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Call Sheet #112: Fashion Show Seating Collapses, ‘Top Chef’ Restaurants, HBO Marketer Out

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #112 — Friday, 09.30.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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* INCOMING *

1. PARIS FASHION WEEK MISHAP: Designer Nicolas Ghesquière ended the Balenciaga show yesterday with an apology. WWD: "Obviously, the apology was for the collapsing benches that fell like tasteful horizontal dominos as the room filled up. After three or four crashes, and before anyone got hurt, knock (lacquered and splintered) wood, a female voice over the p.a. system asked in two languages for everyone to stand and watch the show fully upright."
http://bit.ly/n0s5KY

2. “TOP CHEF” RESTAURANTS: The Huffington Post lists 12 upcoming restaurants from alums of the cooking show:
http://huff.to/rhjpVZ

3. HBO MARKETER OUT: Courteney Monroe plans to leave at the end of the year. She spearheaded marketing for shows like "The Sopranos" and "Game of Thrones." Ad Age: "Ms. Monroe...said she had been commuting between New York and Washington, D.C. since last summer, when her family relocated for a job her husband had taken, and had recently decided that 'from a family perspective, from a personal perspective, the commute is challenging.'” She hopes to find a D.C.-area ajob in next year.
http://bit.ly/qN3pVv

* INSPIRATION MOMENT *

The New York Times’s T magazine is besotted with a hybrid lighting and acoustical device by German lighting designer Ingo Maurer: “A 12-foot-high hanging mass of emerald-green sponges seemed to glow from within (thanks to hidden L.E.D.’s), and teemed with life in the form of about 100 exquisite, hand-painted models of butterflies, dragonflies, lizards and other creatures. This wasn’t, strictly speaking, a light fixture — not that it mattered to besotted observers. But what exactly was it?” See for yourself:
http://nyti.ms/oegHNz

* INDUSTRY ORG NEWS *

H.S.M.A.I. has awarded its annual scholarships to five college students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry. More about the recipients:
http://bit.ly/n8nYpg

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON: Boston Ballet's Night of Stars Performance, which kicks off the 2011-2012 season, is October 29.
http://bit.ly/1D31tG

On Thursday, Codman Square Health Center hosted  "Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health." Participating vendors included Peterson Party Center, Port Lighting Systems, Sound by Eastern Live Concert Sound, Stapleton Florals, and One Visual Mind.

CHICAGO: Magnolia Bakery opens at Block 37 tomorrow. On Thursday night, Chicago bureau chief Jenny Berg attended a media preview and learned that the famous sweets shop will offer cupcake towers and other treats for meetings and events. The space will also be available—occasionally—for private events after 9 p.m.

LAS VEGAS: Cirque du Soleil will present the second annual Cirque Week in Las Vegas, December 1-10, to include demos, workshops, and other events for fans.
http://bit.ly/pFjett

LOS ANGELES: The Port of Los Angeles just wrapped a record number of summer events, including its 13th annual lobster festival, which drew 40,000.
http://bit.ly/p2A3Tz

The Good News Foundation will host the Feel Good Fund-raiser, a luncheon awards presentation with 400 attendees expected, on October 2 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. 

The fourth annual holiday surfboard auction and second annual "Surfing Santa contest" are coming to the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Both events are part of the hotel's Community Footprints program, and have raised more than $57,000 for Surfers Healing.

WWD: “Gen Art’s 13th Los Angeles installment of Fresh Faces in Fashion, hosted by Zoe Saldana at Vibiana on October 22, will feature an installation with accessories lines Iman Toloui, Plomo, Sticks & Stones and TomTom followed by runway show with women’s lines 71 Stanton, Dear Creatures, Funktional, Odylyne, Stand and Deliver, swimwear line We Are Handsome and men’s line Chambers.”
http://bit.ly/q4Knd1

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Scalina recently opened downtown with chef Enrico Geraldo, who came from New York's Scalinettella. The Miami Herald:
http://bit.ly/o8HCnL

NEW YORK: L'Oreal and FabOverFifty.com have partnered for this weekend's FOF Beauty Bash event for women 50 and over. The Metropolitan Pavilion will house makeup artists, dermatologists, stylists and others in the health, wellness, and fashion industries.
http://bit.ly/1Z2YoC

David Stark appeared on Martha Stewart's show on the Hallmark Channel yesterday to demonstrate napkin folds for "the ultimate birthday party."
http://bit.ly/mZFBd6

From BizBash contributor Jim Shi: "For the first time, the Whitney Museum's gala and studio party will take place outside the museum, bringing hundreds of art patrons to Pier 57 October 5 for the annual fall fete. The New York City Wine & Food Festival will use the same space to house its Grand Tasting event this weekend. Van Wyck & Van Wyck is again handling the design duties for the Whitney fundraiser, which will be sponsored by fashion brand Marchesa and honor art critic Calvin Tompkins."

Philanthropist Joseph Plumeri is the grand marshal for the Columbus Day Parade October 10.

ORLANDO: The city of Orlando will mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an event and walk around Lake Eola tomorrow. Representatives from the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force, Harbor House, and other partner agencies will give presentations on the topic prior to the walk.

SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular begins this weekend. The event takes place every weekend in October and features trick-or-treating, a Sesame Street stage show, arts and crafts, and mingling with costumed sea creatures.

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek opens tomorrow. The hotel on Disney property has 400 rooms and suites and more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a private dining room for 30 people.

TORONTO: According to Moneris Solutions, overall consumer spending during the Toronto International Film Festival was up 7.5 percent this year in comparison to last, with fast food outlets, cosmetic stores, and hotels seeing the largest increases. A record 400,000 people and 5,200 delegates traveled to Toronto during the festival.
http://bit.ly/pul8MG

WASHINGTON: From BizBash contributor Channing Muller: Tonight, American University's Initiative for Russian Culture will kick off its fall film series with a screening of the Russian movie "Jazzmen" at the Library of Congress. The night includes Russian and American candies and popcorn from Occasions Caterers and a performance by Russian pianist Igor Bril. Sandi R. Hoffman Events LLC will coordinate the night.

Almost 200,000 people attended the first-ever two-day National Book Festival last weekend. The event was produced by Decibel Management.

Human Rights Campaign director of events Mollie Levin is overseeing the org's 15th annual dinner, which is taking over the convention center tomorrow evening. President Obama is delivering the keynote address to some 3,000 guests, and the unlikely duo of Cyndi Lauper and Greyson Chance are performing.

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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