Oz in the News 4.11.14

indexConcert enters fantasy world of L. Frank Baum  L. Frank Baum is best known for his 1900 novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but he wrote many other fantasies. On Sunday, UC Riverside’s Department of Music will premiere a composition based on one of his little-known stories. “The Queen of Quok” is by Tim Labor, associate professor of music and media and cultural studies. In a phone interview, Labor described it as a 20-minute piece written for a “full romantic orchestra,” similar to “Peter and the Wolf” in that musical instruments represent characters in the story. It will be narrated by actor Johanna McKay. “It’s funny and colorful, with music synchronized with the narration in clever and tricky ways,” conductor Ruth Charloff wrote in an email. “The music is a mix of big, vivid film scoring and TV cartoony commentary. Different characters are depicted not just through attaching different instruments to each, but with really funny and very differentiated stylistic insight.”

Liza Is A Hatha-Hater! Why She’s Fuming Over Judy Garland Biopic Although Liza intially supported the “Les Miserables” star, she’s changed her mind, said another insider.“ As wild an idea as it is, Liza would love to see Lady Gaga play Judy,” revealed the insider. “Liza thinks Gaga has the singing chops, and Gaga has expressed a deep reverence for Judy. “Liza is also a huge fan of Katie Holmes and thinks she’d be a great choice to play Judy. Katie sings, she dances and Liza respects her acting. Liza’s biggest fear is that the movie will further tarnish her mother’s legacy. She’s haunted by the tragic figure Anne played in ‘Les Miz’ and worries that the same kind of darkness will come through if Anne plays her mom. She thinks that Gaga or Katie will give a more uplifting performance as Judy during those difficult times.”

Upcoming Book: Annie’s Stories  The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House. But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

The Card Game of Oz  This new game ntroduces an innovative system called the Storyline Game System™ that adds strategy to your challenging and fun adventures through Oz. Each player takes on the role of an author attempting to construct the best story in the world of Oz. During the game, players will attempt to bring together objects, characters and locations that are appropriate together – for example, the Tin Woodman and his Oil Can – while avoiding hazards like the field of poppies and terrible beasts and villains like the Kalidahs or the Wicked Witch of the West. Each round players roll a special set of dice to determine the number of points they have for drawing and playing cards. The number of dice increases during the game, allowing the game to scale naturally while you play. The game ends when a player is able to move a Prime character – that is, one of the main characters of the story – from her Title card all the way to The End, but doing so is no simple race because the character who triggers the endgame is worth no points toward victory. Featuring hundreds of fascinating characters, events, and vistas, Oz is a world that has stood the test of time. Construct an iconic tale that is all your own!

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