Archives for February 10, 2014

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! First-Ever Marvel Live Tour Coming to Southern California – Anaheim & Ontario in 2015

After much anticipation, Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of touring live family entertainment, revealed details about the most ambitious live show in its history, with new information about the epic storyline and tour dates for Marvel Universe LIVE! Featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, this high-caliber arena spectacular will put fans right in the middle of one of the most electrifying battles between good and evil ever conceived. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this first-ever live Marvel tour makes its 85-city debut in July 2014 in Tampa, FL, followed by the world premiere at New York City’s Barclays Center on Wednesday, August 13.  Marvel Universe LIVE! will be flying in to SoCal to play the Honda Center in Anaheim from Friday, March 27, 2015 to Sunday, March 29, 2015 and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario from Thursday, April 9, 2015 to Sunday, April 12, 2015; additional Los Angeles dates to be announced later.  Tickets for the Anaheim/Ontario shows of Marvel Universe LIVE! are on sale now – tickets start at just $45!

 

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.  The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

 

To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together, including The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, must trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. As the Super Heroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, in the quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will be the most remarkable live event that the world has ever seen with an absolutely epic story line and jaw dropping technological advances. Fans will feel like they’ve stepped into a Marvel blockbuster film come to life with nonstop movie style action and stunts,” said Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President and Marvel Universe LIVE! Producer Juliette Feld. “We are working hand in hand with Marvel to give fans a revolutionary live show experience that introduces an original story that is faithful to the Marvel canon and utterly captivating from beginning to end!”

 

“To see all the elements of this spectacular live show come together has been truly incredible,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. “The technology utilized in the show is not only going to blow your mind, it is going to take you to a whole new Marvel world like nothing fans have ever seen before. What Feld Entertainment has done is going to astonish and amaze fans.”

 

Marvel Universe LIVE! launches new innovations in set design, aerial stunts, pyrotechnics and state-of-the-art show elements that bring movie style special effects to the live entertainment arena.  Audiences will see the awe-inspiring world of Super Heroes come to life before their eyes with a dynamic cast comprised of some of the industry’s most talented stunt performers. Utilizing their talents and aided by a unique combination of never before seen arena mechanics some of Marvel’s mightiest will come to life with profound results. These true-to-comic creations will be supported by innovative lighting design and transformative 3D projection that will take the audience on a journey around the globe with these timeless characters. To support this massive undertaking, Marvel Universe LIVE! will not only utilize the entire arena floor, but also perform within a multilevel aerial space creating a unique experience that puts audiences right in the middle of the action in ways they could only dream about prior.

 

“This is the most ambitious undertaking in the more than 40 year history of Feld Entertainment. It’s the kind of show you always strive to produce but with so many advances in technology only now can you truly deliver it to fans,” said Feld Entertainment Chairman and CEO and Marvel Universe LIVE! Producer Kenneth Feld. “We know this is going to be game-changing for the live entertainment industry as a whole and are making a tremendous investment to surpass the audience’s expectations at every performance. We are elated to feature Marvel Universe LIVE! as part of our portfolio of memorable live touring productions.”

 

Anaheim: Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, charge by phone at

800-745-3000 or in-person at the Honda Center Box Office.

Ontario:  Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office.     

 

For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Marvel Universe LIVE!  website (http://www.marveluniverselive.com) and stay current on the latest developments through social media, including:

 

 

Exciting promotions TGI Fridays will be offering this Valentine’s Day! TGI FridaysTM Uncovers Truths about the Couples vs. Singles Debate, Gets to the Bottom of Who’s Having More Fun

 After almost 50 years in the bar and grill business, TGI Fridays knows relationships. Since opening its doors in 1965, FridaysTM has seen more dates, connections, break-ups and make-ups than any other bar in America. With such a long history, it’s fitting that Fridays would have the best insight into who is having more fun this Valentine’s Day.
 
Fridays was one of the first places to use popular promotions such as “Ladies’ Night,” and made Happy Hours legendary. Fridays’ handcrafted cocktails made by the world’s best bartenders are shaken or stirred into every holiday, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.
According to a national consumer poll conducted by Penn Schoen Berland in January 2014 on behalf of TGI Fridays, meeting people at a bar or restaurant is still a great way to connect. Nearly one in 10 singles said the last person they went on a date with was someone they met at a bar or restaurant, and one out of every five singles between the ages of 25-34 also said that’s where they met their last date. And this year, single gals are well-positioned to potentially meet Mr. Right on Valentine’s Day. While 10% of single women are planning to go out with friends, 27% of single men are heading out with the guys – that’s almost three guys for every gal!
Singles will be sharing the scene with couples this Valentine’s Day:  57% of men in relationships would rather go on a date instead of watching sports, playing video games or working out, and 71% of woman in relationships rate a date with their significant other higher than chick flicks, girls’ night out and the gym.
 
