April 1, 2014: New York Gala Evacuated From Building, What Proposing in a Baseball Stadium Costs, 'Nashville' Stars Plan Concert Tour

By Beth Kormanik April 1, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT

1. NEW YORK GALA EVACUATED FROM BUILDING: As the annual spring gala for the Soho Repertory Theater was starting Monday at the Angel Orensanz Center, a support beam for the balcony cracked, and fire fighters eventually cleared the 19th-century Gothic Revival synagogue. New York magazine: “The 500 or so displaced patrons were treated to a performance by a marching band and then a rendition of ‘Feel Alright’ by Steve Earle.”

2. WHAT PROPOSING IN A BASEBALL STADIUM COSTS: Any sports fan likely has seen a scoreboard marriage proposal. But how much does that cost at various Major League Baseball stadiums? The answer varies, from $39 at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates to $2,500 at Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium (and five teams do no allow the practice). See a baseball-theme chart at Swimmingly:

3. 'NASHVILLE' STARS PLAN CONCERT TOUR: As Glee proved, live events can be lucrative extensions of music-theme TV shows. ABC announced on Monday that several stars of the show Nashville will go on a three-city tour this spring. The Hollywood Reporter: “The tour will be presented by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and produced by Opry Entertainment Group. The tour marks the latest potential revenue stream from the drama. … The series, from Lionsgate Television and ABC Studios, has already released multiple music compilation albums featuring the original music performed on the show. The fourth volume will bow May 6, with the three previous albums selling more than 3 million tracks.”


ATLANTA:  Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. will be a keynote speaker at the ASIS International 60th annual Seminar and Exhibits, which runs September 29-October 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event, for the security industry, expects 20,000 attendees.

BOSTON:  Revere Hotel Boston Common has partnered with activewear line Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston to host a pop-up shop in the hotel’s lobby. Open through April 30, the shop offers marathon-theme apparel and merchandise including tote bags and T-shirts.

CHICAGO:  The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago has added executive chef Stephen Wambach to its culinary team. Wambach has had previous stints at Epic in Chicago and the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut in Lebanon.

The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards will honor Chicago Fire star Jesse Spencer at a ceremony at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on April 10. Partners include Sound Investment, American Airlines, and Effen Vodka.

LAS VEGAS:  The Las Vegas High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, officially opened Monday at the Linq.

George Clinton and T-Pain will headline the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at Aria Resort & Casino April 4 for the tournament’s celebrities and V.I.P. invited guests.

LOS ANGELES:  Broadcast Music Inc. (commonly known as BMI) will give its Icon Award to Stevie Nicks at its 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards, slated for May 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

This year’s Crystal & Lucy Awards fund-raising dinner, in support of Women in Film L.A.’s educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives, is June 11 in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Social Exposure is hosting the Surreal Garden Party April 12 at Hyde Beach at SLS Hotel South Beach. The co-host is the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the ticketed event will benefit the BullyProof Initiative.

NEW YORK:  Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, and Questlove are among the presenters at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which takes place April 10 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York Times:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Universal Orlando's newest hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, has opened its first 600 family suites. The hotel will have a total of 1,800 units when it's finished this summer.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The United States Society of Dams will host its 34th annual Meeting and Conference April 7-11 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

TORONTO:  The Hazelton Hotel has introduced “Meetings by McEwan,” a service that offers meeting menus designed by celebrity chef and TV personality Mark McEwan. Menus offer morning and afternoon bites, including lobster tomato bisque, house-made doughnuts, and eggs Benedict.

The Right to Play Ball event is May 1 at the Shangri-La Hotel. Fashion journalist and TV host Glen Baxter will host.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Millennial Week DC, billed as the first conference celebrating the social, cultural, political, and entrepreneurial contributions of the millennial generation, is June 2-8.

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

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