King of Pop Funky Fitness Friday! (DC)

Funky Fitness Fridays are fun, musically themed fitness events that happened across the District monthly on the first Friday of each month.  This FREE fitness experience offers residents a fun way to celebrate musical legends while learning from some of DC’s best fitness instructors in our recreation facilities across the District.

Join us for our 3rd Funky Fitness Friday of 2017 as we celebrate the life of the King of Pop Michael Jackson doing everything from yoga, pilates, zumba, moonwalk dance class, high heel dance class and more!

Also, be sure to join us for our closing celebratory happy hour event at 8:30PM!

WANTED: Michael Jackson Tribute Artist

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James Delisco aka “The Entertainer” is looking for a Michael Jackson Tribute artist in the NYC tri-state area for corporate and private events. Must be able to sing AND dance MJ’s music live and have excellent performance skills. Tenors are preferred but keys will be determined within your range. (you do not have to impersonate but if you do it is acceptable) $500 minimum per performance…60 minute set! Please inquire by email at kdeliscoj@gmail.com with bio, pic, and video reel. Thank you for your serious inquiry looking to start booking dates soon.

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James is the lead vocalist for Windborne’s Michael Jackson Experience Symphonic tour across US and Canada honoring the late King of Pop Michael Jackson to rave reviews. This homage spans Michael’s 40 year career, including selections from albums such as Got to Be There (Jackson 5), Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Blood on the Dance Floor and many more. Michael’s music reaches a wide audience and the band keeps the groove moving.

James made his reality television debut on the E! Network’s reality series “The Entertainer,” hosted by Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, in the spring of 2005. James won the title of “The Entertainer” after singing and dancing into the hearts of over 19 million viewers, competing with nine other contestants from a pool of over 25,000.

James is a native of Jacksonville, FL and continued to hone his craft in New York City. Formerly a principal in the Broadway hit Aida in the role of (Mereb); Delisco has been described by Sir Elton John as “Great” and moved the late Peter Jennings to exclaim “Man You Rock!” Delisco also starred on Broadway in 1997 in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” playing the role of James. He was featured in the Broadway hit musical “Ragtime” in 1998. He also appeared in the off Broadway show Wild Party.

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Thriller Live Coming To Malaysia In 2015 (See Details For Flashmob Dance Competition)

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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To celebrate the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Milestone Production will present THRILLER LIVE all the way from West End, London. This sensational high octane production which is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, is named after Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling album which sold more than 104 million copies. This musical celebration will take center stage at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting from the 19th till the 25th March 2015.

Milestone Production is proud to secure this touring West End production which will also be performing in Australia before rocking Malaysia. Fans of Michael Jackson in South East Asia will be able to re-live the King of Pop’s masterful and everlasting hits in a West End theatrical production that will be playing exclusively in Malaysia in 2015. 50 international performers, musicians and crew will ROCK WITH YOU to bring the King of Pop back to life!

Experience a powerful visual, audio and electrifying musical journey of Michael Jackson’s illustrious career and DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH of his magical 45 years musical journey. This two hour musical celebration will also feature Michael Jackson’s smash hits such as I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Show You The Way To Go, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, She’s Out Of My Life, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song, Thriller plus many more!

As well as becoming a mainstay in London’s West End, THRILLER LIVE has toured the world, played over 3,000 shows globally to 3 million fans, visited over 28 countries, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Singapore, South Africa, China, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan, Brazil and many more. In total, THRILLER LIVE has played over 5,000 amazing shows in West End, London and around the world!

THRILLER LIVE is an amalgamation of eye-popping video footages, myriad of effects, dazzling costumes and high energy choreography. The stunning choreography was directed and choreographed by the award winning MAN IN THE MIRROR director, Gary Lloyd (who has previously worked with Leonia Lewis, Robbie Williams and other world class singers).

Get ready to HEAL THE WORLD by supporting the record breaking 20th longest running show in West End history! To pay homage to Michael Jackson who was a true humanitarian and great philanthropist, THRILLER LIVE in Malaysia will also be supporting various charities.

Come Together and Get On the Floor with the Flashmob Dance Competition that Milestone Production will be organising. More information on the competition will be revealed on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/MilestoneEntertainment.Show .

