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October 16, 2015: The Problem With L.A. Fashion Week, Music Festival Adopts More Lenient Drug Policy, New York Comic Con Shatters Attendance Record

1. THE PROBLEM WITH L.A. FASHION WEEK: Top fashion editors and buyers just don’t flock to L.A. Fashion Week, with its focus on emerging rather than established brands and uncertainty over whether the shows provide value to designers. Los Angeles Times: “In comparison with its established counterparts, fashion week in Los Angeles has been riddled with drama. The complaint among those in the local retail industry is that the showcase is perennially disorganized, which detracts from any attempts to legitimize it in the eyes of the fashion world.”

2. MUSIC FESTIVAL ADOPTS MORE LENIENT DRUG POLICY: As U.S. music festivals amp up their anti-drug messages, fans who attend the Amsterdam Dance Event can carry as many as five ecstasy pills without fearing arrest. Previously the festival had permitted one pill per person. NME: “The move has attracted criticism, with the People’s Party For Freedom & Democracy (VVD) chairman Marja Ruigrok telling Dutch TV station AT5: ‘It is strange that we are so much more generous in Amsterdam in that policy.’ … Three deaths at last year's ADE festival were linked to drug use.”

Note: According to a PR rep for the Amsterdam Dance Event, the organizers are not responsible for the drug policy during the music festival. The Amsterdam policy for all dance events, updated last June, was drafted by the city of Amsterdam, the police and the public prosecutor’s office, health services, and the fire department, with input from organizers of dance events and other experts. Any person found to possess drugs will be required to hand it in and will be asked to leave the venue; prosecutors then decide whether to press charges. The link to the NME article is no longer active. A report from Dutch News says more than 200 people were arrested for drug offenses at the event. 

3. NEW YORK COMIC CON SHATTERS ATTENDANCE RECORD: About 167,000 people attended New York Comic Con, riding the wave of popularity of fan conventions across North America. But because of the difference in how the New York event measures attendance compared to Comic-Con International in San Diego, it’s difficult to say definitively which event is the biggest. Forbes: “ReedPop attributes the increase to the expansion of the convention to offsite locations, principally the Hammerstein Ballroom, a 12,000 square foot facility on west 34th street nearby the Javits Center that hosted programs on Friday and Saturday.”


ATLANTA:  Microsoft will move its Ignite conference from Chicago to Atlanta in 2016. Chicago Tribune:

BOSTON:  The "Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular” will take place on November 21. The event will be televised on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV.

CHICAGO:  Unicef Next Generation will host its second annual Masquerade Ball at Moonlight Studios tonight. With a “Neverland” theme, the event is geared toward young philanthropists. It will offer music from DJ Ruckus, a photo booth, and games.

LAS VEGAS:  Chef Alain Ducasse's Rivea and Skyfall Lounge, a French and Italian riviera-inspired restaurant and lounge, have opened atop Delano Las Vegas.

The Meeting Professionals International Foundation raised more than $350,000 during Imex America, which was held October 13-15.

LOS ANGELES:  Actress Jennifer Garner hosted a fund-raiser to benefit the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to cure Batten disease on October 14 in Malibu.

James Corden will host the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which will take place November 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Hollywood Reporter:

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Festival Miami, a live music festival hosted by the University of Miami Frost School of Music, begins tonight and runs through November 7. The lineup will feature some 30 concerts.

NEW YORK:  Chris Rock will join Alicia Keys to emcee Keep A Child Alive's 12th annual Black Ball, slated for November 5 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The sixth annual Taste of the Seaport will take place Saturday along Front Street between Fulton Street and Peck Slip. The food festival will feature chef demos, children's activities, and more than 40 local food and beverage vendors.

The Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club's "Meet & Compete" event will take place February 13 at Piers 92 and 94. The event will give dog lovers the chance to play with dogs, learn about responsible dog ownership, and view the third annual Masters Agility Championship.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  More than 5,600 from 16 states attended the city's first digital festival OrlandoiX, which was held October 2-6 at the Orange County Convention Center. Orlando Business Journal:

PHILADELPHIA:  LP Steak opens today at Valley Forge Casino Resort.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The 45th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday on Main Street between Mill and Spruce streets. The event will offer pumpkin-flavored food and beverages.

TORONTO:  The Art Toronto opening-night party will take place October 22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As part of the event, Perrier Canada will offer branded cocktails and showcase designs from its new Street Art collection.

VANCOUVER:  The Vancouver Convention Centre has launched a new website that features new online floor plans, an enhanced event calendar, and a refreshed homepage with live social media and news feeds.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Harman Center for the Arts Gala will take place November 1. The event includes a performance in Sidney Harman Hall followed by dinner and dancing at the National Building Museum.

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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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