Oz in the News 9.30.15

0929ELEMENTS-slide-7VCG-jumboReview: In ‘Elements of Oz,’ Smartphones Enhance a Celebration of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Film  At “Elements of Oz,” having its premiere as part of the Peak Performances season at Montclair State University here, viewers are encouraged to use smartphones or tablets during the performance. These devices are not, of course, meant to be used for random texting and calling. You download a special app that instructs you to put your phone in airplane mode until the show starts. The app then provides access to various elements that enhance the production, primarily nifty filters that, when you point the phone at the stage, add new layers of imagery to the action. When Dorothy’s house in Kansas flies skyward, for example, you can hold up your phone and see a real corker of a tornado and slashing rain that isn’t apparent to the naked eye.

Celebrate Oz! In Coronado, Oct. 17 – Spreckles Park  Coronado will celebrate and honor L. Frank Baum’s connection to Coronado with its annual free community celebration of laughter, music, art and make-believe; including Oz characters dressed up and interacting with the children. Join us for the Celebrate Oz! Free Family Festival, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Spreckels Park. The park will be filled with incredible OZ and period music performed by the Coronado Concert Band and Coronado Big Band.

Judy Garland show on TV for first time in half-century  The digital television network getTV will air “The Judy Garland Show” beginning Oct. 12 as part of its new Variety Night. “The Judy Garland Show” will be televised for the first time since it aired on CBS in the 1963-64 season. Frequent Garland co-star Mickey Rooney appeared on the episode to air Oct. 12. Barbra Streisand, Diahann Carroll, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin, Ethel Merman, June Allyson, Jack Jones, and Garland’s daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft were among other guests on the series, which will air at 8 p.m. Mondays.

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2 responses to “Oz in the News 9.30.15

  1. Does anyone know which YouTube video about gay men’s love of Oz Isherwood refers to? I wonder if it is the one about the Weirdest Adaptations by Matt Baume.

  2. I think maybe the YouTube video used was “The Creation of a Gay Icon: From Dorothy Gale to Judy Garland” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdKFTFtk0Ys

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