June 1, 2016: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Debuts Timely Exhibit for R.N.C., Ticketing Platform Vendini Raises $20 Million, Why Fashion Brands Are Passing on Milan's Men's Shows

By Ian Zelaya June 1, 2016, 8:51 AM EDT

1. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME DEBUTS TIMELY EXHIBIT FOR R.N.C.: Just in time for the Republican National Convention next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has debuted an exhibition that covers the history of political campaigns, civil rights, L.G.B.T. issues, feminism, and more. “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” will be on display until November 27, and then move to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., from January through July of 2017. Forbes: “It is organized by presidential administrations—from Eisenhower through Obama—and employs historical context to illuminate how the issues it explores are viewed today.  It also has a continuously updated digital screen that connects music’s impact to current issues, such as cancellation of appearances by performers protesting North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. … Describing the exhibition and its collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Newseum said, ‘From the moment rock and roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. Two iconic museums—the Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—are partnering on a one-of-a-kind exhibit that explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom.’”

2. TICKETING PLATFORM VENDINI RAISES $20 MILLION: Seeking to be the happy medium between Ticketmaster and Eventbrite, ticketing and event management startup Vendini raised $20 million in funding on Tuesday in an effort to become the go-to company for small- to mid-size event and venue ticketing. The San Francisco-based company, founded by C.E.O. Mark Tacchi, launched in 2001. Silicon Valley Business Journal: “‘There’s an entire segment of live event venues not getting the solutions and support they need,’ Tacchi said in a press release. ‘Since the beginning, it was never about just ticketing software for us—it’s always been about building a cohesive, all-in-one system. We’re excited to keep building, innovating and giving organizations the tools they need to compete and succeed, and this round of funding lets us do that faster. The company hopes to capitalize on venues and organizations that are too small to use Ticketmaster’s platform, but need more functionality than provided by newer platforms like Eventbrite. Vendini now works with more than 4,000 of these historically underserved, mid-range venues, including festivals, live music and nightclubs, museums, comedy clubs, sports arenas and universities. Vendini will use the new funding to hire more talent, enhance the current platform and add more features and functionality.”

3. WHY FASHION BRANDS ARE PASSING ON MILAN’S MEN’S SHOWS: Numerous fashion brands including Zegna, Calvin Klein, Costume National, and Bottega Veneta have opted out of doing runway shows for the men’s portion of Milan Fashion Week. Carlo Capasa, head of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, says the brands are using menswear to play around with their strategies. Associated Press: “Capasa said he expects the shifts to presentations instead of runway shows will ‘give energy to fashion week’ because ‘we are questioning ourselves.’ Brands like Zegna and Calvin Klein have opted for a runway break while they change designers. Costume National has a new owner. Bottega Veneta is preparing for a combined menswear and womenswear show in September for its 50th anniversary, while Brioni is showing in Paris.”


ATLANTA:  The Candler Park Music & Food Festival will take place Friday and Saturday.

AUSTIN:  Endeavor Real Estate Group and Northwood Investors have announced Domain Northside as the official name for the third phase of the Domain expansion. The 43-acre community will feature 600,000 square feet of retailers, restaurateurs, and the 171-room, eight-story Archer Hotel Austin. An opening celebration is slated for September.

CHICAGO:  The 39th annual Lincoln Park Greek Fest will be held Friday through Sunday.

LAS VEGAS:  The Miss U.S.A. Pageant will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Electric Daisy Carnival, slated for June 17-19, will offer new amenities in the festival’s central Carnival Square including free Wi-Fi and costume contests.

LOS ANGELES:  Dwell on Design is slated for June 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  ProPops Foundation’s fifth annual Father’s Day Weekend and Camp RED will take place June 17-19 at North Miami Senior High School and Pepper Park. The foundation’s founder is Dwyane Wade Sr., father of the Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade Jr.

NASHVILLE:  Cort Event Furnishings has expanded to Nashville with a 20,000-square-foot warehouse. The warehouse will serve Middle Tennessee and Memphis, as well as Lexington and Louisville in Kentucky.

NEW YORK:  Starr Catering Group will be supplying a gourmet lunchbox to Rose Garden guests at the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic on Saturday. It will include a gluten-free sandwich, a California wrap, an antioxidant salad, and a sweet financier.

Renaissance Woman Project, a retreat for female entrepreneurs, will take place June 9-12 at the Hudson Hotel. The event founder is Kristin Gracie, and activities will include access to the premiere of the film Dream, Girl and the after-party, a picnic lunch in Central Park, workshops on feminine energy and community, and other activities.

The inaugural Whiskey Fried festival will take place July 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. The event will pair more than 100 whiskeys and craft cocktails with bites from local restaurants including Bareburger, Jacob's Pickles, and Burnside Biscuits.

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TORONTO:  The St. Louis Bar and Grill Wingsanity Festival took place Sunday at the Yonge-Dundas Square. The event included a “street jam” with a DJ, live graffiti art, games, a basketball showdown, and wing-eating contests. It supported Shining Through, a school dedicated to educating children with autism.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  On July 1, the National Air and Space Museum will mark its 40th birthday with an event called “All Night at the Museum.” Following an evening ceremony, the museum will remain open for tours, a film fest, and party for guests ages 21 and over.

R&B singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. will headline the Kennedy Center's Spring Gala, “How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye,” on June 5. They replace Michael Bublé, who withdrew from the event because of a need for vocal chord surgery. The gala performance will follow a reception and dinner.

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

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