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Call Sheet #293: California Celebrates Before Foie Ban, Democratic Convention Makes Major Venue Change

BIZBASH CALL SHEET â€” #293 — Tuesday, 06.26.12

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York
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1. FOIE FETES: California's foie gras ban goes into effect July 1, with restaurants that serve the dish facing fines of $1,000. Chefs are attempting to repeal the law, but meanwhile suppliers reported shortages of the delicacy. Huffington Post: "Secret dinners (dually designed to avoid protesters and attract exclusivity) have kept chefs moonlighting nightly, and nearly every restaurant in town has introduced specialty items to send the dish off with a bang." http://huff.to/Q5wwe9

2. D.N.C. VENUE SWITCH: The Democratic National Convention is moving its Labor Day festival from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Charlotte's Uptown neighborhood. Charlotte Observer: "Hosting the CarolinaFest event along the Tryon Street corridor instead of 20 miles outside uptown makes for easier logistics, said host committee spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling. … Networks, including cable outlets that are expected to cover the convention far more extensively than their network counterparts, had already been struggling with the mechanics of moving up from Tampa’s Republican National convention the week before, then facing a setup in three venues in Charlotte: the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the arena, and finally Bank of America Stadium for what is expected to be Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night." http://bit.ly/OpaBS7

3. HONORING BANKERS: Finance executives remain popular guests of honor despite being turned into the villains of the nation's financial crisis. Bloomberg: "Bank of America’s Brian T. Moynihan, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s Jamie Dimon, Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman and Pandit are among the bankers recognized since May 1, a day of international protests against Wall Street. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. President Gary D. Cohn accepted an award for the firm that evening from Friends of the High Line over hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and slow-braised short ribs. Goldman Sachs and its employees have given more than $6 million to the Manhattan park, he said. Nonprofits embrace bankers, often honoring them because of their donations, said Naomi Levine, executive director of New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. 'Does this make me happy? No, it doesn’t. I look at what some of the banks and other insurance companies have done to the American economy and I’m not comfortable with it,' said Levine, who previously oversaw fundraising as an NYU executive. 'You try to balance your criticism of some of the things that Wall Street has done with the need.'" http://bloom.bg/PZbLAM

4. CELEBRATING THE RAILROAD: Union Pacific is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a major advertising and marketing campaign. New York Times: "Along with rolling out a vintage steam engine for events from Louisiana to California, Union Pacific is rolling out a national advertising campaign. Print ads feature Union Pacific trains winding through sweeping American landscapes, while copy emphasizes the railroad’s role in the country’s history — and future. The ads are by Bailey Lauerman, a Nebraska agency with offices in Lincoln and Omaha. The photographer is Chris Gordaneer who, interestingly, considering the patriotic tone of the campaign, lives in Toronto." http://nyti.ms/LxjuIe

5. TRAVELING CIRCUS: Traveling as part of Aerial Angels, a circus company that performs at corporate events, has made for some interesting encounters with the Transportation Security Administration, according to owner Allison Williams. She describes her frequent flier adventures and the perils of checking sensitive equipment. New York Times: "Our bags are always searched because they’re filled with a lot of hardware and cables. We started leaving pictures of us doing our various circus acts right inside the bags to help explain how that stuff is used." http://nyti.ms/MUSNY3

6. OLYMPIC BUDGET BUST: Daily Beast: "The London Olympic Games are on track to become the most expensive since the 1996 summer competition in Atlanta, said researchers at the University of Oxford. The final price tag may set the British capital city back twice what organizers originally estimated. A spokesman for the Games did not comment on the study." http://bit.ly/Og0Xjf

7. N.H.L. DRAFT SITES: Washington Post: "The 2013 draft will be held at the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J. The 2014 edition will be at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be the first time hosting the draft for both franchises, and next year’s draft will be the first held in the New York area."

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Interested? Send as many as five renderings, sketches, photos, or mood boards with short, 60-word descriptions, highlighting the main idea behind each image to [email protected]. (By submitting the images, you agree that its content does not infringe copyrights or other property rights of any party. You also agree that the image you are submitting is your own and grant BizBash Media a perpetual nonexclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable right to use, publish, display, and modify the works for editorial purposes.)

