Posts Tagged ‘Adult Entertainment’

The semi-annual AdultCon returns for its 27th run at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Taking place twice a year here, visitors to this expo will find all forms of adult entertainment here, from professional stars to amateurs to aspiring models to strippers to webcam models and much more. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For those less interested in the adult entertainment industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. New for this weekend, AdultCon will start on Friday evening, meaning that this weekend’s event will last three days instead of two like in the past. Contrary to common belief, live nudity does not occur at these types of expos – in fact, besides the merchandise, I would rate these expos as PG. No model or star ever reveals anything in person, so attendees wanting to see anything explicit can only look at merchandise or monitors/screens around the expo hall showing videos.

Having attended similar expos in the past, such as the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) that took place earlier this year in Las Vegas, I can provide some comments about AdultCon. As far as simlar expos go, AdultCon exists as one of the smaller ones. The adult entertainment industry has all but left Southern California ever since the passing of Measure B in 2012 that required the use of condoms during the shooting of adult films, including amateur/home videos. The state of California almost dug itself a deeper hole this past November when it almost passed Prop 60 that would basically extend Measure B to the entire state. Each measure would also require posting a public health permit & notice to performers about to engage in such acts. Apparently, monthly testing of all performers does not satisfy politicians enough that they would need these propositions/measures passed. With California’s hostility towards the industry, other states have more than welcomed the larger expos, such as eXXXotica and the aforementioned AEE.

Anyways, I know why most of you guys visited this page: gratuitous photos! However, as I lack photos from AdultCon, enjoy these photos from AEE instead.

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The 2014 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo returned to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas this past weekend. Now in its 16th year running, this trade show for the adult entertainment industry brings together tens of thousands of people from around the world, including those in the industry and all the fans. Traditionally, only those in the industry could attend the first day or two, designated as trade days. Fans could attend the latter of the days of the expo, with the AVN Awards taking place on Saturday, which required a separate ticket to attend. The entirety of the expo covered three ballrooms. The first room, called The Joint, contained the Fan Fest, which featured a large portion of meet & greets for fans to obtain autographs, photos, and other memorabilia. This room also featured the stage for occasional interviews and other performances, such as an aerialist act. The second room, called The Muse Hall, contained the general expo, where most of the companies and exhibitors set up. The third room, called The Artist Hall, contained the Novelty Expo, open only to industry attendees.

Anyways, plenty of information exists on the official website and countless other third-party sites. Although I did not take as many photos as I had hoped to take, I still took my fair share. I had arrived late on Friday, so I missed the expo, but I still made it on time to a meet & greet with Violet and Jenn (not pictured). Lucy also hung out for a while for these photos:

Starting from The Joint, this hall contained the most amount of people, making for slow navigation of the narrow walkways.

Many of the stars made an appearance for fans to meet. Although not as many showed up as on Friday, this room remained busy the entire time.

At one point, an aerialist act started in the middle of the room.

Moving on to The Muse Hall, fans could find some of the stars here as well. As the room that contained exhibitors, plenty of other action occurred here as opposed to The Joint. Nothing explicit ever occurred, but some of the action definitely turned heads without thought.

The friskiest action occurred at the MyFreeCams section. These girls let everything loose and did not adhere to any professional standards. If any of the fans wanted to see action up close, they would find themselves here at the MyFreeCams section.

And of course, I could not help but take a few photos for myself.

No one can predict the future of the industry. While the Adult Entertainment Expo will not leave Las Vegas any time soon, other similar expos may not face the same outcome. While Exxxotica has found its place away from the west coast, Adultcon appears to struggle on the west coast. The industry has seen a slow decline in the greater Los Angeles area over the past few years, and the passing of Measure B has only steepened that decline. The advent of new technology may also shift the face of the industry in an entirely new direction, much like how social media does for anybody and anything. What can we expect to see occur in the adult entertainment industry this year? With this much volatility, no one can truly predict an outcome.

As a wise man once said, “In volatile market, only stable investment is porn!”

Bottle Share @ The Factory Gastrobar
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/255639587904711/

Kick off Spring with a craft beer bottle share this Wednesday at The Factory Gastrobar. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry.

Chili & Ballast Point Pepper Beer Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/547105975329616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve four variations of chili: beef, wild boar, venison, and veggie. In addition, reps from Ballast Point will visit Beachwood BBQ and tap five of their beers brewed with peppers. After their Curry Night two months ago, you should not miss this chili night.

AdultCon
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to all three days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $15 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Long Beach Roller Derby – 2013 Season Premiere
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeachderbygals.com/

Roller Derby returns to Long Beach after taking 2012 off! Tickets to the all-ages Friday night season opener cost $16. Parking costs $12, so either carpool or take the FREE bus from downtown.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 23
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

Missed Festival of Colors this past weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 23
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://acurrentaffairspring-es2005.eventbrite.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 3pm, while early entry for 2pm costs $20.

Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo @ House of Blues San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22-23
House of Blues, San Diego
March 22: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78708
March 23: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78709

Big names in punk rock play this weekend in San Diego. Come see Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo, and more this weekend at House of Blues in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale and $30 at the door. On Saturday, no one under 21 may enter.

Pamper Me Fabulous
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.pampermefabulous.com/

Consider this a Women’s Day Out, an event that features workouts, workshops, shopping, beauty, spa, health, free flowing bubbly, desserts, a gift bag, and more. For $42 admission, visitors can listen to speakers talk about health & wellness, participate in various exercises in the activity area such as yoga or stretching, and browse the vendors area for more goodies. Because of the free drinks, no one under 21 may enter.

4th (and final!) Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/413611305373861/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival takes place at the parking lot of the Handlery Hotel in San Diego. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. The now-sold out VIP admission costs $50, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 1pm. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, but for those who just want to eat and not drink beer, designated drivers can enter for $25. Guests wanting to extend the experience can attend an afterparty at the Reef Lounge in the hotel for just $8. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

The Drunken Dessert Cart
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 24
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://drunkendessertcart.eventbrite.com/

Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? Check out what Golden Road Brewing has brewing in their facility this Sunday night. For just $10, guests can gorge out on all the candy, pastries, and ice cream they can handle. Guests can wash all that down with various caffeinated drinks from local coffee brewers, or any of Golden Road’s wide selection of beers. Admission includes access to unlimited food & non-alcoholic drinks, free parking, a goodie bag, a photo booth, and more trinkets. No one under 21 may enter. Hurry – less than 40 tickets remain to this event!