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Lunch at Michael’s: Tina Brown, Downright Subdued

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgOn the menu at today’s lunch: a tasty stew of pop culture icons, publishing legends and power brokers — with a side of TV’s young-ish guns. There must have been big things afoot. Instead of the usual glad-handing and table-hopping, most diners were deep in conversation and slipped in and out without much fanfare. We barely recognized Dan Abrams, who had exchanged his clean cut pinstripes for a four o’clock shadow and a tieless khaki suit. We had to look twice when a downright subdued Tina Brown almost slipped past us. Then we settled in and watched the show:

Table 1. The top power spot was occupied by some interesting and intriguing folks today. The early show: Howard Rubenstein and guests. Now that we’ve been doing this for a while, we’ve noticed that the master of spin likes to dine, dish and be on his way before most of the other movers and shakers have had a chance to order their Fiji waters. Second shift: Judge Robert Keating presiding over a table full of jovial guests. Here’s an interesting bit of NYC trivia: the bow-tied jurist set up the first Midtown Community Court in Times Square in 1993 when the tourist trap was attracting a whole different type of thrill seeker. His forward-thinking move helped to all but eliminate the low level crime that was so rampant during the mid eighties and early nineties. Remember those dark days?

2. Peter Brown and Time‘s Michael Elliot. The jet-setting Mr. Elliot tells us he is currently based in New York but is splitting his time between Time‘s London office (where he edits the Europe, Middle East and Africa editions) and Hong Kong (for the Asia edition).

3. 60 MinutesSteve Croft and MTV’s John Sykes.

4. Wayne Tabach.

5. Time Inc.’s John Huey with a cool, Grace Kelly-ish blonde we didn’t recognize.

6. MSNBC’s general manager and legal eagle Dan Abrams with Good Morning America‘s newish news anchor Chris Cuomo. Good to see you Chris, after your close call in Iraq …

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Media Events: 02.13.07

media_events_logo_sm.jpgParties, panels and other notable media gatherings

TUESDAY 02.13.07

WHAT: “The Ethics and Politics of Surveillance: New Information Practices & Our Private Lives”
WHO: Shohini Ghosh, Associate Professor, Video and Television Production at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, (Central University) New Delhi
WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE: TamarindArt Gallery, 142 East 39th Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Ghosh — who sounds really, really smart — talks about the emergence of digital surveillance (like hidden cameras — are you listening, Ron Burkle?) in reporting and access — and the inherently thorny ethical implications.

WHAT: The Future of Alternative Journalism
WHO: Abe Peck, Helen Gurley Brown, Amy Goodman, Dealbreaker.com founder Elizabeth Spiers, City Belt publisher John Whiten
WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE: New York City Center Studio, 4 130 West 56th Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Big topic for small ($7) price.
NOTE: RSVP here.

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