Young Michael Jackson Fan Wins At World Championships of Performing Arts

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When he was a toddler, Ethan Scharneck watched a Michael Jackson video. He hasn’t stopped dancing since.

The 13-year-old has won two gold medals and two silver medals in the World Championships of Performing Arts with his Michael Jackson-inspired routines.

The world championship, held in California, involved performers from more than 50 countries in singing, acting, dancing, modelling and instrumental competitions.

Ethan won gold for his hip hop/funk and open dance performances, and silver in the jazz dance, and song and dance, categories.

The resident of Oteha on Auckland’s North Shore is a self-taught dancer, and says he first started after his father borrowed a Michael Jackson video tape.

“I would just go through all the moves. I would watch it over and over,” Ethan says.

“I was going crazy.”

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Ethan only took up singing at the start of the year.

“When I first went for singing lessons I was out of tune, out of key and out of time, but my singing teacher was very encouraging,” he says.

Ethan says he loves the stage and enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and he still keeps in touch with some of them.

He says meeting people from South Africa made him feel at home, as his family emigrated when he was 3.

The City Impact Church School student has aspirations to also take up acting and wants to star in a dance movie and open his own studio in the future.

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Couple Buys Michael Jackson Cassette Tape For 25 Cents, Discovers Hidden Treasure

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– A Concord couple is on Cloud 9 after making what they call a ‘once in a lifetime discovery’. They walked into a local thrift store, spent 25 cents, and may have come away with something absolutely priceless.

Mike and Amber Hernon are huge Michael Jackson fans and when they saw one of MJ’s cassette being sold for just a quarter they know they couldn’t pass it up.

“I remember when I was 7-years-old I told my mom that I want Michael Jackson to come out of my birthday cake,” Amber Hernon said.

Amber never got that birthday surprise but she’ll settle for what she and her husband Mike came across a couple of weeks ago.

“She’s just like babe, babe, babe, this is signed…and I was kind of like, no way!” Michael explained.

Unknowingly, the couple bought a Michael Jackson “Bad” cassette album that appears to be autographed by the King of Pop himself.

“Definitely a once in a lifetime chance here.”

The couple found it at Heavenly Treasures in Concord, North Carolina. It’s a thrift store the Hernon family regularly shops at. They were in the music section and noticed the Michael Jackson cassette being sold for as low of a price as you can get .

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AN EVENING WITH VINCENT PATERSON

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DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION is thrilled to announce ‘AN EVENING WITH VINCENT PATERSON’ at the SVA Theatre on Thursday, August 25. Paterson will take to the stage for a presentation of clips and imagery, and a discussion about his career with host Joseph A. Berger. Mr. Paterson will also read excerpts from his new memoir.

As a director and choreographer, Vincent Paterson is a thirty-plus year veteran of music video, film, theater, and television, best known for his co-direction and choreography of many legendary artists. Paterson has worked with an extraordinary list of musicians, including: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Lee Ann Rimes, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, David Lee Roth, Slash, and Whitney Houston.

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Paterson has directed and choreographed over 150 commercials. He has directed two benefits for AIDS Project Los Angeles, featuring performers Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Logins, Nathalie Cole, Billy Joel, Elton John, Patty Austin, Sarah Brightman, Wynona Judd, Eddie Van Halen, and Sheila E.

For over 15 years, he worked with Michael Jackson on multiple short films such BEAT IT, SMOOTH CRIMINAL and BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR, the BAD TOUR (1987-89) and live performances from the Grammy’s to the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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A reception will immediately follow in the SVA Theatre lobby.

Tickets on sale now: $20 General Public; $10 Dance Films Members.

Click HERE to purchase.

 

Sources: Dance Films | All Things Michael

Pro Wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura Says His Character Took Inspiration From Michael Jackson

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Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist Shinsuke Nakamura is known as the “Strong King of Style.”

Nakamura is well known in Japan as one of the top stars of the area for over a decade. His legend grew and helped him become a very popular name around the world.

In 2015, Nakamura was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is currently signed to Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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He appeared on Talk is Jericho for a interview. He said that Michael Jackson is the inspiration for his character:

“If I watch Michael Jackson, I felt, ‘oh, he’s a real master of martial [arts] because of his standing is very straight. Then, no muscles because dancers have muscles, but his moving is quick. His dancing is the best, [better] than other dancers. Michael Jackson gave me a lot of hints, a lot of inspiration…A lot of martial artists – Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan. They are my idols. Also, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, so yeah. My idols.”

