The (Peep?) Show Goes on at Jumpin' Jupiter, Despite Budget Cuts and Tax Issues

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The Syn City Burlesque show on June 16.

Jumpin' Jupiter, a neo-supper club in Maplewood, narrowly evaded eviction this weekend after owner Jim Callahan settled a dispute with the state for $28,000 he owed in sales taxes. The city of Maplewood agreed to renew his business license on Friday, but the raunchy Saturday night show wasn't exactly a party for the restaurateur, who says he's run out of money and making some tough cuts.

On Saturday night at the Naughty Naughty Late Show, Callahan darts between computers behind the bar, oblivious to the three women on stage who are making out with each other in a blow-up kiddie pool.

View a full NSFW slideshow of the June 16 Syn City Burlesque show.

After a very public falling out with St. Louis' burlesque queen Lola Van Ella, whose company Van Ella Productions was responsible for many of the shows at Jumpin' Jupiter since last year's opening, Callahan has streamlined operations and tightened the venue's budget... particularly its entertainment budget.

Van Ella took to Facebook last month to accuse Callahan of passing bad checks and not paying performers. On Thursday, Van Ella told RFT Music that, "we have, at this point received most of the money owed to us, which we believe is a result of our decision to make a public statement, which we still stand behind."

A new crew called Synful Entertainment has taken over Van Ella's spot on Saturday nights. Elliot Winter, who runs the company along with several of the dancers, described their shows as "burlesque meets Las Vegas erotica meets drag."

"St. Louis, in my opinion, is like a little brother to New Orleans. We're trying to get back to that walking-down-Bourbon-Street vibe," Winter says, adding that that's not easy in a "conservative" neighborhood like Maplewood.

Doug Miner of the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch has been documenting developments at Jumpin' Jupiter closely, and the coverage of Syn hasn't been met with the best response. Two weeks ago, to promote Synful Entertainment's first show at Jumpin' Jupiter, several of the dancers stood on the sidewalk in costume: fishnets, red panties, and cut up T-shirts. Others danced in the window. A commenter on Patch said the promotion "walks the line of being trashy strippers."

Winter says none of the women in Synful Entertainment are "East Side strippers," as some have speculated. But he does say they are amateurs, working fast food jobs or studying for nursing and teaching exams during the day.

It showed in the weekend's routines. Of the six performers, who were recruited through Facebook and mutual friends, only two have dance training. Most of them have a repertoire of "back it up," "shimmy" and not much else.


Location Info

The Jumpin' Jupiter - CLOSED

7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO

Category: Music


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Cheap escorts

I saw the above picture, all the girls looking horny in that picture. They give the nice lesbian pose on it. Wish i will press the boobs hard of that girl.

Nooooope
Nooooope

I honestly hope people don't look at those photos and think that is what burlesque is.  

DamiStone
DamiStone

 What kind of a name is 'SatansMaster'?

DamiStone
DamiStone

Unfortunate for sure. Speedy recovery to you. Doesn't really change much as far as the topic at hand, though.

