Oz in the News 9.4.14 (Back to School Special)

Build a Wizard of Oz birdhouse Saturday at Home Depot, free  Build a Wizard of Oz birdhouse this Saturday at Home Depot. It’s free and open to kids ages 5 to 12. The build will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Come learn how to build a Wizard of Oz TM birdhouse. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.  Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

The Wizard of Oz – 75 years on no movie experience quite beats it  These days the movie seems like a familiar family favourite or holiday season staple but its history is troubled and complex. Its Irish-American director Victor Fleming was credited with the feature, though he was the fifth director to steer the production. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s novel, many have looked to it for meaning. Baum was of Scots-Irish descent and was an Irish nationalist, and some have thought his Emerald City a symbol of shining Irish purity. But the movie’s most notably creative figure was Irish set designer Cedric Gibbons. Gibbons was a visionary of remarkable imagination who pioneered deep perspective in cinema. The son of an architect, he’d studied the Art Deco style and how it discarded ornamentation but retained grandeur. Gibbons understood that cinematic projection readily depicted the clean lines of Art Deco, making both magnificence and minutiae clearly seen. His special effects aroused viewers’ perceptions on every inch of the screen, almost foreshadowing 3D ahead of its time. It also has a terrific musical soundtrack, which gave the world Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead, the celebratory number that, for many, best marked the death of Margaret Thatcher.

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