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Recent news stories in the adult nightclub industry.

Funeral strippers?

funeral strippersNow we've heard it all!

We've heard of hiring strippers for bachelor parties, divorce parties ... all kinds of parties, really. But funerals—really?

Apparently, those wild and wacky Chinese folks do exactly that, at least in some rural areas of the country. According to recent reports, China's Ministry of Culture is trying to put a stop to this unusual practice.

The first question we ask is, why strippers at a funeral? According to a BBC article, strippers—some of whom perform with snakes—are used to boost funeral attendances because large crowds are seen as a mar kof honour for the deceased.  “It’s to give them face,” one villager reportedly stated. “Otherwise no one would come." Authorities have previously tried to crack down on the custom without success. But officials are undeterred. "Having exotic performances of this nature at funerals highlights the trappings of modern life in China, whereby vanity and snobbery prevail over traditions," says the official news agency Xinhua.

“This has severely polluted the local cultural life,” CCTV (China Central Television) added, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. “These troupes only care about money. As for whether it’s legal, or proper, or what effect it has on local customs, they don’t think much about it.”

In remembrance:

rob-carprioRob Caprio

Club industry veteran owner and operator passes away at 55.

On January 1, 2015 the adult industry lost one of its finest. The news was received with shock and disbelief. “It isn’t possible” were words repeated across South Florida. Robert Caprio, 55, was a partner in the Booby Trap chain of night clubs and a very popular owner. Immediately upon the onset of the news the mourning began on the social media. Lisa Smith, house mom at the Booby Trap Doral posted the following, “Gone but never forgotten! Genuine truly defines you. How one man has positively touched so many people’s lives is unheard of these days. But you did it. A legend is what you are. RIP BT’s Pappa Bear. I love you!”  
Bo Yazdanfar. Bobby Trap Pompano’s manager, wrote, “Everyday that I worked for Rob was a scary experience; I swore that it was the day I was getting fired (lol). He demanded excellence and without compromise. He was all business on the floor. I’ll always be indebted to him for truly teaching me my trade in his own special way. ”

Fore!

robert-allenby-respondsGolfer Robert Allenby's great "strip club lie"

 Guys lying about being at a strip club is nothing new. Happens every day, right? Well, the "strip club lie" usually doesn't go as far—or get as weird—as it did recently with pro golfer Robert Allenby. The Aussie has been ranked among the top 20 golfers in the world and has won several PGA tour events throughout his lengthy career. After missing the cut in Honolulu at the Sony Open on January 16th, Allenby and his caddie went out for a drink at the Amuse Wine Bar. Well, more than a drink. Drinks ... apparently, lots of them. Later that evening, surveillance cameras showed him stumbling out of the wine bar with a group of people that he allegedly didn't know. Where did they go? You guessed it—a strip club! 
 
While that may not seem like a big deal, this is where it gets weird. Allenby reportedly ran up a $3,400 bar tab at Club Femme Nu with his new wine-bar buddies. After a few hours of strip-club shenanigans, Allenby tried to leave the club. And that's when the concrete came up to meet his face, as he passed out and landed on the sidewalk. 
 
And now it gets really, REALLY weird. Rather than admit exactly what happened, Allenby told his family and the sports world that he—wait for it—was kidnapped, robbed and beaten. Now THAT'S what we call a pro-caliber "strip club lie!" While Allenby stuck with that story for a few days, it quickly became apparent that there were way too many holes in his story. Eventually, two homeless men came forward to say they saw Allenby fall on his face after leaving the club and helped the man who was, they say, "beyond drunk" and "totally blitzed." 
 

Allenby now admits that there is a two or three-hour gap in his memory—conveniently, of course, around the time he was apparently at Club Femme Nu. Honolulu police said this week that it is continuing to investigate the case for second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, but not a possible kidnapping or assault.

The EDI's 2015

edinternationals3-1Spearmint Rhino’s Dames n’ Games, Fantasies Nightclub set to host 2015 EXOTIC DANCER Invitationals (EDI) 

Hollywood & Charm City will welcome the industry’s most prestigious feature dance contest on March 9-11 in Southern California (EDI-West) and May 28-30 in Baltimore (EDI-East)

December 9, Clearwater, FL: With its status secured as the most prestigious and selective feature dance contest in the U.S., ED Publications is excited to announce the return of the EXOTIC DANCER Invitationals (EDI) in 2015. Once again, the industry’s top feature entertainers, including the hottest newcomers and more established and successful “showgirl” features, will compete for top honors. For the winners of each EDI contest, this includes an automatic nomination for the prestigious ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year Award and a chance to perform on stage at the Annual ED’s Awards Show during the 2015 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in New Orleans. 

