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    1. Gene Siskel Film Center Hosts Chicago\'s Only Academy-Sanctioned Oscar Party [CHICAGO]

      Gene Siskel Film Center Hosts Chicago\'s Only Academy-Sanctioned Oscar Party [CHICAGO]
      Swirling search lights, a red-carpet entrance, and ubiquitous photographers set a Hollywood-inspired tone at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday night for the movie theater's Oscar party. Dubbed "Oscar Night America: Chicago," the six-hour cocktail bash "has been officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences," said the center's executive director, Jean De St. Aubin. Along with the sanctioning came a serious way to follow the program: "Our guests each receive the official program, which is a collector's item," said De St. Aubin. The ceremony was broadcast on a big screen in each of ...
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      Mentions: Chicago
    2. Martha, Emeril Celebrate South Beach Wine & Food\'s 10th Anniversary at Cake-Filled Fete [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Martha, Emeril Celebrate South Beach Wine & Food\'s 10th Anniversary at Cake-Filled Fete [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      It didn’t start until 10 p.m. on Friday night, but the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s 10th anniversary party, called “Let Them Eat Cake” and hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart, was one of the weekend's hottest (and hardest) tickets to land.   More than 800 guests took elevators to the top floor of event hotspot 1111 Lincoln Road to sip champagne and cocktails from sponsor Moët Hennessy USA, and sample confections from a baker’s dozen of pastry chefs alongside the festival’s biggest stars.   Aside from the elaborate cakes on display, the event ...
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    3. Boston-Area Artist Offers Handcrafted Paper Decor [BOSTON]

      Aimee Empey of Charlestown-based Paper, Gowns & Glory creates custom floral arrangements, tabletop centerpieces, and chandeliers made of recycled, imported, and locally sourced papers. The design firm is celebrating its first year in business, though Empey has been selling commissioned mixed-media corporate art for years to clients such as Bain Capital and the Children’s Hospital Boston. The bulk of her current work includes custom floral arrangements, which she sees as a way for businesses to incorporate flowers into their event decor while limiting costs, since the pieces don’t wilt.   Empey’s pieces also offer ways to incorporate sponsor branding ...
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    4. 5 New Hands-On Group Activities in New York [new York]

      5 New Hands-On Group Activities in New York [new York]
      Here are five new group-friendly classes to get staffers bonding, and trying their hands at something new. 1. The International Culinary Center, home of the French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy, will open a new fifth-floor event space next month. A variety of new classes will be offered in the loftlike room, including "Master Class with André Soltner," a three-hour hands-on session with the James Beard Award-winning chef. Soltner will lead groups in preparing a three-course meal of his favorite French dishes. The class concludes with a one-hour dinner, where everyone dines with the chef. Pricing is $495 ...
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    5. Ted Baker Launches Chicago Store With London-Themed Bash  [CHICAGO]

      Ted Baker Launches Chicago Store With London-Themed Bash  [CHICAGO]
      On Thursday night, Ted Baker London celebrated the launch of its Midwest flagship location with an in-store cocktail party. To educate guests about the heritage of the British lifestyle brand—and to underscore its intended cheeky vibe—London-based marketing manager Jodie Hughes designed a bash with an English theme and a laid-back atmosphere. Zapwater Communications handled on-the-ground logistics. An orange carpet, meant to complement the colors in the store's spring window display, lined the entrance. Inside, a bar offered specialty "Tedtini" cocktails alongside locally brewed Goose Island beers. Fig Media DJ Megan Taylor spun upbeat tunes, and a bowl ...
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    6. Blogworld & New Media Expo Moving to Los Angeles [los Angeles]

      Blogworld & New Media Expo Moving to Los Angeles [los Angeles]
      BlogWorld & New Media Expo West will be held in Los Angeles from November 3 to 5, organizers announced Tuesday morning. The event will take to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and a post on the group's own blog explained that the move from Las Vegas was prompted by the inability of Mandalay Bay to meet the event's space requirements, despite that fact that organizers loved the property. Mandalay Bay did offer some space, but the conference rooms were far removed from the exhibit area, which wasn't ideal. Other venues in Las Vegas did not provide a workable ...
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      Mentions: Las Vegas
    7. Entertainment Software Association Hosts Game Night With Nintendo, Xbox  [washington]

      Entertainment Software Association Hosts Game Night With Nintendo, Xbox  [washington]
      The Entertainment Software Association, which represents video game publishers, hosted a private cocktail party and game night on Wednesday to commemorate the launch of the Congressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology, the first national caucus for the industry. Nearly 230 people headed to Long View Gallery for the celebration. “We wanted to bring out members to D.C. to show off their wares and what they do,” said Sarah Hudgins, the association’s senior manager for federal government affairs, who helped coordinate the event along with event planning firm Kimball Stroud & Associates. “It’s important for us in terms ...
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    8. 15 Photos From N.B.A. All-Star Weekend\'s Standout Events [los Angeles]