Elliot Winter
Elliot Winter

You know what the other employees of Synful Entertainment and myself had agreed to stop posting on this but considering what happened to me at 3am Wednesday morning I just really don't give a fuck anymore.  In case you didn't know a little before 3am Wednesday morning 4 black men kicked in the back door of my home to rob us, I was thrown to the floor and a gun was pressed into the back of my skull for over 5 minutes and I was told if I moved they would kill me.  I laid there wondering if it would be my end while they destroyed my home taking anything and everything of value fearful the whole time of what would have happened if they had found my wife who was trying to call 911.  Thankfully they didn't and despite the fact that our car and everything of value was stolen we are alive and unharmed and that is what matters but I will never forget the fear of that gun pressed into my skull or the fear I had overwhelming me as I was worried about my wife. I make that statement not in an effort for sympathy but to prove a different point.  Frankly I wouldn't want the sympathy of most people who post here.  The point is as people post here anonymously and repeatedly bash people and an event that most of them probably haven't even seen there are REAL things happening in the world, real things to be angry about, real things that affect people.  Go through what I just went through and tell me for one second that a priority on your life list is slamming a person or a show out of pure spite and vitreal bullshit?  Not to mention this thread has gone completely so off topic its not even remotely funny anymore.  Hate the show, who cares, there is a big change coming as of next week anyway so really say what the fuck you want because it really doesn't mean anything after the show changes and it means even less in the grand scheme of life where my wife and I could have very easily lost our lives this week. Here is what I am going to say and unfortunately it involves me going off topic as well but fuck it they set the president.  First of all lets be honest SatansMaster is more than likely the same person as Redacted Informed or whatever and I am willing to bet that many of the other postrs here are members of his group.  SatansMaster is in fact Joe Krieggsman the leader of the "Clan of the Barbarian" a BDSM club located next to Shady Jacks in DOWNTOWN Saint Louis.  Whereas there is of course nothing wrong with a BDSM club and I wholeheartedly support such venues they should be ran by people who can operate them safely.  Joe in fact was kicked out of the previous place he had his BDSM venue for lying to the city about what was happening, how he was ever able to legally get this new club is beyond me although I am more than certain it involves some form of deception.  While he makes comments about criminal records he fails to mention that he in fact has been charged with NUMEROUS FELONIES including fraud.  Additionally members of his leadership/group are known/confessed SEX OFFENDERS with the records to back it up.  Another one of their members lost his chiropractic license for molesting patients in his care during their "sessions".  All of these charges can be verified through Missouri casenet.  You want to make claims about my record?  Go ahead and check my Missouri casenet you will not see a SINGLE charge for assault, fraud, bad checks, and definitely no sexual offenses. You will see 2 restraining orders and a breach of contract.  The breach of contract being the most recent involved a former landlord attempting to charge my wife and I hundreds of dollars to remove dog poop from the yard (our dog sitter missed ONE pile) while we were on our honeymoon.  One of the restraining orders was a previous girlfriend who after a breakup took the 10,000 dollars of DJ equipment we had bought together while I was working one day.  Obviously I kept contacting her trying to get my half of the equipment back and she lied to get an order so she could keep the equipment.  The other restraining order was because a former girlfriend of mine after cheating on me with 4 different men decided she wanted one of those guys to stay the night in the apartment I was paying for, I refused for obvious reasons and the next morning after getting home from class I was greeted with a restraining order.  There is my big bad criminal record, quite a bit different then what people are saying no?  The sad fact is with being able to post anonymously people think they can say whatever the hell they want and they hope that you reading it are too stupid to do your own research.  Well I did it for you, I put it on a silver platter so there you go.  Be smart people, if there isn't proof to back something up all it boils down to is someone with a personal score to settle making up lies in a pathetic attempt to fuck someone over.  Perhaps now we can end the petty personal attacks that have NOTHING to do with the show. In relation to the show and the one other comment SatansMaster made about liqour control, a few things should be said.  First of all the white trash scene was meant to be a joke and in an in your face fun bit that apparently most didn't get.  This is precisely why this number was cut from the show a while ago so therefore it is no longer relevant.  As far as any other liqour control issues with the venue guess what liqour control came and WATCHED the show last week and we are operating COMPLETELY within their standards when it comes to the show.  We had to make one MINOR change that had absolutely NOTHING to do with the show or the feel of the whole night and was instead one of those minor ordinance things that varies from city to city.  That change has been made and therefore everything is perfect.  As far as the ages of those in my employ frankly they are no one's business as long as we operate within the law however in the spirit of honesty I will make it abundantly clear.  ALL of my girls are first and foremost OVER the age of 18.  In the state of Missouri anyone over the age of 18 can work as a cocktail waitress there are some restrictions on pouring liqour and the like and those restrictions are ones we operate within, we follow the letter of the law to a T.  NONE of our girls use fake i.d.'s as that would be illegal.  Some of our girls are late 20's, some mid twenties and some younger.  I will say that MOST are in the mid to late range and again none of them are under the age of 18.   So there you go.  The bold faced truth.  Enjoy.  Now I am going to get back to work on the new stuff we have for everyone next week.  If people wish to continue to comment on this go ahead. If you continue to wish to do so anonymously like a coward then so be it.  If you wish to go completely off topic FINE it doesn't really matter because I just don't fucking care anymore.  Again what it really boils down to is I was nearly killed two days ago, I am operating within the law for this show and what we do, the girls in my employ work hard are of legal age and are all paid fairly, we are going to continue to do what we do because we love it.  That is all.

