Oz in the News 5.14.11

State legislators sing their way through Emerald City  State legislators dressed up like characters from “The Wizard of Oz” for their biennial Capitol Capers musical, titled “Welcome to Emerald City, IL,” Wednesday night at the Hilton Springfield.

Boston Pops Open Season With Help From YouTube  To open the Boston Pops’ 2011 season Wednesday night, Broadway’s Linda Eder will pay tribute to Judy Garland on stage with a little help from YouTube.  Amateur singers’ versions of “Over the Rainbow,” submitted to the Pops via YouTube or email over the past few months, will be part of a collage screened over the stage at Symphony Hall.  According to conductor Keith Lockhart, “all talent levels, all ages and various takes on things” are represented in the video. He estimates that the Pops collected “a couple hundred videos.”

The Royal Historian Of Oz: The Astrology Of L. Frank Baum  His Oz characters are complex and engaging. While each can be heavily associated with an astrological sign archetype they also branch off into subtlety. With a Taurus sun conjunct Uranus Baum’s writing is that of a man both pleasant and staid but with a will to innovate. Many of the technologies Baum wove into his stories came to pass years after he wrote of them.

What do the Wizard of Oz and sustainability have in common?  We have just begun work on a new project with ad agency JWT focusing on the inter-generational equity core of the sustainability agenda, and I have been playing with possible narratives. One that came to mind a few weeks back was The Wizard of Oz – and the more I wore the hermit crab hat, the richer the potential associations became.

Oz Fest in need of sponsors  It’s a well known event across the country for any fan of the Wizard of Oz. The 33rd annual Oz-Stravaganza in the village of Chittenango is a little more than three weeks away. Our Brad Vivacqua is in Chittenango this morning and has more on a special effort there.

On Location: Michigan gets ‘Oz’ wish as uncertainty looms over film tax credit program  Burbank-based Disney decided to proceed with the film after receiving assurances from state officials that its previously approved $40-million tax credit would not be affected.   That was welcome news to Los Angeles-based Raleigh Studios, which has just opened a $76-million studio in Pontiac, Mich., where “Oz” will begin filming in August. The production will fill up most of the studio’s seven stages.

‘Little Oscar’ inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame  Many people know the late Meinhardt Raabe for his one time role as the coroner in “The Wizard of Oz,” but Thursday afternoon he was honored for his life time role as “Little Oscar, The World’s Smallest Chef.”  The Wisconsin Livestock and Meat Council inducted Raabe into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Sheraton in Madison. Raabe’s sister, Marion Ziegelmann, of Water-town, and several of her relatives attended the event to accept the award.

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