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Call Sheet #118: IMEX America Preview, Fashion Week Dates, Jackson Tribute No-Shows

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #118 — Monday, 10.10.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. IMEX AMERICA PREVIEW: From west coast editor Alesandra Dubin: This week the organizers of IMEX in Frankfurt present the first IMEX America, a giant exhibition focusing on incentive travel, meetings, and events that takes to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, which is connected to the show's headquarters hotel, the Venetian/Palazzo. More than 1,800 exhibitors representing 100 countries were confirmed far ahead of the show, which runs officially from Tuesday to Thursday. Programming will include more than 90 educational events.

Today is known as "Smart Monday," with a full day of professional education, including an MPI speaker lineup for the group's "MeetDifferent Day of Education and Innovation." MPI will also have general session keynotes each morning.

Among the related events this week are the IMEX America gala reception Wednesday night, followed by the "MPI Foundation Rendezvous" party at Pure nightclub.

2. FASHION SHOW DATES: From contributor Jim Shi: The Milan Chamber of Fashion Friday announced that it is standing firm with its Milan Fashion Week dates for next fall, September 19-25. This decision was spurred by the unanimous decision by Italian designers in a sign of solidarity. In the current situation, Milan's show dates will directly overlap with both the New York (September 13-20) and London (September 21-25) shows. Organizers in both cities have stated they can’t shift their dates. To add more fuel to the fire, Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse sent a letter to the chamber stating the editors of Vogue, including the American, Italian and French editions, will not attend the Milan shows if there is a conflict with New York or London. More from WWD (subscribers only):

3. JACKSON TRIBUTE CONCERT NO-SHOWS: The Michael Forever tribute concert, organized by Global Live Events, drew 50,000 fans to Cardiff, Wales, for the four-hour musical event. The show featured Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. Hours before the show, Jennifer Hudson tweeted that she would not be performing. Chris Brown did not show either, citing visa issues with the U.K. Billboard:

National Post: "Reaction was mixed among people streaming out of the arena after the gig, with many ecstatic but some underwhelmed by 'under-rehearsed' numbers and long gaps between some songs."


BOSTON: Milton Library Foundation's October 19 gala will offer a special appearance from local author Ben Mezrich. The event will be held at the Seaport Hotel. 

CHICAGO: Global Adrenaline's Haunted Hotel Ball is at the Palmer House Hilton October 29. Singer Kat DeLuna will perform and some 3,000 guests are expected.

The city has plans to produce a shorter, more high-end Taste of Chicago in 2012. Chicago Sun-Times:

LAS VEGAS: Electric Daisy Carnival will return to Las Vegas in 2012, once again taking to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dates are set for the weekend of June 8, and tickets go on sale early, with three-day passes available beginning November 1. Los Angeles Times:

Plans for a Wayne Newton museum and home tour are expanding. Washington Post:

LOS ANGELES: L.A.'s Beer Week in the past has been 11 days long, but this year's third annual L.A. Beer Week, October 10-23, is now a full 14 days. Los Angeles Times:

Associated Luxury Hotels International has expanded the California and “ALHI Level 5”/AAA five-diamond offerings within its portfolio of hotels and resorts designed for meetings with the addition of Newport Beach's Resort at Pelican Hill to its membership.

The Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau hosted a "Mad Men"-themed blogger party at the Anaheim Convention Center October 9. The center's Grand Lobby offered '60s tunes, decor, live music, prizes, and retro cocktails. A crowd of 200-plus local bloggers and destination sponsors dressed the part for an evening intended to acquaint the bloggers with Anaheim and Orange County.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The James Beard Foundation five-course dinner at Red, the Steakhouse drew more than 200 guests Saturday. Participating chefs included Andre Bienvenu of Joe's Stone Crab, Dana Brizee of Smith & Wollensky, and Daniel Ganem of Kane Steakhouse.

NEW YORK: Publicist Roger Webster died last week. A funeral service will be held today at noon at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. NY Post:

Sephora and Firmenich created an installation called "Sensorium: An Immersive Journey Through Lucid Dreams From the Sensory World" in the Meatpacking District Friday. The exhibit, open through November 27, is an interactive, multimedia experience featuring different scents. WWD (subscribers only):

ORLANDO: The second annual Fete at Feliz is Thursday night at Casa Feliz Historical Home Museum in Winter Park. The event, which benefits the Bach Festival Society, will include hors d'oeuvres from Arthur's Catering and wine from Clos du Bois.

Orlando Sentinel has a guide to more than 40 food trucks around town: http://thesent.nl/rdijY7

TORONTO: On September 22, Jorn Weisbrodt was named the new artistic director of Luminato, the annual arts festival. Weisbrodt is an experienced arts administrator and has served as director of the Watermill Center and as executive director for RW Work Ltd.

A la Carte Kitchen has been selected as the preferred caterer at the historic Campbell House Museum.

WASHINGTON: The Century Council is hosting its "20 People to Watch" awards and dinner Tuesday night at the Newseum, where Olympic medalists Apolo Ohno and Julie Foudy, among others, are being honored. Curley Company's Ashley Duncan is handling event management and PR, with DC Rentals providing rentals and Petals Edge and Plants Alive! handling florals and plants, respectively. The Newseum is overseeing the lighting and audiovisual production.

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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