The contest is over. Congratulations to the winner, Sunny!

Update: Sunny had an extra lucky day today, not only did she win the tickets, but she gave birth, which means she can’t use the tickets, so they go to our other entrant, Karol!


I’ve never read Fifty Shades of Grey. I was busy writing my own stuff or re-reading Pride and Prejudice or stretched out on the chaise lounge with a cool cloth pressed to my forehead lamenting the fall of civilization. A friend of mine read the books. She’s a librarian, and when she told me she used a tone which suggested she was confessing a great sin. “It’s awful, but I can’t stop.” I knew then  that I could never start reading the books because while I have learned that I must never buy shoes that aren’t absolutely comfortable in the store I have not yet learned the art of putting down a book that I have begun. If I was going to read Fifty Shades I was going to read all of it and I was sure I didn’t have the time for that.

I did, somehow, have time for  the hilarious extended book report over at Re d Lemonade (NSFW, contains all the language.) which might take as long to read as the actual novel, but it has the snark built in, and I love snark. With only that much education about the world of Fifty Shades, I jumped at the chance to go see Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at the Fillmore in Downtown Silver Spring, because I usually jump at free theater tickets and because it promises a lot of snark.

Did you read Fifty Shades of Gray? Did you read it with a book group relishing every word? Did you borrow it from the library and cover it in brown paper so you could read it covertly during your kid’s swim class? Did you start to read it and then toss it aside? Did you refuse to read it on principle, with or without the occasional lament about the state of the publishing industry? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, I think you might be interested in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, playing Friday, May 24th at 7:00 PM.

As you can see from the trailer, the target audience is a girls’ night out, but I’m taking my husband because I’m crazy that way. And I’m taking you, too, if you’re lucky, because I have two tickets to give away for Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM.

To enter to win the free tickets for Wednesday, leave a comment below. Winner will be randomly selected on the morning of Monday, May 20th. If Wednesday is no good for your, click here to buy tickets for the Friday show.


Jennifer Thorson is a birth doula, author, and occasional blogger at Bread, Wine, Salt. Her novel is nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey. Questions, comments and compliments are welcome.