“I Didn’t Know You Were Into Bondage” and Other IPAH Conversation Starters


When I first moved to Phoenix, I wanted to get connected to the social scene. While networking at a local coffee shop, I discovered Ignite Phoenix. The platform is similar to Pecha Kucha (an event I covered for the local newspaper in Charleston, SC). Ignite Phoenix is all about passion in the Valley of the Sun.

You submit a presentation idea about something you have passion for; then, if you’re chosen to speak at Ignite, you have to prepare twenty slides. Night of, the twenty slides scroll behind you for five minutes. During this five minutes, you speak, and you can’t screw up, because if you do, your timing will be off, because the slides keep scrolling, no matter what. The point is to ignite passion in other people regarding your topic—as long as your topic is within PG-13 constraints. You get it?

I was chosen to speak at Ignite Phoenix #7, in front of 900 people at the Phoenix Museum of Art. I talked about “The Art of Bad Writing.” You can read the full story about that exhilarating evening HERE. However, I’d like to talk right now about something different, known to insiders as IPAH, or Ignite Phoenix After Hours.

The ingenious maniac behind Ignite, Jeff Moriarty, asked me to join him for coffee after my Ignite Phoenix presentation. We got to chatting, and I suppose he noticed I’m a little off-kilter, because our conversation soon turned to this new idea of his: Ignite Phoenix with an R, X, and NC-17 spin. Jeff sought a new platform, designed for the Phoenix fringe. He asked if I wanted to help, and I said, “But of course.”

A succinct explanation of Ignite Phoenix After Hours: “So we told you no F-word at Ignite Phoenix. No racy pictures, no gore, and definitely no nipple tassels. Sorry, but it’s PG-13. Get over it. Move on. Not gonna happen. But what if there was another event, akin to Ignite Phoenix but different—and edgier? Meet Ignite Phoenix After Hours.”

We had our first event back in December, and may I say I’ve never heard so many inappropriate topics discussed in public. From tits to kegel exercises to “Do drink and drive,” we heard a bit of everything. When the whole ludicrously filthy evening was over, the day after, everyone asked, “When’s the next one???” Well, darlings, the next Ignite Phoenix After Hours is Friday, July 29.

Right now we’re looking for presentation submissions. All of the details are available at the Ignite Phoenix After Hours website: http://www.ignitephoenixafterhours.com/. At our last committee meeting, we strained our brains for new edgy groups to approach for presentation submission purposes. I have my fingers crossed that one of the Scandalesque ladies will submit. We’re sending someone to the upcoming Fetish Prom May 28. But I want more. I want fringe ideas we haven’t even thought of yet and not just about sex.

Scandalesque.

Maybe someone could talk about unconventional politics. How about religious ideas that’ll make conservatives like me angry? I’ve always been curious about people who actually want to dress up as clowns. And tattoo artists: what’s the craziest ink job you’ve ever done? I guess I’m giving you a couple commands. (And why not? I saw the Scandalesque show this weekend at The Duce; I feel very dominant right now.)

First of all, I think you should attend Ignite Phoenix After Hours #2 on July 29. (Tickets go on sale July 9!) Secondly, I want your ideas. What weirdo Phoenix group deserves some attention? Who would you want to see on the IPAH stage? Finally, if you feel brave enough to actually submit a presentation, do it, NOW. They’re due by July 1.

I’m excited to be part of an event I really love that broadens horizons and gets the blood pumping. I’m proud to be a part of Phoenix’s After Hours crowd, because let’s face it: it’s better than sitting lazily at a sports bar or dancing with popped-collar morons in Scottsdale. Ignite Phoenix After Hours kicks ass. Learn more about it, and maybe—just maybe—I’ll someday say the same of you …

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