"And another one's gone/And another one's gone/Another one bites the dust." That's right, yet another local club has expired as of last week. Empire, formerly located at 4310 Central NE, has closed its doors and will apparently file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, according to correspondence with club owner Hudson Holmes. Considering that both Banana Joe's and Club Rhythm and Blues closed within the past three months, it may seem as though Albuquerque's nightlife is suffering a considerable slump. But keep in mind that, nationally, nightclubs have about a 70 percent failure rate as business ventures. Owning and operating a club in any town is a difficult, mostly thankless occupation, so please support the clubs whose doors currently remain open and keep your fingers crossed for new blood. ... Congratulations to Red Earth, whose latest CD Zia Soul won "Best World Music Recording" at the Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards held two weekends ago at the Isleta Casino and Resort. ... Winter Ball 2003 will be held again this year at OPM on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Formal attire is encouraged, but the only prerequisite for attendance is that you donate a packaged but not-gift-wrapped toy to benefit Youth Development Incorporated. This year's bill includes The Eyeliners, Black Maria, The Dirty Novels and Obenjyosan. Tucanos will provide food for those who show up early.
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