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BOSTON: After an extensive renovation, the Boston Tea Party museum reopens today. http://bo.st/MOSiT8

On Thursday, Mohegan Sun will host the grand opening of its GLO at the Pool nightclub. The event is headlined by DJ Clinton Sparks with a guest appearance by LMFAO.

CHICAGO: The Madhatter's Ball is Saturday at the Riverfront Theater Tent.

Melissa Magsaysay will sign copies of her new book, LA Style, at eDropoff Tonight at an event co-hosted by Glossed & Found. Vendors include A Perfect Event and the Entertaining Company.  

American Cancer Society's Skyline Soiree is July 27 at the River East Art Center.

Group tickets are now available for two Broadway in Chicago productions. Priscilla Queen of the Desert runs from March 18-31 at the Auditorium Theatre; Catch Me If You Can runs April 2-14 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

LAS VEGAS: Two people died after leaving the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival, and organizers responded by saying both were beyond the scope of the event. Las Vegas Sun: "The deaths do make more interesting, however, the difficulty Metro Police had in investigating Insomniac Inc., the business that puts on Electric Daisy Carnival, and its its chief operating officer, Pasquale Rotella." http://bit.ly/LXLhRM

LOS ANGELES: Lacma debuted its massive "Levitated Mass" sculpture over the weekend. Los Angeles Times: http://lat.ms/LLVf3H

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

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Inxpo are hosting a webcast today to educate planners on incorporating webcasting technology into their meetings, events and conferences.

South Florida Business Journal: "The Palm Beaches Marathon has been sold by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches to Dallas-based US Road Sports and Entertainment Group. US Road produces endurance events nationally, including the ING Miami Marathon, which had 25,000 runners for its full and half-marathon. The Palm Beaches Marathon attracted 3,900 participants in its eighth year last December, but U.S. Road expects to boost that to more than 5,000." http://bit.ly/MMEIh4

Kiehl’s Since 1851 is hosting the third annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a charity motorcycle ride that launches with a celebrity-hosted, pop-up urban picnic at the Kiehl’s store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach on July 13. The ride culminates in Washington D.C. on July 21 at amfAR & GBCHealth’s Together to End AIDS Gala.

NEW YORK: Forbes.com has the scoop on how to throw the "biggest party" in New York: Governor's Ball. http://onforb.es/MvY3We

Auction houses such as Christie's and Sothebys are adding food and drink to lure clients to auction events. http://nyti.ms/LNmn3R

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO: The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association annual meeting wraps up today at the Peabody Orlando. Sponsors include Sho-Aids, Freeman, and PSAV.

Visit Orlando is offering up to $25,000 in incentives for meetings contracted by December 31 that will take place during 2013 or 2014 and use at least 1,500 hotel rooms on peak and/or 60,000 square feet of convention space. These meetings also qualify for complimentary marketing services from Visit Orlando.

SAN FRANCISCO: Google I/O takes place Wednesday through Sunday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together thousands of developers for sessions focused on building the latest Web, mobile, and social breakthroughs. Google extended the event to three days this year.

San Francisco has developed a 25-year master plan for the expansion of Moscone Convention Center with completion of the first phase expected by early 2018. Mayor Edwin Lee made the announcement Monday at San Francisco Travel Association’s Annual Luncheon. Moscone Center attracts 50 events annually and is a major generator of demand for hotel rooms in San Francisco.

TORONTO: The Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park begins is Friday-Sunday, with live music, animals from the Toronto Zoo, and carnival rides. Sponsors include Schneiders Country Naturals, Seagram, and Nintendo.

WASHINGTON: Washington Post: Riot Act Comedy Theatre is closing for renovations and is scheduled to reopen July 9 as Penn Social, "a 'social club' packed with games, TV screens and bars in a format that seems closer to ESPN Zone than the Improv." http://wapo.st/MCKD8l

With a bid of nearly $10 million, The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association won an auction for President George Washington's personal copy of the US Constitution, a draft of the Bill of Rights, and other documents. The association, which runs Mount Vernon, will go on display at the first president's estate this fall. Washingtonian: http://bit.ly/MvS1SF

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, and Alexandra Brandt, Rose Chevalier, Julia Elstrodt, Beth Kormanik, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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