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December 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be?" Scrooge asks the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come in "A Christmas Carol. " That's pretty much how I feel about dire predictions for holiday travel that come out around this time each year, and I'm just as confused as Scrooge about whether they are "shadows" of what could be or what will be. Priceline, for example, calculated an average airfare for the holiday season by looking at a months' worth of airline tickets the company booked for travel between Dec. 16 and Jan. 3. The result: $473, a 14% increase from last year.
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December 17, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Bob Cratchit worked at Mega-Mart, which is to say, he worked all the hours his employer allowed him to work but never was allowed quite enough hours to make ends meet for his family, nor to reach that magic threshold that would have made him a real, full-time Mega-Mart employee, with all the benefits pertaining thereunto, such as they were. From week to week, Cratchit never knew whether he would have to arrive at work at the vast store in the dark hours of the early morning or leave work in the dark hours of the early morning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1993
Scrooge was hunkered over his computer contemplating his next merger, takeover and pension raid when his revelry was broken by his nephew's burst. "Merry Christmas, Uncle!" shouted the nephew filled with exuberance and good cheer. "Bah!" said Scrooge, taken aback by this sudden interruption. He turned to face his nephew with the scowl of the devil in his soul. "What is there to be merry about? The massacre in Oxnard? The massacre on the Long Island Rail Road? The Polly Klaas murder?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The chief executive of AEG referred to his own boss as a “paranoid scrooge” in an email exchange when the entertainment firm was preparing to promote Michael Jackson's anticipated comeback tour in 2009. Tim Leiweke, long the public face of AEG and an influential figure in Los Angeles, made the reference to Phillip Anschutz in a March 13, 2009, email to Randy Phillips, the chief executive of AEG Live, the company's concert arm. “Phil can be such a paranoid scrooge," Leiweke wrote, "He wants to know why I am so certain that none of our key folks are taking Michael Jackson tickets and scalping them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1985
Conrad's analogy of Scrooge's medical examination of Tiny Tim to the Social Security Disability Program (Dec. 10) is apropos. The situation is so analogous I don't think Conrad realizes how close he has come to the truth. The Social Security Administration paid its first disability benefits in 1956. At that time, only people who had disabilities of long, continued and indefinite duration or whose conditions were expected to end in death were paid. These were "America's throwaways" much like the unrepentant Scrooge referred to the work houses and prisons to aid the less fortunate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2003 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
It's the staging, not the material, that's challenging in Circle X's rich new holiday confection, "Marley's Ghost." Jeff Goode's play is a smart, engaging prequel to "A Christmas Carol" that stirs in some wicked whimsy a la Lewis Carroll but ultimately conveys the same inspirational message of hope and forgiveness as the original. Less forgiving is director Matthew Bretz's ambitious roving production on the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
NEWS
December 25, 1985 | Associated Press
Harry (Corky) Mizer, operator of a pest control firm, couldn't afford Christmas bonuses for his employees, so he bought 105 lottery tickets for them. One of the $1 tickets turned up a winner, and now Mizer and each of his employees is $1,000 richer. "I was jumping up and down," Mizer said. "But the guy who scratched off the winning ticket just looked at it for a long time before he said anything. Everybody expects me to be a Scrooge with a last name like mine."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2010
COMEDY "The Christmas Conspiracy!" Explore your inner Scrooge by attending the Upright Citizens Brigade's performance of "The Christmas Conspiracy!" It'll be a night of funny people acting as experts, scholars and intellectuals who reveal why Christmas is the greatest conspiracy of all time. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre , 5919 Franklin Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702; losangeles.ucbtheatre.com . MOVIES Cinefamily's Winter Solstice Nevermind Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus ?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1986 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Running out of gift ideas? Even the Scrooge on your list might be satisfied with one of this season's many holiday theater offerings. "Bah, humbug!" can be heard all over the Southland as Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" is brought to life in a number of adaptations, beginning with South Coast Repertory's seventh annual presentation of Jerry Patch's sumptuous musical at Costa Mesa.
MAGAZINE
April 20, 1986 | JIM SANDERSON, Jim Sanderson writes the Liberated Male column for Wednesday View.
