The Act, Venetian Spar Over Eviction, Lease Terms

Recently the subject of imminent-closure rumors, The Act is warring with The Venetian, which club representatives say tried to improperly give them the boot based on concerns that the venue?s performances could jeopardize the resort’s gaming license.

In a motion filed in Clark County District Court on May 20, The Act parent company VV Ventures says that the Venetian demanded it vacate the premises in late April.  The Venetian raised concerns that performances in the club could be considered lewd and obscene, according to the suit, thereby putting the property in violation of Clark County business license, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and Gaming Control Board statutes.

Representatives for the Venetian declined to comment on the case.

VV Ventures claims The Act (which opened in October) brought in representatives from Metro and the county, and received approval that the performances in the club are in compliance. The complaint also alleges that when first developing the club, several executives from the Venetian traveled to New York to check out sister property The Box?known for its titillating staged vignettes?and wrote into the lease terms that The Act would be required to deliver a similar product.

In a follow-up motion July 2, the club said the Venetian was no longer pursuing eviction, but that the venue had to comply with the lease, which ?forbids performances of any kind, and in particular adult-themed or sexual-in-nature performances.? The Act, for its part, is seeking damages and an injunction to stay in place and ride out its five-year lease.

Tension between the Venetian and VV Ventures dates back to at least March, when the resort abruptly shuttered VV operations First Food & Bar and Rattlecan. The suit alleges that during buyout negotiations, an executive with Venetian parent company Las Vegas Sands leaned on VV, threatening that the resort could alter access and restrict sight lines to the restaurant if the company wouldn?t take the settlement. Which it did, including a $1 million advertising credit to promote The Act on property.

But since those terms were agreed to, the suit claims, the Venetian slapped The Act with its eviction notice, removed signage pointing to the venue, delisted it from its website, restricted elevator access and told clients interested in booking at the club that it was closed.

?I don?t know if anyone knows exactly why this is happening now,? The Act spokeswoman Lee Haney says. ?There is speculation that maybe they found a new use for the property or the space, but really, we haven?t been able to get to the bottom of the catalyst behind this.?

The next hearing in the case is set for August 19.

Another one for the road

LeBron James celebrated his second NBA title since emotionally ruining Cleveland with a party July 6 at Tao, wherein Floyd Mayweather came by and James instructed the crowd that they were to refer to the duo exclusively as ?Money Mayweather? and ?King James.? Give the dude credit for maintaining a strict nickname protocol. ? Scott Disick hosted at Sapphire Pool & Dayclub on July 6 when Kourtney Kardashian came by for a surprise visit. ?Surprise Kardashian? is poised to replace ?sneak attack? in the vernacular of ?unexpected things you don?t want happening to you.? ? The New Kids on the Block spent the night after their show with 98 Degrees on July 6 at Pure, where all five of them were onstage singing along to ?90s tunes before ambling back to their table with a selection of ladies. Small-pond fishermen armed with dynamite don?t have an easier time.\


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