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By Dave Rosenthal | March 8, 2013
L. Frank Baum's classic about a wonderful wizard is getting a new look, in a movie prequel called "Oz: The Great & Powerful. " This isn't a true adaptation -- in fact, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and other key characters do not even appear, and references to Baum's work are kept to a minimum. Early reactions show that the movie may be more appealling to general sudiences than to critics . It's a reimagining of the background of the huckster who is swept away to a magical land and is thrust into an uncomftable role as leader.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For the Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
When Stephen Huppaty, owner of OzCorp Fine Builders, moved to Baltimore from Australia in 1997, he was intrigued by an interesting appendage to the miles of brick row houses -- rooftop decks. In the following years, these playpens in the sky would continue popping up in neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill, Locust Point, Butchers Hill and Canton. To Huppaty, it made perfect sense. In the tight confines of these neighborhoods, owners wishing to put additions on their row homes could either go back (given sufficient room)
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By Mike Giuliano | April 18, 2012
Watching the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" always makes you feel like you're not in Kansas anymore. The theatrical version of this immortal musical at Toby's Dinner Theatre does a pretty good job of making you feel like you're not in Columbia anymore. This is a challenging musical to adapt for the stage. Let's start with the special effects. There is the twister that spins Dorothy's Kansas farmhouse around and then deposits it in Oz. There is the water-soaked witch who must shrink until she disappears.
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By Evan Siple and By Evan Siple | May 27, 2014
For more than a decade, Golden West Cafe has been slingin' Southwest cuisine to the denizens of Hampden and beyond, in addition to live music, comedy shows and a solid bar in the back. Primarily a whiskey bar, Golden West's cocktail list displayed on a regularly changing rotation always showcases the brown stuff, and more often than not with a Southwest twist. Bartender Charlie Long and company are ready to debut a new set of whiskey based cocktails, one of the punchiest of the lot being the Killer Bee. Despite the ominous sounding name, the Killer Bee is designed to be "a bit lighter for the spring and summer," according to Long.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
Everyone who has ever sat before a television or movie screen to enjoy the fantasy of "The Wizard of Oz" should plan to see how magical this family favorite becomes onstage at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. The production brings the beloved characters live and up-close, so that we feel we are traveling the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her newfound friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Director David James transfers this 1939 film classic — which was based on the book by L. Frank Baum — to 2012, and dazzles us with a fabulous cast and exciting special effects that include swirling tornadoes that whisk us away from Kansas.
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February 28, 2014
P atapsco High School & Center for the Arts is presenting the musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” continuing through Sunday at the school, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk. The show opened Thursday, and additional showtimes are  7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1; with a  2 p.m. show on Sunday, March 2. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.  
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
Every fan of the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz" should plan to travel to Columbia during the next two months to visit the magical land of Oz at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Toby's production brings the beloved screen characters — Dorothy and friends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion — live and up close to us so we feel we are traveling with them along the Yellow Brick Road. Director David James moves this film classic to 2012 with increased magic created by his fabulous cast and by using special effects including swirling tornadoes, fearsome thunderclaps and lightning flashes along with billowing smoke.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | June 17, 2007
Food ** 1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Service ** (3 stars) Atmosphere ** 1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Every steakhouse has to have a gimmick to differentiate it from the rest. In the case of oZ. Chophouse, it's all in the name. It's an awkward name -- do I capitalize it when it starts a sentence, for instance? And I can only imagine the various ways it's pronounced. (The correct way seems to be oh-zee, not Oz, not ounce, and not oh-ZEE.) But the name does say in two letters and a period quite a bit about Maple Lawn's first steakhouse.
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By SLOANE BROWN | October 4, 2006
There are custom-made homes, custom-made clothes, and now custom-made steak, courtesy of Howard County's newest restaurant, oZ. Chophouse. That's pronounced Oh-Zee, as in the abbreviation of ounce. Not Oz, as in "The Wizard of." The name, and the concept, come from owners Tim and Katie Buscher. "We were going to call it Ounce Chophouse because we can customize our steaks and serve them by the ounce, but it didn't sound right," Katie Buscher says. Little "o", big "Z," period was born. Although, from the sounds of it, this eatery may have more than just the slight similarity in nomenclature to the land of Dorothy.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 11, 1998
Be forewarned: "Oz," the award-winning HBO drama about life in a maximum security prison, returns for its second season tonight, and the news is that it contains one of the most graphic scenes ever shown on television.Those familiar with the series produced by Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, of "Homicide: Life on the Street," might wonder how it could top last year in terms of brutality. That pilot featured one inmate branding another after he raped him. The season went on to include an electrocution and several especially gory murders.
