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Vex Marks the Spot 

New club born out of acrimony

The Goblin, the Pecan Avenue rock club, had a short existence, but its sudden shut-down has generated tales that will last long afterward.

The partner remaining in the Goblin LLC wasn't too keen on discussing those rumors, but he and the club's (mostly) new managers did want to talk about the venue's reopening this weekend. The old church building has been rechristened the Spot.

"We're going to have a bunch of different entertainment to basically reflect the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood's diversity," said Mike Morelli, a co-manager of the Spot.

The shutdown of the Goblin was quick, unexpected and -- apparently -- acrimonious. Until last week, three people had formed the club's partnership: Robert Baker, Charles Franklin Baldwin (aka "Torch") and Autumn Twilight. Autumn couldn't be reached for comment (a handful of people described her as being "on sabbatical"), but Baker said she decided to sell him her share in the club. Then, with two-thirds ownership, he kicked out Torch. Baker said he had questions about how Torch was doing business but wouldn't elaborate. "That's between me and him, and that's where it should stay ... I've done everything by the advice and consent of my attorney."

Torch, in a phone message, said he couldn't discuss the situation, though he has also seen an attorney. "I can't really shed light on what's going on," he stated.

Autumn and Torch were featured in a 2005 Creative Loafing story on Charlotte's fetish scene. The duo also were behind Purgatory, a fetish party, and ran Single Cell Productions. Baker had been involved with Single Cell, but he said he resigned.

Morelli said the Spot will feature live music and DJs, with open mic nights, hip-hop nights and hardcore nights. He hopes to attract local, regional and national acts.

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