South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...Conrad Bejarano, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, has filed two responses to a lawsuit brought against him in October by business partner John Dorgan. On Dec..."
"...John Dorgan, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, has filed a civil suit against his business partner Conrad Bejarano and former employee Jeremy Rogers. The suit, filed on Oct..."
"...While Spider House has drawn in UT students, bands, burlesque shows, poets, comedians, and more, it's also built a reputation as a safe space, hosting welcoming events and promoting itself to the city's LGBTQ community and progressive organizations. The venue and its owners John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano, whose entrepreneurial endeavors have included video store I Luv Video and dry cleaning service EcoClean, have received local and national accolades, including multiple "Best of Austin" awards from readers of the Chronicle...."
"...Jeremy Rogers and his wife Tiffany Paciga have launched a GoFundMe appeal in response to a lawsuit filed against Rogers by his former boss John Dorgan, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. The couple, who released an "open letter" via Facebook in October 2017 accusing Dorgan of attempted sexual assault against Paciga several years prior, are hoping to raise $10,000 to retain a lawyer and cover legal fees...."
"...On Wednesday afternoon, Jeremy Rogers, in a joint public Facebook post with his wife Tiffany Paciga, posted accusations of sexual assault against their former employer, Spider House co-owner John Dorgan...."
"...As if that weren't cause enough for tipsy, retro-futuristic merriment, the blowout – slated for Friday, July 20 at the Spider House 29th St. Ballroom – is also doubling (tripling?) as a launch party for I Luv's new and improved (i.e., slightly less cluttered) web presence, something that co-owners Bejarano and John Dorgan have been meaning to redesign for some time...."
"..."Can you make sure to mention that this year is our 25th anniversary?" he asks over drinks at Spider House (which Bejarano also owns with I Luv co-founder John Dorgan, along with the neighboring EcoClean and the soon-to-be-reopened United States Art Authority)...."
"...Years after opening the adjoining cafe in 1995, Bejarano and co-owner John Dorgan purchased a shuttered plasma donation center across the parking lot. Launched as United States Art Authority and later known as 29th Street Ballroom, the disco-ball-adorned room earned a reputation for solid music happenings multiple nights a week under the booking talents of Jason McNeely and Brian Tweedy..."
"...In the case of the new performance venue and art gallery, the sticking point involved zoning for the property, which housed a plasma center previously. When business partners John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano acquired the property to expand their entertainment empire between Whitis and Guadalupe at 29th Street – the two also own Spider House, EcoClean, and I Luv Video – they thought they had dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's regarding health, safety, and fire inspections, not to mention the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission permits to extend the Spider House footprint into the new space..."
"...3) Spider House Sexual Misconduct Allegations Accusations of sexual harassment and assault against former co-owner John Dorgan exploded when former employees posted their experiences to Facebook in solidarity with the #metoo movement. Dorgan was ousted, but we're still standing by for the promised community conversation. [image-2-right]..."
"...Founded originally in the mid-Eighties at Dobie Mall as London Video by Bejarano and John Dorgan, I Luv Video first opened the doors in 1984 on Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road. At its peak, it had nine locations around Austin, but eventually pulled back to the two (now one) remaining sites..."
"...Senator Byron Dorgan is on the warpath against these corporate cheats. To back his effort, call 202/224-2551...."