Until Next Time…

Ignite Phoenix After Hours #3 was a tremendous success!  We hope you were able to make it, because it was a show not to be missed!  Thank you again to the presenters, attendees, volunteers, and sponsors who helped rock the event.

Hold on to those memories, because it might be a while before you see another IPAH event.  Yes, discussions and brainstorming sessions are happening… you didn’t think we sit around all year doing nothing, did you?   As we typically only do this smaller show once a year, you’ll probably want to subscribe to the blog for when we open submissions for IPAH4.  You can also stay in-the-know by liking our IPAH Facebook page.

If IPAH introduced you to Ignite events, be sure to check out our other events on the Ignite Phoenix website.  Next up? Ignite Phoenix #13 on October 26th.  It’s the PG-13 version of IPAH, and is a bit more formal with the seated theater and wide spectrum of topics.

Thanks for your continued support, we appreciate the love Phoenix!

IPAH3: That’s A Wrap!

Another Ignite Phoenix After Hours has come and gone… and taken all lingering mystery with it!

No longer wondering about the Disney underground, the complexities of anal sex, or what Grandma really wants for her birthday, we’re left to ponder the deep quandaries of life.  Like how did that ridiculous girl from Twilight, who is fucking everything up, manage to cheat on her glittery-skinned boyfriend?

Or… how did we manage to go a full year without After Hours in our lives?  Luckily, the Ignite Phoenix team stays pretty busy throughout the year.  Which would make it really easy to pat ourselves on the back right now.  But really, it’s all of you we have to thank…

Phoenix, your support for After Hours, and all Ignite Phoenix events, is unfaltering and inspirational.  You spread the word, share the passion, and light a fire under this great community.  We are so grateful for you.

Thank you to our sponsors:  Axis/Radius and EEG for providing us with a terrific venue and for working so hard on the preparations for the event; Fascinations for your generous donations to Slideshow Karaoke, no doubt Phoenix will be much sexier thanks to you; and Phoenix Innovation Foundation for making all Ignite Phoenix events possible.

And most importantly, thank you to our presenters.  You bravely submitted, held your breath, and then kept our shared secret.  You followed our guidelines, developed outstanding slideshows, and rocked your presentations.  Thank you for sharing yourselves with us and the audience.  This show exists because you are willing to step out of your comfort zone.  You entertain, provoke, and inspire.  Thank you.

Thank you all for a sensational show and an unforgettable night!

 

Who’s ready to rock IPAH3?

Ignite Phoenix After Hours #3 is closing in fast with less than a week until the jaw-dropping event!  And look at you with your ticket secured, leather, lace, and feather boa set aside.
For our veteran IPAH-ers, congrats!  You’re about to be generously rewarded for your patience in the year you waited for this to return… 
For our IPAH virgins, welcome!  We’d love to tell you that you’ll be handled gently and eased into it, but we’d likely be lying.  We will tell you that you’re in for an unforgettable evening… and there’s a bar.
Here are the important details so we’re all ready to rock come next Friday:
Location
Radius
7340 E Indian Plaza
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Directions to Radius
 
Doors open at 6 PM (secure a seat & get your drink on)
Show starts at 7 PM
 
Parking
-Valet is available, and we’ve requested they arrive early for our event.
-Galleria Garage: located on N Wells Fargo Ave, between E Stetson Dr and E Shoeman Ln
-Stetson Lot: located on E Stetson Dr, east of N Wells Fargo Ave
 Parking Map
Tip: Construction in the area has closed the alleys connecting Shoeman Lane and Indian Plaza; therefore if you park in the garage or lot, you’ll need to walk north along either N Buckboard Trail or N Saddlebag Trail.
 
Tickets
You absolutely must have a scannable ticket to gain entry to IPAH.  Either bring a printout of your ticket, or make sure it is loaded on the Eventbrite app on your smartphone if you use that.
 
Can’t use your ticket?
If you can no longer attend the event, don’t worry, several people are already posting on the IPAH Facebook page in need of tickets.  You can either respond to them, or post how many tickets you have available, and the best way to contact you.
Tip: you may need to click ‘Highlights’ under the cover photo and then ‘Posts by Others’ to view existing ticket posts.
 
(un)Dress Code
If you’re wondering about the dress code, stop – there isn’t one for IPAH.  The whole ‘private event’ thing means we pretty much get to do as we please!  So feel free to wear whatever you want.. from work suit to birthday suit and anything in between.  Furry costume?  Pasties & vinyl?  Neon fishnet?  Ass-less chaps?  Bring it on.
 
Food & Drink
Both the pizza kitchen and the bar will be open at 6PM, making it a great time to get there early, unwind from the week, and kick off the festivities in IPAH style!
 
