February 14, 2014: Paula Deen Plans Comeback, Oscars Announce First Concert, See the Creations at the First 3D Printshow

By Beth Kormanik February 14, 2014, 8:02 AM EST

1. PAULA DEEN PLANS COMEBACK: The disgraced former Food Network personality Paula Deen received a private-equity investment of as much as $100 million to rebuild her brand. Huffington Post: “Paula Deen Ventures Chief Executive Officer Steven Nanula [said] the company is currently in talks with multiple TV networks and retail chains for potential partnerships. However, it is unclear whether or not the Southern cooking expert will return to television in any capacity.”

2. OSCARS ANNOUNCE FIRST CONCERT: With its scores of ancillary events, the Academy Awards are more than a one-night event. Now, the Oscars have announced a new concert to celebrate the nominated songs and scores. An 80-piece orchestra will perform at the February 27 even at U.C.L.A.’s Royce Hall. Hollywood Reporter: “The composers will each participate in a brief onstage conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their pieces.”

3. SEE THE CREATIONS AT THE DEBUT 3D PRINTSHOW: More event planners are experimenting with 3-D printing, and the full range of what the technology can accomplish was on display at the recent 3D Printshow in New York. Mashable: “It’s not a big show—just 58 vendors squeezed into New York City’s Metropolitan Museum—but the range of creations, from art and human body part reproductions, to life-size comic-book heroes, building-sized beams and fashion was stunning. To manage all of it, organizers broke the show into three distinct sections: an art show, a trade show and, finally, a fashion show, complete with a runway.” See some of the creations here:


Green Festivals Inc. has appointed Corinna Basler as the organization’s president. She will lead efforts to expand Green Festival’s reach to businesses and consumers who share a commitment to sustainability. This year's Green Festival will take place in New York City April 26-27, Washington, D.C., May 31-June 1, Los Angeles September 12-14, Chicago October 24-26, and San Francisco November 14-16.


BOSTON:  MassArt's 25th annual Benefit Art Auction is April 12. The event will feature more than 300 works of art in silent and live auctions.

CHICAGO:  The Good Food Festival and Conference, which is billed as the nation's oldest sustainable and local trade show, comes to Chicago March 13-15. The event will include speakers, chef demos, D.I.Y. workshops, and a “Localicious” culinary event.

LAS VEGAS:  The Adventuredome at Circus Circus will open El Loco, a 72-second roller coaster, Tuesday. The dance crew Jabbawockeez will ride the attraction at an opening event that afternoon.

LOS ANGELES:  Visit Huntington Beach has appointed Elsie Jean Rodriquez as national sales manager.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Not only was Sir Richard Branson the speaker at a luncheon Thursday to benefit the expansion of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, but he also provided an auction lot: one seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to outer space, valued at $250,000. Miami Herald:

NEW YORK:  New York School of Interior Design will host its annual spring benefit dinner on March 10 at the event venue 583 Park Avenue. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and an award ceremony.

Inclement weather led the Council of Fashion Designers of America to cancel its Fashion Incubator open house Thursday. Instead, it directed guests to a digital showcase at

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel has appointed Jesse Suglia as director of sales and marketing.

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TORONTO:  Beginning in 2015, the Word on the Street Toronto book festival will relocate to the International Festival of Authors site on the waterfront. The move will bring together two of Canada's largest festivals.

WASHINGTON:  Kweku Mandela, the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, and documentary filmmaker Lekha Singh will speak to guests at a private Black History Month celebration February 26. The event, held at a private home, will include a trailer of Singh's film Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness as well as catering from Taste Gastropub of Maryland and cocktails by Exodo Tequila.

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

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