October 21, 2013: White House Resumes Public Tours, Hollywood Award Show Aims for Bigger Profile, Titanic Violin Sets Auction Record

By Beth Kormanik October 21, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

1. WHITE HOUSE RESUMES PUBLIC TOURS: Public tours of the East Wing and executive residence of the White House will restart in November, officials announced. Politico: “Tours were put on hold in March as sequestration spending cuts took effect, when the Secret Service was forced to furlough workers to adapt to reduced spending levels. With a new fiscal year under way and the government reopened, the agency determined that it could again staff the tours.”

2. HOLLYWOOD AWARD SHOW AIMS FOR BIGGER PROFILE: The Hollywood Film Awards are tonight, but with the big winners already announced, the drama is whether the show can raise its profile enough to be broadcast on television. Hollywood Reporter: “Behind the scenes, executives from Dick Clark Productions also will focus on the event itself, assessing its viability as a broadcast entry that could join the ranks of other shows the company produces such as NBC's Golden Globe Awards and ABC's American Music Awards.”

3. TITANIC VIOLIN SETS AUCTION RECORD: Setting a record for a Titanic artifact, a violin from the wreckage sold at auction for $1.6 million in London this weekend. Associated Press: “The sea-corroded instrument, now unplayable, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster's more than 1,500 victims. The story of Hartley's band, which stoically continued playing on the ship's deck until the disaster's final hour, is a memorable part of James Cameron's Titanic, when Hartley and his colleagues are seen playing 'Nearer, My God, To Thee' as the passengers around them scream and drown in the icy water.”


CHICAGO:  Entertaining Company's latest offerings include small plate stations devoted to bao buns.

DALLAS:  Amy Allen has been promoted to executive vice president of DMG Events USA.

LAS VEGAS:  Boyz II Men has extended its residency at the Mirage Hotel & Casino into 2014. Tickets for performances scheduled through April are available.

The Las Vegas Foodie Fest returned to the Silverton Casino Hotel this weekend with more than 30 food trucks and vendors including returning headliner, White Castle.

Richard N. Hudock has left his position as public relations manager at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts for the same position at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES:  Newport Beach will host more than 10,000 visitors for the January 6 Vizio BCS National Championship.

The American Film Institute announced additional galas and special screenings for AFI Fest presented by Audi. There will be a red carpet gala each night of the festival. The centerpiece screenings are August: Osage County on November 8, The Last Emperor 3D November 10, and the world premiere of Lone Survivor on November 12. All will take to the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Long Beach, with its 500 restaurants, will now have its own restaurant week with the debut of Eat LBC slated for March 30-April 5, 2014.

The Rock ’n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon is Sunday. It benefits the ASPCA, and activities during the run include a “Bark Park” sponsored by Petco and AOL Paw Nation with giveaways and a photo booth for dogs and their owners.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Presented by Pepsi, Heat Week will promote the start of the N.B.A. season with events each day through October 29. The activities kicked off Sunday with the Hispanic Heritage Celebration and continue with a Twitter challenge, car decal giveaway, and a Heat documentary; the events culminate with the home opener against the Chicago Bulls.

NEW YORK:  Billboard: “New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands.”

Graphic designer Dana Tanamachi will be the featured expert for Apartment Therapy’s October Design Evening October 30 at Tribeca Cinemas.

Simply Stylist, a Los Angeles-based brand consultancy and special events company, announced its 2013 conference, to take place October 27 at the Park Central Hotel in Manhattan.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Orlando Style magazine will host a new competition for fashion designers. “Fashion Contender” will include four semifinal events in the next year, with the first one November 8 at Vanity nightclub. The winning designer from each semifinal will be in the running for the grand prize, which includes a trip to New York Fashion Week.

WASHINGTON:  The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum will host the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum November 13-14. The gathering of policymakers, industry innovators, and journalists will also be live streamed.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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