1. INSIDE FACEBOOK’S F8 AFTER-PARTY: DJ Diplo entertained guests at Facebook’s F8 developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, attendees were eager to post about the event on social media, with Twitter posts, Vine videos, and Instagram photos showing a special-effects heavy show. Valleywag: http://bit.ly/1fTKDim
2. MET BALL DRESS CODE PUZZLES MEN: Punk, last year's theme of the Costume Institute gala, may look easy by comparison to this year's dictate that men wear “white tie and decorations.” Few events require the standard, and both male guests and designers are wrestling with it in advance of Monday's ball. Women's Wear Daily: “While budget isn’t usually a concern at an event where a single ticket goes for $25,000, the 'white tie' rule is only adding to the cost of the event for fashion houses, since a bespoke suit for a man can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more — not to mention the dresses the houses are creating for their female celebrity clientele. And while this is the fashion world and attendees no doubt will take many liberties … for those looking for tips, here is one firm rule: There is no wiggle room when it comes to white tie.” http://bit.ly/1rK0t4s
3. EVENTS HELP 'FAST COMPANY' WIN MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: At the National Magazine Awards Thursday in New York, Fast Company was named magazine of the year in part because of its events. The New York Times: “Fast Company also was cited for producing inspirational conferences and events that helped to create ‘a powerful media brand.’” http://nyti.ms/R9grJY
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: The music-theme Verb Hotel will open soon near Fenway Park. Taking over a former Howard Johnson Hotel, the venue will be decked with music memorabilia.
CHICAGO: Ceres’ Table opens in Lakeview this weekend. The restaurant serves Italian-inspired seasonal plates, including fresh crudo and homemade pasta.
DALLAS: Lanyon, a provider of global meetings, events, and hospitality technology, announced the appointment of John Pulling as its chief technology officer.
LAS VEGAS: Samsung will serve as the title partner of N.B.A. Summer League July 11-21 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion.
LOS ANGELES: A recent tourism study on overnight guests performed by PFK Consulting U.S.A. on behalf of the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau found the area's hotel occupancy averaged 80.3 percent in 2013. The destination will mark its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a series of events and promotions throughout the year.
The London West Hollywood hotel’s new Brit Bar is slated to open May 23. It will be located on the property’s 10th-floor rooftop.
The Los Angeles Auto Show announced on Thursday its newly selected conference director and advisory board members, recruited to shape this year's Connected Car Expo. The board comprises leaders from companies like Aeris Communications, AT&T, Ford, and Google.
L.A. Pride announced its first-ever ticketed V.I.P. outdoor roller rink experience June 7-8 during this year’s festival.
The founders of Eat LBC, Long Beach Restaurant Week, are launching the city’s first Wine, Beer, and Spirits Week. The weeklong event showcasing Long Beach’s wine bars, lounges, restaurants, gastropubs, and microbreweries is September 21-27.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Timo’s at the Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove has changed its name to TK’s at the Villa Mayfair to avoid confusion with another restaurant with a similar name.
NEW YORK: To mark National Water Safety Month, Asphalt Green AquaCente will host its annual Big Swim Saturday, an an exhibition by Olympic swimmers, synchro-swimmers and divers, and a free swim meet for 1,000 children.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was awarded the Make It Loud Award by the First Organization, which recognized parade organizers for inviting students who are preparing for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math to create one-of-a-kind robots that helped to cut the ribbon and start the 2013 parade.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
SAN DIEGO: Hotel del Coronado has finished a $13 million, two-year renovation encompassing the original Victorian guest rooms, Beach Village villas and cottages, common areas, and dining venues.
TORONTO: The Good Press, an organic, cold-pressed juice bar, will officially open in Yorkville on May 13.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Politico and HBO will co-host the Washington premiere screening of Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. with guest Robert De Niro tonight at Long View Gallery.
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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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