Oz in the News 12.16.11

Studio X presents its tribute to ‘Wicked’   In two shows on Saturday at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University, Studio X – A New Generation of Dance will be presenting homage to that work with “Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, A Dance Tribute to the Smash Broadway Musical.” “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I first saw it,” said Studio X owner and artistic director Josh Wise. Wise spent quite a bit of time figuring out the best way to make the story comprehensible with dance and music alone — and without infringing copyright. “Let’s say I’ve spoken often with their lawyers,” he said.

Judy Redux :: talking with Garland biographer John Fricke “You look at everything she accomplished and wonder how she managed to get that into 47 years? Thirty-four feature films plus the short subjects, thirty of her own TV shows, plus thirty TV guest appearances and 1,100 concerts… 300 radio shows and a hundred singles and a dozen or more albums. This was preceded by hundreds of appearances in vaudeville and on local radio with her sisters. That was all before she was thirteen. That’s a real litany.”

Walking into a collector’s house, walking into the ’50s A flamingo hangs on the front door, leading into a house full of Americana and 1950s memorabilia. The first thing you notice is the large “Wizard of Oz” collection in the entryway. Oz figurines, toys, lunch boxes, board games and pairs of ruby red slippers line the walls and sit on shelves. The movie is one of Adams’ childhood favorites. She remembers figuring out the messages in the film and has had a soft spot for it ever since.

Randolph sign language interpreter adds a new dimension to `Oz’ performance  “Signing the music is my favorite part of signing. Most people beg me to teach them a little sign once they know I’m a signer.”  Specifically for Oz, she describes her techniques: “I sign `voices soft’ or `a tornado, wind blowing’ or `girl screams’ as best I can in the moment of the scene. There aren’t translations for everything – a lot of it is transliterating: translating words into an artistic expression. Artistic performance interpreters get to play with the descriptive expressions. There’s so many words/phrases that don’t exist. I have to be clear on what is happening, while trying to keep the play on words and meaning accurate.”

Image Comics puts on its Own Show for Anniversary   Image Expo, a three-day convention focusing on creator-owned comics, is to be held on February 24, 25, and 26, 2012 in Oakland, California. The convention will commemorate the independent publisher’s twentieth anniversary. The show’s special guests include Image partners Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk), as well as co-founders Whilce Portacio (Wetworks) and Rob Liefeld (Young Blood). Other guests are Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, who are parterning on a new Image series, Saga, which will debut in 2012; Joe Casey (Gødland), Jay Faerber (Near Death), Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News), and Richard Starkings (Comicraft). Stephenson confirmed some new additions to the guest list — Blair Butler (Attack of the Show!), John Layman (Chew), Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze), and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories).

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