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Fan-Tastic 

Wednesday, Feb 20 2013
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We at SF Weekly don’t shy away from sexual subjects, so we occasionally get “fan mail” of an explicit nature — propositions, overly personal e-mails, and the rare marriage proposal. We can only imagine what kind of fan mail a porn star might receive. Well, now we don’t have to wonder. Porn darling and Bay Area native Nina Hartley offers up the words, art, and gifts her fans have given her throughout her extensive career in the exhibition “Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail.” Hartley, whose first adult film was shot in the Bay Area in 1984, has been featured in over 650 films, has won the most AVN awards (the Oscars for porn) of anyone in history, and was one of the first crossover stars with her appearance in Boogie Nights. The letters include over-the-top compliments to the “sensual, sensuous, divine Nina,” advice on sexual health, commentary on Hartley’s activism, and more, providing a scintillating glimpse into the world of porn fandom. If you have your own words to contribute, Ms. Hartley also appears in person tonight.
Mondays; Fri., March 1, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 25. Continues through March 18, 2013

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