1. SUPER BOWL WILL HAVE ITS FIRST MALE CHEERLEADERS: Super Bowl LIII will make history on Sunday, featuring the first male cheerleaders at the big game. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies both will be cheering for the Los Angeles Rams as they take on the New England Patriots at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. CNN: “The men already made history at the start of this season when they—along with dancer Jesse Hernandez of the New Orleans Saints' cheerleading squad—became the first male cheerleaders in league history. ... The men, both dancers, made the Rams cheerleading squad back in March. Jinnies called making the team a 'humbling and amazing' experience. Peron said there wasn't a good reason for him not to try out for the squad." https://cnn.it/2DEtezr
2. BRANDS ADVISED NOT TO HIRE MINORS FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: The Council of Fashion Designers of America has urged fashion houses to not hire models under 18 for New York Fashion Week, which takes place February 8-16. Page Six: “An email blast went out from the organization’s head, Steven Kolb, on Monday, telling fashion pros: 'As you cast your New York Fashion Week shows, please remember to promote diversity and inclusion, on and off the runway. American fashion can lead the path. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of 18 for runway shows, and to create areas backstage for models to change in privacy.'" https://pge.sx/2WwWlfM
3. GRAMMYS SAY LEAKED WINNERS LIST IS FAKE: A tweeted list that allegedly revealed some of the winners for the upcoming Grammys is fake, according to the Recording Academy. A video that surfaced on Twitter on Monday showed a list from a supposedly hacked Recording Academy’s website and claimed to have a list of more winners. Billboard: "‘There is no legitimacy to this,’ a Recording Academy spokesperson tells Billboard. ‘Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by [accounting firm] Deloitte in sealed envelopes.’ The Academy also tells Billboard they are reaching out to their legal team about potential legal action.” https://bit.ly/2BcqMP0
* LOCAL NEWS *
BARCELONA: Mobile World Congress (M.W.C.) has tapped Giant iTab to be its event technology supplier. The mobile industry event will take place February 25-28 at Fira Gran Via.
CHICAGO: Skylight at the Board of Trade event space is now open. The venue has more than 30,000 square feet of column-free space.
LONDON: Chelmsford Racecourse has entered a deal with Event Genius Pay to be a cashless service at the venue. On the racecourse’s website, guests can purchase credits, which will be loaded onto an R.F.I.D. wristband given at the venue.
LOS ANGELES: The Paley Center for Media will host a PaleyLive event featuring a conversation with actress Kristin Chenoweth on February 27.
The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter has named Ben Stapleton executive director.
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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Miami Marlins’ FanFest will take place February 9 at Marlins Park.
The 15th annual Deering Seafood Festival will take place March 31 at Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay.
Radisson Red hotel is slated to open in 2021 in Brickell. The property will have 180 rooms and OuiBar & Ktchn, a rooftop restaurant and bar.
NEW YORK: Services for the UnderServed will host the seventh annual Dinner for a Better New York on June 4 at Tribeca 360. Chef Andrew Zimmern will curate the dinner.
Condé Nast has appointed Xavier Teo executive creative director and Brendon Volpe as head of strategy for its full-service creative agency CNX.
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TORONTO: The annual TIFF Next Wave Film Festival will take place February 15-17 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Film screenings are free for attendees under 25.
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