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October 10, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Honk!" gives the Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Ugly Duckling" an English music hall treatment. Its most ruthlessly appealing scene features a horde of children dressed as frogs, singing about love and acceptance. I haven't heard so much awwwww-ing since Sandy the dog ran onstage at the end of "Annie." It's not a frog show in the main; it's a bird show. Last year "Honk!" won the Olivier Award for best musical over "Mamma Mia!" and "The Lion King." (It's a funny old world.
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March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Friday is the final day of a massive sale from Ugly Duckling Presse. Although sales often feature individual items at a discount, Ugly Duckling Presse is taking a different approach: It's offering a package of 70 titles. All you need to get it is $300. That's a chunk of change, but it also means that the prices of those books average out to less than $5 apiece. The 70 books comprise all of the full-length books the independent publisher has in print, which includes several deluxe books and oversize editions.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1994 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, S. Irene Virbila is The Times' restaurant critic.
As the name of a restaurant, Ti Amo (I Love You) is sure to send Italians into fits of giggles. However, it's no more silly than Ti Baccio (I Kiss You), Linguini Grill or Viva la Pasta--all names of real restaurants, I swear it. Ti Amo, which opened at the beginning of April, is a romantic Italian place in South Laguna.
NEWS
July 25, 2002 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ya ought not to make fun of this little feller....Ya never know what the world has in store." The "Ugly Duckling," cowboy style. That western twist on a fairy tale classic is just part of what's in store for audiences at the Occidental Children's Theater's latest summer frolic, the "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Duckling," funny folk tales mixed with zingy physical comedy for the whole family.
SPORTS
August 5, 1987 | ANN KILLION, Times Staff Writer
It was Picture Day at Charger training camp and Rick Neuheisel was being given a hard time about his shiny uniform pants. It seems he'd gotten the odd pair in the barrel. Neuheisel laughed along with the players who teased him, and admitted he would rather be in the plain white pants everyone else was wearing. "You like to blend in," he said. Neuheisel, 26, is still trying to look a little taller, a little quicker, a little more like the kind of guy you'd entrust your offense to in the big game.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Did you hear the one about the ugly duckling? You will, if you see "Everything's Ducky," a very loose musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story at La Mirada Theatre. It's a bright, boisterous combination of jokes, shtick, ingeniously cartoonish design, digs at contemporary culture, a few excellent musical comedy songs . . . and a convoluted narrative that's a little too fuzzy around the edges.
BOOKS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999 | Judy Silber, (714) 966-5988
Ugly Duckling Car Sales will have a grand opening for a new dealership from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 11792 Beach Blvd. A used-car sales business, the Ugly Duckling officially opened on July 17, taking over a lot formerly occupied by a Burger King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
The house is packed. The opening curtain is minutes away. The pressure is on. You'd think the actors would be knotted up with jangled nerves. But no. Not this troupe of thespians. They're on a backyard trampoline in a nice little Artesia neighborhood, and the suburban air is perfumed with aromas from nearby Indian restaurants. Half the cast is rising up like rockets, led by the boy who plays Charlie Brown, the other half falling back down to earth. No jitters. No worries.
REAL ESTATE
August 12, 2007 | Kathy Price-Robinson, Special to The Times
Daniel Curet was a contented apartment dweller looking for an Eastside investment property a few years ago when his plans took a sudden turn on a narrow, winding road in Lincoln Heights. There, he and his partner, Andrew Zygmunt, came across a bland, worn-at-the-edges duplex perched on a weedy hillside lot. The house was so large, at nearly 3,000 square feet, and the views of downtown so striking, that a new idea emerged: "We could really live here," Curet recalled thinking.
AUTOS
March 22, 2006 | DAN NEIL, Contact automotive critic Dan Neil at dan.neil@latimes.com.
THE 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR is the fastest ugly car in the world. I mean that in the nicest possible way. After all, making ugly fast is no small feat. Fast cars are typically low-slung, wide and rakish, aerodynamically optimized in the wind tunnel for high speeds and stability. Our innate sense of aesthetics responds to this kind of sleek-ifying in the same way we recognize a cheetah, a porpoise or a peregrine falcon as beautiful.
BOOKS
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.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2004 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
There's Napa, the valley. And then there's Napa, the city. Napa, the valley, is the realm of chef Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Yountville and Francis Ford Coppola's Niebaum-Coppola winery in Rutherford, of the luxe Meadowood resort in St. Helena and the mud baths of Calistoga. And Napa, the city? That's been another story. What I remembered most from visits years ago were empty storefronts and a polluted river that flooded. Polite people called the place scruffy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2003 | John Clark, Special to The Times
On a snowy afternoon here, actress Toni Collette is half an hour late for an appointment, prompting her to say, "You've been sitting here so long. You look so bored. Do you want to talk about something else?" Her concern is disconcerting. Actors are accustomed to talking about themselves -- it would seldom occur to most of them to talk about something else. Collette, however, seems open to anything. At least that's the way she comes across during a conversation at a swanky, pseudo-anonymous lower Manhattan hotel lobby.
SPORTS
September 6, 2003
I've heard people say Penn State looks like army ants in those bland uniforms. I've listened to commentators say how bland and ugly the Cleveland Browns' uniforms are. But never have I seen such an atrocious uniform in any team sport as the one worn by the Oregon Ducks. Tim Jensen Redondo Beach
NEWS
September 4, 2003 | Kevin Bronson; Andrew Asch
Andy Cooper of the Long Beach rap crew Ugly Duckling couldn't have imagined that hip-hop fans would embrace a concept album. But fans seem to like the flavor of "Taste the Secret," which reached No. 1 on CMJ's hip-hop charts in late July. "Secret's" story follows the experiences of customers at two neighboring yet different fast-food restaurants: Meat Shake and Veggie Hut.
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