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Join me under the neon glow of the historic Les Girls Theater for “Stripper Energy: Fighting Back from the Fringes.” Prepare for sassy strippers, corrupt cops, and a fierce activism launched from the unlikely stage of a strip club.

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    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Join me under the neon glow of the historic Les Girls Theater for “Stripper Energy: Fighting Back from the Fringes.” Prepare for sassy strippers, corrupt cops, and a fierce activism launched from the unlikely stage of a strip club.

    • video
    Chapter 4: Vice Grip or the Rise of the Rat Pack

    Chapter 4: Vice Grip or the Rise of the Rat Pack

    How dare a stripper, a fringe woman, not stay silent and compliant as vice officers sexually harassed her ... and worse. And how dare Kata Pierce-Morgan challenge stereotypes and fight back? But Les Girls Theater had a history of fighting back starting with its owner James Morgan who spoke up against police abuse to a county Grand Jury in the hopes that the California Attorney General would crack down on the San Diego Police Department's Rat Pack. Kata was a midwestern Catholic girl who believed, like her late husband Jim, in not being a silent bystander. Even if you were a dancer at Les Girls. After all, Jim had won a groundbreaking victory over censorship in the late 1960s. But as the 60s became the 70s, Kata and her fellow dancers faced an onslaught of police raids, nude interrogations and coerced encounters.
    In this chapter:
    Kata Pierce-Morgan, poet, activist, former dancer, current owner of Les Girls Theater
    John Barriage, lawyer who represented James Morgan and Les Girls in 1980s
    Kate Yavenditti, lawyer and co-founder of the County's Task Force on Domestic Violence, also involved with WomenOccupySan Diego and the National Lawyers Guild.

    J.W. August, journalist
    Pepper, former dancer and cashier at Les Girls Theater
    Mel, current manager of Les Girls Theater
    Credits:
    Beth Accomando, Producer/Host
    Christopher Maue, Videographer/Lighting Designer
    Kurt Kohnen, Sound Designer
    Phil Nenna, Designer/Animator
    Sanns Dixon, Videographer
    Amy Fan and Gaby Moreno, Assistants
    David Washburn, Editor
    More information at kpbs.org/stripperenergy
    #strippers #adultentertainment #lesgirlstheater #sandiegohistory #1980s #vice #policeabuse
    Explicit content.

    • 20 min
    • video
    Chapter 3: Climate of Fear, or What Happens When You Poke the Bear

    Chapter 3: Climate of Fear, or What Happens When You Poke the Bear

    Les Girls Theater scored a victory in the censorship battle but that only intensified an escalating war with the police who found new ways to harass the Les Girls dancers. They routinely endured a climate of fear as vice cops would arrest them but not file charges.
    In this chapter:
    Kata Pierce-Morgan, poet, activist, former dancer, current owner of Les Girls Theater
    Pepper, former dancer and cashier at Les Girls Theater in the 1980s
    Sid Kassouf, former employee at Show Place
    James Morgan, original owner of Les Girls Theater, late husband of Kata
    John Barriage, lawyer who represented James Morgan and Les Girls in 1980s
    Kate Yavenditti, lawyer and co-founder of the County's Task Force on Domestic Violence
    J.W. August, journalist
    Credits:
    Beth Accomando, Producer/Host
    Christopher Maue, Videographer/Lighting Designer
    Kurt Kohnen, Sound Designer
    Phil Nenna, Designer/Animator
    Sanns Dixon, Videographer
    Amy Fan and Gaby Moreno, Assistants
    David Washburn, Editor
    Explicit content.

    • 25 min
    • video
    Chapter 2: Let It All Hang Out or How a Texas Baptist Went All-Nude to Shock San Diego

    Chapter 2: Let It All Hang Out or How a Texas Baptist Went All-Nude to Shock San Diego

    Kata Pierce’s life changed when she met James Morgan, a Texas Baptist Republican who challenged censorship and police abuse of power. Both Kata and Jim refused to be silent bystanders and that had consequences. Find out how a raid on Jim’s Left Bank establishment led to him opening Les Girls Theater and staging what was referred to as “The Censorship Play.”
    In this chapter:
    Kata Pierce-Morgan, poet, activist, former dancer, current owner of Les Girls Theater
    Bobbi Rogers, former dancer at Les Girls Theater and performer in “Let in All Hang Out”
    Pepper, former dancer and cashier at Les Girls Theater in the 1980s
    Sid Kassouf, former employee at Show Place
    James Morgan, original owner of Les Girls Theater, late husband of Kata
    Credits:
    Beth Accomando, Producer/Host
    Christopher Maue, Videographer/Lighting Designer
    Kurt Kohnen, Sound Designer
    Phil Nenna, Designer/Animator
    Sanns Dixon, Videographer
    Amy Fan and Gaby Moreno, Assistants
    David Washburn, Editor
    Explicit content.

    • 21 min
    • video
    Chapter One: Stripper Life, or Can You Handle the Naked Truth?

    Chapter One: Stripper Life, or Can You Handle the Naked Truth?

    Do you know what stripper energy is? Let three women who worked as dancers at Les Girls Theater in San Diego expose you to the naked truth about what being a dancer was like in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. While dancers today may bristle at the term stripper, Kata Pierce-Morgan embraced it in the 1970s and fought against the stereotypes with what she calls “stripper energy.”
    In this chapter:
    Kata Pierce-Morgan, poet, activist, former dancer, current owner of Les Girls Theater
    Bobbi Rogers, former dancer at Les Girls Theater and performer in “Let in All Hang Out”
    Pepper, former dancer and cashier at Les Girls Theater in the 1980s
    Andromeda Breeze Bradley, featured dancer from “No Regrets”
    Credits:
    Beth Accomando, Producer/Host
    Christopher Maue, Videographer/Lighting Designer
    Kurt Kohnen, Sound Designer
    Phil Nenna, Designer/Animator
    Sanns Dixon, Videographer
    Amy Fan and Gaby Moreno, Assistants
    David Washburn, Editor
    Explicit content.

    • 26 min
    • video
    Trailer

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    Join me under the neon glow of the historic Les Girls Theater for “Stripper Energy: Fighting Back from the Fringes.” Former dancer and current owner of Les Girls Theater, Kata Pierce-Morgan, provides unlimited access to a half century of archival material that uncovers a dark chapter of San Diego history from the 1970s and 80s.
    Kata has been turning chapters from her life and the history of Les Girls into politically charged performance art for San Diego International Fringe Festival. Her consistent theme has been, never be a silent bystander. This year she premieres “No Regrets,” a music and burlesque show set in the late 1960s when vice raided the Left Bank Nightclub, which was the precursor to Les Girls Theater.
    Prepare for sassy strippers, corrupt cops, and a fierce activism launched from the unlikely stage of a strip club.
    Explicit content.

    Links (not sure if you need links but I need them for KPBS web):
    San Diego International Fringe
    https://sdfringe.org/
    No Regrets
    https://sdfringe.org/events/golden-corpse-presents-no-regrets/
    Les Girls Theater
    https://www.lesgirlstheater.com/

    • 1 min

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