Andy Warhol Collection On Display At Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts

Sources: The Concordian – By Kelsey Litwin | All Things Michael

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A private collection of Andy Warhol prints on display at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts has succeeded in attracting a new demographic.

The exhibit strays from what has been presented at the museum in the last year. In the 2014 season, museum-goers were treated to retrospectives and views of distant lands. From Van Gogh to Kandinsky looked at impressionism, expressionism and everything in between, while Peter Doig’s collection of paintings transported viewers to his adopted home of Trinidad.

Warhol Mania is a shift that has brought a new generation to the typically classic museum. The collection of graphic design work was curated by art collector Paul Maréchal.

If ever anyone could be called a Warhol aficionado, it would be Maréchal, without a doubt. He has penned three books about Warhol’s work and donated 51 pieces to the Museum of Fine Arts for this exhibit. His passion for the graphic designer’s work might be surpassed only by his passion for sharing it.

Maréchal, who confessed that he could speak endlessly about Warhol, is not new to dealing with museums. Pleased with the reception that the exhibit has had to date, he remarked how great it has been to work with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. “Having only one lender makes it easier to coordinate,” he said.

As a result, two halls on the third floor of the museum are decorated with some of Warhol’s most recognizable pieces, from a hot pink Perrier bottle, to an illustration of Michael Jackson’s TIME cover, to a bright red poster for the 20th Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

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Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration Honoring Andraé Crouch

Sources: Playhouse Square | All Things Michael

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the legacy of seven-time Grammy Award–winning Pastor Andraé Crouch in a tribute to rock’s gospel roots during Rock My Soul: A Gospel Music Celebration. Crouch helped usher in contemporary gospel music during a career that spanned over five decades and included many gospel hits. Crouch also served as vocal arranger for Madonna and Michael Jackson, and his choir can be heard in Michael Jackson’s number one hit “Man in the Mirror.” Tribute performers will include Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin. The event is free but a reserved seat admission ticket is necessary.

Children Policy:

Children under two years old are generally not permitted in the theaters. At designated performances Children of all ages are permitted. However, everyone regardless of age must have a ticket. All children must be seated with an adult. Any person disrupting a performance or inhibiting the enjoyment of an event for guests may be removed from the theater without refund.

When: April 12, 2015 at 7:30PM

Presented by Playhouse Square in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 

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Teacher Uses MJ’s Music And Fundraising To Teach Students About Helping Others

Sources: Arkansas Online – By Linda Haymes| All Things Michael

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LIFE LESSON: The students at Romine Elementary School in Little Rock are learning more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Music teacher Holly Tidball recently led a project to have her students and the entire student body of 380 raise money for Heifer International, the Little Rock-based charity that works to alleviate hunger by helping families around the world raise farm animals. Last Thursday, the children — most of them in poverty themselves and receiving free or reduced-price lunches — presented a check to Heifer International for $750.

In celebration of Black History Month in February, Tidball planned a music program for the third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders to sing “We are the World,” “Heal the World” and “Man in the Mirror,” all recorded by the late Michael Jackson. Then she challenged them to spend a month raising money to help others in need.

“I encouraged them to go home and look around the house and check between the sofa cushions for loose change,” Tidball tells Paper Trails.

“At school, in addition to their lunches, they can also buy a smoothie for a dollar, and a lot of them gave up their smoothies so they could donate,” she says, adding that some of students participate in a program in which local churches send food home in their backpacks for the weekend.

“That’s what made it so special when they ended up raising $750.17 — most of it in coins,” Tidball explains.

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With the money raised, the students “bought” a water buffalo for $250, a goat for $120, rabbits for $60, two sets of honeybees for $30 each, five ducks and geese at $20 each and eight flocks of chicks for $20 each.

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Katharine Hepburn And Michael Jackson’s Friendship

Sources: Closer Weekly | All Things Michael

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In their new book, ‘In the Company of Legends’ — due out April 16 — Joan Kramer and David Heeley share stories of interviewing Hollywood greats over their 35-year career as documentarians.

