LAST CHANCE! Dirty Show ends tonight!

Tonight is your last chance to catch the infamous Dirty Show, the event that puts Detroit on the international art map.

The Dirty Show is Detroit’s most-attended art event and the largest erotic art exhibit in the US. What began as a one-night gathering in a small office space in downtown Royal Oak in 1999 now takes place in the enormous Bert’s Warehouse Theatre (Eastern Market) and is known as a Detroit Valentine’s Day tradition, spanning three weekends every February.

If you haven’t attended the Dirty Show yet this year, consider it your duty as a Detroiter to make an appearance tonight! Online ticket sales have ended, but you can buy tickets at the door. More information at the Dirty Show website. Doors open at 7pm and close at 2am.

Some of this year’s features are:

  • The Operation, a rare erotic film shot entirely on infrared (Jacob Pander & Marne Lucas, 1995)
  • The debut of Honey Bunny Burlesque, an African American burlesque troupe
  • A special collections from the all-female art collective, Society of Women in Erotic Art Today, and selected works representing the best of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival
  • A life-size token-operated riding machine (like the penny horse you rode as a kid at Meijer) with a striking resemblance to Jerry Vile, founder and director of the Dirty Show
  • Works by beloved Detroit artists including Mark Dancey, Camilo Pardo, Jef Bourgeau, Glenn Barr, Niagara, Russell Keeter, Tom Thewes, Jerome Ferretti, Vato, and Pablo Davis (who assisted in the creation of Diego Rivera’s mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts)

With photography, film and video, painting, sculpture, performance, installation art, interactive games and two full-service bars, the Dirty Show is a full night of entertainment for everyone (except children)!



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Jane Fader

Jane Fader received a Master’s degree from the Wayne State University Department of Communication, where she also completed her doctoral coursework in media studies and instructed courses in film, video production, and television criticism. She has written widely on the topics of sexuality and pornography, and produced an internationally awarded documentary about female ejaculation. Currently Jane does creative direction and marketing in the sexual wellness industry, instructs courses in Cultural Diversity and Information Literacy at IADT Detroit, and maintains her blog, 


  • Bonnie Caprara

    Jane … Argh! I wish I knew about this earlier!