Oz in the News 3.2.14

32movies1_tx728_fsharpenA local movie buff ’s stuff  The “stuff,” most of it stored in a warehouse, is impressive. The tall, black leather shoes once owned by the Wicked Witch of the West — they were apparently waterproof — are part of Wayne Newcomb Jr.’s “Oz” portfolio. A Kelly green and cream-colored “Oz” guard uniform and a Munchkin outfit are other pieces Newcomb owns from the 1939 fantasy musical famous for its vicious tornado, flying monkeys and genius scarecrow. “Pieces from the Yellow Brick Road, people would die to have them,” Newcomb said. “Nobody knows what happened to it. There was a rumor that it was under one of the sound stages at MGM. They checked it out and it’s not there. The ruby slippers are considered the crème de la crème, but the next best thing would be the Yellow Brick Road. You tell me an item you can think of that would be more desirable besides the ruby slippers or the Maltese Falcon?”

Presentation to focus on disabilities in Oz  The program, “If I Only Had a Brain: Disability & Difference in the Oz Narratives,” is free and open to the public. It will feature Joshua R. Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. Eyler’s talk will examine Baum’s fiction about the land of Oz and the literary and cinematic legacies of this Oz mythology, using the lens of disability studies. Although disability is not the first thing that comes to mind when reading the Oz narratives, disability unquestionably and powerfully appears as a thematic current running throughout the tradition. The talk will explore how each text within the tradition picks up the theme anew to construct its own particular meaning.  The program is free and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Old Main Chapel at Shippensburg University, PA.

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