Voorhees Town Center Hosts ‘Thriller Night’ With Outdoor Viewing And Live Reenactment Of MJ’s Short Film

Sources: MJ.com – By Kirstie Rearick | Edited By – All Things Michael

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The Voorhees Town Center is getting ready for the spookiest holiday of the year with its annual “Thriller Night” set for Friday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Families and friends can come out to enjoy snacks and take-outs on the lawn while watching the “Nightmare Before Christmas” on a 20-foot outdoor screen.

Also, watch more than 30 theater performers and the public perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in sync with the video playing on the screen and catch up with some strolling characters — a 12-foot strolling skeleton puppet, a seven-foot Frankenstein and a uni-cylcling witch.

“Spirit hours” will be held at the Town Center’s restaurants.

The Voorhees Town Center is located at the intersection of Somerdale and Burnt Mill roads in Voorhees. For more information, www.voorheestowncenter.com.

 

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Shufflin’in Scranton Local Flash Mob ‘Thriller’ Dance To Be Part of World Record Breaking Attempt

Sources: The Times Tribute | Edited By All Things Michael

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As Vincent Price once growled, “No mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.”

Those words will come to life on Saturday, when tens of thousands across the globe attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s spooky No. 1 hit, “Thriller.”

The Electric City will join the global event, called “Thrill the World,” at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, which will host a special afternoon of activities that invites area residents to be part of the phenomenon.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for registration and a couple of run-throughs of the routine before the official flash mob starts at 5. Pre-registration is available and team fundraising pages can be shared from http://www.thrillscranton.com.

Before the dance takes place, attendees can enjoy children’s activities such as face painting and pumpkin decorating, plus an ice cream truck will be on hand and other foods, including hot dogs and popcorn, will be for sale. There will be a beer garden and cash bar for adults.

In-house choreographer Cristina Sohns Williams has been working with a core group of about 30 dancer-volunteers, who met for lessons in the weeks leading up to the event. On Saturday, the block of North Washington Avenue between Vine and Mulberry streets will be closed for the group dance.

Andy Kurilla, instructor of digital technology at Lackawanna College, with help from some students, will film the event, to be uploaded to the official global website.

The video must be a still shot, with zero panning in or out, so that coordinators can complete a head count to add to the official worldwide count, according to Emily Hibbs, development manager for SCC and the event organizer.

“It’s happening, I think, in 200 places around the world,” Miss Hibbs explained. “We’re aiming to get about 500 participants.

“Everyone we talked to thought it was just the coolest idea,” she said.

A $25 registration fee includes the dance lessons and T-shirts while supplies last. Students can sign up for $15. Additionally, Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors is offering “zombie insurance” to folks who want to be part of the event but who aren’t into dancing. It allows supporters to make a donation to the cultural center for $30, which gives them access to T-shirts and the flash mob event, as well as the zombie crawl, scheduled to pick up immediately where the dance leaves off.

“We’ve partnered with a number of downtown businesses who will offer specials to zombie dancers,” Miss Hibbs said. Guests will receive maps listing participating vendors and specials they’ll offer.

While participants are encouraged to dress like the undead, Miss Hibbs said it’s not necessary to be part of the zombie crowd.

“We want everyone to be comfortable,” she said.

All proceeds from the event will be used for youth programming and the Matthew Flynn Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made directly by visiting http://www.sccmt.org.

Despite the ghoulish nature of it all, “Thrill the World” is a fun activity for anyone and everyone, Miss Hibbs said.

“The beauty of the event is it’s really open to all ages,” she noted. “We have some little peanuts that are 6 years old and grandmas.

“It’s something you can bring the whole family out and do together,” Miss Hibbs said.

Contact the writer: pwilding@times shamrock.com, @pwilding on Twitter

If you go

What: Thrill the World, a Worldwide “Thriller” Flash-Mob

When: Saturday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Registration and activities take place at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. The block of North Washington Avenue between Mulberry and Vine streets will be closed for the crowd dance.

Details: Registration is $25 per person/$15 for students. For more information or to pre-register online, visit http://www.thrillscranton.com. Donations to the Matthew Flynn Memorial Scholarship can be made by visiting http://www.sccmt.org. For more information, call 570-346-7369.

 

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In The Studio With Michael Jackson – “The Bad Mixes”

Sources: In The Studio With Michael – By Brad Sundberg | All Things Michael

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Whenever I get closer to doing a seminar, I dig into my boxes of memorabilia for two reasons:

1) To look for unique items, music, etc., to share with the group.
2) To get myself back into “MJ World”, if that makes any sense.

I know this likely comes as a shock, but I don’t listen to MJ music 24/7. Particularly after a series of seminars I simply need to take a break from it and instead listen to Beck or Steely Dan or AC/DC or Gloria Gaynor (don’t laugh) for a while. I know… it doesn’t make sense, but it’s true! The seminars bring back a lot of memories and things get to be very real again… and I have to let it go. (Wow, that got deep fast.)

