Oz in the News 6.17.11

Famous Children’s Illustrations Expected to Delight Collectors  Perhaps one of the most well-recognized and loved characters of children’s literature, Winnie the Pooh, will be featured in illustrations highlighting the Bonhams and Butterfield auction in New York. One original Winnie the Pooh is expected to sell for as much as $150,000.  The 261 lots are on public exhibit from June 18 to 21 in New York leading up to the sale on June 22.  Enthusiasts will be greeted with drawings and illustrations by artists such as Ernest Howard Shepard (Winnie the Pooh), John Rea Neill (The Oz Books), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Hilary Knight (Eloise), Garth Williams (Charlotte’s Web), Eric Carle, and many others.

Judy Garland: The Television Years  The Paley Center for Media will present the first comprehensive retrospective of Judy Garland’s career on television, celebrating some of the incomparable entertainer’s most notable, as well as most rarely seen, appearances in the medium. This series is coordinated and produced in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center who will be screening Garland’s motion picture work July 26 to August 9, 2011.

Singer Andy Williams to be honored during Grand Rapids’ Judy Garland Festival  Young Andy Williams spent time in Judy Garland’s presence just after she stepped off the yellow brick road. As a teen, the pop singer was a member of the chorus for various Garland film projects at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she had gone after she shed her sisters and built her solo singing and acting career. “Like everybody in the world, I thought she was the greatest thing,” Williams said in a phone interview from his theater in Branson, Mo. “She was absolutely wonderful.” Williams, 83, will receive a lifetime achievement award during the 36th annual Judy Garland Festival this weekend in Grand Rapids. He will appear for a book signing from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at the Judy Garland Historic House and later that night will be honored at an event at Wendigo Lodge, where he will show footage of Garland when she appeared on “The Andy Williams Show” in the 1960s and answer questions.

Kansas City MC says playful ‘Pac taunts like ‘How’s Dorothy and Toto?’ sparked concept for ‘He’s a Mental Giant’ clip  Strange music indeed. In Tech N9ne‘s latest music video, “He’s a Mental Giant,” the Kansas City, Missouri, rapper puts a hip-hop twist on the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” While Tech says that the clip’s concept came from director Dan Gedman, he also credits Tupac with helping to spark the idea. Of course, Tech hails from the Missouri city, not the state of Kansas, where “Oz” is set. Regardless, the “Mental Giant” clip shows Tecca Nina looking into a crystal ball as another incarnation of the MC wanders through a fantasy world. Throughout his journey, Tech avoids various pitfalls like lustful women and an alien air-raid before escaping in a hot-air balloon made of stone.

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