Seattle's notorious amateur porn festival comes to SF. Plus: Digital Mystikz, Afrika Bambaataa, Danny Tenaglia, Riot Grr, more nightlife
SUPER EGO "If people want to accuse me of being a heteronormative queer assimilationist, they can come to my traveling amateur porn film festival and say it to my face!"
That's Dan Savage -- spunky sex columnist, "It Gets Better" maestro, and editor of Seattle's the Stranger -- calling me on the way to the airport. He's flying the friendly skies for the nationwide Hump Tour (coming Fri/28 and Sat/1 to the Roxie Theater in SF, humptour.strangertickets.com), which is giving the Stranger's notorious — and notoriously successful — annual homemade skin flick competition more, er, exposure.
In fact, the Hump Tour reminds me a little of the hilarious Sodomy Bus from Michael Moore's 1990s TV show, filling the hills and crevices of America with resounding squeals and joyful bangs. Of course, the Sodomy Bus deliberately targeted anti-gay areas to make a political point — back when sodomy was still illegal, remember then? Whereas the Hump Tour projects handcrafted erotica with titles like Rumpy Pumpy ("an animated starter with funny, floppy dicks"), D&D Orgy ("roll for experience as the dungeon master's fantasy game gets extremely real") and Go Fuck Yourself ("one man time travels to save the world and fuck himself. Then things get complicated") onto big screens in major cities with a side of popcorn. You can't get more cuddly-quaint than that, no?
"I'm actually kind of worried about coming to San Francisco, though," Savage said with an emphatic laugh. "Here I am, with my monogamish husband, editing this severely liberal paper and writing a sex column, my schedule full of porn, and I always feel like I'm going to be attacked for not being radical enough for SF, because I spoke out for same-sex marriage and other things." I didn't have the heart to tell him how much things have changed here — our overheated scandal du jour is over a queer club in Oakland politely asking straight people not to come because it's too crowded, sigh.
So, what are the benefits of touring the country with a suitcase full of funny, irreverent, poignant, crude, and sweet stag films? "I'm at the point now where I've been writing about sex for so long that people mob me after each screening to say how they grew up reading me, how they would sneak my column into their bedroom, how I convinced them to try some things. And now I've enticed them to come see some porn with their friends and family. That's kind of funny."
Meanwhile, his stacked hubby has become a fixture on Seattle's underground queer dance scene — does Dan ever hit the dance floor with him? "I usually hide in my room and write. It would never work if we were into the same things. You need some difference for that spark that makes you want to screw each other rather than just be each other."
We'll forgive you, Dan. Just keep the smut coming.
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