May 22, 2014: 9/11 Museum Dedication Party Criticized, See Budweiser’s World Cup Hotel, W.N.B.A. First Pro League to Market to Gays and Lesbians

By Beth Kormanik May 22, 2014, 8:14 AM EDT

1. 9/11 MUSEUM DEDICATION PARTY CRITICIZED: An invite-only reception to dedicate the new 9/11 Museum is being criticized as insensitive because it included alcohol and a guest list that turned away some first responders. New York Daily News: “Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Condé Nast honchos were among those who nibbled crab cakes and shrimp cocktail hors d'oeuvres at the black tie affair, billed as a dedication ceremony, according to sources. But one museum employee at the event, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described it as a festive affair. … The 9/11 Museum has come in for heavy criticism from some survivor families as it tries to balance its dual roles as tourist site and shrine.”

2. SEE BUDWEISER’S WORLD CUP HOTEL: Similar to its Bud Light Hotel during the Super Bowl, Budweiser is taking over a hotel in Brazil during the World Cup that opens next month. Creativity: “The Budweiser Hotel will have views of Copacabana beach, an indoor and outdoor bar, a rooftop pool and a performance stage for musical acts, guest lounges, parties with partner brands, and more. At the opening, it will feature a performance by DJ Nicky Reomero and throughout the tournament it will be home to appearances from FIFA World Cup players as well as concerts from Zedd, Major Lazer, Above & Beyond and others. The brand is also hosting World Cup viewing parties in 12 countries around the world, encompassing over 3,000 events over the 30 days.”

3. W.N.B.A. FIRST PRO LEAGUE TO MARKET TO GAYS AND LESBIANS: The W.N.B.A. announced a marketing plan that includes targeting the L.G.B.T. community, a first for a professional sports league. Los Angeles Times: “The effort includes having teams participate in local gay and lesbian pride festivals and parades, working with advocacy groups to raise awareness of inclusion, and advertising with lesbian media. A nationally televised pride game will take place between Tulsa and Chicago on June 22.”


ATLANTA:  Jay Z has opened a branch of his 40/40 Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A sports bar portion opened Wednesday with plans to expand with a V.I.P. lounge area in the fall. New York Post:

BOSTON:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay will host its Big of the Year Gala tonight at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The event will honor fallen firefighter Michael Kennedy.

CHICAGO:  Karen Jewell is now the sales manager at the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

LAS VEGAS:  MGM Resorts International and AEG have broken ground on a new 20,000-seat arena planned to open in spring 2016. The arena will host as many as 150 annual large-scale events including sporting events, award shows, and concerts.

Wolfgang Puck and his Fine Dining Group are planning to open Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin, Puck’s first off-Strip restaurant. The 200-seat restaurant is slated to open this fall.

STK is celebrating its three-year anniversary at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a “Vintage Vegas Affair” June 2.

LOS ANGELES:  The 2014 MPI Orange County Awards & Installation Gala, “Meeting Professionals Inspired,” is June 4 at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival has added two members to its advisory board, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and actor Billy Zane. The festival runs June 4-8 at the Egyptian Theatre.

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, have appointed Timothy Rutland as executive director of sales and marketing.

Madera Kitchen, a new restaurant, has opened in Hollywood.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  PR firm Finn Partners announced that Jennifer Ross Williams has joined its South Florida office as vice president.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts appointed Alejandro Perez as sales manager of group and niche markets for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions.

NEW YORK:  Art Southampton returns for its third year July 24-28.

The first La Nuit En Rosé, an event focused on still and sparkling rosé, is June 13-14 aboard the Hornblower Hybrid.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Jimmy Fallon will host The Tonight Show from Universal Orlando June 17-19. He will also give a sneak peak at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley expansion that opens this summer.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Apple released the schedule for its Worldwide Developers Conference, with the keynote taking place on June 2, the opening day. The conference runs through June 6 at Moscone West.

TORONTO:  The Luminato Festival will host its Big Bang Bash at the Hearn Generating Station on June 5. The event has a theme inspired by the Berlin underground.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary June 3 with an array of music, dance, film, and art that teaches about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora. The events are free.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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