February 3, 2008 |
One young mother from Tillamook gathers her five children and drives two scenic miles to go beachcombing at a quaint hideaway off U.S. Highway 101. Another young Tillamook mother slips into a skimpy, form-fitting black gown and steers to the same town to dance for tips at the only exotic club on the northern Oregon coast. They, along with strip-club patrons, visiting families, longtime residents and retirees, mix it up in this quiet community.
December 22, 2007 |
Texas, where strip clubs have given rise to Anna Nicole Smith and many other less-generously endowed performers, is about to make it more expensive to watch a little bump and grind. In what some have dubbed the "pole tax," the Lone Star State will require its 150 or so strip clubs to collect a $5-per-customer levy, with most of the proceeds going to help rape victims. The tax goes into effect New Year's Day.
April 22, 2004 |
There's short and then there's "short." You really have to squint to spot the skirts on the go-go dancers at Xes, a saucy new Hollywood nightclub. With costumes that look like "Wonder Woman-meets-porn star," the dancers get everyone's love buzz flowing. And that's exactly the point. In six weeks, Xes has become something of a phenomenon. The club's name, which is "sex" spelled backward and is pronounced "excess," says it all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2000 |
Southern California has been the birthplace of such phenomena as the drive-in church (Emmanuel Lutheran, North Hollywood, 1948), hang-gliding (Dockweiler State Beach, about 1960) and the Hula Hoop (Wham-O Manufacturing, San Gabriel, 1958). And, of course, L.A. gave the world the go-go dancer in 1964. You may be shocked to learn, however, that such a momentous creation came about accidentally at the Whisky A Go Go.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1998 |
She slinks on stage in skintight silver lame pants, belting out ballads about the Big Bang, the vacuum, gallium arsenide, bosons, fermions and other subjects normally found in physics texts. She tosses her long auburn locks, cracking jokes about curved space and subatomic particles. "There's going to be a quiz at the end of the show," she says. "Anyone who fails has to walk the Planck scale [the minimum-size scale in quantum physics]."
March 12, 1998 |
Defying El Nino to ruin another good Saturday, dancers at DeDe's got the party raging by 10:20 the other night, and the go-go dancers weren't even go-going yet. When the two cage-less grinders did ascend their perches, the club's powerful strobes were flashing like lightning, but never blinding enough to obscure their nearly bare bods, nor the whooping crowd's admiration. DeDe's is billed as an all-female event.