1. SPAIN’S NEW KING HAS ULTRA LOW-KEY CORONATION: Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe took over as king with little pomp and circumstance at midnight Wednesday, a move seen as acknowledging the country’s economic crisis. Associated Press: “The landmark occasion was perhaps most notable for what it didn't include: no state banquet, no foreign royals or heads of state, no ostentatious ceremonies or parades. By royal standards, it was humble: reception guests were being served hot and cold tapas-style nibbles, to be eaten while standing. There was no champagne, just sparkling cava wine from Spain's Catalonia region.” http://bit.ly/1kQVg6O
2. CHINESE TYCOON PLANS $1 MILLION LUNCH FOR NEW YORK’S POOR: A Chinese multimillionaire has booked the Central Park Boathouse in New York and invited the city’s poor to a lunch on June 25. Huffington Post: “The guest list will be capped at 1,000 people and is expected to cost at least $1 million. In addition to getting a free meal, diners will also receive $300, a gift that’s expected to be used for occupational training. Creating a spectacle is what has helped to make Chen a household name in China, and actually get people talking about important issues.” http://huff.to/SVTIBC
3. WHY PEEPS CANDY IS CELEBRATING UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS: The marshmallow candy Peeps has long been associated with Easter, but the company is trying to increase its sales year-round by marking some unusual events. The New York Times: “Now the brand, which is made by Just Born, is introducing Peeps Minis, its first year-round product. A new marketing and advertising campaign plays off the brand’s association with big holidays by highlighting holidays that are more quirky and obscure [such as] Lost Sock Memorial Day (May 9), Static Electricity Day (Jan. 9) and Take Your Pants for a Walk Day (July 27).” http://nyti.ms/1lYVduz
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores will host its Total Store Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center August 23-26.
CHICAGO: Imerman Angels will host its fourth annual golf outing at Harborside International Golf Center on July 17. The event will include lunch, on-course games, and an auction.
LAS VEGAS: Red Mansion, a 60-seat restaurant serving Northern Chinese cuisine, has opened at Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
LOS ANGELES: Miami’s Barton G. Weiss opened Barton G. LA—The Restaurant in West Hollywood, a 3,200-square-foot contemporary American eatery that has an open-air indoor patio, pink onyx bar, and abstract art.
Project Los Angeles nightclub, from Project London and Boulevard Nightlife Group, opens Friday in the former Roxbury space.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, scheduled to open in September, named Matthew Boris as general manager. The hotel will have 15,000-square-feet of meeting and event space.
The event venue Solare Gardens has closed.
NEW YORK: Studio in a School’s 37th annual gallery exhibit featuring original art by New York City public school children opens today at Christie’s New York.
The Larger Than Life third annual Young Leadership Gala is June 24 at Arena. The event benefits Israeli children with cancer and their families.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Universal Orlando will open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley on July 8. The new attraction will be located inside the Universal Studios Florida theme park and will include shops, dining venues, and a thrill ride called Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts.
TORONTO: Toronto Life magazine suggests five things to do beyond the parade when the international gay rights celebration WorldPride starts Friday: http://bit.ly/1lBUuAx
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Associated Luxury Hotels International recently held its ninth annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia.
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