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November 10, 2014: Thousands Gather for First Public SEMA Show Event, Valentino's Tips for Hosting a Party, Ontario Announces Smoking Ban at Outdoor Venues

1. THOUSANDS GATHER FOR FIRST PUBLIC SEMA SHOW EVENT: For the first time, planners of the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show acknowledged such intense public interest that it closed with a new public event to show off vehicles such as a 3-D-printed car and a vintage Batmobile. More than 20,000 people registered to attend the event in Las Vegas. The New York Times: “The event began Friday afternoon, after the show closed its run here, with the SEMA Cruise, a parade of hundreds of customized and one-of-a-kind vehicles from the trade show. The cruise has been an attraction of previous SEMA shows, offering the public a chance to see some of the cars that were behind the closed doors of the convention center. The cruise route ran a little more than two miles down Paradise Road from the convention center to the city’s new dining, shopping and entertainment complex, the Linq, where the cars assembled for the SEMA Ignited gathering.”

2. VALENTINO'S TIPS FOR HOSTING A PARTY: The eminent fashion designer Valentino Garavani invited fashion bloggers over for tea at his New York home to celebrate his new book on entertaining, Valentino: At the Emperor's Table. He shared stories and tips on hosting events, from seating charts to hostess gifts. New York:

3. ONTARIO ANNOUNCES SMOKING BAN AT OUTDOOR VENUES: As of January 1, Ontario residents will be banned from smoking on restaurant patios, sports fields, and other venues under new regulations announced Friday. Toronto Star: “The timing gives restaurants, bars and their patrons time to get used to the restrictions before the outdoor dining and drinking season resumes in the spring. … The new measures will also ban smoking on playgrounds, public sports fields and similar surfaces such as ice rinks and it will be illegal to smoke within 20 metres of them to keep children and athletes clear of second-hand smoke.”


BOSTON:  Boston Common magazine will celebrate the release of its Men’s Issue Tuesday with cover star Harry Connick Jr. at Bistro du Midi. The event also celebrates the bistro's fifth anniversary.

CHICAGO:  Northlight Theatre will host its 40th anniversary party on December 11. The evening will feature a performance from composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown.

DETROIT:  Display Group, a custom display and event rental and services company, has hired Michael Miner as chief sales officer.

LAS VEGAS:  Investors will hear ideas for marijuana-based ventures at a Shark Tank-like pitch forum Tuesday hosted by the ArcView Investor Network at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa. Also at the event, Ricki Lake will promote her new film, Weed the People, about medical marijuana.

LOS ANGELES:  The Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony has been renamed the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony. The event presents Grammys in about 70 categories.

Yahoo will distribute the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live at the 2014 AMAs program for the American Music Awards on November 23. Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Taryn Manning, and others will host the preshow.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  As part of a recent renovation, Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale has added 340 feet of new dock space. Guests can now arrive by boat or water taxi to eat indoors or on its back patio and bar, or they can have meals delivered to their boats.

NASHVILLE:  Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015 will include live performances by Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum on Broadway in downtown Nashville.

NEW YORK:  The nonprofit the National Urban Technology Center said in a lawsuit that a TriBeCa event planner mismanaged its annual gala to the point where it lost money on the event. New York Post:

The first New York Festival of Light ended early Saturday because of overcrowding, the event’s planner said. New York Daily News:

The European School of Economics NYC Foundation's annual ball is November 19 at Trump Tower. Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani will receive its lifetime achievement award.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The Canadian Opera Company will host its second annual Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala at the Four Seasons Centre on November 25. The competition will be followed by a gala dinner prepared by Nota Bene’s executive chef, David Lee.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  First Lady Michelle Obama will present the Chicago Shakespeare Theater with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation's highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs, in an official White House ceremony today.

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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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