Oz in the News 6.9.12

‘Oz’-inspired lounge opens doors at Revere Hotel  Revelers basked under mint-hued lights at the opening of the Emerald Lounge, the new nightspot in Boston’s Revere Hotel. With decor inspired by the “Wizard of Oz,” clever details include a metal tornado sculpture running the length of the bar. Patrons willing to wander the space can find a delicious surprise. Hint: Click your heels twice.

Margaret O’Brien to Attend Peter Mac’s GET HAPPY! Judy Garland 90th Birthday Celebration  In honor of Judy Garland‘s birthday and on behalf of The Judy Garland Foundation, Ms. O’Brien will be doing a special signing of color 8×10’s which all the proceeds will go to the Judy Garland Foundation. For more information, click hereJudy Garland‘s Birthday is Sunday June 10 (also Los Angeles Gay Pride day). Peter Mac as Judy Garland will be in the Gay Pride Parade. Mac will be doing a special appearance at the Gay Pride Festival at the PRIDE in Media booth for a meet-and-greet and that evening will run his new show, GET HAPPY! A 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at the theater.

Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project Presents PRELUDE TO PRIDE: A WIZARD OF OZ  Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary. Its annual “Prelude to Pride” salute will be an original production of the time honored classic, “A WIZARD OF OZ”. Adapted by T. Scott Wooten, this hilarious and madcap send-up of the fabled classic by Frank L. Baum is just in time for St. Petersburg Pride Celebration.

Veteran educator explains how to follow the yellow brick road to personal and professional success in forthcoming book  Seamlessly blending both the Oz stories themselves and the story of its creator, Smith created The Way of Oz, a meticulously researched, thoughtful, and thought-provoking guide for gifted students, college-bound and college students, as well as those counselors and educators who lead them. Resplendent with practical advice and charming illustrations by award-winning illustrator Dusty Higgins, and enhanced with rich video content linked with interactive codes, The Way of Oz provides a dynamic and interactive roadmap to leading a life of meaning, integrity, service and love.

Annual Judy Garland festival features tours, talks  John Kelsch, director of the Judy Garland Museum, will tell Judy Garland’s story as part of this year’s 37th annual Judy Garland Festival, June 14-16, in Grand Rapids.  Jim Sazevich, house detective from St. Paul, will tell the story of the restoration of the Garland family home in 1995-96. He prepared a 150-page report tracing the history of the house from 1892 to the present day. He found hundreds of photos, former owners, and even a former babysitter and housekeeper for the Gumm family.

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