Around the Scene: Dec. 23, 2009

Palms Casino Resort owner George Maloof has inked an agreement with songstress Lady Gaga that gives the Palms exclusive rights to use her hit track “Poker Face” in a new series of commercials for the Las Vegas property. “We feel that this is a special and unique opportunity to connect the Palms brand with one of the most respected and talented artists of our time,” Maloof said in a statement. The commercials feature beautiful people in front of the property’s two hotel towers and at some of the resort’s most famous venues including the Playboy Club and RAIN Nightclub. Lady Gaga kicked off the ad campaign last week with back-to-back concerts at The Palms’ concert venue, The Pearl.

Rain Nightclub Las Vegas

Several bouncers at the Atlantic City outpost of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club chain have been named alongside the nightclub in a lawsuit by a patron of the club who claims he was attacked by the security staff outside the venue in a melee that was recorded on video. While many of the bouncers have since been fired, Bryant Norwood is asking for substantial cash settlement and will most certainly bring the video footage with him to court. It’s important to remember with the proliferation of technology: virtually anything your staff does these days will find its way onto someone’s phone or recording device. As several security guards punch and kick a fallen Norwood, the amateur videographer is heard saying, “I got this whole shit on YouTube right now.”

Baghdad’s governor, Salah Abdul-Razzaq, has closed two more popular nighttime haunts in Iraq’s biggest city: the Al-Madheef Club and Al-Khayam Fish Restaurant, two venues that were popular for late night drinking and dancing. That brings the total number of closed venues that sold liquor in Baghdad to nearly 100, leaving only 109 venues originally licensed by Saddam Hussein’s government still open in a city of more than 5 million people. "We don't want our city to become a den of immorality," he told ABC News.

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