Sunny Day Real Estate guitarist Dan Hoerner has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money to restore a Spokane, Washington nightclub. The rocker is hoping to raise $50,000 (GBP31,250) to renovate The Big Dipper, which he bought with his wife last year (13).
Hoerner has been fixing up the venue for the past seven months, but he still needs to install a fire sprinkler system.
A statement from Hoerner reads: "Spokane needs to have The Big Dipper as part of the cityscape. It's like the goat at the park or the horses on the Carousel... You have to have that stuff around for Spokane to be Spokane. We think The Big Dipper needs to be a part of the fabric of our city and we want to bring it back to life."
The establishment is currently open for event rentals, but he is hoping to restore it for "poetry readings, open mics, karaoke... art shows, game nights and film screenings" this spring (14).
The Big Dipper is not the only musical project Hoerner is working on - Sunny Day Real Estate will release their first song in 14 years in April (14).
Embattled rapper Da Brat has been ordered to pay $3.7 million (£2.31 million) to a waitress she was accused of assaulting after losing a lawsuit over the 2007 incident. The hip-hop star, real name Shawntae Harris, served three years in prison for aggravated assault for attacking Shayla Stevens with a bottle at an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub.
She walked free in 2011, but faced a new legal battle as Stevens had filed a civil suit against her while behind bars.
The case went to trial in Atlanta this week (begs24Feb14), but was delayed on Wednesday (26Feb14) when a juror was found unfit to serve as he was not a U.S. citizen.
The judge declared a mistrial, but a new jury was promptly selected and a verdict was delivered in the victim's favour on Thursday (27Feb14), reports TMZ.com.
The rapper was found responsible for causing permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment and severe mental pain and ordered to pay damages.
Lillo Brancato, Jr. has landed his first acting job since he was released from prison last year (13). Nightclub boss Noel Ashman promised to give the actor a job once he walked free from jail, and he has now handed him a role in a music video he is producing for pop star Natali Yura's tune Fall For You.
Brancato, who previously starred in mafia drama The Sopranos, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in 2008 for his role in a 2005 burglary which left an off-duty police officer dead.
He walked free from Hudson Correctional Facility in New York in December (13) after being given an early release.
Retired American football star Darren Sharper has pleaded not guilty to allegations he drugged and then raped two women in Los Angeles as part of an ongoing investigation. The 38-year-old former Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints star has been charged with seven rape and drug counts involving four women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub.
Court documents filed last week (ends14Feb14) revealed additional allegations from women in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Arizona.
In court on Thursday (20Feb14), prosecutors revealed a new allegation against Sharper was being investigated in New Orleans, and Miami, Florida police are also investigating one there.
Sharper's bail has been increased to $1 million (GBP625,000). He posted that amount before leaving court.
If convicted, Sharper faces more than 30 years behind bars.
Speaking outside court last week, the sportsman's attorney Blair Berk insisted her client was innocent, stating, "We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case, and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded."
The allegations have cost Sharper his job as an analyst for the NFL Network - he has been suspended without pay.
A previously unseen film by late British director Derek Jarman is to be screened for the first time. The moviemaker, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1994, shot the footage at a gay nightclub in east London the same year as part of a project with fellow director Ron Peck.
Peck has now decided to release the feature-length film, titled Will You Dance With Me?, to coincide with an upcoming Jarman retrospective at the British Film Institute (BFI) commemorating 20 years since the director's death.
The movie will be screened at the BFI in London on 22 March (14).
Actress Rosie Perez may have sparked a new war of words with Jennifer Lopez after detailing their behind-the-scenes spat on TV show In Living Color in her memoirs. The two stars were dancing Fly Girls on the 1990s U.S. comedy show and in her new book Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Perez claims she helped Lopez land a job on the show, claiming host and creator Keenan Ivory Wayans was not a fan because he thought she was "chubby and corny".
Lopez made her debut on the show in 1991, and, according to Perez, she made enemies among the other dancers immediately.
In an extract from the book, published in the New York Post, the actress writes, "All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage."
Perez brushed off the remarks from her fellow dancers, but then Lopez reportedly turned on her like "some ghetto biatch (sic), screaming and pounding her chest."
Perez claims Lopez shouted, "You pick on me, me and only me, every f**king day! Every f**king day! I work my a** off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like s**t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it."
The Pineapple Express star fell out with Lopez after the encounter and admits she has been hurt by "disparaging comments" the singer has made about her in Hollywood.
