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Own the Night: Anatomy of the Club Scene

AuraStuart Salomon has been in the nightlife business for over twenty years, serving as owner of such clubs as: Fallout, Coliseum, Atlantis, XO, The Beaumont, Karma, Zen, Grand Emporium, and most recently, Aura. He also has a seventeen-year background in law enforcement, now serving as a part-time deputy sheriff.

Own the Night chronicles the events of May 10th, 2013.

10:30 p.m. – I arrive at Aura and hang out front with the door guys while smoking a cigarette. There’s a poster-sized digital sign on either side of the entryway explaining that—yes—the paint does wash off, and that you only need to worry about being sprayed if you’re on the dance floor. Everywhere else is a safe zone.  Enter at your own risk, it says. Then I spot Stu parked curbside and rounding the back corner his SUV; he’s wearing a white button-up and jeans, black shoes. He pops the trunk, which is more or less a mobile version of his home office and just as messy. It’s crammed with bags, security supplies, and stuff for the club.

I approach and he tells me, “This whole thing has been an absolute clusterfuck. I was figuring this shit out until 9:00 or so.”

Stu’s holding a paint party at the club tonight. The problem is that the idea was conceived before the method. Last time I saw him (on May 8th), he was trying to modify a handheld paint gun for recreational needs. That meant getting the paint at a consistency to actually be able to course through the mechanism. Also, the PSI of the gun had to be enough to squirt it across the room, but not so much that it would sting or cut someone’s skin. Unfortunately, the guys at Home Depot were of very little help in this arena.

“We don’t know much about painting people,” they said.

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2014 Resolutions (in no particular order)

xmas books1.) Read more books: Yeah, I know, I know. Everyone’s saying this, but last year I only managed to knock out a couple books over the year because most of it was spent writing the 517-page monster that is GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS. The time just simply wasn’t there, however, I’m currently in the middle of Dora: a Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch and Nefarious Twit by Tony McMillen and loving both of them. Santa was good to me in the book-giving department.

2.) Read less horseshit: Richie Incognito, Trayvon Martin, the lesbian tip scandal…I’m sorry to admit that these stories along with many others ate up a ton of my time. This isn’t to say that these aren’t important issues in their own respective ways. The problem is I fell for the fucking click-bait on the latest development of the Anthony Weiner scandal or whatever else was hot that week, and I was no better off for it. No one was. News, I’m finding out, is more about inspiring outrage than giving information…and there was a lot of outrage this year. Having said that, it’s okay to have an opinion, but I found it interesting how when George Zimmerman got the “not guilty” verdict, every motherfucker on Facebook suddenly had a law degree.

3.) Write less: I can’t do another year like last year. No way. Anyone who’s every written a 500+ page novel in under a year can attest to the degree of difficulty. 2014 is going to be about promotion–not just for GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS–but for the Chuck Palahniuk anthology as well as a few other things I have in the pipe. Expect more readings, interviews, and book club stuff. I’m still going to be writing, but in a less demanding sense…mostly short stories and columns.

4.) Obtain better trolls: THIS isn’t going to cut it anymore, but I do appreciate the fact that at 5:37a.m. Christmas Eve I was the first thing on your mind.

5.) Keep widening my readership: I’m hesitant to use the term “fan base” as it seems a little presumptuous, but I do happen to be in the unique situation that from time to time a total stranger will contact me through Facebook or Twitter saying how much they liked something I wrote. I like that…never gets old, and I’m hoping with these next couple projects coming out in 2014 I can build upon what’s already there.