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Monte Carlo Marks a Major Milestone

“Gambling makes life more intense” — and it also made life a lot more prosperous for Monaco. The quote was from a docudrama about the petite principality and the building of a casino in Monte Carlo 150 years ago. The medieval town and surrounding area was impoverished before Prince Charles III of Monaco decided gambling was their best economic bet. The name Monte Carlo, or Mount Charles, reflects the elevated terrain and the proximity to Italy.

Monaco launched a year-long celebration for its monumental anniversary, with events at home and abroad. “Monte Carlo is the epitome of luxury. It’s known for style, sophistication and architecture, and many architects have left their footprints on Monte Carlo”, said Maguy Maccario Doyle, consul general and director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office. She spoke at a Wednesday event at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise (FIAF) in New York.

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) commissioned documentary photographer Gabriele Basilico to convey Monte Carlo in a series of black and white photographs. Those are on display at FIAF through August 23 alongside a wall of colorful Monaco postcards. “The exhibit shows an interesting approach to the principality and the neighborhoods”, noted FIAF’s director of visual arts, Antoine Guerrero.

As an international capital of “sport and spectacle”, Monaco has long attracted high-rollers. Its commemorative programs this year are especially alluring. Last month they turned Casino Square into a tennis court for an exhibition match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In July they’re hosting a concert featuring rock stars like Rihanna and Elton John. An August exhibit at NYC’s Forbes Gallery will feature photos of celebrities who frequent Monte Carlo.

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World AIDS Day Initiatives and Activities

Today is World AIDS Day, and as promised, the Twitter feeds of celebs like Alicia Keys (we won’t mention K.K.) have gone silent to raise $1 million to help those suffering from the impact of the disease.

Also in honor of today, Elton John is guest editor of The Independent; Walgreens is launching its collaboration with the organization Greater than AIDS to increase awareness about the disease and offer in-store services such as HIV testing; and Hairdressers Against AIDS kicks off in the U.S. L’Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined forces to encourage hairdressers to use that one-on-one time in the salon as a starting point for a conversation about the disease.

The NBA has also partnered with Greater Than AIDS, with a PSA attached above.

Please use the comments section to share any other initiatives or activities happening today.

Fox Makes Announcement About Upcoming ‘American Idol’ Announcement

In a move straight out of the LeBron James PR playbook,  American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, September 22 to announce the panel of judges slated for next season. The news announcement about the press conference went up today.

“The fact that Fox is scheduling a media event for the (anticlimactic?) announcement bolsters those who believe that the network is merely trying to build buzz for the aging reality show,” Brian Stelter writes on the New York Times Media Decoder blog.

Among the list of judge possibilities are Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez (who at one point seemed out of the running because she was being a diva but is now rumored to be signed for $12 million), and Elton John.  If the show is trying to build buzz, mission accomplished.