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June 20, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Contemporary art is going on tour, coming to a city near you. Proving that fashion and art remain the coziest of bedfellows, the Levi's  brand is partnering with multimedia artist Doug Aitken on “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening,” a new public art project kicking off in New York City on Sept. 6 that will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support museums around the country. Aitken is designing a train (and cool-looking kinetic sculpture, see rendering above)
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April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
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BOOKS
February 7, 1988
Reading Richard Eder's review of Primo Levi's "The Drowned and the Saved" (The Book Review, Dec. 27) moved me to write concerning my own reactions to Levi's suicide. None of the many articles and reviews I have read touched upon my own immediate conclusion, "Becoming a full-time professional writer and celebrity accomplished what the Nazis failed to do." It seems to me Levi's precarious tightrope walk across the abyss rested on the chemical, as it were, balance between survival, work, family and the need to witness and report.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco apparel company best known for its denim clothing, said it will remove 800 jobs as part of an effort to cut $175 million to $200 million in costs. The so-called global productivity initiative will roll out over the next 12 to 18 months, the company said Wednesday. The first phase is expected to result in $75 million to $100 million in savings, the company said. The job cuts, which will affect 20% of Levi's non-retail and non-manufacturing employee base, are to occur during the period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2000
Re "Cuban Teen Makes Revolutionary Choice," Aug. 22: Agustin Gurza tells us that Laura Pina is not your average Cuban kid. That is an understatement. Her mother is an American expatriate (a prize for Castro's Cuba) and her father is a member of one of Cuba's most famous musical groups. Laura did not have to go into the country to cut sugar cane as most Cuban youths are forced to do. She can afford to pay dollars to attend nightclubs and buy $70 Levi's. And she says it's getting awkward?
NEWS
May 17, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Among the several compelling elements of the British-made series "Design Classics" is how foreigners observe the mythic dimension in American business. Tonight's edition on Levi jeans (Channel 28, 10:30 p.m.) is a revealing case in point. Levi's brings together three American phenomena--the romantic image of the West, the existential, youthful loner and the turning of a product's name into a generic form, as in Jell-O, Kleenex or Xerox. Though the program misses this last aspect, it amusingly records how the marketing and design of Levi's sought to fuse legendary icons with a longed-for past (Tex Ritter winning a barroom brawl in his clean-pressed denims)
NEWS
February 20, 1993 | Associated Press
For black marketeers, it was a black day indeed: Levi Strauss & Co. opened its first store in the former Soviet Union on Friday, seeking to button up one of the world's most jeans-starved markets. Hundreds of perfectly legal customers pressed up against the windows and struggled to wriggle into the Levi's store when the doors opened at--what else?--5:01 p.m. An entire generation had scrounged for second-hand Levi 501s in hotels and tourist spots, or paid the high prices of black marketeers.
OPINION
September 29, 2003
Re "Levi, an American Icon, to Shut Last Plants in U.S.," Sept. 26: Now I finally understand the new economy that lawmakers, at the urging of special business interests, are shoving down our throats: have every single job held in India or China or some Third World country. Encourage Americans to keep on buying with credit until everything is lost to creditors. Then we may join our Third World brothers by happily sewing buttons on jeans, or operating a sneaker assembly line, for 40 cents a week.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1992
"The City Louvre," a documentary film offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at Paris' renowned museum, will be screened Tuesday at the L.A. County Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Also, an episode from the Louvre's "Palettes" video series will spotlight Veronese's "Feast in the House of Levi." Information: (213) 857-6139.
