April 4, 2013: Men's Fashion Week Coming to New York, How to Get Tech Titans to Buy Art, New App for Invites

By Beth Kormanik April 4, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

1. MEN'S FASHION WEEK PLANNED: A Men’s Fashion Week likely will hit New York this summer but is still seeking sponsorship. New York Post: “Organizers’ next big hurdle, according to sources, is to create a must-see NYC lineup by pressuring important American men’s designers, such as Calvin Klein, to present their collections stateside.”

2. MAKING ART PATRONS OF TECH TITANS: Today's Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Fricks are tech moguls, but the problem is, they're not supporting arts and culture as yesterday's titans did. New York Times: “Some groups are attacking the problem head-on. Later this month, Rhizome, a nonprofit organization dedicated to new media art … will host its fourth annual Seven on Seven Conference, which pairs artists and technologists and asks them to collaborate on a single-day project. Dennis Crowley, 36, the founder of Foursquare, the social-networking site, is one of this year’s participants, despite what could be considered a relative disinterest in the art world.”

3. NEW APP FOR INVITATIONS: Phoster is a new free iOS app to design posters and invitations. Mashable: “The days of snail mail invitations are far behind us, with every backyard barbecue, birthday celebration, and concert broadcasted through Facebook event pages or text message. Though you can let hundreds of friends know about your next party with the click of a button, the convenience takes away from the fun of planning: the invites.”


BOSTON: One Mission will host its fourth Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9. Football player Rob Gronkowski will headline. 

CHICAGO: Time Out Chicago's Eat Out Awards are April 15 at Terzo Piano. 

Chef's Playground, an inaugural event to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship, will take place at Terzo Piano May 16. The event will feature modern renditions of childhood classics from chefs such as Bill Kim and Paul Kahan. 

Karl's Event Services has been acquired by Arena Group.

TigerDirect's Build Your Own PC Race will take place on Sunday at the TigerDirect.Com retail store in Hoffman Estates. 

LAS VEGAS: This year's UNLVino will extend to four days to include the mixology-focused event “Bar-b-q.” The April 21 event will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and will feature signature drinks by master mixologist Francesco Lafranconi, dishes from celebrity chefs Scott Conant, Angelo Sosa, and Gustav Mauler, live music, and more. 

Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will host the “Sin City Gourmand” master dinner series during Vegas Uncork'd on May 9. Chefs Michael Richard and Todd Harrington will create a six-course meal that will include creamy avocado gazpacho, blackened red snapper with lemon butter, and orange cheesecake flan.

LOS ANGELES: Randy Fuhrman Events will host a New York City experience event at the Book Bindery Brick Building Saturday. Within the event space, guests can mingle in model neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little Italy, and Central Park, complete with street vendors, billboards, subway sounds, and other New York City-evoking details.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

The Butter Group announced plans to open the first California outpost of 1Oak. It will be located at the former Key Club on the Sunset Strip.

LAS VEGAS: SBE hired Michael Toney as executive director of hotel sales for SLS Las Vegas. The property is slated to open in fall 2014 with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites and 35,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The first Kendall International Food Festival is Saturday at the West Kendall Baptist Church. It's presented by Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time.

NEW YORK: ZAK Events is launching a new product line, the ZAK Collection. The event furniture collection consists of lounge vignettes, tables, bars, and back bars and is available exclusively for rent through Classic Party Rentals. A launch party is Tuesday at Top of the Garden. To attend, email event development manager Carly Roncaglio at

The annual Bike Expo New York is May 3-4 at Pier 36; the TD Five Boro Bike Tour race will follow May 5 starting in lower Manhattan.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: The Doggie Art Festival is Sunday at the Doggie Door. The event will feature canine-inspired artwork and vendors and proceeds will go the Sebastian Haul Fund, an organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for greyhounds.

TORONTO: The Green Living Show is April 12-14 at the Direct Energy Centre. The event is presented by Green Living Enterprises and will showcase more than 450 green companies and businesses, environmental speakers and seminars, green demonstrations and displays, and more.

Toronto Life will host its spring edition of Toronto Life's Stylebook on May 1 at the Fermenting Cellar. The event includes the unveiling of a commissioned photo gallery, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails.

WASHINGTON: The American Red Cross Salute to Service celebration is May 4 at the Marriott Wardman Park. CNN anchor Candy Crowley will serve as MC at the event, and Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno and his wife, Linda, will receive the Lifetime of Service Award.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Jenna Berris, Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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