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November 9, 2018: Survivors of Las Vegas Music Festival Massacre Also Witnessed Thousand Oaks Shooting, Eventbrite to Launch New Music Platform and Phase Out Ticketfly, This Hotel Lets Guests Choose Rooms Based on Their Emotions

By Ian Zelaya November 9, 2018, 9:06 AM EST


1. SURVIVORS OF LAS VEGAS MUSIC FESTIVAL MASSACRE ALSO WITNESSED THOUSAND OAKS SHOOTING: Some people who were present for the shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday—which left 12 people dead—were also survivors of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in October 2017, where 58 people were gunned down. BuzzFeed News: “Molly Maurer was among those who survived when a man opened fire from a high-rise hotel room in Las Vegas last year, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in October. She was also at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night. 'I can't believe I'm saying this again. I'm alive and home safe,' she posted on Facebook the next morning. Among those killed at Borderline was the sheriff's deputy who first responded when a gunman opened fire around 11:20 p.m. local time. The suspect was found dead inside an office adjacent to the entrance of the bar. With authorities still in the process of identifying those who were killed during the event for college-aged students, Maurer told BuzzFeed News she was desperately trying to account for friends who'd been at the bar with her. 'I've been going for like seven years, you kind of just tend to get to know everyone,' she said. On Wednesday night, Casey Morrison, 25, and her boyfriend got a call from his brother, who was at Borderline, alerting them to the shooting just minutes after it happened. Morrison used to be a promoter at Borderline, and has attended nearly every Wednesday for the past five years. The couple also survived the Route 91 shooting together last year, and Morrison said the Thousand Oaks news felt like 'a flashback' to Vegas. ... Maldoon estimated there was a group of at least 15 Vegas shooting survivors who were Borderline regulars. Among them was Brendan Kelly, a Marine who reportedly used his body to shield a young woman from bullets and help her to safety in Las Vegas. He confirmed that he also escaped the Borderline shooting." https://bit.ly/2DbVrOf

2. EVENTBRITE TO LAUNCH NEW MUSIC PLATFORM AND PHASE OUT TICKETFLY: Eventbrite will launch a new ticketing platform designed for independent music venues, festivals, and promoters. The event management and ticketing website will also phase out Ticketfly, which it acquired for $200 million from Pandora last year. Billboard: “Dubbed Eventbrite Music, the new solution is built on top of Eventbrite’s existing platform and promises to deliver the best aspects of Eventbrite and Ticketfly into one app for independent organizers, as they move towards sunsetting the latter brand in 2019. Eventbrite Music is ‘a very progressive next generation solution,’ Eventbrite music division president, Andrew Dreskin tells Billboard of the mobile-focused new solution. ‘Ticketfly was a platform that was built for enterprise level independent music venues, promoters, and festivals. We took the learnings there and we built a bunch of technology into the Eventbrite platform to form Eventbrite Music.’ The new solution enhances marketing and distribution capabilities with more than 50 distribution partner sites, including YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, and Songkick. Eventbrite simplifies the checkout experience for customers and organizers by allowing venues to embed checkouts into their website or two-step purchase flow placed within discovery partners such as Instagram and Bandsintown. Fans can discover artists, purchase tickets, and scan their way into a venue all without leaving the Facebook app on their mobile devices thanks to a deep partnership with Eventbrite.” https://bit.ly/2Pg0iFs

3. THIS HOTEL LETS GUESTS CHOOSE ROOMS BASED ON THEIR EMOTIONS: The Angad Arts Hotel, which recently opened in St. Louis, Missouri, has rooms in four different colors, but rather than assigning guests rooms at random, the property lets them choose a room based on which color corresponds to their emotions. CNN: “The four options are red (passion), green (rejuvenation), yellow (happiness) and blue (tranquility). And the color plays a bigger role than just determining the paint on the walls. There are little and big touches everywhere, from throw pillows to the rubber duckies in the bathroom. Entering the almost neon-yellow room, where everything is drenched in the color—including pipes on the ceiling—feels a little bit like walking into a Van Gogh painting. The hotel's name has several meanings. First, Angad. One of the hotel's investors, Lord Paul, had a son named Angad who passed away in 2015, so the name is a memorial to him. But the hotel has also retrofitted the name into an acronym for their five pillars of service—Anticipation, Nurturing, Graciousness, Apology, and Details. As for the second word in the name, Arts, it's fair considering the hotel's location. The Angad's location is within easy walking distance of several of the city of St Louis' premier arts and culture destinations, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, the historic Fox Theatre with its ornate ”neo-Byzantine” decor, and the Firebird live music venue. Even the building itself has a rich arts history—it was originally built in the 1920s as a theater. Because the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, renovation and conversion had to be respectful." https://cnn.it/2PjMfPm

* LOCAL NEWS *

CHICAGO:  SmithBucklin, an association management and services company, has acquired 360 Live Media, an association-focused event design agency that has marketing services.  

LOS ANGELES:  Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, singer and actor Billy Porter, and producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato will be honored at this year's OUT100 Awards, taking place November 15 at Quixote Studios in Hollywood.

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The second edition of Casacor Miami, an architecture, interior, and landscaping design expo, will take place November 30-December 16 at Brickell City Centre’s 700 Brick Avenue Building. 

NEW ORLEANS:  The Catersource Conference & Tradeshow will take place February 24-27, 2019.

NEW YORK:  The inaugural Tide Film Festival, which spotlights filmmakers of color, runs today through Sunday at venues in downtown Brooklyn. The event is supported by nonprofit Dreammaker3D and sponsored by HBO and Warner Media Group. 

The A.S.P.C.A. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will hold its Humane Awards Luncheon on November 15 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Chuck Scarborough will be the master of ceremonies. 

Legionnaires of Laughter will hold its inaugural Legacy Awards on December 10 at Cipriani Wall Street. The event was founded by the late Jerry Lewis and recognizes comedians in a variety of categories. Ken Jeong will host the event, which is produced by Rikki Hughes, Barry Florence, and Louise Schultze. 

N.Y.U. School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality has launched the M.S. in Event Management. The inaugural class will enter in fall 2019, and applications are already being accepted. 

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

TORONTO:  The 2019 Luminato festival will take place June 7-23 at venues across Toronto. The festival has added five new shows to next year’s program, including Obeah Opera, film-theater hybrid The Full Light of Day, and Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia’s Masquerade

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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