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    1. 10 Highlights From Grammy Week Events and Promotions [los Angeles]

      10 Highlights From Grammy Week Events and Promotions [los Angeles]
      The main Grammy Awards action took place on a high-tech stage at the Staples Center on Sunday night, but a vast array of events—both unofficial parties and official Recording Academy programming—took place all over town for days leading up to the ceremony, and well into the night after. Here are photos from nine of those events, which included high-energy live musical performances—of course—and an array of clever decor and catering options at venues and with guests as diverse as the Grammy lineup itself.
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    2. EventCamp Discussion Focuses on New Technology, Engagement Techniques [CHICAGO]

      EventCamp Discussion Focuses on New Technology, Engagement Techniques [CHICAGO]
      The EventCamp National Conference took place at Chicago's Catalyst Ranch from Friday through Sunday. With an opening night cocktail party followed by two days of educational sessions, the conference let planners explore the ways technology and other new engagement tools are adding value to events—and have potential to add even more. A main theme was that while existing social media help broaden an event's reach, future developments should focus on making events more valuable to live attendees, virtual participants, and sponsors. Paul Salinger, vice president of marketing at Oracle, led a general session on "Social Casting," or ...
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    3. From Dress Code to Dollar-Sign Decor, Cash Money Grammy Party Is \'Rich\' All Over [los Angeles]

      From Dress Code to Dollar-Sign Decor, Cash Money Grammy Party Is \'Rich\' All Over [los Angeles]
      When the dress code on the invitation calls for "rich," that tells you something about what to expect from a party. And for Cash Money Records' pre-Grammy party at the Lot on Saturday night, "rich" described so much more than guests' flashy designer gear. Colin Cowie—weeks off his stint producing the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas's over-the-top New Year's Eve bash—produced the party under the hands-on direction of Bryan “Birdman a.k.a. Baby” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, co-C.E.O.s of Cash Money Records. The Cowie team described Baby and Slim as eager collaborators ...
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      Mentions: Las Vegas
    4. Disco Nostalgia Punctuates Recording Academy\'s Studio 54-Themed Grammy Party [los Angeles]

      Disco Nostalgia Punctuates Recording Academy\'s Studio 54-Themed Grammy Party [los Angeles]
      The Recording Academy's Branden Chapman always says planning the Grammy Celebration official after-party for 5,000 guests begins immediately after the previous year's party wraps. And for this year's event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday night, that sentiment couldn't have been more literal. The party's theme was "A Night at Studio 54," a nod to the Grammys' 54th year, which began right after Sunday night's 53rd annual award show at Staples. The academy's Chapman, Rex Supa, and Clay Upton were the event's executive producers, and Along Came Mary Productions ...
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    5. Heat Tandoor Lounge: Restaurant and Nightclub Opens at Church Street\'s 55West [ORLANDO]

      Heat Tandoor Lounge: Restaurant and Nightclub Opens at Church Street\'s 55West [ORLANDO]
      Heat Tandoor Lounge is the first venue to open on the ground floor of 55West, a high-rise luxury apartment building on Church Street in downtown Orlando. This area, which in the 1980s was the heart of Orlando’s downtown entertainment district, appears to be coming back to life with the opening of several new establishments in recent and coming months, many hoping to attract crowds as they head to and from the new Amway Center a few blocks away.   Heat opened January 15. The 5,700-square-foot restaurant and nightclub is available for buyout and has seating for nearly 100 inside ...
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      Mentions: Orlando
    6. Social Media Week Panel: Comedy Central Shares How Tech Tools Built  Engagement at Rally to Restore Sanity [new York]

      There's no question the use of social media is a popular topic of discussion in the event and meeting community, and Social Media Week was a hotbed of information for marketers. Among the sessions that took place February 7 through 11, the panel discussion that went behind the scenes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear yielded some interesting insights into the practical application of the new technology at live events. With Craig Minassian, president of Minassian Media and the rally's producer, acting as moderator, Comedy Central Digital senior vice president ...
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      Mentions: MTV Networks
    7. Sustain Restaurant & Bar: An Eco-Friendly Eatery Available for Private Events [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Venue options in Midtown Miami continue to grow with the December 18 opening of Sustain Restaurant & Bar, a 3,200-square-foot space with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant is eco-inspired in both decor and menu, with a focus on sustainable produce and design. “We wanted to bring the idea of sustainability out from the kitchen using reclaimed, recycled, and eco-friendly materials to create a striking yet comfortable and organic environment,” said owner and founder Brian Goldberg.
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    8. \"Fresh-Faced\" Volunteers Aid Staffers at Hab-a-Hearts Palm Beach Luncheon [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      The Hab-a-Hearts, an auxiliary benefiting the Palm Beach Habilitation Center, raised more than $115,000 at its 20th annual luncheon at Mar-a-Lago Club on Monday, a 20 percent increase over 2010. Organizers attribute the gain to luncheon committee members who brought in more guests—305 this year, versus 269 in 2010—and better auction items.   The luncheon always has a large auction: This year there were 327 items up for bid that brought in more than $50,000. In past years, processing and packing all of the housewares, purses, jewelry, and other items has taken substantial time, particularly since it ...
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    9. Mandarin Oriental Celebrates Chinese New Year With Live Buddha [washington]