      15 Photos From N.B.A. All-Star Weekend\'s Standout Events [los Angeles]
      At a time when local event vendors might normally expect to be focused on award season bashes, N.B.A. All-Star Weekend brought a wide array of events—big and small, official and unofficial—to town this weekend, beginning roughly on Thursday and capping off Sunday night. Among the standouts was Hennessy Black, which took over Boulevard3 for four full nights of logo-heavy events, and Jay-Z and LeBron James's "Two Kings" charity event, dinner, and after-party, which brought out the biggest of names. Here are 15 highlights from the weekend's events.
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    9. Tico: Tacos, Tequila, and Private Event Space in Back Bay [BOSTON]

      Tico: Tacos, Tequila, and Private Event Space in Back Bay [BOSTON]
      Tico, the Latin-inspired restaurant and bar from chef Michael Schlow, officially opened on February 9 in the former Cottonwood Café space in the Back Bay. One of Boston's most anticipated new venues of 2011, Tico holds 252 and is available for buyout. A semiprivate dining room seats 30. With two- and four-top tables and larger, rectangular communal seating, the lounge seats 70. A dark wooden bar with overhead lanterns seats 15. The “kitchen counter” is a barlike space with eight seats that overlooks a small kitchen.
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      Mentions: Boston PBD Back Bay
    10. Sniffing Around Doggie Parties, Runways, and Stage Moms [new York]

      Like all sane people, I vigorously resist celebrity culture’s inexorable onslaught of our day-to-day lives. I’m horrified that children’s parties now feature faux red-carpet entries, and that hundreds of consumers flooded stores looking for the white dress Lindsay Lohan wore to her indictment hearing. So you may be surprised (I was) to hear that I enjoyed and completely approve of the celebrity dog events that have popped up around the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last week in a win for a wolfhound of some sort. I’ve attended and written about the dog show ...
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      Mentions: Travel & Leisure
    11. Eristoff Vodka Marks U.S. Launch With Dancing Wolves Stunt [new York]

      Eristoff Vodka Marks U.S. Launch With Dancing Wolves Stunt [new York]
      Hailing from the former Soviet state of Georgia, Eristoff Vodka takes its marketing cues from its homeland—a country supposedly once referred to as the land of the wolf—with a logo and advertising campaign centered around wolves. To play up its quirky sensibility and introduce the spirit to the U.S., the Bacardi-owned brand brought 20 dancers in canine costumes to the meatpacking district for a flash-mob-style stunt at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. The publicity ploy was produced by Harrison & Shriftman and timed to take advantage of the appearance of a full moon, as well as the ...
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    12. Tampa Public TV\'s Sojourn Gala Gets Sights, Sounds, Flavors of South Africa [ORLANDO]

      Costumed Zulu warriors greeted guests arriving on February 12 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club for WEDU’s sixth annual Sojourn Gala, the Tampa public television station’s largest annual fund-raiser. Each year, organizers select a wine-producing country as the figurative destination for the evening, and this year it was South Africa. Every detail of the gala—from the decor to the food to the entertainment—was selected to create an event that left the 472 guests feeling as if they had traveled to a faraway land.   Lead planner and WEDU vice president for communications Laura Fage said ...
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    13. AG Jeans Kicks Off Music-Centric Campaign With Black Keys Performance [las Vegas]

      Denim brand AG Adriano Goldschmied celebrated the launch of its promotional series "BackstAGe Presents" on February 14 in Las Vegas with a private event including a performance by the Black Keys. Just a day after the indie duo won two Grammys, the event, produced by Best Events at Marquee within the Cosmopolitan, kicked off the brand's broad-based initiative. The promotion is intended to serve as a platform from which the AG brand will align itself with all things related to the music scene. The campaign includes setting up presences backstage at existing music festivals across the country, as well ...
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    14. N.B.A. All-Star Game Bookended by Bruno Mars Concert and After-Party in Seven Venues [los Angeles]

      N.B.A. All-Star Game Bookended by Bruno Mars Concert and After-Party in Seven Venues [los Angeles]
      The Super Bowl may have just faded into the rear view, but buzz from another big game took its place on the national stage over the weekend—this time bringing the crush of attendees, press, and events to Los Angeles. The N.B.A. All-Star game and related activities swarmed the city, with the main event occurring Sunday night downtown: the big game, bookended by a big preshow and sprawling, multivenue after-party. N.B.A. Entertainment senior director of events and attractions Patrick Mahoney hired 15/40 Productions to design and produce the arrivals and work in conjunction with the ...
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    15. Fashion Week Parties: Intimacy Is In, Lacoste Flaunts Store Construction, Mattel Dresses Up Ken [new York]

      Fashion Week Parties: Intimacy Is In, Lacoste Flaunts Store Construction, Mattel Dresses Up Ken [new York]
      Although Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has become more inclusive through live-streamed Web casts of shows, Twitter updates, and seat-free, presentation-style staging, the events and after-parties surrounding the fashion set's biannual showcase have conversely taken a more exclusive tone. While there were still plenty of celebrations on offer this season, designers scaled back on the all-night ragers and large red carpet affairs, opting for cozy get-togethers with shorter guests lists. For his store opening bash on February 11, Alexander Wang invited only 100 guests (as opposed to previous outings with as many as 500 revelers) to a private midnight performance by ...
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    16. The Stage: Live Music and Private Event Space in the Design District [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      The Stage: Live Music and Private Event Space in the Design District [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      As its name suggests, the Stage is primarily a live music venue. But with 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space—including a bar, New Orleans-inspired decor, and state-of-the-art acoustics—the Stage can also host a variety of corporate and private events. Owners Carlos Garcia and Sasha Torres, who both have media production backgrounds, envision the Stage hosting album-release parties, art exhibitions, fashion shows, product launches, and corporate happy hours.
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    17. Ivy League Alumni Networking Society Launches Boston Chapter [BOSTON]

