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The Press List

Halloween Week Festivities Star Ghosts of Radar Past

Week of October 27, 2008

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Welcome to The Press List, our weekly newsletter alerting you to upcoming media events worth knowing about. Last Friday, New York's media scene was rocked by the news that Radar magazine had folded and its Web site had been purchased by AMI. Employees had to exit the premises by 3pm, and according to the Observer, former staffers headed to Croxley's Ales for afternoon drinks after they packed their bags. Later that night, a tipster spotted RadarOnline editor Alex Balk and Elizabeth Spiers -- whose own online work doesn't seem to be drying up -- with some blog types at Professor Thom's, where the atmosphere was "slightly bummed." Mourning for Radar will continue this week with what was originally supposed to be its Halloween party at Citrine on Thursday, now considered a goodbye party. Assuming they're in the mood to drown their sorrows with free booze, expect to see former Radar EIC Maer Roshan, former contributing editor Choire Sicha, and former staff writer Neel Shah. We wonder if any of the new overlords from American Media Inc. will dare to show up...

On Friday, there will be several magazine-sponsored events for your Halloween partying convenience: Esquire hosts the annual celebrity-studded Joonbug masquerade at Capitale. Hip-hopper-turned-MTV reality star Reverend Run will be the evening's master of ceremonies. For those of you who'd rather not pony up for a ticket, Mass Appeal and Missbehave will team up with Rockstar Games to host a dance party in Williamsburg. If you're looking for a more refined Halloween night, The Economist, kicks off its "Off The Page Discussion Series" Friday, with Leonard Lopate hosting a fittingly morbid look at the "art of obituary." Off the Page events will continue throughout the weekend...

Also on deck for this week are black-tie galas featuring star anchors Matt Lauer and Soledad O'Brien. Writers with amateur screenplays stashed away in their desks won't want to miss the Israel film festival, where Daily News bigwig Mort Zuckerman will be in attendance, along with Danny DeVito and Hollywood producer Edward Zwick. Art buffs will want to check out the Art & Antiques magazine soiree celebrating the opening night of The International Fine Print Dealers Association's 2008 Print Week. Publishing industry types and civilian book lovers should both enjoy the New York chapter of the Women's National Book Association's National Reading Group Month celebration featuring a discussion headlined by Schooled author Anisha Lakhani. If the economic crisis has left you without work or simply starved for contacts, there will be plenty of meet-and-greet opportunities courtesy of ContentNext Media, Networking for Professionals, and BizBash...

What went on at media parties last week? Nerve's recession-proof 1929-themed bash went down last Monday at The Box. Nerve and sponsor Hendrick's Gin treated revelers to 1920s lookalikes, a "gin-filled bathtub, a decadent display of fire breathers, magicians, contortionists and carnival acts, and the occasional burlesque dancer," and served as a creative reminder that drinking and nightlife can survive any market crash.

We went to the Gawker Media and Beck's Beer Gawktoberfest at the blog network's Nolita headquarters last Thursday. Gawker bloggers Richard Blakeley, Richard Lawson, and Hamilton Nolan mingled with loyal commenters deemed "the whitest kids you know," by Cindy Casares, editor of Latin pop culture blog Guanabee -- though Casares was sure to add: "Not that there's anything wrong with that." James Del, the Gawker Media ad associate who planned the party, told us it may be the first of many sponsored events at Gawker: "Now that we have the space we'd love to have more parties... I would not be surprised if there were more in the future." Our highlight? Running into Gawker business development guy Scott Kidder in the heated beer tent, where he was seeking a reveler who "apparently peed under one of the tables." Nothing says "Octoberfest" like public urination...

We'll be back next Monday with a look at the week's media parties and events. Pre- and post-election festivities, such as the TVNewser Election Hangover Party on Thursday November 6, promise to keep the collective media dance card full, so stay tuned...

Monday October 27, 2008

National Reading Group Month Celebration
An evening discussion featuring noted female authors
Host: Women's National Book Association New York City Chapter
Guest List: Free to members/members of the press, $20 for the general public
Speakers: Anisha Lakhani, Alice Mattison, Elizabeth Strout, Dalia Sofer, Anya Ulinich
When: 6pm-8:30, Monday, October 27
Where: The New York Center for Independent Publishing, 20 West 44th Street

WNYC Radio Gala 2008
An evening discussion featuring noted female authors
Host: WNYC Radio
Guest List: Tables of 10 available at $25,000, $12,500, and $7,500; Individual tickets available at $1,500 and $1,000
Past Attendees/Expected Guests: Carl Kasell
When: 6pm, Monday, October 27
Where: Cipriani 42nd Street, New York

