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If that photo did not indicate otherwise, Adult Con took place at the LA Convention Center this past weekend. All forms of adult entertainment could be found here: porn stars, amateurs, models, strippers, webcam models, and much more, all in one of the convention center’s halls. Contrary to common belief, there is no live nudity at these expos – in fact, besides the merchandise, these expos are quite PG. No model or star ever reveal anything in person, so attendees wanting to see more are limited to looking at merchandise or monitors/screens around the room showing the videos.

Having gone to the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) earlier this year, I was vastly underwhelmed at the turnout for Adult Con. AEE took place in two ballrooms, and was so crowded that you had to elbow your way through the crowd to get anywhere. Adult Con was only in one convention hall, but attendance was so minimal for being in one of the largest cities in the US. I had a chance to speak with a few people regarding the turnout – the main source for the declining attendance over the past few years derives from the measure to require the use of condoms during the shooting of adult films. The measure also requires posting a public health permit & notice to performers about to engage in such acts. I find it disturbing that this is more important to the LA City Council than more pressing issues, such as the staggering unemployment rate, which is now over 10% in LA. Apparently, monthly testing of all performers is not enough to satisfy politicians. Regardless, this measure will get voted on in LA this November during the presidential elections.

Anyways, I do have more pictures to show. If you want to learn more about the measure that will affect the adult entertainment industry in LA, click on the link above.


With Sara Brinsfield

Since I did not know much about the actual convention, I immediately searched for familiar ground, which I discovered at the MyFreeCams booth. Sure enough, I found gals that I recognize there, so I made my way around to say hi to all of them.

The first gal I had to see was Camryn Grace (in back of first photo in purple dress). After all, that day was her birthday, so she was having a fantastic day with everyone wishing her a happy birthday. After saying hi to her, I noticed Lucky Starr beside her. I had not seen her since AEE, so naturally I had to reminisce with her.

Soon after, Cassie Ramone arrived with a few more gals. Cassie is known to continually change her hair color, but I still recognized her the moment she arrived. She sure is a wild child, but in the end she is super fun to be around.

I started chatting with another gal for a while, but the entire time I did not know who she was. After asking for her name, I find out that I had been chatting with Charming Gemma the entire time. I never knew Gemma prior, but I had seen her name before through the other gals I know. I am glad to have spoken with her, because she is an awesome gal and very fun, just like Cassie. Apparently she has a quirk that she does not smile in pictures. This may be a bluff, because I have seen her smile in a few pictures. But asking her to smile after she says no is not the best idea.

I spent some time chatting with Sacha (in jeans), who is more a consumer than provider (she rarely cams – she is usually in other gals’ rooms). If you spoke with Sacha, you would not expect her to be a cam model. Technically, she is not one, since she rarely cams, and when she does, she remains clothed. At one point, I heard moans under the table beside us – turned out that Lucky Starr was holding a private session. Once I realized what was going on, I walked away from the table for a few minutes just to shake those images and sounds out of my head.

Other gals in the pictures that I did not interact with: Crystal Jewels (in the back beside Camryn), Sexi Lexi 420 (brunette in white shorts), and Lavender 420 (purple hair in white shorts).

In the few hours I was there, I got to talk with lots of different people. Seeing the declining attendance leaves me worried that an expo like this may not come back to LA for a while, especially if the measure passes, which will likely drive all of the business out of LA. If that happens, then we are left with AEE and eXXXotica as the premier expos, which are all not in California. If all else remains constant, eXXXotica is looking to be the one that everyone, provider & consumer, will want to attend, since AEE is once a year, while eXXXotica occurs more frequently.

And remember – they are human too.

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LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area are participating in this feast. All participating restaurants will be offering either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

The Aquabats To Play Christian Dasilva Benefit Concert
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/07/aquabats_to_play_christian_das.php

The Aquabats and Starpool will be playing this benefit show at The Chain Reaction. Tickets are already sold out, though you may luck out and find scalpers at the venue.

Authority Zero, Versus The World, Raptors, and DC Fallout at Slide Bar
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 25
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.slidebarfullerton.com/calendar

This FREE show featuring Authority Zero and more is at The Slide Bar. In order to get in, you must pick up a wristband, which will be distributed starting at 7:30. You must be 21 or over to enter.

My Birthday!
July 25

Just thought I would throw that out there. I will try to get into the Authority Zero show. Come hang out!

International Quilt Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/newHome/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

This expo will feature workshops, vendors, exhibits, and more at the Long Beach Convention Center. As I did not attend last year, I do not have much more info.

Adult Con
July 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/

This is an adult entertainment expo, thus you must be over 18 to enter. Having been to one prior, you will see everything you never expected to see. Despite the age limit, there is no actually nudity or other acts seen – the only way to see it is in the print and merchandise, which is all over the convention. But you never know who you will meet there!

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 28-29
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium – The Finals are on Sunday. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Completely free to attend and spectate, though registration to participate is already closed.

2012 American Filipino Festival
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 28-29
Cerritos College Falcon Stadium, Cerritos
http://filamfest.splendidstudiobooth.com/

Check out this Filipino Festival, where there will be a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more. Tickets are $20 per person. I am unsure about parking, though if they do charge to park, there are plenty of surrounding neighborhoods that allow free parking, though those streets will surely become congested.

Venice Beach Summer Fest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

This weekend at Venice Beach, there will be arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more. The event is free to attend – keep in mind that traffic will be very heavy this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This fair at LA State Historic Park will have crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Think Patchwork Fest, but catering more to people who think beyond the darker side of the box.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm, July 28-29
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Make sure you buy presale, as tickets are $15 less that way. Various crawfish will be served here along with drinks. Live music will be on all weekend too.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 29
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. There will be food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. The cost is $5 to enter, parking is free.