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Block party likely to continue despite entertainment concerns

Published On: Aug 02 2013 06:29:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 02 2013 11:58:38 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A downtown Madison gay sports bar will likely be able to hold it's annual pride block party despite concerns about entertainment last year.

It will be the third annual block party for Woof's Madison, an event one alderperson raised concerns about after a provocative performance last year that brought fines against the bar's owner.

The city's alcohol license review committee approved a temporary license Friday for the Woof's event on Aug. 17 that's set to coincide with pride events. But not before questions about last year's party, where a male performer was seen by a police officer on outdoor and indoor stages with his genitals partially exposed. Woof's owner, Dino Maniaci, paid an $807 fine last year for hosting adult entertainment without a license.

"I have real concerns that this could happen again," said Alder Lisa Subeck. "We're talking about a very public event out on a city street at which last year we had a naked male dancer, and I think that raises some big red flags."

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"There was an isolated incident last year with an individual," Maniaci told ALRC members Friday. "We have spoken to [Madison Police Department] Capt. Gloede, taken extra precautions and brought in off-duty police offers to help with security."

Maniaci says they have also changed entertainment to focus more on DJs.

The Madison Police Department captain said Friday the department was comfortable with the bar's plans for the block party, but if any issues resurfaced this year, they would approach things differently next year.

The full City Council will consider the license at its meeting on Aug. 6.

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