Category Archives: Oz Events

Oz in the News 3.16.18

Oohs and Oz: No places like home for this exhibit The magical musings of “The Wizard of Oz” and its 1978 counterpart, “The Wiz,” have eased on down to the Waynesboro Public Library in the form of a local memorabilia collection. Ramona Gordon, whose collection is featured in the exhibit, and WPL librarian Rebecca Lamb created an exhibit of costumes, tickets, posters, books, toys and more. “I could not believe some of the materials that Ramona pulled out of boxes for the display,” Lamb said. “Some of ‘The Wiz’ items are so rare they are not included in the official guide to Oz collectibles.” “I thought it would be fun to show ‘The Wiz.’ There aren’t as many Wiz collections,” Gordon said. “I just hope people will enjoy it.” The collection will be up at the library through the end of March at the Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980.


Oz in the News 2.23.18

Imagineear creates multimedia guide for Louis Vuitton Legendary Trunks exhibition Legendary Trunks – The Exhibition includes exquisitely-crafted luggage created by Louis Vuitton for Hollywood icons Judy Garland and Lily Pons. It was created by Dutch theme attraction company Jora Vision. Appropriately enough, it is a travelling exhibition. Following its highly-acclaimed debut in Amsterdam, the exhibition now moves to Gothenburg. Over 300 pieces are showcased, all belonging to a private Swedish collector, with some dating back as far as 1850. Collectively, they provide a snapshot of the style and glamour of the golden age of travel. Stories associated with the trunks are woven through the interactive, immersive attraction, and reveal secrets of celebrity ownership, powerful personalities, exotic travel, elegance and adventure. Legendary Trunks – The Experience now moves to Galleri Fredstan in Gothenburg, Sweden and opens from March 16th to August 19th 2018.

We’re not in Kansas anymore: ‘The Good Place’ takes the yellow brick road to philosophical salvation “Best Self” is probably the episode that most spells it out, with nods like the aforementioned hot-air balloon, a reference to “Dr. Oz,” Jason ending his meandering story about one of his experiences in life by saying “it was all a dream,” and Michael echoing a famous Oz theme by saying the “Good Place was in the Bad Place all along.” Vulture also picked up several other subtler Oz homages. But it was the moment I saw the hot-air balloon in the first scene of “Best Self” that made me suddenly realize all the characters perfectly. But why all the Wizard of Oz references? And to what end? While an undergraduate at New York University, I took a class called “Individuals and Society,” a kind of introduction to Philosophy and Political Science rolled into one. My professor, James Colaiaco, posited an interesting interpretation to The Wizard of Oz, where the Yellow Brick Road represented the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism. He likened the Oz characters discovering they possessed that which they sought the whole time to the teachings of the Buddha.

Oz in the News 2.17.18

Run, Dorothy, Run! Launching for PSVR Next Week Virtro Entertainment has announced today that their upcoming “rhythm runner” for the PSVR, Run, Dorothy, Run!, will be releasing for PlayStation VR on February 20, 2018. For those that might not have caught on, the game does star Dorothy and takes place in the fantasy world of The Wizard of Oz, in which you play as Dorothy, the girl from Kansas who ends up in Oz. Billed as a “rhythm runner,” is set around you having to run around and pick up the Wizard’s things, as the Wicked Witch of the West has stolen them. To help you along on your quest throughout the game, the Wizard has granted you magical shoes which allow her to always run, and the game features an electro-swing beat that should keep you wanting to move as often as possible.

St. William’s Lenten series follows ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme A three-day Lenten Mission series at St. William Parish will look at the characters and aspects in the “Wizard of Oz” to show how the story relates spiritual journeys from Lent through Easter. The Rev. Michael D. Balash, pastor, said the Lenten Mission “Finding Hope: Reflections from the Wizard of Oz” will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. It will be offered by Friar Johnpaul Cafier of the Holy Evangelists Franciscan Friary in Chicago. Balash said the friar and his family are also the largest curators of Wizard of Oz memorabilia in the United States, with more than 25,000 items. The events are open to the public. For information, call 330-847-8677 or visit

Oz in the News 2.13.18

Wizard of Oz movie party is coming to El Paso Alamo Drafthouse Wizard of Oz, the classic 1930’s film that follows Dorothy through her adventures in the mystical land of Oz will be screened at El Paso’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Friday, March 2 at 7 pm. The movie is considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history. It’s a local favorite that draws large crows at screenings around El Paso. Alamo Drafthouse invites everyone to their movie party, which will have special movie props, Wizard of Oz-themed contests, and even an Emerald City cocktail. Alamo Drafthouse also offers free refills on popcorn and soft drinks, although you’ll probably enjoy yourself a bit more sipping on that Emerald City cocktail, or any of their delicious drinks for that matter. Everyone 18 and up is welcome. Children 6 and up may attend with an adult. No one under 6 years of age will be allowed. Tickets to the Wizard of Oz screening are $12.99 per person and may be purchased here.

