Oz in the News 6.1.11

Oz-Stravaganza returning to Chittenango June 3-5  The celebration of Baum has evolved from a simple birthday cake to a three-day extravaganza featuring all things Oz related.  “The Wizard of Oz is something that if you’re 2 years old or you’re 92 years old, you enjoy,” Oz-Stravaganza co-Director Colleen Zimmer said. “Every generation can relate to it and enjoy it. It’s pretty special.”  The upcoming Oz-Stravaganza event will feature the grand-opening of a new year-round Oz exhibit organized by the event committee. At 211 Genesee St., the former video store, the exhibit will be divided into five sections featuring memorabilia about Baum, the MGM movie, other Oz works, Chittenango’s Oz history and Baum’s other works.

Famous Judy Garland Concert to Play in Theaters  Filmmaker Steven Lippman, along with “Howl’s” Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein are collaborating on a new film chronicling Judy Garland’s famous 1961 Carnegie Hall concert, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though there isn’t footage of the actual concert, the filmmakers are trying to capture the night as an experience, rather than documenting the performance. “It’s loomed so large that it’s easy to forget that this was something that happened in a kind of immediate way,” Friedman said.

Movie, TV and pop culture collectibles  What do TWO of the most popular films of all time… The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain have in common? Historical collector and owner Joe Maddelena joins us live via satellite to talk about the intricate world of collecting showbiz and pop culture memorabilia, including science fiction and fantasy props and costumes. Hollywood Treasure is a weekly documentary-reality series that delves into the intricate world of collecting of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia, including science fiction and fantasy props and costumes. The series follows Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world’s largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture collectibles.

They’re not in Kansas anymore – or in Oz  While folks assume she and her friends from Oz are part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, mean old Miss Grimshaw suspects they are from a place a little further away. She sends Billy the Kid to steal Dorothy’s ruby slippers, just in case she and her friends try to escape. Dorothy and the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion also run into Wild Bill Hickok and Annie Oakley during their travels. Good thing that the Wizard of Oz has his eye on all of them and can hopefully set things right again.

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