SatansMaster
SatansMaster

EW, is just up to what he considers entertainment. That equates to lining his own pocket to pay his bills and feed himself. remember his book was a huge flop.      When he ran KUFFS and assigned stephie to collect money for him, he asked her and a couple other leaders for money saying he did not bring in enough to cover expenses. Stephie caught him on that one, and a lot of people left him by the door.       Most of the girls he uses are probably under the age of 21 and have fake id's. Double check all his shit.       The pic of the girls in the pool is evidence of breaking the liquor control laws as well, so if I were the owner of Jumpin Jups. I would not be worried about making ends meet but be more worried about what Maple wood is putting together for prosecution and a raid night since Maple wood Police dept is not always that busy.        Ew, would be a decent individual if he would only be honest in his endeavors.      

Baahaaa
Baahaaa

TRASHY!!!! wasnt ur 'skit' called white trash!! lets all dance around in our thongs and bras and call it modeling..baahaaahha and girls are always crying for being called whores...nobody wants to see fat rolls flapping around and tits sagging to the ground...and the skinny tall brunette and red head should have come out with  brown paper bags over their faces!!

Breaker
Breaker

Whats the big deal about a grad C titty bar? These places are everywhere. The really hot ones have really hot girls, lap dances or VIP areas.  Are there pole dances, girls who can pick up money without their hands or "put it in your face"  acts?  Maybe this bar should advertise nude shakespeare.

DamiStone
DamiStone

This is clearly a case of: American Idol Auditionitis- Where friends and family have told you how awesome and talented you are for so long, you start believing it. Then, when faced with the actual truth in the real world (the only one that matters), you lash out, call people haters, tell them they don't know what they are talking about, and run off huffing and puffing.

Stating the facts
Stating the facts

First off, let me just say that I have been to every show since Synful Entertainment has started there...If you "haters" were actually attending the shows, you would see that the show and performances are evolving every week! These girls are doing something that most of you assholes that are bashing them, wouldn't ever be able to do. This group of women is absolutely amazing! They are so nice and kind-hearted...and they bust their asses to make sure that everyone is having a great time! Week after week, the club is packed! So before you pass judgement, actually come out and see a show. And stop with the name calling...its really fucking disrespectful...is that how your parents raised you to talk about complete strangers? I feel sorry for you...shame on you!!! Btw...to the writer of this article...shame on you as well...the performances are actually alot of fun to watch...especially the S&M number!

DamiStone
DamiStone

Good luck to you "ladies". You should have taken a bow before you left, though. I don't see many more in your future.

A Little Bird
A Little Bird

I'm sorry, I don't know where you got the idea that I'm opposed to your show on moral grounds. I'm actually a big fan of porn, erotica, female empowerment, and sex positive philosophy. I have many friends and even an ex who was a stripper, so I'm hardly what you would call a bigot.   In short, it's not the nudity I find offensive, it's the stupidity. You can throw a tantrum all you want but the fact is you're a dumbass for including that a tub wrestling routine or a BDSM act in a club in a neighborhood like Maplewood, especially a club that has already started to wear out its welcome. It was an equally bad idea to put girls on the street or in the windows. Clubs have been closed for way less, and that neighborhood is going to run you fools out and Callahan along with you whether you think it's fair or not. You aren't a special case no matter how good you think you are.

Hellolife
Hellolife

Yes, I would love to see that article. Thank you for speaking out! As the cowards run from the truth, no doubt Elliot mandated the girls to stop looking at this so they wouldn't start to question his integrity. Pretty pitiful and I still feel very sorry for them.

