1. HOW TO PARTY WITH SNOOP DOGG AT SXSW: The vacation rental service Airbnb is sponsoring an Instagram contest for music fans—or anyone else wanting to check out South by Southwest—that offers winners a trip to Austin, Texas, and a meet and greet with Snoop Dogg and other artists at a pop-up activation called Airbnb Park. Mashable: “Airbnb describes the venue, a collaboration with Capitol Records and Cashmere Agency, as 'an oasis amidst the craziness of SXSW, where attendees can enjoy an array of activities day and night including spa treatments, yoga, live music courtesy of emerging acts ranging from bluegrass to rock to hip hop.'” http://on.mash.to/1cxeWgi
2. PRESTON BAILEY’S RULES FOR ELEGANCE: A potential client once refused to hire event designer Preston Bailey because he “lacked elegance,” a charge that stung. So Bailey created a list on his blog of what clients believe is elegance—and where he disagrees: “I personally think there is a fine line between elegance and just plain boring.” http://bit.ly/1fEYFDq
3. WHERE TO HANG OUT IN L.A. DURING OSCAR WEEK: The week leading up to the Academy Awards has turned Los Angeles into even more of a tourist destination, as it’s easier to spot movie stars as they gather at bars, restaurants, and hotels across the city to celebrate their work. Here’s a venue guide to where the best celebrity sightings happen in the lead up to the Oscars. New York Post: “A stay—or even downing cocktails at a glam watering hole at a legendary outpost like the London West Hollywood’s London Bar or the Peninsula’s Roof Garden—can prove utterly memorable, if celebrity watching is your thing. Being a fly on the wall as the Oscar frenzy envelops a hotel lobby, parking lot, or even a hair salon feels like having a walk-on role in a reality TV show.” http://bit.ly/1fmtVL1
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The Hawthorne will host a Mardi Gras bash on March 4. Drinks will include cocktails such as Ramos Gin Fizz, and snacks will include fried-oyster po' boys and crawfish flown in from New Orleans.
CHICAGO: Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Red or White Ball will be held at VenueOne on March 28.
LAS VEGAS: MGM Resorts’ chairman called 2013 the “best operating performance since the recession.” Las Vegas Review-Journal: http://bit.ly/1c4Aw8x
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and SBE have announced a March 7 opening of Double Barrel Roadhouse. The 12,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor venue will have live music and an interactive staff.
LOS ANGELES: Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment’s Special Events Group will be the focal point of the premiere of TNT’s new show Inside Job, an unscripted series in which each week companies invite four job candidates to compete for an executive position.
Babies“R”Us has joined Operation Shower, an organization that hosts baby showers for military moms-to-be, for an event for 125 women March 4 at Universal Studios Hollywood at the Globe Theatre. The theme is “sweet surprises.”
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Grey Goose vodka and the Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami are hosting a specialty cocktail event tonight with Jim Meehan of PDT New York.
NEW YORK: Fabio Cucina Italiana, an Italian restaurant in Midtown East, opened February 5. The space has large red and gold banquettes in the center of the room divided by a table of Italian cookbooks. There is a 12-seat private dining room on the main level as well as a 25-person dining room downstairs that has audiovisual equipment for presentations.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Grande Lakes Orlando will have two new restaurants in the coming months. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando’s current casual dining restaurant, Vineyard Grill, will close for renovations in May and reopen as Highball & Harvest in late summer 2014. The restaurant will serve a Southern-inspired and locally sourced menu and have a design inspired by Florida's original railroad system. At the JW Marriott Orlando, Whisper Creek Kitchen will be a new restaurant opening in the fall and featuring ingredients from the resort's Whisper Creek Farm and craft beer brewed on site.
TORONTO: Buy Art Not Kids will host its annual fund-raiser on April 4 at Havergal College.
WASHINGTON: The bridal event A Chic Affair is Sunday at Long View Gallery. It will include a runway show, a bridal spa, and a gentlemen's lounge.
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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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