June 13, 2013: How to Use Drones at Your Next Event, Brooklyn's Answer to South by Southwest, What's Inspiring Preston Bailey

By Beth Kormanik June 13, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

1. HOW TO USE DRONES AT YOUR NEXT EVENT: Drone technology isn't just for the government. Consumer use is leading to gimmicks like this one: a drone that delivers food. Mashable: “London-based YO! Sushi, renowned for being the first sushi chain in the U.K. to deliver food via conveyor belt, is taking its service innovation to the next level: It’s introducing the world’s first flying restaurant tray.”

2. BROOKLYN'S ANSWER TO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST: The Northside Festival, which begins tonight, sees itself as Brooklyn's version of South by Southwest, but with lower ticket costs ($80 for access to music shows as opposed to $795 for the Austin festival) and with a local audience. The formula seems to be working: Northside is now in its fifth year with additions such as a film festival and tech conference. New York Times: “We’re sitting in a geographic space, Brooklyn, that is synonymous with what’s next,” said organizer Scott Stedman, 36. “Why annually is there a pilgrimage from New York to Austin to discover what’s next?”

3. MODERN MOTHER NATURE INSPIRES PRESTON BAILEY: Want to see a design that's inspiring super event designer Preston Bailey? On his blog, he points readers to an instillation by Mokoto Tanijiri at the Diesel Denim Gallery in Aoyama, Tokyo. “Based on a walk through nature, the instillation shows a plastic tree that has grown through the store and covered the ceiling and walls with branches that give 'shade' to visitors in the store.”


BOSTON:  Frost Ice Bar will open at Faneuil Hall next month, serving drinks in a bar made entirely of ice. The bar will be kept at about 23 degrees Fahrenheit and will include dramatic ice sculptures, ice glasses, and complimentary capes and gloves. Eater:

CHICAGO:  Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care is hosting the Chefs and the City Summer Tasting and Croquet Garden Party on July 28 at Galleria Marchetti. The event will include Grey Goose cocktails, restaurant tastings, and interactive games of croquet.

Indochino is hosting a two-week pop-up event at 7 North State Street. Called the “Traveling Tailor,” the event will guide men through the process of creating a custom suit. The space will be available for private shopping events.

Chicago House is hosting a Birdhouse Art Auction at Room & Board's downtown Chicago location on June 20. Local artists, designers, and architects will design birdhouses for the charitable auction, which also features contemporary art.

Millennium Park will unveil “the Screen” next week. The permanent, large-format outdoor entertainment screen system will show simulcasts and pre-recorded performances.

LAS VEGAS:  The U.S Travel Association announced today that IPW, formerly known as the International Pow Wow, will return to Las Vegas in 2020.

A new meeting space, the Seascape Ballroom within Shark Reef Aquarium, has opened at Mandalay Bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the 30 sharks and other aquatic creatures that live in the 1.3-million-gallon living seascape. The space is 1,675 square feet, including a 175-square-foot outdoor patio and lounge. It accommodates 125 guests for receptions and 80 guests for seated events.

LOS ANGELES:  Marc Maron and the cast and creative team of Maron will headline “Comedy Nirvana! An Evening With Maron” Tuesday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The event will have a live stream at

The Hollywood Museum will open the exhibit “The Barefoot Legend: David Carradine—A Contemporary Renaissance Man” June 20 to honor David Carradine's career and life.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  To mark International Sushi Day this Tuesday, RA Sushi in South Miami will offer free sushi to members of its preferred customer email program.

NEW YORK:  The School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance Benefit June 4 raised more than $820,000 for scholarships and school programs.

The New York Air Society's Sky's the Limit benefit is tonight at 360 Space in TriBeCa.

Bizzabo has launched an updated iPhone app for event organizers and attendees with new features such as recommendations on events to attend based on a user's LinkedIn connections, their business profile, and previous events attended. For planners, there are more options for integrating sponsors.

Bravo Media promoted Ellen Stone to executive vice president of marketing. She oversees and directs marketing initiatives for consumer advertising, ad sales, digital and social media, and the on-air and off-air creative.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Orlando will add nearly 3,000 new hotel rooms in 2014. Orlando Business Journal:

TORONTO:  The Rockstar Hotel Party is Saturday at the Spoke Club with a British theme.

WASHINGTON:  Entertainer Jennifer Lopez, also NuvoTV’s new chief creative officer, appeared Wednesday as a guest speaker at the Cable Show 2013. Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a keynote speech.

The Washington Nationals and the Nationals Dream Foundation's eighth annual Dream Gala is June 22 in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Haley Holton, Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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