities including Barcelona, Chicago, and now, New Orleans.

 

So what can you expect at a whorehouse for verse?  Berger describes the evening like an “immersive play,” where characters mingle with audience members and performances will occur periodically as if happening in the parlor of a real Madame. 

 

The Madame brings several seasoned whores with her, like Tennessee Pink, a mustachioed heartbreaker who helped found the Brothel concept in 2007.  A few locals will join the ranks, including radical faerie and poet Sugar LeFae, lovely lady band, LadyBabyMiss & The Tigermen, plus burlesque from Bella Blue and yours truly.

 

The event begins at 8:00 and will last until past midnight, featuring poetry performance, music, burlesque, and tarot reading as a background to the main attraction of the night: getting you a good whore.

 

 

The Poetry Brothel

Where: All Ways Lounge, 2240 St. Claude

When: March 15, 8pm-1am

Tickets: $5, plus $5 tokens for purchasing time with whores.  Available at the door or online

“We try to make the environment very intimate,” says Berger.  “Towards the back, it will be just like a real brothel, except instead of the whores having sex with you, they'll be reading poems.”  That’s right ya’ll—you’ll be able to purchase tokens for $5 a pop and choose the lovely lady or gentleman you want to sit down with for some sensual soul-baring.

 

If poetic intimacy isn’t your thing, you can also participate by bringing a poem or writing one on the spot—the Madame will host a friendly competition where audience members can vie for a midnight performance slot and immediate induction into the brothel.  

 

“I came up with this concept after reading a lot about the history of jazz and how it started in brothels in New Orleans,” says Berger.  “If anything, this doesn’t feel like taking it somewhere new, it feels like bringing it home.”

 

Tickets for the Poetry Brothel are available onlineor at the door for only $5.  But be prepared to spend another Lincoln or ten on your favorite whore—Berger is an excellent hawker of her wares, from Simone, the “leather clad sex deviant,” to Elka, “a wild thing from the forest that will possible kill you, but very, very gently.”

 

Sounds like a lovely Lenten time, don’t it?

The Poetry Brothel does not

The Poetry Brothel does not have a branch in Chicago. Chicago is an independent group. Read more about the Chicago Poetry Bordello here : http://www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/new-york-vs-chicago-poetry-bro...

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