1. HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WILL AFFECT EVENTS: Many political fund-raising events will be cancelled as the government shuts down starting today. Lawmakers do not want to be seen toasting themselves during the tense time. Politico: “Some will cancel but it is not uncomplicated,” said one Democratic fund-raiser. “The caterers are still going to charge for food and possibly labor—some could charge 100 percent of estimate if you cancel less than 72 hours. They have already ordered the food by now and in a union shop the staff has likely been scheduled so depending on the cancellation policy they likely will get paid.” http://politi.co/16DAEyw
2. YOUTUBE LAUNCHES MUSIC AWARD SHOW: Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire are among the performers scheduled for the first YouTube music award show, scheduled for November 3 at Pier 36 in New York. Actor Jason Schwartzman will host, and Spike Jonze is the creative director. Billboard: “We’re trying to create live videos during the award shows so that the experience becomes more about creating than presenting,” said YouTube's vice president of marketing, Danielle Tiedt. “Music is our bread and butter and our heart and soul here at YouTube. Our main goal is to not just do another award show. We wanted to do something special.” http://bit.ly/18n2bBu
3. APPLE NAMED MOST VALUABLE BRAND: After 14 years at the top of Interbrand's “Best Global Brands” report, Coke is no longer number one. This year, though, Apple took the top spot, pushing Coke to runner-up. AdWeek: “Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple's name increased in worth by nearly 30 percent in the last year to $98.3 billion, according to the Omnicom Group-owned branding firm, jumping from second place to the top slot. The technology brand was ranked eighth by Interbrand in 2011.” See the entire list: http://bit.ly/19QjZUM
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Modern Asian restaurant Roka opened on Monday in the South End. Urban Daddy reports that the 7,000-square-foot spot has a private dining room that holds 50, as well as a double-sided bar serving sushi and cocktails. http://bit.ly/GzwX0p
CHICAGO: Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique's fall catering menu includes apple-taffy and chocolate-orange cupcakes.
David Sher was named the director of food and beverage at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. His responsibilities include overseeing the hotel’s two restaurants, 16,000-square-foot meeting space, and 24-hour room service operations.
LAS VEGAS: Advanstar Licensing, organizers of Licensing Expo, and the Toy Industry Association Inc., organizers of the American International Toy Fair, announced a new collaboration to cross-promote attendance at their two complementary trade events in 2014.
LOS ANGELES: Newport Beach-based Broughton Hotels expanded its portfolio of boutique hotel properties in California with the opening of its newest property, the Hotel Normandie, a historic 1920s property in Koreatown.
Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach has been named the “Best Pizzeria” in the United States by Zagat, causing the formerly undefeated Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood to relinquish the title.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The 2013 Key West Film Festival, set for November 13-17, will feature premieres including Running From Crazy, a film about mental illness in the Hemingway family. After the screening and Q&A session at San Carlos Institute, a reception will follow at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Director John Waters also is expected to attend for a screening of the documentary I Am Divine.
NEW YORK: The National Hockey League announced new sponsors for the coming season, including Advil, which will be an official partner during the season and the official pain reliever of the 2014 Bridgestone N.H.L. Winter Classic and the 2014 Coors Light N.H.L. Stadium Series.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: A new covered pedestrian bridge now connects the Rosen Plaza hotel to the Orange County Convention Center. The bridge is named the Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge, in honor of the former president and C.E.O. of Visit Orlando who passed away last year. There are now four pedestrian walkways from the convention center to nearby hotels.
TORONTO: The Shows SS2014 collections will be shown on October 9-10 at Andrew Richard Designs. Featured designers include Calla Haynes and Steven Tai, among others.
WASHINGTON: The Jefferson, DC hotel is launching the “Year of the Author,” celebrating a different American author such as Mary Shelley, Alex Haley, and Dr. Seuss each month with signature cocktails at its bar, Quinn, and selections of the author's work in the adjacent Book Room.
The Creative Coalition is sponsoring a V.I.P. screening and reception for The Dirties, a film from the Kevin Smith Movie Club, October 15 at Landmark's E Street Cinema.
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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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