April 22, 2014: Inside the White House’s Biggest Event, Discovery Cancels 'Everest Jump Live,' How Colorado and Washington Celebrated 4/20

By Beth Kormanik April 22, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT

1. INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE’S BIGGEST EVENT: The biggest annual event at the White House, surprisingly, is the Easter Egg Roll, which drew some 30,000 kids and parents to the South Lawn on Monday. This year’s theme was “Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape.” Washington Post: “Attendees flocked between sports courts, cooking stations, storybook readings and craft areas. They could also take pictures with vegetable mascots, the Easter bunny, Spider-Man and the Minions from the animated movie Despicable Me.”

2. DISCOVERY CANCELS 'EVEREST JUMP LIVE': After the avalanche at Mt. Everest that killed 13 people, with three still missing, Discovery Channel has cancelled Everest Jump Live, which would have featured climber Joby Ogwyn leaping off the top of the mountain in a wingsuit. The May 11 event also would have included five nights of talk-show-style programming to promote the special. Entertainment Weekly: The network released this statement on Sunday: ‘In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.’”

3. COLORADO AND WASHINGTON STATE RALLY FOR MARIJUANA: The traditional date to celebrate all things cannabis—April 20, or 4/20—drew fans to rallies and concerts in Washington State and Colorado, both of which legalized possession and use of marijuana by adults on private property. The events still drew arrests, since public consumption remains illegal. Reuters: “Separately, the Cannabis Cup, a trade show sponsored by High Times magazine, drew sold-out crowds over the weekend at a Denver convention venue. The two-day event features marijuana sampling and workshops, such as how to open a pot shop, cultivation tips, and how to talk to children about weed, according to the event's website.”


CHICAGO:  Janelle Monáe and Jeff Tweedy are among the headliners of this year’s Taste of Chicago festival. Chicago Tribune:

LAS VEGAS:  The music festival Rock in Rio is working with MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil, and Ron Burkle to bring the festival to the United States in May 2015 at a new venue called City of Rock. The open-air concert venue will cover 33 acres on the Strip and have five stages, food courts, rides, and other attractions. The venue will have the capacity for 80,000 people per day and after the festival will remain open for other events from MGM Resorts.

According to Guinness World Records, the Las Vegas High Roller is now the world's tallest observation wheel.

Las Vegas Foodie Fest, White Castle, and Jabbawockeez will join for a community fund-raiser to benefit the Shade Tree women’s shelter on April 22.

LOS ANGELES:  BET Networks and AEG announced Monday that Outkast will headline the BET Experience at L.A. Live, slated for June 27-29.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Universal Music and Hennessy V.S. will host the “Fire & Ice” Latin Billboard Awards after-party on April 24 at Bamboo Miami Beach.

NEW YORK:  Union Square Hospitality Group named Eric Korsh, formerly of Calliope in the East Village, as the new chef at North End Grill, replacing Floyd Cardoz. Grub Street:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  SeaWorld Orlando will host its Latin food and concert festival, Viva la Música, every Saturday from April 26-May 17.

SAN DIEGO:  Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International as well as its Golf Collection specialty segment for meetings and incentive programs.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will host its Modern Ball on April 30 at Yerba Buena Gardens. The event includes a dinner, a supper-club-style lounge area, and a late-night party.

TORONTO:  BlogTO offers tips for finding a clown for your event. Some advice? Pick the kind of clown you want (such as busking versus cabaret) and hire one through an agency.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The dance troupe Step Afrika will present five performances of its new work, “Green Is the New Black,” at Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre starting May 29.

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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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