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    1. SAG Awards Draw First Sponsors for Luxe Greenroom [los Angeles]

      SAG Awards Draw First Sponsors for Luxe Greenroom [los Angeles]
      As award season continues to roll, the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was simulcast live Sunday night on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Center. The annual show reinvented itself—as it continually and effectively does—with a couple of brand-new touches. For one, the awards' luxe backstage greenroom was backed by sponsors for the first time, including Fendi Casa, which provided the furnishings and accessories, and the House of Graff, which displayed diamonds. As with all SAG Awards marketing partnerships, both brands also made donations to the SAG Foundation. Event supervisor Andrea Wyn Schall of A ...
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    2. Australia\'s Indigenous Terrain Lends Inspiration to Gala Decor [los Angeles]

      Australia Week’s "G’Day USA" black-tie gala took over the Hollywood Palladium on January 22, marking the culmination of Australia Week's Los Angeles festivities, and honoring high-profile Australians in the U.S. entertainment industry for their contributions to promoting their home country here. The week's event director, Barb Held, contracted Sequoia Productions for the eight consecutive year to produce and design the gala, which included dinner, an award ceremony, and entertainment. The palette for the event's decor was based on the indigenous colors of Australia's natural environment of oranges, reds, and browns, with rust and ...
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    3. Disney Dream: Disney\'s Newest Ship, With Meeting Space and Loads of Grown-Up Amenities [ORLANDO]

      Disney Dream: Disney\'s Newest Ship, With Meeting Space and Loads of Grown-Up Amenities [ORLANDO]
      Disney Cruise Line’s newest and most luxurious ship, the Disney Dream, is now sailing out of Port Canaveral. The massive 130,000-ton ship is a floating hotel/entertainment/dining/meeting facility appropriate for small conferences or corporate incentive trips. It sails three- to five-night itineraries to the Bahamas.   Disney Dream has several event spaces, including the Walt Disney and Buena Vista theaters, which can hold 1,340 and 400, respectively. Both venues are suitable for keynotes and other presentations since they offer extensive audiovisual capabilities. At night, the Walt Disney Theatre hosts the ship's Broadway-style shows, and the ...
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    4. Award Season Trend: Gift Suites Move Focus From Swag to Branded Experiences [los Angeles]

      Award Season Trend: Gift Suites Move Focus From Swag to Branded Experiences [los Angeles]
      Once upon a time—about a decade ago—it was a fresh marketing idea to bring brands and celebrities together for press-generating, free-stuff bonanzas known as "gifting suites.” But flash forward to the 2011 award season, and the novelty of that concept has flown—swag alone doesn’t draw the desired star wattage and media attention anymore. Now hosts are using suites as fully immersive environments to educate their guests, and are transforming ordinary hotel function spaces into on-brand, pop-up environments appropriate for award season and celebrity glitter, making a visit feel experiential and comfortable rather than just conspicuously grabby ...
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    5. Atlantic City: 6 Nightclubs for Events [new York]

      Atlantic City continues to grow its nightlife options in hopes of attracting a young cash-spending crowd, as well as events, from New York and Philadelphia. Here's a look at six spots: 1. The 2008 expansion of Harrah’s Atlantic City added the Pool, a massive bar and entertainment site that thrust the resort to the forefront of the club scene. As a result, Harrah’s introduced an adjacent space in 2010. Known as the Loft, the $1 million addition overlooks the main club and can be used for receptions as well as meetings for as many as 100.
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    6. New World Center: Designed by Frank Gehry, Concert Hall Offers Event Space, Outdoor Projection Screen [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      The $160 million New World Center off Lincoln Road celebrated its official opening Tuesday night with an invitation-only party and performance by the New World Symphony. But the striking Frank Gehry-designed facility is more than just the new home of the symphony—it is also a multifunctional event space offering several venues and advanced technology.   The main, 30,000-square-foot performance hall has 14 distinct configurations of the stage and seating for 756 people. Nearly one-third of the seats retract to offer flat-floor and cabaret-style seating options. Visitors enter the hall from its center, by the stage, which provides a 360-degree ...
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      Mentions: Miami
    7. Museum Event Provides Education for Children and Visibility for Partner I.B.M. [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Museum Event Provides Education for Children and Visibility for Partner I.B.M. [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      For the third year in a row, I.B.M. partnered with the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for its "Design Squad: Built It Challenge" on Saturday and Sunday. The company said its involvement serves two purposes: to get children excited about careers in engineering and to give the company exposure in the area. “South Florida doesn’t have a lot of visibility like other parts of the country where we have headquarters located,” said Samine Jernigan, an I.B.M. manager who oversees the museum partnership. “We used to have a bigger physical presence, but now ...
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      Mentions: Fort Lauderdale
    8. \"Big Night\" Benefit Channels the Big Easy at Convention Center [BOSTON]

