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Rubberdoll Rules at the EDI East

EDI16 east 0572 at Monroe’s of Palm Beach

The fetish superstar takes the EDI East’s Champion Division, while Miss Mena wins the Showgirl Division and Penny Poison takes the Newcomer Division

June 10th, Clearwater, FL: The industry’s top feature entertainers from across North America came to South Florida last week to vie in the nation’s premier, invitation-only showgirl competition, the Exotic Dancer Invitational(EDI) East. Hosted by Monroe’s of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, the three-night event was held June 2-4 and showcased 20 contestants in three divisions—Newcomer, Showgirl and Champion. By the end of the event, three competitors shined the brightest: carnival act and alt-model Penny Poison was crowned Newcomer Division Winner; popular fire-tamer Miss Mena was honored as Showgirl winner, and Rubberdoll, the renowned fetish model, danced away with the Champion Division’s title.

EXOTIC DANCER INVITATIONAL EAST 2016

invitationalsEast2016-2smEXOTIC DANCER INVITATIONAL EAST 2016 TO BE HELD AT eD's 2015 "FEature" Club of the year, Monroe's of Palm Beach

Returning for its third straight year as the premier, invitational-only feature entertainer competition, ED Publications, producer of the EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational), has announced that the EDI East 2016 will be held at Monroe's of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, June 2-4.

The EDI goes Mile High

edinternationals3-1EXOTIC DANCER Invitational West 2016 to be held at Platinum 84 in Denver, April 21-23

January 8th, Clearwater, FL: Returning for its third straight year as the premier, invitational-only feature entertainer competition, ED Publications, producer of the EDI (EXOTIC DANCER Invitational), has announced that the EDI West 2016 will be held at Platinum 84 in Denver, April 21-23. The EDI East 2016 will be held June 2-4 (location TBA).

Once again, the industry’s top feature entertainers will compete for top honors in three divisions, including the hottest “Newcomers,” the more established and successful “Showgirl” features, and the prestigious “Champion” Division, reserved exclusively for previous ED's Entertainer of the Year nominees/winners and past EDI Showgirl and Champion Division winners. For the winners of the EDI’s “Champion” Division, this honor also includes an automatic nomination for the prestigious ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year Award and the opportunity to perform on stage at the Annual ED’s Awards Show during the 2016 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in New Orleans (August 7-10 at the Hilton Riverside). 

“We have found a very enthusiastic ‘partner’ club for the EDI West with Platinum 84, and we couldn't be more excited about bringing our contest to the Mile High city and a great venue,” says ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack, founder and producer of the EDI contests. “Platinum 84’s Scott Richter and the staff at the club have already shown us that the EDI West will be a can’t-miss industry event. April can’t come soon enough!”

The 2015 and 2014 EDIs were full of perks and surprises, including special travel bags with the EDI logo loaded with free gifts for the competing entertainers, and guest judges including members of the popular rock band Steel Panther. Even more surprises are in store for 2016!

Feature entertainers! If you’re interested in being considered for the 2016 EDI contests, contact EDI Producer/ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack at dave@edpublications or ED’s PR Manager Kristofer Kay at kris@edpublications.com, or call the ED office at (727) 726-3592. Much more information, including extensive coverage of the 2014 and 2015 EDI contests, titles that are offered, etc., can be found on www.theEDIs.com.

Carol Doda,

Dodawoman who popularized topless dancing, passes at 78

 She and her silicone-enhanced 44DD breasts, known as the "Twin Peaks of San Francisco," made her performances at the Condor Club famous
 
 Her entrance each night was about as "grand" as a performer could imagine: She was brought to the stage at the Condor Club in San Francisco from above, as she danced atop a white grand piano while it was lowered from the ceiling. While she was attractive and a talented singer, it was a wardrobe suggestion that would catapult her to international renown. Davey Rosenberg, the club’s publicist, purchased a “monokini” swimsuit by Rudi Gernreich (which, unlike today, meant that the breasts would be fully revealed), the avant-garde designer, and suggested, “Try this in the act.” That was June 19, 1964, and the reaction was overwhelming. Not only did it usher in the era of topless clubs, it turned Doda into an overnight celebrity.

Portland's strip club haunted house!

hauntedhousead copyIt's been called the first "strip club haunted house" in Portland, Oregon—one of the largest club markets in the U.S.—and the Spyce Gentlemen's Club is taking advantage of the Halloween holiday by spooking patrons with the "seven deadly strip club sins."  Spyce DJ Dick Hennessy is the mastermind behind this ghoulish display, which is housed in the old-fashioned upstairs room in the Chinatown-area club.

Headquarters Celebrates 10th Anniversary Bash Thursday, October 8

HQ-christy-mack-10yearChristy Mack Hosts Event in Historical First-Ever NYC Appearance!

NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) — Headquarters Gentlemen’s Club in New York City will be celebrating ten sexy years of being the city’s premiere hotspot for men, women, and couples Thursday, October 8. Adult entertainment icon Christy Mack will be hosting the event.

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.

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! 

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. 

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