Start: 7:30 pm
_________________________ Fat activist and sex educator Virgie Tovar brings together voices from an often-marginalized community to talk about and celebrate their lives. In Hot & Heavy, Tovar rallies together a bold group of women who open up about their desires, struggles, and internal dialogues as they learn to embrace and exalt their womanly curves. Hot & Heavy celebrates the many fabulous aspects of being fat -- building fat-positive spaces, putting together fat-friendly wardrobes, learning how their bodies inform their personal politics, and creating supportive, inclusive communities. The contributors offer a diverse set of viewpoints, revealing a complex set of fat-positive beliefs and desires. Ground-breaking and long overdue, Hot & Heavy is a fierce, sassy, thoughtful, authentic, and joyous collection of stories about unapologetically -- and unconditionally -- loving the body you’re in. Celebrate with cupcakes and champagne, Virgie, us, and these contributors! Tigress Osborn is the owner of Full Figure Entertainment, a night-club promotion company for full-bodied ladies and their friends. FFE hosts nightclub parties and other events in Oakland, California. Jessica Judd is a long-time dancer and current co-artistic director for the Phat Fly Girls, Big Moves’ resident size-positive dance company. A research analyst in a former life, Jessica is now a free-range fat activist and stay-at-home mother of two. Genne Murphy is a playwright and arts educator. Her first full length play, Hope Street and Other Lonely Places was a 2011 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist. Her short plays and monologues have been featured by Azuka Theater, Flashpoint Theater Company, Madhouse Cabaret and many more. Abby Weintraub serves on the NOLOSE Board of Directors and is currently working on a collection of short stories about illness, awkward sexual experiences, and false alarms. Deb Malkin is a fat, queer, cheetah-print-wearing body liberationist, organizer, rabble-rouser and the owner of ReDress, an online vintage and resale boutique for women size 12 and up. Kimberly Dark is a writer, mother performer, and professor. She is the author of five award-winning solo performance scripts, and her poetry and prose appear in a number of publications. Kimberly’s shows have twice been named on Curve magazines’ top-ten performances of the year.