Oz in the News 12.5.16

Oz in the News 12.1.16

ggWhy Gilmore Girls’ Obsession with Oz Is the Key to A Year in the Life Literature-loving series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has made prior reference to Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Gilmore Girls. So it comes as no surprise that in “Fall,” the final episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Sherman-Palladino offers a direct analogy between Stars Hollow and Oz, and between Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Dorothy: a vision of Rory’s loss of innocence that mirror’s Dorothy’s experience in Oz. Sherman-Palladino echoes the language of The Wizard of Oz’s goodbye scene to frame Rory’s mournful departure as an allegory for her true blossoming into adulthood and loss of naiveté (and some would say privilege). Rory cares for her three companions, telling Robert, “Oh Robert, don’t cry, your eye will swell up terribly. Here, take your steak,” just as Dorothy said, “Oh, don’t cry. You’ll rust so dreadfully. Here’s your oil can.” Robert replies, just as the Tinman did, “Now I know I have a heart, because it’s breaking.” Sherman-Palladino also marks the importance of the Scarecrow, having Rory echo Dorothy by saying, “I think I’ll miss you most of all” to Finn. The once-brainless Scarecrow represents Rory’s naiveté and innocence, and also, perhaps, America’s pre-recession economic bliss; as she says goodbye to carefree times, she also says goodbye to her youthful idealism and her hope for a perfect career, family and romance. She knows now that all those things are flawed, and though Gilmore Girls fans have since decried this darker vision of Rory’s world, it’s the one that stands to teach her the most.

Oz in the News 11.30.16

panel-of-tiles-on-eberle-street-300x300Wizard of Oz theme lights up town Liverpool’s LGBT quarter has undergone a complete revamp inspired by the Wizard of Oz movie. The improvements in Eberle Street are part of a £1.6m scheme funded by the Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council to improve the commercial district and the pedestrian connections linking it to the retail sector. The district now boasts two bespoke designed Eberle Street signs along with LED lighting across the thoroughfare to compliment unique hexagon shapes displaying a yellow brick road and Emerald City from the iconic film.

Judy Garland Musical Weighs Post-Goodspeed Options Producers of the Judy Garland musical biography Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz are weighing their options after a ten-week run at Goodspeed Musicals before a hoped-for Broadway transfer. New York-based producer Tina Marie Casamento Libby told Playbill.com, “We are exploring all options, and we will let you know once we have plans firmed up. For now, we are enjoying the aftermath of a very successful run at the Goodspeed.” Libby had previously said that the show is aiming for an eventual Broadway opening.

Oz in the News 11.24.16

Oz in the News 11.20.16

la-nleitereg-1479426280-snap-photoCowardly Lion’s onetime lair seeks $22.8 million in Beverly Crest Originally built for Bert Lahr, the actor who played the Cowardly Lion in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” the traditional-style estate has a chain of ownership that includes the likes of Betty Grable, Harry James, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. The Osbournes and Paul McCartney are among other past occupants. There’s no yellow brick road, but rather a palm-lined drive that leads up to the entrance of the gated home, designed by architect-to-the-stars Paul R. Williams and built in 1941. Inside, living spaces styled by Ralph Lauren include scaled formal rooms, a lavish chef’s kitchen, seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three powder rooms. A lower level with a wood-paneled theater, a speakeasy-style bar and a two-lane bowling alley also lies within roughly 12,000 square feet of living space.

Oz in the News 11.18.16

Crowd funding for Wizard of Oz Scarecrow costume falls short Donors flocked like flying monkeys to the Smithsonian’s crowd-funding campaign to preserve a pair of ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” But they weren’t as generous when it comes to maintaining the Scarecrow costume from the beloved movie. A Kickstarter campaign for the slippers and the costume ended at midnight Wednesday, with donors pledging $349,000. The original goal was $300,000, and that total will go to the slippers. The National Museum of American History sought another $85,000 to preserve the Scarecrow costume, but that goal fell short. Museum spokeswoman Laura Duff says the Scarecrow costume will still be preserved. She says some donors gave directly to the museum instead of pledging to Kickstarter, and the museum is “committed to raising the additional funds necessary to complete the conservation.”

Oz in the News 11.16.16

Milton Art Installation 1 SA : Artist Michelle Maxwell who created the art installation for Pilton. Picture by Stewart Attwood                     All images © Stewart Attwood Photography 2016. All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

Picture by Stewart Attwood

Wonderful Wizard of Oz art project brightens up neighbourhood

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduate Michelle Maxwell was joined by some of the young people from Pilton Youth & Children’s Project to celebrate the completion of a ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed environmental art project which has transformed an unused green space in the heart of the Edinburgh neighbourhood. Michelle’s unique design for a ‘No Place Like Home’ weather vane inspired the youngsters to get involved to create an attractive planted space for the artwork featuring a yellow brick road for the community to enjoy. Michelle said: “The final design consisted landscaping of the green area into large humps such as the ones on the way to Oz and flowers were planted along the yellow brick path that was also installed, with help of the younger residents that lived there. The weather vane points in every direction of the surrounding houses saying ‘there’s no place like home’, to create a sense of pride and community within the estate.