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

As the comments on this thread continue to get more out of hand and ridiculous, more offensive and unwarranted all under the protection of anonymity we realize that any further statements are utterly pointless.  We will not glorify the ignorance, lies, libel, hatred, and close minded bigotry that continues to spread here.  Those who are actually affiliated with our company know how we do business, most who have been to our shows love what they see and as a matter of fact we are improving, changing, etc. things every week.  You cannot fight people who have a personal score to settle and who take the low road to try to do so for whatever reason and therefore we will not glorify their statements.  We will not be posting again after this statement and have these final few words to say: Everyone in this country has the right to make our own choices.  Furthermore we have rights to explore our creativity horizons, be confident and proud in our image and our sexuality all free from judgment or persecution.  We choose to exercise our rights to continue to do something we love to do and work hard at.  We simply ask you choose to exercise your right of choice.  If you choose not to come to our shows that is your choice, if you do choose to make your own decisions and check it out that is great and we are happy to have you.  We simply ask whatever choice you make just leave it at that, a choice to not come and spend your well earned money on the show.  Please lets all be mature however and not take it that step further with personal attacks, mean spirited attacks on the girls or their image, etc.  it solves nothing and is just further adding to the overwhelming issues we have in our city.  There are bigger "injustices" to spend your efforts on then attacking us for something we enjoy.  So simply make your choice and leave it at that.  Thank you for your maturity and we look forward to seeing anyone out who chooses to attend.  That is all and we no longer post on this thread.

Irish Rose
Irish Rose

Although Missouri has a laissez-faire approach to alcohol regulation everything that goes on in an establishment has an affect on their liquor license, that includes their employees, patrons, and yes the performers. all you have to do is look it up on the net. Bars have lost their liquor license because of patrons lewd behavior so to think your act, whether it was a band, comedy show, or what ever it is you do, has no consequence on the establishment is ridiculous.

Irish Rose
Irish Rose

I grew up in Maplewood & as I recall there is no college there. You may as well be saying all of Greater St Louis and its outlying areas are a college town. I'm happy to see how Maplewood has developed, the high-school looks like a paradise compared to how I left it when I graduated in 92', the Sutton / Manchester strip is filled with businesses, & yes there are maybe 10 bars in a 4 block radius but it is a neighbourhood none the less. Since the new production has been advertised I've heard many old school friends ask when JJ turned into a raunchy BDSM strip club & truthfully I was taken aback when I saw the advertising for the new events, location had nothing to do with it. Clearly you have some sort of issue with burlesque & some people may not realize the deep rooted ties St Louis has to burlesque. Most notably being Josephine Baker who began dancing on the streets & was recruited by the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show in 1921. Burlesque in the true meaning is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, and turning it into a joke. Only later in the US was it used to describe an erotic dance and YES strip tease popularized from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy as well. You are entitled to your own opinion and I am not in anyway challenging it, well besides your misinformation on the city itself. More or less just commenting. The fact of the matter is there is more than one way to skin a cat. Whether its the eastside strip club, a Synful production, or a VEP burlesque show how its presented speaks volumes even if you feel they are all the same. There is a difference between tasteful & tasteless.

Redacted+Informed
Redacted+Informed

And by the way I totally support JuJu and Mr. Callahan. On his end, rhis was just a bad judgement call and he could not have forseen that it would fo this way.

Redacted+Informed
Redacted+Informed

Elliot Winter is a criminal. He has commited acts of assault (sexual and otherwise) against the girls who have offered to work for him. It is a known fact that he does not comply with what he agrees to pay people and he exploits the girls. Some of the girls have complained of nude images of them showing up on internet sites without their permission(this is documented) and others have told of being encouraged to drink underage at Synful events. I know some of the girls that are a part of this agency and i feel bad for them because they are in fact amateurs who are just trying to have fun, break into the industry, or just make a few extra dollars. He on the other hand is a pervert who takes advantage of them at every chance. Thats what you should do an article on. There are some of us that purposefully boycott businesses and establishments associated with Synful entertainment not because of the girls themselves, but simply because of Winter. Get out while you can Jumpin Jupiter. The walls are going to be crashing down on Winter soon enough and you dont want to be riding the coat tails when it happens. Also, a quick advisement to Jason Hodge, who participates in organizing and soliciting these events, you should get out as well if you want to make your new business venture continue to be a successful one.

Hellolife
Hellolife

 I choose to post using a pseudonym because I'm not interested in allowing people like you to know who I am. I've looked up casenet on plenty of people, including Elliot Winter and I'm not interested in criminals knowing who I am. All of what I've scene shows he is a lowlife. Yes, YOU Elliot. You've been posting under a pseudonym on these articles and post dispatch articles, just like me. I think it is safe to say we can add hypocrite to your "chaotic" title.

