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October 27, 2014: 'Boston Globe' Starts Film Festival, How Museums Are Going Digital, 5 Inspiring Gala Themes

By Beth Kormanik October 27, 2014, 8:16 AM EDT


1. 'BOSTON GLOBE' STARTS FILM FESTIVAL: The Boston Globe is moving into the film festival business, announcing the launch of GlobeDocs last week. The project will start with a series of free screenings of documentaries with the goal of holding a film festival next year. Pointer: “The business thinking behind these live meetups—from next year’s film festival to events the paper’s has been putting on for years—is to position The Globe to become a convener of the community in addition to its chronicler, [C.E.O. Mike] Sheehan said. The events, which build and showcase the verticals’ respective audiences, have the potential to indirectly drive revenue by making them more attractive to advertisers.” http://bit.ly/10uVWMY

2. HOW MUSEUMS ARE GOING DIGITAL: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are rolling out initiatives to cater to guests who increasingly want to connect with collections digitally. The New York Times: “The museum of the future will come in evolutionary steps. But some steps are already being taken. Digital technologies being deployed or developed include: augmented reality, a sort of smart assistant software that delivers supplemental information or images related to an artwork to a smartphone; high-definition projections of an artwork, a landscape or night sky that offer an immersive experience; and 3-D measurement and printing technology that lets people reproduce, hold and feel an accurate replica of an object.” http://nyti.ms/1DSBqnH

3. 5 INSPIRING GALA THEMES: Looking for a winning gala theme? Here are five memorable ideas from recent fund-raisers for the Stanford Cancer Center in California, with photos. San Francisco Chronicle: http://bit.ly/1xvcYon

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON:  Boston is getting its first skate park, which will open with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Jane Lynch Family Skate Park on Thursday. The 4,000-square-foot park will host community events and professional skating competitions. WBUR: http://bit.ly/1t8I8CY

CHICAGO:  Sugar Factory American Brasserie will open next month in Rosemont. The 7,000-square-foot eatery and retail space will offer a chocolate lounge for semiprivate dining. Menu items will include pancakes, sweet and savory crepes, and salads, burgers, and flatbreads. There will also be group snacks such as the King Kong Sundae, which will serve 24 guests.

LAS VEGAS:  Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar, with a menu combining Asian and Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine, opens November 16 in the Green Valley area. The 5,000-square-foot space will have four dining areas with seating for 180 guests.

LOS ANGELES:  Bixel & Company has hired Jordan Lovell as its national sales manager.

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

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Winter Music Conference has announced its dates and will take place March 24-28, returning to a one-weekend format. It coincides with Ultra Music Festival, held March 27-29.

NEW YORK:  Storefront for Art and Architecture's fall benefit, Critical Halloween, is Friday at 80 Greenwich Street. For the costume contest, guests are asked to consider the theme of “I-Relevance,” or the concept of irrelevance within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms.

The Ideal School & Academy will host its 10th annual gala November 20 at Metropolitan West. The evening's honoree is Kenneth Mehlman, global head of public affairs at KKR.

The Children at Heart gala dinner is November 24 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Actor Jon Voight is hosting the black-tie event, with WNBC sports anchor Bruce Beck serving as auctioneer.

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

TORONTO:  The Globe and Mail examines Toronto’s two major fall art shows: the new Feature Contemporary Art Fair and the established Art Toronto. “Certainly, it could be argued that Feature is more complement than competition to the mighty Art Toronto, at least for the foreseeable future.” http://bit.ly/1tsecBn

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

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