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Spider House Co-Owner Fires Back at Business Partner in Court
Conrad Bejarano responds to John Dorgan’s libel and slander charges
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

Spider House Co-Owner Files Civil Suit Against Partner and Former Employee
Legal action responds to 2017 sexual misconduct claims
DAILY Food  November 21, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

A Tangled Web at Spider House
A culture of heavy drinking and late nights, alleged sexual misconduct, and a lawsuit all pull on the threads of a poisonous time at the campus-area cafe
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

Sparks Flying Over Spider House
Owner files suit after sexual misconduct scandal
News Story  November 29, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Spider House Co-Owner
From Facebook post to public statement ...
DAILY Food  October 27, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...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...."

A Luv Supreme
I Luv Video celebrates 30 years with a 'Blade Runner'-themed bash
Screens Story  July 20, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation
How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant
Screens Story  January 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"..."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)...."

Faster Than Sound: Spider House Ballroom Will Cease Live Entertainment
Longtime local venue converts to arcade bar following co-owner misconduct allegations, code violations, and artist payment delays
Music Column  February 7, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...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..."

United States Art Authority
A zoning glitch forces the UT campus-area arts space to close down temporarily
Arts Story  August 1, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Top 10 Food News Stories of 2017
Food Story  December 28, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...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]..."

May the Truth Prevail
Postmarks  January 9, 2019

I Luv Video Quits Guadalupe
Don't panic! Consolidated Airport store to be world's biggest
DAILY Screens  November 24, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

The Hightower Report
Corporations launder money to cheat the IRS; Homeland Security makes for good comedy.
News Column  December 6, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...Senator Byron Dorgan is on the warpath against these corporate cheats. To back his effort, call 202/224-2551...."

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