January 31, 2019: Maroon 5 Will Forego Super Bowl Press Conference, Undocumented Worker Formerly Employed at Trump Golf Club to Attend State of the Union, Why Skittles Is Holding a Broadway Musical for the Super Bowl

1. MAROON 5 WILL FOREGO SUPER BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE: The N.F.L. has announced Super Bowl halftime headliners Maroon 5 will not do a press conference ahead of the show, as past headliners have done. Instead, there will be a social media rollout of exclusive footage of the performers, including Travis Scott and Big Boi. Billboard: “While Maroon 5 did not give a reason for its decision, it comes as some entertainers have said social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl. That has led to some criticism of performers who are holding events in Atlanta. Jermaine Dupri said he was called a ‘sellout’ for hosting a Super Bowl-related event during a meeting with people who had lost family members as result of police brutality. After the meeting, Dupri and the victims’ family members came to a compromise and the music mogul plans to give mothers a platform to speak onstage during his Super Bowl Live event in Atlanta.” https://bit.ly/2sV1zEb

2. UNDOCUMENTED WORKER FORMERLY EMPLOYED AT TRUMP GOLF CLUB TO ATTEND STATE OF THE UNION: Victorina Morales, an undocumented worker who worked for Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and left after she disclosed her immigration status, will attend the State of the Union on Tuesday. Morales, who was born in Guatemala, will attend as a guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat. Washington Post: "The choice to invite Morales follows news stories about the Trump Organization’s failure to fully check the work status of all its employees, even as Trump described illegal immigration as a national crisis and demanded funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Washington Post reported Saturday that about a dozen undocumented workers were fired this month from the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York. Eric Trump said Tuesday that the company will implement E-Verify, a federal program that vets workers’ immigration status, across all of its properties. Lawmakers—and presidents—often seek to make a statement with the guests they invite to the State of the Union. In 2017, Trump brought the relatives of people who authorities said were killed by undocumented immigrants." https://wapo.st/2UrOqhK

3. WHY SKITTLES IS HOLDING A BROADWAY MUSICAL FOR THE SUPER BOWL: This year, instead of airing an ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Skittles will hold a live Broadway musical. Right before the game, the candy brand will present Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, starring Dexter's Michael C. Hall. The half-hour show won't be broadcast, but will be performed for a paying audience of 1,500 at the Town Hall in New York. The musical will feature songs by Drew Gasparini and a book by the playwright Will Eno and copywriter Nathaniel Lawlor. The New York Times: "It is weird. Deliberately. Two years ago, Mars, the parent company of Skittles, came to the advertising agency DDB Worldwide and explained that while a Super Bowl ad is of course prestigious, it doesn’t do much for candy sales. As Ari Weiss, DDB’s North American chief American creative officer explained after the rehearsal, people buy snacks for Super Bowl parties in the days leading up to the game, not during it. Mars challenged the agency to invent an ad that would create a conversation before the game. ... Skittles Commercial is a wonky callback to the industrial musical, a ’50s, ’60s, ’70s phenomenon in which Broadway songwriting teams created mini musicals for the likes of General Electric and J.C. Penney, introducing new products to the sales force via song and dance." https://nyti.ms/2MFIFuc


ATLANTA:  Carolina Panthers quarterback and Atlanta native Cam Newton will have the grand opening events for Fellaship, his restaurant and cigar bar in Castleberry Hill, Friday through Sunday to coincide with Super Bowl LIII. The events will be co-produced by Vince Thompson of MELT and Tony Conway of Legendary Events. Fellaship will officially open in March. 

BOSTON:  Berklee Online, the online school of Berklee College of Music, will host The Roaring Crowdfund Live On February 27 at the Red Room at Café 939. The event will consist of a panel discussion and multimedia presentation of its five-part podcast that focuses on running a successful music crowdfunding campaign. 

LAS VEGAS:  Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will join Curio Collection by Hilton in 2020. 

LOS ANGELES:  Actress Kate Walsh will host the 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards, which take place February 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

NEW YORK:  The National Audubon Society will host its annual gala on February 7 at the Plaza Hotel. Actress Lili Taylor will host the event, which honors those committed to environmental conservation. 

Mint Kitchen, a fast casual Israeli restaurant from chef Erez Komarovsky, has opened in Union Square. The restaurant seats 50 guests. 

Marriott Courtyard New York Midtown West will open this spring in Hudson Yards. The 399-room, 28-floor hotel will have more than 1,700 square feet of meeting space. 

The Wall Street Journal: “Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (U.S.H.G.) will operate Cedric’s at the Shed, a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat establishment that, true to its name, is located with the Shed, the $475 million independent nonprofit arts center scheduled to open in April.”  

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO:  The 40th Rhubarb Festival will take place February 13-23 at Buddies Bad Ties. The event highlights queer artists and stories in theater, music, dance, and performance art. 

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