      \"Big Night\" Benefit Channels the Big Easy at Convention Center [BOSTON]
      The 1,000 guests in feathered and beaded garb at Saturday’s "Big Night 12" benefit braved the cold and headed to the Big Easy—kind of. Corinthian Events turned the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center into a New Orleans-themed Mardi Gras party to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay with costumes, 10-foot masquerade masks, 12-foot jester mannequins, body-painted performers, and live music from the the Goonies and Michael Franti and Spearhead, brought in by Lordly & Dame. The eight-hour party, Big Brother Big Sister’s largest annual fund-raiser, has pulled in nearly $20 million since its inception. “Everything ...
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    9. Skeletons, Gadflies Accent Dali Museum\'s Public Opening Party [ORLANDO]

      The art of Salvador Dali came to life Saturday night at Sueños de Dali, the final event—and the only one open to the public—in a series of grand opening celebrations for the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. More than 800 people purchased $111 tickets to attend the party, inspired by Dali’s dreams (sueños, in Spanish) and filled with interpretations of the Spanish artist’s surreal works.   “We wanted to have a party that Dali himself would have enjoyed and approved of,” said Jody Morelli, president of the museum’s guild, which hosted the celebration and fund-raiser.
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    10. Oscars Flank Stage for Early-Morning Academy Awards Press Conference [los Angeles]

      Hollywood is known for its early risers, who flood the Runyon Canyon trails and local Starbucks as the sun comes up. But this day each year starts especially early: Today, more than 400 members of the international media attended the 5:38 a.m. PST press conference to hear the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards. Nominations for 10 of the 24 Oscar categories—which unsurprisingly recognized movies like The Social Network, Black Swan, and The King's Speech—were announced live by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak and Oscar winner Mo'Nique. Mo'Nique ...
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    11. Eden: Syndicate Hospitality\'s New Hollywood Nightspot With Room for 450 [los Angeles]

      Created by nightclub vet David Judaken with partner Tony Daly and designer Gulla Jonsdottir, Syndicate Hospitality Group’s newest venue, Eden, had its grand opening earlier this month in Hollywood. It occupies a former Syndicate space, which has undergone a complete renovation. The 5,000-square-foot space has room for 450. At Eden, a mirrored vestibule leads to an outdoor area complete with mature trees, and the patio bar is adorned with a 10-foot diameter sculptured teak-root back bar.
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    12. Atlantic City: 3 Performance Halls for Large-Scale Meetings [new York]

      As big on concerts as it is on gambling, this town has some of the state’s best-equipped facilities. Take advantage of these popular performance sites for meetings or presentations. 1. Imax Theatre at the Tropicana The Tropicana Casino & Resort boasts the only cinema in town, an Imax theater that opened in 2004. With reception facilities, audiovisual and multimedia equipment, and a 70- by 50-foot screen, the 300-seat Imax Theatre at the Tropicana is offered for corporate and nonprofit meetings and presentations as well as private screenings.
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    13. Syfy Promo Attracts Mall Gawkers for Special Effects Makeup Demos [los Angeles]

      Syfy Promo Attracts Mall Gawkers for Special Effects Makeup Demos [los Angeles]
      To promote Face Off, its new competition reality series debuting on January 26, which will showcase the artistry of special effects makeup, Syfy took to the Grove on Thursday, for a consumer event designed to stop Starbucks cup- and shopping bag-clutching passersby in their tracks. Syfy senior vice president of brand marketing Blake Callaway worked with Minneapolis-based agency Fallon, who tapped TH Outdoor and Events for the production of the public event, which began at 10 a.m. and lasted through the day. A half-moon-shaped, 30-by-10-foot area at the Grove, with logos both front and back, was the backdrop for ...
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    14. Isabel and Ruben Toledo Add Artsy Design to Bard Graduate Center\'s Fund-Raising Auction [new York]

