September 5, 2018: The Economist Keeps Steve Bannon at Festival Despite New Yorker Decision, Vegas Day Clubs Present a Nightlife Alternative, Chanel to Hold Fashion Show at the Met

By Ian Zelaya September 5, 2018, 8:56 AM EDT

1. THE ECONOMIST KEEPS STEVE BANNON AT FESTIVAL DESPITE NEW YORKER DECISION: A day after the New Yorker disinvited Steve Bannon to its annual festival, the Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes announced the former White House strategist was still invited to the publication's own festival, which takes place this month. CNN: "'The future of open societies will not be secured by like-minded people speaking to each other in an echo chamber, but by subjecting ideas and individuals from all sides to rigorous questioning and debate. This will expose bigotry and prejudice, just as it will reaffirm and refresh liberalism,' Beddoes said in a statement published Tuesday. 'That is the premise the Economist was founded on.' Bannon will appear at the Economist's Open Future festival on September 15. His inclusion at the New Yorker Festival set off an uproar after it was revealed on Monday. A number of celebrities who were also slated to participate at the event, including Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow, and Patton Oswalt, all backed out upon learning that Bannon was scheduled to be interviewed there by top New Yorker editor David Remnick. And staff members at the New Yorker also publicly objected. ... Bannon, for his part, said that the New Yorker had capitulated to a 'howling online mob.' Beddoes and the Economist, meanwhile, are standing firm. 'When James Wilson launched this newspaper in 1843, he said its mission was to take part in 'a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress. Those words have guided us for 175 years,' Beddoes said. 'They will guide our debates at the Open Future festival on September 15. That is why our invitation to Mr. Bannon will stand.'"

2. VEGAS DAY CLUBS PRESENT A NIGHTLIFE ALTERNATIVE: While Las Vegas has always been known as a nightlife destination, its day clubs are becoming a popular alternative for tourists looking for a wild time. The biggest draw to the venues might be the pool. The New York Times: “The Vegas pool has long been part of the package of temptations, together with gambling and drinking and various other hedonistic activities, conjured up to lure fun seekers to this strange patch of desert. Early iterations were typically come-one, come-all affairs, many of which were strategically situated right up against Highway 91 to tempt road-weary travelers. ‘If you wish to keep cool, take a swim in the pool,’ proclaimed a postcard advertising El Rancho Vegas, which opened in 1941. Over time, as the Strip became ever more elaborate and attention-grabbing, the pools came to have less and less to do with simple recreation. Scalloped edges (the Flamingo, 1946) and unusual shapes (a Figure 8 at the Desert Inn, 1950) morphed into glass pools with portholes (the Mirage Motel, 1952) and pools with airtight underwater chambers for those who wanted to enjoy a cocktail fully clothed (New Frontier, 1955). The resorts have been upping the ante ever since, which is how floating craps tables and underwater Muzak gave way, for better or worse, to live sharks and stripper poles. … You can forget about a comfortable seat (or a towel) if you haven’t paid for the privilege. At Encore, prices can range from $5,000-ish for a daybed to $10,000 for a ‘water couch,’ a 10-person table-sofa-lounge combo situated in a shallow part of the pool, the easier to roll right off into the water. The real estate at day clubs is parceled out like V.I.P. areas in a nightclub; the price for a full day’s rental, which includes bottle service and its corresponding ‘minimum spend’ agreement, is based on a variety of factors, like day of the week and the location of your couch or cabana. But the biggest determinant of cost is the talent, which in most cases is the DJ. Resorts compete fiercely to sign contracts with big names (an unusual number of which end in o—Diplo, Marshmello, Tiësto, Alesso). Earlier this year Calvin Harris, the highest-paid DJ in the world according to Forbes, renewed his contract through 2020 with Hakkasan Group, an international purveyor of luxury night life and day life,’ for a reported cool $280 million.”

3. CHANEL TO HOLD FASHION SHOW AT THE MET: Chanel, which had an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005, will return to the venue to hold a fashion show in December. Showcasing the brand’s Métiers d’Art collection, the show will take place December 4. Women’s Wear Daily: “Chanel has a long association with New York, a city that Coco Chanel first visited in 1931, according to the fashion house. U.S. department stores were among her strongest early supporters, having carried her first hat collections from 1912. ‘Karl Lagerfeld is also very attached to the American mega-city whose energy and light he has always loved to capture,’ Chanel said. The December show, further details of which have yet to be revealed, will mark the third time Chanel has shown in Manhattan after the presentation at the brand’s boutique on 57th Street in 2005 for the Métiers d’Art collection and its 2006 cruise show in Grand Central Terminal. The luxurious Métiers d’Art collection, conceived by Lagerfeld as a way to exalt the specialty couture ateliers Chanel owns, typically travels to a destination—Edinburgh, Salzburg, Dallas, Rome—and recounts a chapter of the house lore, real or imagined. In 2017, Lagerfeld took the itinerant pre-fall show to his hometown of Hamburg in Germany, attracted by the Elbphilharmonie, a spectacular concert hall designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron that overlooks the port.”


COAST TO COAST:  Pepsi will hold its first-ever Pepsi Tailgate Tour September through December. The tour will feature performances by country duo Locash, and go to college football and N.F.L. games. Stops on the tour include the Ohio State and Texas Christian University game September 15; the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers game September 30; the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots game November 4; and the Army vs. Navy game December 8. 

ATLANTA:  Incentive management company Incentive Solutions has appointed Mark Herbert chief executive officer. Herbert succeeds Steve Damerow, who was the company’s chief executive officer since its founding in 1994. 

BOSTON:  Asian-Latin American fusion restaurant Nahita has opened in Back Bay. The restaurant, which also features Turkish-influenced cuisine, is the first Massachusetts venue from D.ream (Dogus Restaurant Entertainment and Management). 

LAS VEGAS:  Maroon 5 will play their annual New Year’s Eve shows December 30-31 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. 

LOS ANGELES:  Dolly Parton will be honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year at the Recording Academy's 29th annual benefit gala on February 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

Long Beach Comic Con will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Design Center of the Americas will host Fashion for a Cause Foundation’s South Florida International Fashion Week show September 27 at the center’s two grand atriums. 

The 22nd annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade will take place November 17. 

NEW ORLEANS:  The ninth annual NOLA on Tap will take place September 22 at New Orleans City Park. The beer festival will feature more than 400 beer vendors, live music, and food and art vendors. 

NEW YORK:  The third annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will take place October 11-18. The festival’s primary venue is Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. 

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TORONTO:  The 32nd annual Whole Life Expo will take place November 9-11 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The natural health and green living expo will host more than 200 exhibitors and speakers from across North America. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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