August 20, 2014: N.F.L. Wants Halftime Performers to Pay to Play, Fashion Week Will Include Military Salute, What’s in Store for the Toronto International Film Festival

By Beth Kormanik August 20, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

1. N.F.L. WANTS HALFTIME PERFORMERS TO PAY TO PLAY: Performers at the Super Bowl halftime show currently entertain for free, but the N.F.L. is asking three potential acts—Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay—to pay the league for the opportunity. NBC Sports: “It only takes one performer to bite the hook in order for the NFL to parlay the halftime show into even more of a moneymaker. And it’s entirely possible that the league leaked the development in order to pressure one of the three to blink, given that plenty of other performers who would gladly give up a piece of a pie they otherwise don’t have will now be calling the league to offer whatever the league wants for the privilege of playing to one of the biggest audiences in TV history.”

2. FASHION WEEK WILL INCLUDE MILITARY SALUTE: In a move they’re calling “Salute the Runway,” New York Fashion Week planners will honor members of the military with a show that uses female service members as models. Women’s Wear Daily: “The show is a culmination of a program held at military bases around the country raising awareness of the challenges facing military servicewomen as they transition back to civilian life. It is sponsored by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, a national campaign designed to support women serving in the U.S. military and the issues they face—from medical, housing and employment to being appropriately dressed.”

3. WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The Toronto International Film Festival announced the celebrities planning to attend the event as well as some of the premieres it will host. Toronto Star: “The festival also unveiled details of its new Festival Street initiative, which will see King St. W. from University Ave. to Peter St. turned into a pedestrian promenade and art and music fair during the first four days of the festival, Sept. 4 to 7. Highlights of Festival Street include a photo booth featuring HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus strolling characters from various Stanley Kubrick films, aimed at promoting TIFF’s major Kubrick exhibit later this fall. Festival Street will also include a tribute to NFB animation pioneer Norman McLaren, who would have turned 100 this year.”


Linwood Campbell, director of Catering Sales at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, has been named president of the National Association for Catering and Events.

International Special Events Society announced its 2014-2015 international affiliate chairs and United States regional vice presidents. They are: Gian Blundo (Australasia affiliate); Angela Braun (Canada affiliate); James Morgan (Europe/Middle East/Africa affiliate); and Alex Gorriaran (Northeast U.S.); J.C. York (Southeast U.S.); James Riley (Midwest U.S.); and Dana Macaulay (Western U.S.).


ATLANTA:  CNN Dialogues, a regular series of panel discussions, meets Thursday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights for a talk about “Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations in the 21st Century.” The panelists are current or retired athletes Jason Collins, Pellom McDaniels III, Shannon Miller, and Natalie Coughlin.

BOSTON:  Boston’s food truck scene started with 15 trucks in 2011; it has since grown to include 68 trucks, with more expected to debut this fall. Many of the local trucks specialize in fusion fare. The Boston Globe:

CHICAGO:  Hyatt the Loop Chicago is scheduled to open in February 2015. The 22-story building will house 257 guest rooms, 2,540 square feet of meeting space, a French restaurant, and a rooftop bar.

LAS VEGAS:  Comedian Adam Carolla will launch his ready-to-drink cocktail, Mangria, at Crazy Horse III on August 29.

LOS ANGELES:  Former N.F.L. player Nnamdi Asomugha will host the Swing for Education Golf Classic benefiting Asomugha College Tour for Scholars at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. In addition to the tournament, the event will include a reception, silent auction, and award dinner.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Big Time Restaurant Group announced plans to open Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale late this year. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant space will include a 2,000-square-foot piazza with a fire pit, a salumi bar, an indoor dining room and bar, and a large outdoor bar.

NEW YORK:  Hamptons magazine will celebrate its Fall Fashion issue Saturday with the cover star, model Petra Němcova, at the Southampton Social Club. Grey Goose vodka will serve specialty cocktails at the event.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Artegon Marketplace Orlando, a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace, is scheduled to open on November 20 on the north end of International Drive. The complex will include more than 160 artisans and smaller retailers along with larger brands such as Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, which is scheduled to open by spring.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The National Press Club Fourth Estate Award will be given to journalist Charlie Rose at a gala September 13.

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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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