June 30, 2014: Violence Overshadows B.E.T. Awards, Tour Guide Regulations Called Unconstitutional, What’s the Value of Political Events?

By Beth Kormanik June 30, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

1. VIOLENCE OVERSHADOWS B.E.T. AWARDS: One person died and five others were injured at unofficial B.E.T. Awards preparties that threatened to overshadow the event, which took place Sunday in Los Angeles. “Security remains the number one priority for all official BET events and the network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities,” the network said in a statement. Chicago Tribune:

2. TOUR GUIDES REGULATIONS CALLED UNCONSTITUTIONAL: A federal appeals judge ruled that regulations that required paid tour guides to take a test about the city’s history and landmarks were unconstitutional. Politico: “The case brought attention to a District law that makes it illegal for paid guides to talk about points of interest while escorting a tour group without paying $200 to the city and passing a multiple-choice test. The court said the city should be less worried about applicants passing the exam and more worried about negative attention on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor.”

3. WHAT’S THE VALUE OF POLITICAL EVENTS?: World leaders will gather in Brisbane, Australia, in November for the G20 summit. The precise impact of the major global event on the local economy is unclear, and so-called political tourism should be studied further. The Conversation: “From a research perspective, major events have been analysed mainly with a focus on mega-sport events, for example Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and FIFA World Cups. Political summits have received very limited attention (with some exceptions). Research to establish whether political events are different from other events, perhaps because of their political nature and the types of delegates, is yet to be undertaken.”


BOSTON:  The Action for Boston Community Development will host its gala on November 7. The Roots will entertain, and actor Danny Glover will be the evening’s guest star.

CHICAGO:  Chicago Shakespeare Theater will host its first “Seussapalooza” on July 12. The family-friendly event will include a performance, crafts, and a reception on Navy Pier.

LAS VEGAS:  The Palazzo Las Vegas will host the second annual TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament July 26 at at Lagasse’s Stadium inside the hotel.

LONDON:  Jackie Oribello is the new global director of public relations for Hakkasan Group.

LOS ANGELES:  Bacari PDR, a restaurant from Robert Kronfli, Daniel Kronfli, and chef Lior Hillel, will open in Playa Del Rey in August. The 1,100-square-foot Mediterranean restaurant will have a patio.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Seed Food & Wine Festival, which celebrates plant-based cuisine, is October 15-19 in midtown Miami. Tickets go on sale July 15.

NEW YORK:  The 60th Summer Fancy Food Show, which began Saturday and ends Tuesday, has filled more than 369,000 square feet of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with exhibitors from 49 countries, more than 180,000 products, and more than 38,000 attendees, exhibitors, and staff members. Highlights will include the launch of the Specialty Food Foundation and a demonstration of the first 3-D food printer for pastry chefs, professional bakers, and mixologists.

Veuve Clicquot will make several stops in the city and the Hamptons in July with its Clicquot Mail Truck promotion. The truck, painted in the champagne brand's signature yellow, will stop at Lavo on July 10, Highline Hotel on July 11, the Beach Club at Gurney's Montauk Resort and Memory Motel on July 12, Le Maison Blanch Hotel on July 13, and Bagatelle on July 14.

The second annual Holiday House Hamptons opened Saturday at 15 Church Street in Sag Harbor and will remain open through August 10. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The Unity Festival is July 23-26 at venues including the Mod Club and Yonge-Dundas Square. The festival showcases hip-hop acts, break-dancers, beatboxers, and other types of entertainers.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The ninth edition of MetroCookingDC, a culinary and entertaining event, is November 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More than 300 exhibitors and 18,000 consumers are expected to participate.

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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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