High Speed Networking New York
One-on-one with other professionals, a few minutes at a time
Host: Networking for Professionals
Guest List: $20 NFP members, $30 non-members; $35 at the door
When: 6:15pm-8:15pm, Monday, October 27
Where: Public House, 140 East 41st Street

NYC ContentNext Mixer
For those from various fields of the industry -- big media companies as well as indie ones, tech/vendor companies, VCs, bankers, and journalists
Host: ContentNext Media
Guest List: For ticket information
When: 6pm-9pm, Monday, October 27
Where: 230 Fifth, New York

Tuesday October 28, 2008

BizBash Style Expo Pre-Party
Cocktails and networking
Host: BizBash
Guest List:David Adler and Richard Aaron
When: 6pm, Tuesday October 28
Where: Ultra, 37 West 26th St., New York

Hearts of Gold 12th Annual Gala
"Glitz and Glamour" charity gala benefiting organization dedicated to New York's homeless mothers and their children
Host: Hearts of Gold
Guest List: Tickets from $2,000; tables from $20,000
Past Attendees/Expected Guests: Soledad O'Brien
When: 6pm, Tuesday October 28
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion

Wednesday October 29, 2008

ifpdfa Print Fair Opening Night Preview Party
Exhibitors debut works for collectors and devotees eager for a first look before Fair opens to the public
Host: Art & Antiques, International Fine Print Dealers Association
Guest List: Tickets start at $75
When: 5pm-9pm, Wednesday, October 29
Where: Park Avenue Armory

Israel Film Festival Opening Night Gala
Celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary, the gala honors individuals who have made contributions to the entertainment industry
Host: 22nd Israel Film Festival
Guest List: Tickets start at $125
Expected Guests: Mort Zuckerman, Danny DeVito, Liev Schreiber, Edward Zwick
When: 7:30pm, Wednesday October 29
Where: Ziegfeld Theatre

Thursday October 30, 2008

The Art of Cocktailing
In New York, throughout the fall, "Art of Cocktailing" events offer guests the opportunity to recreate local art pieces as screen printed images on limited-edition canvas tote bags
Host: Swindle, Campari
Guest List: Free
When: 7-9 pm, October 30
Where: Tailor, 525 Broome St., New York

Radar Halloween/Farewell Party
A planned "Vampires & Victims" event becomes a chance to pay last respects to the recently folded magazine
Host: Radar
Guest List: Invite Only
Expected Guests: Maer Roshan, former Radar print and online staffers
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday, October 30
Where: Citrine, 59 W. 21st Street

"What New York Needs" 14th Annual Gala
Cocktails and formal dinner honoring Gov. Jon Corzine
Host: The Doe Fund
Guest List: Tickets from $1,000; tables from $10,000.00
Expected Guests: Matt Lauer
When: 6pm, Thursday, October 30
Where: Cipriani, New York

Friday October 31, 2008

Off the Page -- Art of Obituary
The Economist celebrates Book of Obituaries, the first-ever publication of the most compelling obituaries in the magazine during an evening of cocktails and conversation with obituaries editor Ann Wroe and WNYC's Leonard Lopate
Host: The Economist
Guest List: Tickets start at $30
When: 9pm, Friday, October 31
Where: Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street

Joonbug Seventh Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball
Celebrity-friendly Halloween club party. Costumes Mandatory.
Host: Esquire
Guest List: Tickets from $95
Past Attendees: Russell Simmons, Lisa Ling
When: 9pm-4am, Friday, October 31
Where: Capitale, 130 Bowery

Halloween Night Be Afraid... Of The Takeover!
DJ's, Costume Party
Host: Mass Appeal, Missbehave Mag, Rockstar Games
Guest List:
Past Attendees/Expected Guests: Anyone with a crush on Leigh Lezark
When: 9pm-3am, Friday, October 31
Where: Colossal Media Warehouse, 50 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Art of Political Satire -- The Economist Off the Page Series
The Economist partners with improv comedy troupe The Second City. An evening of engaging improv and hands-on tutorial in cartooning, led by the magazine's 30-year political cartoonist Kal Kallaugher, with a cast party after the 10pm show
Host: The Economist
Guest List: Tickets start at $30
When: 7pm and 10pm, Saturday, November 1
Where: Edison Ballroom, New York

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Art of Debate
In a Sunday afternoon double-header, The Economist draws together public intellectuals to debate before a live audience. Executive editor Daniel Franklin will moderate a debate on whether corporation should be involved in the business of social responsibility. Also, editor-in-chief John Micklethwait will moderate a debate on the future of "Brand America"
Host: The Economist
Guest List: Tickets start at $30
When: 12pm and 3pm, Sunday, November 2
Where: Gotham Hall, New York

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