Preparing to sit down with Katharine Hepburn in the early ’80s, they discovered she had an unlikely friendship with none other than Michael Jackson. Read an excerpt from the book below.

“I met Michael when I was up at Squam Lake in New Hampshire making On Golden Pond, and he came to visit Jane Fonda,” Kate said. “They were already friends. She introduced him to me, and he was very soft-spoken and sweet.”

“Then, Jane said to me, ‘I have to go back to LA for the weekend. Could you look after Michael?’ I said, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do with this kid? I hardly know him.’”

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“‘Oh, you’ll find things to do,’ she said. ‘He’s crazy about you.’ She’d found him a room in the attic of an old house. When I went there on Saturday morning, the room looked like a hurricane had hit it.”

“I said, ‘Michael, clean up this place — right now.’ And he said, ‘Yes, Miss Hepburn,’ in a voice I could hardly hear, and he began picking up all those clothes and piling them on a chair. I said to him, ‘Don’t you ever do your laundry?’ And he said, ‘Someone usually does that for me.’”

“I said, ‘Come with me. We’re going to a laundromat just down the street.’” Kate showed Michael how to feed quarters into the washing machines.

To read the full story on Katharine and Michael, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now.

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Michael Jackson’s Patent

Sources: Mashable – By | All Things Michael

“A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface.” ABSTRACT, US PATENT US5255452

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For the video of his 1987 single “Smooth Criminal,” pop sensation Michael Jackson devised a dance routine. He leaned forward 45 degrees, apparently defying gravity, and completely blew our minds.

(In reality, the effect was achieved by wires.)

But Jackson wanted to recreate the same dance move in live performances on tour. So, along with two co-inventors, Jackson developed a special shoe. A slot in the heel engaged with a peg, which could be raised and protruded through the stage floor when activated. With the heel fixed, the performer could lean forward into the attached ankle straps. (However, the move would have required some strength in the legs and upper body to achieve and maintain this position.)

In 1993, Jackson and his co-inventors were granted a U.S. patent for the shoe and its magical heel. The “magic” worked perfectly until September 1996 when, during a concert in Moscow, one of the heels came loose from its peg. Michael went flying, but not in a good way. The result was a hasty reworking of the patented design.

The offending shoe, together with its twin, came into the possession of the Moscow branch of the Hard Rock Cafe, where they remained until after Jackson’s death. Auctioned off, the shoes fetched roughly $600,000.

Even with a faulty heel, it seems the magic remained.

“Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The Creator and the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing — until there is only … the dance.”
FROM THE INLAY SLEEVE OF DANGEROUS, 1991
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Harry Shum Jr. Treadmill Dancing To Michael Jackson

Sources: MTV – By Maurice Bobb | All Things Michael

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Love Never Felt So Good!

Still going through “Glee withdrawals?

Well, turn that frown upside down because this video featuring Harry Shum Jr. is just what the doctor ordered.

The McKinley High actor/dancer posted his own version— set to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good”— to his Facebook page.

“Monument to Michael Jackson” To Be Shown At The Cleveland International Film Festival 2015

Sources: Cleveland.com – By John Petkovic | All Things Michael

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – In the last 20 years, the Balkans have produced countless films set amid wartime, understandably so. They’ve explored crumbling societies, relationships in turmoil, personal despair – and, ultimately, the unbearable weight of cataclysmic events.

Darko Lungulov’s stellar black comedy goes back to a time before the war – all the way back to the 1960s, when Eastern Europe churned out enchanting little stories about people trapped in a world they never made.

The world in question here is set in 2009, in a hard-scramble town in central Serbia – where a go-nowhere, beaten-down feeling is represented by the fact that there is no monument on the pedestal in the town square. There is none because there are no heroes left to look up to.