BOOKS
January 10, 1988
Reading Richard Eder's review of Primo Levi's "The Drowned and the Saved" (The Book Review, Dec. 27) moved me to write concerning my own reactions to Levi's suicide. None of the many articles and reviews I have read touched upon my own immediate conclusion: "Becoming a full-time professional writer and celebrity accomplished what the Nazi's failed to do." It seems to me that Levi's precarious tightrope walk across the abyss rested on the chemical, as it were, balance between survival, work, family and the need to witness and report.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and Sergei L. Loiko
WASHINGTON - In the most direct East-West confrontation since the Cold War, the White House and the European Union imposed sanctions against more than two dozen Russian and Ukrainian officials Monday and threatened more penalties if Moscow does not back down in Crimea. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree that recognized Crimea as "sovereign and independent" after Sunday's overwhelming vote there in favor of secession from Ukraine. Legislators in Crimea on Monday declared the region independent of Ukraine and set a course to formally join Russia: They adopted the Russian ruble as the official currency and began to nationalize assets of the Ukrainian government and state-owned companies.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Forget crunches. The V-up takes your abdominal workout to the next level. Orthopedist and fitness trainer Dr. Levi Harrison, who produced a DVD, "The Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout," shows how to work up to this advanced move in stages so you don't strain your lower back. What it does This intense move challenges all of the muscles in your core - front to back. What to do Start by lying down flat with your legs long, abdominals tucked in and back pressed into the floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials in Los Angeles County plan to offer a ballot measure next fall or in 2016 that would raise the county's sales tax by half a cent or extend the life of Measure R, the levy voters approved in 2008. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and multiple advocacy groups say more transportation money would help expand the region's fledgling rail network, improve complementary service on bus lines, and speed construction and repairs on rail lines and highways.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2013 | By Meg James
The gig: Carisa Bianchi is president of TBWAChiatDay, Los Angeles' largest advertising agency, which has about 520 employees and creates ads for Pepsi, Gatorade, Southwest Airlines, Adidas, Nissan, Jimmy Dean and Crate & Barrel. "Black sheep": Bianchi grew up in West Covina and graduated from West Covina High School. Her parents were educators, and her sister is a teacher. The "black sheep" of the family, Bianchi wanted to become a diplomat or a spy. "I thought I would go join the State Department, FBI or the CIA. I love political science and international relations," Bianchi said.
HEALTH
November 15, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Take your leg stretches to the next level with these moves demonstrated by orthopedist and fitness trainer Levi Harrison, developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. These two moves provide a 360-degree stretch of the leg muscles after a long workout. What it does By bringing the quadriceps stretch in front of your body, you stretch the inner and outer heads of the quadriceps as well. Add in a core-challenging hamstring stretch and your legs will feel loose and limber.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen. This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles - places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life.
NEWS
April 26, 1993 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While Dr. Michael Levi volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic, he saw one aspect of the lives of the poor and homeless with a podiatrist's eye: foot problems caused by poverty. "I saw a lot of patients who had poor shoe gear, and some not wearing socks," says Levi, 33, a Santa Monica podiatrist who founded the Venice clinic's foot-care unit in 1988. "They had problems that would easily be solved with the proper gear.
SPORTS
May 10, 1997
If President Clinton is really serious about making golf available to citizens who cannot afford fees, all he has to do is issue an executive order to open all courses operated by the military. After all, we, the taxpayers, support those facilities and I'm sure there are many tee times available. Doesn't this also fit the spirit of volunteerism? JOHN N. LEVI JR. Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- The state's political watchdog will announce a combined fine of $1 million -- the largest-ever for violating the state's campaign finance laws -- against a pair of nonprofit groups for funneling millions of dollars into a pair of ballot measure campaigns in 2012. The sanctions from the Fair Political Practices Commission will be announced at a news conference on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the investigation who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — Leaders from the medical device industry listened when President Obama vowed in 2009 that there would be shared sacrifice and "no sacred cows" to help pay for his healthcare law. But unlike the pharmaceutical industry, insurers and others at that healthcare summit, the device makers never shook hands on a deal. Instead, after a 2.3% tax on their revenue was included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, they started a drive to repeal it. Now, with Washington paralyzed in a government shutdown and a fight over the debt limit, the device makers have seized on the impasse as a chance for victory.
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