What: "Intimacy, Sex and Seduction: An Interview and Dialogue with Dr. Jenni Skyler." The event is Part 2 in the BEDTalks series on intimacy and sex, produced by UP Talks: Uplifting and Provocative Talks for Women (and men)
Where: Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., Boulder
What: A Q&A-style discussion about sex; think "Love Line" live and local
When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, followed by a private after-party
Who: Anyone 21 and older
Cost: $35 advance per person, $30 per person if two or more people pre-register together. Use the online discount code DC10 for $10 off, or $25 for a single ticket. Ten percent of net profits will benefit Sir Richard's Condom Co.'s KORE campaign, a custom brand of condoms donated to Haiti
Whereas TEDTalks is all about "ideas worth spreading," the edgy Boulder spin-off, BEDTalks, is about "ideas worth challenging."
The slogan: "provocative with purpose."
Boulder sexologist Jenni Skyler will take the stage Tuesday at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place to answer questions about sex; imagine "Love Line" live and local.
People may submit their questions online beforehand, on anonymous note cards, or, if they're feeling brave, they may take the mic.
The event, "Intimacy, Sex and Seduction: An Interview and Dialogue with Dr. Jenni Skyler," is open to men and women of all sexual orientations who are older than 21. It's Part 2 in the BEDTalks series on intimacy and sex, produced by UP Talks: Uplifting and Provocative Talks for Women (and men).
The first BEDTalks event, for women only the day before Valentine's Day, quickly sold out, according to Elizabeth Powell, founder of UP Talks.
Questions included how to heighten desire, how to balance being a parent with being a lover, how to talk to kids about sex, how to find a woman's G-spot and how to feel deserving of pleasure.
That last topic is Skyler's specialty; her mission statement is to teach people how to give themselves "permission for pleasure," she says.
She and Powell see a need for this kind of discussion in mainstream society.
In fact, they met at the Boedecker Theater's showing of the movie, "Hysteria," which is about the invention of the vibrator. Skyler facilitated the discussion after the show.
"People are thirsty for it," she says. "Just going by the packed audience there, there is an obvious need."
Powell decided to open the second event to men based on feedback from the community. Plus, she says, there is a lot everybody can learn about how the brains of men and women work differently.
"Sex is one of the most important and intimate ways we connect with our partners, so why shouldn't we talk about it more?" Powell says.
She founded UP Talks last year as a way to engage the community in intelligent and meaningful dialogue.
"I want to get to the topics that are sometimes provocative in the sense that they challenge the way we look at things; that's the purpose," Powell says.
The love and romance-focused BEDTalks are only one of four UP Talk branches. UP Talk also organizes discussions about our bodies, careers and spirit.
"We have thoughts and beliefs and theories, but unless we can get into a room and hash certain things out, we sometimes stay stuck in our beliefs," Powell says. "I would be happy if everybody left every UP Talk with new ways of looking at themselves, the world and the people they're close to -- and that they're inspired to try new things and do things differently."
Future UP Talk events include a "deliberate dating" workshop facilitated by a dating coach, and an event about loving our bodies for women older than 40. On the business front, Powell is also planning a workshop about getting more clients through branding and niche marketing.
After every UP Talk, attendees may book a private UP Close Talk with Powell to chat more in-depth about the topics that struck them. She hopes to help coach participants on how to integrate what they learned during the workshop into their daily lives.
UP Close Talks start at $35 for 30 minutes, or $60 for an hour, by phone or in person in Boulder.
"You can go to a lecture, book reading or workshop, but you often get busy and move on, and you don't really integrate the lesson and maximize the value," Powell says. "I want to help you extract the value from what you just learned and really use that in your life."