June 6, 2014: Rose Petals to Cover Statue of Liberty in D-Day Tribute, Techweek Ad Slammed as Sexist, 'Wired' Announces Design Retreat

By Beth Kormanik June 6, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT

1. ROSE PETALS TO COVER STATUE OF LIBERTY IN D-DAY TRIBUTE: To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day today, the nonprofit group the French Will Never Forget plans to shower the Statue of Liberty in one million rose petals. New York Post: “During the spectacular tribute, a French group will unleash the flower shower from three helicopters to commemorate the fateful day Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy, on June 6, 1944. … The nonprofit worked with state officials and the US Coast Guard and spent roughly $100,000 to stage the event, he said. It also hired workers to count and refrigerate the petals, which weigh 1,200 pounds.”

2. TECHWEEK AD SLAMMED AS SEXIST: An ad promoting Chicago’s Techweek has been roundly criticized as sexist for featuring two young women in tight clothes striking flirty poses. The ad, for the conference’s Black Tie Rave party, struck a nerve in an industry often seen as hostile to women. Crain’s Chicago Business even pulled its Techweek sponsorship. Huffington Post: “Max Temkin, co-creator of the best-selling game Cards Against Humanity, told HuffPost that it was ‘toxic and depressing’ for Techweek to promote an event in a way that ‘shows people that they're not welcome and not allowed to participate on equal terms.’”

3. 'WIRED' ANNOUNCES DESIGN RETREAT: Wired magazine is planning a two-day retreat, called Wired By Design, held in late September at Skywalker Sound in Marin and at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. Women’s Wear Daily: “In order to attend, guests must fill out a form, which includes three questions about personal experiences and inspirations related to design. If selected, the guest is expected to pay $4,500 for a pass.”


COAST TO COAST:  The N.F.L. Draft will move from its home at Radio City Music Hall and possibly New York City after the venue told the league it was booked by the Rockettes for April and May. The N.F.L. has asked Chicago and Los Angeles to submit bids for the event but also is considering other New York venues owned by Radio City parent company Madison Square Garden. New York Post:

BOSTON:  Boston Pride Week 2014 starts today and runs through June 15. Festivities include a flag-raising ceremony, Pride Night at Fenway Park, and the Pride Parade on June 14.

CHICAGO:  Imerman Angels will host A Summer Soiree on June 13 at the Parliament. The night will offer cocktails and light bites, and sponsors include Protein Bar and Union Sushi & Barbecue.

LAS VEGAS:  Today, First Friday Las Vegas is slated to hold a press conference to discuss changes and programming for the remainder of the year. The outdoor event averages 20,000 participants each month.

The third annual UFC International Fight Week returns July 1-6 with events including a 5K run; an art exhibit; a free concert with Papa Roach, POD, and Lit; and, two fight cards at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

LOS ANGELES:  Los Angeles Times: “Former Museum of Contemporary Art chief curator Paul Schimmel and international gallery powerhouse Hauser & Wirth will officially announce on Friday the location for their ambitious, multidisciplinary arts center: a former flour mill complex in the downtown Los Angeles arts district.”

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Le Miami, a trade show for luxury travel brands, starts Monday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

NEW YORK:  Diffa's Picnic by Design is August 13 at Midtown Loft & Terrace.

The Festival of New Jewish Theatre runs June 13-29 at the theater at the 14th Street Y.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The Toronto Flower Market will return to Queen West on June 14. The event will feature local florists and growers with trucks filled with flowers and plants.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  On Monday, the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, adding 10 names to the list of men and women who died or were killed in the pursuit of news. Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of the Associated Press, will be the keynote speaker.

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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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