Around the Scene: Dec. 23, 2010
Things have gone from bad to worse for N9NE Group’s Michael Morton. Not only is he currently embroiled in a lawsuit with GeorgeMaloofJr., over allegations that Morton mismanaged and allegedly stole from Maloof and N9NE Group investors, but also former Art Director Leslie Culler is charging Morton with a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Culler claims she was fired in July after eight years with the company because she refused the sexual advances of Morton and other male executives.
San Francisco's nightlife operators are facing even more regulations. Recently, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the SFPD have proposed to heighten security by requiring the IDs of all patrons be scanned at the door, and the information will be retained for 15 days. Clubs will also be required to add more guards, metal detectors, surveillance cameras and extra lighting to their venues. Is this regulation necessary or is another slap in the face to San Fran nightlife? Tell us what you think here.
XS and Tryst nightclubs in Las Vegas are welcoming the first exclusive DJ residency for the duo, partnering with Manufactured Superstars. The duo consisting of Brad Roulier and Shawn Sabo will start the residency on New Year’s Day at XS and split 25 additional dates between the two venues. Manufactured Superstars plays a wide range of music, mashing up electronic, progressive, house, pop and several other musical genres throughout their popular sets.
Rick’s Cabaret International was upgraded from an underperforming rating to a neutral rating, according to Zacks Investment Research. Rick’s Cabaret International owns and operates 19 adult nightclubs including Rick’s Cabaret, ClubOnyx, Tootsie’s Cabaret and CabaretNorth.
The city of West Palm Beach moved forward on a nine-month ban on new nightclub applications for the downtown area. This precautionary measure is meant to limit binge drinking and violence in the area. The original ordinance, which passed in 2004, allowed no more than two nightclubs or bars (those without a kitchen or a dining area) on each block of Clematis Street in the entertainment district. Because the 2004 ordinance didn’t address all of the downtown area, Mayor Lois Frankel suggested the city ban all downtown applications while the city figures out new zoning regulations. The moratorium will run until Sept. 30, 2011. Read more here.
Rumor alert: We're hearing barely audible whispers about a hush-hush discussion between LA nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian and Wynn's people about Nazarian's group getting involved in running the nightclub venues at the Vegas Wynn properties. At the same time, it sounds like Jesse Waits' position atop the Wynn nightlife portfolio is solid, so not sure what to make of that rumor. With all the changes that happened in 2010 on the Vegas scene in 2010, nothing would surprise us! Stay tuned.
Skycore, a global mobile technology provider, and Club List Now, a provider of online nightclub resources, announced the integration of Skycore’s barcode reading app “codeREADr” into Club List Now’s list of services for club owners. This service uses the smartphone’s camera, which turns into a barcode scanner to validate print and mobile tickets, to track attendance, to extend ticket-selling deadlines and to reduce ticket fraud. Learn more about the app at http://clublistnow.com/.