January 15, 2014: Oscar Ceremony Chooses a Theme, Met to Rename Costume Institute for Anna Wintour, New Mitt Romney Event Video Goes Viral

By Beth Kormanik January 15, 2014, 8:07 AM EST

1. OSCAR CEREMONY CHOOSES A THEME: Do the Oscars need a theme—other than the movies itself? Producers decided that this year’s show will celebrate movie heroes and the filmmakers behind them. Hollywood Reporter: “We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a joint statement. “People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our moviegoing experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy.”

2. MET TO RENAME COSTUME INSTITUTE FOR ANNA WINTOUR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will be renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honor of the Vogue editor’s fund-raising and stewardship of the Met Ball. New York Times: “Since 1995 she has presided over 15 benefits there, turning what was once just another fancy fund-raiser into a must-attend event that attracts fashion designers, actors and celebrities from around the world.”

3. NEW MITT ROMNEY EVENT VIDEO GOES VIRAL: Here’s one way to get your conference to make national headlines: Get Mitt Romney to dance “Gangnam Style." The former Republican presidential candidate and his wife, Ann, were keynote speakers at the Arizona Young Single Adult Conference, where a performer encouraged Romney to dance with him on stage. See the dance duet at the Washington Post:


AUSTIN:  Fun Fun Fun Fest today announced its ninth annual festival will return to Auditorium Shores November 7-9. Early Bird tickets go on sale February 12.

BOSTON:  The New England chapter of the  International Special Events Society is hosting its January meeting at TD Garden on the January 21.

CHICAGO:  Kristin Chenoweth will headline the Goodman Theatre's “A Dream Evening” gala on May 17 at the Hilton Chicago.

Hours, a soon-to-open luxury clothing and luggage boutique in Pilsen, will host a private event preview for Chicago media, fashion bloggers, and stylists.

LAS VEGAS:  Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas hosted the inaugural “Strikes for Scholarship” bowling fund-raiser January 11 at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The event funds scholarships to local students interested in pursuing careers in hospitality or the culinary arts.

Ahead of the popular Valentine’s Day wedding day, the Neon Museum of Las Vegas is promoting all-inclusive packages amid the 150 neon signs.

LOS ANGELES:  Elisabeth Röhm will join Clovis Taittinger, export manager for Champagne Taittinger, to open the red carpet for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild awards with a toast. The awards are Saturday at the Shrine Exposition Center.

Duff Goldman and his bakery, Charm City Cakes West, announced the bakery is now a kosher establishment under the certification of Rabbi Yehudah Bukspan of US Kosher Supervision.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The 21st annual Miami International Map Fair is February 8-9 at HistoryMiami. Events include a vernissage, a dealer's marketplace, lectures, and the “Map-Tacular” family fun day.

NEW YORK:  Plans for the restaurant component of the Hudson Yards development include nine restaurants from high-profile chefs and an Eataly-style food hall. Grub Street:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Westgate River Ranch will host Rod Run January 25. This is the 25th year for the car show, which will include more than 400 cars such as customs, classics, street rods, antique trucks, and motorcycles.

PARK CITY, UTAH:  SoulCycle and the houseware brand Bella will host a pop-up indoor cycling studio to coincide with the Sundance Film Festival. Held at Sky Lodge, the studio will offer 30 bikes, classes, and juices and smoothies.

Uber is among the brands scheduled to host activations at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday. Uber has partnered with Acura and will offer new Acura MDXs on the Uber system to transport festivalgoers to premieres, lounges, and parties. The vehicles will be outfitted with lip balm, lip gloss, and People Water, as well as hand-warmers.

SAN DIEGO:  The Dude Ranchers’ Association will hold its 88th annual convention January 22-25 at the Bahia Hotel.

TORONTO:  On February 11, event planner students from George Brown College will host a fashion show at 130 West Adelaide Street.

WASHINGTON:  Politico: “Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will speak at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in 2014. Crist, a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, will square off against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is representing the Republicans, club president Clark Hoyt informed members on Tuesday. The intimate white-tie event, hosted by several of Washington's most prestigious journalists, will take place March 8.”

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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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