July 8, 2014: New Facebook Feature Promotes Events, CBS Plans Live Event Marking Civil Rights Anniversary, Is This the Best Summer Festival Poster Ever?

By Beth Kormanik July 8, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

1. NEW FACEBOOK FEATURE PROMOTES EVENTS: Facebook has redesigned the way it promotes events to help users organize events they want to attend as well as learn about new events. Tech Crunch: “Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new ‘Events For You’ tab that recommends gatherings it thinks you’ll enjoy, even if no one invited you, friends aren’t going, and you’ve never been to the venue. … Essentially, Facebook can look at an Event, assess what it’s about and who is already going, and use that demographic and interest data to match it to more potential attendees.”

2. CBS PLANS LIVE EVENT MARKING CIVIL RIGHTS ANNIVERSARY: CBS News will air a live event later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with a panel discussion featuring Representative John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, historian Taylor Branch, N.B.A. player Jason Collins, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, lawyer Evan Wolfson, and CBS Sports anchor James Brown. Hollywood Reporter: “The idea is to rethink what is a traditional format—a moderated panel—and bring that to life so that it's entertaining and informative and takes advantage of all the distribution outlets that are available today,” says David Goodman, president of CBS Live Experiences. “That's the interesting opportunity for us, to really change the vocabulary of what these things can be and to continue to evolve them.”

3. IS THIS THE BEST SUMMER FESTIVAL POSTER EVER?: A giant poster made of colorful 3-D letters—so big you can climb on it—will promote the Malmö Festival in Sweden, which takes place in August. Adweek: “Calling this thing a poster feels a bit off. It's more of an art installation. You can't even see the whole image from the ground; you have to be up in the air to do that. That said, it's way cooler than your typical poster, and it's going to be a centerpiece of the festival, so visitors can climb all over it.”


COAST TO COAST:  Crumbs Bake Shop has closed all of its locations. The New York-based bakery—which had shops in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities—once was the largest cupcake chain but suffered as the cupcake craze abated. CBS New York:

CHICAGO:  The Mutt Strut, a benefit for Chicago Canine Rescue, is September 13 in Lakeview. The 1.5 mile walk includes a block party with food, entertainment, and kid-friendly activities such as a bouncy house.

The Grant Park Music Festival celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The program will wrap in August with two world-premiere commission works at the Pritzker Pavilion.

Martin Knaubert is the new executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

LAS VEGAS:  The Riviera Hotel & Casino has announced new catering packages for the Top of the Riv ballroom, located on the top floor of the Monaco Tower.

LOS ANGELES:  The restaurant Mari Vanna will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a party on July 24.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The rum brand Malibu is hosting the Malibu Island Spiced Summer Soiree on Wednesday at Mondrian South Beach with celebrity co-host Lauren Conrad. Jilly Hendrix will provide music.

Ocean Drive magazine will celebrate its annual Swim Issue July 17 with cover star Erin Heatherton at Delano South Beach. The event will include an informal presentation by Becca Swimwear’s 2015 Becca by Rebecca Virtue Cruise Collection.

NEW YORK:  Crunch gym is the new title sponsor of Hercules Trophy, a corporate teambuilding event that pits companies against one abother in athletic challenges. This year's United States event is October 10 at Liberty State Park.

Bowlmor Lanes, a bowling alley that opened in 1938 on University Place, has closed to make way for a luxury condominium development. Grub Street:

Hamptons magazine will host its annual ArtHamptons celebration July 11. WCBS anchor Chris Wragge will serve as M.C. Artists Peter Max, Peter Tunney, Charles Wildbank, Michael Dweck, Paton Miller, Thomas Dash, Jeff Muhs, Peter Dayton, and Jerome Lucani are expected to attend to unveil custom-designed surfboards that are available for bidding live on

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  New restaurant Highball & Harvest is opening late summer at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The restaurant will have a communal cocktail table, large lounges, and a terrace. The menu will focus on ingredients from local farms and from the resort's own Whisper Creek Farm.

TORONTO:  Canadian Opera Company will host “Operanation: Light Up the Night” at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on October 16. This year’s event is inspired by The Barber of Seville.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Washingtonian: “The Gryphon has officially reopened as a 'Meat and Raw Bar Social House.' The former sports bar/gastropub from the Lost Society team shuttered shortly after opening and has undergone a complete redesign for its Tuesday debut.”

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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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