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October 13, 2015: Why Campaigns Have Struggled to Choose Music at Events, How Google Reinvented Voting, Authorities Vow to Review TomorrowWorld Problems

1. WHY CAMPAIGNS HAVE STRUGGLED TO CHOOSE MUSIC AT EVENTS: The presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Scott Walker have joined the ill-advised political tradition of being chastised by bands for using their music at events. The New York Times: “At a time when every detail in a political campaign seems minutely choreographed, it can be puzzling why so many politicians risk a public shaming from popular musicians. One theory attributes the problem simply to the wide gulf between the worlds of politics and entertainment. … In addition, the venues where most major campaign events are held — convention halls, hotels, sports arenas — often carry their own licenses from Ascap and BMI, another rights agency, that allow them to play the millions of songs in those agencies’ catalogs.”

2. HOW GOOGLE REINVENTED VOTING: The act of voting got a high-tech makeover for the second Google Impact Challenge—in which Google awards grants to projects designed to make the Bay Area a better place to live. Adweek: “72andSunny created ‘digital paper’ posters that people could press to make real-time votes in over 15 neighborhood spots, including restaurants, coffee shops, bus-station shelters and food trucks. The idea was to get as many community votes as possible, and actually getting out into the community accomplishes that much better than only doing an online vote.”

3. AUTHORITIES VOW TO REVIEW TOMORROWWORLD PROBLEMS: Organizers of the TomorrowWorld festival are facing a lawsuit from attendees after bad weather prevented shuttle buses from reaching festival grounds, stranding some people. But residents of the host city of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, and elected officials also have concerns about the festival, from property damage to public safety questions. Despite the scrutiny, it appears TomorrowWorld will be welcome back for a third run next year. Billboard: “Our Public Safety teams and their partners have been working tirelessly to maintain safety, a dissection of what went wrong, and a process to ensure it does not happen again, will follow,” according to a statement from Chattahoochee Hills mayor Tom Reed posted on the city’s website.


BOSTON:  In the Innovation District, the new Envoy Hotel has 136 rooms, a rooftop bar, a restaurant serving seasonal fare, and a collaborative work area. FTN:

CHICAGO:  A local couple got married at mile eight of the Chicago Marathon. Chicago Tribune:

LAS VEGAS:  Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza will serve as M.C. at the SportsTravel Awards on November 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The ceremony is held in conjunction with TEAMS Conference & Expo, an annual gathering of sports event organizers, which will be held November 9-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

LOS ANGELES:  On October 9, the ninth installment of Variety’s Power of Women luncheon took over the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons.

The International Myeloma Foundation presented its ninth annual comedy celebration October 10 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Miami Heat will host a “Red, White & Pink” charity scrimmage on Thursday with proceeds benefitting the Miami Cancer Institute. Fans must purchase the $1 tickets through the team’s app; fans who can't attend can watch a live stream of the game on the app.

NEW YORK:  International Special Event Society's New York Metro chapter will host Oktoberfest at Central Park Zoo tonight. Riviera Catering will offer hanging pretzel walls and mini beer tastings, while Frost Productions will speak about how to light challenging venues and Stamford Tents will give advice on how to work at landmark venues.

The New York Junior Tennis & Learning's 30th annual Leadership Awards Luncheon will take place November 3 at the Grand Hyatt's Manhattan Ballroom. The event will honor photographer and author Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and two-time Olympic gold medalists Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Zentila, a provider of strategic sourcing solutions for meetings and events, has named Brad Langley as chief operating officer.

PHILADELPHIA:  Wells Fargo Center and Lincoln Financial Field have introduced self-service beer vending machines.

TORONTO:  The Toronto Christmas Market will return to the Distillery Historic District November 20-December 20. The event, which has a longer run this year, offers live performances, Canadian and international foods, and holiday shopping.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Human Right Campaign’s annual Chefs for Equality event, which features original creations from the city’s pastry chefs and mixologists, will take place October 20 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

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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, Anna Sekula, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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