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Call Sheet #87: No Host at MTV V.M.A.s, East Coast Weather Woes, M.L.K. Gala Moved

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #87 — Thursday, 08.25.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. NO HOST FOR MTV VMAS: MTV will go with no host for its Video Music Awards August 28 at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live. Producers will experiment with a non-traditional format. The Washington Post: "But for a program that thrives on shock value, putting a loose-lipped controversy-courter at the helm often translates into increased buzz and, as it did last year when Chelsea Handler hosted, higher ratings."

Two additional L.A. concerts (at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood and the Sunset Strip House of Blues) have been added to the weekend lineup, bringing acts like Cobra Starship, Joe Jonas, Miguel, Swizz Beatz, Chiddy Bang, and Wallpaper. Billboard:

2. QUAKE MOVES FIRST M.L.K. GALA: From BizBash news editor Courtney Thompson: While Tuesday's 5.8 earthquake on the eastern seaboard didn't afflict much damage, it did create the need for a last-minute venue change in Washington. The Honoring Global Leaders for Peace International Salute Gala, which was to be held Wednesday night at the National Building Museum, instead took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center's Hall B.

Carol Abrams, the National Building Museum's vice president for marketing and communications told BizBash exclusively: "Moving the dinner was a precautionary measure taken by U.S. General Services Administration, because G.S.A. hadn't cleared the building to re-open yet after the earthquake. The building will be open [on Thursday]. We were looking forward to having the M.L.K. gala dinner in the Museum's Great Hall and wish the organizers and their guests well in their alternative venue." The decision to move the gala was made late Tuesday night.

3. EAST COAST WEATHER WOES: Hurricane Irene is due to hit New York Sunday and Monday, and organizers of weekend festivities are deciding whether or not events should be canceled. Dave Matthews Band concerts are planned for Governor's Island Friday and through Sunday, and in Plainfield, New Jersey, officials of the Barclays golf tournament expect that it will be rained out. Organizers have not yet called off either event. New York Post:

Organizations like the American Red Cross, N.O.A.A.'s National Weather Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services are taking to Facebook to talk about the changing role of social media during these kind of weather-related events. Mashable:

4. SUNSET JUNCTION OFF AGAIN: From BizBash Los Angeles bureau chief Alice Dubin: After a back-and-forth battle this week stemming from unpaid fees, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works again denied the permit for the Sunset Junction Festival. The festival was slated to take place this weekend, and it's the first time in the event's 31-year history that the show has been cancelled. The Hollywood Reporter:

Los Angeles Times: "The fate of the festival has been a cliffhanger for much of the month, with city officials voicing dismay that, in the middle of a municipal budget crisis, event organizers still owe $260,000 from last year's festival to the city. Meanwhile, backers of the event described critics of the festival as 'haters' and implored the board to change course.


BOSTON: Massachusetts Remembers, an event to mark the 10th anniversary of September 11, will take place at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The event will include music, poetry, and prayers, and will will open with nearly 200 "Beyond the Bike" riders cycling into the Oval in front of the Hatch Shell as they complete their 270-mile ride from Ground Zero.

CHICAGO: TV personality Robert Verdi will host a pop-up runway event for Kelloggs Special K August 30 at the Thompson Center. Guests can take a turn at walking the runway and sample the brand's new protein shakes and fruit crisps.

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will host the Costume Ball October 21. The black-tie event will celebrate the opening of the museum's Charles James exhibition, and will include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and a set from DJ Kiss.

LAS VEGAS: Here's a formal announcement of news we've been expecting: The Light Group announced Wednesday the opening of 1Oak at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, where it will replace Jet Nightclub. It will be a partnership with New York-based lifestyle and hospitality company Butter Group, and is slated for a New Year's Eve opening. Jet will close September 6.

LOS ANGELES: Choura Events has launched a designer lounge furniture collection, fitting for both indoor and outdoor events. The product series offers oddly shaped sofas, oversized chairs, colorful coffee tables, and daybeds. The company's Facebook page has photos of available items.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has partnered with Fred Segal to create the Fred Segal Lending Library, where hotel guests will be able to borrow accessories.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Miami Science Museum is hosting a showcase September 1 for industry professionals, offering information on various opportunities and uses for the venue. Companies like So Cool Events, Catering by Lovables, and Sugarsweet Dreams Cake Company will feature items to showcase event possibilities at the museum.

NEW YORK: WWD has the scoop on changes to the Fashion Week collaboration between M.A.C. cosmetics and Milk Studios.: "After four seasons, M.A.C. & Milk has a new name and partnership arrangement. Starting with the September fashion shows, the name of the shows will change to Made, Presented by M.A.C. According to sources, Made has signed on Creative Artists Agency as a partner, and Lexus as a sponsor."

To mark its 40th anniversary, Travel & Leisure is hosting a global bazaar at the Park Avenue Armory the weekend of September 17. Open to the public, the effort is a first for the magazine and will offer installations, tastings, activities, and contests from brands such as American Express, Delta, the Singapore Tourism Board, and Infiniti. Tickets are available now and more information can be found here:

In Fashion's Night Out news: Michelle Trachtenberg and Hayden Panettiere will both make appearances with Stuart Weitzman to unveil the new Young Hollywood Cares Shoe Collection.

ORLANDO: The City of Orlando will hold a candlelight memorial service at Lake Eola Park Sunday evening to honor the victims of the September 11 attacks on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

The Pub Orlando will open at Pointe Orlando in early 2012. The British-inspired restaurant will occupy nearly 8,000 square feet and offer seating for 220 including an outdoor patio and semiprivate areas.

TORONTO: Holman Exhibits designed retail displays for Samsung that will be featured in 150 Future Shops and over 70 Best Buys across Canada. The display included a touchscreen device that simulated the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

WASHINGTON: Emmie Lancaster started her new role as marketing and public relations manager at the Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, earlier this month. Prior to this position, Lancaster had several roles within Marriott International, including a stint as PR manager at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

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, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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