Oz in the News 2.26.12

Teachers defend their throne at annual outhouse races Teachers from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations defended their throne on Saturday, keeping their title as the fastest team in the Nemo 500 Outhouse Races. Dressed like Wizard of Oz characters, the five-person crew rolled across the finish line with their outhouse in 2 minutes and 21 seconds. The swiftness of the South Dakota Teach for America teachers, once again, made them the defending champions at the annual event, which was held at Deadwood’s Days of ’76 grounds.

Landscape of color grows from black and white In the Alliance’s performance, which opened yesterday, Dorothy wears two dresses, identical in shape. One dress features black-and-white checkered squares. The second dress is blanketed with swirls of yellows, pinks and purples. “Color is the strongest tool we have,” said Sydney Roberts, costume designer for “The Wizard of Oz,” holding up the brightly colored dress next to the rather dull one in the costume shop at the Alliance. “When she opens the door, it says, ‘We are not in Kansas anymore.’ ” Black-and-white imagery is one of the hottest trends in fashion, advertising and the arts.

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