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Call Sheet #81: Emmy Awards Preview, Winfrey and Ralph Lauren's On-Stage Convo, Kiss Nixed From Jackson Tribute Lineup

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #81 — Wednesday, 08.17.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. EMMY AWARDS CELEBRATION PREVIEW: From BizBash Los Angeles bureau chief Alice Dubin: This morning, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will transform the lobby of its Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood for a media preview of this year's Emmy awards celebrations, revealing the look for the Creative Arts Ball (which will take place September 10) and the Governors Ball (September 18, following the 63rd Primetime Emmy awards). Reporters can expect a decor theme organizers describe as "mod illusions," a black-and-white look inspired by '60s mod. Check BizBash.com later today for more details on the production and design headed up by Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions, the food from Patina Catering, and more.

2. WINFREY AND RALPH LAUREN REUNITE: Oprah Winfrey will engage in an on-stage conversation with Ralph Lauren and co-host a gala with the designer to benefit the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts October 24 at Alice Tully Hall. The event will be produced by Darren Bagert. U.S.A. Today:

3. KISS DROPPED FROM JACKSON TRIBUTE: After receiving criticism for comments made by by bassist Gene Simmons regarding Michael Jackson's molestation charges, organizers of the tribute concert, set for October 8, have removed Kiss from the performance lineup. Billboard:

4. BARCLAY BUZZ: The InterContinental New York Barclay has some new guests in town—honey bees. Four colonies of the buzzing insect will occupy the hotel's 15th floor rooftop garden this week to help pollinate the herb and fruit gardens. The honey bees will also produce honey to be used for different things including hotel candles and menu items. Here's a video on what the buzz is all about:


Dave Anderson, director of the International Association for Venue Managers Convention Centers and Exhibit Halls Committee announced yesterday that Richard Shaff, general manager of San Francisco's Moscone Center and regional vice president for S.M.G., is the recipient of the International Convention Center Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Skyline New York is inviting event marketers, business owners, and trade show managers to its final Lunch and Learn event today at the company's New York office to learn how to make the most of their New York trade show exhibits. The free seminar focuses on publicity, messaging, booth layout, and lead management. Attendees can R.S.V.P. by phone.


Live events agency inVNT has opened a London office to support clients including NewsCorp, Subway, PepsiCo, and Merck. The agency also announced yesterday the opening of an office in Detroit and the expansion other domestic offices in Washington, Jacksonville, Florida, and here in New York.


BOSTON: Hallmark Heath System's fourth annual Gala will take place at the TD Garden September 10. The evening will include a meet-and-greet with Boston Bruins players, casino gaming, live and silent auctions, and dinner and dancing.

CHICAGO: Fiat is creating a pop-up drive-in movie theater on North Clark Street on Saturday and Sunday. The brand will set up 40 new Fiat 500 vehicles, and play double features on both nights. The activation also includes Italian snacks, bocce ball courts, and test drives.

Time Out Chicago will host its first Food Truck Social August 27 on Ashland Avenue. Gaztro-wagon will become a pop-up restaurant for the occasion, and four local chefs—including Stephanie Izard and Bill Kim— will work at the spot in two-hour shifts. Other participating food trucks include Hummingbird Kitchen, Flirty Cupcakes, and Starfruit Cafe.

LAS VEGAS: Magic will present its invitation-only executive program, Magic Select, for V.I.P.s and influencers in the fashion industry over the course of the show. The program will be headquartered at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from August 22-24.

Las Vegas Business Press: "Attendance at conventions and corporate meetings in Las Vegas has risen 7.2 percent through June compared to last year, the first good news after a four-year slump brought on by the recession and a dash of political moralizing out of the White House."

Margaritaville and the Flamingo Las Vegas, which have plans to open Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo in October, have announced they are hiring more than 250 flair bartenders, dealers, and supervisors for the project.

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Times reported that L.A. County Sheriff's investigators have recovered a work by Rembrandt that was stolen Saturday from a private art exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

United Friends of the Children is partnering with big-name local chefs to present the third annual Cultivate L.A. food and wine event, planned for September 17 at a private Bel Air estate on eight acres. Participating chefs include Suzanne Goin, Eric Greenspan, Helene An, Susan Feniger, Joachim Splichal, and Roy Choi.

Larry's, the newest project from owners Mark and Erwin Sokol of Hotel Erwin, opened yesterday in Venice with operating team chef Brendan Collins and director of operations Carolos Tomazos.

The Key Club, where caterer Bread & Wine's Daniel Flores is a part owner, has partnered with the Grill Em All truck to create a brick-and-mortar restaurant by the same name at the club. The new Grill Em All location will also handle catering for events off site, as does Bread & Wine.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Argentinian restaurant Baires Grill of Miami Beach was recognized by Wine Enthusiast in its selection of "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants" in the August issue. PR Newswire:

Area 31 has a new Wednesday night promotion called "Raid the Cellar with Chef Reidt," where the chef picks two different wines and offers them at a discount that evening. Diners can pair this wine deal with the restaurant's Miami Spice menu.

NEW YORK: The third run of Fashion's Night Out is already shaping up to be bigger than years past and now it looks like the shopping initiative will also be a platform for Fiat to promote its new car. The Italian auto company announced yesterday that it has teamed up with Gucci to create the Fiat 500 by Gucci limited edition model. Inspired by black-and-white films, the vehicles will debut September 8.

ORLANDO: Two shopping areas popular with convention guests will see changes in the coming year. The Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue will add about 80,000 square feet, and the Mall at Millenia is getting new tenants including Henri Bendel and Art of Shaving. Orlando Sentinel:

Ocean Prime has promoted Shawn O'Brien to executive chef and named Michael Kopoain general manager of the restaurant on Sand Lake Road.

PHILADELPHIA: Cort Trade Show & Event Furnishings recently announced the hire of Joe DiNubile as Philadelphia account executive for the Baltimore district.

TORONTO: On Monday, the City of Toronto released the artistic program for the 6th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, scheduled for October 1. The all-night event will feature 134 projects by more than 500 artists in three zones of the city: downtown north, downtown core, and downtown south.

WASHINGTON: The National Geographic Channel is hosting a reception and screening of the documentary George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview next Tuesday evening at the headquarters on 17th Street, followed by a Q&A with the film's producer and director Peter Schnall.

CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental has been awarded the American Automobile Association's Five Diamond Award for 2012 for the sixth consecutive year.

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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