Raw, Idiom: b. Informal. in the nude; naked

Well, then! It's Valentine's Day, and you know what that means around these parts: Vaginas!

So in lieu of roses and candy hearts, here's a V-Day extravaganza to brighten your Wednesday - ("hump-day," naturally). These are a few of my most favorite pics in the world: the first from the 2001 Vagina Monologues, one of my best memories ever. In that exact moment, I remember looking up at the back row of the auditorium to announce that we'd sold out the 649 seats of Mitchell Hall. You can see my girls in back celebrating. It still makes me smile. Secondly, a quick pic we snapped at the end of the show with the full cast, everyone radiant with excitement at the wild success of the evening. Great memories, all, and sentiments that rush back for me every year at this time.

There's a ton of great info on the web now about the Vagina Monologues, V-Day, and Eve Ensler's work, but here are a few choice links if you're feeling in the mood for some vagina action:

* The mission and history of V-Day. You can find everything you want to know here about the activism and the show itself. It's really mushroomed from a little underground play into an international movement. I'll never forget seeing the show for the first time in January '98 as a sophomore studying abroad in London. It played this tiny little back room theatre in a pub - the King's Head, maybe? - and sat 12 people, max. And now it's filling Madison Square Gardens. Love it.

* A Q & A with Eve Ensler about the show and some of her other work. She debuted a new play last year here in SF, "The Good Body," and I have to say, it wasn't so good...pretty stereotypical and inane in lots of annoyingly cliched middle-aged woman kinds of narcissistic ways. But nonetheless, it's good to get a sense of where she comes from. Go here for the interview, and lots of other info on the play.

* Finally, if you're feeling short on time and just want a little blurb on the whole V-Day thing, hit up trusty Wikipedia for some of the basics.



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