As a people, we hate our bodes. And why wouldn’t we? Thanks to advertising, religion, and pop culture, we’re taught to see our physical selves as either substandard and laughable or as low-grade, filthy vehicles of sin. And as body parts go, the penis is among the most reviled. Think about how it’s reflected. When someone acts like a jerk, we call him a “dick.” Missiles and guns (things that kill people) are said to be phallic symbols. Guys who buy sports cars or big, loud motorcycles are ridiculed as compensating for not being well-endowed. Even some men refer to their own private parts as their “junk.” What’s all this about? “The Dick Show” aims to answer through performances and readings. It’s a benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture, organized by Jack Davis, and it’s part of an ongoing art exhibit by the same name. It not only celebrates the penis but ponders its very place in society. “Why is it essential that a man have a penis?” Davis asks. “Do you have to have a penis to be important, successful? Are penises ugly? Are penises beautiful? Are penises fun?” Dancer and performance artist Jess Curtis offers a pre-show work called Viagrabilia. Logan Knight performs A Brief History of a Dickless Man Trying to Find Underwear. A performer known as Captain asks Is It Big Enough? while Philip Huang assures us (in a video) that It Gets B***er. Cayenne, meanwhile, sings about and demonstrates drag technique in Old Queens Can Teach You How to Tuck. Kirk Read also performs, and Ed Wolf tells a story. TTBaum takes Head Shots — er, penis portraits — throughout the evening.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 4. Continues through May 26, 2012

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