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Published on May 7th, 2019 | by Guest Editor


Playboy Brings Iconic Magazine to Life with Playhouse, a Unique Experiential Activation in LA

Playboy’s multi-sensory pop-up celebrates sexual freedom, artistic expression, and pleasure. The event will include music curated by Geffen Records, a performance by Jacob Banks, DJ sets by Samantha Ronson and Jason Bentley, thought-provoking conversations featuring Roxane Gay, Lina Esco, and Erica Jong, plus open gallery space and interactive sessions to satisfy all your senses.

From May 10 – 12, Playboy invites the public to be transported inside the pages of its magazine and to partake in a series of stimulating events and conversations at the Playhouse pop-up in Los Angeles. Playboy has curated a dynamic program that examines equality, freedom of speech, gender and sexuality, expanding upon the conversations explored in their latest issues. Like today’s magazine, the installation and programming provide a nod to Playboy’s groundbreaking legacy while being firmly rooted in contemporary conversations about pleasure.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and programming kicks-off Friday, May 10th at 11 a.m. with “Behind the Lens,” a lively discussion with three of Playboy’s newest contributing photographers. Adrienne Raquel, Ryan Pfluger, and Kelia Anne will examine what it means to photograph for Playboy in today’s climate, how beauty should be defined, and how we bring the stories of those who have previously been marginalized to the forefront. Ira Madison III will moderate the “Behind the Lens” panel.  From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, guests will be treated to “Pleasure, Outside the Lines,” a live coloring book session with the editors and creative team behind the publication. Playboy’s newest coloring book is a sensual collection of images drawn exclusively for the brand by Eromatica, whose sensual strokes have caught the attention of nearly 500,000 people on Instagram. Friday evening will feature a DJ set by Samantha Ronson from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the “Tell Me What You Taste” whiskey tasting provided by Heaven’s Door.

Saturday activities begin at 12 p.m. with a panel called “The Fight for Cannabis for All” moderated by Danielle DeCourcey and featuring Andrea Drummer and Gabriel Guzman. At 1:30 p.m., Lina Esco, the founder of the global “Free the Nipple” movement, and Johanna Maska, a former aide to the Obama administration, will make a case for the urgent need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and to finally guarantee equality to both sexes in the U.S. Constitution during their “The Sex Amendment” panel. Professor of Law and Sociology at USC Gould School of Law Camille Gear Rich will oversee the talk. On the heels of her feature in Playboy’s Winter issue, celebrated writer and self-proclaimed “bad feminist” Roxane Gay will lead a wide-ranging discussion on feminism, media, and digital culture at 3 p.m., featuring a special surprise guest. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, the “The Future of Masculinity” panel will be moderated by Playboy’s Executive Editor Shane Michael Singh and feature actors Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Saurnas J. Jackson (Games People Play, Insecure). The third night at Playhouse will end with another whiskey tasting by Heaven’s Door and music curated by KCRW’s Mathieu Schreyer.

On Sunday, Sex toy company Crave will host “It’s a Vibe,” a workshop from 12 p.m to 3 p.m where guests can personalize their discreet vibrator of choice. At 2 p.m, novelist, satirist, and poet Erica Jong will take the stage with her daughter, writer Molly Jong-Fast, for a Mother’s Day themed conversation around honest issues for females. The mother-daughter duo will be followed by sex educator and author Shan Boodram.

Throughout the weekend, guests will be invited to explore Playboy’s pop-up shop featuring collaborations with fashion-forward brands Joyrich and Missguided. Merchandise featuring Playboy’s iconic rabbit head logo will be available for purchase.

The unique space, the pop-up shop, and all of its activities will be open to the public from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. To sign up for a gallery visit, or to reserve your spot for any of the featured events, please visitplayboyevents.com/playhouse.

Full event breakdown below:

Event Title: Behind The Lens

Description: What’s the future of the Playboy gaze? “Behind the Lens” will be an inspiring panel discussion with three of PLAYBOY’s newest contributing photographers whose work is featured in our Winter and Spring 2019 quarterlies and who are redefining society’s tired standards of beauty, inclusion, and diversity with every frame. What does it mean to photograph for Playboy in today’s climate? How should we define beauty, and how do we bring the stories of those who have previously been marginalized to the forefront? A thoughtful and lively no-holds-barred conversation.

