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Cabaret

 

originally an improvised presentation given by poets, musicians, or actors in literary and artistic cafés. The performers read poetry, sang topical ditties, and staged short, satirical sketches. There was a master of ceremonies to help create an unconstrained and gay atmosphere. Cabarets became widespread in France (mostly Paris) in the 1880’s but lost their improvisational character gradually, as the bourgeoisie began frequenting them and professional artists from variety shows began to appear on their stages.

In Russia two of the most popular cabarets were LetuchaiaMysh (The Bat) in Moscow and Krivoe Zerkalo (The Distorting Mirror) in St. Petersburg, both founded in 1908. In present-daybourgeois countries cabarets are restaurants with variety showsthat are usually intended solely for entertainment and occasion-ally have erotic and vulgar overtones.

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Operator of upscale gentlemen's clubs Rick's Cabaret International Inc (Nasdaq:RICK) on Tuesday reported sales of USD20.
The officer told the court he had taken statements from the three women in connection with his investigation into five women from the Dominican Republic who fled the cabaret in May last year.
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In the early years of the Weimar Republic, the extreme Right and the Social Democratic government both became targets of more aggressive political cabarets, while communist "agitprop" troupes borrowed popular performance techniques.
He said locals were uninterested in working in cabarets but that if a Greek Cypriot woman wanted a job he'd give her one.
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LAS VEGAS -- Doing its part to help bring a little joy to economically battered Las Vegas, Rick's Cabaret is offering discounted drinks and free admission for Nevada residents to its gentlemen's club just off the Vegas Strip.
This club is one of the finest physical locations in the entire country, and we know our customers will enjoy it as an XTC Cabaret, which is our company's brand for all-nude gentlemen's clubs," said Eric Langan, President and CEO of Rick's Cabaret.
On Thursday October 23rd, investors are invited to a party that will include a tour of the facility and the opportunity to talk about the company with Rick's Cabaret president and CEO Eric Langan.
We continue to attract an A-list clientele of gentlemen from every sport and every profession, so this is our chance to say thanks for a fabulous first year," said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret, a publicly traded company that operates the upscale Rick's Cabaret clubs in Houston, Minneapolis, Charlotte and at a soon-to-open midtown location in New York City.