Around the Scene: May 13, 2010

Pop star Rihanna and her mentor, entertainment mogul Jay-Z, are reportedly in talks about the “Umbrella” singer becoming the face of a new burlesque nightclub venture. A source told The Daily Star: “Jay thinks she has the perfect image to get into the club scene. All the top [people] reckon she’s smoking hot. They’re desperate to make her the face and body of a new burlesque chain. Jay sees it as a great business opportunity.”

After 33 years in downtown Palm Springs, Calif., Zeldaz is going back to its original name of Zelda’s Nightclub. In doing so, the owners changed location and instated a dress code with the reopening on May 5. The new space features a larger dance floor and a new sound and lighting system. To mark its transition, the old space held a “Last Call” party May 1.

Travelers' Choice Awards TripAdvisorOnline travel review site TripAdvisor released its 2010 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards based on user reviews, with a category dedicated to the best nightlife in the world and inside the U.S. Here at home, the top 10 are: New Orleans; New York; Las Vegas; Chicago; Austin, Texas; Key West, Fla.; Miami Beach, Fla.; Nashville; San Francisco; and San Diego. NOLA, NYC and Vegas were honored with the top three slots worldwide. For the full list of nightlife destinations in the world, click here.

Another addition to the Vegas daylife pool scene: HRH Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, part of the property’s $750 million expansion project. The outdoor space features an expansive pool area, a sandy beach, 17 daybeds, 24 luxury cabanas, swim-up blackjack, a gaming lounge and eight Spa Villas.

Hard ROck Hotel Beach Club
Photo Credit: Erik Kabik/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

London nightclub G-A-Y and owner Jeremy Joseph are working to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation through special events, marketing projects — including a direct donation URL at — and voluntary contributions in collection buckets at the club’s city-center location. Its goal: £50,000 (about $74,000 U.S.).

Late last month, President Obama became a part of the Shanghai nightlife scene. Recently opened, The Obama Club is running on the much-touted Obama platform of “change,” with owners hoping to implement change in the way people view nightclubs. The 2,000-capacity space features strobe lighting, fog machines, six projection screens, two stone lion statues, a huge outdoor fountain that operates in time with piano music, state-of-the-art A/V systems and a rooftop garden.

Diamonds & Denim, an 11,500-square-foot country nightclub from Graham Brothers Entertainment, will open this fall in Mesa, Ariz., injecting an older retail center with new life. Developers intend to invest $1 million in club development for the opening.

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