Around the Scene: Oct. 15, 2009

RAIN Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort has announced DJ Z-Trip will fill the Friday night turntable opening left vacant from the untimely passing of superstar DJ Adam Goldstein, better known to the masses as DJ AM. The Los Angeles-based spinster, who DJ Times recently named America’s Best DJ for 2009, will launch his new residency on Friday, Oct. 16 with Z-Trip’s Revolution – A Party for the People. N9NE Group’s vice president, Michael Fuller, stated: “It is a great honor to have Z-trip as a resident with us here at the Palms. I have been a fan of his for many years, so it is awesome to now be working with him on what we see as the next level of Vegas clubbing.” After seeing what Fuller and his team created for superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold, and by that we mean the alien world transformation known as Perfecto Vegas taking place each Saturday night at RAIN, add us to the long list of people who can’t wait to see what’s next!

We have been covering the growing concern of residents in Seattle, as the upcoming city elections continues to pit pro-nightlife candidates versus conservative candidates with platforms that increasingly appear anti-nightlife. In the battle for Seattle City Council, conservative Robert Rosencrantz is reportedly out-fundraising his rival Mike O’Brien, a trend that has the nightlife community voicing concern and trying to rally support for O’Brien. Rosencrantz, who doesn’t drink, takes the position that neighborhood complaints should trump nightlife venues and that neighborhood control should supersede jurisdictional authority. For his part, O’Brien contends neighborhoods shouldn’t be able to shut down pre-existing nightlife venues. One battleground is based on a 2007 noise ordinance and a series of resident complaints that come from new developments being built next to existing historic and successful nightlife or music venues. It is NC’s stance that residents should be aware of neighboring businesses when making real estate purchases rather than naively moving in and then trying to close down existing nightlife venues that made the neighborhood favorable in the first place. For those following along at home, add O’Brien to your list of pro-nightlife Seattle politicians, next to mayoral candidate Mike McGinn, county executive candidate Dow Constantine and city attorney candidate Pete Holmes.

Sean Combs, better known around the world simply as Diddy, has inked a deal with nightlife pub BlackBook to launch an iPhone application called Diddy’s BlackBook. The Combs-approved version of the popular nightlife guide covers cities spanning the globe and offers Diddy’s handpicked hot spots. It is available for download from iTunes.

Rick’s Cabaret International, the publicly traded empire of adult entertainment venues, has added another element to its portfolio by purchasing Dallas’ upscale Cabaret North venue for $2.3 million. According to the company, this move will help Rick’s establish an increased presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, now giving them four clubs within the area. A statement from the company reported that the venue is expected to add between $2.5 and $3 million in annual revenue to the company and adjusted earnings in the $800,000 to $1 million range. The company was able to make the purchase after raising $7.2 million through convertible debentures to fund future acquisitions. 

Is America’s favorite love-to-hate socialite getting sick of the club scene? According to Paris Hilton’s recent Twitter-ati, that is exactly what’s happening. “I work so much I have to get up at 6 a.m. every day so I don’t have to be going to clubs like I used to. I went out the other night and it was brutal,” the hotel heiress posted last week. But all is not lost and Hilton isn’t retiring from the party scene altogether: “But Vegas is fun,” she continued, “We always have fun in Vegas.”

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