1. HOW INSTAGRAM IS CHANGING FASHION SHOWS: With nearly every fashion show attendee armed with a smartphone and an Instagram account, the live experience has changed to offer theatrics and camera-friendly clothes. The New York Times: “Creating a unique—and, by extension, shareable—experience for jaded showgoers has become part of a designer’s mandate. Shows are designed to wow not only those in attendance, but also all of their followers. (That could be considered a necessary return on investment because, according to Julie Mannion, the president for creative services at the public relations and production firm KCD, a major show can cost $2 million to $8 million, in some cases reaching as much as $10 million, and last fewer than 10 minutes.)”
2. SEE THIS CRAZY VIRAL SAVE-THE-DATE VIDEO: There is nothing subtle about the save-the-date video for a San Francisco wedding this summer, from the Gatsby-like party and the Bollywood dancers to the smoke machines and the helicopter ride over the city. The short film, from Major Diamond Productions, has made it an easy target for critics. Mashable has the video and quips: “Makes us wonder if Michael Bay might want to get into the wedding business.” http://on.mash.to/1eriq7x
3. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME HOSTS TAME CEREMONY: Had the original members of the band Kiss reconciled for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, all anyone would be talking about would be their performance. Instead, the headline from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was the roster of female singers who sang in place of Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s set (Joan Jett , Lorde, Kim Gordon, and St Vincent). New York Post: “Those who packed out the Barclays Center had to sit through some painfully dull speeches but were rewarded with some one-off moments of musical magic that made it all worthwhile.” http://bit.ly/1gheuES
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: United Way Emerging Leaders will host its spring gala at Cyclorama on April 25.
Liz Page Associates, which is celebrating its 20th year in business, has expanded into the corporate event market. The company also has a new website.
CHICAGO: On April 27, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host its Blossoms of Hope Brunch. Monica Pederson of NBC’s American Dream Builders will host, and the event will take place at Drury Lane of Oakbrook Terrace.
About Face Theatre’s Wonka Ball is May 9 at Macy’s. The theme is “the Gayme Show.”
LAS VEGAS: The M Resort’s main pool and entertainment complex, Villaggio del Sole, will open on April 25, while the adult day club, DayDream, is slated to open April 26.
Kaskade will return to Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub with a redesigned Summer Lovin’ residency this summer.
LOS ANGELES: The rapper Drake will host the ESPYs July 16 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live; the show will air on ESPN.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles announced Thursday that singer Lance Bass and actress Pauley Perrette will co-host the third annual Voice Awards on May 3 at the Globe Theater on the Universal Studios back lot.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting big hotel news for the future: “Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria, the luxury chain's first new U.S. outpost west of Chicago, have been unveiled with a flourish by local hotelier Beny Alagem. The 12-story Waldorf Astoria will stand at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards next to the Beverly Hilton hotel. It will be a flagship for the Hilton company's top hotel brand, said Christopher Nassetta, chief executive of Hilton Worldwide. … Preliminary work is underway, and the grand hotel is expected to open in 2017.” http://lat.ms/PV4Az1
The 19th annual Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s Taste for a Cure is April 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Perfecto Gastrobar, Spanish chef and restaurateur Oscar Manresa's first United States restaurant, hosted a launch party Tuesday. The industrial-chic space in Brickell seats about 60 people in the main dining room, as well as 20 at the bar and another 52 on a terrace.
NEW YORK: Diffa announced its Dining by Design New York raised $700,000 to support efforts to fight H.I.V./AIDS.
The Associates Council of the Children’s Aid Society announced its fourth annual spring fund-raiser, set for April 24 at the Manhattan Penthouse. The event will have a theme of “Wonderland.”
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
PALM SPRINGS: Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister will transform a portion of their Party Lab Palm Springs retail space into the loft-style 383 North, which will be available as an event venue for private parties in time for Coachella.
SAN FRANCISCO: AlliedPRA Northern California is expanding its presence in Napa and Sonoma and brought on sales representative Ashley Mauritson.
The San Francisco Film Society will host its International Film Festival April 24-May 8.
TAMPA: Barbara Lippert Readey is the new general manager of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.
TORONTO: The Stop’s Night Market is June 17 at Honest Ed’s. Benefiting the Stop Community Food Centre, the night will offer snacks from more than 60 local chefs and some 30 food carts decorated by local designers.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The restaurant Art and Soul is hosting Biscuit Bash on May 7, a competition among local chefs to kick off patio season and raise money for Hospitality High, a high school for D.C. students interested in the hospitality industry.
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By Beth Kormanik Posted April 11, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT