Mikie The Taliban

Coming to a blog near you soon, the story of my three days on the set of “Brothers”, a film in production here in New Mexico.  I worked as a “featured extra” Taliban soldier, holding a gun on Tobey Maguire’s character as a downed  and captured Marine in Afghanistan.  Fun stuff, but man was it cold, especially the night shooting.   Based on a recent European film of the same name,  the movie also stars Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.  More details and a photo to follow….

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WHAT IS SHOWSTOPPERS?

Since my return from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas I’ve talked about a lot of things to a lot of people. There is one aspect of the show that I keep coming back to, and whenever I mention it in conversation I keep getting asked the same question; What is ShowStoppers?

You will learn here, first hand, all about this company and their unique approach to helping companies launch their products at CES and other Electronic, High Tech tradeshows. You will have a chance to see products, in some cases for the first time, that can help you be more productive and efficient in your business, planning meetings and events, working on films, producing shows, concerts, tradeshows and tours; or whatever you do in the Events & Creative Industries.

Showstoppers is a show itself that showcases many different products in the Electronic and High Tech genres. The company strictly invites members of the Media to hopefully write and report on the many different products at their event. I briefly met with one of the company partners, Steven J. Leon, a nice, but very busy gentleman who had a barrage of people coming at him during the evening of his event. From friends, product managers, PR reps and journalist, to bloggers and photographers and other members of the press. He explained how they have been doing this for several years and have grown considerably, especially over the last few years. If you attend CES, and are a member of the media, this is a must attend event. If you are interested in selling products, or see products you would like to buy check out their website or you request certain products here.

For more information visit Showstoppers Website you can learn about the different tradeshows they participate in and the types of products they showcase.  Stay tuned as we will create our own Showstoppers Showcase right here on the Event City Network.

Event City is, “CORPORATELY CLEAN & CREATIVELY COOL”

MONTE CARLO CASINO & HOTEL ON FIRE Update & Photos

Reporting for Event City Live! – Nolan Apostle, Producer/Editor

The Monte Carlo Casino fire UPDATE.

A major 3 Alarm Fire broke out on the roof of the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino in Las Vegas Nevada today around 11am.

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Fire spread quickly across the center line of the hotel roof-line spilling fiery debris onto thestreet below, and large orange flames tattered the casino’s script sign. Most of the fire was confined to the main part of the roof, the sprinkler system stopped the fire from spreading. A spokesperson for the resort’s owner, MGM Mirage, says officials walked room-to-room evacuating the hotel. All went smoothly through the 3000 room property, there were 7 people injured during the blaze.

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Firefighters had to climb a whopping 32 stories to put out the blaze – yeah-hay for the Vegas Firefighters! Authorities had to close the Strip for a short while. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. Luckily no one was hurt in the blaze.

MONTE CARLO CASINO & HOTEL ON FIRE — 11:10 BREAKING NEWS

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The Monte Carlo Hotel has caught fire and is quickly burning in Las Vegas!

It is fully engulfed in the roof area and is making it very difficult for firefighters to battle this huge blaze.

More to come including photos.

Upcoming Industry Tradeshows for Events & Creative Industries

By Nolan Apostle, Associate Editor & Producer

After making it back to San Francisco from a grueling CES 2008 – the Consumer Electronics Show, and then to make it just in time for MacWorld Expo wow, what a run! MacWorld was a tiny show compared to CES (the Mammoth of all Tradeshows) but what a great collection of Exhibitors showcasing some wonderful products both for Mac and Windows computers. Of course we will have much more for you to see on the CES & MacWorld fronts, and now, as promised here is your special report on some upcoming Tradeshows and Conferences for the Events & Creative Industries. This is for our Friends (Members) at the Event City Network.

Coming soon to a Convention center near you, more than a handful of some great Conferences and Tradeshows. These Expos will ALL take place within the next 50 days. Yep, you heard me right, all within 50 days and two of them are “Multi-Shows”, covering numerous vertical markets within their events.

These conferences will represent the Hospitality, Events, Meeting Planning, Party and Photographic industries. There are many vertical markets that will converge these shows for specific, but in some cases, diverse audiences. These are all fantastic shows and all of them will provide a plethora of information for you and your companies.

pma08_upcomingevents.gifFirst it’s a Photo-Imagers Disneyland, Photo Marketing Association Tradeshow-PMA commences at the end of this month in Las Vegas, January 31 – February 2nd.

