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.
Spearmint 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.
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.
Big 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.
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 ...
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.
“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.
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."
State 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.
Top 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: It’s been dubbed as the “Oscars”of the adult nightclub industry, the crowning event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO and an evening worthy of celebration. The Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show—known more frequently as the ED’s Awards—will 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 nation’s best live music venues, will play host to the show.
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
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.