Proudly presented by Milestone Production, tickets are open for sale starting from 4 December 2014. Tickets are priced at RM538 (VVIP), RM468 (VIP), RM398 (CAT A), RM298 (CAT B), RM168 (CAT C) and RM128 (CAT D) – (Ticket prices not inclusive of RM3 processing fee). For more information on ticket sales, please log on to www.ticketcharge.com.my.

 

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“King of Pop” Music Documentary Michael Jackson: The Journey Premieres January 1, 2015

Sources: PR Newswire | All Things Michael

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Five years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to make headlines with posthumous album debuts and a 3D version of the Thriller music documentary in the works for a 2015 release.  Michael Jacksonfans everywhere can also look forward to a new music documentary from MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE)—Michael Jackson: The Journey—which will be available on January 1, 2015, across multiple digital platforms and on demand, including Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, VUDU, AT&T, Charter, DirecTV, iNDEMAND and Vubiquity.

Michael Jackson: The Journey traces Jackson’s modest childhood beginnings and transformation from boyhood sensation to the King of Pop.  Jackson was born August 29th, 1958, in Gary, Indiana into a Jehovah’s Witness family of a steel mill working father and stay-at-home mother, with nine brothers and sisters.  Standing out amongst his siblings, Michael rose to international fame and fortune with the release of the best-selling album of all time, Thriller in 1984.  With an estimated 750 million records sold worldwide, 13 number one singles and 13 GRAMMY’s, Michael received the moniker, “King of Pop.” In 1989, “Entertainment Tonight” presented Michael with the award for “Most Important Entertainer of the Decade.” His impact on popular culture, social history, music and performance leaves a rich legacy.

Contributors to Michael Jackson: The Journey include Joseph Vogel, author of the critically acclaimed book, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson; and showbiz reporters and leading authorities on pop culture, music and entertainment,Kevin Hughes and Dan Wootton.

About MarVista Digital Entertainment:
MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) launched in August 2014 as a division of MarVista Entertainment—a Los Angeles-based leading independent global producer and distributor of film and television programming with a library featuring over 2,000 hours of high quality entertainment content across a broad range of genres. MVDE licenses original and acquired content to leading digital platforms across cable, satellite, telco, broadband and consoles throughout North America.

 

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A Note from All Things Michael: Per MJOnline, the Estate of Michael Jackson was not involved in this project.

Michael Jackson The King of Pop

Sources: The Examiner – By Vicki Davey | All Things Michael

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This article is to celebrate my four year anniversary as a writer for the Examiner.com. Because I started as an African American History writer, I believe this anniversary article should highlight one of the greatest people in African American history – my all-time favorite Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Why him? Well, because it has always felt like we grew up together. I watched him perform with his brothers– my eyes wide in awe as this little boy my own age was on the TV — dancing his little legs off to “ABC” and other songs he and his brothers made famous. Michael Jackson and his brothers became so famous that they were on the covers of magazines,had their own cartoon series, met with and performed for presidents and queens, and toured the world many times. Michael Jackson developed his own genre of dance to accompany his amazing music and had the whole world dancing with him. He was famous beyond imagination, and his fans waited hours just to get a glimpse of him as he appeared for his concerts around the world.

From the age of five, until he died in his early 50s, this icon of pop was beloved by his true followers. If you put yourself in Michael Jackson’s shoes, you might see the other side of the story of his famous life of glam and glitter. He was a little boy who could never simply go outside and play like the rest of us kids. Playing tag, hide & seek, or dodge ball in someone’s backyard, handball against a neighbor’s garage door, basketball in the driveway on the corner, or a friendly game of kick-ball in the neighborhood cul-de-sac – it was impossible for this young boy to enjoy any of the simple things most of us enjoyed in that era of history. The Jacksons’ father is known to have been very strict with the family, and it is said that they were always working either on dance routines, in music rehearsals, or traveling to their next gig. I’m sure they found moments of fun, but it has been reported that it was basically all work and no play for this family.

