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August 14, 2014: Emmys Plan Tribute to Robin Williams, Police Used Facial-Recognition Software at Boston Music Festivals, Nicki Minaj Sued Over Role as Event Host


1. EMMYS PLAN TRIBUTE TO ROBIN WILLIAMS: The Primetime Emmys telecast is planning a special tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died this week, according to producer Don Mischer. TV Guide: “Awards show producers frequently find themselves making last-minute changes in the wake of untimely deaths. In 2012, the Grammy Awards paid tribute to Whitney Houston just one day after she died. Mischer remembers having to adjust the 1994 Primetime Emmys after Jessica Tandy, who was nominated for an award that year, died the morning of the telecast. Besides the tribute, Mischer expects that a number of presenters and winners will mention Williams at the podium as well.” http://bit.ly/1sYHnKA

2. POLICE USED FACIAL-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE AT BOSTON MUSIC FESTIVALS: At the 2013 Boston Calling music festival—the first large public gathering in Boston following the bombings at the city’s marathon—police experimented with a new event monitoring platform that uses facial-recognition software. Civil liberties experts have questioned the constitutionality of the practice. Dig Boston: In a statement, police said, “The purpose of the pilot was to evaluate software that could make it easier for the City to host large, public events, looking at challenges such as permitting, basic services, crowd and traffic management, public safety, and citizen engagement through social media and other channels. … There are a number of challenges presented by using this type of software, including, but not limited to, infrastructure support as well as legal and privacy concerns.” http://bit.ly/1pEvc4f

3. NICKI MINAJ SUED OVER ROLE AS EVENT HOST: IMP Entertainment is suing rapper Nicki Minaj for $50,000 over her performance hosting an event during the N.B.A. All-Star weekend in 2011. New York Post: “Minaj was 90 minutes late for her one-hour gig. She then left after just 30 minutes, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit. The diva’s tardiness ‘defeated the entire purpose of’ her agreement to host the event.” http://pge.sx/1rbfsJV

* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON:  The Boston Herald teases upcoming fall benefits, including the Storybook Ball on October 18 and the Health Council Annual Dinner on October 21: http://bit.ly/1oCCpD4

LAS VEGAS:  The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s annual fund-raising event Dessert Before Dinner is scheduled for September 27 inside the Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace. The event includes a competition among local chefs to create unique desserts using a designated flavor of Girl Scout cookie. Gala guests will choose the winner.

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association will honor five local hospitality leaders at the 2014 Distinction Awards scholarship fund-raiser dinner September 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

LOS ANGELES:  The theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is planning to open its first theater in the city next year. The downtown location will have nine screens and seat about 800 people. Los Angeles Times: http://lat.ms/1sAesiq

Meeting Professionals International’s Southern California chapter will host its annual Weekend Educational Summit September 12-14 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Vintro Kitchen, a Mediterranean restaurant at Vintro Hotel, is scheduled to open Thursday. Eater: http://bit.ly/1q8TxN3

Fontainebleau Miami Beach has opened a version of its original coffee and patisserie shop, Chez Bon Bon, in the former Solo space. The sweets shop will also make custom cakes for special occasions.

NEW YORK:  The American Museum of Natural History's Museum Gala is November 20, with 700 guests expected to attend.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO:  Environics Communications had added three new staffers to its local office: Daniel O’Donnell, Alexander Smith, and Brooke Soto.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  David Chang will open a location of his Momofuku restaurant in CityCenterDC in spring or summer of next year. The location will also include Christina Tosi's dessert emporium Momofuku Milk Bar. Washingtonian: http://bit.ly/1kBwRZr

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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