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How much do jazz artists appreciate their audience? Plenty, judging by the proceedings on and off the bandstand Tuesday at Restaurant Kikuya in Huntington Beach. The occasion ostensibly was a celebration of Kikuya's nearly five years of live music--it was April 1994 when singer Jack Wood and guitarist Ron Eschete introduced jazz in Kikuya's lounge. In reality, though, it was a surprise 80th birthday party for Mary Fleckenstein, who's earned a reputation as Orange County's biggest jazz fan.
October 14, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Two gunmen fired shots Monday in a nightclub robbery, but no one was injured, police said. Patrons at Chasers, 2425 Orangethorpe Ave., were ordered to the floor by the robbers and forced to turn over their wallets, purses and jewelry during the 8:59 p.m. holdup, Sgt. Dave Stanko said. The gunmen also looted the cash registers. Stanko did not say how much money was taken. During the robbery, the men fired their guns an unspecified number of times, but no one was hit. No arrests have been made.
May 7, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
Scratch the Irvine Spectrum Center as a site for House of Blues, which had talked about opening a restaurant and nightclub there this year. House of Blues said last March it planned to expand into Orange County. Its director of development, Jeff Lapin, said the site would be the Irvine Co.'s entertainment-oriented mall at the Spectrum this year--or somewhere else later. It will apparently be somewhere else later.
March 28, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
A Municipal Court jury of five women and seven men convicted six employees of an Anaheim nude dance club Friday on prostitution charges stemming from lap dances. The city banned the practice several years ago as part of its attempts to rid Anaheim of adult businesses and cited the employees of the Sahara Theater for violating city codes. The defendants contended the city had no right to regulate what goes on inside a nude dance club.
March 20, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
The venerable Blue Beet nightclub may reopen in as soon as two weeks, now that the city has agreed its owner doesn't have to bring the 1912 building up to current standards. Owner Sid Soffer had been fighting with the city, which said he or whoever he sold the restaurant to would have to get a new operating permit to reopen the landmark establishment at the Newport Pier.
March 7, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
A Mexican restaurant threatened with loss of its live entertainment permit has sued the city in federal court, alleging violations of free speech and other rights. Via Maria nearly lost its permit twice last year after the City Council called review hearings in response to complaints of noise and fights in the Ball Street restaurant's parking lot. A third review is set for later this month.
January 30, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
For the third time in a year, the City Council will consider whether Via Maria Restaurant should be allowed to offer live entertainment. Council members this week called for a review hearing, to be held Feb. 23, in the wake of a Jan. 4 stabbing in the Mexican restaurant's parking lot and several other recent calls for police. "The felony assaults pose a threat to the community," Mayor Mary Ann Jones said. "They are significant incidents to warrant a public hearing."
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