March 13, 2014: Facebook to Screen Conference Attendees, Driver Kills Two at SXSW, See These Over-the-Top Wedding Cakes

By Beth Kormanik March 13, 2014, 8:18 AM EDT

1. FACEBOOK TO SCREEN CONFERENCE ATTENDEES: Anyone who wants to snag a ticket to Facebook’s F8 developer conference April 30 will have to apply, and the company will screen potential attendees before approving them to attend. TechCrunch: “Unlike other developer conferences, Facebook is not using a first-come, first-served system. Instead, Facebook says, the application process is ‘designed to ensure that we have a diverse mix of attendees at the event who represent the Facebook and Parse global developer ecosystem.’ … For those who don’t get in, Facebook will make a live stream of the keynotes and afternoon sessions available on the F8 homepage.”

2. DRIVER KILLS TWO PEOPLE OUTSIDE SXSW VENUE: A driver plowed through a crowd waiting for a South by Southwest concert to begin early Thursday morning, killing a man and a woman and injuring dozens more. Austin American-Statesman:

3. SEE THESE OVER-THE-TOP WEDDING CAKES: The collection of cakes in New York magazine's Wedding Guide all play with texture and embellishment to create both classically beautiful and avant-garde designs. Scroll through the collections to see one of our favorites, the utterly original Edible Ricepaper Cake by Baked Ideas.


BOSTON:  Todd Murphy is the new vice president of production at Blackstone Productions.

CHICAGO:  New festivals coming to Chicago this year include Chicago's New Orleans Fest, May 31-June 1; the Albany Park World Fest is August 16-17.

LAS VEGAS:  Tickets are on sale for the Animal Foundation’s 11th annual “Best In Show” benefit at the Orleans Arena April 27. Entertainer Jeff Civillico will host the charitable American Kennel Club-style dog show featuring 50 dogs from the foundation’s Lied Animal Shelter.

The 21st International Tourism Safety Conference will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center March 31-April 4.

LOS ANGELES:  The Anaheim City Council approved a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. The $180 million expansion project will create a multipurpose, flexible meeting and exhibit space. Construction is slated to begin in late summer and finish by fall 2016.

The Los Angeles Times announced the debut of Festival After Dark, extending the Festival of Books into the evening with a live performance of American Public Media’s Wits.

Sydney and Los Angeles-based agency the Projects is launching a recruitment program known as “the Academy.” It will be a six-month program for young upstarts and will include mentoring from the senior management team as well as cultural leaders in the community.

The 28th edition of AFI Fest will take place November 6-13 in Hollywood.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Avicii Hotel at SLS South Beach will host a series of pop-up events March 26-30 during Miami's Winter Music Conference. The hotel takeover is a collaborative effort among the SLS Hotel South Beach, the DJ Avicii, At Night Management, and the club Ushuaïa Ibiza. The property is expecting more than 300,000 people to attend over the five-day period.

NEW YORK:  The James Beard Foundation will honor chef Bobby Flay July 26 at Chefs & Champagne New York, the foundation’s annual fund-raiser and tasting party in the Hamptons.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Legoland Florida has restored and reopened the Florida Pool and Oriental Gardens. Now nestled in the center of the park, the historic botanical gardens includes native and exotic plants.

PHOENIX:  Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night is April 12 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Reba McEntire will host with entertainment by Michael Bublé, the Band Perry, and Kenny Rogers. This year's honoree is Robert De Niro.

SAN DIEGO:  CBS8: “Fourteen organizers of major future trade shows are bypassing San Diego because of high costs while two others expressed concern about the timeline of the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, according to a report to be presented to a City Council committee Wednesday morning.”

SAN FRANCISCO:  Salvatore Ferragamo hosted the midwinter gala for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco last weekend. The decor had an Italian garden theme, with air scented by Ferragamo's new fragrance. WWD:

TORONTO:  Melissa Etheridge will kick off the 10-day Toronto WorldPride festival with a concert at Nathan Phillips Square on June 20.

WASHINGTON:  The Bethesda chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will hosts its Night for the Children Gala March 22 at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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