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July 11, 1987 | SUE MARTIN
The city of Solvang will sweeten its own Danish this week as it puts on the first Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Festival, Thursday through July 19. The four-day celebration honoring Denmark's brightest literary star will feature storytelling, mime, theater and special meals in Solvang restaurants. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), though author of many novels and plays, is best known for the 156 fairytales he wrote between 1835 and 1872.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Director Sofia Coppola has frequently explored the ennui and existential crises of the beautiful and well-to-do, including Scarlett Johansson's drifting college graduate in "Lost in Translation," Kirsten Dunst's stifled princess in "Marie Antoinette" and Stephen Dorff's blase actor in "Somewhere. " Now she is negotiating to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," the story of a sea creature chafing against her life of looking lovely and swimming aimlessly about, according to Deadline Hollywood . Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands")
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August 9, 1987 | ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press
The son of the shoemaker and the washerwoman is born in poverty, so ugly that he has no friends. But he is watched by a guardian angel and grows up to become wealthy and famous. It turns out that he is really the child of a king. A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen? Perhaps not. New research supports the theory that this was the secret, real-life story of Andersen, creator of "The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes" and other tales.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013 | By Susan Josephs
John Neumeier doesn't know "who started the rumor" that all children should avoid seeing his ballet "The Little Mermaid. " But he suspects that the culprits might be big fans of the exuberant 1989 animated Disney film that made the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale synonymous with spunky, red-haired Ariel and the crab Sebastian singing "Under the Sea. " "My ballet doesn't have the sweet aftertaste of the Disney film, and there are moments of...
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May 11, 1990 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
It takes more than a couple of flippers to trip up true love. That, in a clamshell, is the premise behind "The Mermaid and the Prince," the latest children's theater offering from the Peter Pan Players of Laguna Hills at the Iglesia Park Community Room. This one-hour romp, based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" fairy tale, follows the adventures of a headstrong sea nymph who trades her fins for feet in a bid for a handsome prince. A familiar story?
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October 13, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER FOLLETT, REUTERS
Was Hans Christian Andersen simply a talented writer of children's fairy tales, or should adults be probing his works for deeper meanings? Danish academics, believing there is more to their country's greatest author than most readers realize, held an international conference here to consider his work in an adult perspective--and were surprised at the results.
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February 4, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
In 1840, three years after the publication of "The Little Mermaid" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," Hans Christian Andersen received a royal grant that enabled him to travel to the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The diary from that journey has the unassuming appeal of his better stories. Andersen had a sharp eye for the details of daily life in other countries, but his observations are restricted to a personal level.
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August 27, 2000 | PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar
Last spring at New York's Lyceum Theatre, an actor in a flying harness came swirling out from the wings, tumbling and flipping across the stage in a simulated act of drowning. As he undulated lifelessly just off the stage floor, three "mermaids" came to the rescue. They gathered up the man in their arms, carrying him aloft until they disappeared into the wings. The stunning tableau was part of a flying workshop for "Hans Christian Andersen," the new musical opening Sept.
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July 21, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One statue, a stuffy museum and a one-room cottage now dwarfed by a parking garage are the sum total of tributes to Denmark's greatest literary light in this city that was Hans Christian Andersen's birthplace and inspiration. Stratford-upon-Avon this is not. There are no annual festivals staging his plays, nor readings of his enchanting stories about the ugly duckling, the little mermaid or the boy who blew the whistle on the emperor's new clothes.
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October 21, 1993 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An emperor of ancient China learns to follow his heart in "The Nightingale," a story from Hans Christian Andersen. A fast-paced and colorful dramatization is being presented for young children by the Cal Lutheran University drama department, in its 27th year of association with the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American Assn. of University Women. The people of China love their emperor, but are less enthusiastic by his overwhelming need for material possessions.
