March 28, 2014: Times Square to Turn Off Lights, Which Cities Love Events the Most?, Lawsuit Claims Star-Packed Gala Skipped Out on Bill

By Beth Kormanik March 28, 2014, 8:18 AM EDT

1. TIMES SQUARE TO TURN OFF LIGHTS: It's just for one hour, but the lights will go out in Times Square on Saturday as part of Earth Hour, a global effort to bring attention to energy use and conservation. DNAInfo: “For the first time, the iconic New Year's Eve ball in Times Square will go dark in support of the efforts, organized by the World Wildlife Fund. Switching off the ball means bringing in a specialist, according to Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, which operates the ball.”

2. WHICH CITIES LOVE EVENTS THE MOST?: Looking at data from thousands of events, the online ticketing company Eventbrite released a list of “America’s Most Carpe Diem Cities.” These are the cities where people attend the most events and spend the most money on events per capita. The winners? Atlanta topped the list, followed by Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and Seattle. USA Today: “We recognized event-goers embody what it means to 'Carpe Diem'—they are socially engaged individuals who relish in experiencing and living engaged and active lives in their cities,” sais Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite.

3. LAWSUIT CLAIMS STAR-PACKED GALA SKIPPED OUT ON BILL: Cipriani is suing a foundation for stiffing it on a $183,000 bill from a 2012 gala. The European School of Economics Foundation’s 2012 benefit honored moguls Donald Trump and Rick Hilton but failed to pay its catering tab—or negotiate a settlement, the suit claims. The New York Post: “The star-studded event honored ‘Family Business Dynasties,’ with daughters Ivanka Trump and Paris and Nicky Hilton presenting awards to their fathers.”


BOSTON:  David Ortiz will host the second annual Children’s Fund gala on June 15 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

CHICAGO:  The Eye on India Festival is June 2-8. Held at multiple venues throughout the city, the festival showcases art, literature, music, dance, film, and more.

LAS VEGAS:  The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell will co-host the “ACM Presents: An All-Star Tribute to the Troops” concert, which will be taped April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast May 20 on CBS.

LOS ANGELES:  Long Beach Press-Telegram looks into the fashion retail pop-up-truck trend around town.

The London West Hollywood has appointed Carrie Gayle as director of catering for the hotel.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th annual Key West Songwriters Festival is May 7-11. The lineup includes Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, and Kacey Musgraves, among others.

NEW YORK:  Innovation Loft, which designs workshops and teambuilding activities for corporations, will open its own venue in Chelsea in April.  It will have an open floor plan with 6,000 square feet of space and will accommodate groups of as many as 120 people.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  York Mills Gallery will have its grand opening on August 1. The event space with a large dance floor seats as many as 450 guests; it holds 600 for cocktails.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Washington Performing Arts Society will pay tribute to contralto Marian Anderson, who sang at the Lincoln Memorial for 75,000 people in 1939 after being barred from two indoor venues because of her African-American heritage. Performers will include Jessye Norman, Dionne Warwick, 3WB, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Candice Glover. The concert will stream live on the District of Columbia Network April 12 and will air on Centric in June.

Grammys on the Hill, with performances from Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and Hanson, is Wednesday at the Hamilton.

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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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