Oz in the News 4.27.14

smdj_article_1776425122171_1Finding Oz in California’s Emerald City  Coronado is sometimes referred to as “The Emerald City.” Fittingly, Oz fans will gather in Coronado and San Diego Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 for Winkie Con 50, the longest running event celebrating Baum and his books. (The Winkies are residents of the Winkie Country in the Land of Oz.) The festival combines live theatre, films, lectures and walking tours. San Diego resident David Maxine, Director of Winkie Con 50, said, “I went to my first Winkie Con when I was 14 back in the late 1970s and here I am, 30 years later, putting on the biggest Winkie Con ever. It’s an amazing group of people who all love the writings of L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz. We encompass all ages from little kids to 90-year-olds. Some folks just like Oz and enjoy the camaraderie. Others are serious collectors of rare first editions. Others still are passionate researchers. But the mix is always friendly and it’s a great family event.”

Lea Michele & Darren Criss Sing ‘Wizard Of Oz’ In Black-Tie Outfits Lea Michele and Darren Criss took their “Glee” show on the road and to the red carpet of the Jonsson Cancer Center’s 19th Annual Taste For A Cure benefit in Beverly Hills, Calif. The co-stars traded in their McKinley High School gear for, respectively, a long, sheer dress and a dapper tux, and performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from “The Wizard Of Oz.”

Fairy tales come to life at Poetry Center  The 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” will be celebrated with a Night of Fairy Tales today at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  Fairy Tale Review editorial staff members read through the 14-part series and selected seven excerpts they believed fit certain categories, such as studies in economics, gender, astrophysics and science.  In addition to Baum readings, the Greasy Light Orchestra will play throughout the night and a compilation of clips from contemporary videos that follow with the “Oz” theme will be shown as well. Special guest Timothy Schaffert will read a passage from one of his latest books, “The Swan Gondola.” His book was greatly influenced by “The Wizard of Oz” and is a masterful example of contemporary fairy-tale writing.

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