The first EXOTIC DANCER Invitational of 2015—the EDI West—will once again be held at Dames n’ Games (a Spearmint Rhino club) in Southern California, this year on March 9-11. The venue is slightly different than the 2014 EDI, as this year’s contest will be held at the newest and most luxurious Dames n’ Games in Van Nuys, just north of Hollywood. The second EXOTIC DANCER Invitational of 2015—the EDI East—will be held at the impressively remodeled Fantasies club in Baltimore, Maryland. Fantasies is a major supporter of live feature entertainment, and is a perfect venue to host the EDI.

“Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Clubs’ Dames n’ Games Topless Sports Bar and Grill is thrilled to be hosting the Exotic Dancer Invitationals-West 2015,” says Kathy Vercher, President and COO Spearmint Rhino Consulting Worldwide Inc. “Last year’s event was epic and this year guarantees to be the best one yet. We are looking forward to hosting the hottest showgirls in the industry and introducing the public to our brand new location in the Valley.

“We're definitely no strangers to hosting and producing big-time events here in Baltimore, so we’re thrilled about being one of only two clubs in the U.S. hosting the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational,” adds Cal Brockdorff, owner of Fantasies Nightclub in Baltimore, the host club of the EDI East. 

One notable change has been implemented for 2015: There will be three divisions instead of two. The EDI will once again have Newcomer and Showgirl Divisions, but a new division will be reserved exclusively for 2014 EDI Showgirl Division finalists and/or former ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominees and winners. This division, dubbed the “Champions” Division, promises to bring an entirely new level of competition to the EDIs.

“Because there aren’t just two types of feature entertainers, we realized that we needed to expand to three divisions in order to properly accommodate all possible competitors,” says ED Publications’ Dave Manack, also the creator and producer of the EDIs. “Now, every night will be a Final—there are no Semi Finals. The Newcomers will compete on the first night, the Showgirls on the second night and the Champions on the final night. The entertainers have to take their best shot right off the bat. All division winners, runner-ups and mini-title winners will be announced on the final evening, keeping everyone in suspense until that moment.”

The 2014 EDIs were full of perks and surprises, including special travel bags with the EDI logo loaded with free gifts, and guest judges including members of the popular rock band Steel Panther. There promises to be even more perks and surprises in 2015!

Feature entertainers interested in competing in the 2015 EDI contests are encouraged to contact EDI Producer and ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack at dave@edpublications, or by calling (727) 726-3592. Much more information, including extensive coverage of the 2014 EDI contests, titles that are offered, etc., can be found on www.theEDIs.com.

Two recent CNN stories —by women

antonia—actually support club industry

Author Antonia Crane writes first-person account, while CNN "This is Life" host Lisa Ling presents "What I learned in strip clubs"

The adult club industry is used to getting slammed in the media, especially when it comes to dancers, who are either (a) portrayed as victims of emotional or physical abuse who turn to dancing because they think they have no other options or (b) are sexual deviants or, even worse, whores. So it's refreshing, and very surprising, when a national news outlet presents two stories—both by women—which shatter these typical stereotypes.
The first story, titled "Inside the world of a feminist stripper," was penned by Antonia Crane, author of the book "Spent (A memoir)," who immediately puts to rest any typical labels usually put on entertainers who are explaining why they've chosen dancing as their money maker.

It's not Freddy, Jason, or Michael —

art-axemurderes-620x349it's a stripper with an axe (to grind)!

Taken from "of course it happened a few days before Halloween" file, a dancer in Daytona Beach, FL, got into an altercation with her boyfriend about her level of intoxication. In other words, she was pretty wasted. 
 After Andrew Whitaker picked up his girlfriend, Tammy Hiser, following a night of dancing at Biggins, he allegedly refused to speak to her (after all, don't you hate trying to talk to someone that's slurring their words and making zero sense?). Apparently Hiser didn't respond too well to the silent treatment and resorted to punching and slapping Whitaker in the face. 

Rick Scott's low blow in Florida

rick scottBig corporations can contribute to political candidates with impunity, and even the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against provisions that would limit the amount of money these gigantic corporations are able to contribute to those running for President, Congress, etc. 

But god forbid if an adult nightclub owner contributes to a political campaign. When that happens—and that information becomes public—all hell seems to breaks loose. 

The most recent example of this strip-club-contribution shaming happened in ED Publications' home state of Florida, where gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was called out by representatives of incumbent Governor Rick Scott for taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from a handful of adult club owners, including Brandon Samuels, John Blanke and William Beasley.  What's most interesting is, this money was given over a year ago to Crist's former party chairman Jim Greer. And it's only now that this information is becoming public? Oh, that's right, Scott is down in the polls ...

