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January 4, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
At the Mermaid, the seaside bar and restaurant he presided over for half a century, Boots Thelen once gave the heave-ho to a Brazilian soccer team and its fans because their celebratory songs and samba didn't agree with him. He threw out at least one Hermosa Beach mayor. He even tossed out a Girl Scout because he didn't want her peddling cookies. "It was almost a rite of passage having Boots throw you out," said Richard Koenig, president of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society.
February 17, 2008
"Mr. Popper's Penguins" Richard and Florence Atwater Mr. Popper is obsessed with the Antarctic. He is also obsessed with a group of Arctic explorers. He sends a letter to one of the Arctic explorers, who sends him back a package. Mr. Popper opens the package and he is happy to find a penguin packed in ice. His kids think having an Arctic bird will be fun. The penguin explores every single inch of every room in the house. The penguin keeps on saying GOOK-GOOK-GOOK, so Mr. Popper names him Captain Cook, because it sounds like "cook.
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf. Danish police removed the clothing after a caller reported it, a spokesman said. The statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue's face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
April 12, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has enchanted theatergoers around the world with its signature mix of eye-catching puppetry and staged children's literature. The company's latest touring show features a trio of beloved Leo Lionni stories: "Inch by Inch," "Frederick" and "Swimmy." The large-scale production of Lionni's tales features vivid colors, evocative sets and music, and whimsical critters manipulated by a small team of skillful puppeteers.
January 19, 2007 | From Associated Press
After 13 years, "Beauty and the Beast" will close on Broadway this summer, making way for another Disney favorite, "The Little Mermaid," a stage version of the 1989 animated film. It will open in December. By the time it ends its run July 29 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, "Beauty and the Beast" will have played 5,464 performances and 46 previews, surpassing the runs of such musicals as "42nd Street," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Hello, Dolly!" "The Little Mermaid," which will open Dec.
September 7, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Disney musicals are popping up all over. The studio's theatrical division, hoping to repeat the success it enjoyed with "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast," is developing a stage version of the animated movie hit "The Little Mermaid." The production will open next summer at the Caulkins Opera House in Denver and feature the songs from the film by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus nine new songs by Menken and Glen Slater. Meanwhile, Playbill.
May 7, 2006 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
"IT'S not a mermaid story, " says spookmeister M. Night Shyamalan, debunking a widespread myth that his upcoming "Lady in the Water" would involve anything as prosaic as a Daryl Hannah wannabe. "A mermaid is just one story of hundreds of stories of creatures that lived in the water. There have been stories of entities that lived in the water since the time of Babylon. In some of these stories from earlier times, these entities would lure boats to the rocks and crash them.
March 3, 2006 | Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Even if you're in the mood for a mermaid movie, "Aquamarine" probably won't splash its way into your heart. Like its title heroine, it's sparkly, pretty and flirty -- but often all wet. This incessantly perky teen-targeted film, in which two 13-year-old best girlfriends encounter a glamorous, seemingly teenage sea-creature in their Florida beach town pool during what may be their last summer together, is almost terminally cute.
June 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 13-month-old girl known as Peru's "Little Mermaid" was alert and healthy Friday two days after her fused legs were surgically separated. Milagros Cerron was born with a rare defect called mermaid syndrome, or sirenomelia. Before the four-hour operation, Milagros' legs moved separately but were trapped in a sack of tissue and fat down to her heels. "She is in very good spirits and she's strong," said Dr. Luis Rubio, who led the surgical team.
June 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Surgeons began a delicate operation late Tuesday on Peru's "little mermaid," a baby born with her legs fused from her thighs to her ankles. The surgery was the first of three planned to repair the rare birth defect. Thirteen-month-old Milagros Cerron giggled and played on her hospital bed ahead of the surgery. She is about the size and weight of a normal 6-month-old. The operation was to last four to six hours, said Dr. Luis Rubio, leader of a team of 11 surgeons.
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