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Call Sheet #306: Ralph Lauren Backtracks on Olympic Uniforms, Springsteen and McCartney Break London's Curfew, Comic-Con Wraps

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #306 — Monday, 07.16.12

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York
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1. MADE IN THE U.S.A.: Team USA uniforms will be manufactured in America for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Ralph Lauren Corporation announced, following an outcry over its 2012 uniforms being produced in China. Some fashion insiders blamed election-year politics for stoking the controversy. Los Angeles Times: "Many designers pointed out that before Ralph Lauren took over as the official outfitter for the 2008 Olympic Games, Canadian apparel company Roots had designed uniforms for U.S. athletes since 2002. 'Uniforms have been made overseas before. The only difference right now is that the economy is in such bad shape,' said Bonita Mitchell, sales agent for L.A. contemporary clothing line House of Eleven." http://lat.ms/OIZgqC

2. SPRINGSTEEN BREAKS CURFEW: The good news: Fans at a Bruce Springsteen concert at London's Hyde Park were treated to several duets with guest star Paul McCartney. The bad news: officials cut off their microphones before the end of the show because the concert broke London's sound curfew. The concert was more than half an hour past curfew when officials pulled the plug at the venue, which abuts one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods. Billboard: "With complaints on the rise, local officials have decided that as of next year, the number of concerts will be slashed from 13 to nine. Also in 2013, they plan to reduce crowd limits from 80,000 to 65,000." London mayor Boris Johnson promised similar action would not be taken during the Olympics. http://bit.ly/NUX8hR

3. COMIC-CON WRAPS: The festival ended this weekend, but not before a few more marketing stunts. One bizarre appearance involved actor Robert Downey Jr. appearing via video Friday night at the United Artists 14 Theater in San Diego promoting the release of The Avengers on Blu-Ray. Hollywood Reporter: "Following a lengthy scavenger hunt where Comic-Con attendees hunted for clues in order to discover the location of the screening, the lights went down in the auditorium and a video began playing featuring Downey, sitting on a toilet and holding a microphone. 'I am coming to you live from a bathroom stall in Wilmington, North Carolina, where I am prepping to shoot the very famous toilet escape sequence from Iron Man 3,' he said." http://bit.ly/PXMYRp

4. REBOUND IN  RENO: With the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium, a $1 billion data center from Apple, and a new marketing campaign that targets, among others, same-sex couples, Reno, Nevada, is trying to reinvent itself beyond the gambling sector. New York Times: "The arrival of Indian casinos and the spread of state-sanctioned gambling across the nation have cut deeply into the revenues of former monopolies on legalized gambling like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But none was as devastated as Reno, whose customers came mostly from the Bay Area and other corners of California. Instead of driving a couple hundred miles and crossing the Sierra Nevada, Californians just headed for slot machines at Indian casinos close to home." http://nyti.ms/Nr3YMT

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BOSTON: Robert Tobin is the new chef at Aura and Tamo at the Seaport Hotel.

CHICAGO: Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a "birthday kegger" in the venue's newly remodeled keg room on Thursday.  

LAS VEGAS: The Forum Shops at Caesars will be hosting a tequila tasting dubbed the Jose Cuervo Reserva la Familia event July 25. The event is part of the Casa Fuente Spirits Society. http://bit.ly/PW06Xj

Maureen DeValkenaere joined Caesars Entertainment as on-market sales manager.

LOS ANGELES: dineLA Restaurant week begins Monday as an array of L.A. restaurants will prepare prix fixe menus. The festival ends July 27. http://bit.ly/9KbYY4

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI: The Florida Grand Opera's opening night gala is set for November 17 on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. Metropolitan Opera stars Ailyn Pérez and Arturo Chacón-Cruz will attend, and guests will mingle with cast members of La Bohème.

Miami magazine will celebrate the city’s restaurants and chefs Wednesday at the fourth annual To Live & Dine in Miami at the Miami Design District’s Moore Building. The event is co-hosted by chef Daniel Boulud and benefits Chapman Partnership.

NEW YORK: Michael Feinstein's cabaret at Loews Regency will be leaving in January as the hotel begins renovations. http://nyp.st/M7wlPL

The All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, from September 21-23, has moved to Manhattan at Pier 36 on the East River. The lineup includes The Roots, Afghan Wigs, the Dirty Three, and more.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork   
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ORLANDO: A free beer brewing workshop at Downtown Credo Coffee will begin July 28 as guests will learn how to brew beer of all different types and bottle it.

TORONTO: Fresh Wednesdays at the Farmers' Market in Nathan Phillips Square will now have live entertainment by Canadian Musicians each Wednesday ending August 29.

WASHINGTON: "Extensive water damage" has forced The Latham Hotel & Michel Richard Citronelle to close, and the restaurant's Web site warns they both might stay shuttered for up to six months to repair the damage. http://bit.ly/3jhrc

Washington City Paper: "LivingSocial is opening a speakeasy at 918 F St. NW. Every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., beginning tomorrow, the daily deal company will open up the basement bar of its event space to the public for cocktails and bar bites. And like an old-school speakeasy, you'll need a password to enter. … LivingSocial will announce new passwords on its 918 F Street Facebook and Twitter accounts." http://bit.ly/Mn9Wtk

Garrett Kaneshiro has been named director of food and beverage for the Park Hyatt Washington. He will oversee all food and beverage outlets and initiatives at Park Hyatt Washington, including Blue Duck Tavern, The Lounge, Tea Cellar, in-room dining, and The Gallery’s banquet functions.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Alexandra Brandt, Rose Chevalier, Julia Elstrodt, Beth Kormanik, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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