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April 12, 2016: More Fashion Brands Are Choosing Striking Venues for Shows, Ticketmaster to Sell Tickets Directly on Facebook, U.K. May Ban Fireworks at Music Events

1. MORE FASHION BRANDS ARE CHOOSING STRIKING VENUES FOR SHOWS: Joining the trend of fashion houses hosting shows at unexpected venues, Louis Vuitton has announced its Cruise 2017 show will take place at Oscar Niemeyer's Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro in May. The landmark, saucer-shaped museum is the latest venue to join the ranks of atypical locations for major brands to show off their latest collections. The New York Times: "It’s pretty impressive, but consider that Dior Cruise is being held in Blenheim Palace in England, Gucci in Westminster Abbey in London, and Chanel in Havana (specific location to be announced), and you can understand why Vuitton chose to take a gold-medal position rather than to retreat. And get ready for what is going to be a month of image-making and power plays among the major European fashion brands. The goal is to position themselves as the royalty of the industry: authorities not just on clothes, but on all related aspects of design and lifestyle and on sucking you, the fashion buyer or the fashion viewer, ever deeper into their orbits."

2. TICKETMASTER TO SELL TICKETS DIRECTLY ON FACEBOOK: Ticketmaster is about to become a lot more social when it starts selling tickets directly on Facebook at the end of this month. The option will only be for general admission events at first, but it's expected to expand. BuzzFeed: "Ticketmaster and companies like it, largely online commerce outfits and web publishers, are willing to go direct-through-Facebook since they see their customers spending less time on websites and more within a handful of mobile apps, with Facebook often the top destination. 'By putting the ability to buy tickets directly within Facebook we hope that we’re going to provide a more seamless purchase experience and sell more tickets,' Dan Armstrong, VP and GM of distributed commerce at Ticketmaster, told BuzzFeed News in an interview."

3. U.K. MAY BAN FIREWORKS AT MUSIC EVENTS: Live music events in the United Kingdom may no longer end with fireworks displays if a proposed ban is enforced. Ryan Adams, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music, is slated to present a motion to the House of Commons today that asks to ban the use of fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs by attendees at festivals and concerts. Billboard: “In the U.K., it has been a criminal offense for a person to enter or attempt to enter a football ground while in possession of a flare, smoke bomb or firework since 1985, punishable by up to three months in prison. Because most music events take place on private property and no specific offense exists for adults carrying flares or fireworks unless it can be proved that they were carried with intent to cause injury, British music fans are not currently afforded the same protection, says Adams. He cites reports of 255 incidents involving incendiary devices taking place at music events in 2014, whereas only three such incidents took place at football grounds in the same time period. Flares are not covered by firework regulations because they are not designed for entertainment.”


CHICAGO:  The 8th annual Baconfest will take place at UIC Forum April 30-May 1. Some 150 restaurants will participate in the event; 45 are first-time participants.

LAS VEGAS:  Electric Daisy Festival producer Insomniac has unveiled new, extended V.I.P. offerings in celebration of the fest’s 20-year anniversary. Taking over Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 17-19, the event will offer V.I.P. ticketholders access to experiences like upgraded viewing decks and lounges.

LOS ANGELES:  W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills will celebrate festival season in Los Angeles with “Day Dream,” a pool event taking place between the two weekends of Coachella.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The music festival Sunfest is set for April 27-May 1 in West Palm Beach. Headliners include Alabama Shakes, Steve Aoki, Meghan Trainor, and Duran Duran.

NEW YORK:  South Street Seaport Museum has announced it will launch Seaport Walking Tours, regularly scheduled tours that highlight the history of the seaport. A limited run walking tour commemorating the Titanic sinking will take place April 14-16, and tours about the Brooklyn Bridge and the Fourth Ward will begin April 21.

"Poetry & the Creative Mind," an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, will take place April 27 at Lincoln Center. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, the event will feature musician Paul Simon, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, actress Amy Ryan, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, and more reading their favorite poems.

The National Psoriasis Foundation will host its first cycling event on May 14 at Duck Walk Vineyards South in Water Mill. Along with three cycling routes for participants, the event will have breakfast, lunch, live music, and wine tastings.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

PHILADELPHIA:  Hyatt at the Bellevue will unveil a multimillion dollar renovation this spring. The renovation—led by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design—includes revamped guest rooms and public areas.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Lucasfilms has asked event organizer Newmindspace to remove the word “Lightsaber” from the title of its “Lightsaber Battles.” SiliconBeat:

TORONTO:  BlogTO rounds up the quirkiest places to stay in Toronto, including a “boatel” and a 16-room house that looks like a castle.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  SEV Cities will host a pop-up on Saturday at Union Market’s LAB1270. No Kings Collective will take over a 3,000-square-foot space and turn it into an interactive art installation inspired by George Orwell's novel Animal Farm.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin and Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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