      Isabel and Ruben Toledo Add Artsy Design to Bard Graduate Center\'s Fund-Raising Auction [new York]
      To inject some color and whimsy into its scholarship fund benefit on Wednesday, the Bard Graduate Center partnered with husband-and-wife design team Isabel and Ruben Toledo to provide scenery at Bonhams that would complement an extensive silent-auction display. Around the collection of 1950s furniture, textiles, tableware, and accessories, the duo created a concept that mixed graphic wall coverings with vignettes of life-size dolls for the 250-person reception. The event, dubbed "Mid-Century Modern: Designs for New Lifestyles," was hosted by the institute's founder and director, Susan Weber, honorary design chair Eva Zeisel, and the event and alumni committees, and produced ...
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    15. Bar & Bistro: Industrial Decor, Eclectic Cuisine Amid Arts District Galleries [las Vegas]

      Bar & Bistro: Industrial Decor, Eclectic Cuisine Amid Arts District Galleries [las Vegas]
      Although it has garnered its share of hype and hope, Las Vegas’s 18-block downtown arts district has historically offered little in the way of full-service venues where organizations and events can tap into the vibe and sensibilities of the fledgling area. That changed last month, when husband and wife photographer Wesley Isbutt and graphic designer Debra Heiser added the bar to their Bar & Bistro @ the Arts Factory, a 32,000-square-foot, 17-gallery structure at Casino Center and Charleston boulevards near Interstate 215. The venue late last year secured the first urban lounge district license the city has issued for the ...
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      Mentions: Las Vegas
    16. PR Firms Preview Flip-Flops, Tank Tops at Spring-Fever-Themed Product Showcase [TORONTO]

      Flip-flops, tank tops, and colourful home accessories filled the Bellair Suite at the Hazelton Hotel on Wednesday for the inaugural Spring Fever product showcase hosted by three Toronto-based PR firms. Heather Ward of Bounce Publicity, Laurie Hall of FlexPR, and Michelle Calvert of Lucid Communications joined forces to present the two-day event, modeled on their annual Home for the Holidays press preview, held in July. "We're building on the Home for the Holidays concept, where we bring all our brands into this lifestyle environment," Ward said of the media preview, which wraps up Thursday. "There are so many great ...
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    17. DesignHouse Debuts With Hollywood Theme at Design Center [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      On Tuesday, the Design Center of the Americas campus in Dania Beach unveiled DesignHouse, and its ongoing designer showcase titled "Film & Design: the Golden Age of Hollywood." The Tinseltown-themed V.I.P. preview gala garnered some 600 attendees, made up of members of the press, designers, architects, art collectors, and design enthusiasts. Tickets to the event were $100, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Wolfsonian FIU, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. In a 10,000-square-foot showroom turned model house on the venue’s third floor, DesignHouse features 18 room installations inspired ...
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    18. \"Hot Stove Cool Music\" Adds New Bands, Service Project to Fund-Raising Weekend [BOSTON]

      Baseball, music, and charity joined forces for the weekend-long Hot Stove Cool Music fund-raising series for the Foundation to Be Named Later, a branch of the Red Sox Foundation. The main event, an alternative rock concert at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday night, included sets by headliners the Lemonheads and Buffalo Tom, and drew more than 300 guests and $300,000. A preconcert V.I.P. party took place in two parts of the Paradise—a downstairs bar, and the balcony with two separate bars—and included a new element this year: donated food from Boston-area restaurants. Guests sampled ...
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      Mentions: Boston New England
    19. Curly Cakes Launches Cupcake Delivery Service in Boston [BOSTON]

      The cupcake fad, for better or worse, doesn’t appear to be slowing down in Boston. Curly Cakes, the long-anticipated cupcake shop from the daughter of celebrity chef Todd English, opened in December in Beacon Hill. The bakery offers four “everyday flavors” including traditional red velvet, vanilla bean filled with Tahitian vanilla bean pastry cream, triple chocolate dipped in melted chocolate and dusted with Cocoa Puff streusel, and chocolate and peanut butter cup topped with Reese’s candies—all priced at $3.95 each. Two specialty flavors rotate, with pumpkin pie spice and apple streusel currently on the menu at ...
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