Around the Scene: March 15, 2012

The ONE Group, a New York-based hospitality company known for its high-energy dining venues, has acquired the nightclub and beach club at the New TropicanaTropicana Las Vegas. The ONE Group (One, STK, Asellina) and partners Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente of Bagatelle America (New York and Los Angeles) will introduce to Las Vegas the original Bagatelle Champagne party brunch — made famous in New York's Meatpacking District — with a new dayclub and nightclub resort experience. The transition of the property will be effective April 1 with renovation of the beach club set for late spring and the nightclub following shortly thereafter.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman kicked off the 2012 pool season on March 9 at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Accompanied by two showgirls, the Vegas icon held a Bombay Sapphire Martini as he made his way to the pool entrance to welcome the crowd to opening day. Goodman, nicknamed the “Happiest Mayor on Earth,” cut the ribbon and officially opened the fifth daylife season. Daytime revelers joined Goodman as he opened the doors to the pool-party destination. Mark Prows, vice president of entertainment at MGM Grand, joined Goodman at the ceremony.

One of the most sought after annual events at Miami's infamous Winter Music Conference won't be joining the three-day festival this month: Sunday SchoolWMC for Degenerates is not on the schedule. Sunday School began as a 24-hour party at the now defunct Pawn Shop, later took over Sony Ice Palace and eventually grew into a seemingly endless 36-hour marathon. New York City-based Made Event, a key electronic dance music promoter in the United States known for Winter Music Conference parties as well as New York's colossal annual music festival, Electric Zoo, recently released a statement:

"We've been very fortunate to be able to suppose many amazing artists over the last 6 years at Sunday School in Miami. From the first few years at Pawn Shop, the 24-hour party morphed into a global techno mecca at Ice Palace for our 36-hour marathons. However, we won't be hosting Sunday School in Miami this year as we continue to focus our efforts on the Electric Zoo Festival in New York."


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