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March 24, 2019

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CineKink film festival brings smart sexuality to Las Vegas

The Pawn Layman


A scene from “The Pawn Layman.”

The opening party at Erotic Heritage Museum alone might be worth an all-festival pass. Scheduled as part of the launch fete for CineKink, the kinky-erotic New York film festival visiting Las Vegas for the first time this weekend, is an erotic rope-bondage performance by an outfit called Reverse Tensionz.

Unrelated to the performance, we expect, will be wine, hard cider and chocolate.

CineKink is billed, by its own organizers, as New York’s only kinky film festival. It’s in its seventh year, and is starting a national tour in Las Vegas. The event begins with tonight’s opening party at the museum (on 3275 Industrial Road) at 8:30 p.m., where a film shorts and kinked-out performances will be staged for the value friendly price of $25. Proceeds go toward the festival and the museum. The festival shifts to Onyx Theatre in the Commercial Center, where independent short films and feature projects will be shown throughout each day through Saturday night.

The festival stresses its range (from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit, as the news release trumpets), with one highlight being a panel discussion following Friday night’s 6:45 screening of a film titled, “My Sexuality, A Sensory Experience.” The film focuses on five women of varied backgrounds attempting to enliven their sensuality. Taking part in a post-screening discussion is UNLV women’s study professor Lynn Comella, an expert on human sensuality who took part in a similar discussion during this year’s Adult Entertainment Expo.

Comella describes Las Vegas as an “interesting but highly contradictory” sexual outpost. We seem to like smut and strip clubs here, as long as it is staged in some sort of superficial manner. But the city is typically not deep in its investigation of human sensuality.

“We have the sexy billboards, advertisements for strip clubs, the hooker cards on the Strip (those are hookers?!), a but not a real diverse array of sensual images,” Comella said during a phone conversation Wednesday. “Las Vegas is not deep or diverse. It’s usually stereotypical and stale, which is why the lineup of this festival is really exciting to me.”

A visit to either the Erotic Heritage Museum or Onyx Theatre, for any reason, is certain to expand your horizons. And serious discussion of sexuality and some staged bondage never hurt anyone, at least not in any unhealthy way …

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