September 11, 2014: Changes for Today’s 9/11 Events, Fashion Rocks Returns to Fashion Week, Golf Courses Decline Visit From President Obama

By Beth Kormanik September 11, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT

1. CHANGES FOR TODAY’S 9/11 EVENTS: For the first time, the World Trade Center site will be open to the public on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The area opens at 6 p.m. following memorial events during the day for survivors and victims’ families. Remembrances also are planned at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. USA Today:

2. FASHION ROCKS RETURNS TO FASHION WEEK: After a five-year break the music-meets-fashion spectacle Fashion Rocks returned Tuesday, bringing the show to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Crowd favorite Jennifer Lopez along with Usher, Miranda Lambert, and other performers entertained the crowd in daring fashions. And in the case of Justin Bieber, performed a striptease. Hollywood Reporter: “The singer, alongside model Lara Stone, ushered in the Calvin Klein fashion show by stripping down to his boxers, or his 'Calvins.' Though he was welcomed by an overwhelming slew of boos from the audience, he started flexing, and the high-pitched screams drowned out the haters.”

3. GOLF CLUBS DECLINE VISIT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA: Several Westchester, New York, golf clubs declined to give President Obama a tee time over Memorial Day weekend when he was in town for fund-raising events and a wedding. NBC 4 New York: “The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president's request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president's advance team's calls to the club managers. Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.”


BOSTON:  Joslin Diabetes Center will host its “Ritmos de Salud” benefit on September 26 at Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. 

CHICAGO:  Parlor Pizza Bar will open in the West Loop on September 12. The rustic venue will offer Neapolitan pizzas with unusual toppings such as spicy pineapple and sunflower-seed-basil pesto.

LAS VEGAS:  The 21st annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival returns to Sunset Park October 10-12. Event sponsors include Clark County Parks and Recreation, Miller Lite, My LVTV, and the CW Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES:  The second annual WestEdge Design Fair is scheduled for October 16-19 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Planners expect more than 150 exhibiting brands and activations.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  As part of the Fit to Fight Miami Challenge, chef Sean Brasel of Meat Marke, Dena Marino of MC Kitchen, and Johnny Rock of Sobekick will host Fit to Fight: Box & Lunch, a kickboxing class followed by lunch.

Brian Kramer has been appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

NEW YORK:  Morgans Hotel Group announced that its Hudson hotel will be home to PopNation, an entertainment and nightlife concept that is an homage to 1990s boy bands. It will take place in the Good Units space beneath Hudson.

AARP is hosting the New York premiere of the PBS documentary The Boomer List September 18 at the Paley Center, followed by a reception.

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria has a new executive chef: Roger Martinez, most recently the chef de cuisine of Bouley Restaurant.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The 12th annual Global Peace Film Festival will take place September 16-21, in conjunction with the United Nation's International Day of Peace. Events include 45 film programs and panel discussions at venues around Orlando.

PHOENIX:  The Electronic Security Association announced that Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding, is among the headline speakers at the ESA Leadership Summit scheduled for February 8-11 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.

RALEIGH, N.C.:  The benefit concert Farm Aid takes place Saturday at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews are headliners. TourTech, an IT services firm for events, is providing Wi-Fi and networking equipment as an in-kind contribution.

TORONTO:  Manyatta, a professional networking organization, will host a fund-raising gala on October 18 at the Centre for Social Innovation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is hosting a reception Tuesday to celebrate the opening of “Revealed,” an exhibition of photographs curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso.

The National Conference Center has hired Kelli Mueller as director of conference planning.

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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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