June 17, 2014: Music Festivals Try to Tackle Drug Problem, Wedding Planner Estimates Cost of 'Game of Thrones' Weddings, New Award Show for Pop Music

By Beth Kormanik June 17, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT

1. MUSIC FESTIVALS TRY TO TACKLE DRUG PROBLEM: From random drug searches to beefed-up medical staffs, producers of summer music and arts festivals are trying to address the problem of drug use at the events. The responses come after two fans died of drug overdoses at last summer’s Electric Zoo concert in New York. Reuters: “Complicating the efforts of concert organizers and sponsors is the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003, a federal law that can hold accountable any company, manager or individual who knowingly allows drug use on their premises. Anti-drug posters, leaflets and broadcasts at raves and concerts could be tacit acknowledgment that drugs might be used at the venue.”

2. WEDDING PLANNER ESTIMATES COST OF ‘GAME OF THRONES’ WEDDINGS: British wedding planner Sarah Haywood calculated a budget for five weddings on the HBO show Game of Thrones, looking at food and beverage, venue, and production costs, as well as some decidedly fictional factors such as the dowry. It also compares the final price tag to some real-life weddings of couples such as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and Prince William and Kate Middleton. Daily Dot: “How much would a bird-filled cake, a five-dwarf joust, and a rare poison necklace actually cost, in modern-day USD? … The good news: Not one of the weddings in Game of Thrones is out of the question. ‘Absolutely everything is possible if you get the right people in,’ Sarah says, and, of course, ‘if you’ve got the money.’”

3. NEW AWARD SHOW FOR POP MUSIC: Focusing on pop music, the BBC Music Awards will debut in London December 11. The New York Times: “The awards show will include a review of the year’s music, with live performances, and the prizes will include awards for the best British and international artists, and song of the year. The artist prizes will be chosen by a panel of BBC producers and hosts; the winning songs will be chosen by the BBC’s listeners and viewers.”


CHICAGO:  On July 26, the Shedd Aquarium will host its summer fund-raiser “Blu.” With the theme “Festa de Brazil,” the event will offer local fare, an aquatic show, and an open bar.

LAS VEGAS:  Shaquille O'Neal is slated to make his debut as a DJ at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop on June 27.

Mexican restaurant Mercadito is slated to open June 23 at Red Rock Resort.

LOS ANGELES:  Wyndham Hotel Group on Monday expanded its namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand with the 376-room Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove in Garden Grove. It has 36,000 square feet of function space with room for 1,800.

The first Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge will happen at this year’s L.A. Food & Wine Festival, featuring chefs Graham Elliot and Fabio Viviani. During the Ultimate Bites of L.A. event slated for August 21, two local chefs will team up with celeb chefs, including Elliot and Viviani, to compete for charity.

Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the appointment of Lawrence Stafford as its new business development manager.

Lacma announced the appointment of Nicole Avant, Anne Emerich Palmer, Ryan Seacrest, and Ann Ziff to​ ​its board of trustees​.​

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Fontainebleau Miami Beach announced it would program a year's worth of events leading up to Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. The Rat Pack entertainer regularly performed at the hotel's La Ronde nightclub and filmed the movies A Hole in the Head, Tony Rome, and Being 50 on the property. Programming begins in December and will include V.I.P. events, theme cocktails, spa treatments, retail offerings, and more.

NEW YORK:  Bon Appétit’s Grub Crawl, now in its third year, is Saturday.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Book Summit 2014 will take place Thursday at Harbourfront Centre. The daylong conference will offer practical labs and discussions from publishing professionals.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Inn at Little Washington, in Virginia, has opened the Parsonage, a restored 6,000-square-foot 1850s Victorian house with six guest rooms. The public spaces include a Moorish-inspired glass-enclosed conservatory and a porch.

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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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