If you’ve been lucky enough to spot PoleRiders—a bicycle trailing a stripper’s pole, plus dancer, through the streets of New York—then you might have an inkling of the artfulness and endurance required to be a Pole Superstar. Tonight, six of the country’s best pole dancers compete for a victory lap on the PoleRiders contraption (oh, yeah, and $10 grand) by climbing, flipping over, wrapping around, and basically making love to a metal stick in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The audience chooses the winner via text message during the show. If the ticket’s too pricey, know that you can witness totally free softcore in the privacy of your own home: The competition will be broadcast live over the Pole Superstar website.

Thu., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2009

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