So what if it’s getting a bit chilly up here in NYC, nothing a little booze and some trivia can’t cure! PRNewser editor Tonya Garcia and I will be playing hosts tonight for an AgencySpy/PRNewser shindig at Turtle Bay from 6:30-8:30pm. Come in from the cold and enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers while you test your knowledge in all things media/advertising/PR. We can’t say how easy or difficult the questions are or how good my Trebek impression will be, but guess it just depends on how soused you all are by the time the game starts. Anyhow, registration (it’s free!) is still open and you can get full details including address, etc. here. Join us, will you?
We bet you saw a lot of superheroes lurking around over Halloween weekend, such as Spiderman, Kick Ass and every other caped crusader you can think of. This year, though, employees at Hispanic agency Lapiz, Chicago, dressed as real heroes.
According to Lapiz AD Philipe Dião, thirty-three of the shop’s staff “stormed into Leo Burnett’s Halloween party (not literally) chanting CHI CHI CHI….LE LE LE!, and were all dressed as the brave Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months.” Are you going to try and argue that these people aren’t heroes after surviving under the earth for over 60 days?
In case you didn’t know, Lapiz was originally formed as the Hispanic Division of Leo Burnett USA. In 1999, they established their own identity as Lápiz, and they have been operating independently within the Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. network ever since. Their clients consist of Proctor & Gamble, Allstate and US Cellular just to throw out a few.
Doesn’t matter if you’re Polish, Chinese, African-American, Native American, French, or Republican, come St. Patrick’s Day, if you live in Chicago, you’re 100 percent Chi-rish according to Miller Lite. In the past month, the beer-water has plastered the city of Chicago with signage promoting a united, binge-drinking front for Chi-city dwellers, known as Chi-rish. And, if solidarity weren’t enough, Miller Lite will also be providing free shuttle services to Chicago’s drunkards and booze-bags on both March 13th and 17th. The whole thing makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Actually, that’s probably just the Guinness.
To find out more about Miller Lite’s shuttle service, click here.
Happy (and safe) St. Patrick’s Day!
Although I sincerely appreciate a handout anywhere I can get one, lots of Fashion Week sponsors just didn’t get it this year. After seven days parading through a sea of high heels/models and having tube after tube of mascara shoved in my face (I’ve collected more schwag than your 8th grade pot dealer) it’s finally over. Oh look, two weed references. Click continued for the Fashion Week Free Crap rundown.
Everyone loves a Halloween bash, so why not spend yours doing something involving alcohol, costumes and supporting the children? Gotcha, now you have to do it or you’ll feel guilty. If you’re Catholic, I apologize for the additional guilt. Anyway, here’s the details:
Who: You and yours
What: Halloween costume party/contest, open bar, raffles, live performances from Kentavious Jones and PlatEAU
Where: The Xchange, 640 West 28th st. 9th floor (b/n 10th & 11th in Manhattan)
When: October 31, 10 p.m.
Why: Benefit the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
How much: $85 today, Oct. 23. $100 starting the 24th.
Click here to sign up!
Contact tholmes at madisonsquare dot org for more info.
There’s a few advertising parties this week in New York we thought you’d like to know about.
Wednesday Oct. 7th
We told you yesterday about the OneClub’s Adversity anniversary get-together at JWT. Hosted by Julius Dunn of Adversity, Tiffany Edwards of the OneClub and a slate of industry professionals dedicated to diversifying the industry, this will include AgencySpy’s own Kiran Aditham. Click here to join the party.
Also tomorrow: if you’re down in the dirty dirty of New York on Wednesday Oct. 7th, you can meet up with yours truly at the AgencySpy party at Tribeca Cinemas. I just took a look at the guest list and there’s still room so get on it. We’ll be joined by folks from Freedom + Partners, Razorfish, Please Feed The Animals, BBDO, the lab, Creative Music Productions, Bloomberg, Publicis Modem, Saatchi, MRMWORLDWIDE (McCann), imc2, adrenalina and
AtmosphereProximity to name a few. RSVP here.
Thursday, Oct. 8
If you’re in Brooklyn on Thursday, don’t miss BODEGA’s Mapping Project, a party that aims to bring together the creatives, startups, social entrepreneurs, and small business owners in the Brooklyn scene. PBR will be served, DJ Jubilee will spin, ideas will spring to life. Let them know you’re coming, here.
More: “OneClub’s Adversity Party is Wednesday”
Adversity is the branch of the OneClub that helps educate youth of all backgrounds about the advertising business (and does a bunch of other stuff, too), and on Wednesday they’re throwing a one-year hoopla to celebrate the success of the last year. We’re not fully versed on what they’ve done, but you can find out more here.
It’s an RSVP type thing, so be sure to click over to their site and find out more. Basically, people will be getting together at JWT’s New York office on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here to join the party.
JWT can host up to 250 people and we hear the spaces are nearly all accounted for, so sign up fast. Click here to see who’s attending.
Virgin FreeFest is this weekend and wouldn’t you know it’s produced by Mother New York. They let us know about the show, which is this Sunday, August 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion between Baltimore and D.C. and then gave us two free tickets to give away. Read on for the Catch.
Tickets for the show sold out pretty fast since, you know, they were free. But we managed to get two tickets for one of you, if you live in the D.C./Baltimore area or can get there by Sunday to see Weezer, Blink-182, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, The National, Girl Talk, The Bravery, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Wale, and Taking Back Sunday, among others.
To WIN the tickets, Tweet the phrase below and get 5 people to RT for you then email us (agencyspy at gmail.com) links to the RTs. First one to email us with 5 confirmed RTs of THEIR initial Tweet, wins.
The phrase: Life sux w/o @agencyspy Pls RT so I can win tix to FreeFest http://bit.ly/E07gm
Something cool about this show: “there will be a special VIP seating area for those who complete 13 hours of community service at designated homeless youth shelters around the country.”
Update: We have a winner — @amazin_grace. Thanks to everyone who played!
Last night was the party party time for AgencySpy’s crew (oh wait, Kiran and faceless intern ryan never showed their shameful faces…), held at NYC’s Pranna. The scene was dark and shadowy, allowing for spies from McCann, RAPP, JWT, RMG and a number of other agencies to make appearances without fear of retribution.
The booze flowed nicely throughout the night, especially because I had the free drink tickets in my breast pocket. For once in my life, I was popular. I’ll revel in this party forever and ever amen.
So without sharing too much of the craziness, though there were a few overly drunken moments from a few attendees. Some folks were seen making out in a back booth and I drank a bit of whiskey at the request of PRNewser’s Joe Ciarallo.
We’ll have more in the near future, and maybe even in your town. E-mail me if you’re up for a party outside New York. agencyspy at mediabistro dot com. Big thanks to all of those who braved being associated with us.
One last reminder that tomorrow we’d like to meet you at Pranna, the place on 28th and Madison where TRAFFIQ is buying 100 beverages of your choice so long as they make you tipsy.
— Tuesday July 21 from 7-9pm at Pranna in Manhattan (79 Madison Ave b/n 28th n 29th)
— First 100 drinks are free so get there early and you can work the system.
— TRAFFIQ, our sponsor, can be thanked for said drinks and will also be giving away an iPod Touch. In that case I hope none of you shows so I can win it.
— We’re heading to Pranna, where there will be complimentary eats and the mixologists are top notch.
— RSVP here.