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Here he talks more about Michael.

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SPIKE LEE’S 6TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN LOVES MICHAEL JACKSON BLOCK PARTY

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 12P-6P

Join Spike Lee as we jam to the magic of Michael’s music throughout the day.

Bring your family, friends and a pair of comfortable dancing shoes cuz DIS IZ GONNA BE EPIC!

Where: Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue & Quincy Street

Hosted by Sway & Spike Lee. Music by @DJSPINNA

 

THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT.

 

Source: Spike Lee | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Tribute At Motown On Mondays (MOM)

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Michael Jackson’s music has touched the lives of millions and his music has defined several generations across the globe. Although the world lost Michael over 7 years ago, his spirit will forever live on and his extensive musical catalog remains timeless. No one has ever done it better than MJ, which is why Motown founder Berry Gordy dubbed Michael “The greatest entertainer that ever lived!”

We invite you to come experience the magic of Michael Jackson with us at Motown On Mondays on August 29th as we celebrate the life, legacy, and music of the King Of Pop at our 5th annual MJ tribute! For one special evening MOM LA switches up to “Michael On Monday” and we play non-stop Michael Jackson songs, productions, and more! This particular year we are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original opening of “CAPTAIN EO” at Disneyland, and the 25th anniversary of MJ’s “Dangerous” album release. For those of you that joined us over the previous years, you already know how ‘Off The Wall’ this event is! We’d like to welcome you back for another fantastic evening…. and for those of you that haven’t made it yet, you really don’t want to miss out on this! The MOM LA crew has some extra special treats in store for all of you, so be sure to join us for this special once-a-year MJ extravaganza!

MOM DJs: EXPO, JEDI, MONALISA spinning originals, remixes, covers, and sampled tunes of your favorite MJ and Jackson family songs, related productions and more!

Special features: “CAPTAIN EO” and “GHOSTS” full length short films showing 8:00pm – 9:00pm, plus MJ photo booth.

When: August 29, 216 from at 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM.  Happy Hour from 8pm-10pm. Must 21 and over to attend. Limited capacity, EARLY ARRIVAL STRONGLY ADVISED

Cost: Free. RSVP to get VIP entrance (see details).

Where: The Short Stop1455 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, CA 90026

**Special FREE GIVEAWAYS, including MJ gloves, posters, and more!!**

HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CAPTAIN EO and HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO MICHAEL JACKSON’S DANGEROUS ALBUM!

See the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754062774833171/

Acapella Group Duwende Will Perform For Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute At The Highline Ballroom

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In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson,” gaining them widespread acclaim.

On August 29, 2016, they will once again pay tribute to the King of Pop in honor of his 58th birthday at the Highline Ballroom.

Duwende (Doo-WEN-day) is an award winning, six-person acapella band best known for their fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music. The  group consists of J. Aaron Boykin (Baritone/Tenor), Derrick L. Hicks (Tenor), Abbey Janes (Soprano), Tomas Cruz (Tenor), Edward Chung (Vocal Percussion), and David Lane (Bass).

The doors will open at 6pm. Showtime will begin at 8pm. Tickets cost $20 to $38.

Full Dinner Menu Available * $10 Minimum Per Person, for all ages.

Get your tickets here.

Sources: Highline Ballroom | All Things Michael

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute At Hollywood Blvd Cinema

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August 29th is Michael Jackson’s birthday, so we decided to celebrate “The King of Pop!”

Join Hollywood Blvd  on August 27, 2016 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm for a day of music, dance contests and a screening of “The Wiz.”

Tickets are required for “The Wiz,” but everything else is FREE and family friendly!

For tickets to see “The Wiz”- Click Here or visit the box office.

This is sure to be a Thriller of an event!

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Hollywood Blvd Cinema is a movie theater and full-service restaurant with in seat ordering service. Unlike most  restaurants, we don’t take reservations – we take tickets!  Our auditoriums do not have assigned seating, so take a seat wherever you please!  Once seated, you will have the opportunity to view our food menu and drink menu (also available online). Our friendly wait staff will be around shortly to take your order.  Then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the film!  Your food will be freshly-prepared and delivered to you at your seat.

You can also order a drink or an appetizer from either of our full-service bars in our beautifully decorated lobby. We can take care of any order from soda and a bucket of popcorn to draft beers and an order of calamari, we truly do it all!

For more information, call 630-427-1880. The Blvd is located at 1001 W 75th St. Woodridge, IL.

Sources: Hollywood Blvd Cinema | All Things Michael