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August 11, 2015: Burning Man Resolves Permit Issue, More Moms Tagging Along at Bachelorette Parties, 'Elle' Plans 30th Birthday Event in Paris

1. BURNING MAN RESOLVES PERMIT ISSUE: Less than a month before the Burning Man festival is scheduled to begin, organizers have received the permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to host the event, which takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. A sticking point had been V.I.P. accommodations that the bureau had requested. Associated Press: “The federal agency announced Friday that it scrapped a request for festival organizers to build the so-called Blue Pit Compound at a cost of $1 million. The on-site living quarters for BLM law enforcement and officials from Washington, D.C., would have included flushing toilets, laundry washers and dryers, hot water, air conditioning, vanity mirrors, refrigerators and couches. … Under the new agreement, BLM staffers will have the same caterer used by Burning Man organizers, and they'll stay in the town of Gerlach as they have in the past, although the BLM will still have an on-site command center where officials can coordinate safety, security and environmental efforts.”

2. MORE MOMS TAGGING ALONG AT BACHELORETTE PARTIES: Bachelorette parties are growing the guest list to include the mother of the bride. Moms are participating in wild nights out—in some cases even helping to plan the event. The New York Times: “The growing popularity of the bachelorette party is part of the expansion of wedding celebrations. The moment of ‘I do’ has morphed into a multiplatform calendar filler, with the engagement party, bridal party, rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch. ‘Weddings have become a dominant part of popular culture and a prized public spectacle,’ [Penn State Sociology Professor Beth] Montemurro said. ‘It makes sense mothers would want to bask in the spotlight and be a major part of the celebration.’”

3. 'ELLE' PLANS 30TH BIRTHDAY EVENT IN PARIS: The fashion magazine Elle, will celebrate its 30th birthday, as well as its biggest September issue ever, this fall with a party in Paris. Women’s Wear Daily: “Elle US will party with big sister Elle France, which turns 70 this year. The bash will be held in Paris on Oct. 6 at U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley’s residence in Paris. Although a guest list isn’t yet finalized, [publisher Kevin] O’Malley said it’s going to be the ‘who’s who’ and take place during Paris Fashion Week.”


ATLANTA:  Mercedes-Benz USA will be the presenting sponsor of Hands on Atlanta Day. The annual event, which enlists local residents to participate in large-scale community projects in the greater Atlanta area, will take place on October 3.

BOSTON:  South Shore Plaza will celebrate Teen Vogue's fourth annual Back-to-School Saturdays event this Saturday with swag bags, flash tattoos, a live DJ, and more.

Pastry chef Renae Connolly brings back La Dolce Vida tonight at Cafe ArtScience. The dessert tasting presents five of Connolly's sweet treats, inspired by trips to Spain, France, and Italy.

CHICAGO:  Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit organization that focuses on food education, will host its 11th annual Corks & Crayons Benefit on August 23 at Greenhouse Loft.

LAS VEGAS:  Grammy-nominated band Daughtry will perform at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on October 17.

LOS ANGELES:  The Farrah Fawcett Foundation will host its first "Tex-Mex Fiesta," benefiting Stand Up to Cancer, on September 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Musician Lyle Lovett will headline the event, which will honor actress Jaclyn Smith, Lipstick Angels, and Advaxis Inc., a cancer immunotherapy company.

The corporate event production company YourBash has launched YourWeddings to serve the social event market.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has debuted Storefront, a new project that invites artists and artist collectives to inhabit the anteroom space of the Marcia Simon Weisman Works on Paper Study Center on the plaza level of the museum’s Grand Avenue location. MOCA will collaborate with two artists or collectives a year, and each presentation will last four to six months.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The 2015 Lipstick Lounge, a benefit for the breast cancer charity Glam-A-Thon, will take place September 18 at the Gallery of Amazing Things. The evening will include the Glammy Awards, which honor local philanthropists.

NEW YORK:  The TechTable Summit, a conference focusing on the intersection of the technology, hospitality, and investment industries, will take place September 10 at Apella at Alexandria Center. Conference sponsors include American Express, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

Martha Stewart’s American Made Summit will feature Arianna Huffington, Lo Bosworth, and Emeril Lagasse, among others. The event will take place at on November 7 at the Martha Stewart Living Headquarters.

The Tryp by Wyndam, which recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, is now open in Times Square.

Crain’s New York Business: “Restoration Hardware is planning to open a boutique hotel and restaurant around the corner from its upcoming flagship store in the meatpacking district.”

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse will open Saturday on International Drive. The two-story fine-dining restaurant will have four private dining rooms, two bars, a patio, and seating for more than 400 people.

PHILADELPHIA:  Tickets for the Dalai Lama's two public events in October go on sale Wednesday.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Along with the performers, the unique food options were highlights of the Outside Lands Festival last weekend. USA Today:

TORONTO:  Toronto International BuskerFest will kick off with the Night Is Yonge Busker Soiree, a benefit for Epilepsy Toronto, at Aperture Room on Thursday. Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are designing the event, and Oliver & Bonacini will provide catering.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Hilton Worldwide announced that William Margaritis will become the company’s executive vice president of corporate affairs starting in late August. Margaritis will oversee internal and external communications, government relations, and corporate responsibility globally.

The audiovisual company Eventeq has appointed Anthony Stevens as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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

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