Oz in the News 12.3.13

article-0-19CE49E000000578-619_306x431Who should run Britain: Tin Man Cameron (all head, no heart) or Scarecrow Miliband (all heart, no brains), asks Wizard of Oz poll  Imagine you live in the land of Oz, and the candidates are the Tin Man, who’s all brains and no heart, and the Scarecrow, who’s all heart and no brains. Who would you vote for?’ Amongst all voters, a majority prefer the Tin Man over the Scarecrow. It is designed to unpick voters’ reactions to differing leadership styles. In the 2000 race for the White House, Al Gore was well ahead of George W Bush in traditional polling, but the Tin Man was neck and neck with the Scarecrow. The result of the election was similarly close. Now YouGov has put the question to voters in the UK. Of all those surveyed, 41 per cent say they would prefer to be led by the Tin Man, compared to just 32 per cent who chose the Scarecrow.

‘The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion’ authors to visit East Dallas  Next week, December 11 to be exact, authors Scarfone and Stillman will be guest lecturers at C.C. Young retirement home at White Rock Lake. The lecture starts at 2 p.m. at The Point building. C.C. Young will fly  the authors in from Pennsylvania for the occasion, organizers say,  and is offering tickets to the general public for $15 apiece. Residents and C.C. Young and Point members get in for $12. The book, whose list price is $40, will be available in limited quantity for $32 and the authors will sign attendees’ copies free of charge.

Q&A With ‘Lion’ In Ordway’s ‘Wizard Of Oz’  “It’s a big costume. It’s a lot of fun. It probably takes me about 15 minutes to get dressed into that costume. I get dressed, there’s an under-layer and then I put on a lot of the makeup. And then I’m helped by a dresser because I can’t actually get into it myself, there’s so many pieces to it. Then I have the tail, which kind of has a backpack harness that goes on, then the fur outer layer that kind of wraps around that, there’s a big headpiece with a wig and mane and everything. So there are a lot of pieces. It’s padded in various places and it’s also vented to try and keep me cool but really, it’s hot. It’s really hot. I’m used to that now but it’s a fur suit with padding. It’s a fun costume and I really enjoy it. The tail has a life of its own. When I move around, it took me a while to learn how the tail would move – sometimes I’d hit people with it on accident and sometimes on purpose.”

Getting to Know WIZARD OF OZ Newcomer Danielle Wade  “This will be my first Christmas away from home which is sad but exciting. I will have my Wizard family and I am sure we will be doing Secret Santa and dinner of some sort. I think it’s very cool that you become a family with your cast and crew while you are away from home.”

Publisher’s Weekly Big Holiday Gift Books  People not only want to look at great art—they also want to possess some part of it. It’s the reason you might leave a museum with an exhibition poster, calendar, or postcard. It also explains, as Anne Midgette recently pointed out in the Washington Post, why you might load up your iPhone with photos of a museum’s Picassos or Monets. “Seeing art that moves you awakens the lover’s sense of Mine,” she writes. Illustrated books are an important extension of that need to own art and make it familiar and comfortable. That desire makes them particularly special holiday gifts, and the same is true for illustrated books on photography, history, and fashion. This fall there are many, many standouts including Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic. John Fricke. Down East Books, $30 (168p).

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