Three topless dancers at the Boise strip club Erotic City were cited on Monday, April 4, for violating the Boise City nudity ordinance. The club has received global press, including mentions on the BBC and NBC's The Tonight Show, for creating an "Art Night" to get around the ordinance, which allows nudity only in cases of "serious artistic merit."
"They were trying to use the artistic exemption of the law to allow them to have nude dancing," said Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower. "However, if you read the ordinance, it does allow for dance theaters and things with serious artistic merit, but it clearly states that the exception does not apply to adult businesses."
Under law, the dancers are cited rather than the club's owners, and each dancer could face up to six months in jail and a $300 fine. Boise Police indicated, however, that more charges might be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
As of press time, Erotic City employees were not answering the club's phone. However, their phone message still mentioned Art Night, happening every Monday and Tuesday night, as a featured attraction.