Call Sheet #432: Ashton Kutcher Headlines Macworld, Google's Party Police, Inauguration Hotel Perks

January 24, 2013, 8:48 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #432 — Thursday, 01.24.13 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1.  INAUGURATION PARTY ETIQUETTE: Media and tech companies hosted inauguration events, although the scene at Google's luncheon with Elle at the National Portrait Gallery found host Susan Molinari threatening to shut down the bar if guests did not pay better attention to the speakers. Women's Wear Daily: “Each time a powerful woman showed up, guests were supposed to stop talking, listen up, and take notes on what a girl’s got to do to make it in politics. After a few hours, the drill was beginning to get old.”

2. PRESIDENTIAL SUITES: It was a quirky idea—and generated global buzz—but no one purchased the Madison Hotel’s $47,000 “Inaugural Town and Country Package,” which included a “social media butler” to document your inauguration memories and a $5,000 shopping trip to Brooks Brothers. In fact, many Washington hotels did not sell their high-priced and high-perked packages, but that doesn't mean it was a waste of time putting them together. Politico: “Sold or not, these packages can be marketing gold for these hotels.”

3. KUTCHER KEYNOTE AT MACWORLD: The tech company's expo next week will feature Ashton Kutcher, who will portray Steve Jobs in the film Jobs. The event is leaning heavily on celebrities this year. Macgasm: “Macworld Expo has also announced that will be speaking later in the day about the future of technology and gadgets. He will be joined by Intel’s futurist Brian David Johnson. Other notable speakers include Fred Armisen of Portlandia and Saturday Night Live as well as John Gruber of the popular tech blog Daring Fireball.”

4. NATIONAL HACKATHON: More than 30 events are planned across the country for this summer's National Day of Civic Hacking. NBC News: “The idea is to combine a bunch of public government data (census data, congressional records, etc,) with hackers and other techies who want to make something with it. Much of this data is already available, but perhaps not very visible to curious coders.”


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COAST TO COAST: American Furniture Rentals is acquiring Agile Tradeshow & Event Furnishings but will remain a separate business entity. Jose Lopez, in addition to running Agile, holds an equity position in AFR.

BOSTON: Seth Greenberg, co-owner of Mistral, plans to open a new French restaurant in Fort Point by September. The 8,500-square-foot venue will reportedly have a 70-seat private dining room called the Chalet; it will serve locally sourced dishes and French cheeses.

CHICAGO: The Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago show takes place at Navy Pier's Festival Halls today through Sunday. On the docket are more than 200 daily seminars, a sailing simulator, a remote control sailboat pond, and more than 100 boats and accessories. 

On March 10, Autohaus on Edens will host “Launch 2013: Driving Fashion Forward.” A spring fashion show produced by Zzazz Productions, it will showcase items from North Shore boutiques. The evening will also include a student design competition from Columbia College, hair and makeup touch-ups from Red Door Spa, St. Germain champagne cocktails, and bites from Morton's the Steakhouse.  

A new operating agreement between Smart City Networks and Microsoft is intended to ensure that Microsoft's events such as Worldwide Partner Conference, Convergence, and Tech Ed have standard levels of connectivity and service when they meet at facilities that work with Smart City. 

Tonight is the preview event for Long-Sharp Gallery's “Politics, Peace, and Passion, Reprise,” part of Art Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

NEW ORLEANS: After the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl February 2, the SuperFan stadium will be transformed into a nightclub-like setting to host “DirecTV Super Saturday Night.” The private event, co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV, will offer a performance from Justin Timberlake. DJ QuestLove will spin.

NEW YORK: The Altamarea Group, which owns chef Michael White's restaurants, has leased the SoHo space that once housed Fiamma. New York Times:

Independent Fashion Bloggers will host its eighth IFB Conference at the Altman Building February 6 and 7.

The New York Lizard’s Blizzard, a benefit for Monster’s Kids, is Tuesday at Spin New York. The evening will feature a ping-pong tournament, a silent auction, food, and refreshments, plus a chance to meet the New York Lizards professional lacrosse players.

Event producer Engage Digital is partnering with KidSafe Seal Program to create the first Digital Kids Safety Summit February 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Canard Inc. will cater tonight's Winter Antiques Show Opening Night Party at Park Avenue Armory.

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ORLANDO: B&B Junction has opened in the former Four Rivers BBQ location in Winter Park. The new burger-and-beer spot boasts farm-to-table practices and grass-fed beef.

“Taste of Pointe Orlando” is scheduled for April 28. The fund-raiser will include food from 12 of Pointe Orlando’s restaurants such as Marlow's Tavern, Taverna Opa, and Cuba Libre.

TORONTO: Decor & More Inc. is promoting its chief operating officer, Bryan Bell, to president. Gregory Bell, previously a sales executive, will become vice president. Leslee Bell, current president and chief creative officer, will continue as partner and consultant.

The Toronto Tea Festival is February 2 in the Toronto Reference Library.

WASHINGTON: Tailgate Village at National Park is a new option for corporate entertaining before Washington Nationals baseball games. Set to debut in April, the service from Tailgate Cruiser will offer rentals and catering in a gated parking lot 50 yards from the stadium.

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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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