Miscellaneous
Radius is a nightclub, so IDs will be checked at the door.  Also, there is very limited seating where you can see the show.  Seats are first-come, first-grabbed, so we suggest wearing some comfy shoes for both the show and sticking around to dance it up afterwards!
Slideshow Karaoke is back!  Sign yourself up, or better yet talk an After Hours virgin into signing up – they’ll love it!
We don’t record presentations at IPAH, and neither should you.  While you may see our photographers taking photos during presentations, they should be the only ones.
There isn’t an official after party, but the club opens to the public at 10PM, so you can stay and shake your booty until 2AM (thankfully you’ll be wearing those comfy shoes we talked about)!

Let the countdown begin!

Tickets for After Hours #3 are SOLD OUT!  They went on sale at 10:00am last Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon, the last lingering tickets were snatched up.  That’s pretty impressive, but then again, have you seen the selected topics?  WOW, right?  Not a show to miss!

If you need to get your grubby paws on a ticket (didn’t we tell you to set alarms?) or need to ditch a ticket (can’t fathom why!), we’ve got you covered.  Our Facebook page is the best place to connect with others to exchange tickets!  Post how many tickets you aren’t using, or how many you need, and watch for posts as well.  Tip: you may need to click ‘Highlights’ located under the timeline header, then select ‘Posts by Others’.

Bizarre Live by Spaztacular

Bizarre Live by Spaztacular

Monday night was ‘Presenter Bootcamp’ for the speakers, and they are getting ready to rock your world on the 27th!  We’re pretty sure they’re going about their week mumbling “20 slides, 15 seconds, 5 minutes” to themselves, and we love it!  Show the speakers some love when you have a chance… they’re putting a lot of time, effort, and nerves into their slides and presentations.  It wouldn’t kill you to buy them a round of shots that night, either!

Our team has been working feverishly as After Hours #3 creeps closer.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, the sound quality should be improved from last year, but don’t get all excited thinking it’s going to be theater-quality acoustics, after all Radius is a nightclub designed for “unce unce unce”.  We’re working with the venue to increase seating and staff, to keep you liquored up.  However, it’s still a club, so seating will be extremely limited.  Get there when the doors open at 6pm for your best chance to procure a cushy haven for your tooshie.

Plenty more details as the 27th approaches – only two weeks from today!

Announcing the speakers (and tickets!) for After Hours #3!

We’re terrible, really.  We taunted you for a year with the lingering memories of After Hours #2, of dick crocheting, sex toy evolution, slash fiction, and a whole lot more.  Then we teased you for a month with submissions, posting tidbits of things you might hear and see on July 27th.  In the past week, we’ve made you wait in suspense for us to unveil the presenters for After Hours #3.  And we’ll still make you wait until Saturday to buy tickets!

Luckily, we always deliver the goods…

We received 40 submissions (big thanks to every brave submitter, especially those eager-beaver multi-submitters), a record count for an After Hours event!  From those 40, 14 were selected.  In no particular order, your Ignite Phoenix After Hours #3 presentations:

  • Imagine there’s no Heaven – the beauty of a Godless life – Joe Affirmty
  • VAGINA – Msss. Champion
  • With A Little Lust, Drugs & Pixie Dust. – Christina Chapman
  • 8 Sexy Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Burlesque – Jazz Corsette
  • From Mormon Missionary to Agnostic Manwhore – Noah Dyer
  • Bucket List-Paint Playmates at Playboy Mansion…Check – Mark Greenawalt
  • A funny thing happened on the way to the abortion clinic – Oden Hughes
  • Pr0n in the Valley – Beth Hutchens
  • How a Dom/Sub relationship really works – Meghan Krein
  • Medicare Plan D (for dildos): A penetrating look at todays active Senior community – Matt Micheletti
  • Humor: The Salsa in Your Sex Life – Ernesto Moncada
  • Twilight is fucking a lot of things up – Samantha
  • Sodom & Gomorrah – Anal sex isn’t taboo! – TheFabulousOne
  • Bears & Cubs & Otters, Oh My! – Josh Yeager

If you know a presenter, congratulate them & show them some love – if submitting (and agreeing) to speak at an event like this were easy, you’d all be jamming the submission page like you do for tickets!

Tickets!

Speaking of which… tickets go on sale Saturday.  Yes, this Saturday, July 7th, at 10:00am.  Set your alarms for reminders (yes, that’s plural, set a few).  Every show, several people wait or forget, and it’s a bummer when the event sells out.  So maybe bookmark the IPAH ticket site now, huh?  You’ll only be granted entry with a scannable ticket, so print it or get the Eventbrite app for your smartphone.

Remember to check the After Hours Facebook page for all the latest & greatest – we look forward to see you all at Radius on July 27th for another unforgettable evening!