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The Press List
Halloween Week Festivities Star Ghosts of Radar Past
Week of October 27, 2008
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, 2008National 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
High Speed Networking New York
NYC ContentNext Mixer
Tuesday October 28, 2008
Hearts of Gold 12th Annual Gala
Wednesday October 29, 2008
ifpdfa Print Fair Opening Night Preview Party
Israel Film Festival Opening Night Gala
Thursday October 30, 2008
The Art of Cocktailing
Radar Halloween/Farewell Party
"What New York Needs" 14th Annual Gala
Friday October 31, 2008
Off the Page -- Art of Obituary
Joonbug Seventh Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball
Halloween Night Be Afraid... Of The Takeover!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The Art of Political Satire -- The Economist Off the Page Series
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Art of Debate