Call Sheet #384: Election Night Rally Plans, Romney's Pay to Play, Hurricane Sandy "Wedding Registry"

November 6, 2012, 10:13 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #384 — Tuesday, 11.06.12

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Compiled today by Melissa Ward Schorsch in New York
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Unlike the outdoor rally at Grant Park in 2008, the President's election-night gathering in Chicago will take place inside the McCormick Place convention center, with tickets required for all attendees. Although there's been some speculation that an open-air affair could still arise, tonight's rainy weather forecast makes it less likely. "[W]ith a razor-thin margin in national and swing-state polls, supporters may have to wait until the wee hours of the morning or even until Wednesday to find out if Obama wins or loses. That is clearly not a scenario conducive to a massive outdoor gathering." 

2. BOSTON'S ELECTION NIGHT SECURITY: “Streets will be closed on the South Boston waterfront on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. while former Governor Mitt Romney holds his election night event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, said the city of Boston and the South Boston Seaport Transportation Management Association...The U.S. Secret Service started to secure the convention center on Monday, according to the Seaport TMA." 

3. RALLY FEES: In an unusual move, the Romney campaign is charging journalists and news organizations for access to its headquarters on election night. According to MassLive.Com, fees run “anywhere from $75 for a chair in the ballroom to $1,020 for permission to use the media filing center. Broadcast news organizations will be paying up to $6,500 for workspace.” 

Nonetheless, the Republican presidential candidate's rally could generate as much as $12 million in direct spending, with an overall economic impact of $20 million, offsetting the local tourism and convention industry's Hurricane Sandy-related losses. The Boston Globe: 

4. HURRICANE “WEDDING REGISTRY": An organization dubbed Occupy Sandy—a group within Occupy Wall Street members—has created an Amazon wedding registry of “love to have,” “like to have,” and “nice to have” items to be donated to the victims of last week's storm. Mashable: 

5. INSTAGRAM PROFILES: Photo app Instagram has begun rolling out Web-based user profiles that look a lot like parent company Facebook's design. Mashable: 

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The New York Times's Janet Maslin on Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky: "[A] highly amusing guidebook to the dirty little secrets of the hospitality trade...he explains how to watch free movies, steal the entire contents of a minibar, avoid a cancellation charge even when canceling hours after the room rental started, and generally win any argument you choose to pick with a hotel employee." 

Sample lesson: “If there is one lie that desk clerks tell most often, Mr. Tomsky says, it is that all of the hotel’s rooms are the same. They aren’t, and a good frontman will know the specifics about each one of them.” 

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BOSTON: After a brief closure, Tonic in Jamaica Plain will reopen on Friday. The space is available for private events. 

Franciscan Hospital for Children will host its Community Leadership Award Dinner on Wednesday at Seaport Hotel.

CHICAGO: Tonight's official election-night rally for Obama will be held at McCormick Place. But for those without tickets to the private event, Huffington Post has a list of unofficial viewing parties taking place in Chicago. Included: a musical at Mayne Stage with a performance from the 10-piece band The Chicago Blues Mamas for Obama. 

A Red Orchid Gala will be held Monday at Sunda and the Underground. The evening will be hosted by the theater's co-founder, actor Michael Shannon, and Rockit Ranch Productions C.E.O. Billy Dec. 

Shaw's Crab House has seafood-focused holiday party platters with items such as lobster bisque, oysters, and sushi. 
 LAS VEGAS: Exhibitor News Network: “Freeman and Caesars Entertainment announced a preferred vendor agreement for Freeman to provide general services to meeting and events customers at Caesars Entertainment’s eight Las Vegas properties, including Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.” 
LOS ANGELES: L.A. Times: “The developers of a proposed $31-million hotel near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are ready to seek city approval to construct an indoor-outdoor complex in the brick shell of a condemned apartment building." 

Dick Clark Productions announced that Ke$ha, No Doubt, and Usher will perform at the 40th anniversary American Music Awards. They join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, P!nk, Pitbull,Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park, and Christina Aguilera on this year’s show, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18. 
Local event listings from Masterplanner:
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Museum of Contemporary Art has been announced as one of the 10 annual recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal will be awarded on November 14 in Washington, D.C.
After canceling its Library Lions gala in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York Public Library is donating the food that would have been used for the fund-raiser to 600 residents of Staten Island.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center opens its interactive holiday exhibit, “Ice!,” November 10. The theme this year is “Merry Madagascar,” featuring characters from the animated movie carved out of ice. There are also four two-story ice slides.
 TORONTO: The 10th annual Regent Park Film Festival will take place November 7 through 10 at the newly opened Daniels Spectrum.

WASHINGTON: Chef José Andrés of Oyamel Cocina Mexicana is offering guests an election-night special tonight in the restaurant’s private dining room. The election will be broadcast on TVs in the restaurant and red and blue cocktails will be available.
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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Lauren Matthews, Anna Sekula, Ellen Sturm Niz, and Melissa Ward Schorsch in New York.

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