March 21, 2018 californian pastry chef to make royal wedding cake, live music at funerals is a growing trend, new alternative football league to launch ahead of xfl revival washington university enrollment

1. CALIFORNIAN PASTRY CHEF TO MAKE ROYAL WEDDING CAKE: prince harry and meghan markle have chosen pastry chef claire ptak to create their wedding cake. Ptak is a california native who owns london-based bakery violet cakes. CNN: “according to the palace, the couple asked ptak to make a ‘lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring’ rather than the more traditional fruitcake. It will also feature buttercream and fresh flowers as decoration. The bride-to-be is already acquainted with ptak, having interviewed her for her former lifestyle website the tig.Alternative football ‘I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make prince harry and ms. Markle’s wedding cake,’ ptak said in a statement released by kensington palace.

‘knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.’ … prince harry and markle are not the first royal couple to deviate from more traditional cake choices. At his wedding to kate middleton in 2011, prince william requested a “groom’s cake” made of cookies and chocolate. On that occasion, the ‘chocolate biscuit cake’ was served alongside the official wedding cake—a fruitcake.” http://cnn.It/2fpfpr5

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2. LIVE MUSIC AT FUNERALS IS A GROWING TREND: singing at funerals might not sound like the most rewarding career, but british singers penelope shipley and briony rawle have seen huge growth in their business london funeral singers—demonstrating the growing trend of live music at funerals. Broadly: “when they started, they were just two actors looking to make some money on the side; now they’re full-time in the funeral music biz. Shipley, a singer, composer and musical director, and rawle, a lauded professional singer, met doing theatre in 2012. From great sadness came a rather lovely little business idea. ‘I sang at my grandmother’s funeral—her favourite song, ‘A nightingale sings in berkeley square.’ we were really close and I just thought, if I can get through that performance, maybe I can sing for other people,’ shipley says. ‘the idea has always been to help people.Live music more and more, people want to treat the funeral as an event to remember and to treasure, and as a celebration of life. ‘we’ve noticed that having live music there can be cathartic. Often people are so busy arranging the funeral, they keep this stiff upper lip, right up until the music starts and then they give themselves permission to feel. Often, by the third verse, they’ve joined in.’ at first, it was just shipley and rawle. Now they employ nearly a predominantly female group of 90 singers and are one of the biggest companies in the UK. They’ve organized performances for nearly 200 funerals and supply singers across many different genres (even bulgarian folk), and cover almost a ten-mile radius in and around london.Live music each service is bespoke, but prices begin at £190 (around $264) for one singer to lead the congregation in two hymns. Business is good. The demand for live music at funerals is growing, possibly inspired by ms streep’s performance or perhaps even before her, elton john’s legendary performance at princess diana’s funeral. As a 2017 BBC radio four documentary, the funeral singer put it: ‘today, a simple CD is not enough for an increasing number of mourners. Only a live singer will do to mark the passing of their loved ones. Funeral singer websites and booking agencies—often a spin-off from wedding singer providers—are proliferating.’" http://bit.Ly/2pofpnm

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3. NEW ALTERNATIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TO LAUNCH AHEAD OF XFL REVIVAL: ahead of the revival of alternative football league XFL in 2020, charlie ebersel, the son of NBC sports executive dick ebersol, will launch a new alternative football league in 2019. Sports illustrated: “the league is called the alliance of american football and will feature eight 50-man teams playing a 10-game schedule that begins on february 9, the saturday after next year’s super bowl. Funding for the league comes from the peter thiel-led founder’s fund, barstool sports investors the chernin group, former vikings pass rusher jared allen and others.Alternative football league the league’s inaugural game and championship game will be broadcast on CBS and one regular-season game per week will air on CBS sports network. It promises a new kind of broadcast, wrapping up games in two-and-a-half hours and without TV timeouts. The league is hoping to draw talent from the wealth of high-level college players who don’t make the NFL. Teams will have the right to draft players who played college football in their local market, similar to the territorial pick system that existed in the early days of the NBA. Ebersol’s league has a more detailed vision for what it will be than WWE’s vince mcmahon’s new XFL.Alternative football mcmahon announced in january that the revived XFL would launch in 2020 with eight teams of 40 players playing a 10-game schedule. Details beyond that, such as when the games would be played or where they would be broadcast, were scarce. McMahon did repeatedly hint, however, that players in his league would be required to stand for the national anthem." http://on.Si.Com/2u4hovp

Meister media worldwide, an event producer for the agricultural markets, has formed a joint venture with event production company NXT events media group. Read more about the joint venture here.

COAST TO COAST: the second edition of brooklyn brewery’s beer mansion series will kick off in brooklyn april 13-14 at the weylin.Alternative football league the event also will travel to dallas june 15-16 at 2616 commerce; atlanta september 14-15 at 787 windsor; and minneapolis october 26-27 at the soap factory.

ATLANTA: intercontinental hotels group and epelboim development group will open a new even hotels property in alpharetta in the third quarter of 2019. The six-story hotel will have 132 rooms and 750 square feet of meeting space.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH: the city of arlington has announced plans to open esports stadium arlington, a 100,000-square-foot esports stadium, this fall in the entertainment district. The stadium would be the largest venue for esports in the U.S., holding as many as 1,000 spectators.Alternative football

LOS ANGELES: the 39th venice family clinic’s art walk & auctions will take place may 20 at google’s venice headquarters. The event will honor three venice-based artists: this year’s signature artist alexis smith along with honorees sam durant and ed moses, posthumously.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: east, miami hotel is among the swire hotels & resorts properties that plan to participate in earth hour at 8:30 p.M. Saturday, turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour.

NEW YORK: the national stationery show will take place may 20-23 at the jacob K. Javits convention center.Live music prior to the event, the show will host its first-ever growth strategy essentials program may 18, which will feature five seminars led by industry experts.

City parks foundation’s annual gala fund-raiser will take place june 18 at summerstage in central park. The event will honor french international banking company BNP paribas and its U.S. C.E.O. Jean-yves fillion, and rock musician steven tyler.

SAN FRANCISCO: the 18th edition of the san francisco world spirits competition will take place april 13-15. New this year is a “cocktail of the year” component, taking place april 12, where industry leaders will blind-judge mezcal-based cocktails submitted by their peers.Alternative football league

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: serafina beach hotel is now open in the condado district. The first hotel concept from new york-based serafina restaurant group features three dining concepts and three meeting and event venues, which include a ballroom that holds as many as 140 guests reception-style.

TORONTO: the inaugural greenwood stakes, a horse racing, fashion, food, and art event, will take place may 26 at woodbine racetrack. The event is being launched in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the deighton cup in vancouver. Both events are produced by parade agency and social concierge.Alternative football

VANCOUVER: less emissions inc. And the canadian academy of recording arts and sciences have partnered to reduce the carbon footprint of this year’s juno awards ceremony and events, which kicked off monday and run through sunday. The partnership is slated to offset more than 600 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which include travel emissions to and from juno week events and the emissions from heating and cooling of event venues.