Date: Friday, May 10

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/behindthelens/EBG









Event Title: Pleasure, Outside the Lines

Description: Join the editors and creative team behind Playboy magazine for a coloring book session with Playboy’s brand new coloring book—a sensual collection of images drawn exclusively for Playboy by Eromatica, whose erotic strokes have won over nearly a half million people on Instagram. We’ll provide the books and markers. You’ll bring the heat—and ease your mind.

Date: Friday, May 10

Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/pleasureoutsidethelines










Event Title: The Fight for Cannabis for All

Description: Cannabis is slowly gaining legalization throughout the United States and Playboy has covered the battle since the 1960s. Whether it be in the bedroom or in therapy, we believe that cannabis can play a key role in achieving maximum pleasure. But we also recognize that the pleasure of cannabis cannot just be for the privileged; that there is much civil rights work to be done to achieve that goal. What are the policies that we need to fight for? How and why should we educate the masses on the many benefits? How do (and should) cannabis and pleasure intersect? Playboy, in collaboration with attn:, brings together leading voices—entrepreneurs, legal minds and educators—to discuss the exciting, albeit challenging, cannabis realm.

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/cannabis









Event Title: The Sex Amendment

Description: Lina Esco, the founder of the “Free the Nipple” movement, and Johanna Maska, a former aide to the Obama administration, make a case for the urgent need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and finally guarantee equality to both sexes in the U.S. Constitution. As Esco and Maska argue, it’s a cause that needs as much support from men as it needs from women.

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 1:30-2:30 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/thesexamendment/EBG











Event Title: Roxane Gay In Conversation With…

Description: Recently featured in our Winter 2019 Quarterly, renowned writer and self-proclaimed “bad feminist” Roxane Gay partners with Playboy to lead a wide-ranging discussion on feminism, media and digital culture with a secret guest.

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/roxanegay/EBG











Event Title: The Future of Masculinity

Description: As our relationship with gender evolves, our long-standing measures of masculinity must shift too. What defines “masc” today—across generations, cultures, races, and experiences—and how might future generations reimagine the relationship between gender identity, expression, and behavior? Who will decide what qualifies as masculine versus feminine? And what does a healthy representation of masculinity look like? Join Nico Tortorella (“Younger”) and Sarunas J. Jackson (“Games People Play” and “Insecure”) for a provocative panel that explores the concept of masculinity from two diverse perspectives.

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/onmodernmasculinity/EBG









Event Title: It’s a Vibe

Description: Only Playboy could host the buzziest post-brunch party in Los Angeles on Mother’s Day. Join the entrepreneurs behind vibe-maker Crave for a hands-on (read: build-your-own) vibrator workshop. Innovating at the intersection of tech and desire, Crave aims to create more space for conversations across genders about the importance of self-pleasure. The Build-A-Vibe workshop will allow participants to design their own Duet Pro. Of course, it’s yours to keep—but only if you promise to use it.

Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/vibe










Event Title: “The Talk” With Erica and Molly

Description: The subject of our September 1975 Playboy Interview, Erica Jong is one of the world’s most iconic writers and a defining voice of second-wave feminism. In a fireside chat on the state of sex, culture, womanhood and so much else, Ms. Jong returns to the Playboy forum, this time for a candid Mother’s Day conversation with her daughter, writer, and satirist Molly Jong-Fast.

Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/thetalk/EBG











Event Title: The Playboy Advisor

Description: Readers and fans of PLAYBOY have relied on the Playboy Advisor for decades to gain knowledge, facts, and insights on everything from organizing a throuple to the latest definition of cheating to the new rules of man-scaping. Now, YouTube’s favorite sex educator, Shan Boodram, is partnering with the Playhouse to bring our long-running magazine franchise to life. Boodram will host an energetic discussion on sex, dating, and relationships that are informed by science, inclusive and—well, sexy. In a time when 26 states still don’t require sexual education, the board-certified Boodram joins the Playhouse to share some truths about turning on, getting off, and falling in love.

Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Cost: Free

Link: http://playboyevents.com/playhouse/playboyadvisorshanboodram

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