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March 2, 2016: L.A.’s Fairplex to Stop Hosting Raves in 2016, Prankster Interrupts Volkswagen Auto Show Event, Toronto Music Festival Folds After Founder’s Kesha Comments

1. L.A.’S FAIRPLEX TO STOP HOSTING RAVES IN 2016: Live Nation will have to find new venues for two of its rave concerts after the Los Angeles County Fair Association announced it will not allow raves at the fairgrounds complex in 2016. The move follows the lead of other California venues that have declined to permit raves. Los Angeles Times: “A suspension of raves would mark a major reversal for the nonprofit that runs the fairgrounds on county-owned land. In its 2014 annual report, the association touted its partnership with Live Nation and its Hard electronic dance music festival brand as ‘introducing the campus to a new audience and strengthening our claim as a popular SoCal entertainment destination.’ Representatives of Live Nation did not respond to requests for comment or to questions on where Hard Summer or Hard Day of the Dead will be held this year.”

2. PRANKSTER INTERRUPTS VOLKSWAGEN AUTO SHOW EVENT: A prankster dressed as a mechanic climbed the stage during a Volkswagen media event at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland on Tuesday, interrupting the presentation before security could intervene. Mashable: “The protester, who has been identified as comedian Simon Brodkin, dressed up as a VW mechanic with a wrench and toolbox labeled 'cheat box' and made references to VW’s emission scandal. VW was found to have deliberately created software for its diesel engines that cheated EPA emissions testing. This scandal has marred the image of VW for the past several months, inciting protests against the German car makers. … This isn’t Brodkin’s first performance protest. Amid FIFA’s scandal this past summer, he went on stage and showered former president Sepp Blatter with dollar bills before being removed by security.”

3. TORONTO MUSIC FESTIVAL FOLDS AFTER FOUNDER’S KESHA COMMENTS: After a founder of a Toronto music festival slammed the singer Kesha in comments on his Facebook page, venues and musicians started to back out of the event, and a co-founder decided to cancel it. Kesha is involved in a legal dispute with the music producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexual assault. Billboard: “Hi-Fi Musical Adventure, a 60-act indie music festival in Toronto scheduled to start in 10 days, has collapsed after one of the co-founders made disparaging comments about Kesha, which further escalated into a feud with two female musicians.”


ATLANTA:  Ponce City Market's carnival-theme amusement the Roof is slated to open in mid-2016. The space will have a miniature golf course and boardwalk-style games. Atlanta Business Chronicle:

BOSTON:  Local chain Anna’s Taqueria has opened a seventh location in Newton. The taqueria’s catering program offers D.I.Y. taco bars and burrito trays.

CHICAGO:  Ironside Bar & Gallery will open in River North in April. With nautical decor, the venue will serve comfort food, seafood dishes, and craft drinks.

Chicago Youth Centers' South Shore Shake & Stir will take place March 18 at South Shore Cultural Center. The fund-raiser will have a James Bond theme and bites from Boka Catering.

LAS VEGAS:  After a run in 2015, Giada restaurant is bringing back its monthly wine series dinners. Kicking off the season will be Silver Oak Winery on March 23.

LOS ANGELES:  Brooke Burke-Charvet will serve as M.C. at the World of Children Award on April 12 at the Montage Beverly Hills.

The 30th annual A.F.I. Fest will take place November 10-17.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The second annual Miami Beach Concours Auto Show is March 19-20 at the Miami Beach Golf Club. Highlights of the event include a F1 Simulator contest with a $10,000 prize and displays of rare vehicles including a Ferrari 250 California, a Lamborghini Miura SV, and a Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible.

NEW ORLEANS:  The 22nd annual Essence Festival will take place June 30-July 3 at the New Orleans Superdome. Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, and Ciara are slated to perform.

NEW YORK:  Sotheby's third annual At Home: Sotheby's Designer Showhouse & Auction will take place April 9-16 on the fifth floor of the company's Manhattan headquarters. Twelve interior designers and firms will each create one room of a home within the 6,300-square-foot space.

Former President Jimmy Carter will be honored at the We Are Family Foundation's celebration gala April 29 at Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom. Carter will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award.

The inaugural Panorama, which will take place July 22-24 at Randall's Island Park, has announced its lineup. Headliners include Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, and Sia.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek have appointed Jonathan Raz as director of food and beverage. Raz will manage the culinary program for the entire dual-hotel property, including 12 restaurant and bar outlets, in-room dining for nearly 1,500 guest rooms, and a 175,000-square-foot banquet facility.

PHILADELPHIA:  Beer brand Pabst Blue Ribbon's Project Pabst music festival will expand to more cities this year, including Philadelphia on October 8. The event will feature a branded arcade, interactive art installations, an activation that allows guests to record a vinyl record demo, and limited-edition cans with illustrations from a local artist.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The ninth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine will take place March 31-April 3. The event will feature demonstrations and dinners from more than 100 chefs and 250 winemakers, as well as the Lexus Grand Tastings, which will take place in a 60,000-square-foot tent.

TORONTO:  The Art Gallery of Ontario has partnered with Tate Modern to present a Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in the summer of 2017. Toronto will be the only North American stop for the retrospective.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Lansdowne Resort, a Destination Hotel has announced several new appointments. They are: Nazgol Toumadj, executive meeting manager; Shelley Simpson, conference planning manager; Erica Schlatter, group sales manager; Laurie Williams, catering sales manager; and new national sales managers Barbara Mullen and Kristin Frye. The resort also promoted Caroline Murray to assistant director of conference planning; Nicole Anderson to national sales manager; and Wendy Monroy to reservations supervisor. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the property is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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