Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Phil attends the special screening of SHOWGIRLS hosted by Peaches Christ at the Castro Theatre-August 27, 2011

The Legendary Castro Theatre
After last night's Midnites For Maniacs show, I couldn't wait for the party to continue at the world famous Castro Theatre. Let's face it, nobody throws a party better than Peaches Christ! After last month's PURPLE RAIN extravaganza, I couldn't wait for this month's screening of SHOWGIRLS! Also, tonight was also the 11th anniversary of Peaches showing the film. And to top it all off, tonight's show was dubbed, "Night of a 100 Lap Dancers." So, ladies and gentlemen, let's get this party started!

My Ticket Angel
Upon arriving at the for mentioned Castro Theatre, I was greeted by a very cute ticket girl, who was nice enough to let me take a photo of her, which by the way I didn't get her name. So my ticket angel, if you are reading this, contact be so I can give you credit for your kindness! After picking up my ultra cool VIP Pass, I ventured around the Castro, then returned to the theatre and wanted in line. Since I had a VIP Pass, myself and other holders were let in early. I made my way down to the front row, where I made sure that my favorite seat was reserved. Then I made my way upstairs to the mezzanine where there were plenty of snacks and drinks to be consumed. Soon the theatre let the crowd enter, and soon it was madness. At eight o'clock there wasn't an empty set in the house, and her Majesty Peaches Christ took the stage!

The Goddess Peaches Christ
Peaches began with a fantastic musical number from the film, and the rest of her "Midnight Dancers" took the stage and the audience was treated to an elaborate dance number. After that, Peaches and her team did a reenactment of some scenes from the film. After that, the show continued with a contest for best costume. There were three winners (all SF natives) and all three had great costumes. After the contest, it was time for the "Night of a 100 Lap Dancers" to commence! Members of the audience had to sign up to participate in the event, to which she called up every single one of them. Her Midnight Dancers also helped out as well. So people who had purchased a large popcorn received  free lap dance, and that's when all hell broke loose! People were climbing all over seats, gyrating pelvises where everywhere, old people and young were giving it their all as the orgy of lap dancers continued for several minutes. (If you wish to see the craziness, I have photos of the show on my Facebook page, so head on over and check 'em out) After it was all over, it was time for the movie to begin!

Theatrical Movie Poster (1995)
SHOWGIRLS (1995) stars Elizabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone, a young and beautiful drifter who arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer, but ends up as a stripper at the aptly named Cheetah Club instead. She meets a seamstress from the Stardust Hotel named Molly (Gina Ravera) and soon the two become fast friends. When Nomi encounters a chance meeting with the star of Molly's hotel show Goddess Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), she manages to get an audition to be on their chorus line. Soon life becomes more complicated as Cristal sees Nomi as a threat to her and to her career as the star of the show, which creates a love/hate friendship between the two. Also Nomi sets her eyes on Cristal's manager and part time lover Zack Carey (Kyle MacLachlan) and the two of them become lovers as well. Eventually Nomi wonders if all of this stardom is worth the price.

Even before the film's original release, there was so much controversy surrounding the film. It was the first to receive the new NC-17 rating. It would also be Berkley's chance to shed her good girl image she had while playing Jesse from the Saturday morning TV show SAVED BY THE BELL. The abundant nudity throughout the film had the censors rioting in the streets. So when the film opened on September 22, 1995, it was an immediate bomb. However, like a lot films, it was ahead of its time, and found new life as a cult classic, being shown at midnight shows all across America.

Once again Peaches outdid herself with this event! And there's plenty more fun ahead, so if you are interested in becoming a fan of Peaches Christ, or want to view her upcoming shows, visit her website at

To view the Castro Theater's film schedule, visit their website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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