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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2010
Except, perhaps, for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," some of us could get along very nicely without any reminders of the '70s — all that bad hair, all those frenetically patterned clothes. OK, maybe a little of the music wasn't so bad. Oh yeah, and a few of the musicals, at least those by Sondheim. But is there really any reason to revisit "The Wiz" ? Isn't that 1975 work just an awkward and severely dated product of its time? Doesn't it suggest the theatrical flipside of a blaxploitation film?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Wiz Khalifa, one of the headline acts for this year's Preakness Infield party, was busted for pot in North Carolina Tuesday -- the second time in a week, just days before his Baltimore appearance. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the rapper was arrested for marijuana possession after officers smelled the smoke pouring from his tour bus. On April 21, police in Nashville found pot in the hotel room of the rapper, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz. In Winston-Salem, police arrested nearly 20 people, including fans and members of Khalifa's entourage, the Journal reported.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 1997
When the forces of good and evil battle each other in "The Wiz," the outcome would seem as inevitable as "The Wizard of Oz" popping up on TV every year. Dorothy and her dysfunctional friends will triumph over every witch and winged monkey they meet along that yellow brick road.But what if the wicked witch, known as Evilleen in "The Wiz," is played by ferocious disco legend Grace Jones? Wearing little but attitude and knee-high black leather boots, the Amazonian Jones seems more than a match for the wholesome Dorothy.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Maroon 5 and the rapper Wiz Khalifa will headline this year's Preakness Infield May 19 at Pimlico Race Track, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday morning. It's the fourth year the Infield has hosted marquee performers as part of the InfieldFEST, an alternative to the bring-your-own-beer mayhem of the past that combines music, bikini contests, volleyball games and other events. The selection of the five-piece band Maroon 5, known for its brand of highly polished commercial pop, is in line with the family-friendly acts that headlined last year - the R&B singer Bruno Mars, and the adult contemporary big shots, Train.
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May 23, 2000
Van Bokkelen Elementary School will present a miniversion of the Broadway musical "The Wiz" at 7 p.m. Thursday. The performance will feature fourth- and fifth-graders. The play will be staged in the school auditorium at 1140 Reece Road, Severn. Admission is free. Information: 410-222-6535. Students Corrinne Altman of Crofton, a senior majoring in dietetics in the College for Human Development of Syracuse University, received two honors at the college's awards convocation - the Selleck Award, recognizing exceptional personal qualities, significant service to the university and high academic standing; and the college's scholar award recognizing scholarly achievement, community service and professional integration of scholarly endeavors.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | February 25, 1993
Images of flight show up at the beginning (a tornado) and end (a hot-air balloon) of the musical, "The Wiz." So it seems especially appropriate to discover nearly two decades after its world premiere in Baltimore, the show is still as uplifting as ever.Furthermore, nearly all of the performances soar in the production playing a one-week run at the Lyric Opera House. Stephanie Mills may be a little long in the tooth for teen-age Dorothy, the role she created when she was herself a teen-ager.
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By LARRY STURGILL | May 17, 1995
This will be an activity-filled weekend in West Columbia, including a high school production of "The Wiz," festivals large and small, and the grand opening of Columbia's newest swimming pool."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | February 21, 1993
Nowadays, when people stop Andre De Shields on the street, they call him "Mr. Wiz."But the Baltimore-born actor who created the title role in the musical "The Wiz" was almost overlooked for the part initially. And nearly two decades later, he had serious reservations about reprising the role in the revival that opens a one-week run at the Lyric Opera House on Tuesday."I wasn't sure there had been enough distance," De Shields said from New Orleans, approximately halfway into the show's 40-week, 20-city tour.
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By Janet Gilbert | October 6, 2006
Geneva Williams chats warmly as she helps the next customer at the Highland Post Office. It is hard to imagine that this soft-spoken person is known up and down the East Coast as "Gee Wiz" Williams -- the woman who slams the pedal to the floor during weekend drag races, pushing her modified 1968 Chevrolet Camaro to speeds of 187 mph in 7.35 seconds. Williams, 43, is not just a competitor in the Outlaw 10.5 Series of drag racing, so named for the narrow 10 1/2 -inch tires on which the cars run. She is the fastest female driver in the category, having set the record in 2003 at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun. In seven races this year, the Laurel resident has had two first-place finishes, on May 19 and June 11. She aptly describes her vehicle as "so violent and forceful" that its front wheels lift 2 to 3 feet off the ground at the start.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2009
The Talent Machine Company's July show, The Wiz, a retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is an excellent vehicle for the skills of the energetic young performers who make up the musical's cast. TMC is a family phenomenon rooted in the traditions of founder Bobbi Smith, who formed the company in 1987 to create a supportive environment for children as young as 5 to participate in polished musical theater performances. After Smith's death in January 2001, her sister, Vicki Smith, and her daughter, Lea Capps, continued the tradition.
