Oz in the News 7.7.14

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Authors dress up as their favourite characters  Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favourite literary characters. When the The Story Museum approached Cambridge Jones to take pictures for its 26 Characters exhibition, the photographer wanted images that visitors would actually stop and look at. “Just taking a bunch of authors isn’t going to make people interested – and authors aren’t necessarily outgoing people,” he says. “So I thought what if we gave them permission to have fun by asking them who their favourite character from childhood was and let their imagination run free.”

Fundraiser offers new twist on ‘Oz’  Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will present on the evening of July 14 the “Wizard of Oz: There’s No Place Like Home” event, featuring a reception before the screening of the classic 1939 movie at the Art Theater Co-op. Costumes are welcome. Guests who want to dress as “Wizard of Oz” characters will receive 10 percent off the themed-costumes and apparel at Dallas & Company in Champaign. At 7:15 p.m., guests will move across the street to the Art Theater Co-op for the screening of a 75th anniversary release of “The Wizard of Oz.” Sheila Dodd, executive director for Habitat, will share a few updates, and local movie critic Chuck Koplinski will provide remarks about the movie.

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