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Call Sheet #341: D.N.C. Street Party, Busing in Convention Spectators, Food at Fashion Week

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #341 — Tuesday, 09.04.12
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Compiled today by Melissa Ward Schorsch in New York
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TUESDAY: Democratic National Convention begins in Charlotte
THURSDAY: Fashion's Night Out, MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Toronto International Film Festival begins in Toronto, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week begins in New York
FRIDAY: Macy's Glamorama in Los Angeles


1. D.N.C. KICKOFF: Despite a couple of heavy downpours, nearly 30,000 people filled the streets of uptown Charlotte for CarolinaFest, a community event to kick off the Democratic National Convention. Washington Post: "CarolinaFest was meant to be many things for the Democratic Party. It was a classic Labor Day street party, with water-ice stands, funnel cakes, and bouncy slides. It was a public-relations parade intended to portray Democrats as inclusive (it was free and open to the public), compassionate (it featured dozens of good-works demonstrations), and fun (who doesn’t like a climbing wall?)." http://wapo.st/OTCwXy

2. PARTY CRASHERS: With a list of high-profile events and parties planned for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, some people are more concerned with getting into the events than the political outcomes. The Washington Post reports on how some snag coveted V.I.P. passes: http://wapo.st/Qhhval

3. OBAMA'S BUSLOAD OF SUPPORTERS: It has been reported that President Obama has failed to garner the same level of excitement about his candidacy as he did in 2008. So, in an effort to ensure every seat in the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is filled on the last night of the Democratic National Convention, organizers plan to bus in college students and other spectators. http://bit.ly/Qiis2j

4. FOODIE FASHION: Having hosted its supper club and café at Lincoln Center previously, Bon Appétit is once again joining the slew of events that surround New York Fashion Week. WWD: "Editor in chief Adam Rapoport is taking on the fashion magazine heavyweights with three 'Feast or Fashion' dinner parties that will be held throughout the week. The title will host one for Rachel Roy at NoMad on September 9, a house party to celebrate Chris Benz’s 30th birthday on September 10, and a dinner on September 13 for Michael Bastian at Perry Street prepared by Jean Georges." http://wwd.us/O8p5py

For London Fashion Week, held later this month, London-based culinary company Bompas & Parr is prepping a pop-up restaurant called the Drive Thru. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, the eatery will be in the Old Selfridge Hotel and will offer two different experiences: a sit-down meal, or a seat in one of the cars complete with roller-skate-wearing waitresses. Londonist: http://bit.ly/OgrQ3V

5. OLYMPIC GROWTH: London saw many changes as the Olympics host, and one included the increasing availability of free public Wi-Fi networks. According to The New York Times, the Summer Games attracted a number of mobile operators that helped boost the English capital's cell data traffic. Wi-Fi hot spots are popping up in other major cities too, with the expectation that the number will reach 5.8 million by the end of 2015. http://nyti.ms/UoeXrN

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Nominations for the BizBash New York Readers’ Choice Awards end this Thursday, September 6, at 11:59 PM E.S.T. This is your last chance to nominate your favorite greater New York-area event pros and highlight their contributions to the industry. There are 13 categories, including Association Event Planner of the Year, Venue Manager of the Year, and Corporate Event Planner of the Year.

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COAST TO COAST: Jonathan Reed, C.E.O. of Spec Entertainment and Colorstorm, announced that the event production, design, media consulting, and photo shoot production firm will now be call CS Global, with a new office in Hong Kong.

BOSTON: Eater rounds up Boston's 10 Most Anticipated Fall Openings, listing venues such as the Reserve, Asta, and Cinquecento. http://bit.ly/OCcf16

CHICAGO: To promote the reality show Nail Files, a mobile spa will stop in Chicago on September 1. The vehicle's staffers will dole out free manicures.

LAS VEGAS: Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of the Linq—a $550 million outdoor retail, dining, and entertainment area being built by Caesars Entertainment—will be the guest speaker at the Destination Services Association's meeting on September 6.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: A crack in the Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park's floor-to-ceiling, 13,000-gallon fish tank forced the casino to close over the weekend. http://sunsent.nl/PXDtBm

NEW YORK: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie release, October 5 will be Global James Bond Day, and MoMA will include a film retrospective. New York Daily News: http://nydn.us/PCt9hY

Marketing and social media lessons learned from the New York City Marathon participants' backlash of the now defunct bag-drop service. Crain's New York: http://bit.ly/OCKvtu

New York Job Seekers: The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America is hiring a manager of special events and public relations. To apply send a rĂ©sumĂ© and cover letter to [email protected].

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO: Cat Deeley, co-host of So You Think You Can Dance, will host a champagne brunch and fashion show to benefit Runway to Hope, September 9 at Mall at Millenia.

TORONTO: Toronto hotspots like the Soho House and a Bungalow 8 pop-up compete for Hollywood attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival. New York Post: http://bit.ly/OijVDe

The 77-room Hazelton Hotel offers guests $99,900 handmade beds by Hastens. http://bit.ly/NCfxDp

WASHINGTON: Rains of Hurricane Isaac hit the D.C. area this weekend, prompting relocation plans for several Labor Day weekend events. http://wapo.st/UlRY0B

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Melissa Schorsch and Anna Sekula in New York.

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