Unreal Gets Saved on the Dancefloor

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Unreal doesn't consider ourself a likely candidate for salvation, but we happened to hear Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" on the radio the other day and decided that if it ever does happen, it will be on a dance floor. Of course, our Patti-inspired vision involves vast quantities of hallucinogens and maybe some ecstatic Sufi-like spinning.

Then we heard about The Body Light Club, a Christian nightclub downtown, next door to the City Museum. Our heathenish heart atremble, we called up Leonard Foxworth, Jr., the club's owner to find out how soon we could get saved.

Unreal: What makes The Body a Christian nightclub?

Leonard Foxworth, Jr.: It's all Christian-based. It's non-alcoholic. We play all Christian music: rock and roll, rap, even Christian jazz. We invite everybody to come out and have fun, but you have to conform to our standards: no smoking or alcohol.

How did you come up with this idea?

I got faith thirteen years ago. I was feeling a void, coming out of the world. I got involved in Christian rap. But then I'd find myself at IHOP at 2 a.m. because there was nothing to do.

Hey, that happens to us, too!

So I decided to have a place where people could mingle and dance. We have food -- not pancakes -- and pool and darts and a lounge and live performances and a dance floor.

We've noticed that, in non-Christian clubs, things get a little, um, lascivious on the dance floor.

Everyone has a general understanding that you're not out there grinding. Christian rap has the heavy beat, but people listen to the words, which they don't do in another nightclub. In a sense, it would be like going to church and grinding, just total rebellion.

Do you serve fancy non-alcoholic cocktails?

We want to get into that.

And Red Bull?

I tried to get set up with a distributor, but he never got back with me.

No Red Bull??? Unreal's hopes of nightclub salvation: Consider them dashed.

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