April 10, 2014: Inside a Surprise Party From the World’s Best Chefs, Apple Starts Lottery System for Worldwide Developers Conference, StubHub’s Music Festival Bucket List

By Beth Kormanik April 10, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT

1. INSIDE A SURPRISE PARTY FROM THE WORLD’S BEST CHEFS: Twenty chefs from around the world gathered in New York this week for a surpass party honoring molecular gastronomy pioneer Wylie Dufresne at his own restaurant, wd~50. The New Yorker: “They’d form cooking groups, pick their dishes, and converge at wd~50 on a Tuesday, when the restaurant was closed. At the appointed hour, someone would call Dufresne to inform him that the restaurant was flooded. When he came rushing over, he’d arrive to the party of his dreams.”

2. APPLE STARTS LOTTERY SYSTEM FOR WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE: Apple is moving to a lottery system to allot tickets to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, an event that last year sold out in less than two hours. Wired: “Over the past few years, demand for tickets for Apple’s developer conference has grown to epic proportions, leaving many longtime attendees sitting at home, sullenly watching conference proceedings on Apple’s website, or attending alternative, unofficial conference sessions held in the Bay Area. While plenty of devs still won’t be able to attend with the random ticket dispersement, the change at least gives them an equal chance of snagging one of the coveted $1,600 spots.”

3. STUBHUB’S MUSIC FESTIVAL BUCKET LIST: StubHub has ranked the hottest acts playing this summer’s biggest music festivals, ranked by which acts play the most festivals who have seen the most growth since their last tour. Outkast, Foster the People, and Luke Bryan top what the ticket reseller calls its “festival lineup bucket list.” The findings, drawn from StubHub’s own data, named Coachella this year’s top music festival—its sales are up 59 percent over last year—followed by Lollapalooza and CMA Music Fest. Examiner:


BOSTON:  Faneuil Hall will host its “Hop Into Spring Weekend” April 19-20. The event includes a concert, an easter egg hunt, and a sidewalk sale.

CHICAGO:  Naansense, a fast casual Indian restaurant, has opened in the Loop. The venue offers catering for groups with as many as 400 guests and serves sandwiches on naan bread, salad, rice bowls, and roti rolls.

LAS VEGAS:  Room reservations are now open SBE's SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The first rooms are available for booking beginning August 25, and the property will host its official grand opening Labor Day weekend.

The Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC May 18. The finalists were announced Wednesday on Good Morning America.

LONDON:  Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation UK announced that singer Rita Ora will perform at its third annual Gabrielle’s Gala fund-raiser May 7 at Old Billingsgate.

LOS ANGELES:  The fifth annual Elle Women in Music event is April 22 at Avalon Hollywood. The private concert will feature performances by Angel Haze, Betty Who, and Sarah McLachlan, along with a DJ set by Rumer Willis.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an event May 30 that will include nutritional consultations, resort tours, and light hors d’oeuvres.

NEW YORK:  The seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is May 31 at Liberty State Park. The event is debuting a “First Access” ticket that comes with a reserved spot on the ferry as well as Veuve Clicquot sunglasses and a sun umbrella.

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival is July 25-August 23.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Canadian Music Week is May 6-10. This year’s festival will feature some 800 artists playing at 60 live music venues; there will also be a free, outdoor stage at Young and Dundas Square for the first time.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is hosting “Millinery Magic, 1900 to Now,” a hat show and sale, April 17.

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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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