1. TRUMP TO SKIP WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER: For the second consecutive year, President Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. Associated Press: “White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev said in statement Friday that the 'White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend.' Trump had said he 'probably won’t do it' in an interview on the 'Bernie and Sid' radio show on 77 WABC Radio taped Thursday and aired Friday. Calling the media 'so bad' and 'so fake,' Trump said: 'I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it.' But the president, who has long had an adversarial relationship with the news media, did not elaborate on how he planned to do so. Since his campaign, he has ceaselessly blasted the 'fake media' and 'dishonest' reporters, singling out specific journalists and news outlets for criticism. He also has avoided holding a traditional news conference for over a year, though he often answers shouted questions from reporters. Traditionally, the president and first lady attend the annual dinner, a fundraiser for college scholarships and a venue for reporting awards, which mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. The televised event requires the president to smile through remarks by a comedian—who typically roasts the president—as well as deliver a humorous address, teasing the press and political opponents." https://bit.ly/2qfqS39
2. NETFLIX THREATENS TO NOT SCREEN FILMS AT CANNES FESTIVAL: Netflix has threatened to not screen any of its films at the Cannes Film Festival next month, in response to the festival director Thierry Fremaux banning Netflix films that won't have theatrical distribution in France from the official competition. The Hollywood Reporter: “The situation is said to be fluid, and a final decision won't be made until Cannes announces its official lineup April 12. If Netflix carries through on the threat to pull its movies, the move could impact a number of high-profile filmmakers. Netflix titles have figured in the speculation about films that could screen at the festival, although it is not clear which may have been formally submitted. Among them are Paul Greengrass' Norway; Jeremy Saulnier's Hold the Dark; and Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind, the newly completed version of a project the late director filmed in the 1970s. Netflix declined to comment on its Cannes plans, but such a move would be seen as retaliation for a new rule, first announced after last year's fest, banning any films from competition that do not have a French theatrical release. Since Netflix titles don't play French theaters and instead appear directly on the digital service, that rule effectively has barred them from the competition lineup. While Fremaux has said he would consider scheduling Netflix titles out-of-competition, that option is considered less prestigious by many filmmakers, in effect reducing them to second-class status With the fest director putting the final touches on the schedule that will be unveiled next week, the situation at the moment is considered delicate, with conversations taking part between the festival and the streaming service in an effort to resolve the impasse." https://bit.ly/2qcXgDw
3. FYF FEST TALENT BUYER TALKS BOOKING FEMALE HEADLINERS: Women headliners are still uncommon at music festivals, but Los Angeles's upcoming FYF Fest is aiming to change that—Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson are slated to headline the 15th edition of the festival. Billboard: “But Los Angeles’ FYF Fest, which announced its two-day 2018 lineup on March 30 and will take over Exposition Park July 21-22, changed the conversation when it revealed that both its headliners are women: Florence will close out the first night; Jackson the second. Other acts on the diverse lineup include St. Vincent, The Breeders, Lucy Dacus, Future, Glassjaw and many more. The festival’s forward-thinking bill carries all the way through its 46 acts; 22 are either solo female or gender-fluid artists or groups with at least one female member. But FYF talent buyer Jenn Yacoubian says, 'This wasn’t something that we were consciously tallying: ‘We have to have X amount of females or males on here.’ When we laid out everything, this is what made sense for the festival and this is what we thought was going to be the best booking.' She adds, 'We’re super happy to have so many talented women and men on the festival—it wasn’t like there was any sort of criteria.' Yacoubian, who was born and raised in Torrance, Calif., has been with Goldenvoice since 2009. She started bookings clubs and smaller one-off events and has since moved up to book larger venues and now, for the first time, FYF. But for months, FYF’s future was unclear: in November of last year, sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against FYF founder Sean Carlson, prompting Goldenvoice and its parent company AEG to sever ties. In February, AEG bought out Carlson’s 50 percent stake in the festival. ... This year’s all-female headliners aside, what has long separated FYF from other festivals since its inception in 2004 is that it has always been a multi-genre affair—this year is only further evidence of such. Yacoubian recalls seeing Youth Code—'They’re one of my favorites, an industrial-goth hardcore band led by this female who just rips it on vocals,' she says -- post the flyer on Instagram with the caption: 'Yeah, we’re playing with Janet Jackson. Our minds are blown too.'" https://bit.ly/2Jry4AT
* LOCAL NEWS *
AUSTIN: Line ATX hotel is slated to open this spring. The hotel, which is owned by the Sydell Group, will have 428 guest rooms, three restaurants, an outdoor pool, and four bars.
LOS ANGELES: The Infatuation’s second annual EeeeeatsCon food festival will return to Barker Hangar May 19.
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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Pérez Art Museum Miami’s fourth annual Corporate Cocktail event will take place May 10 at Habitat by Jose Mendin at 1 Hotel South Beach.
Cafeina Wynwood Lounge celebrated its reopening April 7.
NEW YORK: To support the Meetings Mean Business Coalition’s third annual Global Meetings Industry Day April 12, NYC & Company will light the Jacob K. Javits Convention Cener, Pier 17, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, One Bryant Park, and four Times Square spires blue April 11.
Make the Road New York and Center for Popular Democracy will host an immigrants rights fund-raising dinner at Palo Santo April 12. New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca and Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour will speak at the event.
The seventh annual Wine on Wheels grand tasting and silent auction will take place April 28 at City Winery. The event will feature local sommeliers pouring more than 250 wines. The event is a fund-raiser for Wheeling Forward, a nonprofit that aims to drive progress in New York’s disability community.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s annual the Downtown Dinner will take place May 17 at Conrad New York. The event will feature a seated dinner by Union Square Events.
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SAN FRANCISCO: The fourth annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest will take place May 26 on Liberty Street between Capitol and Walnut avenues.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. Bethesda North is now open at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda. The hotel has 177 guest rooms and 8,700 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space that can accommodate as many as 600 guests.
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