Oz in the News 6.3.14

GayPrideWizard12tsBradford Pride festival draws thousands into city centre  Dorothy, the Tin Man and co were out in force for this year’s Wizard of Oz-themed Bradford Pride festival. Revellers were given the chance to mark the iconic film’s 75th anniversary for the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights. Bradford’s Centenary Square was a sea of rainbow flags for a fun-filled afternoon of live acts as between 5,000 and 10,000 people attended the free event.

Grand Rapids To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie “The Wizard Of Oz”, and the people of Grand Rapids are planning to celebrate in a big way. Judy Garland Museum spokesman John Kelsch says they’re hoping to break a world record for the most fully costumed Wizard Of Oz characters in one place. The current record is 446.

Wizard of Oz Festival coming June 20-21  Ionia, Mich. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the “Wizard of Oz,” Downtown Development Authority Director Linda Curtis has worked to organize the Wizard of Oz Festival. The festival will take place June 20-21, and will feature a number of events and activities throughout Ionia. The guest of honor for the Wizard of Oz Festival is Mary Ellen St. Aubin, who is the wife of the late Parnell St. Aubin, who played a munchkin in the original “Wizard of Oz” film.

Mallory Fine Art goes ‘Over the Rainbow’  In celebration of Barter Theatre’s summer-long production of “The Wizard of Oz,” Mallory Fine Art in Abingdon, Va., is going “Over the Rainbow” with an exhibit of new “Oz”-themed works, on display June 5 through Aug. 9. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., June 4. Admission is free. Inspired by Barter’s musical, the exhibit features new original interpretive works of art by Mallory Fine Artists Christine Berg, Carole Blevins, Leila Cartier, Quinn Hawkesworth, Suzanne Stryk, Kristi Taylor and Nadya Warthen-Gibson.

What Google’s Self Driving Car Says About The Company  I remember being fascinated as a kid by a book written by John R. Neill titled, The Scalawagons of Oz. The story is a continuation of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz creation. My fascination came from the idea that the Scalawagons were smart vehicles that would take passengers wherever they desired. Just sit down in the car, tell the Scalawagon where you want to go and the car transports you to your destination without the need for using pedals and steering wheels. Google is essentially taking this concept and turning it into a reality with its self-driving car. Google’s car actually resembles the shape and look of the Scalawagon.

Behind the curtain of the Wizard of Oz  Dorothy and the Tin Man never shared any romantic sparks in Oz (that would have been creepy), but their real-life kids did. Liza Minnelli (daughter of Judy Garland) and the late producer-director Jack Haley Jr. (son of Jack Haley) were married from 1974 until their divorce in 1979. It’s one of four marriages for Minnelli (but the only one with an “Oz” connection).

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie “The Wizard Of Oz”, and the people of Grand Rapids are planning to celebrate in a big way.

Judy Garland Museum spokesman John Kelsch says they’re hoping to break a world record for the most fully costumed Wizard Of Oz characters in one place.

Read More: Grand Rapids To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ | http://wjon.com/news-noon-grand-rapids-to-celebrate-75th-anniversary-of-wizard-of-oz-audio/?trackback=tsmclip

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie “The Wizard Of Oz”, and the people of Grand Rapids are planning to celebrate in a big way.

Judy Garland Museum spokesman John Kelsch says they’re hoping to break a world record for the most fully costumed Wizard Of Oz characters in one place.

Read More: Grand Rapids To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ | http://wjon.com/news-noon-grand-rapids-to-celebrate-75th-anniversary-of-wizard-of-oz-audio/?trackback=tsmclip

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie “The Wizard Of Oz”, and the people of Grand Rapids are planning to celebrate in a big way.

Judy Garland Museum spokesman John Kelsch says they’re hoping to break a world record for the most fully costumed Wizard Of Oz characters in one place.

Read More: Grand Rapids To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ | http://wjon.com/news-noon-grand-rapids-to-celebrate-75th-anniversary-of-wizard-of-oz-audio/?trackback=tsmclip

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