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Call Sheet #20: Rahm's Sunny Inauguration, Measuring Twitter, Speaker Wars, Upfronts, Cannes

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When it rains, it pours? That's what it's doing outside my window, so I guess I have less incentive to finish this and get on with my day. Lot of news here. But tomorrow might be different, so help: [email protected].

—Chad Kaydo, editor in chief, BizBash

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #20 — Tuesday, 05.17.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo in New York
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1. RAHM'S "PICTURE PERFECT" SWEAR-IN: Mary Mitchell of The Chicago Sun-Times on Mayor Emanuel’s inauguration: "The sun was shining. Millennium Park was as green as Churchill Downs. And the flowers—so stunning, I actually saw a man with a briefcase stop and smell the daffodils…Emanuel’s celebration centered on diversity…the event planners tried to put together an inclusive celebration that gave a nod to every religion except the Buddhists and the Hindus."

2. THEY BUILT IT, NO ONE CAME: The NYT on stadium-building gone bad: "Global Entertainment, which is based in Tempe, Ariz., persuaded [10] cities, from Youngstown, Ohio, to Hidalgo, Tex., to Wenatchee, Wash., that it could build them an arena, sell everything from tickets to hot dogs, and book enough events to turn a profit. Yet in most cases, Global failed to meet its financial projections...leaving the cities to pay for expensive arenas that they often have had no experience running."

3. TONS OF TAGS: Here's an interesting way to commemorate an event, and extend its online life: Photographer Jeffrey Martin created a 360-degree panorama of Wembley stadium, from almost 1,000 high-res photos taken at the the FA Cup Final May 14. More than 17,300 people have been tagged on the photo on Facebook. Mashable:

4. MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA: Adweek looks at Klout, the Web site that analyzes and rates the influence of Twitter users, giving each an influence score: "The implication for brands is clear: Klout can quickly identify influential, engaging people who are often happy to spread a brand’s message. It makes sense, then, that the company launched Klout Perks, a program that pairs high-scoring Twitter users with brands they’re likely to care about." (Only Justin Bieber has the top score, 100.)

5. COLLEGE SPEAKER WARS: "[S]chools are under pressure to nab big-time speakers who will satisfy the students, improve the college’s rep and generate media attention," reports The New York Post:

6. CANNES HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday night's party lineup, with Robert De Niro and foie gras vs. Kanye West and fireworks:


From Time's James Poniewozik (@poniewozik):
"Am concerned the short-upfront trend of the late '00s is being reversed. #nbcupfront #sportsclips #looksatwatch"

Speaking of Upfront Week, senior editor Anna Sekula reports: "Despite the wet weather, hundreds trooped to Central Park's Wollman Rink for Fox's upfront party, where the longest line wasn't for food or drinks, but a chance to be photographed alongside talent from the network's show 'Glee.'"


More re: upfronts: New York magazine has a list of all 429 pilot scripts purchased by the networks for this season. Among those that didn't make it: "'Plan This' Based on the life of L.A. party-planner Mindy Weiss."


Style editor Lisa Cericola notes: "In a video, Grace Bonney of blog DesignSponge says this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York was 'crazy disappointing.' She questions whether large design fairs are playing too much to a retail crowd, and whether the high cost excludes smaller, younger exhibitors who bring products that are more innovative and edgy, among other complaints.


BOSTON: Artists for Humanity EpiCenter will host its "Greatest Party on Earth" Saturday. Entertainment ranges from a troupe of Bollywood dancers to BMX bike performers. Vendors include Be Our Guest Party Rentals, Capron Lighting & Sound, and Max Ultimate Food.

CHICAGO: Men's store Sebastien Grey Clothiers will host a Spring Social with Halo for Men Salon May 20. At Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel and Spa, the event will offer drinks from sponsor Chivas and passed cigars from sponsor Tesa.

Goldie Hawn will speak at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's benefit at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on September 19. To engage a younger crowd, planners are charging $150 per ticket for guests under the age of 30; other attendees pay $250.

Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier was featured in The Knot's "Best of Weddings 2011." Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants operates the indoor botanical garden, which also hosts corporate events for as many as 1,500 guests. New menu options include ice cream sundae stations and Chilean sea bass.

Some 15 Taiwanese exhibitors will fill the Taiwan Pavilion at the National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place next week. On display: everything from fruit puddings to vitamin-fortified drinks, and a treat called "snow ice."

LAS VEGAS: November 10 to 13 is the Las Vegas Educational Experience: “Diamonds Are a Planner’s Best Friend.” The educational program launched in 2006 as an event where planners can experience Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment’s collection of offerings firsthand while taking part in professional development and networking opportunities.
PR Plus has two new employees: Jeff Klein, formerly of Kirvin Doak, and Krista Gilbertson, a recent U.N.L.V. grad.

LOS ANGELES: After nearly five years, Friday was Kim Pappas's last day at Harrison & Shriftman. She will be relocating to New York.

On May 25, Fig & Olive Melrose Place will launch a new daily “Aperitivo” menu, inviting diners for a selection of handmade cocktails, wine, and imported beer paired with complimentary light summertime bites from 5 to 7 p.m.

NEW YORK: L.A.-based A.C.T Lighting, an importer and distributor of lighting products, announced that Bill Groener has joined the company as vice president of business development. Most recently president of Tim Hunter Design in Stamford, Connecticut, Groener will be based in the New York metro area.

ORLANDO: Disney's Hollywood Studios will unveil its new Star Tours attraction this Friday, coinciding with the start of Star Wars Weekends at the theme park. The attraction has been under renovation since last summer.

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