Oz in the News 11.20.14

4cd264_3f9112239d2b4518bda857095edc51e3.jpg_srz_p_979_653_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzWizard of Oz-Inspired The Woodsman to Return to 59E59 Theaters  The Woodsman, a twist on the famous character from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, will return to 59E59 Theaters next year following a sold-out run at the same venue in January 2014. The production will play a January 13-February 22 engagement in Theater B. Written by James Ortiz and directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the play with music (by Edward W. Hardy and Jennifer Loring) tells the story of the lonely Tin Woodsman of Oz, who must embark on a journey to protect the love of his life from the evil Wicked Witch of the East.

‘Have you seen the lion on State Street?’ Artist John Simpson paints iconic ‘Wizard of Oz’ character in downtown Springfield  Just a few hours ago a blank wall on State Street was transformed into a whimsical image of the Cowardly Lion as portrayed by Bert Lahr in “The Wizard of Oz.” The painting was done by John Simpson, a local artists and University of Massachusetts art professor, who also painted the images of musicians on buildings in Court Square during Springfield’s first Jazz and Roots Festival this summer. The painting is on a wall on the back of the vacant former hotel at Court Square, near the Hampden County Superior Court building. Simpson said the painting is a nod to MGM, which will be building a casino in the city. The American musical fantasy film was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1939.

Generation Oz: The Wizard of Oz Redesigned  Over 25 local artists have created more than 25 custom art pieces, each incorporating a quote from the original screenplay. Art pieces will be displayed sequentially so that the public can read the story as they move through the exhibit. The art show will run this weekend November 21st to 23rd at the Walkerville Brewery, in conjunction with the Made in Windsor Walkerville Holiday Sale. The show concludes in a closing reception and silent auction on November 23rd from 2pm to 5pm. The closing reception is free, open to the public, and will include light refreshments and Wizard of Oz-inspired decor. More information can be found online.

Napa’s Wizard of Oz Winery Makes Cult Cabs Worth the Price  Maybe you’ve had it with wallet-emptying, soulless Napa Valley cult cabernets that aren’t worth their three-digit price tags. Me, too, but I’m not giving up on the truly good ones, like Scarecrow, whose origins lie in a historic Hollywood story and a dusty vineyard in Rutherford with stumpy 69-year-old vines called `old men.’  Lopez, a well-known commercial photographer, was all in black, fiddling with the Marc Jacobs tassel bracelet circling his wrist as he shared the winery backstory. His grandfather Joseph Judson Cohn, a New Yorker who went to work for Louis B. Mayer at age 19, ended up a mogul at MGM Studios, where he produced Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Wizard of Oz. In February, Lopez and DeBlasio were in happy shock at the Premiere Napa Valley barrel auction when a Los Angeles retailer bid $260,000 for a 5-case lot of their one-of-a-kind 2012 Toto’s Opium Dream, Scene III, made from Scarecrow’s oldest vines. Wine Warehouse is offering it for $5,400 a bottle. That makes the regular 2012, to be released in March at $285 a bottle, seem like a bargain. At $150, the lighter, almost-as-good second wine, 2012 M. Etain (French for “Tin Man”) is a steal.


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