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May 27, 2014
Dorothy is clicking her heels into town. Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the film "The Wizard of Oz" comes to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric today through June 1, and Julia McLellan will be front and center as the girl who realizes there's no place like home. The Toronto resident received the role after auditioning while a senior studying music theater at Sheridan College in Wyoming. "I auditioned for the director and thought it was just a pipe dream," said McLellan, 23. "I was so surprised to hear that I would actually be doing the show.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
The strange journey of Dorothy, courtesy of a tornado, from Kansas to Oz was so indelibly committed to celluloid in 1939 that it might seem unnecessary - even a little sacrilegious - to transform the MGM classic into a stage show. But given the film's colorful story, its no-place-like-home message and brilliant Harold Arlen songs, it's easy to understand the temptation. Only a few years after it hit the screen, "The Wizard of Oz" was adapted by the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis.
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February 28, 2014
P atapsco High School & Center for the Arts is presenting the musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” continuing through Sunday at the school, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk. The show opened Thursday, and additional showtimes are  7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1; with a  2 p.m. show on Sunday, March 2. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.  
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By Meekah Hopkins | February 25, 2014
Forget those Winter Olympians. Baltimore just welcomed home another kind of champion, one I can totally get behind: a winning cocktail. Crowned the as the people's choice winner at Sunday's Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis charitable gala, the Spiced Nashi is a spicy little number with a hint of springtime flavor that we all desperately need. Created by Pabu Izakaya's head bartender Nick Jones, the Spiced Nashi battled it out with 17 other bars and restaurants to earn his prize (by the way, the grand cocktail champion of the night was The Canal Street, created by Fleet Street Kitchen's Tim Riley)
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By Meekah Hopkins | June 11, 2013
Ask a native son to write a love letter to Maryland and among her many virtues, Old Bay will surely be extolled. We local folk are fiercely prideful about the quirky bits of living in our state that encompass the saying, "It's just a Maryland thing. " We relish the exclusivity of a select few oddities that make our state great. At the same time, we love introducing outsiders to our traditions and lifestyles. On the short list of items that makes a person feel home here in the Old Line State, Old Bay gives most us the greatest warm and fuzzies.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
One of Santa's helpers, a man who tilts at windmills, and Toto, too, will be part of the 2013-2014 season of the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. One of the country's most distinguished dance companies, the Joffrey Ballet, is also scheduled. Based on the hit film of the same name, "Elf" is a musical with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, a book by Thomas Meehan (his credits include "Hairspray") and Bob Martin. The family show, which has been a presence at holiday time on Broadway, will play the Lyric Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. The plot follows the adventures of an orphan who winds up working with the other elves at the North Pole, figures out he's human, and heads to New York to find his father and, of course, what is invariably called the true spirit of Christmas.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | June 26, 1991
Toto is not in Kansas anymore.He followed the yellow brick road east to a theater on the hill and won star billing in the "Wizard of Oz," one of two summer productions at Western Maryland College.An actor, so unknown he was nameless, landed the part of Dorothy's faithful pet two weeks ago.The college's Theatre on the Hill put out a cast call for a black cairn terrier to accompany Dorothy on the road to Oz. In addition to stage presence, the pup had to be smallenough to fit in a basket.After a few fruitless auditions, Ira Domser, the producer, began a kennel search for an amateur.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2002
Oz Bengur insists that he knows what he's doing. Sure, hardly anybody knows who he is, and he's running against a guy whom everybody knows, in Madonna- or Cher-like fashion, by one name: Dutch. And yes, he's challenging C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger for the Democratic nomination in a congressional district drawn by the governor specifically with the term-limited Baltimore County executive in mind. Then there's the fact that Ruppersberger has won all five elections he's entered during the past 17 years, while Bengur's only campaign was to be an alternate delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention from Maine.
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By Evan Siple | March 26, 2013
Well folks, spring is officially upon us and it's time to start wetting our whistles with some light, fun, refreshing drinks that are more conducive to outdoor frolicking than hermiting next to an open hearth or space heater. And what better liquor to inspire such a creation than sweet, beloved rum, everybody's favorite molasses-based distilled booze, which Station North's (and Power Plant Live's) Joe Squared happens to have an enormous selection of. Joe Squared has a number of classic rum cocktails on its list, a few innovations to boot, and one particular take on Brazil's national cocktail - the Caipriña (or Caipirinha, if you prefer)
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