She could not have been more surprised when Lopez appeared friendly towards her at a nightclub years after In Living Color.
She recalls, "Jennifer came over to me, smiling, saying hello as if nothing had happened. I should’ve let it go, played it off, too. Instead, I killed her with my biting tongue."
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life will hit stores on 25 February (14).
Retired U.S. sportsman-turned-TV pundit Darren Sharper has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting seven women in four different states. The former American football star has been charged with two counts of rape and five other drug charges in connection with two incidents in October (13) and January (14).
At least three other women and one man have accused Sharper of drugging them, according to records. Three of the alleged sexual assaults occurred on two consecutive nights.
The NFL Network presenter made a brief court appearance in Los Angeles on Friday (14Feb14), but did not enter a plea. His arraignment has been scheduled for 20 February (14) and he was ordered to surrender his passport and to stay in Los Angeles. He remains free on $200,000 (GBP125,000) bail.
Speaking outside court, his attorney Blair Berk told reporters, "We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded."
Los Angeles County prosecutors claim that two of the women accusing him of sexual assault met the former Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints player at a West Hollywood nightclub in October (13) and he invited them to a party. Sharper allegedly stopped off at his hotel room on the way and gave the women something to drink.
One woman claims she blacked out and awoke naked to find Sharper sexually assaulting her.
The former footballer, who retired from professional sports in 2011, was arrested on 17 January (14).
If convicted he faces more than 30 years behind bars.
Rapper Drake is convinced a romance with Rihanna would be "the ultimate fantasy", but insists he is now only interested in her friendship. The Started From The Bottom hitmaker enjoyed a number of dates with the Bajan beauty in 2010, but they fell out after Drake accused Rihanna of abruptly cutting off contact with him, claiming she had been using him as a "pawn" in her on/off relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
The pair subsequently patched up its differences and teamed up for the duet Take Care in 2012, and the stars sparked fresh relationship rumours last weekend (08-09Feb14) when they were spotted partying together at a Los Angeles nightclub.
But Drake claims he is no longer looking for a love match with Rihanna, even though he considers her to be his dream girl.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "She's the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, 'Man, that would be good'.
"We have fun together, she's cool and s**t. But we're just friends, she's my dog for life. I'm not after p**sy like I was three years ago, when I was trying to make up for all the years when no girl would talk to me. But I haven't met somebody that makes everybody else not matter."
Chris Brown's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran was denied entry into a New York nightclub last week (begs16Dec13) because her former love rival Rihanna was already inside. The model arrived at the Pink Elephant venue during a night out, but bouncers for the club decided it would not be a good idea to have the two women in the hotspot at the same time, according to the New York Post.
Tran's representative reportedly told eyewitnesses, "She was told she could (not) attend said club, because Rihanna was inside. (She) decided to go elsewhere."
A spokesperson for the club confirms, "She wasn't let in as a courtesy to Rihanna. To keep the peace, they decided it was in everybody's best interest if they weren't on the dance floor at the same time."
Singer Brown began dating Tran in 2011, two years after his highly-publicised split from Rihanna in 2009.
He reconciled with the Umbrella beauty last year (12), prompting Brown to dump Tran, but the reunion didn't last long and he subsequently revived his relationship with the model earlier this year (13).
Rapper Gucci Mane has been charged with federal gun charges and could face up to 20 years in prison. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, was indicted on two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon by a federal grand jury last month (19Nov13).
The charges stem from two incidents in September (13). Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm and just two days later he was caught carrying a different gun. Both times, he acted erratically and made threats to police and his attorney, according to the federal prosecutor.
Consequently, he was detained by cops on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. Since he violated his probation in the incidents, he was sentenced to jail and is currently serving six months behind bars.
Each charge of carrying a firearm as a felon carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 (£152,000).
Davis has been dogged by legal troubles for years - he walked free from his most recent jail stint for a separate issue with his probation, linked to a conviction for aggravated assault, in May (13). He is also due to stand trial later this year (13) after pleading not guilty to allegations he hit a soldier over the head with a bottle in an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub in March (13).
Documentary about nightclubs beginning with Prohibition in the 1920s, when nightclubs became an American phenomenon. Refined in the 1930s and '40s, the American nightclub became the premiere form of live entertainment in America. Movies, radio and television drew talent from nightclubs and emulated their settings. Most of the top nightclubs were secretly owned by mobsters. Others were run by visionary impresarios, like Lou Walters, father of journalist Barbara Walters.