Oz in the News 7.9.15

movies_wizardofoz_cowarnerbros.wideaThe Wizard of Aaahs: OMSI psychoanalyzes Dorothy’s dreams  Killjoys love to peel apart the layers of Dorothy’s visions. She heads for Oz to wipe out the bloodline of the woman who tried to take away her dog. She has Inception-style dreams-within-dreams. In Kansas, she’s sleep-deprived and under stress. But is she a twisted mind? “It’s more that she would have an anxiety about losing her dog and witches in general. For her to have a vivid dream about killing a witch to save her dog is not out of the realm of normal,” says Dr. Kimberly Hutchison, who specializes in sleep medicine and neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Hutchison headlines at OMSI to talk about the science of sleep at a screening of The Wizard of Oz.

California Symphony to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ with Live Orchestra Accompaniment, 8/21  Conductor Sarah Hicks leads the orchestra in some of the best-loved movie songs and music of all time, including Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg’s “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” and many more, as well as the underscore by composer Herbert Stothart. Judy Garland and the other actors’ original vocal performances are preserved and enhanced, so they can be fully heard and enjoyed as the orchestra plays. The film’s restored images are accompanied by the orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. The production is by Emmy Award-winning producer John Goberman (Live from Lincoln Center). Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $25 to $75 for adults and $10 for students 18 years old and younger, and are on sale now at www.californiasymphony.org/oz.

An Encino Home with Roots in ‘The Wizard of Oz’  The owners of this Encino, Calif., property restored a ‘teardown’ to its original 1930s glory, when it was owned by a dance director for ‘The Wizard of Oz.’  Mr. Connolly’s son passed on photos, writings and drawings about the original house, which helped the Alperts with the restoration. One letter indicated that Judy Garland spent time at the property. The Alperts modernized, as well, adding heat and air conditioning, which the previous owners lived without. ‘Moral of the story: Don’t ask an astronaut who orbited the Earth 22 times and spent 191 hours in space… about comfort or living conditions,’ Mr. Alpert adds. Michael McNamara/Shooting LA

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