January 23, 2014: Infamous Event Crasher Plans Super Bowl Trip, Where People Really Party at Sundance, Preston Bailey’s Tips on Hiring Event Photographers

By Beth Kormanik January 23, 2014, 8:04 AM EST

1. INFAMOUS EVENT CRASHER PLANS SUPER BOWL TRIP: It’s harder to crash events like the Super Bowl in today’s age of heightened security, but legendary gate crasher Dion Rich, 84, plans to attend this year’s game at MetLife Stadium. New York Post: “My goal is to crash a luxury suite, just so I can stay warm,’’ the Southern California native said of this Polar Vortex Super Bowl.

2. WHERE PEOPLE REALLY PARTY AT SUNDANCE: With a undersupply of hotel rooms—and sky-high rates— the best deal for many attendees of the Sundance Film Festival is to rent private homes. The venues quickly turn into party dens with catered dinners and bars, as well as satellite offices. The New York Times takes an after-hours look at where the celebrities, publicists, and other Sundance attendees go after the official parties end: “[Jessica] Meisels, 37, is the den mother of her company’s Sundance house, a three-story stone-and-timber ski chalet overlooking Deer Valley that, during the first weekend of the film festival (which runs through Sunday), slept 12 to 15 people each night and hosted dozens more during dinner parties.”

3. PRESTON BAILEY’S TIPS ON HIRING EVENT PHOTOGRAPHERS: Event planners looking to build a solid portfolio need photographs of their final product—before guests arrive. Preston Bailey, who has compiled those photos into books, advises: “Because of all the rush and activity on the big day, a photographer may have 15 minutes at most to get a good shot of the room. Make sure to make arrangements with the planner or the hotel manager to clear the room for those few minutes. This part is never going to be easy, but it’s essential and worth the effort and frustration it often entails.”


The weekly online talk show Event Alley is changing its format and adding sponsors Eventsforce and HighRoad Solution. The show will now air live weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. EST with recordings available in video and audio formats online.

Forbes Travel Guide announced its latest Star Rating winners, adding 15 new five-star hotels, 15 new five-star restaurants, and five new five-star hotels. See the entire list here:


BOSTON:  The New England Aquarium will host its “Celebrate Seafood” dinner at Row 34 on January 27. The evening will offer a four-course meal with a focus on oysters.

CHICAGO:  The 20th annual “Wacky” 5K/10K race is March 9 with a “Superhero” theme. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the start and finish venue.

LAS VEGAS:  The 14th Annual ITEX National Conference and Expo is March 11-13 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit May 8-11. This year's iteration has new events and venues.

LOS ANGELES:  Los Angeles German restaurant and beer garden Wirtshaus has debuted the brand’s new catering division, WH Catering & Events.

Friends 'N' Family, the 17th annual pre-Grammy party hosted by music industry's executives, is Friday at Park Plaza Hotel. This year the event benefits VH1 Save the Music and sponsors include Herbal Essences, Red Bull, Heineken and Heineken Light, and Wat-aah.

Alexia Penna has joined Eureka Restaurant Group as the new public relations and marketing manager

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center benefit Designed for a Cure, taking place February 13 at Ice Palace, will include a runway show featuring Sylvester patients and physicians dressed in designs by Oscar de la Renta. Shiraz Events is producing the event.

NEW YORK:  Cyndi Stivers, former editor-in-chief of, is joining Tina Brown Live Media and will lead its digital strategy. New York Post:

John Benke has been appointed associate director of catering for the Rainbow Room, which is planning to reopen as a restaurant and event space this fall atop 30 Rockefeller Center.

Williamsburg brunch spot Egg next month will move two blocks southwest to the space currently occupied by Parish Hall, which is closing on Friday this week.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

OAHU, HAWAII:  AlliedPRA Inc., a destination management company, announced plans to open an office in Oahu, Hawaii. The franchise will be headed by co-principal owners Liz Keyser and Ferris Suer.

WASHINGTON:  Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter Brain Ball is May 2 at the National Building Museum.

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