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Directed by Paul Verhoeven

United States 1995 128 mins.

Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley in her bid to escape “teen actress” confines) is determined to crawl her way up the Las Vegas stripper pole and onto the showgirl stage, but she’ll have to do almost everything in her power to fend off the misogynistic swamp life that surrounds her. Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 follow-up to Basic Instinct epitomizes his films’ tendency towards radical critical re-evaluation after their initial panning, and whether one views Showgirls as intentional satire or the story of a girl doing her best to beat the odds, there’s a little something for everyone.

Content Warning: graphic depictions of sexual assault

Are you a Nomi, or a Cristal? Whatever the case, we hope you’ve all been working on your outfits for the costume contest happening before our 35mm screening of ‘Showgirls’ on Sunday, August 11! If you need encouragement, though: one of the prizes for the contest is a gift certificate for 30 Days of UNLIMITED Drop-In Fitness, courtesy of the good people at Diva Den Studios! To answer your most burning question, they DO have a pole dancing class.

The contest (which will be emceed by the incomparable @Lulu Luscious!) begins at 7 pm at the Whitsell Auditorium, directly before the Showgirls screening.