Greer pled guilty to theft charges while leading the Republican Party of Florida, and had his name tied to allegations from former staffer Delmar Johnson that the Republican Party brought in hookers to a GOP event in the Bahamas. 
 
None of this, of course,has anything to do with these adult club owners giving money now to Crist. But that doesn't mean Rick Scott spokesman Greg Blair can't attempt to draw a connection.
 
“It looks like Charlie Crist is in bed with some unsavory characters once again," Blair said in a statement. "On a desperate hunt for campaign cash, he’s calling up Jim Greer’s old friends, who – big surprise – have legal troubles of their own. [This comment is in reference to dancer class-action lawsuits.] When everyone around him seems to end up in prison, we don’t expect anything else from a corrupt politician like Charlie Crist."
 
The audacity of Blair's comments to the Orlando Sentinel is laughable, considering that Scott's old company, Columbia/HCA, was hit with a $1.7 billion Medicare fraud fine.
 
"It's ironic that Rick Scott would complain about where anyone else's money comes from—he funded his political career with money earned as CEO of a company that overcharged seniors and defrauded taxpayers, ultimately paying one of the largest fines for Medicare fraud in history," Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said to the Sentinel.
 
For more information, click here:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-crists-strip-club-problems-20141008-post.html

Not fit to govern ...

kansasbecause he visited a strip club?

When one looks at the myriad of crooks, alcoholics, homophobes and other outright scum that either hold or run for political office in this country, it's hard to believe that a man would be deemed "not fit to govern" because he visited a strip club. But that is the case in Kansas, where gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, a Democrat, has had to defend his character because he visited a strip club 16 years ago.

Davis, who is currently leading in the polls against the incumbent Kansas Governor, Republican Sam Brownback, was apparently present at an unnamed strip club in Kansas when it was raided by a drug task force in 1998. While Davis was not arrested or charged with any wrongdoing, Brownback has seized on the information in an attempt to smear Davis, who is currently the House minority leader in Kansas. 

 
"... the question becomes, as an individual, is he fit to govern?” said the Kansas Republican Party’s executive director, Clayton L. Barker.

“There’s still a strong strain of the Kansas electorate that looks at that kind of behavior — even going to a strip club — as very inconsistent with their religious values,” said Chapman Rackaway, a political-science professor at Fort Hays State University in western Kansas.

 
For more information, please visit
 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/politics/candidates-1998-strip-club-visit-stirs-kansas-governors-race.html?_r=0

 

Pints and Pinups!

pints pinupsFirst-ever strip club microbrewery!

While small-batch beers and independent microbreweries are nothing new—right now, they're all the rage—a microbrewery that also doubles as a strip club certainly is new. In fact, it was deemed worthy of coverage on CNN on September 17th. [Imagine that? Positive, national strip club coverage!]

Pinups and Pints is located in a strip mall outside of Dayton, Ohio, and according to the Dayton City Paper, it's the first strip club microbrewery in America.

Behind the main stage and stripper pole sits the 15-gallon brewing system, where club owner Scott Conrad makes batches of the club's signature beers. He decided to start the club after taking note of the area's growing beer scene, also noting that a liquor license was more attainable for a microbrewery.

"I feel I am definitely creating a niche to the market" Conrad told CNN, adding that he is "definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to adult entertainment."

 "Those who normally would not go to traditional clubs are starting to come here to try the brew, plus enjoy the entertainment aspect," added K.C., a bartender and server at the club. "Personally, I really enjoy the fact I get to come to work and watch the process and all of the hard work put into each keg," she added.
 

ACE National

in ace 2014State of the Union 2014: 15 Years Strong!

It was 1999 in Chicago, a city of BIG Bosses.  It was here, in a hotel suite, that some of the power players in the adult club business gathered 15 years ago.

Hey 'Melo, free lap dances for life!

Melo-celticshub.com Will the lure of "free lap dances" lure prized NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony to sign with either the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls? When you're about to sign a contract worth mega-million dollars, that's highly unlikely. Still, that hasn't stopped two adult nightclubs—Scores in New York and the Admiral Theater in Chicago—from making their pitch to 'Melo. 

2014 "ED's" Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards

14awardTop adult nightclub & staff nominees revealed for 2014 "ED's" Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards

 Eight top clubs nominated for the Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award

June 20, 2014, Clearwater, FL: Its been dubbed as the Oscarsof the adult nightclub industry, the crowning event of the Annual Gentlemens Club Owners EXPO and an evening worthy of celebration. The Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Showknown more frequently as the EDs Awardswill return for its 17th straight year at the 2014 EXPO at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Once again, the House of Blues, located directly inside Mandalay Bay and boasting a national reputation as one of the nations best live music venues, will play host to the show.

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