1. ELECTRIC ZOO RETURNS TO NEW YORK: The Electric Zoo electronic dance music festival—where two people died from drug-related deaths last year and the final day of performances was cancelled—will return to New York City over Labor Day weekend. Gothamist: “Organizers are promising some updated safety measures, like hiring plainclothes security guards who specialize in narcotics, free/cheap electrolytes available for purchase, and required PSAs pre-concert. Oh, and there will be drug-sniffing dogs stationed at all concert entrances.” http://bit.ly/Qxr9dp
2. THE BEST AND WORST FROM THE WORLD’S FAIR: The World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows in Queens began 50 years ago today, and the showcase of technological advances from companies included some enduring inventions—Belgian waffles and Disney’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit—but also some failures, like the “undersea hotel.” New York magazine: “It was a sometimes-charming, sometimes-crass showcase at which hundreds of countries and corporations each showed off their next big thing, usually with a product introduction or cultural demonstration.” http://nym.ag/RJkPAk
3. TORONTO’S ALTERNATIVE TO FASHION WEEK: Fashion Art Toronto—known cheekily as FAT—is underway, providing an alternative to the mainstream Toronto Fashion Week. Toronto Life: “The week-long event celebrates the wacky, experimental side of fashion, which means the stuff on display isn’t always super-wearable (a coat without a head-hole, say, or a giant tree covered in shoes).” http://bit.ly/1hhRd63
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The winners of the 2014 NICE Awards, hosted by the Chicago chapters of National Association of Catering Executives and International Special Events Society, have been announced. Official NICE Awards site: http://bit.ly/RIQpy3
* LOCAL NEWS *
COAST TO COAST: To promote its new film Million Dollar Arm, Disney is sponsoring a pitching contest with a $1 million prize. With qualifying rounds held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, and in New York at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival, the contestants with the fastest pitches will compete as finalists at the film's May 5 premiere in Hollywood.
ATLANTA: Eventeract, a conference for meeting professionals, is today and Thursday at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.
CHICAGO: The American Craft Beer Festival is May 30-31 at the Seaport World Trade Center Hotel.
The Food Fight for Scleroderma is Sunday at the James Hotel. The benefit includes a cocktail reception and a chef competition featuring local talent such as Giuseppe Tentori and Heather Terhune.
Lincoln Park Zoo’s Auxiliary Board will host Zoo-ologie on May 17. The event will include cocktails, snacks from local restaurants, and the chance to take a nighttime spin on the zoo’s carousel.
HOUSTON: With a theme of “Ultimate Construction,” Houston's Alley Theatre gala featured decor from Gucci as well as a collection of gowns and tuxedos from the fashion house. The April 12 event raised more than $1 million. Women's Wear Daily: http://bit.ly/1lBAvyh
LAS VEGAS: The Mario Batali Foundation will host back-to-back events May 10: the Swing Session Las Vegas celebrity golf classic and the Beef & Barolo Extravaganza at Mario’s CarneVino Italian Steakhouse in the Palazzo Hotel and Casino.
After five years, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is getting a revamp with new features like a 26-foot-tall, Tiffany-style lamp flanking the expanded outdoor patio. The Strip-facing patio now has a full bar complete with counter seating and high-definition TVs.
LOS ANGELES: The entertainment lineup for L.A. Pride, slated for June 6-8, will include Jennifer Hudson, Azealia Banks, and the Bangles.
The 13th annual Dance Media Film Festival is June 6-8 and June 13 in downtown Los Angeles.
Barnsdall Art Park will kick off its “Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tasting” events on May 23.
Taking advantage of its central location, the Chamberlain West Hollywood is offering guests bikes for rental during their stay.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Seed Food & Wine Festival, a new event celebrating vegan cuisine, will debut October 15-19 from producer Alison Burgos and partner Michelle Gaber.
The Crockett Foundation’s second annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party is June 7 at O-Lounge and Vibe nightclub in Fort Lauderdale. The event, produced by Events by Vento Designs, will include celebrity bartenders and “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” contests.
NEW YORK: The Museum of Modern Art's Party in the Garden is May 13 at the museum, with an after-party performance from Lykke Li.
Kickstarter is hosting a “block party” May 3 at its Brooklyn headquarters with food, games, art, musical performances, and demos from start-ups seeking funding.
“New Spin, New Pop,” an art exhibit and fund-raiser, is June 2 at Spin New York ping-pong club and will benefit Art Start, which raises money to create after-school art programs for children.
Kylie Minogue will perform at the 25th annual Glaad Media Awards May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Actor George Takei will receive the Vito Russo Award at the event.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Marc Kusche is the new executive chef at the Alfond Inn, where he will oversee Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant and the catering menus.
TORONTO: Hazelton Lanes Art Festival is May 8-18 at the Hazelton Lanes Viewing Gallery. The space will become a pop-up studio, showcasing photography, paintings, prints, and more; the event will also offer artist talks, panel discussions, and workshops.
The Love Art Fair is May 8-11 at the Direct Energy Centre. An offshoot of the Affordable Art Fair, the new event offers artwork from some 50 galleries, and everything costs $10,000 or less.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washingtonian looks at the decor and menu at new 14th Street eatery Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen: bit.ly/1idiKBA
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