Monday, August 26, 2013

The City of Gary's Annual Michael Jackson Tribute Aug. 29-31, 2013: Details right here!

UPDATE: ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE CITY OF GARY,IN's MAYOR'S OFFICE AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2013 Three-Day Tribute to Honor Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind. Michael's Legacy will be hosted by Joyce Irby (former member of Klymaxx) and Glenn Cosby (radio personality for Chicago’s V-103 WVAZ-FM) at 2300 Jackson St. (Gary, Ind.) - Fans of Gary native and world famous performer Michael Jackson will have a chance to celebrate this iconic entertainer for three days. Beginning Aug. 29 at 3:30p.m., a block party will kick-off at 2300 Jackson St. filled with an afternoon of music, live entertainment and food vendors. Festivities will continue Friday, Aug. 30 at 3:30p.m. with more performances by local Gary talent as well as acts from across the country. The block party on Saturday will begin at 11:30a.m. with music, fun, games and will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk. At the request of matriarch Katherine Jackson, President of 442 No. Mass. Productions Sandy Christmas has been working with city officials to plan this tribute. "Mrs. Jackson, in honoring her son, wanted to give back to the city of Gary, Indiana," said Christmas. "The city has been very helpful in identifying local talent and vendors to ensure that this event will be successful." Jackson will also be presented with an award from representatives of Roosevelt High School at the start of Friday’s festivities. Some of the vendors include Miller Pizza, Glen Park Shrimp, Big Daddy's Barbeque, Jamba Juice along with several others. There will also be a DJ on-site each day playing MJ tunes in between the performances. "We are honored that Mrs. Jackson is hosting such a celebratory affair for Gary's most famous native son," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "Fans from near and far are invited to come out and have a great time. It's a perfect way to kick-off your long weekend." For a more information about the line-up of performers, visit ### City of Gary’s Mission To serve the current and future citizens of Gary by providing a safe, clean and working city that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents and establishes Gary as a national model for urban revitalization. City of Gary’s Vision The City of Gary will be safe, smart, accessible, prosperous and green. City Hall will provide the citizens of Gary with effective and responsive service while maintaining high ethical standards and fiscal discipline. Chelsea L. Whittington Director of Communications, City of Gary O: 219-881-1314 F: 219-881-1397 E: Description: Description: South Shore CVA Facebook Description: Description: South Shore CVA Twitter Description: Description: South Shore CVA Youtube Description: Description: Icon@2xDownload our new 311 Application for iPhone or Android Media reps may reach Sandy Christmas at or (818) 272-0053. It is hard to believe that this will be the fourth year the city of Gary is celebrating the King of Pop Michael Joseph Jackson's birthday(Aug. 29, 1958). A lot of events are taking place in Jackson's hometown from Aug. 29-31 and all are invited to come and join in on the fun! For all the details, visit http://www.officialmjjtribute or follow ‏@officialmjjtribute. Also, check out more details at Please enjoy a few photos taken by yours truly of previous birthday celebrations including a 2011 celebration where Katherine Jackson and Jackson's children Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket visited Gary.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Transformers 4" begins filming this week!

Optimus Prime and the crew are returning to Chicago! Filming starts this week and ends Oct. 2. Here's Huffington Post's "Chicago Around Town" link to the story!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Newest Cable Original TV Series Obsession, "The Bridge."

FX has done it again with another original series, "The Bridge." Since "Scandal" is not holding its season 3 premiere until the first Thursday in I've pretty much been in Scandal Rehab since that CRAZY season finale, I have been hunting down cable shows and originals on Netflix for drama. But when I heard about this new FX show, "The Bridge" on Wednesday nights I thought, 'this may be interesting.' I stand corrected; Sonya Cross, the female lead on this drama is BEYOND Interesting! And she and the story line have my full and undivided attention! A little background: "The Bridge" is set on a border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez and a gruesome discovery is revealed in what I called a serious gangster move by the killer(s)? in the pilot episode that aired July 10. Two detectives - one from El Paso, the other from Juarez - show up on the bridge where the victim was dumped. These two detectives, Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz clash from jump, but end up having to work together anyway. Cox and Ruiz have their own set of demons but Cross is so mysterious, you have to know what is under her skin. The additional cast include a drug addicted journalist played by Matthew Lillard in his best smart ass behavior. He was one of the killers in the first "Scream" movie which was a hilarious role. The dialogue for the show is English and Spanish with subtitles for the Spanish dialogue and you do not get lost in the translation. But you have to watch the entire episode, as, like "Scandal" any second or moment within the episode some secrets are revealed. The writing for "The Bridge" is excellent and smooth. I have to admit I do love a twisted drama and "The Bridge" is worth crossing. Tomorrow night is episode #5 but if you want to catch the first four episodes you can go to the official page for "The Bridge" on Facebook or watch Here's a clip from FX's "The Bridge" from the official Facebook page.