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Happy Birthday Nomi Malone: Our fave fictional Showgirl turns 43!

Posted by Kells, July 3, 2016 12:03pm | Post a Comment

It's no secret that here at Amoeba we love, love, love us some Showgirls! I'm talking about Paul Verhoeven's inimitable 1995 stripper dance flick starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. I mean, what's not to love? It's a marvelously shot Sin City fable penned by Joe Eszterhas (the mind behind Flashdance and Basic Instinct) about a transient whore dancer with killer nail art skills, a tendency to flail wildly when it comes to food or sex, and a dream of making it big in showbiz. As the story goes, they could have brought anyone aboard this shamelessly camp-tacular cheesewagon: Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul... Nomi Malone is what Las Vegas is all about, and she is the reason I try to celebrate her "uhhh, seven, three...seventy-three" birthday every year with a never "too old for that whorey look" home screening party. This doesn't dissuade me from attending local annual viewing events of course; San Francisco has a rich history of homage when it comes to showing Showgirls.



This tradition of reveling in the ritual of annual Showgirls screening started many moons ago thanks to the programming prowess of Peaches Christ—San Francisco's own mistress of movie madness—whose curated Midnight Mass film series featured Showgirls screenings year after year, usually in Summertime. I was hooked at once and I wish I could say I went to every show, but it seemed with each passing season the popularity of the Midnight Mass Showgirls extravaganza erupted like the titular Goddess from the Volcano, growing more riotous, elaborate, and difficult to get tickets for, perhaps owing to levels upon levels of ever-growing cult appeal and the irresistible promise of a FREE lap-dance with the purchase of every large popcorn. This lead to my making a thing of viewing the film with friends whenever making Peaches' party wasn't in the cards, fixing the day by the date of birth Nomi gives in the scene where she's finalizing her gig with Stardust HR.

This year Ms. Christ is flipping the script by starring in the West Coast premiere of the off-Broadway stage parody Showgirls - The Musical! But that's another (forthcoming) Amoeblog post, to be sure, but I'm gearing up for another Nomi Birthday gathering by ticking of tasks on the party prep list. Want to get down with your own Showgirls shindig? Here are some suggestions: 

First, get your nails done up proper fierce, like you're channeling your baddest bitch.

Do be sure that your nails are good and dry.


Be sure to let show them off as much as possible.


Next, it's time to paint those lips...


...and line that lid.


Do mind the orange.

If you want to go the extra mile for that fresh party pretty feeling, by all means do what you gotta do.

As far as refreshments go, if you don't have any Cristal on hand, get creative and mix up some party cocktails on theme with Showgirls inspired names. My favorites include: Caesar Sling, Sex in the Pool, Pollyanna, Sweaty Nightie, Smiling Snatch, Monkey Shit Stage Left...the vulgarities are endless! Don't forget the ice.

If you do find yourself on the receiving end of a Cristal "Holy Water" baptism...


  ...embrace the opportunity to express yourself.

When it comes to the menu, go wild! Throw together a "doggy chow" chili and see if anyone eats it. If that doesn't go over, rest assured that no one'll be mad at a family size bag or two of potato chips comparable to national brands. A platter spread of burgers, fries, and soda, with and a hot mess of spicy cheese dip on the side is also appropriate. If anyone finds themselves in a brown rice and vegetables frame of mind, be sure to remind them where all this frivolity is coming from:

Party favors! Everybody loves party favors. Treat your guests to complimentary collectibles to commemorate the occasion, like trading cards. Is there any cult movie since 1995 more worthy of trading cards than Showgirls? I think not. Plus the medium is perfect for combining Nomi's strengths and wisdom for the greater good of midnight moviedom. Here's a pseudo prototype I threw together:

Other potential Nomi party favors include: body gems, body glitter, hair gems, hair glitter, dollar store eyelashes, candy jewel ring pops in assorted colors, and, of course, switchblades:

Music-wise it's best to follow the Showgirls soundtrack's lead and bump plenty of Prince, Earthling era David Bowie, and any other Siouxsie Sioux songs that made it onto other films' soundtracks. All is just about sorted so slip into your vintage Versayce, sheer silver zebra, or stupid "Shit Happens" t-shirt and chill...


...until your guests arrive.

At this point everything should be ready for you and yours to light up the party right! Fire up the blu-ray and delight in remembering once again how much you love this unadulterated cinematic pleasuredome that remains by far the highest grossing NC-17 rated film to date, a film that Verhoeven claims is "perfect" and "the most elegant film I have ever done." A film that makes you feel like:

That said, it is a comfort to know that Elizabeth Berkley has made her peace with Nomi and has lately cast aside her Showgirls albatross, eschewing taboo and painful memories in favor of empowering full disclosure and love, sweet love. If you haven't seen her "magical full-circle moment" speech, delivered in Los Angeles last year after Cinespia's Hollywood Forever Cemetery outdoor movie screening of Showgirls, and on the same day as the United States Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as legal nationwide (what a day!), please check out the video below, it's guaranteed to give you life. Happy birthday Nomi!
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Peaches Christ's Night Of 1,000 Showgirls, August 8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 26, 2015 05:23pm | Post a Comment

Peaches Christ presents Showgirls

This summer marks Peaches Christ's 18th Annual summer screening of the best movie ever made, Paul Verhoven's 1995 master-sleaze Showgirls, and in honor of such an important anniversary, Peaches promises an XXX-tra special Goddess Spectacular pre-show celebration!

