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April 28, 1991
It took countless protests, court hearings and passage of two new statutes, including an emergency state measure that prohibited patrons from bringing their own liquor to the controversial Body Talk nude bar. Finally, late last week the owner of the Rockdale strip-tease bar struck a deal, pledging to phase out nude dancers by July 10. After that, the premises of his "club" in the 8100 block of Liberty Road are to revert to a pool hall.This is a victory for the Liberty Road communities which fought Body Talk.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
At first glance, the Metro Gallery's Saturday night bill seems like an odd pairing: Dope Body - one of Baltimore's noisiest, most abrasive bands in years - and Mykki Blanco, a gender-bending, impressively nimble rapper from New York. But watch some live YouTube clips of each act, and the show makes more sense. Dope Body and Mykki Blanco command attention immediately, and both are capable of consistently winning over new audiences through sheer force and charisma. It doesn't matter that their albums would be categorized at opposite ends of the store.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | April 5, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer was expected to sign into law today an emergency bill that could put the controversial Body Talk billiards club in Baltimore County, which features nude dancing, out of business.And county police have indicated that they will immediately begin enforcing the law.Del. Richard Rynd, D-Balto. Co., who sponsored the bill, indicated yesterday that Schaefer has responded to his urging to sign the bill into law and will do so today.The law, which is aimed at making life difficult for the controversial Rockdale establishment, would prohibit Body Talk patrons from bringing alcoholic beverages with them to watch the nude dancing.
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Eileen Ambrose | January 27, 2012
Maryland's consumer protection division has filed complaints against two health clubs and their owners for not registering with the state. The state requires health clubs to be registered and bonded, which protects consumers from losing fees paid in advance if the club goes belly up. The state's targets: Body Talk, a Laurel club owned by Arnell Tunstall-Richardson; and Kassama's Okinawan Karate Studio in Baltimore owned by Ontagu-Ibrahima Kassama....
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | March 14, 1991
Q: What do you get when you put five lawyers in one courtroom, all working on the same case?A: A postponement.Such was the situation Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson in the case of the county vs. Body Talk, the controversial striptease club/pool hall in Rockdale.Since last June, the county has been trying to shut the facility in the 8100 block of Liberty Road or to stop it from featuring nude female dancing.But Tuesday, for the second time in five days, a case against Body Talk was postponed, this time because county attorneys have not had time to reply to defense motions.
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By Glenn Small William Thompson contributed to this story | April 5, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer signed into law today a bill designed to immediately cut off the flow of alcoholic beverages to the controversial Body Talk billiards club in Baltimore County, which features nude dancing. The effect could be to put it out of business.County police have indicated they will begin enforcing the law at once.The law, which is aimed at making life difficult for the Rockdale establishment, would prohibit Body Talk patrons from bringing alcoholic beverages with them to watch the nude dancing.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | March 26, 1991
The road to closing a controversial strip-tease club in Rockdale may be longer than expected and might include a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court.That's because an attorney for the Body Talk club has filed a motion declaring that nude dancing is a form of protected free speech, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights."
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By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 16, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The fat lady has neither danced nor sung yet for the owners of Body Talk, a striptease club in Rockdale, but a House committee tried yesterday to bring the curtain down on the controversial club.Baltimore County residents have been trying to shut down the club, located in the 8100 block of Liberty Road, since May, when new management turned the former Al's Billiards into a nightclub with nude dancing.Body Talk owner Dominic Stenti was fined $33,000 in November for zoning and building-code violations, but he has continued to operate the club while appealing the Baltimore District Court ruling.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | October 24, 1990
A Baltimore County building inspector testified that the Body Talk strip tease club in Rockdale violated its building permit by putting nude dancers on a platform that was too large.A consultant for the club testified that Body Club is not a nightclub, but a billiards club that should be permitted in its zoning category.They were two of 10 witnesses who took the stand yesterday in District Court in Towson for the second criminal trial of Body Talk club owners Dominic Stenti and Michele Lee Higgs, who allegedly violated building and zoning codes.
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By Deborah I. Greene and Deborah I. Greene,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | April 26, 1991
Rockdale residents won their long and fervent battle to stop nude dancing at Body Talk yesterday when the nightclub's owner was fined $10,000 for liquor and building code violations and agreed to stop featuring striptease acts by July 10.As part of a last-minute deal with Baltimore County attorneys, club owner Dominic Stenti was convicted of violating a new state law that prohibits customers from bringing alcohol to Body Talk, which has no liquor license.Circuit...
