Alwun House Exotic Art Show has hosted the Erotic Poetry & Music Festivus (EP&MF), since 2004. Providing for a broader exploration of Exotic and Erotic themes. Presenting the crème de la crème of the valley’s poetry scene and the broadest range of eclectic off-the-wall: scintillating performances of romantic/tragic/comic lust-filled comedians and storytellers, musical flights of fancy, vaudeville variety acts, spoken word, improv, performance art. With a printed program, simultaneous programs are on two stages.
For the 2020 edition, features forty local artists, with twenty performances on both the Main Stage and the West Garden Stage. The West Garden Stage, will be hosted by Rosemarie Dombrowski, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, and features local poets like Kat Hofland, Sophia McGovern, Kellen Shover, Anna Flores, Imogen Arate, Christy White, Joe Dick, Hunter Hazelton, Sam Hui, Abby Baker, Nancy Wolter, Melissa Leto, Danae Barnes, The Klute, Tristan Marshall, Bill Campana, Garrett Smith, Nadine Lockhart, Amy Oozonian, and Eduardo Perez with Calvin Cook.
The Main Stage is co-hosted by the grandiloquent duo, poet/theater director Ernesto Moncada, and comedian/actor Matt Micheletti, backed up by Patrick Hershey on upright bass. Program includes: poetry by Aaron Johnson, Emily Cimino, Ben Jammin’, Lexi Lou and Jessica Fleming; music by outrageous ditty songster Tom Tuerff, The NoGoodNiks, Wood Rat Metal Pig, Boketto and Indigo Rider; stand-up comedy by Leslie Barton, Eric Sobczak, Savannah Hernandez and James Hoenscheidt. Storytelling; Mrs. Sexy and Russ Kazmierczak; Burlesque by Femina Flower, and surprises.