Zodiac's restaurant days are done. But the space at 1726 N. Charles St. might have a future as a live music venue.
A legitimate music space like this could be huge for Wham City. They've been searching for something like this for years.
I also talked to photographer/promoter Jim Lucio, who plans on starting a dance party there on the first and third Thursday of every month. It's called Trans-Am.
When he told me the name, I was like, "Oh, like the car?" and he said, "Yes, and also like transsexuals ..."
As it turns out, there aren't many -- if any -- clubs or dance nights that cater specifically to transsexuals, and Lucio wants to tap into that market.
"I just thought it was the perfect idea," Lucio said. "I don't have to worry about imitators popping up."
Though Lucio plans to play mostly '70s disco music, he doesn't want Trans-Am to be a raging disco party. The space isn't big enough for that, he said, and he wants people to be able to mingle.
"It's a little bit of an experiment," he said.
The first Trans-Am will be in November. I'll post more details when Lucio figures them out.
Oh, and for now, the tentative name for the place is Zodiac Performance Space. It's certifiably snooze-worthy. I suggested something a little edgier, like "Z." Anything would be better than Zodiac Performance Space.
(Photo by Monica Lopossay/Sun photographer)