'Naked Girls Reading' Fall Foul of D.C. Licensing Laws
I mean, what’s not to like? Naked women reading “tales of school girls getting spanked and Sleeping Beauty seducing other women” in a small bar. To cut a long story short, Naked Girls Reading is an international phenomenon with events taking places in 18 cities in the UK, Canada and the U.S. The Washington, D.C. events started in October at the D.C. Arts Center, but when they needed a new venue for the January show, the owner of Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar in North East D.C. offered his tiny upstairs bar.
The resulting publicity for the erotic-themed show ensured the place was packed, including a mention in Washingtonian’s weekend entertainment listings. The next show was scheduled for Valentine’s Day with a vampiric ‘Love Bites’ theme, but last Friday the management of the bar told the group they’d have to cancel because it “would violate the bar's license”.
'It is with a heavy heart that I must announce we have canceled this month's show,' Cherokee Rose, the producer of Naked Girls Reading D.C., wrote on the event's Facebook page. 'There were unfortunately licensing issues that came up with the venue that have made it impossible for the show to go on as planned.'
It makes me laugh, but here's how the laws sum up: while actors in a theatre can get as naked as they like, a bar would have to have a license like the ones given to strip clubs, rather than the usual “bands, karaoke, comedy shows, poetry readings, and disc jockeys”.
While I suppose it’s to stop just any bar bringing in strippers, it seems like there should be some kind of theatrical equivalent for bars that do cater for this sort of event - it is the 21st Century, after all. Are you disappointed they’re not going to be performing? I know I am…
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