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9:00 PM21:00

Patois Film Festival - Red Umbrella Diaries, New Orleans, LA

Discussion with cast members Essence Revealed, Cayenne Doroshow, Dominick, Sailor Heart, and Anna Saini to follow film.
Featured organization: Women with a Vision, Inc.

Film Description:
The Red Umbrella Diaries turns the spotlight on seven diverse New Yorkers as they each tell personal stories about their experiences as sex workers. At turns provocative, illuminating, hilarious and empowering, their stories lay bare the realities of an often-maligned industry and each one’s complex relationship to their work. The film digs deep into the personal experiences of people who trade sex for a living, and illuminates the complexities and contradictions that sex workers face as they try to do right by themselves and people they care about. The storylines weave in threads that many Americans struggle with: work, family, religion, health, and community. The film explores the question: what happens when people whose voices are never heard in mainstream media take control of their own stories and how they are presented to the world. Running time: 99 minutes. Directed by David Kornfield.

The Broad Theater

636 N Broad St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119


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7:30 PM19:30

Brown Girls Burlesque Body Speak

Brown Girls Burlesque is proud to bring together some the most provocative and outspoken performers in neo-burlesque for BodySpeak in celebration of Coney Island USA and the hotbed of creativity and cutting edge performance work Dick Zigun and his team make a home for. 

BodySpeak is an evening of theatrical burlesque that tackles topical, historical, political and societal issues, with a side of glamour. Taking the art of burlesque striptease back to its theatrical roots, social commentary and satire, BodySpeak will tackle white privilege, an exposition of rage via the history of The Black Panther Movement, the civil rights movement now, the Creole Ball and historic matchmaking practices and the fetish of theposterier.

Chicava HoneyChild
Essence Revealed
Po' Chop
Fancy Feast
Sake Fevah
Rev. Mother Flash
Genie Adagio

8:00PM Show
9:00PM Talk back with the artists.
Join us for an after party at Bar Sepia steps from Brooklyn Museum

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7:00 PM19:00

Sex Ed A-Go-Go

Do you like sex, go-go dancing and funny ladies with amazing cleavage? Then you should definitely join us for the next installment of Sex Ed. A Go-Go at Otto's Shrunken Head!!!

Sex Ed. A-Go-Go is one part ADULT sex Q & A; one part go-go revue. Once a month Dirty Lola and The Pussy Posse take the stage to openly and honestly answer your anonymous questions about sex, sexuality and relationships in a fun and entertaining way. In between the sex talk we showcase some of NY’s hottest go-go and burlesque performers doing their thing.

Join us at Otto's Shrunken Head, and get ready to be educated and titillated by Dirty Lola and the Pussy Posse!!

This month one of our favorite guests, Ericka Hart, will be joining the Pussy Posse along with The Bubbling Brown Sugar of Burlesque, Essence Revealed. We're going to talk about any and everything your little hearts ( or loins) desire!!

$7 Early Bird

$10 At The Door

2 Drink Minimum

Make sure you have lots of singles for our giver of go-go goodness, and for our awesome raffle sponsored by SHAG Brooklyn!!!

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4:00 PM16:00

In Their Own Words: Sex Worker Narratives


Featured Event

In Their Own Words: Sex Worker Narratives

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:15pm—5:30pm
L61 Conference Room, New Building


This panel gathers sex workers and puts their stories first. Students and faculty will meet members of the Red Umbrella Project, a New York-based nonprofit—that amplifies the voices of people who have engaged in transactional sex—“through media, storytelling, and advocacy programs.” For more information: and @redupnyc on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.


Audacia Ray
Audacia Ray is the founder and executive director of the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), where she has led anti-violence, public health, and media campaigns to fight stigma and discrimination against sex workers, and has taught workshops on writing and media skills for dozens of sex workers in NYC and beyond.

Essence Revealed
Essence Revealed is a former lap dance engineer of the upscale gentlemen’s club scene, from NY to Vegas & sweet, sticky places in between. She performs and teaches burlesque and other dance workshops both solo and as a co-producer of Shades of Burlesque (NY’s only all Black Female Burlesque Review).

Rita Rachaels
Rita Rachaels is a transgender woman who has taken the road less traveled in NYC. In November 2013, Rita performed in the RedUP production "In My Skin," a play about the experiences of transgender women. She has been published in three issues of Prose & Lore and is currently working on a play.

Balder Rosado 
Balder Rosado is an energetic organizer who has roots built into queer organizing. A native New Yorker and a former FIERCE and Streetwise and Safe member, Balder grew up realizing the importance of community, community support, and people power. At RedUP, Balder works on the Access to Condoms campaign, as well as with the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.

Ariel Wolf
Ariel Wolf is a community organizer with RedUP  and he is actively involved with RedUP's creative work and campaigns around the New York Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.


about this initiative

This initiative approaches sex work and the sex work industry broadly, including unconventional perspectives, and sparks conversations about the wide spectrum of social, cultural, and economic issues that shape sex workers’ lived experiences.

Over the course of the Fall 2014 semester, John Jay College students, faculty, and staff, as well as the broader community, will be invited to a series of panel discussions that consider sex work and the sex industry broadly. These panels cover topics including: sex workers’ own political-organizational efforts; how official governmental systems and institutions interact with the sex trade (and envision alternatives); sex workers’ own stories and interpretations of their work; occupational health and safety issues for sex workers; and how scholars may obtain funding from various sources to conduct more research about sex work. Students will also have an opportunity to gather and discuss the legality of sex work during a student-led debate that will follow a short film screening.

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