Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 26, 2013: Barneys and Jay Z Announce Holiday Partnership, Japan Creates Inflatable Concert Hall, Iconic Comedy Festival Gets Own SiriusXM Channel | BizBash

1. BARNEYS AND JAY Z ANNOUNCE HOLIDAY PARTNERSHIP: Jay Z will create a holiday collection for the department store Barneys, which debuts November 20 in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago stores. Rolling Stone: "The collection, called "BNY SCC Gallery" (standing for Barney New York Shawn Corey Carter), will include themed window halloween lawn decorations inflatable, ads, and a massive party, all of which will feature special-edition merchandise from brands such as Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Proenza Schouler."

2. ICONIC COMEDY FESTIVAL GETS OWN SIRIUSXM CHANNEL: Mediabistro: "Coinciding with the 30th anniversary year of Montreal's annual Just for Laughs comedy festival, SiriusXM is tomorrow launching a new channel that will tap archived and future material from the now international year-round event."

3. SEE THIS: INFLATABLE CONCERT HALL CREATED IN JAPAN: An inflatable concert hall, developed to tour areas of Japan devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis, is nearly finished. The hall, which looks like a massive purple doughnut, has scheduled a performance for October 12. Spoon & Tamago: "Arc Nova takes about 2 hours to inflate and holds roughly 500 people. The wooden benches were completed during a workshop in August, in which volunteers showed up and used wood from tsunami-damaged cedar trees at Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima."


Eventbrite, the self-service, online ticketing platform, announced it has processed $2 billion in gross ticket sales for organizers worldwide since the company was founded in 2006. The company attributes its growth to international expansion and growth into new categories such as music, festivals, and endurance sports.


BOSTON: United Way Emerging Leaders will host its season kickoff mixer at the Liberty Hotel next Thursday. Geared toward philanthropic young professionals, the event will donate ticket proceeds to Youth Venture.

SkyBokx 109 GastroSports has a new menu for sports-viewing parties. With a focus on family-friendly comfort foods, items include warm baked brie, St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, and bourbon-glaze wings.

Finch, the restaurant and bar in the Boxer, has a new list of 20 craft beer selections. Finch hosts meetings and events and can hold 70 guests.

CHICAGO: Nouveau Tavern will open soon in River North. Inspired by New Orleans, the restaurant will offer contemporary takes on dishes such as jambalaya and shrimp and grits. The chef is Norman Hargrove, formerly of the Peninsula's Pierrot Gourmet.

Bonefish Grill Orland Park is now open. The venue does not have a private dining room, but it can be bought out to host events for as many as 196 guests.

LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas Review-Journal: "In many folks' eyes, it was quite a gamble. But Jordan Butler never saw it that way. He had a women's tennis tournament that was flat-lining in terms of interest, so he figured if he thought outside the box and it didn't work, he wasn't any worse off than when he started. By bringing in musician Redfoo as an investor and using his 'Party Rock' brand to spice things up, Las Vegas' only pro tennis event saw a spike in overall attendance by nearly 15 percent in 2012 while creating a fun vibe throughout the Darling Tennis Center."

Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas has named Melissa Arias as the new executive director.

LONDON: The Barbican Centre will host Wikimania, the annual conference for Wikimedia, August 6-10. Around 8,000 attendees are expected for the 10th anniversary of the event, which kicks off with a hackathon.

LOS ANGELES: New York University's Tisch School of the Arts is hosting a Los Angeles Benefit Gala October 28 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Alumni including filmmaker Oliver Stone and producer Liza Chasin are expected to attend.

Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceline, hosted its annual private customer event Wednesday at Mojave Air and Space Port. Deemed "Your Flight DNA," the event brought together 400 future astronauts who attended presentations on medical evaluations, overall operations, and the progress being made at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Tonight they will attend a private Virgin Galactic party at the California Science Center.

The Spare Room at the Roosevelt is launching an off-site cocktail catering service that offers customized bar packages and services with signature craft cocktails, house-made elixirs, and small-batch premium spirits.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The third annual Gables Bike Day is October 20 on Miracle Mile. The event, from the nonprofit Bike Walk Coral Gables, includes BMX demos, skateboard contests, guided bike tours, and music from DJ Nil Lara.

Holi One Color Festival comes to Miami November 30 at the Production Village at Mana Wynwood. Partygoers are encouraged to dress in all white, and ticket packages include packets of colored powder and a commemorative wristband.

NEW YORK: Crains New York: "The controversy that erupted when Gov. Andrew Cuomo changed the dates of the New York Boat Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center may have been resolved. Major stakeholders involved in the uproar have reached a tentative deal that will involve a slight adjustment to the schedule, but will not be the plan announced by Mr. Cuomo in August."

The Teak Fellowship, dedicated to the academic success of talented New York City students, will host its 15th anniversary Benefit Celebration October 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Tao New York Downtown will host its opening party on Saturday inside the Maritime Hotel.

Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, announced a $10 million expansion including an ice skating rink, 54 additional guest rooms, increased special event spaces, and an outdoor park area. It is slated to open in May.

NYC & Company announced that will become the exclusive hotel booking engine powering the city's official tourism Web site,

World Yacht is hosting a special "Harvest on the Hudson" dinner cruise highlighting new seasonal menus consisting only of Hudson Valley-grown fresh produce and vegetables, as well as locally sourced wine and spirits. Available to the public through October 19, tickets will be $65 to $75 a person.

Cafe Boulud and DeBragga New York's Butcher are hosting a $270-per-person dinner October 16 featuring Miyazaki-gyu Japanese wagyu. Chefs Gavin Kaysen and Hiroki Ave will create their own wagyu dishes.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: Hyatt has announced three executive appointments for the Hyatt Regency Orlando, which will be the new name of the Peabody Orlando as of October 1. Tom Smith will become area vice president and general manager; Brian Comes will be hotel manager; and Nate Hardesty will be director of sales and marketing.

Florida Hospital Celebration Health will launch "Pink on Parade," a 5K fund-raising walk for breast cancer in Celebration Sunday. Glickman Productions will produce the event, with details such as pink restrooms, pink beach balls, and pink pyrotechnics.

PHOENIX: The Devoured Food & Wine Classic, now in its fifth year at the Phoenix Art Museum, is March 1-2. The festival is adding a V.I.P. component that will allow 300 ticket holders into the festival an hour before general admission and access to a lounge for exclusive wine tastings, meetings with chefs, and cooking demonstrations.

TORONTO: IIDEX Canada, Canada's National Design and Architecture Exposition & Conference, runs today and Friday at the Direct Energy Centre. The event features 350 exhibitors.

WASHINGTON: Air & Scare, the annual Halloween event at the National Air and Space Museum, is October 26 at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Children are invited to wear costumes, and activities include indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, and science experiments. Mars Chocolate North America is a sponsor.

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