Friday, April 25, 2014

A Wonderful Reading Of Oz - Tonight (Friday, April 25th - Arizona USA)

The (rotten) Nome King (no 'G')

 The main write up (most transcribed from the above poster, the rest from HERE):
Night of Fairy Tales: A Wonderful Reading of Oz 
Friday, April 25, 20146-8 p.m. 
Come travel with us from Kansas to The Emerald City through film, art, music, and stories in an evening celebrating the 75th anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz.  This event features readings from L. Frank Baum’s wonderful Oz series, on which the movie was based.  Excerpts feature—of course—beloved Dorothy and her “meat dog,” as Toto’s referred to early on in this weird little book. And have you heard about Queen Zixi of Ix, the Patchwork Girl, King Rinkitink, and the Shaggy Man? They’re featured at Night of Fairy Tales too!
Readers include University of Arizona students and faculty.  Visual ephemera—and video commentaries from poets, actors, economists, and others—will accompany the readings.
 
Please join us for a Wonderful Reading of Oz and find yourself spellbound by Oz, as by poppies in a vast field. 
Dessert reception, games, and music will follow the reading at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 
Registration is strongly encouraged.
From Fairy Tale Review:

The Patchwork Girl & Woozy
Some of you may remember last year’s debut Night of Fairy Tales: A Very Grimm Reading. This year, we’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film with a reading from the original books by L. Frank Baum, on which the movie was based. Excerpts feature–of course–beloved Dorothy and her “meat dog,” as Toto’s referred to early on in this weird little book. But have you heard about Queen Zixi of Ix, the Patchwork Girl, King Rinkitink, and the Shaggy Man? They’re featured atNight of Fairy Tales too! 
Local to Tucson, the event will take place tomorrow night (Friday, April 25th) at the UA Poetry Center and will feature readings by UA faculty and students, special guests Brent Hendricks and Timothy Schaffert, along with live music from the Greasy Light Orkestra, and food from Amelia Grey’s Cafe & Catering. 
As with last year’s event, we expect a magical evening, filled with wonderment and awe, but also some due seriousness and a critical look at the legacy of L. Frank Baum’s seminal Oz series.

3 comments:

  1. Jennifer D. BushroeApril 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I went to this tonight and it was great! So nice to be around fellow fairy tale lovers. I spoke with Kate afterward, and she said next year's theme might be Hansel & Gretel or Baba Yaga. I'm rooting for Baba. :)

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  2. Oh that's so great! If you get a moment I'd love to hear more about the evening. (PS I'm also rooting for Baba Yaga.. ;)

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  3. Jennifer D. BushroeApril 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Well, when you came in they had a nice compilation playing on a screen of clips of music videos/TV shows/movies/etc. of different interpretations of The Wizard of Oz. There was an introduction by Kate (who's the head of Fairy Tale Review) & Timothy Schaffert (who wrote a novel about the wizard called The Swan Gondola), and then a series of readings from Ozma of Oz, The Wizard of Oz, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Road to Oz, Queen Zixi of Ix, and The Land of Oz. I've actually never read Baum's series (I know--shame on me!) but I was so surprised that there were so many books to the series. (Have you read them all?) And then a reception with live music and sweet treats and fairy tale conversation. All around a great evening. :)

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