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February 6, 2014: Discovery to Broadcast Live Jump Off Mount Everest, Sochi Blocks Shipment of Chobani Yogurt to U.S. Athletes, Pussy Riot Highlights Amnesty International Concert


1. DISCOVERY TO BROADCAST LIVE JUMP OFF MOUNT EVEREST: Following successful daredevil stunts such as Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space and Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the canyon, Discovery Channel will show a man jumping off of the summit of Mount Everest—live. It airs in May. Hollywood Reporter: “Discovery said it plans to air two hourlong pre-shows revealing his training and preparations, followed by the live two-hour broadcast that will show [Joby] Ogwyn's ascent to the summit and jump from the top. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras providing a bird’s-eye view as he descends more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour.” http://bit.ly/1nUgXrx

2. SOCHI BLOCKS SHIPMENT OF CHOBANI YOGURT TO U.S. ATHLETES: The Russian government is tying up 5,000 cups of U.S. Olympic sponsor Chobani yogurt, citing customs regulations. New York Times: “The blockade has prompted protests from yogurt-promoting politicians in New York and in Washington, who express outrage that American athletes could be deprived of a protein-rich food that had been part of their training regimen.” http://nyti.ms/1fHZvCU

3. PUSSY RIOT HIGHLIGHTS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONCERT: Amnesty International’s Human Rights concert, in which Madonna introduced two members of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot, was last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York Post: “Amnesty’s attempts to raise awareness was the main point of the evening. But in between the often harrowing tales of human rights abuses, there was plenty of music to soften the impact—or not in the case of Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips who collaborated on a wild noise jam late on.” http://bit.ly/1lCrmtm

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON:  The owners of the Salem Waterfront Hotel plan to open a second development. The $12 million project would connect to the Waterfront Hote, and include a six-story building with 32 hotel rooms, a ballroom, and conference space. Salem News: http://bit.ly/MrTFKS

CHICAGO:  Savor Chicago, which handles foodservice at McCormick Place, has partnered with Healthy Fare for Kids to offer more healthy dining options for families at trade shows and events. At the upcoming Auto Show, healthy options including turkey sandwiches on wheat bread and celery with peanut butter will be available in the South Food Court.

LAS VEGAS:  SBE announced that its SLS Las Vegas hotel will open on Labor Day weekend this year.

Border Grill Las Vegas has hired a new executive chef, Chris Keating.

LOS ANGELES:  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions announced that next year’s 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will take place January 11 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in a row.

The National Association of the Deaf’s Breakthrough Awards Gala is March 13 at the Roosevelt Hotel.

The Choura family has split its company into two: Choura Events will be a full-service boutique event rental and tenting agency based in Los Angeles, while Choura Venue Services, a catering and venue management operation, will be based in Long Beach.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

NEW YORK:  Women’s Wear Daily: “To mark the 15th anniversary of Zero + Maria Cornejo at Barneys New York, the store held a cocktail reception at its Madison Avenue flagship in Manhattan and later a dinner at Sirio Ristorante at the Pierre for the designer.” http://bit.ly/1kgqDfI

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO:  The ninth annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is March 6-16. The event will feature more than 40 troupes from across North America.

WASHINGTON:  Tudor Place is hosting a Valentine’s tea and chocolate tasting February 15.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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