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September 13, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This dour, sleepy corner of Europe is staying up late for a change as it celebrates its coming-out party--a $3-billion, summer-long binge known as Expo '98. The daily show at the world's fair goes on until 3 a.m., featuring 10,000 sea creatures in a giant oceanarium, polyglot performances on 10 stages and midnight fireworks over a 150-acre global village in Lisbon's new riverfront park.
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September 13, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This dour, sleepy corner of Europe is staying up late for a change as it celebrates its coming-out party--a $3-billion, summer-long binge known as Expo '98. The daily show at the world's fair goes on until 3 a.m., featuring 10,000 sea creatures in a giant oceanarium, polyglot performances on 10 stages and midnight fireworks over a 150-acre global village in Lisbon's new riverfront park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The group pressing for a study of a San Fernando Valley secession demanded an investigation Monday into allegations that its volunteers were barred from circulating petitions during a public event at the Van Nuys Airport. Leaders of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment suggested airport officials were instructed by high-ranking city officials to obstruct their petition drive at the Aviation Expo '98 this past weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The group pressing for a study of a San Fernando Valley secession demanded an investigation Monday into allegations that its volunteers were barred from circulating petitions during a public event at the Van Nuys Airport. Leaders of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment suggested airport officials were instructed by high-ranking city officials to obstruct their petition drive at the Aviation Expo '98 this past weekend.
TRAVEL
July 26, 1998 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fewer than 50,000 people per day--less than half the expected number--visited the world's fair in Lisbon during its first 50 days, according to published figures. Organizers had predicted a total of 13 million visits between opening day on May 22 and the last day, Sept. 30. But Expo '98 has so far received just 2.4 million visits. "Our studies were too optimistic," spokeswoman Clara Ferreira Alves conceded.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1998
"Grecian Festival by the Sea"--The Greek "Bouzouki," right, will be among the instruments heard at the festival which will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 Colorado St., in Long Beach. * "Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival"--This year's fair includes the Rural Olympics with 14 different rugged competitions and game skills. There's also monster truck events, demolition derbies and bull riding. Today through Monday in Lancaster.
TRAVEL
March 15, 1998
It's billed as the biggest world's fair yet--with 150 countries and organizations--and the last one of this century: Expo '98 in Lisbon, May 22 to Sept. 30. But if you live in the United States, you probably haven't heard about it. There's been little publicity here, even though the fair's centerpiece, a massive Oceanarium (Oceans Pavilion) that will be Europe's largest aquarium, is designed by an American, Peter Chermayeff. U.S. tour bookings have been light, agents say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998
Work was underway Thursday at Van Nuys Airport, where the annual airshow, one of the San Fernando Valley's biggest events, is scheduled this weekend. About 300,000 spectators are expected to brave scorching temperatures Saturday and Sunday to catch the two-day Aviation Expo '98, with exhibits of aerobatics and helicopter demonstrations. Opening ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with a flyover by the Van Nuys-based Condor Squadron, which flies World War II-era planes.
NEWS
November 17, 1998
FASHION Joan Vass opens her new store--the only one in Southern California--at Century City mall, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. (310) 556-8957. * MUSEUM Autry Museum's 10th anni- versary Saturday and Sunday offers music and activities. 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. (213) 667-2000. * FESTIVAL Festival of Jewish Artisans show and sale Saturday evening and Sunday all day at Temple Isaiah, West L.A. (310) 277-2772.
NEWS
August 17, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ACLU attorneys announced Sunday that they will file a federal lawsuit seeking damages from the city of Los Angeles for ousting San Fernando Valley secession activists from the Van Nuys Airport during a July air show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The curiosity of some people attending Aviation Expo 98 this weekend was piqued by two military planes bearing the national colors of Germany. Two members of the German Air Force stood in front of those planes lined up alongside American aircraft at the Van Nuys Airport on Sunday and answered questions. "Some ask what is a German plane doing in America," said Zoltan-Marco "Gravy" Graves, weapons systems operator for one of the planes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Activists petitioning for a study and possible vote on San Fernando Valley secession Wednesday criticized an offer of help from the Los Angeles City Council, calling it hollow and nearly useless. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to support Valley VOTE, the group leading the campaign, if they file court action to win a 30-day extension for their petition drive.
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