1. Coachella’s Latest Luxuries: Safari Tents and Gourmet Dining
When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival first launched 15 years ago, it was acclaimed for its free-spirited, edgy West Coast vibe. Guests could enjoy the occasional working toilet and a seat on the sandy desert floor, a far cry from the glitz of today’s festival. A VIP pass to Coachella will cost you $799 and gives you cocktail bar privileges, while a gourmet dining package costs $1,024. Want to beat the traffic? Splurge on a private jet. Want to beat the heat? Splurge on an air-conditioned “safari tent” for $6,500. These luxuries almost make you forget the actual purpose of the three-day festival: the music. This year’s lineup includes OutKast, Pharrell Williams and Lorde. The ticket for the common folk costs $375, about $100 more than similar festivals. Do you think it’s worth it? Sound off in the comments or on Twitter @nbcnightlynews.
2. Hillary Clinton Ducks Shoe
The name Hillary Clinton isn’t the first that comes to mind when thinking about quick reflexes, but the former secretary of state showed she’s pretty light on her toes. She ducked a shoe that was hurled at her during a speech at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday. The female culprit was quickly surrounded by ushers. Her name and motive are not yet known. But by far, the best part of the whole situation was Clinton’s improvised joke and humble brag afterwards. “I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did,” she said. Well played, Hillary. Well played.
3. 7 Chimps Escape Kansas City Zoo
There was a lot of monkeying around at the Kansas City Zoo yesterday. Seven chimpanzees playfully broke out of their enclosures during the middle of zoo hours. Zoo officials say the primates never posed a threat to humans because they didn’t reach any public areas. The zookeepers, who closed down the zoo earlier than usual, were able to coax the apes back to their rightful place with treats; carrots, celery, lettuce and malted milk balls did the trick.
4. Pot Brownie Prom Scandal
Note to self: Selling pot brownies is not the best way to fund your prom night. Saira Munoz, 18, learned this lesson the hard way when she baked and sold pot brownies to help pay for her prom dress. One of her student customers got sick from the brownie and had to be hospitalized, causing her plan to fall apart. It gets worse -- Munoz’s residency status in the U.S. is now in jeopardy because she hired a minor to sell the brownies on her behalf -- and that’s considered a felony offense.
5. Late-Night Hosts React to Stephen Colbert’s New Gig
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will be the new host of CBS’ “Late Show,” and reactions are pouring in from his fellow late-night hosts. Jon Stewart has no doubt that his friend and former “Daily Show” colleague is up for the challenge, telling his audience: “Truly one of the great pleasures of doing this show has been trying to maintain professional composure while Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably.” Not one host offered a discouraging word. Over at 30 Rock, Jimmy Fallon joked that there will be no late-night war, and challenged Colbert to a dance-off instead. Arsenio Hall, Seth Meyers and Craig Ferguson also chimed in with well wishes. It looks like the next generation of post-Carson hosts will play better together than their predecessors.
6. Yoga Mat Sandwiches
Remember back in February when we got the mouth-watering news that an ingredient used in yoga mats is also found in Subway sandwich bread? Well, take heart $5-foot-long lovers. That chemical has almost been removed from the sandwich chain’s bread. Subway says the chemical will be completely phased out of its bread by next week. It’s about time.