Oz in the News 9.23.11

“Wizard of Oz” ruby slippers up for auction A pair of “ruby slippers” believed to have been worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz is expected to fetch at least $2 million at auction in December. The shoes are one of four sets that were created for the actress for the 1939 film. They are marked “#7 July Garland,” have leather soles painted red and are described as in mint condition but with light scuffs on the soles, notes Reuters.  The “crystal ball” used by the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz is also being auctioned by Profiles in History. It is expected to generate between $40,000 and $60,000. And in yet another auction — this one of Debbie Reynolds‘ memorabilia collection — Garland’s original blue and white gingham test dress with puff-sleeved white blouse from the first two weeks of Oz filming, plus the matching ruby slippers in the “Arabian test” pattern are up for sale.

Marvel’s DOROTHY & THE WIZARD Return to OZ  “To say that Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is one of the darkest Oz books is no joke. The characters are in danger of imminent death in nearly every chapter. Baum’s evocation of the underground caverns they’re trapped in is oppressive. It’s weird and creepy, and those are reasons I love this book.As far as continuity issues in these comic book versions of Baum’s stories, yes, I try to smooth over the continuity gaffes. Volumes have been written trying to reconcile and integrate all the contradictions, and I certainly have all that background in mind.”

GLEE Goes Back To School  With a bevy of big Broadway anthems in tow – including HAIRSPRAY’S “You Can’t Stop The Beat”, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN’S “Anything You Can Do”, the Barbra Streisand version of “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” from THE WIZARD OF OZ by Harold Arlen, and, a song culled from a show currently in a hit revival playing eight times a week on Broadway, Cole Porter’s title song from ANYTHING GOES – last night’s GLEE was a Broadway baby’s perfect first day back to school.

Storyopolis Entertainment Showcase The Best In Children’s Content Storyopolis Entertainment (SE) is an art collector’s paradise which is now home to the popular illustrated art from The Story Book House and the highly acclaimed contemporary art from The 4th Wall Gallery. This combined collection can be viewed and purchased at http://www.storyopolisentertainment.com. Matt Abramowitz, Owner of SE with over 15 years experience in the art and children’s book industry, is proud to continue to take customers beyond the pages of children’s picture books by showcasing some of the world’s most distinctive authors and illustrators. Don’t miss their first of many “Pop Up Art Shows” with partner Bryan Embry, of the Ross Akard Galleries, on Saturday November 17, 2011 in the historic Fairmount Hotel in Downtown Dallas. This MUST SEE first show features the work of Joe Yacovetic. It will include his original paintings of Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz .

Families can follow the yellow brick road to “Scary’um Aquarium”   At the month-long celebration ghouls and buoys of all ages can enjoy fish, fun and frights inside the Aquarium which will be teeming with Halloween-themed decorations, activities and special interactive displays! Kids dressed in costume will receive $2 off Aquarium admission. Special this Scary’um Aquarium, see The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experiencein the 4-D Immersion Theater.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Henry Ford for “The Wizard of Oz” Children’s Educational Exhibit, Opening October 1, 2011  In OZ-tober, every Saturday, visitors can come to the museum dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters, participate in story time, hands-on demonstrations, make-and-take crafts and take a photo with a different character each weekend. In November, Henry Ford Museum will offer Munchkin luncheons, a special ticketed event in which children can meet their favorite Oz characters. Visit http://www.thehenryford.org/oz for times, tickets and character appearances.

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