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June 3, 2016: Nordstrom Teams With 'Vogue' for Tonys, Discovery May Broadcast Future Olympics on Social Media, CMJ to Launch New Music Festival in New York

1. NORDSTROM TEAMS WITH 'VOGUE' FOR TONYS: Nordstrom will sponsor next weekend's Tony Awards red carpet by teaming up with Vogue and public relations firm KCD to style nominees and presenters. Viewers will be able to purchase the clothing and accessories worn while the show airs. Women's Wear Daily: "In the lead up to the event, the retailer has erected a 'Nordstrom Red Carpet Accessories Suite' within KCD’s Meatpacking District office. Artistically managed by the department store’s executive vice president of designer merchandising Jeffrey Kalinsky, the suite is stocked with bags and shoes from an assortment of designers including Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Charlotte Olympia and Alexander McQueen. Most of the accessories will be available for purchase on when the Tonys air live on CBS on June 12. This year, the store also will support a live-streaming red carpet show, set to feed on web sites including,,, and Nordstrom’s editorial blog The Thread. 'I think that kind of online tie-in makes sense with this kind of partnership. Our customer loves to see what celebrities are wearing and, if inspired, they would like to buy it, so why not be able to sell it now?' Kalinsky told WWD while perched inside the makeshift styling studio."

2. DISCOVERY MAY BROADCAST FUTURE OLYMPICS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Discovery Communications may be the latest media company to live stream sporting events on social media. According to Discovery C.E.O. David Zaslav, Twitter and Facebook have approached the company for deals to stream sports content from its Eurosport channel, which would include future Olympics. Bloomberg: "The Internet companies approached Discovery and Eurosport, its pan-European sports broadcaster, for deals to stream sports content, Zaslav said in an interview during the French Open tennis tournament on Thursday. Discovery owns the European television rights to four Olympics games, starting with the Winter Games in South Korea in early 2018. The Rio de Janeiro games that start in August aren’t part of the package. 'Facebook and Twitter are very keen to get high-quality sports rights,' Zaslav said. 'We’re talking to them because we have that Olympic content for the next decade.' Deals with Facebook or Twitter have the potential to expand Eurosport’s reach by drawing younger social-media users to the Olympic Games, one of the oldest sporting events on the planet. It’s an audience that’s been dwindling in recent years as younger people ditch traditional TV in favor of viewing content on mobile phones and tablets."

3. CMJ TO LAUNCH NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK: Music event- and online media-company CMJ has announced it will launch a new music festival in September, a month before the company's 36th annual self-titled event. Called Mondo.NYC, the new event is similar to CMJ—it aims to be the “epicenter for emerging music, technology and media”—and will feature panels and discussions at New York University and live performances in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Billboard: “Sound familiar? The founders of Mondo.NYC are Bobby Haber and Joanne Abbot Green, the former minds behind CMJ, which is held annually each October in New York and is, functionally, the blueprint upon which Mondo.NYC is based. … That's part of what makes Mondo.NYC's first edition, to be held at NYU, feel so familiar. But the ideologies of the two festivals are almost identical as well. ‘At this pivotal moment in the evolution of music, pop culture, technology and communications, there has never been a more crucial time for veterans and pioneers alike to convene, connect, disrupt and collaborate with one another,’ Haber writes in Mondo's press release, which emphasizes its panels focused on music, tech, business and the convergence of the three. Broadly speaking, those are similar topics that CMJ covers each year in October. But if Mondo.NYC can help start to advance ideas rather than just provide another platform for people to talk in circles about them, it will be a welcome addition to a city experiencing something akin to a festival gold rush.”


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ATLANTA:  The Center for Civil and Human Rights will host "Get Centered," in association with the A3C Festival and Conference, to celebrate its second anniversary on June 23. The event will feature a panel, special DJ sets, and a performance by community rap organization Soul Food Cypher.

AUSTIN:  MommyCon will take place June 25 at the Austin Convention Center.

CHICAGO:  The Gwen hotel has appointed former Top Chef contestant Angelina Bastidas as chef de cuisine of its new American dining concept Circa.

LAS VEGAS:  Caesars Palace is marking its 50th anniversary with a "Summer of Caesars" celebration, beginning June 17 and extending throughout the year.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will open Nevada's first Goose Island Pub later this month. The venue will serve eight Goose Island beers on tap, as well as pub-style food.

LOS ANGELES:  Beagle Freedom Project will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday by hosting the Beagle Ball at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Cocktail event Drink Miami Hostel will take place Saturday at the Freehand. Miami New Times:

NEW YORK:  Live Nation has postponed or canceled six upcoming New York concerts as police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred at an Irving Plaza hip-hop concert last week. Rolling Stone:

The French Institute Alliance Française will present Martine and Prosper Assouline, co-founders of Assouline Publishing, with its third annual Art de Vivre Award on June 6. A cocktail reception will take place at the F.I.A.F. Gallery and continue with a dinner at the French restaurant Le Bilboquet.

The Broadway Mall Association's spring gala will take place June 7 at Apple Bank for Savings at 73rd Street and Broadway. The event will honor the Hotel Beacon, and food will be provided by Upper West Side staples 'Cesca, Jacob's Pickles, Levain Bakery, and RedFarm.

"Taste of Tituss Pride," a three-day celebration of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess' new wine brands, will take place June 17, 18, and 20 at the Out Hotel. Events will include a private three-course dinner, a rosé barbecue brunch, and the Pinot Pride Launch Party. The events will be produced by Jacob Langfelder and benefit G.L.A.A.D.

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Soccer tournament Copa America Centenario takes place Saturday through Wednesday at Camping World Stadium.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The San Francisco Opera's opening gala will take place September 9 at War Memorial Opera House.

TORONTO:  The Toronto Caribbean Festival will run from July 5-August 1, with the grand parade taking place July 30.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Bethesda Row's Front Row runway show will take place Sunday. The event benefits the DC Newsbash Breast Cancer Charity.

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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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