Peaches Christ wants you to dust off your glittery g-strings for a special one-night, interactive presentation Peaches Christ presents Showgirlsof"NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS" on August 8th at the majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco with your hostess Peaches Christ. The annual celebration of the seminal, camp classic will see Peaches and company kick off the night with the "Volcanic Goddess" pre-show with XXX-tra special additions celebrating this 18th Annual screening. This pre-show stars the now-legendary Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (RuPaul's Drag Race) in the part of Nomi Malone. 

For those who can’t fathom the idea of eating brown rice and vegetables, grab that LARGE, buttery popcorn because with every salty purchase, audience members will receive a personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of "live dude-girls" to get you in the mood and make you feel like you’re back at the Cheetah strip lounge. 

Showgirls is an MGM release that tells the classic story of a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), who dreams of being a dancer under the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Catching the glittery eye of Stardust Casino’s showgirl, superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon), Nomi sees an opportunity for her desire to become real. But there is only room for one star on the marquee as the battle of the showgirls begins.

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Peaches Christ's Night of 1,000 Showgirls Returns this Saturday to SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 21, 2014 04:13pm | Post a Comment

Saturday, August 23rd marks Peaches Christ's 17th Annual summer screening of Paul Verhoven's 1995 Showgirls peaches christmasterpiece-of-trash, Showgirls! I'm sure you're familiar with the classic story: a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), dreams of being a Las Vegas dancer but a run-in with superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon) proves there's only room for one star on the marquee. It's a must-see for connoisseurs of camp everywhere.

Celebrate Peaches Christ's NC-17th annual screening with a spectacular pre-show called NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS. This pre-show includes the first ever Showgirls Game Show with prizes supplied by Peaches Christ Productions and the evening’s co-sponsors. Also, the triumphant return of Peaches' long-time sidekick Mariny (the most flawed and tragic drag queen in all of San Francisco) and "FREE LAP-DANCES W/ EVERY LARGE POPCORN" from Peaches’ legion of live "dude-girls" are also promised. Tradition!

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. Get your tickets HERE!

Peaches Christ Presents Night of 1,000 Showgirls at the Castro Theatre, 8/24

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2013 05:34pm | Post a Comment

It's time to dust off your glittery g-strings and “Ver-sayce” dresses for a special one night, interactive peaches christ showgirls nomi presentation of a NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS on Saturday, August 24th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco with your hostess, Peaches Christ.

The annual celebration of the seminal, camp classic Showgirls will see Peaches and company kick off the night with the Volcanic Goddess pre-show and a Nomi Malone Look-A-Like Contest. And let's not forget the yearly tradition of a free lap dance with every large popcorn! (By the way, no one under 17 will be admited.)

Showgirls (1995, Paul Verhoven) tells the classic story of a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), who dreams of being a dancer under the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Catching the glittery eye of Stardust Casino’s showgirl, superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon), Nomi sees an opportunity for her desire to become real. But there is only room for one star on the marquee as the battle of the showgirls begins.

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets HERE!

 

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SHOWGIRLS: The Peaches Christ Experience 2012, August 25th

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 6, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Peaches Christ brings San Francisco the 15th anniversary screening and pre-show extravaganza ofpeaches Christ showgirls SHOWGIRLS: The Peaches Christ Experience on August 25th at the historic Castro Theatre! For one special night, your hostess Peaches Christ (starring as Cristal Conners) and her company of dancing ghouls, will kick-off the night with the “Volcanic Goddess” pre-show, featuring Rena Riffel (the original Penny/Hope from Verhoven’s film) as Nomi Malone. This musically interactive evening also features a Showgirls costume contest for exclusive prizes that will satiate your inner Vegas diva AND you get personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of "live dude-girls” with every large popcorn purchase! 

And darlin’, you'll be seeing DOUBLE on August 25th because in addition to the 8pm show, Peaches Christ will also present a 3:30pm matinee screening: a San Francisco premiere of Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven, directed by and starring Rena Riffel and featuring Glenn Plummer and Greg Travis (Jimmy and Phil from the original Showgirls). Please note: the 3:30pm show will not have a live pre-show. But get this: if you grab a specially priced THE GODDESS EXPERIENCE VIP TICKET at just $45, you’ll have early entry, preferred VIP seating, cocktails at the Cheetah Lounge, an autographed program, AND admission to the matinee. 

Get your tickets HERE!

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