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Recent news stories in the adult nightclub industry.


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! 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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! 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.

Don "Weasel" DalPonte

weasel 1 passes away from cancer

Longtime Wisconsin club owner Don “Weasel” DalPonte, who was a founding member of the national Association of Club Executives (ACE) and an inductee into the Exotic Dancer Hall of Fame, passed away April 19. Dalponte, who was 63, had been diagnosed with advanced lymphoma.

Most of the industry’s top feature entertainers from the past two decades earned their stripes working at DalPonte’s club, Weasel’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous (later renamed Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment), in Eagle River, Wisconsin, where the top booking agencies would send their new recruits for training.

DalPonte was a fixture at the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO and one of the first members of the national Association of Club Executives Board of Directors. “When we put together the ACE Board we wanted to make sure that, in addition to the big club chains, the voice of the smaller single club operator would be heard,” says ED Publisher Don Waitt. “For many years DalPonte was that voice.”

DalPonte was inducted into the EXOTIC DANCER Hall of Fame in 2008. Asked how he got the nickname “Weasel,” DalPonte recalls he was working at a bar in Chicago in the late 1970s, and was frequently asked to deal with local police when they were called.  DalPonte said, “I guess I had to weasel out of things.  Plus, they told me I sort of look like a Weasel.”

In 1981, he opened Weasel’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous in the small town of Eagle River.  More easily reached by snowmobile than automobile in the winter months, Weasel’s quickly became home to fishers, hunters, and those vacationing at the world’s largest chain of lakes.

Around 2000, DalPonte was first diagnosed with cancer. Though given only a 30 percent chance to live, he refused an operation, took experimental medicine, and beat the odds—at least for a while.

In February 2011, DalPonte was the victim of a home invasion, during which he was shot and beaten by two men wearing ski masks.  Though he originally appeared to have recovered quickly from these injuries, DalPonte was admitted to the hospital in December 2011, complaining of headaches and memory loss, among other issues.

In what can only be described as a tragic case of bad luck, while DalPonte was in the hospital on New Year’s Eve, 2011, his club burned to the ground. The fire broke out just after 7 p.m. on December 31, and thankfully, the club was closed at the time of the fire.

To make a donation that contributes to DalPonte’s three daughters, send a check made out to Dolly Miller with a notation for “The DalPonte Girls.” The address is Dolly Miller, 7310 Marlboro Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Nice try, Commissioner!

daytona beachSex for less policing? Um, no!

Daytona Beach Commissioner Carl Lentz went just a little too far during his visit to Club Topic when he had the bright idea to demand sex from a female server. He thought that his prestigious status as Commissioner—and the threat of city action against the club—would be persuasion enough to convince the poor girl to adhere to his drunken demands. According to William Bittorf, the son of the owner of Club Topic, the come-on was a result of one too many drinks, which was also the result of his irate behavior when he was abruptly denied. 

“He threw a drink on her,” Bittorf told the police officer who responded to his 911 call. “The girl ran behind the bar to get away from him. He tried to go behind the bar and I stood in his way... he said he was going to call the chief and have us shut down.”

 Commissioner Lentz was seen out of the club with a trespass warning and banishment from Club Topic. Sorry Commissioner, but “less policing” just isn’t a fair trade for sex these days. 

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