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Call Sheet #89: Beyonce’s Bump Steals VMAs, Irene Storms East Coast, George Little Sold for $173M

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #89 — Monday, 08.29.11

Compiled today by Jana Schiowitz and Courtney Thompson in New York
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1. BEYONCE’S BUMP STEALS MTV VMAS SHOW: Last night, the MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live, went smoothly despite having no host, plenty of "bleep" moments, and foul conversation between Cloris Leachman and "The Jersey Shore" cast. Beyonce's pregnancy announcement has garnered the most media coverage from the night, while Lady Gaga's alter ego, Joe Calderone, and the high-energy surprise performance from hip-hop heavyweights Kanye West, who was on his best behavior, and Jay-Z, where smoke and pyrotechnics filled the stage, are the most talked about stage moments. The New York Times:

The L.A. Times reviews Adele's performance of "Someone Like You," Odd Future's nervous antics, and the not-so-thrilling Pitbull and Ne-Yo act:

Lady Gaga's theatrics skated on the line between entertainment and controversy: The L.A. Times:

Entertainment Weekly grades the night's performances:

Beyonce’s pregnancy tops Vulture’s five VMA highlights:

2. IRENE HITS EAST COAST: While events like the MTV VMAs were getting ready to kickoff on the West Coast, states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. geared up for complete city-shutdowns, anticipating the worst from Hurricane Irene. For the first time, the Big Apple closed its transit system Saturday, and, as we told you last week, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication that was supposed to take place on the Mall in Washington on Sunday was postponed indefinitely. The list of cancelled and postponed events in New York included Broadway shows, the Hamptons Rocks for Charity event’s Crosby, Stills & Nash concert, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall. New York Post:

The New York Times looks at other affected cultural events around New York:

Train service to the Hamptons and the area's events like the ArtWalk were cancelled or postponed: Guest of a Guest:

Several sporting events had to be rescheduled as the hurricane approached, including preseason football games, the U.S. Open's tennis tournament's qualifying rounds, and both M.L.B. and M.L.S. games. The Associated Press:

Hotels also felt the grunt of the storm including the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The property is expected to reopen today: PR Newswire:

3. GEORGE LITTLE SOLD FOR $173M: Providence Equity Partners has acquired George Little Management for about $173 million from the Daily Mail and General Trust PLC. G.L.M. produces 15 trade shows in markets ranging from jewelry to home furnishings. Business Week:

4. IMPOSED DINING LIMITS: At many of New York's restaurants, a long wait is nothing new, but some restaurants want to curb diners' waits and enlist two-hour dining limits. Gordon Ramsay used time limits at one of his London restaurants in 2006, but that was revoked after complaints from patrons.


BOSTON: Boston Ballet has completed renovations on its Clarendon Street headquarters. With multi-tiered seating for 144, Studio 7 will be available for rental on a limited basis for corporate retreats and special events. A video tour of the space is here:

CHICAGO: The Bon Appetit-sponsored Dine Around program, which runs August 29 through September 25, offers a chance to earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet by purchasing five meals at participating restaurants, which include Riva Crab House and Tavern on Rush.

LAS VEGAS: The Spanish Trail Country Club, which has a 27-hole golf course, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Vegas Inc:

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas will host its 10th annual scholarship fund-raiser, M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students), at the M Resort Spa & Casino’s Villaggio Del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza September 30.

LOS ANGELES: Organizers of the five-day Society of Critical Care Medicine convention have canceled plans for coming downtown in 2014 out of worries about construction activity stemming from the proposed N.F.L. stadium. The convention would have drawn 6,000 attendees. Los Angeles Times:

Rosa Mexicano opened their second restaurant in the area in August The restaurant's dramatic spaces are designed for affairs of all types, from large dinner parties and cocktail receptions to the most intimate of gatherings.

Andaz West Hollywood has unveiled a 20-foot-tall tattoo art-style sign, created by Mark Mahoney, tattoo artist and owner of Shamrock Social Club. The sign provides direction to patrons visiting Andaz and RH restaurant as well serves as a public art piece.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar's new chef Miguel Aguilar introduced a new menu this past weekend full of affordable small plates influenced by Latin cuisine. Dishes include chicken ropa vieja empanadas, chocolate bread pudding, and brussels sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions.

NEW YORK: On Friday, IMG announced some changes for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents. For the eight-day series of shows, which are scheduled to start Thursday, September 8, the complex at Lincoln Center will have a new facade with the ability to integrate digital multimedia, clear panels to allow more natural light, a modified lobby layout that will give more space to sponsors, and lowered lighting panels to create a more intimate atmosphere.

According to WWD, Tommy Hilfiger will be presenting his spring 2012 men’s wear line at the High Line Chelsea Market Passage on September 9 at 5:30 p.m.

The H.P. Haute Design Inspired by High Technology event, scheduled for tomorrow night, has been cancelled.
ORLANDO: Legoland Florida will offer a shuttle service from the Orlando Premium Outlets to the park every morning, with return service in the evening. The park will open October 15 in Winter Haven, about half way between Orlando and Tampa.

TORONTO: Chef Todd Clarmo, previously of Canoe, will head up the kitchen at the soon-to-be-opened restaurant at the Trump International Hotel and Residence, Stock. The restaurant will be located on the 31st floor.

The Whistler Olympic Plaza officially opens weekend. At the site of the Victory Ceremonies during the 2010 Olympics, the community space includes art installations, an outdoor pavilion, a playground, and a large lawn.

Sapporo will launch its North American 'Sound Den' events Wednesday night at Cheval, with DJs EC Twins and Am-E. Sapporo-infused cocktails will be served. Market Wire:

WASHINGTON: State dinner crashers and Real Housewives of D.C. couple Tareq and Michaele Salahi are facing more financial woes. Reliable Source is reporting that the couple’s Oasis Vineyards in Virginia is headed for the auction block next month, per the order of the East Virginia bankruptcy court.

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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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