February 6, 2019: Congresswomen Send Political Message to Trump By Wearing White at State of the Union, Ariana Grande Backs Out of Grammys Over Disagreement With Producers, New York Begins CBD Purge at Restaurants and Bars

By Ian Zelaya February 6, 2019, 8:53 AM EST

1. CONGRESSWOMEN SEND POLITICAL MESSAGE TO TRUMP BY WEARING WHITE AT STATE OF THE UNION: During Tuesday's State of the Union, there was a sea of female lawmakers wearing all-white outfits, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Before the event, the House Democratic Women's Working Group had encouraged women lawmakers to wear white to show solidarity for the women's suffrage movement. CNN: “Democrats taking part included newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who was seen wearing a white cape, and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who wore a white vest and trousers paired with a blue hijab and red shirt. Even Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota joined the rallying call, turning up to the House Chamber in a white jacket with black lapels, and a button reading ”ERA yes,” (a reference to the Equal Rights Amendment). Ribbons were reportedly handed out to the less fashion-forward men. The move laid bare the contrast between the two parties, creating a palpable divide in the chamber while drawing attention to Melania and Ivanka's choice of black outfits."

2. ARIANA GRANDE BACKS OUT OF GRAMMYS OVER DISAGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS: Ariana Grande will no longer be performing at the Grammys on Sunday because of a disagreement with producers over which songs she would perform. The “Thank U, Next” singer has been featured on Grammys promotional billboards throughout Los Angeles. Variety: “An insider tells Variety that Grande felt 'insulted' after producers initially refused to allow her to perform '7 Rings,' the latest single from her forthcoming album Thank U, Next (which arrives Friday, two days before the Grammys). A compromise was reached whereby '7 Rings' would be part of a medley, but Grande pulled out after producers insisted that the second song be of their choosing. The source added that such stipulations were not imposed on other performers at the show. ... The situation is more than a little similar to the impasse the Grammys reached with Lorde last year, whereby they declined to let her perform a song from her Melodrama album—one of the five Album of the Year nominees—and instead offered her a spot during the show’s Tom Petty tribute, which she declined."

3. NEW YORK BEGINS CBD PURGE AT RESTAURANTS AND BARS: New York is cracking down on food and drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compound credited as a wellness product. The Department of Health said bars, restaurants, and other venues can’t sell CBD-infused edibles, explaining it’s not “safe as a food additive” according to federal guidance. The department began banning products in January. Eater: “The directive follows news on Monday that Gramercy Park restaurant Fat Cat Kitchen was forced to stop selling CBD-laced cookies and other pastries. Owner C.J. Holm said that the rule nixed a huge portion of her business. On Friday, the state of Maine also banned CBD edibles, similarly pointing to federal guidance that does not recognize CBD-laced foods as safe. This will impact an increasingly robust market in New York, one that’s following a national swell of CBD food and drink sales.”


ATLANTA:  The 19th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival runs today through February 26 at venues across the city. The festival hub will be at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. 

CHICAGO:  The third Chicago Architecture Biennial will take place September 19, 2019-January 5, 2020, at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year's edition is titled ...And Other Such Stories, focusing on the intersection of architecture and the human-made spaces within cities, like buildings and parks. 

LAS VEGAS:  The sixth annual Rise Lantern Festival will take place October 4-5 in the Mojave Desert. 

LOS ANGELES:  The 61st annual Grammys will feature a tribute to Dolly Parton. Parton will perform music from Dumplin’, and other hits will be sung by Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry. The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Staples Center Sunday on CBS.

The 2019 Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards will take place at Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills from November 5-6.

The third annual Santa Barbara County Women Winemakers Dinner will take place March 8 at K’Syrah Catering & Events. The International Women’s Day event will benefit the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County. 

The inaugural Just Like Heaven music festival will take place May 4 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, and Beach House are slated to headline. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton is opening this week. The 200-room resort has more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space and is home to Calusa, a Caribbean-Creole restaurant. 

NEW YORK:  The Museum of Modern Art will close from June 15-October 21 to finish its expansion, which will add more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces. The expansion will include the Studio at the center of the museum, which will be home to live programming and performances. 

The 10th annual New York City International Film Festival will take place February 25-March 1 at the Dolby Screening Room. 

The 30th annual Glaad Media Awards on May 4 will honor Madonna with the Advocate for Change Award. 

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has appointed Matthew Hulburt area director of operations for New York and Pennsylvania and general manager of Kimpton Muse Hotel in Manhattan. 

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PORTLAND, OREGON:  Hubb, an event management technology developer, has relocated to the Greely building in downtown Vancouver, Washington. To celebrate the opening, Hubb will hold an open house event on February 8. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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