1. BEYONCE MAKES HISTORY AS COACHELLA HEADLINER: Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella, with a two-hour Saturday night set that featured the reunion of Destiny's Child. The New York Times: “It was rich with history, potently political and visually grand. By turns uproarious, rowdy, and lush. A gobsmacking marvel of choreography and musical direction. And not unimportantly, it obliterated the ideology of the relaxed festival, the idea that musicians exist to perform in service of a greater vibe. That is one of the more tragic side effects of the spread of festival culture over the last two decades. Beyoncé was having none of it. The Coachella main stage, on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club here, was her platform, yes, but her show was in countless ways a rebuke. It started with the horns: trumpets, trombones, sousaphones. For most of the night, the 36-year-old star was backed by an ecstatic marching band, in the manner of historically black college football halftime shows. The choice instantly reoriented her music, sidelining its connections to pop and framing it squarely in a lineage of Southern black musical traditions from New Orleans second line marches to Houston’s chopped-and-screwed hip-hop. ... She does macro, too—she was joined onstage by approximately 100 dancers, singers and musicians, a stunning tableau that included fraternity pledges and drumlines and rows of female violinists in addition to the usual crackerjack backup dancers (which here included bone breakers and also dancers performing elaborate routines with cymbals). Beyoncé was originally meant to perform at Coachella last year, but rescheduled for this April after becoming pregnant; her Coachella performances this weekend and next are her only solo U.S. dates this year. 'Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella,' she said midset, then added an aside that was, in fact, the main point: 'Ain’t that ’bout a bitch.'" https://nyti.ms/2H08cKR
2. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SONGS FOR THE FIRST TIME: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted songs for the first time at its 33rd annual ceremony, which took place Saturday at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The event also featured a Bon Jovi reunion. Billboard: “The Moodys—along with fellow inductees Bon Jovi, The Cars and Dire Straits (and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe)—have long been on lists of acts snubbed for Rock Hall induction. Saturday's more than four-and-a-half-hour ceremony set things right with a prevailing atmosphere of sincere appreciation—including from fans who sat in pouring rain to watch red-carpet arrivals and in the Public Auditorium’s upper level—with only a few barbs about the long waits for induction. The ceremony, which was filmed by HBO for a May 5 premiere, differed from other years in that Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner did not address the gathering and there was no finale that brought inductees and presenters together. The crowd at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium did not have to wait long for what was the clear main attraction of the night. Following The Killers' tribute to the late Tom Petty with 'American Girl' (and a bit of 'Free Falling'), Bon Jovi's hour-plus presentation was presided over by Howard Stern, who gave the band an epic, envelope-pushing-but-loving tribute that took Rolling Stone magazine and Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner to task ... Saturday’s ceremony also introduced a new category: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles honored six songs that Little Steven Van Zandt said 'shaped rock 'n' roll' by 'artists in the Rock Hall … at the moment.' The first inductees in the category included 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men’s 'Rumble' (1958), 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum’s 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' (1967) and Steppenwolf’s 'Born to Be Wild' (1968).” https://bit.ly/2JJ3SkW
3. ROYAL WEDDING CHOOSES SAME PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT ENGAGEMENT: Alex Lubomirksi has been selected as the official royal wedding photographer. The portrait photographer also took photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement last November. Vanity Fair: “A fashion and celebrity photographer, Lubomirski spent four years working as Mario Testino’s assistant. Markle has long been a fan of the New York-based photographer, who is famous for his highly styled and artistic work, and has an impressive client list including Vogue, for which he has shot a number of international cover stars. Speaking about landing the coveted commission, Lubomirski said, ‘I could not be more thrilled or honored to photograph this historic occasion. Having taken Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story.’ Lubomirski was born in England, but moved to Botswana with his mother and stepfather at the age of eight. (Botswana, you might remember, is a recurring theme in Harry and Meghan’s relationship; they took a trip there together before their engagement, and the diamond at the center of Meghan’s engagement ring was sourced from there.) It was Lubomirski’s stepfather who gave him his first camera at the age of 11. His interest in photography developed while traveling in Peru during a gap year in college, which later shifted from an interest in social commentary to narrative-based fashion photography while studying for his degree at the University of Brighton.” https://bit.ly/2GX3wts
* LOCAL NEWS *
CHICAGO: Chicago Pride Fest will take place June 16-17 in Boystown. The event kicks off a week of pride festivities leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade June 24.
LOS ANGELES: The Zimmer Children’s Museum will host the third annual We All Play FUNdraiser April 28. Designed to preview the museum's future location in Santa Monica, the family-friendly event will feature live performances, interactive art stations, food, and more.
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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Pride Center at Equality Park’s fourth annual Diversity Honors will take place April 27 at the Hard Rock Event Center. The event will honor Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis with the first-ever Alan Schubert Award of Excellence and also honor Dolores Huerta. The event benefits the center and the Harvey Milk Foundation.
NEW YORK: The Amsterdam, a farm-to-table American restaurant in Rhinebeck, has appointed Alex Burger executive chef. Burger was formerly executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York.
OddFellows Ice Cream Co. has opened Coffee & Cream, a coffee and ice cream parlor in Nolita. The new venue serves the brand’s signature ice cream flavors, coffee drinks, and coffee and ice cream combinations including a cold brew milkshake and coffee and cream soft serve.
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SAN FRANCISCO: Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, the second restaurant from chef Charlie Palmer, has opened at Archer Hotel Napa. The 7,000-square-foot space serves American fare and seats 90 guests in a main dining room, 14 guests at a main bar, 14 guests at a chef’s show kitchen bar, and more than 70 at a lounge area.
TORONTO: Brunch Fest will take place June 1-3 at 99 Sudbury. The event, which is presented by TasteToronto, will offer tastings from local brunch spots.
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