January 9, 2013 |
Actress Elizabeth Banks, notable last year in "The Hunger Games," "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "People Like Us," is on tap to help celebrate the launch of the limited-edition BabyGap Peter Rabbit Collection at The Grove on Saturday. Banks is slated to do a reading of "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit," Emma Thompson's sequel to the Beatrix Potter classic. The event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Gap at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.
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November 15, 2012 |
Lucille Bliss, who provided the voice of the cartoon character Crusader Rabbit in the early days of television and gained recognition a generation later as the voice of Smurfette in the 1980s television hit "The Smurfs," has died. She was 96. Bliss died Nov. 8 from natural causes at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner. Bliss parlayed a childhood love of radio theater into a career as an animation voice actress that stretched more than 60 years.
October 9, 2012 |
War is hell on mothers. That's the impassioned intel from “Year of the Rabbit,” Keliher Walsh's wrenching, lyrical roundelay of nurture and destruction, being given its world premiere by Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles at the Atwater Village Theatre. On Hana S. Kim's minimalist set, a thicket of bamboo poles slash the stage, evoking the jungles of Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and Washington, D.C., flashpoints of America's anxious imperialism. In the late 1960s, JC (Meshach Taylor)
August 26, 2012
Adults know veteran actress Emma Thompson for her Oscar-winning performance in "Howards End" and other grown-up film fare, but their kids may be more familiar with her as "Nanny McPhee" or Professor Sybill Trelawney in "Harry Potter" or the voice of Queen Elinor in "Brave. " This fall, the 53-year-old actress hopes to reach an even younger audience with her picture-book debut, "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit," which takes the impish, ever-nibbling bunny beyond Mr. McGregor's garden and into the Scottish countryside for an adventure involving an overgrown radish and a giant, kilt-wearing rabbit.
August 17, 2012 |
In big cities, altering zoning regulations is like trying to change the official language. But in the town of North Haven, Conn., a rabbit has managed to, um, jumpstart the process in remarkable time. Late last month, Sandy, a Flemish Giant rabbit weighing in at 20 pounds -- not an atypical girth for this breed -- and owner Joshua Lidsky and family were sent a letter from a zoning officer informing them that rabbits and livestock could not be kept on property, such as theirs, that measured less than two acres. But what started as a local dust-up between a local resident and town officials turned into a viral tale of furry heartbreak, with TV news footage of the languid lapin being cuddled by Lidsky's doting 7-year-old daughter, Kayden, going national and the North Haven Town Hall barraged with calls and emails in support of the rabbit.
May 18, 2012 |
Successful, micro-targeted neighborhood music festivals have been proliferating — including Make Music Pasadena, the Eagle Rock Music Festival, Venice's Abbott Kinney Music Festival and Echo Park's Culture Collide — and now we can now add "The Nice Stretch of West Hollywood That's West of Fairfax Avenue but East of the Sunset Strip Festival. " Sunday's festival is actually called the Hudson Block Party, and for a second year the classy-casual bar and restaurant that throws it has booked an unexpectedly buzzy bill of local and national acts, including White Rabbits, LP and Haim.