Doorways have long been a metaphor for change -- when one shuts, another opens, as they say. But for one Dallas club, the symbolism is quite literal.

Owners of Red Light Lounge in Deep Ellum, an electronic dance music club, had intended to simply move its front door from Main Street to face Malcolm X Boulevard to make access more convenient, but the idea snowballed into bigger changes for the business. It will reopen under the moniker The Nines on Sept. 3 as a hub for counterculture communities, according to a press release.

What exactly does that mean?

"The Nines will feature regular avant-garde events such as burlesque, fetish, sideshows, aerial performances, costume parties, and so much more as a counterculture club," said partner Allen Falkner by email. "The Nines is just that, a place to break away from the social norm."

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To that point, it sounds like not much may change. Red Light Lounge opened in 2014 in the space formerly home to a short-lived lesbian bar. The shtick included DJs and late-night dance parties on the rooftop patio, fitting since Lizard Lounge owner Don Nedler was in as a partner. (He still is.) The venue also regularly hosted burlesque shows.

The biggest changes seem to be the infrastructure. The Nines has an updated layout and new sound, lights and video equipment. The bar will eventually serve bites from a newly built kitchen to be finished this fall.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, The Nines celebrates a grand re-opening with live music and aerial performances. The event is free to attend.

The Nines is open Wednesday through Sunday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Mondays beginning Sept. 12. 2911 Main St., Dallas.

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