September 16, 2013: Racism Taints Response to New Miss America Winner, Hearst Tries to Create a Publishing Upfront, Miley's Twerking at V.M.A.s Prompts Federal Complaint

By Beth Kormanik September 16, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

1. RACISM TAINTS RESPONSE TO TRAILBLAZING MISS AMERICA WINNER: Miss America made history by crowning its first contestant of Indian descent. But the reaction on Twitter falsely labelled winner Nina Davuluri a Muslim and called her “Miss 7-11.” The online vitriol affected some viewers' desire to connect with the pageant on social media, according to CNN: “I'm not going to click on #MissAmerica. I could do without a whole bunch of racism directed at brown people right now. Thanks,” tweeted Josh Shahryar.

2. CAN A MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HOST AN UPFRONT?: Hearst is hosting an event for media buyers next month that it's calling an “upfront,” borrowing the concept from TV networks that preview their upcoming lineups to sell advertising. Ad Age: “Media buyers complimented Hearst for building excitement around magazine media but questioned whether the 'upfront' concept really flies for publishing. TV's annual upfront parties, presentations, and subsequent negotiations for ad time in the upcoming season are predicated on limited inventory. Magazines can always just print more pages—witness the most recent September Vogue and its 665 ad pages.”

3. MILEY'S TWERKING AT V.M.A.S PROMPTS FEDERAL COMPLAINT: More than 150 people sent complaints to the Federal Communications Commission over Miley Cyrus' performance at MTV's Video Music Awards last month. Since the F.C.C. does not regulate cable television, however, the complaints will not lead to any consequences for the network. Hollywood Reporter: “On Twitter, Cyrus' V.M.A. performance sparked reactions ranging from outraged to supportive and garnered more than 306,000 tweets per minute during the East Coast airing of the show, which was blasted by the Parents Television Council for serving sex to teens.”

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BOSTON:  Cook opened in Newton on Saturday. The 80-seat restaurant serves wood-fired flat breads, fried chicken, and bacon-wrapped trout.

CHICAGO:  Victory Gardens will host its Chicago Stories Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on October 25. The evening will include a special tribute to Roger Ebert and feature 10-minute plays written by different authors.

Scott Hichew has joined Gavel International, the meeting and incentive travel management firm, as account director.

Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago will host its “An Evening to Imagine” gala on October 12. Held at the museum's Glenview campus, the event will include cocktails, dinner from J&L Catering, and dancing to the Bill Pollack Orchestra.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Weekly has a roundup of local bicycle events this fall:

LOS ANGELES:  The Hollywood Sign will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a party on September 19 at Drai’s Hollywood on the rooftop of the W Hotel. Celebrities, historians, and dignitaries will be among those to join the celebration.

Woody Allen will be honored with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes January 12.

IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire announced the launch of Digital Entertainment World, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza February 18-20. It's billed as the first global event marketplace for digital executives focused on the entire ecosystem of digital content creation to monetization.

Justice Ball, presented by Unlikely Heroes & Fusion, is September 24 at Boulevard3.

Production designers Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the guild’s 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony slated for the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 8.

Patina, the restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a month of events including a guest chef series, a tasting menu of $10 dishes, an oyster and champagne soiree October 10, and several contests through a partnership with the iPhone app Tastemade with prizes such as a private cooking session with founding chef and owner Joachim Splichal.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MADISON, WISCONSIN:  All Pro Eating's only officially sanctioned National Pizza Eating Championship this year will take place at Ian’s Pizza in Madison, Wisconsin, September 21 and plans to attract the world’s top independent competitive eaters.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI is May 7-11, 2014. The festival takes place at more than 30 venues across the island; around 15,000 fans attended the 2013 edition.

NEW YORK:  The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee's Join the Huddle tour announced its first 21 stops at events throughout the two states. The tour includes activations such as agility training presented by Hertz and Hertz Equipment Rental; a touchdown dance presented by Hess; an outdoor practice field presented by Pfizer Get; “You Make the Call” referee simulation presented by Snickers; and a field goal kick presented by Weatherproof.

The U.S. Fund for Unicef will host its ninth annual Snowflake Ball December 3 at Cipriani Wall Street. Chef Marcus Samuelsson will create the menu, while HGTV's Vern Yip will design the event.

The Museum of Modern Art's 2013 Film Benefit November 5 will honor actress Tilda Swinton.

The Daily Meal food Web site announced a partnership with the Weinstein Company for its newest release, Haute Cuisine, that includes a screening tonight at Dolby 88 Theater. The campaign will include a recipe of the day featuring dishes inspired by the film, a press event Tuesday, and other promotions.

The Brooklyn Open, an inaugural tournament at the Marine Park Golf Course, is October 21.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Disney is creating four food trucks for Downtown Disney that will serve food from the company's various parks and hotels around the world.

WASHINGTON:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will unveil eight emerging cyber-security technologies October 9 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. The full event name is the Transition-to-Practice Technology Demonstration Day for Investors, Integrators, and IT Companies East.

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