Around the Scene: April 29, 2010

Las Vegas soon will become home to America's largest nightclub: the 62,000-square-foot, still-unnamed Project X inside the Cosmopolitan hotel, which is slated to open in December. The club is tentatively set for a New Year's Eve opening —  a hot night for debuts on the Vegas club scene. Stay tuned for more details.

Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino

The King of Pop may soon hit the Vegas nightlife scene. Cirque du Soleil management is unveiling plans to create a stage show based on the music of Michael Jackson, as well as restaurants, a reality show and, yes, even MJ-themed nightclubs. Where will the venues and show be located? Cirque and the co-executor’s of Jackson’s estate have inked a deal with MGM Mirage, and early guesses from the Las Vegas Sun suggest Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo or even a build-out theater at Excalibur. The show will hit Las Vegas late next year for a multiple-week residency at Mandalay Bay Events Center before going on a world tour and landing back in Vegas in 2012. One would expect the nightclub to be open in plenty of time for its return…

Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil

Conde Nast Traveler released its 2010 Hot List, which included the top new bars and nightclubs in the mag’s 10 favorite cities around the world. In the U.S., nightclubs named were The Tea Room at H.Wood in Los Angeles and The Top of the Standard in New York City. Worldwide, others included Bar Isabel and Sabbia in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sorry Grandma! in Melbourne, Australia; Lantern and Xiu in Beijing; The Bathhouse in London; Raum18 in Berlin; Aer and Zenzi Mills in Mumbai, India; Daikanyama in Tokyo; and Brut in Beirut, Lebanon. To see the full list of bars and clubs, click here.

Jay-Z has filed suit in federal court against Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz for trademark infringement, after Ortiz opened up Forty Forty nightclub in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Rapper and entertainment giant Jay-Z’s 40/40 clubs operate in Atlantic City, N.J., Las Vegas and New York, meaning none are outside the U.S. So, how far does U.S. trademark law extend? Will it hold up in court? We’re not sure, but check out the Huffington Post’s take here.

Contrary to rumors swirling the Web that Hamptons hotspot Dune might close this summer, owner Matt Shendell confirmed the venue will indeed open, and a lease has been re-signed for six more years. The space on the East End of Long Island will reopen at the start of Hamptons season — Memorial Day weekend — completely redesigned by Shendell and nightlife heavyweight Noah Tepperberg, co-founder and co-owner of some of the top nightclubs in the States, including TAO in Las Vegas and Marquee in NYC. The club reportedly will again partner with Axe and will feature talent like Jason Derulo and Juliette Lewis, according to the New York Daily News.

After the health department worked to shut its doors for allowing smoking indoors, NYC police shuttered M2 UltraLounge and its sister lounge Pink on April 16 for allowing the sale of drugs to undercover officers, employing unlicensed security guards and because of the prevalence of assaults in the area, according to the New York Times.

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