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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 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."
May 30, 1997 | JOHN POPE
A restaurant has been granted permission to offer entertainment and dancing, despite police concern about gang-related crime in the area. The City Council this week voted 3 to 1 to allow Maxim's, 13922 Golden West St., to have live music and dancing on the condition that owners mitigate parking problems and come before the city in six months for review. During a public hearing, Westminster Police Det.
May 29, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
The Queen Bee, a Vietnamese nightclub struggling to survive, was given a last-minute reprieve by a City Council poised to close the business. The Beach Boulevard nightclub, which features stage shows and ballroom dancing, has been at odds with the city for not meeting a requirement to open a restaurant on the premises. A restaurant is required by zoning regulations, which restrict the number of businesses that only serve alcohol in any given area.
March 12, 1997 | BILL BILLITER
Despite police testimony that a near-riot took place Feb. 22 at Via Maria Restaurant, the City Council has voted 4 to 1 to restore the dining facility's live-music permit. Councilwoman Mary Ann Jones cast the opposing vote. "I still feel there is the issue of health and safety for the community," she said. City Manager Mark J. Ochenduszko suspended Via Maria's music permit last month after an early-morning altercation at the restaurant at 9969 Walker St.
The Improv, with clubs in Irvine and Brea, is just about the only game in town for stand-up comedy. The highlights, in chronological order: Irvine Improv * Kathleen Madigan (Jan. 8-11): Madigan's dry humor has roots in Midwestern cow-tipping. * Bobby Slayton and Diane Ford in " 'Til Death Do Us Part" (Jan. 15-19): Two comics with different, very different, points of view hook up in a battle of the sexes. * Tom Rhodes (Jan. 29-Feb. 2): The star of NBC's "Mr. Rhodes" returns to his stand-up roots.
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