1. EVENT DETAILS FROM KIM KARDASHIAN’S WEDDING: It’s too soon to say whether the wedding of rapper Kanye West to reality star Kim Kardashian will set any trends in the wedding industry, but here are some details from the lavish wedding in Florence, Italy, which came after a pre-wedding party in the Palace of Versailles in France. Los Angeles Times: “Kardashian, 33, wore a Givenchy dress to wed before a wall of white flowers at the Forte di Belvedere, with opera star Andrea Bocelli and singer John Legend serenading about 200 guests flown in by private jet. As the sun set over Florence, family members, music industry notables and TV stars sat at a marble table in which their names were purported to have been inscribed in gold. Dishes dusted with edible gold leaf were complemented by $80 bottles of lush Brunello di Montalcino wine.” http://lat.ms/1rclJ82
2. AMFAR AUCTION OFFERS TICKET TO SPACE: The actor Leonardo DiCaprio offered a blockbuster auction lot at the Amfar gala in Cannes last week: a trip to space. The winning bid was $1 million, contributing to the record $38 million fund-raising total at the 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS event held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. New York Daily News: “Whether it’s in the stars for the far-out journey to ever happen is unclear. The Virgin Galactic private reusable space plane is still being tested.” http://nydn.us/1kjXyzL
3. NEW FERRIS WHEEL HAS V.I.P. CAR: The Capital Wheel, the 180-foot-tall Ferris wheel that opened this weekend at National Harbor in suburban Washington, D.C., has a V.I.P. car for riders willing to pay $50 a person instead of the standard $15. Washington Post: “It's black, and is outfitted with fancier seats and a glass floor. It also has a wine chiller and a DVD player. (What, views of two states and the District not enough to hold your attention?)” http://wapo.st/1insslX
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association is launching new chapters in New England, Florida, and Southern California.
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host its Spring Street Performer Showcase Saturday and Sunday. The weekend features musicians, acrobats, jugglers, and magicians performing throughout the venue; there are 45 acts in all.
CHICAGO: Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama will be held on August 8 at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park. Singer Jason Derulo will headline the show.
LAS VEGAS: The Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas hosted the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano on May 22.
LOS ANGELES: The 41st annual valley Greek Festival was held this weekend at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. See photos from the Los Angeles Daily News: http://bit.ly/1nPsSFu
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is hosting a day of science activities and safety tips on Saturday to kick off the start of hurricane season. The “Feel the Force” event will include appearances from hurricane hunters and music and prizes from Radio Disney Miami.
NEW YORK: The ninth annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala will be held June 2 at the Players Club.
New York Hospital Queens's annual Spring Night Gala is June 2 at Pier Sixty.
Bicycle Utopia is sponsoring Dinner and Bikes June 2 at the Old Stone House, a vegan dinner and launch of Elly Blue's book Bikenomics: How Biking Can Save the Economy.
The 2014 Spring Luncheon of Learning Leaders May 29 at New York University's Kimmel Center will include a discussion between actress Cynthia Nixon and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
TORONTO: The Good Press is now open in Yorkville. The eatery hosts private events and offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, and healthy snacks.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Memorial Day Concert, held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featured appearances and performances from a slate of luminaries including Colin Powell, new American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, Jennifer Nettles, and Dianne Wiest. The event marked its 25th anniversary of being broadcast on PBS.
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