Oz in the News 12.27.10

Artist Michael Caines’ view: Karl Rove in a dress It’s hard to walk past the window of Manhattan gallery Mulherin Pollard Projects without stopping to admire Karl Rove, dressed as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”  In a painting titled “Perfect Happiness,” the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush wears a blue gingham dress and ruby slippers as he (she?) stands in a lush nighttime garden with one arm around the neck of a Bambi-like fawn.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WIZARD OF OZ in US Television Casting Talks Webber says “A couple of the networks in the US have wanted to build something around what I do on TV, and I think with Oz something is definitely going to happen there. The X Factor juggernaut is going to be huge there next year but other networks are looking for something to go against it. Once we’ve found a Dorothy in the US, my instinct is to open the show in Kansas [Dorothy’s home].”

Nike X (I)D Ruby Red Sneakers Designer Lauren Tennenbaum of (In)DecorousTaste fame, was contacted by Nike to rebuild a pair of running shoes with a skies the limit ceiling on creativity and out-there-ness. The result you see here….a tribute as it turns out to Dorothy from “Wizard Of Oz” and the imagined conclusion that she would have fared better in footwear more nimble than a pair of pumps.

Wizard of Ahhh! Catch burlesque ‘Friends of Dorothy’ at Galapagos next week This makeover of L. Frank Baum’s classic, a hit at the last Fringe Festival, may be campy, but it still follows the famous Dorothy, though the tornado transports her from Kansas to the land of Bras, where she and The Cowardly Pussy, a rapping Tin Man and aerialist Scarecrow, battle the Wicked Bitch of the West to prevent her treasured Ruby Red pasties from falling into the wrong hands.

Kara Patterson column: Fox Valley artists asked to step up for ‘Most Wicked Shoes’ project Coventry Glassworks & Gallery has issued a call for art from the community to decorate, manipulate or remake old shoes in the spirit of the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Entries, from both individuals and groups, can use either a single shoe or a pair of matched or mismatched shoes. Coventry will supply shoes to those who need them.

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