1. ARIZONA COULD LOSE SUPER BOWL OVER ANTIGAY LAW: The N.F.L. could move next year’s Super Bowl out of Arizona if the state enacts a law that allows businesses to refuse service to gay people. It’s not just an empty threat: Arizona was supposed to host the 1993 Super Bowl but lost the game after the state failed to create a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Washington Post: “This legislation has the potential of subjecting the Super Bowl, and major events surrounding it, to the threats of boycotts,” the Greater Phoenix Economic Council wrote in a letter asking Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill. http://wapo.st/1fzJwqB
2. WHAT’S IN THE OSCAR SWAG BAG: It’s an honor to be nominated for an Academy Award—and it also comes with some pricey swag. The gift bags that the losers receive, estimated to be worth $80,000 each, come with goodies such as a “Best of Las Vegas” tour, a whole-house water filtration system, organic maple syrup, and his and hers pepper spray guns. Us Weekly: http://usm.ag/1mELX0y
3. KISS TO SKIP HALL OF FAME PERFORMANCE: This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will not include a performance from Kiss, who is being inducted. The group could not decide whether the original or current members of the band would perform, so it canceled plans altogether. Original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss may not even attend the April event in New York. Associated Press: “They just shot down any type of reunion with us,” Frehley said during Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show. “It’s very frustrating. It’s what the fans wanted, it’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it’s not gonna happen. You don’t want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?” http://bit.ly/OxFe9U
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Joslin Diabetes Center will host its Spoonful of Ginger event at the Museum of Fine Arts on March 17. The event will feature diabetes-friendly dishes from 24 chefs.
CHICAGO: Kehoe Designs is moving its headquarters to Pilsen and plans to open a 30,000-square-foot event space that can hold 2,000 guests. Crain's Chicago Business: http://bit.ly/1pkZuJE
Center on Halsted will host its annual “On the Red Carpet” Academy Awards viewing party benefit Sunday at Park West.
LAS VEGAS: The 2,400-square-foot cocktail bar Blvd. Cocktail Company is slated to open at the Linq early this spring.
LOS ANGELES: Fame & Philanthropy will host an Oscar night party at the Vineyard Beverly Hills, with James Cameron as keynote and performances by Ne-Yo and the Staford Brothers.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Hotel Astor has named Bill Kelly as its creative director. He was formerly co-founder and director of the Winter Music Conference. He will manage the entertainment and programming at Astor Terrace and the soon-to-open restaurant the Downstairs.
NEW YORK: The sixth annual New York Culinary Experience is April 5-6 at the International Culinary Center. The event features hands-on master cooking classes with more than 30 chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Missy Robbins.
The culinary leads from Tampa's Bern’s Steak House family of restaurants will participate in Bern’s at the Beard House on Wednesday.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
OAHU, HAWAII: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, has finished nearly $21 million in enhancements to its rooms and snack shop as well as construction of a new club lounge.
ORLANDO: Ocean Prime is turning part of its terrace into a private dining room with seating for as many as 64 people. Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/NsoJL0
TORONTO: The Green Living Show will be held at the Direct Energy Centre April 25-27. The show's features include 400 exhibitors, a Health & Wellness stage, and a kids zone.
WASHINGTON: Chef Lance London is opening a Washington location of his Carolina Kitchen concept February 28 following his two restaurants in Maryland. The 6,000-square-foot space, designed by Tom Mulhern of 2 Scales Interiors, will have a contemporary-country look and seat 152 guests on its main level. A mezzanine space will hold 40 guests for private events.
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