      Ivy League Alumni Networking Society Launches Boston Chapter [BOSTON]
      The Ivy Plus Society, a social and professional networking organization made up of Ivy League and other select schools’ alumni, launched a Boston chapter with a cocktail party at District on Wednesday night. The guest list included 200 twenty- and thirtysomething professionals garnered from the Ivy Plus Society’s 20,000-person mailing list, targeted Facebook marketing, and regional alumni clubs. “There’s so many smart people [in Boston] doing so many interesting things,” said society founder Jennifer Wilde Anderson of adding a Boston chapter to the organization’s markets, which already include cities such as Los Angeles and New York ...
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    18. Book Lover\'s Ball Doubles Fund-Raising Haul With Retooled Gala [TORONTO]

      Book Lover\'s Ball Doubles Fund-Raising Haul With Retooled Gala [TORONTO]
      The sixth annual Book Lover's Ball, held February 10 at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto, is the only fund-raiser of the year for the Toronto Public Library Foundation. This year, the foundation increased the table and ticket prices for the 600 guests and ditched the live auction from years past. As a result, the planners met and exceeded their goal of $450,000, more than double last year's take. "In our first five years, the event was really successful in terms of raising awareness of the library and increasing support, but we felt like the sixth year was ...
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    19. Tesla Celebrates Store Opening With Engineering-Focused Cocktail Party [washington]

      Tesla Celebrates Store Opening With Engineering-Focused Cocktail Party [washington]
      To commemorate the opening of its new Washington showroom, Tesla Motors hosted a cocktail party for more than 500 members of Congress, Tesla owners, and potential new clients at the store. The luxury car company emphasized an engineering theme, along with its co-host for the evening, aerospace engineering company SpaceX, which shares a C.E.O. with Tesla. “We wanted to have an event to highlight American innovation and all of the amazing engineering that’s happening at both companies,” said Colette Niazmand, senior marketing manager for Tesla, who coordinated the two-hour cocktail party.
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      Mentions: DMC
    20. American Cancer Society Adds Performance to Fashion Show Lunch [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      American Cancer Society Adds Performance to Fashion Show Lunch [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      The American Cancer Society honored 12 women from South Florida for their philanthropic work in the fight against cancer on February 10, at its fifth annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon.   This year's 330 guests—friends of the honorees and American Cancer Society supporters—began the day with cocktails on the patio of the Indian Creek Country Club, before the luncheon and a fashion show followed indoors. The event, which was promoted through media coverage, invitations, and a spot on the South Florida Today show, drew 50 more attendees than last year's luncheon. While previous events also included ...
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    21. Ripley\'s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Adds Dryer Lint Art, Wax Figures [ORLANDO]

      Ripley\'s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Adds Dryer Lint Art, Wax Figures [ORLANDO]
      Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium is in the midst of renovations that will add several new exhibits, as well as new carpet, paint, and lighting, to the facility on International Drive. Last year, Ripley’s Entertainment took over ownership and operation of the Orlando location, which had been privately operated as a franchise since it opened in 1992.   The 10,000-square-foot facility has 16 galleries that feature exhibits and artifacts that are all in some way odd, bizarre, or unbelievable. Discounted group admission is available, and the facility will consider buyouts on a case-by-case basis.
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      Mentions: Orlando Miami Florida
    22. Ducati Celebrates Motorcycle Launch With Miami Enthusiasts [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      On Saturday, Ducati North America introduced more than 500 guests to the brand’s new Diavel motorcycle at Grand Central in downtown Miami. While the brand held similar events in Los Angeles, New York, and cities abroad, Ducati North America advertising and brand manager Arrick Maurice said, "This motorcycle is especially geared toward the Miami lifestyle. We do well in warmer markets."   Maurice worked with Pablo Reynoso, marketing director for Ducati Miami, and Poplife's Jake Jefferson to produce the draped-in-red event. "Grand Central's industrial look was a great fit for the Diavel," said Maurice, adding that the club ...
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      Mentions: Miami
    23. 2 West Town Venues With Private Dining  [CHICAGO]

      Both new to West Town, these eateries offer private dining for groups. 1. Billed as a "gastro-tavern," Frontier opened in late January. The multilevel venue has a western-saloon-inspired look replete with a stuffed grizzly bear, and can be bought out for groups of 350. At the chef's table, which seats eight to 12, groups can sample spit-roasted whole animals including goat, pig, lamb, and boar; sides include sweet potato puree, campfire marshmallows, and wilted dandelion greens. This spring, a 2,500-square-foot beer garden will open and host alfresco functions for 100.
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      Mentions: Chicago
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