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January 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
If the several hundred people who attended the Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair on Sunday had been asked to explain their political identity, they would have given several hundred different answers. They might have said they were earth liberation anarchists, or indigenous rights anarchists, or Christian anarchists. They might have called themselves feminist anarchists, insurrectionist anarchists or radical queer punks. On the grassy hilltop of Barnsdall Art Park, where the event was held, the array of anarchists flipped through thick tomes of political theory and picked through stacks of homemade propaganda pamphlets.
October 25, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
It was exotic, it was huge and and it was expensive. It was Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893, a world's fair that brought together objects from all over the world in more than 65,000 exhibits. Visitors now can experience the excitement of 120 years ago in the Field Museum 's "Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair," which opens Friday.  A stroll through the galleries will reveal more than 100 artifacts and specimens from the world's fair that have rarely or never been on display in the last 120 years.
September 6, 2009
March 14, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout Thursday of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state. More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants. Some prospective candidates came from as far away as California and New Mexico hoping to nab a coveted job. The fair's organizers had expected a turnout of about 700 people, the Denver Post reported . But by some estimates, the number was more like 1,200.  The state is experiencing an economic boom as companies rush to meet growing demand.
April 8, 2010 | By Barbara Demick
If it's not the Greatest Show on Earth, then the World Expo opening next month in Shanghai is surely the biggest, in keeping with China's striving to do everything on a gargantuan scale. The fairgrounds sprawl over 1,300 acres, twice the size of the historic world fairs held in Chicago in 1893 and New York in 1964. Up to 450,000 visitors can be admitted a day, five times as many as at Disneyland in Anaheim. Not to be outdone by rival Beijing, Shanghai has spent $45 billion on an Olympic-size makeover.
August 22, 1997
Re "County Fair Finds Itself the Butt of Controversy Over Tobacco Firm," Aug. 20: The Philip Morris spokeswoman says, "It's silly to think that anyone is going to start smoking because they attend a concert or see a sign." If Philip Morris truly believes that, then why not just give the L.A. County Fair the money and forgo the Marlboro signs and booths? What Philip Morris is doing at the county fair concerts is advertising, pure and simple--and advertising is, by nature, designed to get people to use the product.
October 5, 1986
It is distressing that the San Diego Symphony has not yet been able to solve its financial difficulties. Wasn't it only last year that we were all contributing to a call for help? Why is there another crisis? Cutting salaries of the musicians is a heartless way to overcome the problem and most unfair. We would urge the board to work toward a musicians contract that is fair, and with haste, as these people are unpaid during the crisis. ALBERT and MELBA WALLACK San Diego
August 2, 1998
Re "Fair Success Transcends Animal Attraction," July 27: While the number of animals at the Orange County Fair may have been down this year from previous years, I feel that the quality of animals has never been better. What caused the number of animals to decrease is the lack of buyers of animals at the Junior Livestock Auction. Each year the number of buyers for these quality animals decreases and the prices paid are lower and lower. It seems that most students only can break even at best.
March 25, 1995
Thank you for bringing attention to what many of my peers consider an unscrupulous attempt to perpetuate the sexist image of women in Hollywood--and in our society at large ("A Tribute or Demeaning Reflection?," Calendar, March 16). Being a writer, the first page I turned to in the "Hollywood" issue of Vanity Fair was the screenwriters' portrait. Imagine my dismay at seeing not one female face in the crowd. Vanity Fair rep Elise O'Shaughnessy explains that five female writers were invited but couldn't make it. Five women--versus more than 18 men. Gee, that's fair.
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