First Friday: The Wizard of Oz
First Friday of every month
Spend a delightfully different evening on the First Friday of every month. Enjoy light fare plus beer and wine from the Acro Café, shop at the Museum Store, enjoy the Nature Art Gallery, groove to live music and stroll through fabulous exhibits. At 7 pm, catch a free cult classic at The Natural Horror Picture Show.
For information, contact Steve Popson at 919.733.7450 x379.
First Friday June 1, 2012
Natural Horror Picture Show: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Movie starts at 7pm
You’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” showing on the big screen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, June 1. In this Oscar-winning film based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s books, Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and wind up in the Land of Oz. Here she embarks on a quest to meet the Wizard of Oz, who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, a heart and “da noive.”
Dorothy is of course played by Judy Garland (originally Frances Ethel Gumm), the youngest daughter of vaudevillians Frank and Ethel Gumm, who at an early age joined her siblings as one-third of the family song and dance act called the “Gumm Sisters.” Louis B. Mayer, mogul of leading film studio MGM, signed Frances to a contract in 1935 after hearing her sing. It was then that her name was changed to Judy Garland. She had good roles in a few musical romantic comedies (often paired with Mickey Rooney) before her groundbreaking part in the “Wizard of Oz” in 1939.
The Museum Store also offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-9pm) for Freechild Studios, whose show "Color on Clay II" will be on display from June 1 to July 1 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.