Around The Scene: Dec. 22, 2011

The staffs of XS and Tryst Nightclubs in Las Vegas in early December gathered for their annual donation to 98.5 KLUC Morning Zoo’s toy drive,Toy Drive shattering their record from last year with a total of more than $171,000 worth of toys. The staffs raise money all year long, collecting a portion of their tips and personal contributions to make the donation possible.
More than 100 employees gathered at Wal-Mart at 10 a.m., taking over the toy department and stuffing their carts with everything in sight, from basketballs to Barbies, pirate ships to Pillow Pets. This year’s efforts added up to more than 11,000 toys and 138 bikes. The donation filled four semi-trucks, which were escorted to the drop-off point by Las Vegas Fire and Metro. The final receipt stretched 150 feet. Check out the full story at

NYC's latest nightlife offering, Ludlow Manor, has come under fire from the Lower East Side community board, which is citing (among other issues) the fact that the operators only had one liquor license for all three floors of the establishment. Per a writeup in Blackbook Magazine, it's illegal in New York State to move a state-issued liquor license beyond the floor for which it's issued; the authorities closed down the top two levels of the venue. 


EMM Group (Tenjune, SL, Abe & Arthurs, etc.) reportedly is eyeing a space on NYC's Bowery Street. According to, the group is "trying to keep the residents of the upstairs condo from blocking their liquor license application," and they're slated to appear before the community board on Jan. 3.

Hiro Ball Room in NYC's Maritime Hotel (owned by Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode) will shutter in March of 2012. After a slew of speculations as to which nightlife group would take over (EMM Group, Butter Group and Strategic Group all had been vying), a winner has been announced. Marc Packer of Strategic Group has an official deal in place for the space.

RPM Nightclub at the all-new Tropicana Las Vegas kicks off its Grand Opening festivities while introducing the next generation of nightlife RPMonto the Las Vegas landscape. RPM’s official grand opening on Dec. 30 also marks the debut of “WTF” Fridays with a lineup of House DJs DJ Dan, Christopher Lawrence and Donald Glaude. The newly renovated space features significant aesthetic and cosmetic improvements within the interior and exterior of the venue, including the addition of 15 plush party booths and upgrades to the club’s lighting and audio/visual effects. Tickets to RPM’s WTF Grand Opening are on sale now and are available by calling 702-739-2411 or online at


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