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August 6, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Halfway through the maiden season of the Hollywood Bowl's World Festival '99, the series is beginning to look like a distinct success. The Bowl has just released figures that place the brand-new world music program in a highly favorable position compared to similar events around the country. WOMAD, the Seattle world music festival founded by Peter Gabriel, drew 32,000 attendees for a three-day program last month. World Festival '99 has drawn 33,431 over four nights.
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May 11, 2000 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The organizers of Los Angeles' Israeli Independence Day Festival sparked a controversy several years ago when they decided to include a fashion show at their annual celebration. This wouldn't have caused much dissent had the decision not been made to showcase swimsuits along with other, less revealing attire.
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April 28, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS and ERIK SANJURJO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nothing says fun like an 11-year-old girl whaling the heck out of a pinata. With a series of whacks worthy of attention from Dodger scouts, Maria Castillo delivered her wrath on a purple cardboard satellite hanging over a small crowd at the Fiesta Broadway street fair in downtown Los Angeles, spilling candy onto the ground and sending an appreciative murmur rippling through the ranks of her awed supporters.
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May 5, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came, thousands of them, to taste and celebrate a bit of 19th century Mexican history that reverberates today. On Olvera Street in downtown L.A., people jammed the narrow passageways between the shops, eyeing gifts, sampling delicacies and moving to the rhythm of mariachi music. Sunday marked the finale of weekend celebrations for Cinco de Mayo--a day that represents the 1862 victory of the Mexican army against the better armed French.
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May 5, 1996 | JEFF BRAZIL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cruising at the Cinco de Mayo festival on downtown's Olvera Street. Food. Lots of it. Tamales. Tortas. La Pizza Loca. Churros. Cajun sausage. Ice cold papaya. "The food is great because it's authentic," says George, 18, of Los Angeles. "And there is a lot to choose from." Rides. As far as the eye can see. The Gravitron. The Love Wheel. The Berry Go Round. The Dare Gate. The Raiders. The Tilt-a-Whirl.
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October 22, 1994 | DARIN ESPER
Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts are expected at Travel Town this weekend, with half coming along just for the ride. It's the park's 23rd annual Sidecar Rally. Event organizer Doug Bingham expects at least 300 motorcycle sidecars of various vintages from as far away as England and Japan. It is the oldest sidecar rally in the country and one of the biggest, he said.
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October 30, 1992 | AURIANA KOUTNIK
The annual Harvest Festival, a Pierce College tradition that was canceled last year for the first time in 45 years, will return Saturday. After the agricultural department decided not to hold the event in October because of what it saw as a lack of enthusiasm, the Associated Students Organization and the Coalition to Preserve and Revitalize the Pierce College Farm took over its sponsorship. "We wanted to keep the tradition alive," said coordinator Margo Murman, coalition chairwoman.
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April 17, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Song, dance and comedy performances from African peoples will highlight the African Tour at the Panorama Mall. The free festivities, to be held in the mall's center court today, will bring together arts, crafts and cultural entertainment from Africa, South America and the Caribbean Islands. African-American themes will also be included. "The idea is to bring cultural attitudes to different people so we can understand who we all are," said Louise Marquez, the mall's marketing director.
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July 28, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A nonprofit group dedicated to vegetarianism will hold a food and music festival Sunday in Woodley Park. The event sponsored by Towards Freedom will include celebrity appearances, speakers, vegan food booths, live music, pet adoptions and children's performers. The Jazz Crusaders will headline. The celebrity lineup includes Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Nealon and Linda Blair.
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