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Michael Jackson Birthday Celebrations Begin With Three Day Festival

The 5th Annual Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts kicks off Thursday, Aug. 28, and will go on for three days in celebration of the late King of Pop’s birthday.

The Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts

While fans all over the world celebrate Jackson’s birthday on Aug. 29, the Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts takes place in the area surrounding Jackson’s childhood home and was spearheaded by Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson. Katherine Jackson and Jackson’s children are set to attend the three-day festival in Gary, Ind.

“She [Katherine Jackson] wants to set something in place that will be something to commemorate and celebrate Michael’s legacy,” said event promoter Karvin Johnson.

What began as a block party on Jackson St, where the old Jackson family home is located, has grown into a citywide event. The festivities kick off Thursday at the local Roosevelt High School,
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Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alysha Umphress, Krysta Rodriguez, Natalie Toro and More Set for Afterland, Clouds Are Pillows For The Moon at Yale, June 2014

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces the creative teams and casting for the two original book musicals, Afterland, music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway, and Clouds are Pillows for the Moon, music by Tidtaya Sinutoke and book and lyrics by Ty Defoe, which will be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven, June 3-15. The Institute culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the International Festival of Arts amp Ideas, on June 14 and 15.
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Hometown Fans Celebrate Careers of Lucille Ball, Judy Garland and Dean Martin

Hometown Fans Celebrate Careers of Lucille Ball, Judy Garland and Dean Martin
Stars may head to Hollywood to make their careers, but their hometown fans don’t have to travel far for the festivals that celebrate them. Regional fests are taking place throughout the country this summer to honor showbiz legends Lucille Ball, Judy Garland and Dean Martin.

Since 1975, Grand Rapids, Minn., (pop. 11,000) has celebrated Garland, and the film that made her famous, with the Wizard of Oz festival. This year’s 39th annual fest includes her son, Joe Luft, as guest of honor, and features carriage rides on a yellow brick road with a horse of a different color and an outdoor screening of the film. The town has restored Garland’s childhood home and built a $3 million Judy Garland Museum next door. “Our community is very proud that their native daughter … starred in the world’s most beloved movie,” says John Kelsch, the museum’s executive director. Kelsch expects as
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Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alysha Umphress, Krysta Rodriguez, Natalie Toro and More Set for Afterland, Clouds Are Pillows For The Moon at Yale, June 2014

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces the creative teams and casting for the two original book musicals, Afterland, music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway, and Clouds are Pillows for the Moon, music by Tidtaya Sinutoke and book and lyrics by Ty Defoe, which will be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven, June 3-15. The Institute culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the International Festival of Arts amp Ideas, on June 14 and 15.
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Daphne Rubin-Vega to Perform at 19th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, 5/23

The Lower East Side Les Festival Of The Arts - one of the most exciting, eclectic and Free annual festivals in all of New York City - will present a once in a lifetime performance from Broadway legend Daphne Rubin-vega at 630 pm on Friday, May 23rd. The indispensable Theater for the New City 155 Fist Ave. at 10th St. is sponsoring the event, which runs all weekend long from May 23rd until May 25th.
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Colin Egglesfield Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage

Colin Egglesfield Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage
Colin Egglesfield was arrested Saturday morning in Tempe, Ariz. The former Client List star, 41, was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct after an officer caught him knocking over barriers, flipping over a table and breaking several signs inside a tent set up at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, a spokesperson for the Tempe Police Department confirms to People. He was released on a $1,000 bond. Just a couple of days after his arrest, Egglesfield was photographed in seemingly fine spirits dining out with Trophy Wife actress Malin Akerman in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. The actor first gained fame as
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Colin Egglesfield Arrested, Charged With Criminal Damage and Disorderly Conduct—See His Mug Shot!

Colin Egglesfield Arrested, Charged With Criminal Damage and Disorderly Conduct—See His Mug Shot!
It's been quite a week for Colin Egglesfield. The former Client List star was arrested Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., E! News has confirmed. Egglesfield, 41, reportedly caused a scene on Mill Avenue during the Tempe Festival of the Arts. According to a police report, an officer spotted the Something Borrowed star knocking over barriers set up to protect artwork. The officer claims Egglesfield flipped over a table and broke several signs inside a tent. He was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct and released from jail on a $1,000 bond. On Friday, Egglesfield attended the Arizona Diamondbacks football preview game at Chase Field. That same afternoon, the actor played a round of golf with his father,...
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Colin Egglesfield Arrested For Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage: See His Mugshot

Colin Egglesfield Arrested For Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage: See His Mugshot
More like the mugshot list. Former Client List star Colin Egglesfield was arrested in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, March 29, a spokesperson for the Tempe Police Department confirms to Us Weekly. The actor was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage during the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Egglesfield was caught knocking over barriers, a table, and breaking signs, the spokesperson tells Us. The 41-year-old was later released from jail on a $1,000 bond. An insider tells Us it "wasn't a rampage or anything like that. Something went [...]
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The Documentaries Of Spike Lee & Sam Pollard (Film Series At Yale)

News you can use if you live in the New Haven, Ct area, or plan to be when this series runs at Yale - June 14 to 16. Everything you need to know follows below:Presented in association with the Yale Summer Film Institute Working together and separately, Spike Lee and Sam Pollard have produced a series of ground-breaking documentaries on African-American history. These include If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (2010), a follow-up to critically-acclaimed documentary on the effects of Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke (2006). The latter was presented at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in 2007. This year, Festival takes an opportunity to look at their...
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Can Nigeria's National Theater Be Saved?

Lagos, Nigeria -- Nigeria's iconic National Theatre rises out of the brackish swamps of Lagos near its islands, a massive concrete and marble structure resembling a military officer's cap and a reminder of when the West African nation had seemingly endless oil dollars to spend.

Today, the theater and its surrounding marshlands have become known more as a good place to dump corpses than to catch the latest play, something the officials managing it even acknowledge. Its massive bowl theater, which seats more than 5,000, has sat decrepit and unused since a stampede in 1994. Luxury purple espresso machines installed ahead of a major arts festival in 1977 only gather dust as footsteps echo hollowly down its massive hallways.

Now, Nigeria's federal government has plans to make the theater as part of a new and sudden push to redevelop the area into a commercial property that could be worth millions of dollars – and
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Satyajit Ray’s “Bala”: Lesser work of a master filmmaker?

When a colossus in the field of cinema crosses paths with a colossus in the field of dance, it makes for a historically significant moment. And so it was in 1976 that the worlds of Satyajit Ray and Tanjore Balasaraswati briefly came together, when the former was commissioned by the Ncpa and the Government of Tamil Nadu to make a documentary film, Bala, on the latter.

The film, at little over half hour in length, offers a peek into the craft of one of the most acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponents ever. For the most part, Ray is a bystander who is interested in objectively recording the world of the dancer rather than defining it in subjective ways for the viewer. (The notable exception to this approach is discussed in this piece.) With his rich, baritone voice he is the physically absent narrator who looks out of the window at the world beyond
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