Oz in the News 3.18.14

lJudy Garland: A Legendary Film Career Over the years, Judy Garland was billed as “the little girl with the great big voice,” “Miss Show Business,” and the “world’s greatest entertainer.” She was also the preeminent musical star of the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in the heyday of Hollywood motion pictures, and this special, one-time-only presentation will cover many aspects of a film career that began in 1929 and concluded in 1963. Garland starred in such genre classics as For Me and My Gal, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Pirate, and Easter Parade; was on-screen partner to both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire; shared billing in ten films with Mickey Rooney; was Oscar-nominated for both A Star is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg; and received a special Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz. She also enjoyed unprecedented stage and concert triumphs, radio success, and what has turned out to be a body of timeless television work and hit recordings. Today, Judy Garland is one of the few 20th Century movie stars whose cross-generational appeal continues to burgeon, and A Legendary Film Career shows why. Lecturer John Fricke is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer/writer, a Grammy Award-nominee for journalism, and the author of seven books about Garland and Oz. He has spoken on these topics everywhere from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Deauville Film Festival in France. Following his appearance here, he’ll serve as a special guest presenter at this year’s TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Film Festival in Hollywood.

Jay Electronica Taps Nation of Islam, Wizard of Oz in New Song  It’s been years since mysery man Jay Electronica has released any new music. And while hip-hop heads are still waiting on a full-fledged album, he did drop a brilliant new single called “Better In Tune With the Infinite.” Featuring his characteristic mash-up style, the track opens up with up with samples from former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and ‘The Wizard of Oz.” The song also features singer LaTonya Givens.

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