April 4, 2014: Jay Z’s Made in America Festival Hits Snag, Upfront Season Grows Crowded, Marc Jacobs Casts Campaign Through Hashtag

By Beth Kormanik April 4, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT

1. JAY Z’S MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL HITS SNAG: The rapper plans to bring his music festival to Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend, but a city official wants to delay approving the permits until he gets more information about the event. The festival, which is produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser, could draw as many as 50,000 people to downtown’s Grand Park. Los Angeles Times: “This is not about opposing special events or any particular concert, it's about making sure the affected community, in this case downtown stakeholders, is part of the planning process sooner rather than later,” City Councilman Jose Huizar said in a statement to the Times.

2. UPFRONT SEASON GROWS CROWDED: One winner during the upfront season for media companies is the event industry, from venues to entertainment acts, as the season for the presentations stretches throughout April and May. The New York Times: “Each year, the list of upfront presentations—where advertisers and agencies are courted with upbeat remarks, tasty food, potent drinks, musical acts and nice gifts—grows longer, for several reasons. Some media companies are selling commercial time on new cable channels while others are seeking additional ad revenue by increasing the amount of original programming they offer viewers. And many technology companies hope to break into the ranks of publishers as they seek sponsors for online video content.”

3. MARC JACOBS CASTS CAMPAIGN THROUGH HASHTAG: Using the hashtag #CastMeMarc, Marc by Marc Jacobs is seeking the face of its fall 2014 campaign through social media. New York: “Considering Marc Jacobs's marketing track record—from Victoria Beckham's dangling legs in a shopping bag to controversial brand ambassadors Miley Cyrus and 64-year-old Jessica Lange—the mining-social-media tactic comes as no surprise.”


BOSTON:  Bareburger, an organic burger chain, will open a Boston outpost soon. The venue serves sandwiches made with everything from wild boar to ostrich meat, and it offers catering.

CHICAGO:  Chicago Artist Coalition’s Starving Artist Benefit is June 21 at the coalition's West Loop gallery space. The night pairs visual artists with chefs to create installations and snacks.

DALLAS:  Women's Wear Daily: “After years of presenting spectacular runway shows, Diffa Dallas invited guests to shine this year. The non-profit adopted a masquerade theme for its annual black-tie benefit, fueling the creative forces of 1,530 ticket holders Saturday at the Omni Dallas Hotel.”

LAS VEGAS:  Wynn Resorts announced Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher is the new director of community relations.

Jennifer Jo is leaving her public relations post at Caesars for a new position at BrainTrust Marketing & Communications, beginning Monday.

LOS ANGELES:  Mendocino Farms is slated to open its first Orange County location in Costa Mesa in May.

Mattel Children’s Hospital U.C.L.A. will host the second annual Kaleidoscope Ball on April 10 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Michael Mina is slated to debut Bardot Brasserie in the space of American Fish at Aria this winter.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  International Contemporary Furniture Fair Miami is slated for September 16-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

NEW YORK:  Hugh Jackman will host a fund-raiser for the Clinton Foundation May 1 at the Plaza. The New York Post:

The Makeup Show Gala, a new event, is May 2 at Metropolitan Pavilion. The event's theme is “Colour Couture: Beauty and Beyond.”

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  When the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opens early next year, it will include an outdoor performance space for as many as 3,000 people. The CNL Arts Plaza will host more than 30 free performances during the arts center's inaugural season. Orlando Sentinel:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is April 26-May 26 at 3660 Jackson Street.

TAMPA:  The new 211-room Guy Harvey Outpost resort is scheduled to open in May on St. Pete Beach. The resort's main restaurant will have a 33,500-gallon aquarium built by the stars of Animal Planet's series Tanked.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  A $30 million donation from Boeing will fund a major renovation of the National Air and Space Museum's main hall as well as other galleries. It will be completed in time for the museum's 40th anniversary in 2016, which is also Boeing's 100th anniversary.

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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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