Oz in the News 4.6.17

The Secret Jewish History Of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Adrian, who when he deigned to go by two names went by Gilbert Adrian, was born in Connecticut with an astonishing three names: Adrian Adolph Greenberg. His grandparents on his father’s side were Russian immigrants, while his mother’s parents had come to the United States from Bohemia and Germany. Best known in his life for his opulent gowns, most memorably displayed in an originally-cut, now-restored fashion show in the 1939 film “The Women,” Adrian’s work of most lasting significance was those ruby slippers. The final look was simultaneously demure and excessive, a midwest-appropriate Mary Jane positively overrun with sequins: Each shoe, supposedly, sported 2,300.

Oz in the News 4.4.17

‘Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure’ Snags Five Daytime Emmy Nominations Tokyo-based Polygon Pictures announced that its animated feature Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure has received five nominations for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, including outstanding children’s animated program, outstanding casting for an animated series or special, outstanding writing in an animated program, outstanding sound mixing – animation and outstanding sound editing – animation. Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure is a special feature from the Lost In Oz original animated series by Amazon Prime Video and the Bureau of Magic, which was released on Dec. 2, 2016, on Amazon Prime Video.

Todrick Hall on his new Tour, RuPaul, and, of Course, The Wizard of Oz “I wanted to tell the story of my life. I was a kid who grew up different in Texas, much like Dorothy feels in Kansas. She wanted to go somewhere else. But in life we often feel like we need other people, even in relationships or in business, we think we need other people to give us permission to do things instead of taking matters into our own hands. I’m not gonna wait for some wizard, who doesn’t really have the power to help me anyway, to give me what I need when I can get it myself. That’s basically what I’ve done my whole career on YouTube, but for some reason it didn’t apply to recording music. I wanted to move to L.A. to become a recording artist, but everyone said no to me. “You’re not going to be able to chart on the pop charts.” I don’t have a record deal or whatever. But I put my song out that I self-produced on iTunes and now RuPaul and I are in the top 20 of the pop charts. We’re the number 4 top album today.”

Oz in the News 4.2.17

Local Oz fans bring the Wizard of Oz to the bayou “Wizard of Oz” enthusiasts gathered at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library today for the second annual Oz on the Bayou.
The event gave local and out-of-town fans a chance to discuss the series started over 100 years ago by L. Frank Baum. It now spans over 40 books and dozens of movies. The event, hosted by local members of the International Wizard of Oz Club, David Diket and Karen Diket, featured discussions on “The Princess of Oz,” the 11th Oz book written by Baum in 1917, and performances from students of Central Lafourche High School. David Diket said he first became interested in Oz as a kid after watching the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” film starring Judy Garland and reading the first few books in the series. “I just dove right in, and never grew up,” said David Diket, who became a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 2011.
“The club opened my eyes to the whole community of Oz,” he said. “I didn’t realize quite how big it was and how involved I could be with that community.”
Susan Hall travels all over the country from Tulsa, Okla., to attend similar gatherings of the Oz community, which she refers to as her family.
“I’ve made friendships that have lasted over 30 years,” said Hall. “They’re just fun people to hang around with. We look on the bright side of life.” New York Times best-selling author and artist Eric Shanower was the featured guest and discussed his own work in the Oz universe. Shanower wrote Marvel Comic’s graphic novelization of the Oz series, which has won several Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. “I decided when I was very young that I wanted to write and draw my own Oz stories for publication,” said Shanower.

Oz in the News 3.31.17

Oz on the Bayou returns Saturday The second annual Oz on the Bayou that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library will feature presentations, games, a story time and a guest author. Hosted by the local chapter of the International Wizard of Oz Club, Oz on the Bayou is an event for Oz enthusiasts to gather and discuss the world created by L. Frank Baum. Children’s storytime and crafts begin at 10 a.m. in the children’s section of the library, 151 Library Drive, Houma. There will also be performances, presentations, games and a costume contest in the main meeting room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Author Eric Shanower will give a talk and be available for book signings. Shanower wrote Marvel Comic’s adaptation of the “Wizard of Oz” series, which has made the New York Times Best Sellers list multiple times. Shanower also won several Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for his work with the series.

Oz in the News 3.30.17

‘Beneath-normal human existence:’ Thief steals from grave of ‘Wizard of Vienna’  Fred Causey had a lifelong love affair with the movie The Wizard of Oz. He, as so many do, grew up watching it. And he filled his home in Vienna, two hours south of Atlanta, with thousands of pieces of memorabilia from the film. The 65-year-old loved opening his home to share it all with children and with everyone else in Vienna, where he had lived all his life until his death on Christmas Day 2014. Causey was buried at the Vienna City Cemetery.  But someone recently went to his grave site and stripped it bare. Personal items, including the Wizard of Oz stepping stones, flowers, even the headstone – gone.

Oz in the News 3.29.17

National Recording Registry Picks Are “Over the Rainbow”  Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage. One of the best-known ballads of all time, “Over the Rainbow,” from the classic American fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz,” expresses a poignant yearning for escape as sung by the film’s young star, Judy Garland.  “Over the Rainbow” became an anthem for Garland, a song she cherished throughout her life as her favorite.  “It represents everyone’s wondering why things can’t be a little better,” she said in a 1967 interview, two years before her death. Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg settled on the image of the rainbow as the “only colorful thing that she’s [the Garland character] ever seen in her life,” he recalled, and created a symbol of hope that also became a reason for the film’s creators to shift its cinematography from sepia tones to Technicolor once Dorothy landed in the Land of Oz. Garland credited the song’s “childlike, wistful quality” to its composer, Harold Arlen.  The song won an Academy Award, and the 1939 Decca recording by Garland—released a few weeks after the film’s premiere—with accompaniment by Victor Young and his orchestra, became a best-seller.

Oz in the News 3.24.17

Man in Cold Norton Road, Latchingdon buys Wizard of Oz-style ruby slippers to display in front lawn for shoe-crazed wife  MOST of us like to present our front gardens with a nice border of flowers and an immaculate patch of lawn. Such thinking doesn’t hold sway with Andy Walker, who has adorned his garden in Latchingdon with a Wizard of Oz-esque pair of ruby slippers. Mr Walker, a scrap merchant who moved to his Cold Norton Road home nearly three years ago, discovered the shoes at a scrap factory awaiting to be destroyed. “Being a scrap merchant, I was one day walking around a scrap factory when I spotted these huge red, high-heeled shoes on top of a shelf, and I thought to myself, if these can’t satisfy an obsession with shoes, I don’t know what can. After they’d been placed down we had several people walking by just looking and taking photos, which isn’t very surprising. “It’s not something you’ll see every day in a quiet neighbourhood.”