1. YOUTUBE WILL LIVE STREAM FIRST WEEKEND OF COACHELLA: Those who can’t watch Beyoncé perform at Coachella in person will able to view her set live on YouTube, who is the exclusive streamer of the festival. Billboard: Presented by T-Mobile in the U.S., Optus in Australia and Garnier in Canada, viewers will have a choice of four live stream feeds with different artists simultaneously, including one VR180 channel that will allow viewers to experience performances and exclusive on the ground coverage using headsets like Google Cardboard and Daydream View. In the lead-up to the festival, fans can also create personalized viewing schedules featuring the live acts they want to see, with the live streams automatically switching to the pre-selected artist's shows. Weekend highlights will be available through a video-on-demand hub, with the streams hosted by Jason Bentley from radio station KCRW, along with co-hosts Nadeska Alexis, Valerie Lee and Brittany Eustis, who will interview artists and creators during the weekend. … In addition, Google Home will provide a custom voice-enabled experience for festival goers and fans at home watching the live stream, allowing users to discover music from this year's performers and test their knowledge of the festival, present and past by saying ‘Hey Google, talk to Coachella.’ Google Home will also provide information on the festival, from set times to travel information, with fans at home getting an exclusive backstage experience via live interviews throughout the weekend. One of Coachella's most iconic attractions will come to life through Google Pixel, which will train its lens on the giant Ferris Wheel, where festival goers on select gondolas will create unique photo moments in a special Pixel photo booth. Pixel 2 will also capture unique artist portraits backstage from influential photographers.” https://bit.ly/2EulXj3
2. PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ASK FOR CHARITY DONATIONS INSTEAD OF WEDDING GIFTS: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked for charity donations rather than wedding gifts ahead of their royal nuptials in May. The Guardian: “A Kensington Palace spokesperson said the couple did not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. ‘The couple have chosen charities [that] represent a range of issues they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the armed forces. ‘Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.’ The palace said the couple had selected seven organisations: Chiva (Children’s HIV Association); Crisis; the Myna Mahila Foundation; Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity for bereaved armed forces children; StreetGames; Surfers Against Sewage; and The Wilderness Foundation UK. Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, welcomed being chosen by the couple. There has been a furore over the treatment of homeless people in Windsor, where the couple will marry on 19 May, after a Tory councillor, Simon Dudley, called on police to clear rough sleepers from the town before the high profile wedding. Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of Crisis, said: “We are hugely grateful that Prince Harry and Ms Markle are asking the public to support Crisis as they celebrate their wedding.’” https://bit.ly/2Jvp5Pj
3. SAUDI ARABIA TO MAKE CANNES DEBUT WITH FIRST PAVILION: Saudi Arabia will make its debut at Cannes Film Festival next month with a curated pavilion, short films, and industry panels. The country recently lifted a ban on movie theaters. Variety: “The Saudi Film Council, the Arab kingdom’s newly established film entity, will launch internationally with a large space at the Cannes Marché du Film. Panels will 'offer several opportunities for delegates to interact with Saudi filmmakers' and to 'understand the kingdom’s industry ambitions through its various initiatives and programs,' according to a joint statement issued Monday by the council and the country’s General Culture Authority (GCA). 'The kingdom looks forward to its debut presence at the festival, celebrating and supporting the diversity of talent and opportunities within the Saudi film industry,' Awwad Alawwad, the Saudi culture minister and chairman of GCA’s board, said in the statement. ... It is not known whether there will be any Saudi feature films in the official selection, though at least one entry has been submitted. A selection of nine short films by young Saudi filmmakers will screen at Cannes’ Short Film Corner on May 14 and May 15. Last December, the GCA announced the lifting of a 35-year-old local ban on movie theaters, part of social and economic reforms championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under the Vision 2030 banner." https://bit.ly/2GL4NUn
* LOCAL NEWS *
LAS VEGAS: Carrie Underwood will perform live at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 15.
LOS ANGELES: The 13th annual LAWineFest will take place June 2-3 at Row DTLA. The event will feature tastings from more than 20 wineries, as well as a number of food and lifestyle exhibitors.
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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism will host the inaugural Synergy Summit for Cultural Heritage and Tourism May 16-18 at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel.
NEW YORK: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (A.S.P.C.A.) will host its 21st annual Bergh Ball April 19 at the Plaza Hotel.
The NYC Hot Sauce Expo will take place April 21-22 at the Brooklyn Expo Center.
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TORONTO: The third annual Wanderluxe event, which supports the Air Canada Foundation and the Herbie Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children, will take place Thursday at 11 Polson Street. Schitt’s Creek stars Dan Levy and Emily Hampshire will host the fund-raising event.
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