So I am going over last minute prep for the next series of seminars in London, Copenhagen and Frankfurt, and I opened up my memory boxes. Captain EO shirt (original!), my signed Thriller album, boxes and boxes of tapes, CDs, lyrics, scribbled notes and comp sheets, etc. Then I saw my old “Bad Mixes” CD.

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After the “Bad” album was released… I mean almost immediately after it was released, Bruce Swedien and I were back at Westlake Studio D starting the remixes for singles, dance mixes, video mixes, etc. This went on for months – song after song.

Monster Cable was involved in the “Bad” album (no, I don’t get a free anything for mentioning them), and Noel Lee was an occasional visitor to the project. Noel was cool, and always seemed to enjoy his visits to the studio. We had Monster Cable all over the place, which was a mixed blessing: It does sound good, but suddenly I was having to lug cables the size of garden hoses around for speakers, and microphone harnesses with the diameter of a grapefruit everywhere we went. No need to hit the gym in those days.

So I don’t know the exact origin of the “Bad Mixes” (I’m sure there are plenty of readers who know more about it than I do), but Monster had some direct involvement – at least with the Special Edition CD. So one day Noel shows up and Bruce and I were working on something – I have no idea what – with a small box of CDs under his arm. He was very proud and pulled them out of the box. Each one had a number: 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004, 0005, and so on. Michael was on tour, and I’m not sure where Quincy was, but Noel very graciously gave us the CDs with specific instructions that Michael was to have 0001, Quincy would receive 0002, Bruce got 0003, and I received 0004. Noel would keep 0005 for himself.

Now don’t read more into this than you should because I was treated very well by everyone, but it was pretty cool for Noel to include me in the top four of receiving one of his hand-delivered, limited edition numbered CDs. They could have gone to the endless list of managers and executives and lawyers first, but Noel knew we were on the front lines of making the music sound great, and using many of his products along the way, so I think this was his way of saying “thank you”.

I still have good old 0004, sealed in it’s original packaging, as a cool momento from a long time ago. No, it’s not for sale… It represents way too big a part of my life to sell. So there you go… I’m ramping back into MJ world just by digging in a box of memories.

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London, Copenhagen, Frankfurt – tickets are still available, and the new material is pretty cool. I was up late last night putting some new segments together from Dangerous – and I think you are going to like them!

Download the “Bad Mixes” or dig out your old CD of it and crank them up this weekend – “Smooth Criminal” sounds better than ever!

I hope to see you on our European tour starting next weekend. Will You Be There?

(0004 will be staying home, safe and sound).

Tickets are still on sale at www.inthestudiowithmj.com, AND – if you are already a ticket holder – I have a few T-shirts still available for purchase here – just scroll to the bottom of the screen: http://inthestudiowithmj.com/events/

Have a great week, and thank you to my guests in Europe who have already purchased tickets – we are so excited to see you in the coming days!

Keep The Faith -

Brad

 

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Tyga Debuts L.A. Gear Sneakers Line – Sneak Preview Of Michael Jackson Basketball Shoe

Sources: Hip Hop Wired – By Trent Clark | All Things Michael

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Tyga the superstar rap artist has been eyeing the most suitable footwear to compliment his Last Kings clothing line.

You may remember the once prominent brand L.A. Gear for their light up sneakers, Reebok Pump replicas or unlikely endorser in Michael Jackson. The Los Angeles based company enjoyed their glory days back when the Young Money rapper was still in diapers but Hip-Hop’s love for all things retro is everlasting and the cycle has reached its full circumference.

“T-Raww ‘6ams’ running shoe coming soon!,” Tyga posted while posing in a pair of bright orange low top sneakers with his nicknamed embroidered on the tongue.

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He also unveiled a basketball shoe and special MJ model that were likely inspired by the late King of Pop’s look during his Bad album run.

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@lagear Michael Jackson redesigned by me coming soon! #LaGear

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Review: Thriller Live At Eden Court

Sources: The Press And Journal – By Susan Welsh | All Things Michael

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Having entered the record books as one of the longest-running musicals in West End history, Thriller Live opened at Eden Court Theatre on Monday night.

The spectacular non-stop show celebrates the career of what some regard as the world’s greatest entertainer, the late Michael Jackson.

Through a combination of dance, video and a talented cast of five singers, 10 dancers and excellent six-piece band, the audience is taken on a musical journey through Michael’s 45 year career.

Playing to a packed house, the show opened with History before immediately launching in a medley of Jackson 5 hits including I Want You Back, ABC sung by Wayne Robinson, J Rome, Alex Buchanan and Deborah Dada and Dak Mashava, while the flexible dancers jigged, somersaulted and back-flipped across the stage.

That set the tone for the evening. Great music, fabulous dancing and numerous hits from different decades.

