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December 1, 2014: Protesters Disrupt Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Movie Theaters Add Interactivity to Lure Patrons, Chefs Push Food Policy as Lobbyists

By Beth Kormanik December 1, 2014, 7:47 AM EST

1. PROTESTERS DISRUPT MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE: Using the hashtag #StoptheParade, people protesting a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown attempted to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Police arrested a handful of people who crashed the parade route. PIX11: “About an hour before protesters were detained with hand ties, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said police were prepared for any potential disruptions. ‘We’ll be prepared for that and let’s hope they are smart enough and courteous enough to not engage in that activity today,’ Bratton said. ‘This is a national event, a historic event, anybody who seeks to interrupt it would be very callous indeed on this special day.’” http://bit.ly/1A72GMV

2. MOVIE THEATERS ADD INTERACTIVITY TO LURE PATRONS: Faced with declining audiences, movie theater owners are adding interactive features like scent machines and social media integration to bring back moviegoers. The New York Times: “To combat the problem, theater chains seem increasingly open to trying just about anything. Regal, for instance, in June began offering something called 4DX in downtown Los Angeles. More than 100 seats buck and dip in close synchronization with the action on the screen. Compressed air blasts from headrests to simulate flying bullets. Fans provide a gentle wind effect. There are two types of water effects: rain, which drops from the ceiling, and mist, which is squirted from the seat in front of you. (Patrons can turn off the water by pressing a button.)” http://nyti.ms/1y3jPEv

3. CHEFS PUSH FOOD POLICY AS LOBBYISTS: Washington has long relied on chefs—as behind-the-scenes caterers and as top-billed attractions at fund-raisers. But it’s no longer a one-way street as several chefs are advocating on behalf of food policy issues dear to their hearts. Politico: “Bringing chefs to Washington has proven effective in some cases — and the culinary masters have a long history of helping with political fundraising. President Barack Obama last month sang the praises of celebrity chef and restaurateur Jose Andrés at a $10,000-a-plate Democratic National Committee fundraiser at Andrés’ restaurant, Zaytinya, in Washington. A few weeks ago, Food Policy Action hosted a fundraiser at the home of top Democratic donor Harold Ickes, with the help of some prominent Washington-area chefs, including Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Mike Isabella of Graffiato.” http://politi.co/1yqtLeW


BOSTON:  On Wednesday, the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel will host a private performance by indie pop band St. Lucia. The performance is part of the hotel’s partnership with AEG, an entertainment and sports company.

CHICAGO:  DineAmic Group, the owners of Siena Tavern, will open Prime & Provisions in spring 2015. At the intersection of LaSalle Street and Wacker Drive, the 12,000-square-foot steakhouse will have two levels, 300 indoor seats, and 50 seats on a garden patio. The menu will focus on prime, Heritage Black Angus beef aged in the venue's dry-aging room.

LOS ANGELES:  The fourth annual Santa’s Secret Workshop, a benefit for L.A. Family Housing, is Saturday at Andaz hotel in West Hollywood. The family-friendly event includes holiday crafting, cookie decorating, and more.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  As part of World AIDS Day, fashion designer Mondo Guerra has designed a Subaru Legacy and will reveal it at an event tonight at the Annex in Wynwood. In House Ideas is producing the event.

NEW YORK:  Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily's will hosting a party to celebrate the release of Haitian chef Nadege Fleurimond's new cookbook Haiti Uncovered on Tuesday at Miss Lily's Variety in SoHo. She will serve complimentary canapes, and Haitian DJ Hard Hittin Harry will spin.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO:  The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes will once again host the PNC Father/Son Challenge December 11-14. Jack Nicklaus is scheduled to be among the 20-player field for the tournament.

SAN DIEGO:  The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival named Duvinh Ta of Jake's Del Mar as “Chef of the Fest,” a title given after a culinary competition judged by the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation along with several guest judges.

TORONTO:  The fifth annual Shop.CA Toronto Christmas Market, presented by American express, opened on November 28 in the Distillery Historic District. The 21-day market offers 36 vendors, activities, and around 240 free performances. There will also be sponsor activations from brands such as Merci, Kinder, and Glad.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Smithsonian tapped Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group to redesign the south side of the National Mall—a project expected to take 20 years and cost $2 billion—in an “odd-couple pairing of the world’s edgiest architect and its largest cultural bureaucracy.” Washington City Paper: http://bit.ly/1tjBeqS

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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