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In brief for June 21, 2006

In brief for June 21, 2006

It's in the stars--time to marry! Weddings are booming in China and the Chinese community worldwide as couples rush to tie the knot this year. A quirk in the lunar calendar leading to a "double spring" bodes well for starting a family, the Wall Street Journal says. Wedding registrations are double what they were a year ago in Shanghai, a pattern echoed for wedding planners serving New York's Chinese community ...

Spending less on lighting The advent of LED (light-emitting diode) technology is revolutionizing event lighting. "The amount of electricity needed to light an event can be decreased significantly with the use of this power-efficient technology," notes James Shipper, vice president of Culver City, Calif-based Kinetic Lighting. "This translates to smaller generators--and in some cases, no generators." For the full story, see the July issue of Special Events Magazine ...

Sao Paulo's shows its pride More than 2.4 million gathered in Sao Paolo, Brazil, last weekend for the 10th annual Gay Pride Parade, CNN reports, with organizers claiming it is the largest of its kind in the world. Boosting participation--the event also turned into a cheering festival for Brazil's World Cup team ...

Big art news Despite jitters about economies worldwide, last week's Art Basel fair, in Basel, Switzerland, is expected to bring in $300 million. With 55,000 visitors to 300 stands, Art Basel is the world's biggest modern and contemporary art fair.

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