By Beth Kormanik Posted December 18, 2013, 7:50 AM EST
1. LENO COMPARES SOCHI OLYMPICS TO NAZI GERMANY: Even the personalities on NBC, which will broadcast the Olympics in Sochi this winter, are voicing their ambivalence about the host country because of Russia’s anti-gay laws. This week Jay Leno compared the situation to Nazi Germany, which hosted the 1936 Olympics, while his guest Meredith Vieira added: “I really hope that people demonstrate there.” Entertainment Weekly: http://bit.ly/1bOUm5S
2. HBO PLANS NATIONWIDE GIRLS PREMIERE PARTIES: To promote the premiere of the third season of the show Girls, HBO will sponsor “Girls Night Out” events in eight cities across the country January 6. Rolling Stone: “Each event will include a live feed of the New York premiere's red carpet, as well as ‘personalized messages’ from actress-creator Lena Dunham.” Befitting its indie ethos, planners will post information on how to register on its Tumblr account. http://rol.st/J4Q6IA
3. AVOIDING LEGAL ISSUES AT HOLIDAY PARTIES: Holiday parties can be a legal minefield, but one lawyer provides suggestions on how to host a headache-free event, such as purchasing short-term insurance to cover any mishaps. Another tip from the Huffington Post column: “Expenses for your holiday party should be tax deductible, as long the party isn't overly lavish or wholly unrelated to work activities.” http://huff.to/1cAcjGn
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The first Advanced Audio & Applications Exchange trade show will take place at the Hynes Convention Center September 23 to 24.
CHICAGO: Chicago Theatre Week 2014 will take place February 11 to 16. In its second year, the event has a new partnership with local hotels, which will offer room packages and tickets to theater productions.
LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas Sun: “In the end, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association opted for more money and a bigger arena for its National Finals Rodeo. Left to watch the cowboys hit the trail is Las Vegas, home to the sport’s prize event for 29 years. It is heading to Central Florida, specifically Osceola County, whose county seat is Kissimmee.” http://bit.ly/1kS2Ka9
LOS ANGELES: The W Los Angeles–Westwood has unveiled plans for renovated meeting spaces slated for completion in January. The renovations will include updates to the three distinct Studio spaces along with the makeover of Studio Four, transformed into “Strategy,” a modern take on a traditional boardroom with adaptable conference equipment.
The Recording Academy has announced its official sponsors for the 56th annual Grammy awards: Degree Women, Delta Air Lines, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, JBL, MasterCard, Microsoft Surface, People, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble (Covergirl, Gain, Herbal Essences, and Olay), and WestwoodOne. The awards take place at the Staples Center on January 26.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Lancôme Paris hosted a luncheon for style mavens in Miami Beach December 13 at Juvia. The event introduced a spring trends presentation curated especially for Latinas, with looks styled by Kika Rocha and makeup trends created by Sandy Linter.
NEW YORK: New York magazine: “Permits are in place to turn the former Salvation Army Chinatown Shelter at 223-225 Bowery into a 188-room hotel with restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The Ace Hotel, along with partners the North Wind Group and the Omnia Group, had previously used the terms 'aux-hostel vibe' and 'distilled service' to describe the space that will debut after an estimated $5 million renovation.” http://grb.st/1fmmS33
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
WASHINGTON: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Virginia, has hired a new executive chef, Todd Schofield, and director of catering sales, Sharon Meyers. The hotel recently completed extensive renovations to its restaurant, Wellington’s, and also redesigned its conference dining room.
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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.
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