Oz in the News 4.24.14

r1ar7nsnyl5xwcwie0vuRead a Gorgeous and Twisted Webcomic Retelling Of The Wizard Of Oz  In The Black Brick Road of Oz, an amnesiac girl who thinks she’s Dorothy Gale finds herself in an Oz populated by flesh-hungry witches, zombie scarecrows, and a tin woodman mourning more than the loss of his body. Xamag’s webcomic uses Baum’s Oz as the basis for her story, with the lost girl whose house crushes the Wicked Witch of the West and encounters a brain-deficient scarecrow and a woodman whose body has been replaced with tin on her journey. But unlike Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked, which purports to be the “true” story of Oz, Xamag takes pieces of Oz and rearranges them into a rather different fantasy tale.

OZ CON Poster Contest Coronado  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and MainStreet Ltd. invite Coronado students in grades 9-12 in public, private, and home schools to be part of this summer’s OZ CON by creating an original poster design for the OZ CON Poster Contest.  Winning posters (first, second and third place) as well as the other entries will be available to Coronado businesses to display in windows on Orange Avenue and throughout the downtown area. It will be an opportunity to showcase your creativity on the occasion of a very exciting celebration.

Off to see the Wizard  Crown Center in downtown Kansas City will be teeming with Dorothy, Toto and their friends from Oz next week. A nine-city tour promoting the upcoming animated “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” will stop outside the shopping complex from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Activities include crafts, game stations and the story that inspired the new movie, by Roger Stanton Baum, great-grandson of “Oz” creator L. Frank Baum. The movie arrives May 9. Meanwhile, Crown Center’s own exhibit, “75 Years of Oz, Oh My,” continues through May 4. And Starlight Theatre will present the stage version June 10-15.

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