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August 18, 2016: Instagram Launches User-Curated Events Page, Kanye West to Return to New York Fashion Week, Olympics Official Arrested for Ticket Scalping

1. INSTAGRAM LAUNCHES USER-CURATED EVENTS PAGE: In another effort to replicate Snapchat, Instagram has debuted a user-curated video section highlighting live events. Fortune: "On Wednesday, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app introduced a new channel to its Explore section that is focused on user videos captured during specific events. The new channel will be customized for each user and display videos for events based on a user’s preferences and habits, according to the company’s blog post. This new type of channel is similar to the interest or topic-based video channels Instagram debuted earlier this summer. It’s also not the first time Instagram has experimented with event-themed video. For Halloween last year, it created a special section where users could watch handpicked videos of the holiday. Instagram has been investing in video for quite some time, but it’s hard to ignore the new video channel’s resemblance to rival Snapchat’s event-based Stories, which are reels of photos and videos publicly shared by users at a particular event. Two weeks ago, Instagram very clearly copied Snapchat’s Stories feature, which lets users create a daily collection of photos or videos for all their friends to see for 24 hours before disappearing."

2. KANYE WEST TO RETURN TO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Kanye West is returning to New York Fashion Week, but this time he'll hold his show, which will showcase the Yeezy Season 4 collection on the event's opening day September 7. Women's Wear Daily: "While blue-chip events are typically reserved for the tail-end of New York Fashion Week, this season’s opening day is shaping up to be a crowded one. The Tom Ford presentation and Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion unveiling are scheduled head-to-head that day—both kicking off at 7 p.m. West unveiled his Yeezy Season 3 collection with a late-afternoon blockbuster listening party and performance art piece at Madison Square Garden. In addition to selling out the arena, West’s show also drew more than 20 million live-stream viewers. Kanye’s Yeezy collections mainly hedge their sales on footwear—which have proven to be a branding and commercial boon for the musician. His Yeezy sneakers have incited a craze on the resale market—selling for multitudes more than their shelf price."

3. OLYMPICS OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR TICKET SCALPING: Police arrested a senior Olympic official from Ireland on Wednesday as part of an illegal ticket scalping investigation at the Rio Games. Associated Press: “Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, was accused of plotting with at least nine others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about $3 million in profits. At least a half dozen police officers went to the luxury hotel in the upscale Barra da Tijuca neighborhood in the early morning hours to arrest the 71-year-old Hickey, who fell ill and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Hickey's alleged involvement was through Ireland's Olympic committee, which police said helped transfer tickets to an unauthorized vendor who would set high fees and disguise the transaction as a hospitality package. Hickey was charged with conspiracy, ticket scalping and ambush marketing and will be detained while the investigation continues. … After the first arrests last week, the Olympic Council of Ireland said it would investigate why some of its tickets were in the possession of the suspects. The OCI name was visible on tickets displayed by police, but the Irish said they had no knowledge of the people in custody.”


CHICAGO:  The 15th annual St. Jude Harvest Moon, hosted by the St. Jude Young Professionals Board of Chicago, will take place September 23 at Park West. The event will attract more than 350 young professionals to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

LAS VEGAS:  The Habit Burger Grill has opened its third Nevada location in Henderson.

LOS ANGELES:  The 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention will take place September 29-October 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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NEW YORK:  The fourth annual Taste Talks Brooklyn will take place September 9-11 at various venues in Williamsburg. Headlined by curator Sean Brock, the event will feature the Future Food Expo, the waterfront All-Star BBQ, a Southern-meets-Szechuan dinner, and a champagne and oyster multi-course dinner.

The Madison Square Garden Company has named Rich Claffey as senior vice president and general manager of Madison Square Garden.

Sixty 5 On Main, an American restaurant/bar in Nyack, is having its grand opening today. The venue has live music, a private dining room that can seat 50, a library that can seat 60, and a wine cellar.

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Disney is offering two new corporate holiday packages that include immersive decor and specially-designed menus for lunch or dinner. The Winter Wonderland Escape package at the Contemporary Resort Convention Center is available for as many as 200 guests, and the Holiday Memories package at the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center can accommodate 80 people.

TORONTO:  To celebrate the World Cup of Hockey, which takes place September 17-October 1 at Air Canada Centre, the Distillery District will host a free street fan festival from September 16-25. blogTO:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.—which opens September 12—plans to make a conference room out of the space it had originally planned for a restaurant from Geoffrey Zakarian, according to deposition transcripts that were released Friday.  In July 2015, Zakarian and JosĂ© AndrĂ©s backed out of opening their respective restaurants at the hotel due to Trump's remarks about immigration, and Trump filed breach-of-contract suits against them. BLT Prime by David Burke will occupy the hotel's space originally intended for AndrĂ©s' restaurant. Zakarian and AndrĂ©s have countersued Trump, who said in his June 2016 deposition that there was no time to open a second restaurant at the hotel.

Sakerum—a sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant, and cocktail lounge from Stephanos Andreou—will open Monday at 2204 14th Street NW. The two-story venue has bars on each floor, as well as a  retractable rooftop that can seat 90.

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

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