The saleswoman was young and pretty, and as she handed the man his change, she smiled directly at him. "Have a good day," she said. He snorted with outrage, like Scrooge crying humbug. "I'm not having a good day, didn't yesterday and doubt I will tomorrow." Stalking away, he muttered, "Cliches aren't going to help." The saleswoman and I had to laugh, and then when she handed over my purchase, she hesitated. "How about, let's try to be happy today?" she ventured.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Pretty much all there is to say about "Scrooge and Marley" is that it is a gay-themed adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" made in Chicago. One can more or less imagine the entire film from there. The Ghost of Christmas Past tours Ben Scrooge (David Pevsner) through being kicked out of the house by his bigoted father on to finding acceptance within the local gay community. After becoming a successful nightclub owner, Scrooge and his partner, Jacob Marley (played as a ghost by "SNL" veteran Tim Kazurinsky)
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Who are the most generous givers in the country? It's not the clusters of rich folk in the Bel-Airs and the Hamptons of the U.S., according to a sweeping report on charitable donations this week. When groups of wealthy residents live in the same neighborhood, they tend to give a smaller share of their income than their less affluent counterparts, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy . Granted, those who earn $200,000 a year or more were responsible for 41% of all donations, according to the study of tax records.
SPORTS
December 24, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I show him the picture of the grandkids screaming and sobbing after Santa Claus tells the twins it's up to Jim Buss to bring them a Lakers' championship, and Jim Buss laughs. "Look at this one," Buss says pointing to the 7-Eleven Kid, who is standing there all smiles. Why should she be different from every other Clippers fan? And so it goes, the potshots flying, a guy on the radio calling him "stupid" and a blogger referring to him as an "idiot. " After all, Scrooge is ruining the Lakers, now aren't you?
OPINION
December 20, 2011 | By Rhoda Koenig
Ebenezer Scrooge took only one night to change his tune from "Bah! Humbug!" to "God bless us, every one!" Ambrose Bierce was made of sterner stuff. He reviled the holiday (and just about everything else) to the day he was last heard from, south of the border, on Dec. 26, 1913. Perhaps the greatest wit in American literature, and certainly its greatest cynic, Bierce defined Christmas in his satirical 1911 lexicon "The Devil's Dictionary" as "a day set apart and consecrated to gluttony, drunkenness, maudlin sentiment, gift-taking, public dullness and domestic misbehavior.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be?" Scrooge asks the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come in "A Christmas Carol. " That's pretty much how I feel about dire predictions for holiday travel that come out around this time each year, and I'm just as confused as Scrooge about whether they are "shadows" of what could be or what will be. Priceline, for example, calculated an average airfare for the holiday season by looking at a months' worth of airline tickets the company booked for travel between Dec. 16 and Jan. 3. The result: $473, a 14% increase from last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2010
COMEDY "The Christmas Conspiracy!" Explore your inner Scrooge by attending the Upright Citizens Brigade's performance of "The Christmas Conspiracy!" It'll be a night of funny people acting as experts, scholars and intellectuals who reveal why Christmas is the greatest conspiracy of all time. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre , 5919 Franklin Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702; losangeles.ucbtheatre.com . MOVIES Cinefamily's Winter Solstice Nevermind Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus ?
OPINION
November 15, 1987
The Times is to be commended for the editorial "An Embarrassment to Scrooge" (Oct. 27). When good news concerning social and domestic needs comes out of Washington, it's something to celebrate. Quick action by the legislature is correcting what Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York chooses to call the latest "terminal sleaze" out of the White House. Members of Congress have rescinded an Administration directive which reduces welfare benefits for the elderly, blind and disabled people who receive hot meals, blankets, shelter and other free aid from charitable groups.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010 | By Ramie Becker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Holiday time means a whole lotta "Nutcracker" around L.A., but it's not all exactly what you'd expect. Besides the tried-and-true versions, there's a hot chocolate "Nutcracker," a swing "Nutcracker," a marionette version and more ? plus great shows from the Radio City Rockettes, the county's 51st annual holiday celebration, film screenings and more. The following list should help you get out with the kids to see some live entertainment. Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Debbie Allen's "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" offers plenty to satisfy that sweet tooth ?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009
What a long way comics have come. Routinely vilified by parents half a century ago, they now "confidently [stride] into bookstores, museums, and universities," note Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly in their monumental "The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics " (Abrams ComicArts: 352 pp., $40), "cleverly disguised as the upwardly mobile 'graphic novel.' " Spiegelman and Mouly, of course, are two of the people most responsible for this cultural rehabilitation, with their journal Raw, in which Spiegelman published, in serial form, the stories that became his Holocaust tragicomic "Maus."
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