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By Wesley Case | December 7, 2011
This surprise show, headlined by hip-hop's most popular potheads, sold out quickly, unsurprisingly. This year was Wiz's breakthrough year, scoring hits and Grammy nominations (two for "Black and Yellow," sorry Ravens fans) from his major-label debut, "Rolling Papers. " And, well, Snoop is Snoop, a veteran who has transformed from a great rapper to a consistently OK rapper. On record together, they both sound charismatic and at home bragging about their weed habits and the like. The duo's film, "Mac and Devin Go to High School," doesn't have a release date but the soundtrack does - next Tuesday.  The first single, "Young, Wild and Free," features a breezy hook from Bruno Mars and will likely make up thousands of Facebook statuses in the near future, if it hasn't reached that number already (an unofficial version leaked this past summer)
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By Wesley Case, b | July 22, 2011
Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday afternoon ( tickets still available ), and his support is stacked with of-the-moment rappers such as Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller. Also on the bill are frequent Wiz collaborators and fellow weed enthusiasts Curren$y and Big Sean. The three - Wiz, Curren$y and Sean - have formed like a baked Voltron to create the stoned trinity of 2011 hip-hop, a supergroup of rappers with rabid fanbases and enough flows to put together a mixtape.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
This week is a lot more low-key than last, but then again last week was pretty packed. It wasn't just because of Artscape. On Saturday alone, Cass McCombs gave a beautiful show at Golden West Cafe; Scottie B. killed at Metro Gallery, right after all the Artscape madness had ended; there was DYAO at Dionysus, and a tribute to Nina Hagen on the Charles St. bridge. Alas, there probably won't be anyone running around in "Blade Runner" costumes this week. What's happening: Wiz Khalifa and Gang Gang Dance are the best bets for the week; elsewhere there is Thank You, a beer dinner, and a couple of dance parties.
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By Wesley Case | June 6, 2011
The best part of a Song of the Summer candidate is just how low the stakes can be. French Montana, a B or C-list New York rapper whose best work can be found on free mixtapes, is an MC with a mush-mouth delivery and an unremarkable persona. Yet here he is, quietly releasing one of the best songs of the year — “Choppa Choppa Down (Remix)” — and watching it finally pick up the momentum it deserves. French can thank his more famous friends for the boost, as Rick Ross (whose Maybach Music Group could be French’s next home)
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By Wesley Case | April 8, 2011
Despite my recent output, this isn't a Wiz Khalifa blog. But hey, when you have the No. 2 album in the country, you're going to be the topic of discussion for a little while. Anyway, the video for "Taylor Gang," a favorite from the gritty freebie Cabin Fever mixtape (and the song Wiz performed first on his recent tour), debuted yesterday and all I can say is ... finally ! Observe Wiz in his most natural habitat, an everyday dorm house with bad lighting, women, Bombay gin, lighters and oh yeah, ridiculous amounts of marijuana.
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By Wesley Case | April 1, 2011
13. “Fly Solo” (Produced by E. Dan) The album’s most shallow, out-of-place party song has Wiz feebly attempting a Sublime-lite jam, which would seem ideal for a barbecue or frat party until you realize there’s hundreds of better shimmering, “feel good” tracks out there (including Sublime). “Fly Solo” immediately recalls Shwayze, the Malibu, Calif., bro-duo of Aaron “Shwayze” Smith and Cisco Adler that had their own MTV reality show, “Buzzin’.” Their schlocky, fun-in-the-sun songs were silly attempts at putting carefree beach life to tape, and E. Dan’s beat would sound at home on a Shwayze disc, with its prominent acoustic guitar and summery groove.
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By Alborz Ghandehari and Alborz Ghandehari,CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL | March 11, 2004
Brains, courage, heart, home and friendship. What more can you ask for in a night of exceptional story-telling? Glenelg Country School's The Wiz, a rock-and-roll rendition of L. Frank Baum's timeless classic, showcased Charlie Small's fun-filled music and some of the best young talent Howard County has to offer. The production left audiences astounded. The curtain opens on a farm in Kansas where Dorothy, a young, buoyant girl, is being consoled by her aunt when they are suddenly separated by a raging tornado.
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By Richard Reeves | September 28, 1990
DON'T BE TOO surprised if Louisiana sends a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan up to the U.S. Senate this year. ''Good ideas. Bad background'' seem to be the code words white Louisianans use in telling Yankee reporters and pollsters that whether or why they vote for David Duke is none of your business.Polls say Mr. Duke, a charismatic young man who was elected as a Republican last year to the state legislature, will get only about 30 percent of the vote against Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, the Democratic incumbent.
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By Wesley Case | March 31, 2011
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and what it means for a rap star clearly interested in crossing over to mainstream success. 9. “No Sleep” (Produced by Benny Blanco and Noel “Detail” Fischer) Who’s to blame for this monstrosity? Is it Benny Blanco, the 23-year-old Dr. Luke understudy who co-penned Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”?
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By Wesley Case | March 30, 2011
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and what it means for a rap star clearly interested in crossing over to mainstream success. 6. “Wake Up” (Produced by Stargate) If “Roll Up” proved the Wiz-and-Stargate tandem wasn’t bulletproof, “Wake Up” shows they’re capable of an all-out dud. The trouble brews within the first 15 seconds, as Wiz struggles to sing in his higher register about a beyond-tired rap cliché (“I don’t wanna wake up / … And I hardly ever sleep but it’s like a dream”)
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