1. WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW HIGHLIGHTED BY DRAMA AND BOOS FOR WINNER: King, a wire fox terrier from Brazil, won best in show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday in New York. The win was met with some boos, as the seven-year-old dog beat out fan favorites including a longhaired dachshund and a Sussex spaniel. There also was drama surrounding this year's final: One day after earning a spot in the final seven, Colton the schipperke was ruled ineligible for best in show. New York Post: “There was a conflict of interest—judge Peter Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused. Wagging his tail, King was completely in control under handler Gabriel Rangel, who won for the third time at Westminster. Rangel teared up in the middle of the ring after the win, overwhelmed by the moment." https://nyp.st/2tlftQf
2. ANIMAL RIGHTS PETITION URGES CARDI B TO BOYCOTT HOUSTON RODEO: Cardi B is slated to perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 1 at N.R.G. Stadium, but more than 15,000 have signed a petition urging the Grammy-winning rapper to drop out of the event in support of animal rights. In response to the petition, the event said they “strongly believe in the importance of animal welfare” and look forward to having Cardi B perform. Billboard: “The petition references Cardi's 11 dogs as an example that she cares about the well-being of animals. ‘Horrible news, animal lovers: Cardi B is headlining an event chock-full of animal abuse,’ states the petition. ‘Cardi B is, herself, an animal lover, which is why we're asking her to stand up for these poor animals and cancel her performance at the rodeo.’ ‘She may not know all the ways animals are being abused to make this Houston event go on though,’ it continues. ‘That's why it's up to us, her fans, to ask her not to use her name and popularity to support such gruesome behavior.’” https://bit.ly/2GFufJq
3. HOW AMAZON IS ACTIVATING AT COACHELLA: Amazon is attempting to get more involved in music festivals, and the online retailer's first action will be bringing its lockers to Coachella. Festivalgoers this year will be able to ship essentials to the event and pick them up at lockers on site, staffed by Amazon employees. Fortune: “Unlike traditional Amazon lockers, where you can purchase anything you’d like, the festival-specific lockers will only be able to receive shipments of specific items, all purchased from a Coachella-specific storefront. Shoppers will receive an email when their package is ready for pickup. Items from the Coachella Amazon store can also be shipped to shoppers’ homes. The curated storefront will be available in the weeks leading up to the festival." https://bit.ly/2Dw7uEM
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Global music festival Crashfest will take place February 23 at House of Blues Boston.
CHICAGO: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 12th annual Charities Royale Casino Night will take place February 16 at Chicago Cultural Center. The event benefits the family stabilization department of Catholic Charities.
LOS ANGELES: Connections, a global networking organization for the luxury travel industry, will host its first Connections Bespoke event in Santa Monica from March 10-13. The event will be in partnership with Visit California.
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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: United Way of Broward County’s Women United will host its eighth annual Magnolia Luncheon on May 1 at Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
NEW YORK: The Times Square Edition will open in preview on February 19 and will officially open on March 12. The hotel from Ian Schrager and Marriott International will have 452 guests rooms, a 5,000-square-foot performance venue, and a 5,800-square-foot beer garden and event deck. The hotel also will be home to 701 West and the terrace Restaurant and Outdoor Gardens, two dining concepts from chef John Fraser.
City Harvest’s 2019 gala will take place April 30 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Chrissy Teigen and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski will host the event, which will honor Richard Gere, Marc and Kris Granetz, and chef Michael White.
The Daily Front Row: The C.F.D.A. announced N.Y.F.W.: Men’s will move a month earlier to June.
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TORONTO: Alicia Jenelle Events will host the second annual Balance for Better International Women’s Day style shoot on February 15 at the Globe and Mail Centre. Five women leaders will be photographed at the event, and photos will be released on International Women’s Day March 8.
The Canadian Opera Company’s 15th annual Operanation fund-raising gala will take place May 16 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The event, titled Tall Tales, will have a fairytale theme.
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: Events North has appointed Meg Gutowski senior meeting and event manager.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: NTP Events will manage exhibit and sponsorship sales and exhibitor marketing campaigns for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting, PharmSci 360. The meeting will take place November 3-6 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Hamilton Hotel Washington D.C. will open The Newsroom: Rise Up, a new guest room created in partnership with the Newseum. The guest room will open March 8 in conjunction with the Newseum’s exhibit Rise Up: Stonewall and the L.G.B.T.Q. Rights Movement. The suite’s design will include key artifacts from the L.G.B.T.Q. rights movement, handpicked by gay rights activist Alan Cumming.
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