January 21, 2014: Super Bowl Tickets Reach Sky-High Prices, Davos Adds Provocative Panels, More Hotels Offering Over-the-Top Luxury Suites

By Beth Kormanik January 21, 2014, 8:05 AM EST

1. DAVOS'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL PANELS: Working with the Human Rights Campaign, two “megadonors” are organizing panels at the World Economic Forum at Davos this week devoted to gay rights. Politico: “The Davos forum, which kicks off Wednesday, is usually a week of political calm, devoid of anyone singling out countries or politicians for criticism. In that respect, the presence of [journalist and activist Masha] Gessen and the planned LGBT-related event is a source of potential discomfort for Russian officials, whose anti-gay policies are already coming under criticism ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and who historically have a large footprint at Davos.”

2. WHY SUPER BOWL TICKETS ARE SO EXPENSIVE: Football fans can expect to pay $2,500 for the worst seat in MetLife Stadium for this year’s Super Bowl. The Wire: “Life in New York is expensive, and so ticket prices for the New York Super Bowl are out of this world. We knew the secondary ticket prices were going to be bonkers when the NFL jacked up face value of tickets far beyond any previous game. But no one could see it approaching the $1 million threshold. Not that having all that money makes it any easier to get to the game.”

3. MORE HOTELS OFFERING OVER-THE-TOP LUXURY SUITES: More New York hotels are offering ultra luxury hotel suites—the kind that go for $28,000 a night—with details such as a $1 million display of jewelry in the new Jewel Suite by Martin Katz at the New York Palace. New York Times: “In the United States, this luxury race took longer to get going, in part because of the recession and a resistance to overt displays of wealth. But now, any such concerns have given way. It is perhaps most noticeable in New York City’s thriving hotel market, although spaces with similar square footage and amenities (if slightly less stratospheric rates) are surfacing in cities including Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas.”


BOSTON:  The next installment of Art Week is April 25-May 4. Presented by the Highland Street Foundation, the fest offers arty events in several neighborhoods. The Boston Globe:

CHICAGO:  Here's a bizarre story: a sci-fi convention coming to Chicago in March backed out of its contract with the Westin, claiming that the River North hotel's event planner was “hostile” and “unprepared.” But some think the convention made up false claims to eschew a cancellation penalty, since registration was an estimated 24 guests. Marina City Online:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Cadillac Palace Theatre March 18-30. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more.

LAS VEGAS:  The Nightclub & Bar Show will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 24-26.

On February 27, a culinary- and music-centric benefit event will be held in the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The evening will include an array of celebrity chefs participating in dinner, big-name entertainment, and an after-party at chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant, Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place. Chef Simon recently went public with his diagnosis of multiple system atrophy, and he’s undergoing treatment at the center.

LOS ANGELES:  The Healthy Living Pavilion, sponsored by Supreme Protein, returns to theFitExpo Southern California January 25-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Programming includes seminars on dietary programs, weight management, and digestive disorders, as well as live cooking presentations.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach is set for February 13-17. Covering more than 1.2 million square feet of space, the show spans more than a mile-long strip of the Indian Creek Waterway. The free show offers floating cocktail barges and live musical entertainment.

Life Time Fitness has purchased the Miami Marathon and other events from US Road Sports & Entertainment Group. Miami Herald:

NEW YORK:  New York Post: “The new Marriott Edition Hotel will bring the creative genius of Ian Schrager back to the Times Square area for the first time in years, after his earlier Paramount and Royalton hotels were unrecognizably altered by new owners.”

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Johnson & Johnson will share its new loyalty program at the seventh annual Loyalty Expo, presented by Loyalty360—the Loyalty Marketer’s Association, March 17-19 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress.

TORONTO:  Coco Rocha and the designers of DSquared2 will attend the first Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards on February 1. The event will take place at the Fairmont Royal Oak Hotel.

WASHINGTON:  Rí Rá Georgetown will debut a specialty bar, Whiskey Room, on its second floor Friday. It will serve whiskeys from around the world, offered by the glass or as “Whiskey Duels,” and a menu of contemporary Irish small plates.

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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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