1. HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR FLUBS C.E.S. APPEARANCE: Appearing at an event for Samsung at C.E.S., Transformers director Michael Bay messed up his lines, caused a teleprompter error, and ended up walking off the stage mid-presentation. The moment has become the first viral sensation of the tech show, for all the wrong reasons. Los Angeles Times has a video: http://lat.ms/1acapiz
2. RECORD PRICES EXPECTED FOR SUPER BOWL TICKETS: As the first Super Bowl tickets reach the resale market, brokers expect prices to soar to as much as $2,200 for upper-deck tickets—compared to a face value of $500. Factors that will set prices include which teams will play in the big game next month at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. New York Post: “Also affecting ticket prices will be whether corporate sponsors who get tickets for the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl elect to keep their tickets or resell, said broker Tom Patania, CEO of Select A Ticket.” http://bit.ly/1g2Vdof
3. BON JOVI HAS TOP MUSIC TOUR OF THE YEAR: The band Bon Jovi won the tittle of the top-grossing tour of 2013, followed by Beyoncé, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen. Hollywood Reporter: “The global concert business scored a record year with the top 20 tours, earning $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. It generated $1.96 billion last year.” http://bit.ly/1lyT07W
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Market, the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at the W Hotel, has closed. Changing trends in hotel dining could be a key reason for the closure: instead of traditional sit-down dinners, more travelers are looking for casual spots where they can work and dine at the same time. The Boston Globe: http://b.globe.com/1a7XmhR
CHICAGO: Looking for entertainment ideas? Ing Restaurant kicked off its “artist in residence” series Friday. Showcasing artists from around Chicago, the series begins with “spontoonist” Jonathan Plotkin, who will create a take-home piece of art for each table in minutes. See a short video on spontoonists: http://bit.ly/1bNkdLY
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fantasy of the Opera gala is January 31. With a “Petals and Pearls” theme, the evening will have Japanese-inspired decor from Event Creative and a sake-and-sushi tasting.
LAS VEGAS: VentureBeat has a C.E.S. survival guide with tips for managing the chaos of the show: http://bit.ly/JDIzkZ
Bill Maher has extended his engagement at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort, with dates in March and October.
LOS ANGELES: The Hollywood Reporter has an annotated rundown of the top Golden Globes parties and events: http://bit.ly/1hqGQOj
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Miami Herald: “After almost two decades in business, Lincoln Road mainstay Van Dyke Café is closing. … Still unclear: what will open in the restaurant’s place, and whether the Van Dyke Café will reopen elsewhere.” http://hrld.us/1aBAior
NEW YORK: Capsule, the global trade event for the advanced contemporary apparel market, has joined trade show organizer Reed Exhibitions.
Hip-hop and R&B radio station Hot 97 WQHT FM, Live Nation, and Trevanna Entertainment are hosting the first Light It Up Music Festival February 1 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Timed for the day before the Super Bowl, the event will feature performances by Janelle Monáe, Mack Wilds, and SchoolBoy Q, plus sets from DJ Cassidy, Just Blaze, and Been Trill.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
NORWALK, CONNECTICUT: Sports and Entertainment marketing firm Octagon is launching a culinary division headed by Caryl Chinn.
ORLANDO: SeaWorld Orlando will debut Shamu Up Close, a new interactive whale attraction, today. Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/19GDggH
Orlando's hotel industry sold more rooms at higher prices in November compared to the same month one year ago. Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1eCs4DJ
TORONTO: Madonna will be in town to celebrate the grand opening of her new luxury gym, Hard Candy Fitness Toronto, on February 11. The singer is also scheduled to lead an “Addicted to Sweat” dance class. http://bit.ly/1doHhSm
WASHINGTON: The Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, saw its attendance double since moving to Navy-Marine Corps Stadium from RFK Stadium. A local team, the University of Maryland, and pleasant weather also contributed to the event's success. Washington Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1aBBube
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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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