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December 4, 2013: WWE Plans Tech Event for C.E.S., Museum Planned for Walt Disney’s Birthplace, See David Stark’s Event Planning Pinterest Board for Target

1. WWE PLANS TECH EVENT FOR C.E.S.: Add World Wrestling Entertainment to the brands planning events at the 2014 International C.E.S. next month in Las Vegas: it sent out save-the-date cards to the media this week. Technology Tell: “It’s unclear if [chairman and C.E.O. Vince] McMahon will be announcing some type of product or initiative at the annual electronics confab, although presumably some wrestling superstars will be present. … WWE’s technological push in recent years has included a long line of successful video games, as well as a strong emphasis on getting its wrestlers and storylines trending on Twitter during live shows.”

2. MUSEUM PLANNED FOR WALT DISNEY’S CHICAGO HOME: The modest home in the Chicago suburbs where Walt Disney grew up will become a private museum under plans from the couple who recently purchased the home. The twist? They own a company that designs theme park attractions that rival those owned by the Walt Disney Company. New York Times: “And the couple aim to enlist the help of Disneyphiles everywhere. On Thursday—Walt Disney’s birthday—they plan to unveil a campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise at least $500,000 for the restoration. They also hope to raise money by selling mementos from the house, like old shingles encased in glass.”

3. SEE DAVID STARK’S EVENT PLANNING PINTEREST BOARD FOR TARGET: Target and event designer David Stark released a Pinterest board based on their event planning resource Best.Party.Ever. The board features four themes: elegant, rustic, winter wonderland, and groovy, along with how-to tips, recipes, and products available for purchase at Target.


BOSTON:  Stella Gustafsson has been named spa director at the Norwich Spa at Foxwoods. The 21,000-square-foot spa offers massages, body treatments, and facials.

CHICAGO:  Coopervine opened at 1962 North Halsted last night. The venue focuses on pairing wine, cocktails, beer, and coffee with food, and it accommodates private events for as many as 175 guests.

Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, which offers catering, has new holiday items on its menu. Featured cupcake flavors include gingerbread-spice, hot chocolate, and champagne.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Review-Journal: “First Friday, with its ever-changing layout, themes and activities, can be confusing and overwhelming, even for regular attendees. Many of the valley’s suburban residents might have never been to First Friday because they don’t have a clear idea of what’s what and where to go. Charles Ressler, communications director for First Friday Foundation Las Vegas, wants to get the word out that the free monthly arts and culture event is family-friendly and easily accessible.”

LOS ANGELES:  On Monday, Emirates celebrated the arrival of its Airbus A380 in Los Angeles. The aircraft was greeted at LAX with a water-cannon salute and ceremony with remarks from Emirates executive Hubert Frach, deputy executive director for administration at Los Angeles World Airports Samson Mengistu, and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

NAPLES, FLORIDA:  The Inn on Fifth named Bruce Ronty as general manager of the hotel’s new restaurant, Avenue5, scheduled to open in January. Ronty will handle the opening and daily front-of-house and back-of-house operations at the $2 million, 7,000-square-foot restaurant.

NEW YORK:  Rasa, a 52-seat Malaysian restaurant and bar in Greenwich Village, is set to open later this month from siblings Camie Lai and chef Tommy Lai, the first Malaysian chef to receive a Michelin star in New York.

Hotel Boutique, a 100-room property, has opened at Lexington Avenue and East 45th Street. The new-build hotel has two meeting rooms that can be combined to offer 1,154 square feet of space and hold 80 for receptions or 36 classroom-style.

Tibet House US will host its 11th annual benefit auction December 16 at Christie's in conjunction with the auction house and charity auction Web site Charitybuzz.

Ogilvy Public Relations announced five new hires to its New York office, including in the areas of brand marketing. Press release:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

WASHINGTON:  Art Soiree Productions will host its fourth annual Winter Wonderland Friday at Echostage. A group including DJs, bands, opera singers, dancers, video artists, and body painters will transform the space into a snow-topped forest with artistic acts and fairy-tale creatures.

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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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