Most importantly, more than one third of both men and women, singles and couples, say that Friday is their favorite day of the week to go out. To celebrate that Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, whether you want to thank your “Wingman” for introducing you to your love, go out for cocktails with the girls, share a drink with your Valentine, or just share your opinion, Fridays has something for everyone:
#ThanksWingman
Fridays has witnessed enough pick-ups and connections to know that the most important person in the equation is the “Wingman.” Since the survey results tell us to expect three single men for every one single woman out on Valentine’s Day, there’s going to be a lot of Wingmen to thank. Fridays is planning to give thanks to the valued Wingman by inviting guests to buy him or her – what else?  Wings – via Twitter. To participate, guests must follow @TGIFridays and tweet using the hashtag #thankswingman for a chance to gift wings for their wingman.  The first 500 guys (or gals) to tweet using the #thankswingman will receive a complimentary $15 e-gift card within 24 hours to TGI Fridays to use toward an order of wings. The program will run from Feb. 10-Feb. 14, or until 500 Wingmen have been rewarded. 
Join the Great Debate
Regardless of their relationship status, Fridays is encouraging guys and gals to join the debate this Valentine’s Day.  People – single or taken – can cast their vote at TGIFridays.com/CouplesvsSingles to help decide who’s having more fun: #TGImTaken or #TGImSingle.
COSMO NOIR Signature Drink and Drink Specials
Nothing says “I love you” like the perfect cocktail, or the perfect deal. This Valentine’s Day, Fridays is offering its signature Cosmo Noir, a Valentine’s Day-inspired drink featuring SVEDKA Raspberry Vodka, lemon juice and Monin Vanilla Pure Extract, topped with a layer of Cupcake Vineyard Pinot Noir.  This drink does not discriminate and is available for singles and couples alike.  Fridays knows that sometimes you drink to share, and sometimes you’re looking to share, so enjoy selections from our newly expanded wine list, including half-priced bottles of wine from Feb. 13-16 (excludes champagne, Prosecco and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio) at participating locations.
“Fridays’ history confirms that Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance for couples or a day of lamenting for singles. All of our guests are invited to come in and hang out, and enjoy the craveable food and handcrafted drinks we’re famous for,” said Brian Gies, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer.  “Our Valentine’s Day drink specials, and gratitude for the Wingman, are just a few ways that make Fridays a great spot for nurturing existing connections, and making new ones.” 
 
 
 
For more news and updates from TGI Fridays, you can follow the brand on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TGIFridays), Twitter @TGIFridays and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/tgifridays).
About TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays restaurants have a mission: To help people go out better.  Because a better time with friends leads to a better life.
 
As the original casual dining bar and grill, TGI Fridays offers authentic American food and legendary drinks.  To bring our menu to neighborhoods all over the world, TGI Fridays proudly serves guests with over 900 restaurants in more than 60 countries.  Making every day feel like a Friday wouldn’t be possible without creating a place where friends feel free to hang out. That’s why TGI Fridays takes pride in its nearly 8,000 skilled and knowledgeable bartenders, all of whom for the past twenty years have competed annually for the title of the “World’s Greatest TGI Fridays Bartender.”
 
The Fridays guest recognition program, Give Me More Stripes®, gives our closest friends exclusive insider rewards, events, and sneak peeks.
 
TGI Fridays believes in having a good time, but also in the importance of drinking responsibly.  Additionally, its Responsible Business Program is focused on positively impacting the communities and neighborhoods it serves.  For more information, visit www.fridays.com.
Self Disclosure: TGI Fridays sponsored.

AmeriPark Holiday Valet Program Raises More Than $47,000 for At-Risk Youth

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 Shoppers at Del Amo Town Center, Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Fashion Valley Mall, Ontario Mills and other Simon malls across the country who chose to valet park their vehicles this holiday season helped put the charitable efforts of AmeriPark, a full-service parking company, in overdrive.

For the fourth consecutive year, AmeriPark teamed with mall owner Simon Property Group and mall retailers to promote the service and send a healthy portion of the proceeds to Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate from high school.  Ameripark boosted participation in the program by offering its customers coupons for complimentary valet parking on a subsequent mall visit and complimentary meal offerings from mall retailers.

“The entire AmeriPark team has embraced this program as an annual tradition that really benefits everyone from mall shoppers to students,” said Chip Patterson, AmeriPark CEO. “Our customers receive promotional perks, and we get to help create opportunities for kids who need to know that someone cares about them.”

SYF works nationally to develop Simon Youth Academies – alternative high schools for students who are at risk of dropping out. The academies, which maintain a cumulative 90% graduation rate, operate in partnership with local public school districts, and many of them are located in Simon malls.   In addition, SYF also offers scholarships to college-bound students in every community that is home to a Simon property.

“For the fourth year in a row, this innovative program has raised funds that will help hundreds of students, and we are truly grateful to AmeriPark for their support of our mission,” said Simon Youth Foundation President and CEO Michael Durnil. “Through collaboration with strong community partners like Chip Patterson and his team at AmeriPark we can help kids who are at-risk of dropping become kids who are at-promise for bright futures.”

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About AmeriPark
AmeriPark is a boutique provider of parking management services for a multitude of venues including: entertainment and retail complexes, hotels, hospitals, medical centers, residential buildings, office buildings, airports, restaurants and various special events. AmeriPark offers our clients a national operating capability that provides a single point of contact and portfolio based accounting and financial reporting. For more information, go to http://www.ameripark.com.

About Simon Youth Foundation
Simon Youth Foundation (www.syf.org), established in 1998, exists to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through focused programs and initiatives with public school and post-secondary education partners.

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America, Asia and Europe comprising approximately 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website atwww.simon.com.