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Call Sheet #128: Apple’s Jobs Memorial Video, Obama’s No-Conference Rule, Banquet Photos Back

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #128 — Monday, 10.24.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. STEVE JOBS MEMORIAL VIDEO: Apple posted a video of its service for the company’s founder. AP/Hollywood Reporter: “It runs 81 minutes and gives a rare glimpse of a company in mourning, showing several executives and board members reminiscing about their time with Jobs and speaking about the indelible mark he left on the technology world.” The service also included performances from Norah Jones and Coldplay.

The video:

2. OBAMA'S ETHICS RULE: L.A. Times: Groups like the American Hotel & Lodging Association are blasting a new rule by the Office of Government Ethics "that would prohibit most federal employees from accepting free admission to conferences and other gatherings held by businesses or organizations that lobby the government," possibly cutting down attendance at events like conventions and trade shows.

3. REVIVING GROUP PHOTOS: Wedding photographer Terry Gruber looks to revive the lost art of a banquet photo. NYT: "Mr. Gruber, whose banquet photos start at $2,500, a price that includes three prints, spends hours scouting every location where he will work. He also works with wedding planners, floral designers, musicians and wait staffs to make sure that everyone and everything, including tall centerpieces and long chandeliers, are not obstructing his view of any guest leading up to what he calls 'my one-shot deal.'"

4. STUDIO 54 BOOK: Ian Schrager tells Page Six he’s ready to give his take on starting Studio 54: “I’m doing a coffee table book of never before seen photographs, and a biography which will have the real story of what happened at Studio 54. Of course there will be stories about the famous people who were there, but I won’t be giving away any secrets about my friends.”

5. OCCUPY WALL STREET AD: San-Francisco-based digital advertising start-up LoudSauce has helped the protest movement raise $5,000 to air a T.V. ad. The commercial is set to debut in a few weeks, most likely on ESPN. The Atlantic:


COAST TO COAST: Microsoft is hosting events in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco to show off the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device with food and cocktails from local chefs and performances from indie bands. The kickoff event is November 7-8 in New York. Attendees register on Facebook:

BOSTON: BarCraft, a social meet-up with drinks and video game competitions, only uses social media and word-of-mouth to promote its functions. And turnout has been pretty good. Boston.com:

The board of directors of the Builder's Association of Greater Boston will host its installation of officers dinner and ceremony at the Embassy Suites Waltham November 9. Sponsors include Beveridge & Diamond and Curry College.

CHICAGO: On Friday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and union leaders announced a new labor deal. Intended to prevent trade shows from leaving Chicago, the deal allows for exhibitors to unload their own vehicles and use power tools themselves, which can lower their exhibiting costs. The deal ends a federal lawsuit over McCormick Place's work practices. Wbez.org:

eDrop-Off will host a warehouse sale benefitting the Primo Center for Women and Children at the National Hellenic Museum October 28-29. On Friday, mothers who live at the center will get a special styling session with eDrop-Off stylists; on Saturday, guests can fill a tote with clothing and accessories for a $20 donation.

Galaween, a fund-raiser for the Chicago Cultural Center, takes place at Venue One October 29. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, music from DJ Diverse, and Halloween-themed decor from Event Creative. Tickets are $100; $75 for those who "like" Galaween on Facebook.

Butcher & the Burger opens in Lincoln Park October 25. The make-your-own-burger spot uses local ingredients, seats 30, and will host private events and cooking classes.

DALLAS: The Dallas Museum of Art is hosting "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk," November 13-February 12. Bookings for events give guests access to the exhibit for an additional cost.

LAS VEGAS: The first-ever estate-authorized Michael Jackson Fan Fest is scheduled for December 3-14 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, coinciding with the kickoff of Cirque du Soleil's extended "Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour" stop in town that month.

AutoWeek: "IndyCar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have not decided whether the series will return to the venue in 2012 or if modifications to the catch fencing will be made."

The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show was named both the largest trade show and the trade show with the highest economic impact by Trade Show Executive magazine.

The Hollywood Reporter: "The Consumer Electronics Association has tapped Spike TV as its exclusive broadcast partner for its 2012 consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas."

The Caesars Foundation committed $150,000 to help expand operations and establish a new Las Vegas-based soap recycling facility for Clean the World, a nonprofit focused on providing recycled hotel soap and hygiene education to people in need. The new recycling center is set to open in 2012.

LOS ANGELES: The Petersen Automotive Museum will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the iconic 1932 Ford (also known as the Deuce) during Deuce Week in March 2012. All proceeds will help fund educational programs and exhibits at the museum.

La Mirada-based FormDecor Modern Furniture Rental announced the addition of Rachael Michael as social media, PR, and marketing coordinator.

The third annual Taste Awards will take place January 12 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Chophouse Miami Bistro & Lounge will unveil a new look and menu during Thanksgiving weekend. The menu from Jacques Van Staden, chef and owner, will feature small plates, sushi, flatbreads, fish, and meat.

Although Atlanta banned Freaknik, a spring break party, organizers have decided to take it on the road, bringing it to Miami in March. Locals fear the weekend party will turn into Urban Beach Week, another Memorial Day event that was cancelled after a breakout of violence behavior. NBC Miami:

NEW ORLEANS: Fans gathered to see the lighting of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Thursday night. The additional 26,000 lights is part of the dome's $85 million in upgrades. ABC 26:

NEW YORK: The first National Food Day kicks off today with a benefit, Eat N.Y.C., at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. The event, meant to promote healthy and affordable food, will feature Sandra Lee and tastings from more than 25 local restaurants.

Mohegan Sun honored Regis Philbin and hosted a sold-out concert by Jennifer Lopez to celebrate its 15th anniversary this past weekend.

The Grub Street Food Festival featured more than 75 restaurants and food trucks and the debut of the Grub Street Beer Garden on Hester Street. Santos Party House provided music.

Production Resource Group L.L.C. will debut the Best Boy 4000 Spot Luminaire at LDI in Orlando Friday.

The BCA is hosting its eighth annual Global Food and Wine Experience November 18 at Guastavino's. The event will feature more than 50 chefs and wine and spirit merchants.

ORLANDO: Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida has updated its Zipline Safari. The new attraction takes guests nearly 20 feet above the treetops, to heights of 68 feet off the ground, on seven ziplines. There are also two viewing bridges and 10 observation platforms. The fully guided experience lasts about two and a half hours.

TORONTO: Hockey legend Wendel Clark will be signing autographs at two Wendel Clark's Classic Grill and Sports Lounge locations during the Maple Leafs game November 2. He will be at the Oakville location during the first period of the Leafs and Devils matchup and will be at the Vaughn location for the remaining two periods.

WASHINGTON: Wyclef Jean performed at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' 100th anniversary gala October 19. The event, held at the Andrew Mellon auditorium, featured a silent and live auction and other live entertainment.


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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