March 20, 2014: Inside the 'Game of Thrones' Premiere, See TED's Most Moving Moment, the Man Behind March Madness

By Beth Kormanik March 20, 2014, 8:16 AM EDT

1. INSIDE THE PREMIERE OF ‘GAME OF THRONES’: The HBO series Game of Thrones held its premiere and after-party at two iconic cultural institutions in New York Tuesday. The decor brought aspects of the fantasy series to life. New York Times: “The biggest star was hard to miss: a dragon the size of a city bus, perched in front of the Lincoln Center fountain. … The after-party was at the American Museum of Natural History, where the blue whale was engulfed in video-projected flames.”

2. SEE TED'S MOST MOVING MOMENT: Dance teacher Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. But with the help of a prosthetic limb she made her comeback, dancing on stage at TED in Vancouver. The performance was part of a talk by M.I.T.’s Hugh Herr, who designed her new limb. See a video of the performance at Mashable:

3. THE MAN BEHIND MARCH MADNESS: Even President Obama fills out a bracket for the N.C.A.A. men’s college basketball tournament. But history has largely forgot the man who came up with the term “March Madness,” Henry V. Porter. Over the years, companies such as Pepsi and Wilson Sporting Goods have licensed the term. Los Angeles Times: “The madness has been a windfall for the NCAA, prompting dozens of cease and desist letters mailed each spring to those who might infringe on those two words the organization guards with religious zeal. Porter and his descendants, however, received no share of the bounty.”


CHICAGO:  Tonight, the Goodman Theatre will host its “Fantasy Night.” The event includes cocktails at CH Distillery, a performance of Venus in Fur, and a post-performance celebration with cupcakes, more cocktails, and a display of lingerie and jewelry from local designers.

LAS VEGAS:  Darius Rucker will host this year's Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas on April 5.

Coyote Under the Stars & Stripes With Gary Allan, Darryl Worley & More–A Benefit for Randy Couture’s Xtreme G.I. Foundation is May 30 at the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station.

LOS ANGELES:  Paola Velasquez has started her own PR and creative consulting company, Doux & Co.

Endless Road Entertainment will present the second annual L.A. Fashion Awards April 5 at Sunset Gower Studios.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market will take place in Palm Springs on June 17-23 at the Camelot Theatre.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is now representing the National Hotel Miami Beach, a 152-room Art Deco property that is planning a relaunch after it finishes a renovation this spring.

NEW YORK:  The National Italian American Foundation is hosting its New York Gala April 3 at Cipriani 42nd Street. CBS News correspondent Alexis Christoforous is serving as M.C.

The Makeup Show NYC is May 4-5 at Metropolitan Pavilion. More than a dozen beauty brands will be making their first appearance at the show, including Sephora, Adamis, Cao Cosmetics, Ve Neill Brushes, Vincent Longo Cosmetics, and Black-Up.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Central Florida Home & Garden Show returns April 4-6 to Hall North B in the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse.

TORONTO:  The Canadian Special Events Opening Night Party, “Iconic,” will be held at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 25. The event is produced by E=MC2 and Idea Hunter.

WASHINGTON:  Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a celebration April 10 in the hotel's garden area and Muze restaurant.

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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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