      On Thursday, Mandarin Oriental Hotel general manager Amanda Hyndman hosted a Chinese New Year celebration for some 300 guests in the hotel's Sou'Wester restaurant. Andre Wells worked with Mandarin associate director of catering Dominic Sanchez to produce the event, which included a live Buddha from Cast of Thousands. Painted in gold, the statuelike performer remained silent throughout the course of the evening, holding her pose while offering winks or a cheek for a kiss. Other event highlights included an Asian market-style buffet—complete with ducks hanging from poles—dozens of Chinese-inspired lanterns, and a traditional lion dance by ...
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    10. Fire Sends Animals Home Early, But Zoo Miami\'s Beastkeeper V.I.P. Party Goes On [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Fire Sends Animals Home Early, But Zoo Miami\'s Beastkeeper V.I.P. Party Goes On [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      The Zoological Society of Florida’s second annual Beastkeeper V.I.P. Party took an unexpected twist Friday night. A small fire at the Miami residence hosting the party forced organizers to send the animals in attendance back to the zoo earlier than planned, so that they wouldn't inhale any smoke. Despite this, the party went on with more than 275 guests, each paying $500 for what organizers called a V.I.P. passport: entry to this party and a V.I.P. ticket to the Feast with the Beasts, the zoo’s primary annual fund-raiser, taking place March ...
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      Mentions: Las Vegas Miami
    11. Kitchen NYC: Dedicated Cooking and Tasting Space Opens in Midtown [new York]

      Developed by food marketing firm Intellivent Group, the Kitchen NYC is a new facility designed specifically for marketers, offering a dedicated location for product testing and demonstrations, tastings and culinary seminars, and corporate events. The 7,500-square-foot Midtown site consists of two separate kitchen studios and a tasting room, with additional areas for food prep and storage. The Kitchen NYC opened in December.
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    12. Oscar Party Preview: Governors Ball to Draw Inspiration From Vintage Nightclubs [los Angeles]

      On Wednesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a press preview of the decor for 83rd annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at the Hollywood & Highland Center. And as is typical for what might rightly be considered the party of the year for 1,500 A-list guests in Los Angeles, the look promises to dazzle, with a multicolored palette inspired by the musical traditions of nightclubs throughout history. Three musical styles—classic standards, swing, and Latin—will influence the look and feel. Working again with ball chair Jeffrey Kurland, Cheryl Cecchetto and her Sequoia Productions team will ...
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    13. Canoe: Makeover Freshens Oliver & Bonacini\'s View-Filled Restaurant [TORONTO]

      When Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants' Canoe, atop the TD Bank Tower, had to close to update its plumbing system, the owners decided it was also time for the restaurant's first major design rehaul since it opened 15 years ago. Lindsey Anacleto of Anacleto Design was tapped to update the space, which reopened on January 31. To open up the 140-seat restaurant, Anacleto lowered seating backs and removed potential view obstructions, while adding a charcoal soapstone bar, chef's rail, side stands, and new furnishings like walnut tables and mohair-covered Saarinen chairs.
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    14. Crackle Bar: Georgetown Restaurant Expands With Private Bar Addition [washington]

      Crackle Bar: Georgetown Restaurant Expands With Private Bar Addition [washington]
      Known for its picnic-style dining and deep fried seafood menu, Tackle Box in Georgetown expanded with the opening of its new upstairs bar Crackle Bar in January. Directly above the restaurant, the bar provides a private dining option for groups of 33 to 70. The 1,000-square-foot bar is accessed via the downstairs restaurant’s main entrance and features floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall overlooking busy M Street. Echoing the decor of the first floor, Crackle Bar is adorned with nautical elements like lobster traps, buoys, wood paneling, and ocean-blue accent walls.
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    15. CityGrounds: An Upscale Coffee Bar With Meeting Space for 50  [CHICAGO]

      CityGrounds, a coffee bar, opened in Lincoln Park in late January. Specializing in single-origin coffees and artisan espresso drinks, the café also serves teas, pastries, cakes, and breads.   While the first floor caters to on-the-go customers, the second level is equipped with couches, chairs, and traditional café seating. The upstairs space can hold meetings and events for 50.
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    16. My Artsy Good Time With Exquisite Corpses, Inflatable Pigs, Chinese New Year…and GAGA-Gaku [new York]

      At first I felt foolish when I arrived at the “Gone! Gala Happening,” which benefited the Karole Armitage Foundation—a prestigious modern dance group, in case you didn’t know. For some reason, I thought the event title “Gone!” meant the foundation’s namesake was gone for a sabbatical or retirement or something. But there she was, standing in the reception foyer of Capitale on February 3, greeting guests, making chitchat, and being distinctly not gone. She’s impossible to miss—she’s the dance world’s Annie Lennox doppelgänger in both appearance (tall, gangly, platinum pixie) and talent (wholly ...
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    17. Target\'s Album Launch for Ricky Martin Gets Latin Look [new York]

