1. VH1 PLANS 6 SUPER BOWL CONCERTS: VH1 will hold six concerts—one in each New York City borough plus one in New Jersey—with acts such as Janelle Monáe and Gavin DeGraw and including preshows outdoors with marching bands and dance performances. Billboard: “We wanted to celebrate the fact that it’s not only in New York and New Jersey for the first time, and it’s an opportunity to do an outdoors, against-the-elements kind of show,” said VH1 president Tom Calderone. “We’ll be outside whether it’s 32 degrees or minus 5.” http://bit.ly/1cJFQjO
2. SUNDANCE TO STREAM A DAILY SHOW DURING FESTIVAL: This year’s Sundance Film Festival will air a daily, hour-long show on its YouTube channel with interviews, film excerpts, and coverage of events like premieres and panels—all produced by the public relations agency Weber Shandwick. New York Times: “‘Live@Sundance’ will build upon experience that Weber Shandwick has developed since last year, [firm executive Gail] Heimann said, when the agency introduced a service it calls GoLive, which produces live shows that brands offer to consumers on platforms in digital and social media. Weber Shandwick has produced more than 20 such shows, she added, for clients that include Mobil 1, sold by Exxon Mobil; Ocean Spray; and Verizon.”
3. INSPIRED BY CRONUT, BAKERY CREATES THE CROGEL: Trying to capitalize on last year’s cronut craze, the Connecticut bakery Stew Leonard’s has created the “crogel,” a croissant and bagel hybrid.
Gothamist: “Here's how they did it: shape croissant dough into the size of a bagel, then kettle boil and hearth baked it. Crispy on the outside ... buttery and flaky inside!” http://bit.ly/19VKoGd
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
Paul Chibe, Anheuser-Busch’s top U.S. marketing executive, announced he is leaving the company, just weeks before the Super Bowl, the company’s marketing event of the year. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://bit.ly/1dBPd2D
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: CityFeast—Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes is January 26 throughout the Seaport, the South End, and the North End. The evening will include a five-course dinner with wine (or tequila) pairings at participating restaurants, and proceeds benefit Joslin Diabetes Center.
CHICAGO: Vertigo Sky Lodge, the Dana Hotel's seasonal rooftop patio, opens for the season on January 17. The venue has food-and-beverage packages for groups and is available for buyout; features include a s'mores-roasting station, a hot-toddy menu, and taxidermy ice sculptures.
Redmoon Theater's annual gala, Spectacle Lunatique, is scheduled for March 15. More than a dozen local chefs will offer tastings.
LAS VEGAS: The Jacksons will perform 40 shows at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning February 20.
LOS ANGELES: Fans cast a record-breaking 700-plus million votes to determine the winners of the People’s Choice Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday.
Entertainment Weekly will host a SAG awards pre-party on January 17.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Blondie will perform at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 15 as part of the hotel's BleauLive entertainment series.
Paragon Events promoted Kayla Schwenk to assistant director of meetings and events.
NEW YORK: Women’s Wear Daily: “With the start of New York Fashion Week less than a month away, the designer schedule appears to be falling into place. There were numerous complaints last season that a circuslike atmosphere at Lincoln Center had pervaded the New York runway season, and several key designers, such as Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Vera Wang—stalwarts of the tents at Lincoln Center—have opted to show off-site this February.” http://bit.ly/1eKmRp5
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Gainesville, Florida-based association management company Naylor has been acquired by RLJ Equity Partners. Naylor provides communication services, event management, marketing, and other business services for almost 500 associations in the United States and Canada.
SAN FRANCISCO: Key Events, an event and destination management firm, has hired Michael Gammons as account director.
TAMPA: To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, the Tampa Convention Center will host the historic Clipper Schooner, Lynx, January 15-22. Visitors will be able to tour the ship and go for a sail.
TORONTO: The Toronto Fashion Incubator will host its Press & Buyers Brunch at World MasterCard Fashion Week on March 19-20.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Rammys are hosting a launch event January 27 at Powerhouse event space.
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