Call Sheet #425: Golden Globe GIFs, Inauguration Champagne Controversy, Fashion Week Hackathon

January 15, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #425 — Tuesday, 01.15.13 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. GLOBES GIFS: It's like an event never happened if it doesn't spawn several GIFs. The Golden Globes' memorable moments include Aziz Ansari’s “that’s racist” dance, Quentin Tarantino’s spit take, and Taylor Swift’s McKayla Maroney eyes. New York Times:

Read BizBash's coverage of the Globes parties, from In Style, HBO, NBC, the Weinsteins, AMC, Fox, and more: 

2. CHAMPAGNE GLITCH: The menu for an inauguration luncheon includes a California dessert wine that the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies called “Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvee Champagne, California.” The label is causing a bit of an international incident. Los Angeles Times: “The Champagne Bureau, a Washington lobby for the French Champagne industry, is frothing like a newly opened magnum of Chateau de Rothschild. Real Champagne, the bureau insists,  can only come from the region of Champagne, France, and bubbly from anywhere else should only claim to be ”sparkling wine,” no matter how good it tastes.”

Meanwhile, organizers are using a new approach to selling tickets to the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball: robo-calls from actual ambassadors. Washington Post: “The ball is one of the many new entries into the inaugural party fray, which is why organizers hoping to sell 1,500 tickets ($100- $750) tried the unusual sales strategy.”

3. FASHION HACKATHON: The nerds are invited to Fashion Week. Women's Wear Daily: “Hearst Magazines, in partnership with Google, Klout, Microsoft, and Singly, will host a two-day technology-driven event during New York Fashion Week. From February 9 to February 10, developers will use programming instructions … to create apps and programs with a fashion lean.”

Speaking of fashion, Cute Circuit makes a line of dresses containing thousands of LEDs that displays scrolling tweets sent with hashtag #tweetthedress. Video:

4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Want to be a social media maven? Here's a guide to the 12 best social media conferences to attend this year. Social Media Today:


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Treat Cupcake Bar has added wedding and specialty cakes to its menu. The bakery also brings make-your-own cupcake bars to meetings and events.

Happy's Bar and Kitchen has closed. A Mexican restaurant will replace it in February.  

CHICAGO: The Americas Incentive Business Travel & Meetings exhibition will be held at McCormick Place June 11 to 13. Reed Travel Exhibitions announced this year's theme as “Defining the Future of Meetings ... Together!”  

The Chicago Zoological Society's Whirl gala is April 20. The event's theme is “Animals Around the Whirl,” and the evening includes a cocktail reception with live exotic animals as well as dinner and dancing. 

The Black Creativity gala is January 26 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The evening includes strolling buffets, a juried art exhibition, and entertainment from After 7 and DJ Lil' John.

On Valentine's Day, the Joffrey Ballet will host “What Is This Thing Called Love ...” Shelly MacArthur will sing at the benefit concert along with special guest stars; a private dinner at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum will follow. 

Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council's 10th anniversary Red or White ball will be at Venue One April 5.

Workspring opened its second outlet in the Loop on Monday. The venue is suited to corporate co-working, group sessions, extended projects, and social events. 

A Hotel Indigo with 145 rooms, a rooftop bar, and a restaurant is slated to open in the Loop in 2014. 

The Chicago Interior Designer of the Year Awards will take place February 7 at the Merchandise Mart.

LAS VEGAS: Forbes: “You should seriously consider hopping a plane to Las Vegas next month for the world’s most unique whiskey love fest, the annual Universal Whisky Experience. … One new addition this year is a scenic helicopter flight into the Grand Canyon—where guests will sample $40,000 per bottle single malt.”

Cort Event Furnishings announced Jason Salmonson as the western regional area manager for the Las Vegas, Phoenix, Anaheim, San Francisco, and Seattle markets.

The Projects will produce the Topshop launch at the Grove on February 14.

RivaBella, a collaboration between Innovative Dining Group and executive chef-partner Gino Angelini, opened in West Hollywood yesterday.

Photo LA's 22nd annual Photographic Art Exposition will hold its opening-night gala Thursday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: A second location of D'Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, and Tapas opens January 21 in the Country Isle Plaza in Weston. The 2,800-square-foot indoor-outdoor eatery will have flat-screen televisions showing Italian cooking demos, a wood-burning oven, a gelato display, and a 14-seat custom bar with polished white stone countertops.

NEW YORK: New York Women in Communications will host Cocktails and Conversation, a panel discussing digital trends, February 19.

Canard Inc. will cater wedding-gown designer Victor Harper's trunk show at Bridal Reflections Fifth Avenue for Brides magazine Wednesday, as well as the NYC Ballet Pre-Performance Buffet Dinner for 40 guests at Lincoln Center's State Theatre; it will also provide behind-the-scenes catering for Valentino Market Week.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO: The Forest of Reading Festival of Trees takes place at the Harbourfront Centre May 15 and 16. The event is billed as Canada's largest children's literary festival, and it draws more than 8,000 guests each year. 

The AdBall is January 31 at the Mod Club. The event has a Great Gatsby theme.

The Interior Design Show is January 24 to 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Opening-night parties will take place at Scavolini, the Globe, and Martini Club.

WASHINGTON: The Inaugural Parade will include eight floats commissioned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee: four floats that represent the First Family's and Second Family’s home states, and four thematic floats that honor Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the inaugural theme of “Our People. Our Future.”

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Joana Mangune, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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