1. N.F.L. COULD MOVE DRAFT FROM NEW YORK: The N.F.L. is considering relocating part or all of its annual player draft to other cities—New Orleans, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Arlington, Texas, and Canton, Ohio, are in the mix—because of possible scheduling conflicts with Radio City Music Hall. New York Post: “The league is considering the possibility of holding the first two days of the draft at Radio City, then moving to another city for the final two days. … A split-site draft might sound unwieldy, but the source said the league considers it viable because each team only sends a couple of representatives to the event.” http://bit.ly/1nriaWA
2. PLANNERS REACT TO BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL BOYCOTT: Event planners are seeking new venues or canceling events altogether in response to the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, whose owner, the Sultan of Brunei, has enacted draconian antigay laws in his country. The losses so far have mounted to $1.5 million at the hotel and its famed restaurant the Polo Lounge and are likely to grow. Hollywood Reporter: “Unless things change, no one is going to be doing events there,” says one planner. “Even if you did try to hold an event there, it would be hard to sell tickets.” http://bit.ly/1fRnBy0
3. DINOSAUR THROWS FIRST PITCH AT BASEBALL GAME: To promote the “Walking With Dinosaurs” arena show that is touring North America this summer and fall, a character named Baby T threw out the first pitch at a game Wednesday between the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. Watch the video here. NESN: http://foxs.pt/1fZmn46
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
The Event Leadership Institute has launched Digital Credentials, a technology that allows people who have completed specific professional development courses and passed an exam to place the credentials in their email signatures, LinkedIn pages, websites, and other digital platforms. The idea is to help employers and clients to more easily find job and project candidates who possess the skills they require.
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Local chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Barbara Lynch were honored at the James Beard Awards, which were announced in New York on Monday night. Boston Globe: http://bit.ly/1invNFj
CHICAGO: Forbidden Root will open an East Village brewery in early 2015. The venue will have a 150-seat taproom and will serve botanical beers and snacks made with sustainable ingredients.
LOS ANGELES: A & D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles hosts its annual gala June 28. In keeping with the museum's focus this year on California's beach communities, the fund-raiser will feature custom surfboards, boogie boards, and skateboards created by local and international architects, designers, and artists.
Harlowe, a cocktail lounge in West Hollywood from 1933 Group, has opened.
Hollywood & Highland's annual Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series begins July 1 and will take place on Tuesday evenings through July 29.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Panache, a Classic Party Rentals company, will host an event May 13 to open its new West Palm Beach storefront location.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital's 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala is May 17 at the JW Marriott Marquis.
NEW YORK: Outsider Art Fair 2014 opens Thursday with a vernissage and reception at Center 548 in Chelsea.
Jonathan Wright has been appointed executive chef of Rainbow Room, which is slated to open in October.
The second annual NYCxDesign event runs Friday-May 20 with exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, and open studios across the city.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
TORONTO: Ciroc will host a pop-up party to celebrate its coconut vodka on May 28. The invite-only bash will take place at EFS and is inspired by London’s nightclub Mahiki.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Lady Gaga’s ArtRave: the Artpop Ball concert originally scheduled for May 15 at Verizon Center has been rescheduled for May 12 to allow for a potential N.B.A. playoff game between the Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers.
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By Beth Kormanik Posted May 8, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT