Short Takes
Author: Staff
Date: December 05,2007

FACES & PLACES: H.C. ROWE TO HELM COLOSSEUMH.C. Rowe has been
hired as executive director for the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in
Las Vegas, according to a release from AEG Live Las Vegas. Rowe
began his career at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center in the
early 1980’s, and served as stage manager for the Frank
Sinatra European Tour in 1987. He also directed events and
entertainment at Vegas properties such as Mandalay Bay Events
Center, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, and the Aladdin Hotel and
Casino. He recently served as booking director for the newly opened
Pearl at the Palms for Live Nation in Las Vegas.Contact: Christi
Reynolds, (702) 866-1451MORE FACES & PLACES: RENO, ROSEN, OAKS
MAKE NEWSRick Reno, the chief executive officer of the Crown
Center, Fayetteville, N.C., has resigned to become general manager
of the Randy Parton Theatre in Roanoke Rapids, Va. Reno headed the
Crown complex since June 2001…Brian Oaks is interim general
manager of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield,
Ill., the post which is being vacated by Tom Margedant at the end
of the year…Fred Rosen has been named CEO, in addition to
his former title as chairman, of AudienceView Ticketing, Toronto.
Former CEO and AudienceView co-founder Kevin Kimsa becomes
president and COO.IRWIN CENTER PLANS PHOTO EXHIBIT FOR 30-YEAR
ANNIVERSARYTo celebrate its 30-year anniversary, the Frank Erwin
Center is launching “Inside the Arena: Three Decades of
Legends.” The photo exhibit showcases the acts that have come
through the Frank Erwin Center doors such as Liberace, Tina Turner,
Tom Jones, KISS, B.B. King, Madonna, Aerosmith, John Denver and
more. Also featured are special athletic figures and sports moments
in Frank Erwin Center history including Jody Conradt’s 700th
and 800th career victories, the first NCAA Women’s Final Four
sellout and the victory that made Rick Barnes the all time
winningest coach in UT history.Contact: Laura Montez, (512)
471-3678 PROTEST IN ORLANDO OVER FOOD CONTRACTThe concessions
contract at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, is being
protested. Centerplate won the bid, but Aramark and Levy
Restaurants, the runners up, are challenging the process. The
contract is worth approximately $300 million. The bids now go back
to the procurement committee and final selection is probably
delayed until January.Contact: Linda Stewart, Orange County
Commissioner, (407) 836-7350SMALL NEW YORK PAC APPROVEDPreliminary
approval for a 618-seat theater at the Foothills Performing Arts
Center, Oneonto, N.Y., was granted by the city Planning Commission.
Original plans in 2002 called for a $37 million theater complex,
including a 1,200-seat theater. That project was deemed too
ambitious after city officials visited other PACs. The new version
of the project would cost $9 million-$10 million and could open by
summer 2009. The PAC already consists of a 10,350-square foot scene
shop finished in 2005 and performance space under tent.Contact:
Peter Macris, (607) 431-2080