June 9, 2014: Six Cities Bid for Democratic National Convention, Big Wedding Cakes Are Back, Subway Strike Threatens World Cup

By Beth Kormanik June 9, 2014, 8:14 AM EDT

1. SIX CITIES BID FOR DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: Six cities are competing to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention: Birmingham, Alabama; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia; Phoenix; and New York, which would hold the event in Brooklyn. CNN: “A technical advisory committee will evaluate the cities over the coming months, including site visits and ‘other inquiries.’ The DNC said it will announce its decision later this year or in early 2015.”

2. BIG WEDDING CAKES ARE BACK: Couples who once saw the wedding cake as a place to save on their budget are now returning to over-the-top designs that can reach as much as $20 a slice. The New York Times: “Image-sharing on Pinterest as well as bake-offs on the Food Network have created a new wedding-cake world of aficionados. No longer can professional cake designers get away with offering a few formulaic designs. ‘Every bride is now online, and exposed to a whole world of ideas,’ said Harriette Rose Katz, a Manhattan-based wedding planner who does 130 events a year.”

3. SUBWAY STRIKE THREATENS WORLD CUP: Just days before the first FIFA World Cup match, subway workers voted to continue their strike in a bid to get higher wages. Bloomberg: “In the past month, professions from teachers to police officers have walked off the job as Brazil prepares to host the most-watched sports event. Protests have coincided with a drop in support for President Dilma Rousseff, who has confronted criticism over World Cup expenditures and delays in related infrastructure projects. … About 60 percent of Brazilians oppose hosting the World Cup because it diverts away from public services, according to a Pew Research survey.”


BOSTON:  Revere Hotel Boston Common has partnered with Surfset Fitness to offer surf-inspired 60-minute workouts on its rooftop. The classes can be booked for private groups of five on a case-by-case basis.

CHICAGO:  Actress Sally Field will be the guest speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation fall benefit luncheon on October 14. The event will take place at the Hilton Chicago.

LOS ANGELES:  The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits's first Ice Age Hair Ball is June 21. About 700 guests are encouraged to wear highly stylized hair to the benefit, which will include a fashion show and hair contest judged by stylist Kim Vō.

Eventbrite is hosting Brite Space LA, a series of events starting Tuesday at a converted vacant retail space including a mixology workshop, a game night, and an indie band concert. The events run through June 17.

Longines LA Masters, an indoor equestrian show jumping competition at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is slated for September 25-28. A kickoff event is June 23 at the London Hotel’s rooftop.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Pure Barre West Boca will celebrate its grand opening on June 27 with cocktails, healthy hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes, and more.

NEW YORK:  Watch one million rose petals shower the Statue of Liberty as part of a D-Day tribute on Friday. Mashable:

Hint Water hosted a party for Maria Menounos's new book, The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness, Thursday at the Trina Turk SoHo boutique.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Graffiti Junktion restaurant will open a new location off Sand Lake Road by the end of summer. Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide:

TORONTO:  Harbourfront Centre will host its “Dancing on the Pier” weekly series June 26-September 4. The event offers an outdoor dance floor and live music.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Ford’s Theatre Society will host its annual gala June 22 at Ford’s Theatre followed by a seated dinner at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. The evening will include the presentation of Lincoln Medals to actor James Earl Jones and Congressman John Dingell as well as appearances by host Scott Bakula, actress Laura Benanti, actor Cheyenne Jackson, and singers Alyson Cambridge and Rachelle Ferrell.

Film director M. Night Shyamalan, whose foundation focuses on education reform, will discuss the subject at an event Wednesday at Convene at Tysons II. WashingtonExec is organizing the event.

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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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