July 29, 2014: Complaints Push Festival to Drop R. Kelly, Weinstein Movie Premiere Giveaway Uses Gamification, Comic-Con Launches MTVU’s Fandom Awards

July 29, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT

1. COMPLAINTS PUSH FESTIVAL TO DROP R. KELLY: The inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, pulled R. Kelly from its lineup after complaints about the R&B singer’s legal past, which include allegations of child pornography. USA Today: “Kelly performed at last year's Bonnaroo and Pitchfork festivals without much dissent, but Columbus citizens have been vocal in their disapproval. Bands and vendors have pulled out of the festival and many residents have voiced disapproval on Twitter and Facebook. … FMMF organizers, who initially defended the selection, took notice of community reaction and decided to remove Kelly.”

2. WEINSTEIN MOVIE PREMIERE GIVEAWAY USES GAMIFICATION: Fans of the movie The Giver are competing for a chance to attend the New York premiere of the film and its after-party through a fund-raising contest the Weinstein Company devised with Eventbrite. Mashable: “To earn a spot, people must enter Weinstein's ‘The Giver Movie Premiere for Good’ contest, which tasks participants to launch a simple fundraising campaign on Crowdrise. The amount of money a participant raises determines the location of his or her seat, with the best spots closer to the cast, which includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard. The funds will go toward charities benefitting the arts.”

3. COMIC-CON LAUNCHES MTVU’S FANDOM AWARDS: Filling a gap in the Comic-Con lineup, MTVU debuted the Fandom Awards, a telecast that drew 4,500 costume-wearing fans to San Diego’s Petco Park. The show aired Sunday on the network, which targets college-age viewers. Los Angeles Times: “The inspiration for the Fandom Awards came out of internal research MTV conducted on fan activity, according to Ryan Kroft, MTV’s senior vice president of specials and events. … In developing the show, the network concocted award categories to reflect the way fans engage with the films and TV series they love, such as OMG Moment of the Year, which went to the ‘Game of Thrones’ Purple Wedding episode, and Ship (as in relationship) of the Year, which was awarded to the characters Elena and Damon on ‘The Vampire Diaries.’”


BOSTON:  Bastille Kitchen, a  French bistro in Fort Point, opened on Monday. The restaurant has 160 seats and serves lobster-leek tarts, gnocchi à la Parisienne, and bouillabaisse. Boston Globe:

CHICAGO:  Loews Hotels & Resorts has completed acquisition of the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel. Across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the rebranded hotel has 53,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

DALLAS:  CrowdSource, the event company of The Dallas Morning News, has purchased the culinary festival Savor Dallas. In June, CrowdSource also purchased the Untapped music and craft beer festivals.

LAS VEGAS:  The team behind the Commonwealth and Park on Fremont downtown and the new Blvd. Cocktail Company at the Linq on the Las Vegas Strip will open two new venues this fall at the District in Green Valley Ranch: the pub Due & Proper and the bar and restaurant Whist Stove and Spirits.

The 10th anniversary of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run benefiting Opportunity Village is December 6. The event begins at Fremont Street Experience downtown.

LOS ANGELES:  Amfar will honor designer Tom Ford at its Inspiration Gala October 29 at Milk. John Wood Productions is producing the event.

New York Times: “NeueHouse, the stylish shared working space in New York’s Flatiron district which collects and exhibits contemporary art, has confirmed that it will be opening its second location, this one in Hollywood, in spring 2015. It has leased the historic CBS radio building and studio on Sunset Boulevard.”

Red Carpet Events LA is hosting a Style Lounge Gifting Suite for the Teen Choice Awards August 8 at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest L.G.B.T.Q. service agency, is hosting its annual gala August 16 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The evening will have a masquerade theme, and guests are encouraged to wear masks.

Eater: “Ticety Iced Tea Bar will be opening on Miracle Mile next week, with enough tea selections to make any Southerner or Brit just a teensy bit jealous. It's less styrofoam cup stand, more fancy pitcher-filled lounge, as its European owners are looking to establish tea time as an event to look forward to, not just a grab and go affair.”

NEW YORK:  Tri-State Food Expo, produced in partnership with the New Jersey Restaurant Association, is October 27-28 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows. The trade event, now in its second year, is expected to attract nearly 3,000 food industry trade buyers.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Design Exchange will host its fund-raiser, “DX Intersection Rise Up,” on November 7 at Canada’s Design Museum. This year’s awardee is M.A.C. Cosmetics founder Frank Toskan.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The sixth annual DC Beer Week is scheduled for August 17-24. It comprises more than 180 events, from panel discussions and tastings to a beer dinner cruise on the Potomac River.

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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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