That is, until the town barber – and perhaps the last dreamer standing – hatches an idea: Erect a monument to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Crazy, perhaps. But it is a  true story that Jackson used to wear the medal of the Serbian Order of the White Eagle. (He liked the design of it.)

Lungulov focuses on the dreamer as he pursues this outlandish idea, but also surveys a landscape without dreams. As someone who’s been to towns such as the one in “Monument to Michael Jackson,” I’ve found such a dreamer rare and lovable – yet often so misunderstood that it makes for a sad story.

This film operates that way, also – thanks in no small part to some deft cinematography by Mathias Schoeningh and a soundtrack that is a bit reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s in the Sergio Leone’s western, “Duck, You Sucker.”

“Monument to Michael Jackson” is its own story, however, and not to be confused with other genres, films, anything else. That’s what makes it such a singular, special story of a dreamer in a town that has lost the ability to dream.

REVIEW

Monument to Michael Jackson

What: A black comedy by Darko Lungulov. (2014/Serbia). 95 minutes. In Serbian with subtitles.

When: 9:20 a.m. Thursday, 6:10 p.m. Friday and 9:25 a.m. Saturday at Tower City Cinemas.

Grade: A.

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Pops Concert Features Best Of Michael Jackson

Sources: Go Erie | All Things Michael

a2c459bb7559ad52a86f0ff08f3700dcMichael Jackson was one of the most electrifying performers of the 20th century. Multitalented and mesmerizing, his gift for singing and for movement seemed supernatural. But it doesn’t diminish his gifts one bit to state the obvious: He had great material to work with.

That’s what makes the title of Saturday’s Erie Philharmonic Pops concert, “The Best of Michael Jackson,” more than a marketing slogan or an empty boast. The best of Jackson’s songs are very good indeed.

“Just hooks and hooks and hooks,” said Peter Brennan, the founder of London, Ontario, collective Jeans ‘n’ Classics, which originated the show and will perform it.

Saturday’s concert is organized more or less chronologically beginning with early Jackson 5 songs and building to an irresistible peak before intermission with “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

The latter two monster hits appeared on “Off the Wall,” which Brennan believes is Jackson’s best album. It’s also an example of the kind of glossy production by Quincy Jones that employed a large studio orchestra of strings and horns, a concept that seems easy to impart to a pops orchestra. And it is, to a point, Brennan said.

“After ‘Thriller’ the challenge is to take the synthetic stuff and bring it back into the realm of orchestral instruments, being respectful of the original while giving the orchestral guys a nice face in the picture.”

The other challenge, of course, is how to conjure the singular art of Jackson himself. For that unenviable task, Brennan calls on Gavin Hope, who, he said, “loves the material. To quote him, he would stand in front of the mirror looking like a toothpick with an Afro, and he had the jacket on and practiced the moves.”

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Hope, a Toronto native, is an experienced stage and music performer. He’s a member of a cappella group the Nylons, and starred as Simba in the Canadian company of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The Springfield (Mass.) Republican had good things to say about Hope’s recent show there.

“Hope earned his buck, both vocally and choreographically, channeling the ‘gloved one’ from the innocent, chirpy Jackson Five days of ‘Rockin’ Robin,’ ‘ABC’ and ‘I Want You Back’ to the dark, throaty whisper of ‘Beat It,’ and ‘Thriller,'” wrote Clifton Noble Jr. “Throughout the show, Hope gyrated across the stage with irrepressible joy.”

Hope might not be the only one in the house who will be moving.

“The (audience) can’t wait to dance, actually, and the girls always start it,” Brennan said. “You’ll have people dress up as Michael. I remember a concert where the two bassoonists had gloves over the top of their instruments. Everybody gets into the party atmosphere.”

And they don’t stop till they get enough.

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“The Best of Michael Jackson” with Jeans ‘n’ Classics and the Erie Philharmonic Pops will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Ticket prices range from $45 to $56. Call 455-1375, Ext. 4, or visit www.eriephil.org.

 

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