1. START-UP MATCHES EVENT EXPERTS WITH JOBS: The new site Werkly tries to match freelance event experts with jobs that require their very specific skills. Tech Crunch: “Designed as a peer-to-peer work marketplace, the site allows experts in various fields including runway events, concerts, and hospitality to post their availability and then accept jobs as they appear.” http://goo.gl/XRsvQ6
2. MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE PLANS ELABORATE ALBUM LAUNCH: The estate of Michael Jackson will premiere a new stage performance at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18 to promote a posthumous album. Billboard: “The Estate of Michael Jackson created the spot, which will present the superstar ‘like you’ve never seen him before.’ It’s sure to be a thriller, but the finer details remains under lock-and-key.” http://goo.gl/WnpBGJ
3. WHY HOT TUB MOVIE SCREENINGS ARE THE NEW PARTY TREND: Watching a movie while soaking in a hot tub with friends is the latest idea for summer parties, with Brooklyn hosting its first one this week after importing the idea from London. New York Post: “The Hot Tub Cinema series—which provides inflatable jet tubs for $55 a ticket—kicked off in Williamsburg with a screening of the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, offering the cool-kid crowd Manhattan skyline views and plenty of booze, organizers said. … The party was a hot ticket, with the 100 available tickets selling out less than two hours.” http://goo.gl/G3R4qE
* LOCAL NEWS *
COAST TO COAST: 1 Hotels, a new hotel brand from Starwood Capital Group launching this fall, announced farm-to-table restaurants from chefs Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio, and Seamus Mullen to open at properties in New York City's Central Park; Miami's South Beach; and Brooklyn Bridge Park, respectively.
BOSTON: “Chefs in Shorts” will take place at the Seaport World Trade Center on June 20. The event will showcase “grill-offs” between a slew of local chefs, including Paul Wahlberg and Andrew Yeo.
CHICAGO: Christina Santarelli has been promoted from media marketing manager to director of marketing for the Wit hotel. Part of Santarelli’s new duties will include leading all experiential programming.
LAS VEGAS: Caesars Palace announced that Mr. Chow is expected to open its seventh restaurant location on property early next year.
LONDON: London & Partners announced the city welcomed 16.8 million international visitors in 2013, a record amount and the first time the city surpassed 16 million.
LOS ANGELES: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation will take to Culver City’s Media Park on June 1.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
NEW YORK: “Summer by the Sea,” the 29th annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels, is June 9 with chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Michael Voltaggio, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Stephanie Izard presenting their interpretation of coastal and summer fare at tasting stations throughout Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Ad Age Marketing & Tech Summit is May 21 at the Altman Building.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
TORONTO: The Carlu will celebrate World Pride Week with an event called “I Do at the Carlu” on June 27. The event will be preceded by a contest that asks couples to create a short video about themselves; the wining couple will be married onstage during the event.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown hotel continues its rooftop “Style Series,” this time partnering with Calypso St. Barth on Wednesday. The ticketed event includes lunch, and some of the event proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The Already Home Anti-Bullying fund-raiser is June 15 at Pinstripes and is expected to draw 300 guests. Activities will include bowling, boccie, cupcake decorating, face painting, photos with members of the Washington Redskins, and an Madden NFL video game tournament suite.
McMurry/TMG has named Erica Pyatt director of business development for associations.
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