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October 1, 2015: Coachella Producers May Start New York Music Festival, Couple Bills No-Show Wedding Guests for Dinner, Critics’ Choice Awards Announce Big Changes

1. COACHELLA PRODUCERS MAY START NEW YORK MUSIC FESTIVAL: AEG Live, producers of the popular Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, are scouting locations to bring a version of the event to the East Coast next June. New York Daily News: “The fest — tentatively called Panorama — would not only be one of the biggest events in Queens since the 1964 World’s Fair, it could also draw fans and acts away from the wildly popular Governors Ball festival on nearby Randalls Island. AEG has already started recruiting acts and has a date in mind — two weeks after Governors Ball, possibly draining headliners from the city’s only major three-day music festival, run by one of the last independent promotion companies in the music industry, sources say.”

2. COUPLE BILLS NO-SHOW WEDDING GUESTS FOR DINNER: A Minnesota woman whose babysitter cancelled at the last minute and could no longer attend a wedding received a bill from the newlyweds for the cost of her meal, including a service fee. A wedding expert said most caterers know to expect a 10 percent overage or underage at big events and come prepared. KARE 11: An enclosed note with the bill read: ”This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated.”

3. CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCE BIG CHANGES: The Critics’ Choice Awards will combine its film and television honors into one ceremony and switch from a Thursday night to a Sunday night—moves intended to raise the profile of the awards and challenge the Golden Globes as a more prestigious honor. Variety: “The announcement of the changes was made Wednesday morning, with BFCA/BTJA president Joey Berlin smiling that ‘our voters are savvier and less star-struck than our foreign counterparts.’ … For planners of awards events, it’s one more adjustment. When Oscar moved its ceremonies a month earlier, starting with the Feb. 29, 2004, rites, it required a rethink from the guilds, awards-giving organizations and strategists about their own ceremonies as they tried to find a date and venue with minimal competition.”


A new app called Flyr allows event hosts to create simple GIF invitations. TechCrunch:


ATLANTA:  Catering company Proof of the Pudding has named Adam Noyes its new president.

BOSTON:  The first Black in Design conference, organized by the African American student union at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will take place October 9-10.

CHICAGO:  White Christmas will play at Drury Lane Theatre October 29-January 3. Dinner and show packages are available; there will also be “Brunch With Santa” events on Sundays from December 6-20.

LAS VEGAS:  The third annual Casino Entertainment Awards took place last night at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The awards honored artists and venues in the casino entertainment industry.

LOS ANGELES:  To celebrate National Mean Girls Day on October 3, Dylan's Candy Bar at the Grove will host a celebratory launch event for its candy and accessories inspired by the film. Daniel Franeze, who played Damian in the film, will be on site for a fan meet and greet.

The Paley Center for Media will host its Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television event October 26 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Attendees include Tyra Banks, Don Cheadle, Keegan-Michael Key, and Ava DuVernay.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  To promote "Nature Connectis, Art With Lego Bricks," the biggest exhibition in Mounts Botanical Garden's 30-year history, the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden is sponsoring a contest for children to create original garden-theme holiday ornament made using Legos. Winners will be displayed at the garden and then donated to Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches.

Gianni’s at the Villa, the new restaurant concept at the Villa, Casa Casuarina, opens on Friday. The Villa, formerly know as the Versace Mansion, finished a light renovation of the space. Gianni’s serves a modern Italian Mediterranean menu from executive chef Thomas Stewart.

NEW YORK:  Tidal has announced a benefit concert called Tidal X: 1020, which will take place October 20 at Barclays Center. Jay Z, Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki Minaj, and more are slated to perform. Billboard:

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Chef Masaaru Morimoto has opened his new pan-Asian restaurant, Morimoto Asia, in Disney Springs. The opening involved a ceremonial breaking of a sake barrel, as well as the breaking of a 100-pound Hawaiian big-eye tuna that was used to make a 60-foot-long maki roll. Orlando Business Journal:

PHILADELPHIA:  The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation that is expected to be completed by spring 2016. Wimberly Interiors will be the interior designer and architect behind the renovation, which will include new guest rooms and meeting spaces, a redesigned lobby, and a new restaurant, bar, and lounge.

TORONTO:  Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto will take place October 3. From sunset to sunrise, the city will showcase more than 110 art projects from 400 artists.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Steak house chain BLT Prime will replace José Andrés's restaurant at the Trump International Hotel. Andrés pulled out of the deal to open the 9,000-square-foot restaurant in the hotel last month, citing Donald Trump's inflammatory comments about immigrants. Washington Business Journal:

Event technology company Event Farm announced it will be marketing events for the Washington DC Economic Partnership, including events the partnership hosts within the district as well as across the nation, such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Press release:

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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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