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

We didn't replace VEP, we are something completely different.  We have nothing to do with VEP and they left before we came along.  The only affiliation VEP has with any of this now is instead of handling their business professionally and privately and discretely they are putting all of their stuff on blast all over the internet and in turn WE are getting attacked for their bullshit.   Poorly rehearsed?  We rehearse 3 times a week and this is the third week of us performing, just wait.

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

Really?  You want to call the girls fat?  Are you a super model?  Are you perfect?  You don't even have the nerve to post using your name...Also unless you have been to the venue and seen our girls aside from one or two photos you have NO idea what they look like.

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

Its not a strip club, the pool wasn't full of blue ribbon and frankly in an economy struggling like ours no one should be criticizing people earning a living.  Its a business plain and simple and they have the right to operate just like everyone else does.  What we wear is no worse then what you see at Hooters, Show Me's, The Tilted Kilt, or HOT SHOTS during their "bikini/lingerie" contests.  Hot Shots is a perfect example those "contests" get just as naughty as our performances and Hot Shot's are EVERYWHERE!  We are doing a performance not just drunk girls stripping naked in a bar like the contest and I don't see anyone attacking Hot Shots?  Not that I have any problem with what they do at all I am just saying.

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

It includes elements of Burlesque into other performances and again Van Ella has nothing to do with us, our performance or the venue anymore

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

You have no right to criticize a show you haven't seen and only have the pathetic article of a reporter who CLEARLY didn't do her job to go off of!

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

First of all again this is ONE routine out of an ENTIRE show, ONE routine the reporter purposely focused on because of it being more riskee.  Second of all no we wouldn't show the photos to our 6 year old daughter or son or whatever because these performances take place in a venue for 21 and up patrons therefore they are catered to a mature/adult audience not a 6 year old.  As far as if we would want our daughter making a living doing what we do, why not?  Just because you are a close minded bigot doesn't mean everyone is, it doesn't mean that others can't see the art in what we do, it doesn't mean others are so ashamed of their sexuality as you are.  I wouldn't care if my daughter did what I did, or was a stripper, or who knows what as long as she was happy with her life and herself, took care of her children, etc.  then I would be proud.  It is 2012 the sexual desires, sexual orientation, etc. of other people are NOT your concern.  My mother taught me a valued lesson as a child, unless what someone else is doing is HURTING you then its not your business.  So again if you don't like what we do don't support us same thing as if you don't agree with gay marriage don't marry someone of the same sex thats your choice, its not YOUR choice to tell others what to do!

Synful Sisters-stl
Synful Sisters-stl

Really why are they disgusting and what gives you the right to determine what is disgusting?  If you don't like what is happening then don't go to the show, it doesn't mean YOU or anyone else gets to decide what others choose to watch/see.  Censorship has no place in a free society therefore if you want to pass judgment fine then don't come.

HelloLife
HelloLife

And he finally comes out as a bigot as well. Nice.

Lwyatt7545
Lwyatt7545

Synful Sisters-stl, don't let what people discourage U all in any way. Most of whom are simply just drunk off HATERAIDE, & I'd even go as far 2 say that they're probably individuals with 0% in the ARTISTIC/TALENT categories. Someone's doing something right, bc Ur being talked about. "They" can't keep the names out of their mouths, and I THANK "Them" for bringing to my attention ***JUMPIN JUPITER***, ***SYNFUL ENTERTAINMENT***, ***SYNFUL SISTERS-STL*** Actually living about as far west in St Charles County as possible, a copy of the latest RFT isn't always guaranteed. I look forward to Thrs. and seeing what's poppin in the city. I've never been to a show, or an event at JUMPIN JUPITER, however being a musician, an an OPEN MINDED INDIV. who appreciates ARTISTIC TALENT, in general I look forward to the future. When "They" stop talking about U, some say in some cases its bc Ur not RELEVANT anymore. You all are obviously RELEVANT, and I hope that Ur rehearsals are blessed with inspiration, creative magic and that you all get to where you want to go!!!! Work hard, and that'll payoff on stage, & through the creation there'll be no questions of dedication!!!! Much success, and those involved I say GOD BLESS!!!! Best of luck 2 U ladies L

Hellolife
Hellolife

 Sounds like spot on reporting to me. How could the show be good with someone like Elliot Winter at the helm? He has a track record of failure.

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