      It's been more than six years since Ricky Martin released a studio album, and for his latest, the Puerto Rican pop singer partnered with Target, a brand with a well-documented affinity for experiential marketing. So it only seems natural that to mark the February 1 launch of the deluxe version of Musica + Alma + Sexo, the retailer hosted a 300-person concert and reception filled with decor that highlighted Martin's Latin roots. Held at the HighLine Ballroom on February 2, the event was produced by Obo.
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    18. Ice-Watch Lures Media With Drop-In Launch Party [TORONTO]

      Ice-Watch Lures Media With Drop-In Launch Party [TORONTO]
      When CanWest Distributors asked public relations and marketing company the Idea Workshop to create an event introducing the four-year-old Ice-Watch brand to local media and buyers, they knew they needed something that would quickly leave an impact on busy reporters who might have only a few minutes to drop in. "We were looking for a simple, raw space," said Anna Ng, new media and account manager at the Idea Workshop. "The Richmond happened to be in a central area, in the middle of the fashion district, which was perfect."
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    19. At First Fund-raiser, Youth Design Serves Up Teen-Inspired Decor and Menu [BOSTON]

      At First Fund-raiser, Youth Design Serves Up Teen-Inspired Decor and Menu [BOSTON]
      While weekly snowstorms hitting Boston since the end of December have put a damper on the city's social scene, partygoers didn't let the weather stop them from attending the aptly named Winter Warm-Up, the first annual fund-raiser for Youth Design, in the Liberty Hotel ballroom on February 1 (which we first reported on here). The youth mentoring and internship program, which connects city high school students with paid summer internships at design-related businesses, celebrated its official nonprofit status and drew in about 100 guests for a ticketed cocktail party, followed by a free after-party that prominently incorporated the ...
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    20. New Venue Lets Motionball Save on Decor, Add Entertainment [TORONTO]

      New Venue Lets Motionball Save on Decor, Add Entertainment [TORONTO]
      Friday evening's 10th anniversary outing of Motionball, a gala that raises money for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, took place at the Carlu for the first time. The new setting's elegant lighting and details allowed chairman and co-founder Paul Etherington and operations coordinator Maryn McGill to put on a bigger party than in years past, while still cutting costs on decor. "In the past two years at Capitol Theatre, we spent thousands on decor," said Etherington. "This year, our decor really was the venue. We added a few red accents to match our colors, but really it doesn ...
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      Mentions: CNC
    21. Deadline Extended for Florida\'s First BizBash Event Style Awards  [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      The deadline for Florida’s first BizBash Event Style Awards has been extended to Friday, February 18. The awards honor the best of Florida’s events industry in 16 categories from Best Nonprofit Event Concept to Best Green Initiative. Winners will be announced during the award presentation at the BizBash Expo at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. To read the rules and submit your entry online, click here.
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      Mentions: Miami Florida
    22. Alvin Ailey Gala Surpasses Fund-Raising Goal With Record 830 Attendees [washington]

      Alvin Ailey Gala Surpasses Fund-Raising Goal With Record 830 Attendees [washington]
      The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on February 1 for its 12th annual opening night performance and dinner gala. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ailey’s "Revelations" dance piece, the gala attracted a record 830 guests, nearly 130 more than last year. “We had an amazing set of co-chairs and vice chairs, who are extremely supportive the company and really got out there, talked to those they knew, and said it was something they needed to support and witness,” said the company’s director of special events and development ...
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    23. Well-Paced Speeches, Lack of Music Encourage Networking at Bar Association Dinner [los Angeles]

      A U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice attending a social event in Los Angeles is big news in these parts. And on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy was in town to fete recently retired California Supreme Court Justice Ronald George, a longtime Beverly Hills local. Hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association at the Montage Beverly Hills, the new Beverly Hills Bar Association Litigation Section Dinner, planned as an annual event going forward, carried a sense of heft and importance. Association director of programs and events Pamela Weston produced the event, working closely with executive director Marc Staenberg. At the dinner ...
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    24. Fleur by Hubert Keller: Chef\'s New Small-Plates Restaurant at Mandalay Bay [las Vegas]

      Fleur by Hubert Keller: Chef\'s New Small-Plates Restaurant at Mandalay Bay [las Vegas]
      The redesigned Fleur by Hubert Keller is now open for lunch and dinner at Mandalay Bay, in the former location of Keller’s Fleur de Lys. The restaurant offers small plates inspired by Keller’s travels to Spain, Italy, North Africa, South America, Asia, and his homeland, France. It's the first small-plates concept for Top Chef Masters contestant Keller, and the venue offers a relaxed atmosphere. The 5,500-square-foot space is done in a palette of earth tones, including greens, browns, and rustic reds. Beyond the bar is the main dining room set against a wall of scaling stones ...
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