Oz in the News 1.27.18

Book a Trip to See Literary Maps Should your travels bring you to Cambridge, Massachusetts, this spring, chart a path toward Harvard’s Houghton Library, where Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration opened last week. Curated by Peter X. Accardo, the exhibition showcases sixty literary maps that bring to life such imagined places as More’s Utopia and Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. Included is Professor Wogglebug’s Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz, attributed to L. Frank Baum. From: L. Frank Baum, Tik-Tok of Oz (Chicago, 1914). “This first printed map of the Marvelous Land of Oz presents its four counties in their official colors, but reverses the position of Munchkin and Winkie Counties. The inconsistency is also reflected by the map’s compass points, where East unusually is to the West, and West is to the East.” Credit: Houghton Library, Typ 970.14.1955 – Presented in honor of Dennis C. Marnon, 2018.

Alumni bring Oz collection to Fort Hays State Fort Hays State University alumni Larry and Lyn Fenwick, Macksville, are sharing their collection of Wizard of Oz artifacts with the Hays community. The Fenwick Oz Collection is now available for viewing through Friday, March 16, on the main floor of Fort Hays State University’s Forsyth Library. The collection features rare and unique Wizard of Oz artifacts that match author L. Frank Baum’s vision for the land of Oz and that explore details of the well-loved Kansas story. Characters displayed in the collection are consistent with descriptions given in the book and honor Baum’s original ideas. An exhibit viewing and reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in Forsyth Library. The Fenwicks will present briefly at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Garland in Word and Song Opens Tonight at the Willow Theatre When Judy Garland stepped out onto the stage at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, the raucous standing ovation that greeted her was just the start of what has been called “the greatest night in show business history.” Actress/singer Jody Briskey portrays Garland and recreates that night’s iconic performance at The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida, January 26 – February 11, 2018.

Oz in the News 12.14.17

Ernie Harburg and Deena Rosenberg Will Celebrate the Music and Politics of Yip Harburg E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, lyricist of Finian’s Rainbow, the classic The Wizard of Oz film, and many more shows and movies, will be celebrated in a noon concert December 14 at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA (92Y) in New York City. Hosted and performed by cabaret singer Harvey Granat with accompaniment from pianist David Lahm, the concert will also examine the politics of Harburg (1896–1981), a leftist who spent time on the Hollywood blacklist, whose songbook also includes hits like “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Harburg’s “Over the Rainbow” (written with composer Harold Arlen) was listed as number one on the Songs of the 20th Century list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special guests at the concert include Ernie Harburg, the lyricist’s son, and his wife Deena Rosenberg, cultural and music historian, author of Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin, and founding chair of the musical theatre program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 92Y is located on Lexington Avenue between 91st and 92nd streets in Manhattan. Tickets for The Lyrics of Yip Harburg concert cost $29, and can be ordered by clicking here.

Oz in the News 12.7.17

Local music teacher to host launch event for new children’s book Randy L. Schmidt, a music teacher at Adkins Elementary School in Lantana, has written his first children’s book, “Becoming Judy Garland,” a biography he has dedicated to the students of Adkins Elementary. The book explores the early life and career of Garland — originally named Frances Gumm — as she went from vaudeville to movie stardom to the “role of a lifetime” in “The Wizard of Oz,” according to a news release. “I wrote this book because I feel Judy Garland is still relevant to children, even after all these years,” Schmidt said in a prepared statement. “The timeless appeal of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ speaks to today’s kids in the same way it has for nearly 80 years. The Library of Congress says it’s ‘the most watched film ever,’ so most kids know Dorothy’s story, but not necessarily Judy’s. This book brings her extraordinary talent to life again for a new audience of adoring fans.” All Adkins students, their families and the community are invited to the upcoming book dedication and launch party, where Schmidt will read from his book and discuss his love of reading, research and writing. The event is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Adkins Library Learning Center. For more information about Schmidt and his books, click here.