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Erotica LA & F.A.M.E. Awards Expected to Draw 40,000

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Erotica LA 2009 Billboard with Jessica Drake, at N Cahuenga Blvd. & Yucca St.

You've probably seen the billboards and other advertising promoting this weekend's Erotica LA at the LA Convention Center. While smaller in scale than AVN's Adult Entertainment Expo, the 13th annual incarnation is still the city's largest yearly adult consumer exposition, with predictions of over 40,000 people in attendance, many of whom will be women and couples.

Featuring pornstars (over 70 confirmed thus far), burlesque, fashion, dance shows, seminars, and hundreds of vendors, among the new features this year will be a Career Center, Live Adult Auctions (including Belladonna's customized Bella mobile), and the crowning of Miss Erotica LA 2009. Also new is "Hero's Sunday", which allows active military personnel (with valid ID) and the recently pink slipped (after March 1st) free entry on Sunday.

Culiminating the weekend on Saturday will be the F.A.M.E. Awards, hosted by Stormy Daniels. Now in its fourth year and considered the adult equivalent of the People's Choice Awards, Fans of Adult Media and Entertainment holds the unique distinction as "...the first show where the fans take part in the entire process — from choosing the finalists to ultimately selecting the winners in over a dozen categories." Will Tera Patrick become Favorite Female Starlet for the third consecutive year? Will Stoya continue her streak from this year's AVN's Adult Movie, XBiz, and XRCO Awards as Favorite New Starlet, or will she lose to fellow nominees Faye Reagan, Jayden James, Lexi Belle, Meggan Mallone, Nikki Jayne, Riley Steele, or Tori Black? And will Digital Playground's Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge continue its award-winning run as Feature Movie?

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Erotica LA is at the LA Convention Center, with show hours Friday 4:00 PM-11:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Tickets are on-sale now, with three day passes for $75 and individual day passes for $35 (type "TWR" in the access code box for a $5 discount to $30). F.A.M.E. Awards are on Saturday at 9:00 PM and free with admission to Erotica LA.

And follow Erotica LA on Twitter.