Oz in the News 6.19.13

Oz4Huge Lego Wizard Of Oz Build Includes A Motorised Tornado  At last weekend’s Brickworld 2013 in Chicago, one Lego build stood out above all else, a 3D diorama that showcased virtually every major scene from 1939′s The Wizard of Oz. The detail is incredible — and it features a tornado! The team of 12 builders hailed from VirtuaLUG (Virtual Lego User Group) and three countries. They each worked on their builds separately then brought them together to display at Brickworld, where they won the 2013 Collaborative Display award. This build does some serious justice to the movie once described as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Technicolor Triumph. The incredible display measures around 10 feet in length and even recreates the sepia-tone from the film for the Kansas scenes, and then transforms into brightly-colored bricks for the Oz portions. Rounding out the build is the obligatory Yellow Brick Road (complete with ultra-violet lighted poppy fields) and a towering Emerald City. The attention to detail is mind-blowing. But, the really exciting part of this creation is the motorised tornado, engineered to rotate with two motors and a worm drive. More on the complicated technics behind his part of the build here.

slide_303298_2574641_freeJudy Garland In Art: Charles Busch, Tommy Tune Re-Imagine Hollywood Legend For NYC Benefit  Tommy Tune and Charles Busch are just two of the bold-faced names to contribute artwork inspired by Judy Garland for “Night of a Thousand Judys,” the annual benefit concert for New York’s Ali Forney Center. The pieces, which capture Garland in iconic “Wizard of Oz” and “Summer Stock” moments as well as other stages of her esteemed career, are set to be auctioned off at the June 17 event. Just added to the starry lineup of “Judys” performers are Tituss Burgess, Nathan Lee Graham, Rachel Shukert and Everett Quinton. They’ll join Broadway’s Carolee Carmello and Christiane Noll along with Manhattan cabaret stars Justin Vivian Bond and Molly Pope in performing classic tunes and lesser-known material from the Garland songbook. Also making their “Judy” debut are “Glee” Warbler Telly Leung, original Weather Girl Martha Wash and singer Madeleine Peyroux.

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