Tempe, Arizona venue the Clubhouse shuts down after gang-related gunfire

March 15, 2012 by Bryne Yancey

Tempe, Arizona venue the Clubhouse shuts down after gang-related gunfire

Photo: Benjamin Leatherman

The Phoenix New Times is reporting that Tempe, Arizona venue The Clubhouse has been forced to shut its doors after gang-related gunfire took place there on Mar. 2, with club owner Eugenia Ruven being arrested last Friday for "failing to properly follow the venue's security plan."

"The closure of the beleaguered concert hall, which has come under investigation by the City of Tempe in regard to its security since the gang-involved shooting in its parking lot on March 2, comes less than 24 hours after a town hall meeting where Clubhouse allies voiced their support.

The closure is the latest development in the maelstrom of drama that's developed since the shooting. Owner Eugenia Ruven was arrested and cited on Friday for failing to adhere to the establishment's security plan, which was also revoked by city officials late last week.

Calls to Ruven, who has run the Clubhouse since it opened in 2004 (and -- according to scuttlebutt -- has been trying to sell it in recent years), had not been returned as of this writing."

Upcoming shows scheduled to happen at the Clubhouse, including the Ting Tings (Mar. 20) and Texas In July (Apr. 6), will be forced to different venues or perhaps canceled altogether--the Tings Tings' show was moved to the Marquee, while we're awaiting word on the new venue for TIJ's show.

The Word Alive has created an online petition to reopen the venue, which can be seen/signed here.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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