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    1. Washington Opera Sells Out Midwinter Party Despite Cutting Advertising  [washington]

      Washington Opera Sells Out Midwinter Party Despite Cutting Advertising  [washington]
      The Washington National Opera hosted its ninth annual midwinter fund-raiser, renamed the Midwinter Fiesta this year in honor of its Mexican theme, on Saturday night at the Mexican Cultural Institute at the Embassy of Mexico. Despite cutting its advertising budget, the event sold out for its ninth year, with 300 people in attendance. “I don’t think [not advertising] made one bit of difference,” said Deana Taylor, the opera’s associate director of special events, who worked with the organization’s women’s committee to plan the affair. “Our presence on our own Web site was stronger, and our ability ...
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    2. 8 Ways Exhibitors Engaged Crowds at the Chicago Auto Show  [CHICAGO]

      8 Ways Exhibitors Engaged Crowds at the Chicago Auto Show  [CHICAGO]
      Spanning approximately one million square feet of contiguous space, the Chicago Auto Show opened with a charity gala on Thursday and will remain open at McCormick Place through February 20. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which produces the event, bills it as the largest auto show in North America; it features about 1,000 vehicles on display. Here are eight ways that exhibitors stood out on the trade show floor.
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    3. My Valentine’s Day With the Naked Angels and Attractive Speed Daters [new York]

      Who says Valentine's Day is only for lovers? Well, almost everybody, judging from the ads. But that didn't stop me from thrusting myself out the door last night, determined to drink from the cup of love. First stop was the Naked Angels 25th anniversary gala at Roseland Ballroom. Chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, the event brought back together 42 of the 48 founding members of the theater group, according to event producer Julianne Hoffenberg. "I'm most proud of that," she said thoughtfully. "Oh can you add that I'm the best gala ...
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    4. Museum of the Moving Image: Renovated Astoria Institution Offers High-Tech Spaces for Rent [new York]

      Museum of the Moving Image: Renovated Astoria Institution Offers High-Tech Spaces for Rent [new York]
      Following nearly three years of renovations, the Museum of the Moving Image finally reopened on January 15, showing off a complete revamp of its home in Queens. The $67 million building project—handled by Lesser Architecture—doubled the space of the institution and added new technology to allow video to be projected on surfaces throughout, filling the site with, well, moving images. The venue now measures 97,700 square feet and offers several spaces for rent, including a roomy theater, a screening room, an open-plan amphitheater, a flexible suite, and a small seminar room. The Museum of the Moving Image ...
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    5. GE Honors Reagan\'s 100th Birthday With Serious Panel, Silly \'80s After-Party [washington]

      GE Honors Reagan\'s 100th Birthday With Serious Panel, Silly \'80s After-Party [washington]
      Most weeknight panel discussions in Washington don’t have a theme, let alone a dress code. But there it was on the invite for a Wednesday event hosted by GE and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation—dubbed "Turn Back Time: A Return to the Reagan Era," to honor President Reagan’s 100th Birthday: “80s Attire Encouraged.”   “We thought, why not throw it out there?” said Event Architects' Mary Fuller, who worked with GE's manager of external communications, Megan Parker, to produce a reception for 600 invited guests following a Tom Brokaw-hosted panel discussion, held at the Ronald Reagan Building ...
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    6. Penthouse at AT&T Center: Patina\'s Lofty New Downtown Event Space [los Angeles]

      Patina Restaurant Group’s catering division has debuted a newly renovated event space, the Penthouse at AT&T Center, which offers a floor-to-ceiling view of downtown Los Angeles from high above. The recently renovated venue has a modern look, with clean lines and multiple distinct event spaces. Patina Catering added the venue to its portfolio in the group's home office and home to its central catering kitchen. The Penthouse at AT&T Center has two levels of distinct event spaces with windows galore and knockout views of Los Angeles. The 30th floor consists of the south gallery, 6,000 ...
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    7. Canadian Film Centre Gala Goes 3-D [TORONTO]

      Canadian Film Centre Gala Goes 3-D [TORONTO]
      The Canadian Film Centre's annual black-tie gala and auction typically follows the standard gala format: silent auction, seated dinner, live auction, and musical performance. But the 600 guests at this year's gala, held February 9 at the Carlu, witnessed a decidedly nontraditional element, as part of the program was presented in 3-D. "People love the auction and the dinner, but we wanted to give them a little more this year," said Mark Fellion, event manager at the centre. "In the past we've had a performer in the middle of the evening, and we replaced that this year ...
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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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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    15. \"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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    16. 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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    17. 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
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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