1. ULTRA MUSIC FEST BANS MINORS: Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, a massively popular electronic music show, will ban minors starting next year. The festival has been the target of complaints following drug use and other safety and security incidents. Miami Herald: “[Raymond] Martinez, the head of security, said the festival’s leaders have been thinking about improving safety and the overall festival experience for months. He said organizers took a look at the overall percentage of ticket sales to minors and polled some who went to the event before banning minors. With minors, ‘you get into a whole different realm. You’re talking about juveniles and these are large crowds. It’s very similar to a nightclub type of thing,’ he said. ‘The consensus was that it would be a better event if you eliminated all-ages.’” http://hrld.us/1po7Pse
2. SNAPCHAT EXPANDS SERVICES FOR LIVE EVENTS: The social video app Snapchat has debuted a new “Live” feature that will let people connect at events. TechCrunch: “It’s not hard to imagine music festivals, sporting events, concert tours, colleges, or other ‘location-based communities’ paying for access to a marketing channel like Snapchat’s main feed page.” http://tcrn.ch/1tNgPNV
3. FASHION WEEK’S LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH LINCOLN CENTER: As fashion designers abandon the official home of New York Fashion Week—78 are showing at Lincoln Center, compared to 89 in 2010—producer IMG is trying to change the experience to bring them back. The New York Times: “Designers now have more liberty to tweak seating and catwalk setups. The check-in process was also rerouted (to mixed reviews) and a V.I.P. concierge program was quietly rolled out that is expanding further this season. Yet, those points are not why designers continue to show at Lincoln Center. As much as it’s faulted for being a slick machine, that’s exactly what some designers want. Based in Los Angeles, [designer Monique] Lhuillier doesn’t want to spend her time in New York worrying about multiple vendors at an off-site venue. IMG is trustworthy and professional, she said.” http://nyti.ms/1pHJuUf
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
Centerplate C.E.O. Desmond Hague resigned his position at the catering giant following outrage over a video that appeared to show him kicking a dog. San Diego Union-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1rKfV6m
* LOCAL NEWS *
ATLANTA: Associated Luxury Hotels International has hired Michelle White as its regional vice president of sales for the organization's South Region. She will be based in Atlanta.
CHICAGO: BMF Media Group is producing a pop-up café for Cafe Bustelo September 5-14. In Wicker Park, the activation will offer live music acts, DJs, giveaways, and coffee drinks.
LAS VEGAS: Delano Las Vegas, the 1,117-room hotel, opened Tuesday on the Strip. The property has 20,000 square feet of meeting space. a spa, and several food and beverage outlets. It plans to open a beach club in 2015.
The Clash in Cotai 2 press tour—featuring boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri—stopped at the Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas Saturday.
LOS ANGELES: Big Sugar Bakeshop has opened a second location. The new downtown space, in the Pegasus building, will offer custom and ready-to-go cakes, cards, and gifts.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Miramar Regional Park is opening a 5,000-seat amphitheater that will try to attract major concerts, conventions, and other events. South Florida Sun-Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1vK9Fw3
NEW YORK: The 47th annual West Indian Day Carnival took place Monday, drawing about one million spectators. New York magazine's the Cut blog captured the vibrant scene in photos: http://thecut.io/1BaeQ8C
Baseball memorabilia including a Yankees cap signed by Mickey Mantle and items from retiring team captain Derek Jeter will be on display next week at Michael Jordan’s the Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
PHILADELPHIA: Dilworth Park at City Hall reopens Thursday following a renovation. The expanded 120,557-square-foot public space will include a café, public art, and, in the winter, a skating rink.
TORONTO: Latin American Fashion Week will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 24-26. The event will feature designers from Canada, Mexico, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala is September 18 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Journalist Joan Lunden, who is battling breast cancer, will host the evening, and Bruce Hornsby will perform.
ArtJamz will open its second location, ArtJamz Brookland Studio, this fall at the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market.
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By Beth Kormanik Posted September 3, 2014, 8:11 AM EDT