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In the midst of this huge hospitality show is the Meeting Planners International Northern California Chapter event MPINCC 20th Annual Trade Show. It takes place one day only on February 26th, 2008.

This is a very good conference and expo that will take place in San Francisco at Moscone Convention Center. This event is a great way to gain some knowledge of the Meeting and Hospitality industry overall. It’s especially strong if you want to further your education and learn how to become a Certified Meeting Professional. This is a wonderful event to meet players in the industry (mostly from California), make all types of contacts – numerous vertical markets attend this show, and for all this, the price is definitely right!

And finally – It’s Our party and we’ll cry if we want too, but just don’t miss all the great Halloween and Event industry products at this outrageous tradeshow, The HALLOWEEN, PARTY AND COSTUME Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas running from March 16 – 19.

Industry insiders and surely many outsiders say of all tradeshows for all industries you will not have nearly as much fun as you will have at this upcoming Halloween and Party show. If you are in any of the industries associated with Event City, you need to be at this event. If you can’t make it, then keep your finger on the mouse and point it here for complete reporting, a special showcase (See products on Event City Live! and ECTV) as we present many updates on all these “Must Do” tradeshows for the Events & Creative Industries(tm). We will keep you posted with all the details on these great shows.

Please don’t forget to comment with your questions, ideas and overall feedback on our objectives for the Events & Creative Industries and how we plan to help you achieve your objectives through our work.

Thanks for visiting our city, your city – EVENT CITY! We hope you plan on hanging out more and more as we build this city on creativity – we are, “Corporately Clean and Creativity Cool”!

Smashing Jack

Well it looks like it’s that time of the year again. The time of year when serious Halloween types begin their preparations; you know Haunting their houses, making plans to scare each other….

Well here at Event City we are getting ready for the biggest Halloween products show on the planet! We will bring to you some of the hottest products to use in your business or events whether it is decorations, props, special events, theme parties, promotions, movie sets, special fx, costumes, accessories, food & beverage items, electronics, and of course halloween themes and so much more.

Join us at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas this March 16 through the 19th we will be searching for the perfect scary products to make your Halloween the most it can be.

Hope to scare you there!

Smashing Jack

Event City Industry’s Upcoming Events

By Nolan Apostle, Associate Editor & Producer

Most of you are well aware of our recent trek to the big Diamond in the Desert (What I call Las Vegas – long story about that one)? I know, many of you have asked about our Kevin Costner & Mary J. Blige Photos and Peter Frampton Video – These were awesome shows and you will soon get the exclusive on Event City Live! Plus many interviews – including an exclusive with the creators of the new Sony Online Entertainment game, (Which is a Hot, Hott, Hottt, Hotttt GAME)!

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Pirates of the Burning Sea
Check out these screen shots of Pirates of the Burning Sea as well as more to come including the Exclusive Interview with the Creative Team who developed this awesome game.

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Pirates Screen Shots show the incredible graphics of this new Sony Online Entertainment Game.

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Swashbuckling Duels & Cinematic Animations make this a winner for Sony – Launching January 22, 2008

Did I mention this was a Hot Game?!

Ok, so we had a great (and an extremely busy) run at CES 2008 – the Consumer Electronics Show and then flew back to San Francisco (in our wonderful ECTV SUV) to make it just in time for MacWorld Expo. A tiny show compared to CES (the Mammoth of all Tradeshows) but what a great collection of Exhibitors showcasing some wonderful products both for Mac and Windows computers. Of course we will have much more for you to see on the CES & MacWorld fronts, but let me give you a glimpse of what you can expect from your Friends at the Event City Network.

My crew is telling me not to let the cat out of the bag quite yet (they want to have all the fun with these great upcoming industry events), so I will let them have at it. OK, but for now I’ll give you a couple of hints –

It’s a Photo-imagers Disneyland come the end of this month. Then sometime soon after you will have the opportunity to join us at this next show which is the CES for the Hospitality industry; one of the Event City Industries biggest and most illustrious Tradeshows ever! And finally – It’s Our party and we’ll cry if we want too, but just don’t miss all the great Halloween and Event industry products at this outrageous tradeshow. Industry insiders and surely many outsiders say of all tradeshows for all industries you will not have nearly as much fun as you will have at this upcoming Halloween and Party show in March 2008!