When he was a little older, this now very famous young man built his own fantasy land where he could play whenever he wanted to – and he called it Neverland Ranch. At his ranch, Michael Jackson had exotic pets and a fairy tale playground with amusement park rides that was probably the next best thing to Disneyland! He brought underprivileged children to his Ranch so they could enjoy the beauty, the exotic animals, and enjoy the rides and fun he had created. Of course other children wanted to come over and play — and when they did, the rumors began. People began accusing Michael Jackson of things I prayed he never did. Through reports from close friends like Brooke Shields, Michael Jackson was just a big innocent kid with a Peter Pan complex who wanted to live out his dream of being a “real boy” with friends. I believe those people who accused him of such atrocities were exploiting his kind nature and were opportunists who only saw dollar signs when they were welcomed into his fold. The media tried their best to blitz Michael Jackson, and he was merely a target for a media that has tainted or ruined numerous celebrity lives with their vicious gossip and nasty headlines. For me, I choose to remember that boy on the stage singing and dancing his heart out.

He was once quoted to say: “Why not just tell people I’m an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They’ll believe anything you say, because you’re a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, “I’m an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight,” people would say, “Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He’s cracked up. You can’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth.”

Michael Jackson was not only known for his music, having earned numerous awards that created music history, but Jackson was also known for his work as an actor and a published author of books. Michael Jackson has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts with organizations such as “Heal the World Foundation” which he founded in 1992, and for his efforts around the world with the HIV/AIDs virus.

I grew up dancing to Michael Jackson’s music, singing along with him in the car, using his music in my own fitness classes to inspire others to get up and exercise, and to lull me to sleep at night. I was fortunate to go with some friends to Dodger Stadium for the family’s Victory Tour back in 1984 (their last tour together), and was in my glory as I sat down front on the grass with my friends, Jan and Francisco. There were a lot of famous people there honoring the King of Pop and his brothers as they danced and sang the night away. The Jacksons were all good, but as always, Michael had something special that just made him stand out from all the rest. He was, after all, dubbed the King of Pop, and he certainly lived up to the name.

Michael Jackson was inspirational. He was a good son, brother, father, and friend; and he was taken from us much too soon. I remember thinking when I heard the announcement of his death on TV, that it had to be a hoax on Saturday Night Live, because surely he could not be taken from us so soon. But, as we all well know, it was sadly true. Rest In Peace, Michael Jackson, and thank you for the wonderful memories.

 

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Catch “Thriller Live” Direct From London’s West End

Sources: The Star – By Rouwen Lu| All Things Michael

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The musical extravaganza that celebrates Michael Jackson’s 45-year musical career will be coming here in March.

PUT on your moonwalking shoes and get ready for a spectacular show that brings to life the music of Michael Jackson. Thriller Live, all the way from West End, London, comes to town this March. The show, presented by Milestone Production, is a musical extravaganza celebrating Jackson’s 45-year musical career, from his early Motown days in the Jackson 5 to his solo career highs as the King of Pop.

Thriller Live will be staged at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur from March 19 to 25 (except March 23). Named after the legendary pop star’s bestselling album, Thriller, the show originates from Britain and is an international-scale production that has toured 28 countries since 2009. It features over 50 performers from West End, including an 11-piece live band to crank up the MJ classics.

This show was conceived in 2006 by British author/publisher Adrian Grant, who is renowned for his close affiliation with Jackson and a pioneer of many Jackson-related projects (from the Off The Wall fanzine to the stage musical Thriller Live). Choreography was handled by British director Gary Lloyd, who previously worked with artistes like Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams and Girls Aloud.

Combining video footage, special LED effects, dazzling costumes and high-energy choreography, Thriller Live is set to truly rock you. Kuala Lumpur is also the only South-East Asian date for this touring production that has attracted not just the King of Pop’s fanbase but also theatre lovers.

The show’s crossover appeal is immense, especially since it’s loaded with MJ favourites such as I Want You Back, ABC, Blame It On The Boogie, Rock With You, Can You Feel It, Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana, The Way You Make Me Feel and more.

Jackson, who began performing at the age of five, has broken records since he was 11, and was a star from the age of 21. Thriller Live rolls out the superstar’s unforgettable pop hits.

“Michael’s distinctive style, sound and dance moves have forever changed the pop music landscape. Although he has passed, his music legacy lives on,” says Milestone Production managing director Grace Lee. “We will never again have the opportunity to see the King of Pop live in action, but his music will live on inThriller Live,” she adds.

