Oz in the News 2.16.11

The Wizard of Coronado Personally, I don’t need to see where Baum wrote to feel his presence, either in Coronado or Hollywood. Whenever I find myself with my heart light and my imagination in overdrive, I remember the “Oz” books and the unforgettable places they took me as a child. This can happen at home, at school, and yes, even while crossing the bridge from San Diego to Coronado. It’s kind of our own Yellow Brick Road.

Over the rainbow Today is the anniversary of the birth of Harold Arlen. Arlen may be the most underrated and innovative of the composers at the heart of the canon of American popular song. Working with a variety of lyricists, from those in whom he brought out the best, such as Yip Harburg (“Over the Rainbow”) and Ted Koehler (“Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World On a String,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “When the Sun Comes Out”), to those who regularly scaled the heights, such as Johnny Mercer (“One for My Baby,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “This Time the Dream’s On Me”) and Ira Gershwin (“The Man that Got Away”), Arlen supplied the haunting melodies — bluesy tunes with a jazz feeling and a Jewish heart. He wrote an absurdly large number of great songs.

Flash mob created by some Dauphin County students The Susquehanna Township school district students created a flash mob at Strawberry Square to promote their upcoming musical “The Wizard of Oz”. The students appeared from different areas of Strawberry Square and came together in the center to dance and sing songs from the show for patrons.

St. John’s biggest fundraiser underway Relax the day away in the merry old land of Oz.  St. John the Baptist Catholic School is holding its 12th annual Benefit Gala Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Von Braun Center in the North Hall.  This year’s theme is An Evening in Oz, a setting inspired by the popular book and movie The Wizard of Oz.  The benefit gala is St. John’s largest event, with an average of 600 people attending and around $50,000 being raised every year.

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