Some Women Will Get Naked and Read Fairy Tales in Deep Ellum Next Week

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Yes. It's true. Next Friday, August 17, a group of Dallas women will sit proud in front of an audience and read passages from their favorite stories, completely in the nude. It's a literary trend appropriately titled Naked Girls Reading, and now, after a two year hiatus, it's returned to Dallas.

The concept was hatched in Chicago by a couple of burlesque performers. They just thought it would be fun. It wound up becoming a phenomenon. Brainy babes lined up, contributing both their original works and also their favorite short stories, poems and passages to the events. They were passionate. Thoughtful. Naked.

Soon installments of Naked Girls Reading started popping up all over the country, then it hopped an ocean, showing up in the UK. Dallas got its own eyeful, as NGR got a solid, but short-lived run. Now it's been ressurected by a former reader who goes by her burlesque handle, Black Mariah. She was sad when the series faded away a few years back. She missed it. So she she called up its former organizers -- locally and nationally -- and got permission for a relaunch. Everyone was thrilled. And now, it's totally happening.

For a performance where women read unclothed, it's been met with very little controversy. Critics have said that the women, and the hardcover books they hold -- often in candlelight -- create an exciting, soothing "living painting." Paul Constants of The Stranger had this to say about his experience seeing it in Seattle:

Despite the beauty of the five naked women, the titillation part of the evening ended fairly quickly. There was no dancing, twirling, or bending over backward; legs remained primly crossed or tucked together. Unless you're a 13-year-old boy (with remarkable facial hair and a really good fake ID), you're not going to be aroused by the mere proximity of naked women sitting in front of a coffee table covered with Star Wars paraphernalia. Which means that the reading itself has to be good, or else you're going to get pretty fucking bored pretty fucking quickly.

From there he goes on to explain that the women were, in fact, tremendous readers with exceptional source material. Also, that it was interesting to see a naked human read a book, that you notice how excited or involved she is in every quiver of her skin.
Black Mariah thinks it gets even deeper than the dermis. "For a woman to be so vulnerable and open, and strip everything else away just gives the content new meaning."

The reading itself delves into the unconventional as well. The strip-readers are taking stabs at those tales of morality you grew up with by presenting "Fairy Tails," a collection of the raw, early model stories that Disney based its feel-goods on. But the gals are also digging out work from modern writers who flip the tables on fables, like Caroline author Neil Gaiman and local erotica novelist (and guest reader) Vanessa Vaughn, who will present under the name The Dirty Blonde.

It won't be all serious delivery, according to Black Mariah. "It's a little cheeky, and definitely salty," she warns. And when asked the obvious question: "Why must women be naked to read?" She just laughed and responded "Well, who's going to pay to see women read with their clothes on?"

This event is 18 and up, and absolutely no photography is allowed (that includes your phone). The 90-minute show is being held at the Quixotic World, 2824 Main Street in Deep Ellum. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased here. Seating is limited to 150, and the event is BYOB for the 21 and up sector.


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Quixotic World Theater

2824 Main St., Dallas, TX

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16 comments
DCNeathery
DCNeathery

@Dallas_Observer Some country singers get naked and try to buy cigs, crash their car and threaten cops. That sounds more exciting.

DCNeathery
DCNeathery

@Dallas_Observer Some country singers get naked try and to buy cigs, crash their car, and threaten cops. That sounds more exciting.

Paul Tate
Paul Tate

OK Jeffrey, here it is. I can't go!

Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson

So it was the entire city of Chicago that should get credit for this nonsense?

Jeffrey Morgan
Jeffrey Morgan

I was waiting for someone to find something to complain about naked women reading.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

I'm going to start a companion event called Naked Bros Reading, and we're going to read nothing but Fantasy Football predictions. I bet it will be just as popular, if not more so. 

Mike Niemczyk
Mike Niemczyk

By "a couple of Chicago burlesque performers" you really mean Michelle L'Amour who has won world burlesque championships. Give them a little more credit since your city is stealing another's idea.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

 @joe.tone Instead of books, they hold bowls of pretzels and tall boys.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz For starters, anyone struggling to determine whether Vick will return to his 2010 self. Also, your mom.

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