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June 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Little Mermaid, meet Han, a polished steel hunk who also perches on a rock overlooking a famous Danish harbor. And he blinks (or is he winking at you?) once an hour. The two sculptures are cities apart -- the Little Mermaid overlooks Copenhagen while Han gazes out from Helsingoer about 28 miles to the north -- but share a common size and look. And that's likely the point: Han, which means "him" in Danish, hopes to draw as many tourists to his town, a.k.a. Elsinore, thanks to Shakespeare, as the century-old Little Mermaid does to hers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
When David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion" had its premiere a few years ago, there was every reason for the L.A.-born composer to celebrate. Equally inspired by Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" and Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Little Match Girl," Lang's piece is a rare bird in contemporary classical music: a broadly accessible work on which critics as well as the public bestow their blessings. Minimalist in form and quasi-medieval in its sublime austerity, "Little Match Girl Passion" was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music and is being performed this year from New York and London to Nashville and Chicago.
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December 13, 2009 | By Jamie James
The Complete Fairy Tales Charles Perrault Translated from the French by Christopher Betts Oxford University Press: 256 pp., $29.95 There's no reliable way to score the game, but it's at least arguable that the European fairy tale has been the source for more popular entertainments than any other narrative tradition -- more than Greek tragedy, the Bible, the Arabian Nights, even the plays of Shakespeare. The enchanted world has inspired works as various as Rossini's Cinderella opera ("La Cenerentola")
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October 29, 2008 | Associated Press
"The Little Snow Girl" is being dressed by a queen. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II on Tuesday unveiled costumes she designed for a Christmas ballet based on the classic Russian folk tale. The outfits are dominated by baby-blue traditional Russian dresses, cream shirts with flower motifs, golden head scarves and black Russian hats. Margrethe, 68, a prolific graphic artist and scenographer, has previously designed costumes and sets for several plays, including adaptations of stories by fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
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July 20, 2008 | Chris Erskine
Dear Santa, I know it's been a while -- 45 years maybe -- since I've written. I also know it's your off-season. How are the Hamptons? Those New Yorkers driving you nuts yet? Listen, I have a serious reason for writing. I'm here in Alaska for a few days and discovered a disturbing trend. Dude, they're eating your herd. At breakfast, there's reindeer sausage. At lunch, reindeer hot dogs. Dinner is reindeer soup or stew. I never knew they even served that stuff, did you? Did Rudolph?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2007 | KEVIN CRUST
We're so accustomed to the experience of entering a dark room to watch the flicker of light on a wall, it's easy to forget how inherently surreal it is. And when the images themselves are surreal, the effect can be mind-blowing. (No, that's not an endorsement of controlled substances.) This weekend, LACMA wraps the cinema component of its Dali-inspired series with a trio of "Surrealist Favorites From Hollywood" that work some strangely inspired elements into classical mid-20th century style.
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April 10, 1994 | SUSAN REYNOLDS
THE AMAZING PAPER CUTTINGS OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Beth Wagner Brust. (Ticknor & Fields: $15.95; 80 pp.) As if he didn't do enough for us, the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), author of "Thumbelina," "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" and more than 150 other stories, was also the creator of these graceful, childlike, willowy paper cuttings.
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December 26, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
More cartoon music: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (who penned the tunes for "Little Shop of Horrors") have written seven original songs for "The Little Mermaid," Disney's next animated feature, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. The vocal cast includes Pat Carroll, Andrew Stevens and Broadway actress Jody Benson. About two-thirds of the animation has been completed on the film, which is due out for Christmas '89.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2007
Concert update: The band Silverchair has postponed tonight's concert at the Wiltern in L.A. and Sunday's at the House of Blues in Anaheim, saying singer Daniel Johns has laryngitis. The House of Blues' show has been rescheduled for Nov. 14, and the Wiltern for Nov. 20. -- Royal touch: Denmark's Queen Margrethe has added a royal touch to "The Tinder Box," a ballet opening in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens today: She designed the costumes and sets.
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April 3, 2005 | Jerry Griswold, Jerry Griswold teaches at San Diego State University and is the author of "The Meanings of 'Beauty & the Beast.'"
Born in Denmark on April 2, 1805, Hans Christian Andersen is being honored with festivals, exhibits, symphonies and theatricals in a yearlong worldwide celebration of his bicentenary (www.hca2005.com). Timed to these events, "Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life," by Jens Andersen (no relation to Hans Christian) lives up to its subtitle's promise. Those who know the writer only from Danny Kaye's cheery screen presentation may be shocked.
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