1. CHANEL HOSTS RODEO IN DALLAS: Chanel hosted its annual Métiers d’Art show at an unlikely location: the Texas State Fairgrounds. In style-conscious Dallas, some grumbled that only 100 of the 900 guests were local. The others included celebrities, buyers, and more than 200 journalists. New York Times: “The first thing guests saw was a mock ’50s drive-in theater, with concession stands and 74 gleaming vintage automobiles lined up in rows before four movie screens. … Guests moved to another area for the show. Draped with flags, the wood floor scattered with hay, it resembled a livestock sale arena. An adjoining room, for dinner, was done up like a honky-tonk, with a band and a mechanical bull.” http://nyti.ms/1gBmLEI
2. STAPLES CENTER HAS RECORD YEAR: With help from Taylor Swift, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna, the Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted a record 53 concerts in 2013, including 35 sellouts. It was a massive jump over the old record of 38 shows in 2011. Hollywood Reporter also has this fun fact: “Execs also reported 2013 concert sales of 468,000 beers, 156,000 margaritas, 156,000 sodas, 31,200 pretzels and 6,500 pounds of candy.” http://bit.ly/1bKcmSm
3. VIDEO: SEE NEW YORK’S SANTACON IN ACTION: The notorious bar crawl known as SantaCon—so named for the revelers dressed in Santa costumes—has gone from quirky event to near-menace to society. Gothamist: “In response to complaints about the annual booze binge, the NYPD stepped up their presence on the Lower East Side yesterday, stationing along the pub crawl for the first time.” Still, some participants did not behave themselves, as captured in these videos. http://bit.ly/1jb1mEb
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The Beacon Hill Civic Association will host its Winter Gala, “There's No Place Like Home,” on February 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Chef Mark Goldberg has been appointed the first culinary director of the Grafton Group and will oversee the culinary programs for each of the group’s four Cambridge restaurants (Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Russell House Tavern, and Park).
CHICAGO: Renée Fleming will be the honoree at Merit School of Music's 35th anniversary gala at the Palmer House Hilton on May 8.
LAS VEGAS: Advanstar Licensing, organizers of the entertainment, brand, and art licensing trade show Licensing Expo, announced the addition of a 5,000-square-foot motorsports-theme feature area at its 2014 show, which is June 17-19, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
LOS ANGELES: Innovative Dining Group has opened the sushi and cocktail spot Luckyfish in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne has finished a $2 million renovation of its spa and fitness center. The space is 20,000 square feet with 21 treatment rooms.
NEW YORK: Chelsea Market, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, and the Cleaver Company will host the fourth annual NYChiliFest January 26. New this year is a people's choice award.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
TORONTO: Liz Erikson, executive director of meetings and incentives in North America for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, will retire at the end of the year.
WASHINGTON: Washington Performing Arts Society announced its annual gala and auction is May 10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
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