Keep your finger on the mouse and point it here for many updates on these “Must Do” tradeshows for the Events & Creative Industries(tm). We will keep you posted with all the details on these great shows.

Please don’t forget to comment with your questions, ideas and overall feedback on what we are doing for the Events & Creative Industries.

PMA Show in Las Vegas – Event City Creative Reporting

By Gordon Barbery, Reporter/Photographer – Event City Creative

Hot on the heals of CES, hi-tech marches on in Las Vegas. The next big tech show is coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center January 31 to February 2. It’s the fabulous 84th annual Photography Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show, PMA.

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PMA is the leading international professional photography expo with an anticipated attendance of 20,000 to 24,000 professional photographers, school photography teachers, industrial photo technicians, and photo industry trade representatives from over 100 countries. Over 650 exhibitors are expected to settle into the Las Vegas Convention Center for the latest cutting edge products and services for bringing image information to the world. There will be camera companies, digital image centers, discount stores, photo printing companies, and so much more, in the large exhibition hall. The exhibitors are the companies that serve you the public and as well as the professional photographers who in turn also serve you. There will be computer companies and software application exhibitors, as well as a handful (or maybe more) of those wild “convention” parties. Of course I will report on them too!

Photography is such a broad commercial field serving everyone in the world. Consider, for example, the daily news and magazine photographers, Internet and TV image-makers who serve your daily diet of news, sports, and other entertainment images to support your grand personal world of reality and fantasy. Whether these folks are work-a-day stiffs or wild and crazy photographers, they will all be at the PMA International Convention and Trade Show.

Keep your mouse pointed to the Event City Creative Magazine site as I report here on all the new cameras, gismos, emerging photo technologies launches, and exhibitor’s will be announcing during the PMA Trade Show.

Great Emails and Comments from our Readers

Hello Everyone, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and the emails messages we have received, you are all so generous! Please as often as possible do leave comments here on our Magazine pages (our BlogaZine) as well as our Blogspace.com. It helps us to learn more about what you like and want to see us report on your industry.

Wow! I was really impressed by one comment left by Kimmy in Arizona. She can write. No, I don’t just mean she can write, but SHE-CAN-WRITE!! She certainly picked up some pointers from her Mom who’s a darn good writer herself and has previously penned some good pieces for us. But I would of never guessed – Kimmy.

I am very impressed and hope to see much more of her on here, and maybe we can entice her to write a few things on a more semi-professional level, what do you think Kimmy hunny???

Please do keep your eyes and mouse pointed to our space where your comments are always welcomed and your ideas greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from all of you often and soon.

Cheers My Babies,
Nolan Apostle
Founder & CEO
Associate Publisher
Chief Editor
Producer
VP of Marketing and Promotions
(Ok, it’s a lot titles, give me a break- we’re a Start Up)
Event City Network
Event City Creative Magazine

Your Mac Life Event at MacWorld Expo 2008

By Nolan Apostle, Associate Editor & Producer – Event City Live!

Macworld GM, Rockstar, Guitarist and all around nice guy, Paul Kent and his band took the stage on Thursday night, January 17th, at the MacWorld Expo Party – “Your Mac Life” hosted by Griffin and others.

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Paul Kent, MacWorld Expo GM Rocks the House at Slims during the Your Mac Life Party, Photo By Nolan Apostle

He may not be a Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), but PK can rock with the best of them, and plays a real mean guitar. Not quite sure how good his memory may be but strangely enough, when him and I first met I was photographing real Rock Stars (no offense Paul) and bringing business to the Apple inCider Expo through our Mac User group – “Let’s Go Mac” as well as other sources. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Paul produced that show. Some things never change, he’s still producing expos, and I’m still shooting Rock Stars! Go get ’em Paul!!

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Shawn King, Host of the Your Mac Life Internet Radio Show at the Party on Thursday Night, Photo By Nolan Apostle

Thanks to Paul Kent of MacWorld Expo, Griffin, Shawn King of Your Mac Life and many others, tonights bash was a smashing success! Until next year, enjoy the photos, and please feel free to leave comments as to what you liked or didn’t like at MacWorld Expo 2008.
Much more to come and many more photos and video (courtesy of Event City Live!) from MacWorld Expo 2008 and CES – Consumer Electronics Show 2008 Las Vegas.