For the record, the late Michael Jackson played two concerts on his HIStory tour in Kuala Lumpur in 1996. He died on June 25, 2009.

Since its beginnings in London, Thriller Live, as a musical tribute, has steadily gained a strong following. You can expect Putra Indoor Stadium next March to be swamped by MJ fans.

For a consistent run, Thriller Live, has staged over 5,000 shows (and counting) worldwide since 2009. This longest-running show at the Lyric Theatre in London, and the 20th-longest in West End history, does not use Michael Jackson impersonators – it is entirely a celebratory presentation of his well-loved numbers and signature dance moves by a group of actors.

As a fun lead-up to Thriller Live in Kuala Lumpur, you can also join the Thriller LiveFlashmob Dance Competition, organised by Milestone Production.

Thriller Live will be staged at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur from March 19 to 25 (except March 23). Evening shows will be held at 8.30pm, with additional matinee shows at 3pm on March 21 and 22. It is presented by Milestone Production with Star Publications (M) Bhd as the media partner. Tickets are priced at RM538, RM468, RM398, RM298, RM168 and RM128 with a 25% early bird discount until Jan 12. For ticket purchase, call TicketCharge at 03-9222 8811 or visit www.ticketcharge.com.my. For more information, visit http://www.milestone-entertainment.com. Milestone is also organising a Thriller Live Flashmob Dance Competition with great prizes to be won. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/572863449512971/

 

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Discovery Suites Ortigas Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson On New Year’s Eve

Sources: When In Manila | Edited By – All Things Michael

Come and be merry at Discovery Suites Ortigas this New Year’s Eve as it takes you to a trip down to memory lane to honor the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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A thrilling party awaits guests this New Year’s Eve at Discovery Suites as it pays tribute to the King of Pop through a festive midnight celebration entitled “Do You Remember the Time?” The evening commences with a superb dinner at 22 Prime as Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon features an exquisite spread featuring foie gras, US Angus Prime Rib and seafood bar as highlights of the sumptuous menu. After the festive dinner, an exciting Countdown party follows at the Columbus Function Room to usher in the New Year. Beloved fans of the pop icon will surely be captivated by the show band Human Race as they perform the greatest hits of Michael Jackson. The countdown will be made even more special with a panoramic view of the Ortigas skyline lit by amazing fireworks. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown party is at P 2,650 nett per person. Likewise, a special room package inclusive of two tickets to the event is offered starting at P9,200 nett for a Junior Suite.

Date: December 31, 2014

Dinner: 7:00pm, 22 Prime  |  Show: 10:00pm, Columbus, 42nd floor

When booking online please use promo code: NEWYEAR

To make an online room reservation using this promotion:
1. Select preferred travel dates and key in the applicable promo code.
3. Select preferred room type and fill up the required booking details.
4. Select mode of payment.
5. Status of your reservation will be sent via email for your reference.

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Emailrsvn@discovery.com.ph

Websitehttp://www.discoverysuites.com

Contact Number | 719 6931 / 719 6932 / 719 6934

Address | 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig

 

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The Estate Of Michael Jackson Sues Popcorn Maker Over King Of Pop Trademark

Sources: Law 360 | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Law360, New York (October 24, 2014) The estate of Michael Jackson has never registered his “King of Pop” honorific as a federal trademark, but they filed an opposition to say that nobody else can, either.

In 2012, GourmetGiftBaskets.com Inc. launched KingOfPOP.com, an online gourmet popcorn store selling flavors like zesty ranch and cinnamon toast. The company moved to register the name in May, and whether or not intended it as a play on Jackson’s nickname, the estate sure took it that way.

“The term ‘King of Pop’ is recognized throughout the United States as uniquely and unmistakably identifying Michael Jackson,” the estate said in an opposition. “Applicant intentionally selected its ‘King of Pop’ and design … marks to refer to Michael Jackson and to trade off of the substantial goodwill and recognition that Michael Jackson has accrued in the ‘King of Pop’ nickname.”

It’s not the first time the estate challenged a mark over the phrase. It moved to cancel a registration for “Hip Pop: The King of Pop,” in 2011, a petition that it later withdrew voluntarily. The mark was later canceled.

The estate is represented by Greenberg Traurig LLP. GourmetGiftBaskets.com is represented by Bourque & Associates.

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