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Stripping seems like a drag—being pawed by middle-aged men, writhing around on a cold pole, waxing nether regions according to a pre-pubescent aesthetic. But who knew that racial discrimination, no sick leave, and random demotions were also part of the equation? In late 1996, gay activist, comedian, and exotic dancer Julia Query became so tired of deplorable conditions at the Lusty Lady peep show in San Francisco that she and her fellow dancers decided to unionize. In Live Nude Girls Unite!, Query and co-director Vicky Funari document the fight with club management to create the country’s first closed-shop exotic dancers union. Highlights include “No Pink Day,” where the ladies deny patrons glimpses of the other white meat, and Query’s trip to a sex workers’ conference, where she’s forced into coming clean about her dancing to her mother, a well-known feminist and working-girl health activist. The politics of pussy unfold at 7 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 16th and Q Streets NW. $9. (202) 777-3248. (Sarah Godfrey)