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2011
The Nobel Peace Prize concert is not the first place you'd think of for a show by Robyn, Swedish pop goddess. Especially not last year's. It was a serious event with serious artists to honor a serious man, incarcerated Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Elvis Costello was there, Denzel Washington presented, and Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden were in attendance. Most performers would be fazed by that kind of crowd, but not Robyn, who performs Tuesday at Rams Head Live . She tore through three songs of her widely popular "Body Talk" trilogy without breaking a sweat, and three days later she was headlining a string of her own shows in Stockholm.
NEWS
May 16, 1992
CHANCES ARE that husbands shopping with their wives at Classic Decor vintage furniture on Liberty Road will make sure to tell their spouses that they've never been in the store before -- not ever. And they'd best be telling the truth.George Kondylas opened his store of eclectic furniture last fall. Prior to that, the building was the site of the notorious Body Talk strip-tease/pool hall that outraged nearby residents of Rockdale because it attracted undesirables.Mr. Kondylas has no connection to Body Talk; he just leases the building.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | May 3, 1991
After a year of community protests, court fines and laws enacted to shut it down, a striptease club in Rockdale closed its doors for good this week -- almost two months earlier than planned.Dominic Stenti, owner of Body Talk, reached an agreement with the county law office in which he would pay a reduced fine in exchange for immediately closing his club in the 8100 block of Liberty Road.Mr. Stenti had been under court order to stop the nude dancing at the club by July 10.H. Emslie Parks, county attorney, said he would recommend that Mr. Stenti pay $6,000 in fines.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | May 2, 1991
Less than a week after Body Talk owner Dominic Stenti agreed to stop featuring nude dancing at his Rockdale club by July 10, Stenti has agreed to close the business in the 8100block of Liberty Road.H. Emslie Parks, the Baltimore County attorney, said his office had reached an agreement in which Stenti would immediately close the controversial club, in exchange for the county suggesting Stenti pay less than the $10,000 he was fined last week.Parks, who said the whole deal is subject to the approval ofBaltimore County Circuit Court Judge James Smith, declined to say how much less Stenti will have to pay in fines.
NEWS
April 28, 1991
It took countless protests, court hearings and passage of two new statutes, including an emergency state measure that prohibited patrons from bringing their own liquor to the controversial Body Talk nude bar. Finally, late last week the owner of the Rockdale strip-tease bar struck a deal, pledging to phase out nude dancers by July 10. After that, the premises of his "club" in the 8100 block of Liberty Road are to revert to a pool hall.This is a victory for the Liberty Road communities which fought Body Talk.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | April 26, 1991
When Body Talk owner Dominic Stenti and his lawyer, Harold I. Glaser, finished cutting a deal with county officials in which Stenti agreed to stop featuring nude dancing at his Baltimore County striptease club, there was no mention of freedom of speech.But just last month, Glaser filed an exhaustive legal brief on Stenti's behalf, arguing that the kind of nude dancing featured at Body Talk in Rockdale is a protected form of free expression, guaranteed under the Maryland and U.S. constitutions.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | April 25, 1991
The days of nude dancing at Body Talk are numbered.Baltimore County officials and Dominic Stenti, the owner of the controversial striptease club in Rockdale, announced a settlement today in which Stenti has agreed to stop featuring nude dancing there after July 10.The striptease club, which outraged neighbors when it opened last May and prompted a barrage of state and county efforts to shut the place, will continue to feature nude dancing until then.After...
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By Deborah I. Greene and Deborah I. Greene,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | April 26, 1991
Rockdale residents won their long and fervent battle to stop nude dancing at Body Talk yesterday when the nightclub's owner was fined $10,000 for liquor and building code violations and agreed to stop featuring striptease acts by July 10.As part of a last-minute deal with Baltimore County attorneys, club owner Dominic Stenti was convicted of violating a new state law that prohibits customers from bringing alcohol to Body Talk, which has no liquor license.Circuit...
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | April 25, 1991
The days of nude dancing at Body Talk are numbered.Baltimore County officials and Dominic Stenti, the owner of the controversial striptease club in Rockdale, announced a settlement today in which Stenti has agreed to stop featuring nude dancing there after July 10.The striptease club, which outraged neighbors when it opened last May and prompted a barrage of state and county efforts to shut the place, will continue to feature nude dancing until then.After...
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