April 19, 2017: Intel Kills Its Developer Forum Conference, Kevin Spacey to Host Tonys, Fashion Photos to Be Projected on Empire State Building

By Michele Laufik April 19, 2017, 8:33 AM EDT

1. INTEL KILLS ITS DEVELOPER FORUM CONFERENCE: Citing a lack of need due to Web-based resources, Intel has decided to kill off its Developer Forum conference, which had served as a showcase for the company's latest technologies for developers who work with its code and products. The next event was scheduled to be held in August in California. Wired: “In a short post on its website, Intel says it has 'evolved its event portfolio' and 'decided to retire the IDF program moving forward.' It continues to say that after 'nearly 20 great years' there are now resources on its website and a resource and design area that can be used by developers. Although Intel does not give any direct reason for cancelling the show, a spokesperson told AnandTech that as the firm has been focusing on data in recent years, the event does not fill its current needs.”

2. KEVIN SPACEY TO HOST TONYS: Actor Kevin Spacey will host the 71st annual Tony Awards—which will be broadcast on CBS—at Radio City Music Hall June 11. Late-night talk show host James Corden hosted the awards show last year. CNN: "'I was their 2nd choice for Usual Suspects, 4th choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,' Spacey said in a statement announcing the gig on Tuesday. 'Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.'”

3. FASHION PHOTOS TO BE PROJECTED ON EMPIRE STATE BUILDING: In celebration of Harper Bazaar’s 150th anniversary and Tiffany & Company, the Empire State Building will be featuring massive projections of fashion images tonight. The light show will take place on the northern side of the building from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Time Out New York: “Spanning 42 floors of the building (that’s nine more floors than it covered in 2015) and rising 500 feet high, the show will feature iconic fashion images of everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss, including iconic works by the likes of Andy Warhol.”


DALLAS/FORT WORTH:  Yesterday, officials broke ground on the massive multimillion-dollar multipurpose Dickies Arena. It will seat as many as 14,000 people and is set to be completed in November 2019.

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles Ballet gala will take place April 21 at the Beverly Wilshire.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Miami Beach Edition will host an eco-friendly celebration with a series of poolside activations on April 22; proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter.

NASHVILLE:  The Westin Nashville is offering two new leisure packages: Park and Party, which includes luxury accommodations and a valet for a night out; and See and “B” Seen, which includes tours of RCA’s historic Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Both packages are available through the end of the year.

NEW YORK:  The 11th annual DKMS “Big Love” gala will be held at Cipriani Wall Street April 27. All proceeds go towards DKMS's mission to fight blood cancer.

Food Bank for New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America, will take place tonight at Cipriani Wall Street. Mario Batali and Michael Symon will emcee the event.

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TORONTO:  The Backyard Living Expo, a consumer show that will exhibit products and services for outdoor living spaces, will take place at the International Centre in Mississauga from April 21 to 23.

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With contributions from Alesandra Dubin and Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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