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Ministry of Gossip: Sundance party preview

What to do in Park City when you're not viewing the cinema offerings at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

January 14, 2011

Those not transported with Globes madness will probably be getting a jump on mapping out their Park City parties, as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 20 and it's coming up fast. Here's a look at the boites and spaces that will be hosting the after-parties and junkets up and down Main Street.

Bing Bar: The search engine will once again host a two-story hub for press junkets, happy hours, schmoozing and late-night gatherings. Chief among their events is a reception for the documentary "Sing Your Song," focusing on the life of Harry Belafonte. Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are slated to attend.

For The Record: A Friday Calendar story about parties at the Sundance Film Festival mentioned that search engine Bing was hosting a reception for the documentary film, "Sing Your Song," and that Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey were slated to attend. Neither Perry nor Winfrey have confirmed their attendance.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift: The maker of the popular tablet has sponsored the ski lift at the base of Main, a major artery of Sundance party traffic. It's also the site of Tao Park City — the pop-up of New York and Las Vegas' hugely popular nightclub by the same name. It's the toughest door in town.

Harry O's: The famous music venue will be taken over by popular Sundance program ChefDance — five nights of haute cuisine from the likes of Michael Chow (of the famous Mr. Chow restaurants) and "Iron Chef" winner Jared Young. Confirmed attendees include Kate Bosworth, Parker Posey, Vera Farmiga and Ben Foster.

Cisero's: The quaint Italian joint will be the site of this year's House of Hype, another haven for filmmakers and talent. Celebs in town will stop by in daylight to film PSAs for Jennifer Garner's preferred charity, Save the Children, and at night the place will host bashes for films like Ewan McGregor's "Perfect Sense" and a reception for 50 Cent's Cheetah Vision Films.

Best of the rest: Burton Snowboards hosts their own joint on Empire Avenue across from the main Park City ski lift, where celebs can grab gear and private lessons from pros. The House of Blues brings their Foundation Room to Main for music-centric events with Third Eye Blind and Slash. Fashion brand Superdry will host a two-day experience, including a lunch panel with the Creative Coalition and the annual performance from Adrian Grenier's band the Honey Brothers. The returning Variety Studio will offer visiting talent concierge services from Quintessentially and, rumor has it, exhibit portraits from legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland.

Matt Donnelly

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