August 29, 2014: Facebook Debuts Event Ads, Jay Z's Made in America Festival Plans L.A. Debut, Would You Send an Invite Made of Pizza?

By Beth Kormanik August 29, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT

1. FACEBOOK DEBUTS EVENT ADS: Facebook is appealing to event marketers with its rollout of a new advertising product that will appear in users’ news feeds. Adweek: “It doesn't appear that the social giant is defining “events” with tight parameters, which is interesting on a few levels. For instance, as people plan their weekends, the ads could be lucrative to not only movie marketers and concert promoters but also retailers holding sales-driven events. And local businesses such as restaurants may also find the ads intriguing: think location-targeted brunch deals in users' news feeds during late Sunday mornings.”

2. JAY Z'S MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL PLANS L.A. DEBUT: With 50,000 people a day projected to attend Jay Z’s inaugural Los Angeles version of Made in America festival this weekend, neighbors are worried about the logistics and complained to festival and city officials about the event planning process and communication. Los Angeles Times: “Most felt shut out of the planning process and ignored by city officials. Fears about security, noise and crowd control were expressed. … With just a dozen acres of space and bookended by the Los Angeles Music Center and City Hall, Grand Park—with its lush grounds, interactive fountain plaza and eye-popping bright pink seating—has yet to welcome an event of this size.”

3. WOULD YOU SEND AN INVITE MADE OF PIZZA?: Fashion Week and greasy food don’t necessarily go together, but Charlotte Ronson is making a statement with an edible invitation. New York: “Charlotte Ronson has teamed up with ‘sexy’ New York pizza restaurant Asellina to create what is perhaps the greatest Fashion Week show invitation the world has ever seen: an actual, edible, cheesy margarita pizza called the ‘Ronsonrita,’ packaged in a limited-edition pizza box designed by Ronson herself.”


The board of catering giant Contemplate has placed its C.E.O. on probation after he was caught on surveillance videos kicking a dog. Des Hague also will have to pay $100,000 to an animal welfare charity and has apologized for his actions. CNBC:


BOSTON:  On September 3, Seaport Hotel will host an event to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The evening will feature homemade dog treats by the hotel’s culinary team and a cash bar; Channel 5 will be on site to film a “Wake Up Call” segment.

CHICAGO:  Akira will host its 12th annual fashion show at Grossinger City Autoplex on October 5. The evening will offer small bites from local restaurants and a fall fashion show. The after-party is at Japonais.

LAS VEGAS:  The Children’s Heart Foundation’s annual Operation Cards for Kids Casino Night is scheduled for November 8 at Red Rock County Club.

Veuve Clicquot’s Clicquot Mail Truck nationwide mobile tour comes to the Beverly Hilton Hotel September 4 and the Westlake Inn on September 7.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Woodystock benefit concert is September 27 at Peacock Park. Fourth Dimension is the headliner and City National Bank the main sponsor.

Herb Wilson will be executive chef of Red Ginger, a new restaurant from Menin Hospitality set to open in Miami Beach this winter.

NEW YORK:  The Source is working the Brooklyn Academy of Music to present the Source360, a weekend of events including a conference, marketplace, concerts, and festivals at venues throughout downtown Brooklyn September 19-20.

The lineup for CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place October 21-25, has been announced and will include such acts as the Kills, Gerard Way, and Cold War Kids.

Dollypalooza, a fan tribute to Dolly Parton from promoter Bevin Branlandingham, is set for September 5 at Littlefield in Brooklyn. The event will include drag, burlesque, live music, and performance art.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Apple announced an event set for September 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino—a larger venue than it normally uses for big announcements. The company offered few details, but tech bloggers speculate it will release two new iPhone models. TechCrunch:

TORONTO:  The city of Toronto has announced the full program for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014. Set to take place on October 4 from 6:53 p.m. until sunrise the next day, the event will feature some 120 art projects.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Hispanic Heritage Awards are scheduled for September 18 at the Warner Theatre and will air for the first time nationally on PBS as a one-hour special September 29. Presenting sponsors for the awards include AARP, Amtrak, ExxonMobil, Hershey’s, Southwest Airlines, and Target.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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