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Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil in Atlanta’s Philips Arena

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One of the unfortunate missed opportunities in my life is that I never got to see Michael Jackson in concert. Hard to believe that the king of pop is gone and the sparkly glove now stands still.

In Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil, for a few hours you can pause and imagine what such an event would have been like. This show combines the best of Michael Jackson with the mystic and magic of Cirque Du Soleil.

Michael Jackson fan with C. David Trivino, Esq at concert

Cirque Du Soleil is known the world around as the best of the best circus, one filled with contortionists, dancers, acrobats, and all around fantastic show.

The Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil is a mash up of both worlds.

The night kicks off at the gates of Neverland, for two hours you are transformed into the world of the king of pop.  More than a mere show filled with tribute artists, this concert takes you into his soul. From Jackson’s love of his fellow man, the environment, or legendary showmanship, this story is wrapped around his music filled in with modern multimedia gadgetry.

The real challenge is to decide where to focus your attention as the larger than life stage engulfs your senses.

With a kick off of Wanna Be Starting Something, this wild high powered number includes dancers, acrobats in tribute costumes that climb up and down the stage defying gravity.

In the course of the night one thing that stands out is how the fans forget the breadth of Michael Jackson’s work as the show takes a trip down memory lane to a young Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.  This number with the high afro performers in psychedelic outfits evokes Jackson’s innocence.

One part of the show is Dangerous as a hot bikini clad dancer climbs a pole with a flexibility that makes you yearn for a stretch.

No Michael Jackson show would be complete without a recreation of the original choreography for Thriller and the mummies come out with zombie walks and jump out of the coffins with a tombstone backdrop.

It was known that Michael Jackson’s final days where filled with preparation for the grandest concert of all: This is It, and the movie by the same name pasted together video from these practice sessions.  In a sequence that is a reenactment of the number that was designed for that tour, They Don’t Care About Us has artist dressed like soldiers wearing robot suits with LED breastplates lined up to perform in a powerful choreography in unison.

I won’t give away the whole story line to allow some surprises but the Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil is the show of the year, I would say the show of the decade.  It is a rare opportunity to experience what it would have been like to see Michal Jackson LIVE in person. Most of the show you are waiting, hoping, and praying that he will jump on stage. Even though that does not happen I know Michael Jackson is smiling from his perched spot on the moon while he gives his blessings to a job well done.

Michael Jackson the IMMORTAL World Tour Cirque Du Soleil runs through July 2 at Philips Arena, but the tour continues around the world.  Dust off that sparkly glove and brink out the sequence outfits with penny loafers because there is no better way to celebrate the legacy of two great worlds: Michael Jackson and Cirque Du Soleil in our fair city.

For more details of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour visit:

www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour

www.cirquedusoleil.com

For tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E00455A891F6262

 

Dr. Wilson Trivino is a speaker and writer for ABC Vision. He may be reached at T4Vista@gmail.com or www.T4Vista.com

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Rain and Fire in Sedona

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A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!

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Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver  @BackstageBeat

 

 

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NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!

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Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.

We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!

One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.

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