With favourites such as Can Your Feel it, Off the Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t care About Us, Dangerous and Heal the World, it wasn’t long before the crowd were on there feet – 25 minutes in fact, which must be something of a record for Eden Court.

For me, and I suspect I’m not alone, the star of the show was young singer, Alex Buchanan who gave a classy, polished and note-perfect performance.

He made it to the semi finals of TV’s The Voice last year and if he continues to put in performances like this, he’ll be headlining his own shows soon.

After more than two hours of non-stop fun, the show drew to its glitzy end with a fantastic version of Thriller, complete with zombies running through the audience to get to the stage.

If you want to forget your troubles for a couple of hours, and leave the theatre feeling happy, then grab a ticket for this show which is at Eden Court until Saturday, October 25.

 

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Chicago’s Largest ‘Thriller’ Flash Mob Ever Being Planned For Halloween

Sources: Chicagoist |The Local Tourist Chicago |All Things Michael

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Flash mobs may seem beyond passé at this point, yet not even the most jaded flash mobster can resist the siren call of the Thriller dance. And so, I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel hosts what they are dubbing Chicago’s largest “Thriller Flash Mob on October 31 to celebrate their first Halloween.

Here’s how it goes down:

Don’t worry if you don’t know all the creepy, crawly moves, because instructors at Flirty Girl Fitness will be happy to teach them to both men and women that night. Thriller classes will be held at their studio located at 2215 N Halsted Street at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Come in costume or bring it with you. Either way, Flirty Girl’s staff can help transform you into the living dead with nail, hair and make-up services for $5 – $15.

To complete the party atmosphere, alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from Flirty Girl’s bar. Take adult beverages into the disco-lit, fog machine enhanced studio while learning when to clap your hands over your head and slide to the right. (That’s the only move I remember from the video.)

After the Thriller choreography is perfected, or at least sort of learned, the mob will head to the Halloween party at I|O Urban Roofscape beginning at 9:00pm. Then, at 10:31pm and again at midnight, all the preparation will pay off as the dance floor will be invaded by ghouls and zombies breaking out into coordinated dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

You’re nobody if you haven’t tried to do the Thriller dance at least once in your lifetime. But whether or not you want to try to do so amongst a group of perfect strangers in Halloween costumes is an entirely different matter. Tickets to this macabre soirée can be bought here.

Just remember to have someone do the Vincent Price narration as well.

Flirty Girl Fitness is located at 2215 N. Halsted Street in Lincoln Park; I|O Urban Roofscape is located at 127 W. Huron St. 

 

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Massive Zombie Thriller Dance Coming To City Hall (Toronto)

Sources: Blog To – By Aubrey Jax| All Things Michael

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Those sleepovers where you danced the zombie dance while your friends’ parents begged you to go to sleep and stop making noise up there are about to pay off. Next weekend a spooky cast of dancers are calling on Toronto to rattle its gross, brain eating (costumed) bodies in an attempt to set a new world record for the most people sashaying the zombie dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Toronto held claim to the first such record in 2006, in case you dance best under pressure.

If you’d like to take part, bring a donation for the Prostate Cancer Canada to Nathan Phillips Square, specifically “the washroom, at the skate rental area” (sketchy), at 4:30pm Saturday, October 25th – it’s the same day as Zombie Walk, so you don’t have to worry about over-zombie-ing your pores this year – and join the hour long rehearsal before the 6pm showdown. If you just want to watch, look out for the bitey ones.

 

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The Michael Jackson “Dittmar Collection” Exhibit Ends Tomorrow

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Gronau – Anyone looking for a cozy place away from the fresh autumnal temperatures can still quickly take advantage of the last opportunity to visit the Michael Jackson exhibition in the rock’n’ popmuseum. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 19, before it goes back in private.

In recent months, many fans of the King of Pop have came to rock’n’popmuseum. In addition to the interested museum visitors, fans clubs traveled in buses and even went in costumes through the exhibition.

Visitors get to see an extract from the “Dittmar Collection,” the private collection of Chris Dittmar Julian, one of the largest and most valuable Michael Jackson collections worldwide. The collector has complied hundreds of exhibits from his possession with the aim to bring visitors closer to both the private individual as well as the world famous Mega Star, who held the breath of the world for decades.

Its artifacts include garments of the singer, including an original Billie Jean jacket that he wore in Pensacola during rehearsals for his “BAD World Tour” in 1988 and also a worn shoe signed by the artist.

The exhibit includes several original awards, such as the eye-catching Platinum Award presented to Michael Jackson for 7 million records, CDs and cassettes sold of the album “Dangerous.”

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The skurrileren exhibits includes an original invitation to the private funeral and burial of Michael Jackson, which was held in Glendale on September 3, 2009 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Video clips and audio round off the varied appearances of the exhibition.  The audio guide gives the visitor detailed information about the objects that lift the veil of legend.

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