Oz in the News 4.22.11

Brain Collector Seeks Trump-Like Donors to Probe How Personality Is Formed   One potential donor is 92-year-old Bette Ferguson, who says she worked as an extra on the “Wizard of Oz” movie and, at one point, was strapped into a flying monkey suit when another actor wasn’t available. Her donation allows researchers to study a person whose memory remains perfectly intact, even at an advanced age, Annese said.  Ferguson was born on a World War I troop ship as it sailed back to the U.S., she said in a telephone interview. She recalls vivid details from each of her five marriages.  “I have five children and that’s my legacy, and that’s pretty good,” Ferguson said yesterday, explaining why she decided to sign up for the UC San Diego program. “If I can do more by donating my brain, why not?”

36th ANNUAL JUDY GARLAND FESTIVAL 2011  The complete schedule of events, celebrities and entertainment for the annual Grand Rapids festival.

NAC Orchestra: Linda Eder stars in A Tribute to Judy Garland  In the fifth CTV Pops concert of the NAC Orchestra’s 2010-11 season, NAC Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads the National Arts Centre Orchestra and special guest Linda Eder in A Tribute to Judy Garland. This concert takes place in Southam Hall on Thursday May 5, Friday May 6, and Saturday May 7, 2011 at 8 p.m. Be wowed by Judy Garland’s most unforgettable hits as Linda Eder performs some of the most popular musical highlights from Meet Me in St. Louis, Dancing in the Dark, Gigi, Annie Get Your Gun, and, of course, The Wizard of Oz.

We’re off to see a whole new `Wizzard’   A new take on L. Frank Baum’s classic tale “The Wizard of Oz” takes center stage on Saturday for one performance only at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts.  Written for the stage by Rialto native LaQuette Milner, “Da’ Hip-Hop Wizzard of Oz” modernizes the tale to depict Dorothy as an average teenager who hopes to become a star.  The idea came to Milner in 2003 while driving from Bakersfield to San Bernardino, she said.  “It was like I was hit by lightning and I thought to myself, `Wouldn’t it be great to have a hip-hop version of `The Wizard of Oz?”‘

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