April 29, 2014: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Brands Leave N.B.A.'s Clippers After Racist Rant, Inside the Geekiest Music Festival

By Beth Kormanik April 29, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT

1. THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS: Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, once again topped the list of San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards, presented in London on Monday. New York's Eleven Madison Park and Chicago’s Alinea also made the top 10. CNN: “Some observers say the awards now hold greater sway over a restaurant's financial success and bookings than coveted Michelin star rankings, often transforming them into major travel destinations.”

2. BRANDS LEAVE N.B.A.’S CLIPPERS AFTER RACIST RANT: Corporate sponsors such as Red Bull, Virgin America, and State Farm are canceling or suspending deals with the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team following racist comments by the team owner, Donald Sterling. Los Angeles Times: “Fans and even an NBA coach are calling for boycotts of games and merchandise. Free agent players may steer clear of the team, hurting future ticket sales and other income. Companies once loyal to the Clippers may reserve corporate boxes at Lakers games instead.”

3. INSIDE THE GEEKIEST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Moogfest, the synthetic music festival organized by Moog Music, had its largest gathering ever in Ashville, North Carolina. New York Times: “Moogfest, which ran from last Wednesday through Sunday, was an outlier among the music festivals this spring and summer, booking many musicians who aren’t working the circuit from Coachella to Bonnaroo to Governors Ball. … How geeky was it? Some festivalgoers wandered the streets of Asheville, wearing headset brainwave sensors that were paired with iPhones. Through their earbuds, the phones played music guided by those brainwaves from an app, Conductar, that also used location data to display a virtual-reality rendering of the streetscape.”


BOSTON:  Uyghur Kitchen is Boston’s newest food truck. Billed as the country’s first Uyghur food truck, it serves a kebab-centric menu of fare from a region of northwest China.

CHICAGO:  The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence will take place May 9 at 700 South Des Plaines Street. The evening will include a fashion show competition judged by industry insiders, including Project Runway alum Kate Pankoke.

LAS VEGAS:  MGM Resorts International unveiled expanded plans and the first look at programming for its park, dining, and entertainment district on the west side of the Strip. The park will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and the new 20,000-seat Las Vegas arena currently in development by MGM and AEG.

Cort Trade Show & Event Furnishings has hired Joe Messina as executive director of sales to its expanding management team. He will be based in Las Vegas and will be responsible for the company's sales organization nationwide.

A preparty for the Floyd Mayweather versus Marcos Maidana fight presented by Showtime is Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

LOS ANGELES:  First Star’s 10th annual Celebration for Children’s Rights is Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Lauren Halpern has joined the destination management company AlliedPRA South Florida as a national sales manager.

NEW YORK:  American Friends of the Louvre’s Young Patrons Circle will host its seventh annual spring gala on Thursday at Bleecker Street Arts Club. About 150 guests are expected, and the gala will include hors d’oeuvres by Daniel Boulud’s Feasts and Fêtes, music by DJ Natalie Dodge of SBND, and a silent auction.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  For the eighth year in a row, the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport has received the AAA Four Diamond rating.

PHILADELPHIA:  The Philadelphia Burger Brawl is June 8 at Xfinity Live and expects 50 competing chefs and restaurants.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Nitro beers, which are creamy with a Guinness-like texture, are “having a moment in San Francisco.” San Francisco Chronicle:

TORONTO:  IDEX Canada, Canada’s National Design and Architecture Exposition and Conference, is December 3-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North.

The fifth season of Friday Night Live at ROM will return to the Royal Ontario Museum May 2-June 27. With drinks, snacks, and live entertainment, the event series lets guests check out galleries until 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Palena Restaurant in Cleveland Park has closed after 13 years; it couldn't reach new terms with its landlord.

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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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