Last Call for Submissions!

You can hear that, right?  The deafening ‘tick-tock’ of the IPAH3 clock, it’s echoing through the Valley with only 4.5 days left to submit!

Which means two things: you all need to kick it into high gear by submitting or peer pressuring your fascinating friends to submit, and tickets for IPAH3 will be on sale soon after submissions close.

Newborn by Char Reed

Newborn by Char Reed

Yes, we’re IPAH teases.  We made you wait a whole year between After Hours shows, and now we’re dangling the ‘tickets on sale’ carrot in front of you.  So let’s just focus on the submitting part, eh?

We know Ignite Phoenix events are super awesome and unlike anything else.  So it’s no surprise that Ignite Phoenix After Hours is all that, but slightly more special (gasp! that was bold!):  you can use an alias for your submission, the audience is half the size, and your talk isn’t recorded to be forever ogled on YouTube.  It’s the chance to talk about something you’re into, to turn people on to what turns you on – mentally, of course!  Okay, physically too… it is After Hours!

We’ve had great submissions so far, on a range of topics (psst! read the current submissions).  But like Mick Jagger, we can’t get no satisfaction… we want more!

IPAH fans, we’re turning to you.  Who do you know with some fascinating hobby, an unwavering political or social stance, or a secret life, and would be willing to talk about it for 5 minutes?  Think hard then pass this along to them.  There’s even a handy list of random potential topics to help move the inspiration process along:

Swinger lifestyle; Religious stances; Public policy; Nudists; Cult escapees;  Limitations on human reproduction; Human trafficking; Body modification; Extreme fetishes; Self-imposed health care issues; Feminism; Street art; BDSM; and really whatever else you opinionated and awesomely crazy Phoenicians want to throw our way… Unleash yourselves!

Also, don’t forget to ‘Like’ the IPAH page on Facebook; RSVP to the IPAH3 event; and of course, share us with your social world!

We’re all about friendly reminders, so here are the important details, again:
Submissions close Friday, June 29th, 11:59pm-ish (nudge…nudge… submit here)
Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 7th, 10:00am
IPAH3 is July 27th, doors open 6:00pm, show starts 7:00pm

IPAH3 – Six Weeks & Counting!

Oh Phoenix, you make us so proud!  While we’ve been busy prepping for Ignite Phoenix After Hours, you’ve been busy submitting topics.  Have you seen the latest submissions?  We’ve got burlesque, a local reality show star, a vanilla sex fetish, the inside scoop on Satan, an anti-snob wine snob, the secret world of lesbians, and a whole lot more!

Medical Love by Simon Pais

Medical Love by Simon Pais

So, where’s your submission?  We know you flirt with controversy, dance on the dark side, and filter yourself in front of grandma.  Get the wheels turning in those pretty little heads of yours, there’s something worthy of a rockstar submission lingering in your psyche.

It doesn’t have to be about sex, drugs, or rock’n’roll (although welcome), it can be about anything.  Seriously, anything. But let’s keep the hate speech and sales pitches out, just because, well, they’re buzz-kills.  And while you’re thinking about your topic, writing your bio and submission, ponder who else might make for an incredible submission.  Then share the info with them – remember, sharing is caring, people!

Inspiration doesn’t happen on command, so head over to our IPAH Facebook page and check out recent discussions to get those creative juices flowing!  Posts in the past week have ranged from body modification and the gay bear community to medical marijuana and regulating human reproduction.  Join the conversation or start one of your own.  It may not be what you ultimately submit on, but you just might trigger an exhilarating idea.

Why the push to submit?  Because the true dynamic of Ignite Phoenix events is in the diversity of topics and speakers.  You all are what make it unforgettable.  It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it; sharing your genuine passion and fascination with a crowd of people excited to hear about it.  Ignite Phoenix After Hours is your chance to educate and stimulate – jump on it!

Important dates to add to your smart phone or old school calendar:


Fasten your seat belts, Ignite Phoenix After Hours #3 is coming!

Plane Crashes & Love Messages by Simon Pais

Plane Crashes & Love Messages by Simon Pais

We’ve teased you for a year, but it’s finally here: the third installment of Ignite Phoenix After Hours, our main show’s risque big sister.  After Hours starts where Ignite Phoenix ends, taking shared passions and quirky obsessions to a whole new level…

You’re still going to get that awesome exchange of ideas, opinions, hobbies, and interests that Ignite Phoenix is all about; we’re just spicing it up!  It’s not for everyone, and that’s okay.  You’ll hear (and see) things that will blow your mind, fluster you, or even rattle those precious opinions of yours.  If you’re into that, even better, we’d love to have you!

Just like Ignite Phoenix, presenters still get just 20 slides and exactly 5 minutes to share their idea on stage, but now the topics can venture into the R to XXX ratings. This show is strictly for the 21 and over crowd.

You’re wondering what you’re going to submit on, aren’t you? Don’t worry you naughty minx, we’ve got you covered!  Those thoughts that you filter and refrain from sharing on conference calls, at PTA meetings, and with the grocery store clerk?  Start there and tell us instead (hey, we’ve all got a dark side).  It doesn’t have to be about sex – but anything unusual you do, anything controversial you believe, or any bizarre experience you’ve had are perfect. And because we naughty minxes stick together, we do not record presentations or require real names… something about not leaving any evidence?

So stop lollygagging and submit your talk idea to After Hours!

Then block out the night of Friday, July 27th, and prepare to terrorize Scottsdale:  we’re taking over Radius again!  Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the feisty festivities start at 7:00 PM.  To stay up to date on submission deadlines, ticket sales, and selected presentations join our IPAH Facebook page and RSVP to the Facebook event, or simply subscribe to our blog.

Let your hair down and grab a cocktail.  Better yet, grab two and double-fist it: this is After Hours we’re talking about!  It’s racy, controversial, and will get your blood pumping!