July 22, 2014: Microsoft Consolidates Five Trade Shows, Pharrell and Maroon 5 to Headline iTunes Fest, the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Baseball Stadiums

By Beth Kormanik July 22, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

1. MICROSOFT CONSOLIDATES FIVE TRADE SHOWS: Microsoft announced plans to consolidate five IT pro trade shows—the TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange conferences—into one event held next May in Chicago. ZDNet: “There's no official word as to why Microsoft is combining its various IT pro events. One reason probably involves cost-cutting, given the company is looking to tighten up its spending, as last week's layoffs of 18,000 made clear. Or it may be a case of Microsoft attempting to better align its admins and devs across its whole family of products (similar to what Oracle does with Oracle OpenWorld or Salesforce with Dreamforce.)”

2. PHARRELL AND MAROON 5 TO HEADLINE ITUNES FESTIVAL: Apple announced the lineup for its iTunes festival, a 30-night event in September held at London’s Roundhouse that will include performers such as Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, and Blondie. The Guardian: “Apple is planning to make the live streams available in more than 100 countries, although in a break from previous years, they will be streamed through the iTunes store on iOS devices, rather than through a dedicated app. … It is also possible that Apple will use the September festival for the UK launch of one or both of its streaming music services, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.”

3. MOST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY BASEBALL STADIUMS: While the traditional ballpark snack is a hot dog, many Major League stadiums offer a well-rounded menu of vegetarian options. PETA announced its list of the 10 most vegetarian-friendly ballparks, with San Francisco’s AT&T Park topping the list: PETA blog: “The home of the Giants has an ‘expanded roster’ that includes Field Roast frankfurters, portobello sandwiches, made-to-order vegetable tacos and burritos, hummus, and rice, bean, and vegetable bowls with pineapple salsa.”


BOSTON:  “Over the Edge,” an event that let some participants scale the side of the Hyatt Regency to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, took place on Saturday. The unusual affair raised more than $200,000, and drew around 140 participants.

CHICAGO:  ArtReach will host its annual fund-raiser, “Art to the People,” at Lillstreet Loft on September 27. The evening will include music, snacks and drinks, and art-making activities.

LAS VEGAS:  Palms Casino Resort is slated to introduce the Chinese restaurant Lao Sze Chuan, from Chicago chef Tony Hu, in late August.

LOS ANGELES:  Entertainment company Zen Arts has launched a new website at

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is scheduled for October 30-November 3 at a new location: Pier 66 Marina.

NEW YORK:  Brooklyn Academy of Music will hold its first 24-Hour Movie Marathon September 5 at the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater to raise money for its education programs. Guests will raise at least $250 to attend the event, which will see celebrity appearances, prizes, and catering from Parker Red.

Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center has appointed Gus Montesantos director of food and beverage.

A cabaret-style concert of the musical Volleygirls at 54 Below on July 30 will benefit the It Gets Better Project.

Marissa Vitagliano Coleman has left her position as operating vice president of national media relations at Bloomingdale's to consult.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco has named the Brandman Agency as its public relations agency of record. The hotel is undergoing a renovation to its event spaces, guest rooms, and suites slated to finish in March.

TAMPA:  The Tampa Convention Center hosts Tampa Bay Comic Con August 1-3.

TORONTO:  The Siren Group is hosting its annual “Home for the Holidays” showcase at Thompson Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday. The event will feature new goods from fashion, food, beauty, and children's brands.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Are bar crawls on their way out in Arlington, Virginia? A new special events policy requires organizers to obtain special events permits and pay for services such as police and trash pickup. Washingtonian:

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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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