Oz in the News 2.13.14

ruby_red_slippers_blueprint‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers to Display at Costume Designers Guild Awards  Tap your heels three times because the Costume Designers Guild Awards will be displaying a replica of the The Wizard of Oz’s ruby slippers at the entrance to the ballroom of the Feb. 22 ceremony, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. The iconic heels — covered in about 2,300 sequins with hand-sequined georgette and lined with leather — were originally designed by MGM’s legendary designer Adrian Adolph Greenberg. Western Costume’s Joe Napoli had originally made four pairs, with one currently housed at the Smithsonian. Judy Garland, who played Dorothy, wore the original pair.

Take Me Tick Tock build a dark fantasy world with heavy metal and hard rock  Credit a late-night viewing of Walt Disney’s 1985 cult classic Return to Oz. A sequel of sorts to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it features Tik-Tok, a round-bodied mechanical man who runs on clockwork springs. At one point, Dorothy and Tik-Tok’s eyes meet, which prompted drummer Jacob Williamson to ad-lib a line of sultry dialogue: “Take me, Tik-Tok!” “He said that, and I started laughing so hard I was crying,” remembers vocalist Dustin Sisson, a longtime sound engineer at the Madison Music Foundry’s Blast House recording studio and a mentor for the Foundry’s Rock Workshop for young musicians. “I said, ‘That should be the band name!'”

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