March 26, 2014: Is Your Hashtag Illegal?, Washington Monument to Reopen After Quake, Twitter Feed Shames Restaurant No-Shows

By Beth Kormanik March 26, 2014, 9:07 AM EDT

1. IS YOUR HASHTAG ILLEGAL?: Event planners want to choose memorable hashtags, but there are other factors to consider, too. Ad Age: “Is it okay to use a hashtag for a media event your brand doesn't sponsor? What about making a hashtag out of a competitor's brand name?” An attorney offers tips for choosing safe hashtags in a short video.

2. WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO REOPEN AFTER QUAKE: After three years and $15 million in repairs, the Washington Monument will reopen to the public May 12, and the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall are planning a reopening ceremony for that morning. CNN: “Starting April 16, tickets for tours on future dates will be available at the park service's reservation page, The park service will offer extended operating hours, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., through the end of summer.”

3. TWITTER FEED SHAMES RESTAURANT NO-SHOWS: Ever skipped a restaurant reservation? No-shows may think again if a new public shaming concept takes off. A Twitter feed, @NoShowsMontreal, reveals the name and a partial phone number for people who skip out on their reservations. Toronto Life: “For places that aren’t blessed with lineups out the door every night, it can mean a boatload of lost cash. … The account calls out parties who fail to show up.”


BOSTON:  TR Street Foods, the takeout lunch offering from Tavern Road, has new events including a “Chef’s Studios” dinner series and monthly cocktail classes.
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CHICAGO:  Spiaggia’s dining room is undergoing a renovation and will unveil a new, contemporary design this spring, which includes a new Spiaggia Lounge. Upstairs, at Spiaggia Private Events, there are new music options and interactive classes for private groups.

On April 5, the 900 Shops will host a private event for the international tour operators in town for the U.S. Travel Association's IPW event at McCormick Place. The 900 Shops bash will offer cocktails, dancing, food, and special performances.

DALLAS:  The Truckload Carriers Association raised $200,000 at its inaugural gala Monday to benefit its scholarship fund. The event, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, took place during the organization's annual convention.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Sun has a look inside the parties surrounding the 29th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Henderson is rolling out another series of bicycle-friendly events.”

LOS ANGELES:  The MTV Movie Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on April 13. 

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY:  The Commission of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has appointed Karen Williams as the head of the city’s tourism agency.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Taperia Raca, a Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar, opens Friday, in the MiMo District. It seats 16 inside and 50 in an outdoor garden.

NEW YORK:  Comedian Patton Oswalt will return as host of the 18th annual Webby Awards May 19th at Cipriani Wall Street.

Signature Systems Group, which manufactures modular flooring, temporary roadways, event turf and carpet, and portable fencing products, announced Greg Tilton as its senior vice president of operations.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Vincenzo Cucina Italiana is a new restaurant on International Drive with private dining space for as many as 150 guests.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Bartlett Hall will open this spring in Union Square. The venue will seat 140 and include a lounge and bar area, a main dining room, and private dining rooms. Menu items will include duck confit flatbread and chicken wings with fermented pepper sauce.

TORONTO:  Trident will unveil its fashion collection “Focus: Life Gear by Trident” at a private event March 29.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The International Facility Management Association is hosting its Facility Fusion Conference and Expo at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center April 15-17.

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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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