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January 13, 2016: TED to Broadcast Opening Night Live in Movie Theaters, N.F.L. to Return to L.A. With $3 Billion Stadium, How Floral Centerpieces Made History

1. TED TO BROADCAST OPENING NIGHT LIVE IN MOVIE THEATERS: Tickets to the TED Conference are notoriously difficult—and expensive—to get. So the conference is taking advantage of its popularity by offering a live broadcast of its opening night at select movie theaters across the globe. Mashable: “Titled TED2016: Dream 'Opening Night' Live in Cinemas, TED's cinematic event will debut in more than 615 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network on Feb. 15. In-theater audiences will be able to experience the complete opening night session of TED’s annual conference, which takes place Feb. 15-19, along with the live audience watching from the TED theater in Canada.”

2. N.F.L. TO RETURN TO L.A. WITH $3 BILLION STADIUM: N.F.L. owners voted Tuesday to allow the St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles in a plan that includes building a new stadium in Inglewood that could cost as much as $3 billion to build. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders may also choose to move to Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times: “Developers envision transforming the 298-acre Inglewood site into a multibillion-dollar entertainment, retail and housing complex, with the privately financed stadium and a performing arts venue as the centerpiece. … There will be 70,240 seats and the capacity can be expanded to add 30,000 people in standing-room-only areas for large events. The venue, set 100 feet into the ground and with a 175-foot above-ground profile, and developers hope to host such indoor events as college basketball's Final Four, the NFL Pro Bowl and scouting combine in addition to conventions and award shows.”

3. HOW FLORAL CENTERPIECES MADE HISTORY: Decades of floral centerpieces have been witnesses to high-level diplomatic meetings. Artist Taryn Simon has shone a spotlight on them, recreating the centerpieces and photographing them for a new exhibit in New York. The New Yorker: “Simon imported four thousand botanical specimens from the world’s largest flower market, in the Netherlands, and created three dozen still-lifes, evoking diplomatic accords made between 1968 and 2014. The images shed light on the artifice underlying politics. Simon’s weighty concept has a title to match: ‘Paperwork, and the Will of Capital.’ Flowers wilt; often, so does diplomacy. But fresh bouquets are always arriving at new tables.”

4. NEW SHUTTLE SYSTEM LEAVES GOLDEN GLOBES AFTER-PARTY GUESTS STRANDED: A new shuttle system designed to ferry Golden Globes guests to after-parties left guests waiting for as many as three hours. Celebrities, media, producers, and other industry figures fumed about the situation on social media—to no avail. Variety: “Thanks to heightened security, the Hilton sharply cut down the number dropoffs or walk-ins from Wilshire Boulevard, relying instead on a shuttle service from a parking lot at 1999 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. The Beverly Hilton always hosts 1,300 people for the Golden Globes event, with the number of revelers more than doubling for the after-parties. The NBC telecast ended a few minutes after 8 p.m., with shuttles scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. But the math didn’t add up: 1,500 guests, with only eight shuttles, each carrying 24 passengers.”


ATLANTA:  The Atlanta Winter Beer Festival will take place January 30 at the Masquerade. The event will feature live music and more than 150 beers.

AUSTIN:  The first city-organized Music Venue Summit will take place January 25 at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The event aims to provide Austin music venue owners with helpful information in advance of South by Southwest and other festivals. Austin Business Journals:

BOSTON:  Noted chef Jody Adams will open Saloniki, a Greek restaurant, this spring. The menu will offer pitas, rice bowls, and salads that guests can top themselves.

CHICAGO:  The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has completed its first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation. Renovations include a redesigned 145-seat amphitheater, a new indoor golf training center, and a refreshed lower-level meeting space. Phase two renovations are slated to finish by the spring.

Sweet Baby Ray's Catering and True Cuisine have acquired the Meetinghouse Companies and formed SBR Events Group. The group’s client services will include catering, hospitality, event production, and design.

After School Matters will host its 25th anniversary gala on September 19 at Navy Pier. Some 1,000 guests are expected; the night will showcase artwork, exhibits, and performances from teens who participate in After School Matters.

LAS VEGAS:  The Still, an 8,000-square-foot restaurant from Clique Hospitality, is slated to open at the Mirage in March.

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles Zoo will host its Sex & the City Zoo Valentine’s Day event on February 13.

The 33rd annual PaleyFest Los Angeles, which takes place March 11-20 at Dolby Theatre, will honor American Horror Story: Hotel, Black-ish, Empire, and Scream Queens. The Paley Center for Media will announce more shows on January 19.

The third annual All-Star Chef Classic will take place March 9-12 at L.A. Live's event deck, offering seven chef-led dining experiences.

Fiji Water will return as the official water for the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 17.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The 12th annual Deering Seafood Festival will take place March 20 at the Deering Estate. The event will feature dishes from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a children’s activity area, entertainment, and a courtesy bicycle valet.

NEW YORK:  Winter Jazzfest runs today-Sunday at numerous venues in Greenwich Village, including Webster Hall, the Greene Space, and the Django at the Roxy Hotel.

Inwood Bar and Grill opened in late 2015. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot New American restaurant spans two stories and has a terrace and outdoor beer garden, which all can be used for events. The main dining room seats 150; for buyouts that use indoor and outdoor space, the venue can hold some 1,000 guests. Amenities include 30 flat-screen TVs and a full sound system.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  The 23rd annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will take place March 2-May 30.

PHILADELPHIA:  Lititz-based live event rental, design, and production company Atomic has launched a new rental solutions office in Tokyo.

Wilma Theater will change its lobby to a full-service public café as part of a $10 million transformation. Philadelphia Business Journal:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Google I/O 2016 will take place May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, a change from its usual San Francisco location. TechCrunch:

JumpLine Group, a boutique agency that creates events and activations for luxury and thought-leader brands, has appointed Laura Schooling as its general manager. Schooling will work out of the company's new San Francisco office, overseeing marketing and operations for JumpLine Group, JumpLine, and BehindTheLine Productions.

Cadence opens on Market today. The venue serves American fare and progressive cocktails and has a reservations-only dining room and a communal table for walk-in diners.

TORONTO:  The Great Hall, a multiuse event space downtown, is undergoing a renovation that will wrap this spring. Updates will include new audiovisual equipment and refreshed common areas. Press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Landsdown Resort in Leesburg will undergo a property-wide, multimillion-dollar renovation this year. Monogram by Callison will oversee the redesign of the 296-room hotel. Washington Business Journal:

Restaurant group EatWell DC has announced it will open the Bird, a 75-seat locally sourced chicken restaurant, near Logan Circle this summer. Washingtonian:

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