November 11, 2013: How the Benefit Gala Needs to Change, See Lady Gaga’s Flying Dress, Will Celebrities Boycott 'Vanity Fair' Oscar Party?

1. HOW THE BENEFIT GALA NEEDS TO CHANGE: Benefit guests may be getting bored of the same format, event planners noted. Cassie Brown of TCG Events in Charlotte, North Carolina, suggested changes such as reducing speeches by substituting a video and rethinking the room setup. New York Times: “How are they coming back year after year if you haven’t made this night special?” said Ginger Berman, president of Events With Ginger & Company.

2. WILL CELEBRITIES BOYCOTT 'VANITY FAIR' OSCAR PARTY?: Gwyneth Paltrow has asked her celebrity friends to boycott Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party, according to tabloid reports that say she is pushing back against a planned cover story about her. RadarOnline: “To be frank, she wants to shut their Oscar party down entirely,” a source said. A rep for the actress denied the claim.

3. SEE LADY GAGA’S FLYING DRESS: At an event called ArtRave in a secret location in Brooklyn, Lady Gaga revealed her latest wardrobe stunt: a flying dress. Called “Volantis,” the dress is powered by 50-volt batteries and combines high-tech features with a couture look. Mashable:


BOSTON:  Revere Hotel Boston Common will host "Pop It Like It's Hot," a hot chocolate pop-up shop, in its lobby November 29-December 27. The shop will offer seasonal flavors such as Candy Cane Cream Pie.

CHICAGO:  The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Chicago December 7-8 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. The event will showcase the work of some 150 indie artists.

The Junior League of Chicago's event "A Family Affair: Sporty Saturday" is February 8 at the Francis Parker School. The event, which focuses on healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, includes family-friendly activities and games, entertainment, and snacks.

LAS VEGAS:  In honor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 20th anniversary, Ultimate Poker will host a Hall of Fame Poker Game Friday featuring fighters and personalities Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Matt Hughes, Royce Gracie, and Bruce Buffer at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa at the Race and Sports Book.

N9NE Steakhouse at Palms Casino Resort has closed for a brief makeover, reopening in mid-December. N9NE’S refresh will introduce a updated look to complement the $50 million property-wide renovation at Palms.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Artsy will host the online platform for New Art Dealers Alliance Miami Beach 2013, providing the opportunity to explore the fair and collect works through or its new iPhone app. The online preview begins November 30.

NEW YORK:  Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has its grand opening November 23. The complex will have several food and beverage outlets venues, including a sports bar, rooftop bar, and V.I.P. spaces.

The Battle of the Badges boxing event, presented by Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, is November 22 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the 31-year rivalry  benefit the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program and the Building Homes for Heroes Organization. Members of the Fire Department of New York and the New York Police Department boxing teams will be promoting the event toddy at the Empire State Building's 86th floor Observatory.

The 57th-floor terrace at 4 World Trade Center is available for events and has been used by groups such as the Municipal Arts Society and the New York City Ballet. AMNewYork:

Toys“R”Us Times Square will host the annual Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows’ and Children’s Holiday Party November 24.

Queens Museum of Art has reopened as Queens Museum, with event spaces:

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WASHINGTON: Susan Davis International, a public relations and strategic communications agency, announced several new hires: associate account executives Aliza Bran and David Bahr, digital strategist account executive Andrew Dawson, and senior account executive Adrienne Lee. The agency also has signed new client contracts with the Navy League, Isha Foundation, Institute of Museums and Library Sciences, and Caring for Military Families: the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Landmark Theatres will bring a 10-screen cinema to the NoMa neighborhood in fall 2016, including a full-service bar, luxury seats, reserved seat selection, 3-D projection, and concession menu.

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