Oz in the News 10.18.14

hillary_flying_monkeys_a_pHillary Clinton Flying Monkey Signs Deface Brentwood Ahead of L.A. Fundraiser  Guerrilla street artist SABO, who made headlines with his Gwyneth Paltrow “Obama Drone” poster, has struck again — this time ahead of Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming Democratic fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood. The Los Angeles artist early Friday hung signs depicting Wizard of Oz flying monkeys holding “Hillary 2016” signs from traffic lights and pasted them on utility boxes near the San Vicente Boulevard restaurant.

Author Azar Nafisi returns with spirited defense of American literature  In her memorable 2003 best-selling memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Iranian-born college professor Azar Nafisi told a thrilling tale of how she used Western literature as a tool to fight against the oppression of the Iranian theocracy in the years following the Islamic revolution in her home country. But for the past 17 years, Nafisi has made her home in the United States, and it’s toward America that she now casts her eye in her new book “The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books” (Viking). She comes to Peace United Church in Santa Cruz on Oct. 28 in an event sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz. She introduces her book with a focus on an American story that might trump them all in metaphorical resonance, L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” “One of the fascinating things about ‘The Wizard of Oz,'” said Nafisi who earned her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma, not too far from Dorothy’s Kansas home, “is how when Dorothy and her companions begin searching for Oz, they think he’s Superman, that he’s the one with all the answers. But reaching Oz, they find that the power is within them. That is what imagination does to you. It opens up the possibilities that you did not think existed before. It teaches you to confront the limitations of reality and gives us a new of looking at our problems.”

Rainbow Garden Club fundraiser has ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme  The Rainbow Garden Club of Great Falls will hold its annual luncheon and style show on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Great Falls Elks Lodge at 500 1st Ave. S. starting at 11 a.m. with a social hour. Luncheon and style show start at noon. Club members dressed as characters from the famous movie will mingle and provide photo ops with guests. The Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man will join Dorothy (and Toto), the Wizard and both the good and bad witches. The models from Great Falls and Cascade clothing stores and boutiques will enter the fashion show “under the rainbow” as they follow a yellow brick road. Special theme music will be provided by area musician Jan Roberts with a surprise vocalist. “Club members have been having a wonderful time preparing for this year’s program,” says Patty Schlaeger, Rainbow Garden Club’s 2014 style show chairman. “We have been making lovely basket arrangements for each table featuring sun flowers and bluebirds. These beautiful centerpieces will be for sale and will include a living accent that is a ‘friendship cutting’ donated from plants that decorate many local homes and businesses. Our members’ creative talents and enchanting decorating ideas will be turning the Elks Lodge into the wonderland of Oz for the afternoon.”



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