Michael Jackson commemoration events
Fri Jun 24 2011
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since the world lost the King of Pop. Even though Michael is gone, we are still receiving fresh music for generations to worship (like the new album Michael and posthumous music videos for "Hollywood Tonight" and "Behind the Mask"). This weekend, marking the second anniversary of his untimely death, New Yorkers are finding their own ways to remember. Dig out the red leather jacket and bring a white-gloved hand to your forehead to salute the man who gave us the moonwalk.
Shut Up and Dance: Freedom's Annual Michael Jackson Salute
The Freedom Party crew boasts unrivaled Friday-night dance parties for anyone who loves to shake it. DJs Herbert Holler, Cosi and Marc Smooth's turntables will be churning out MJ classics starting at 11pm. Brush up on your gravity-defying Smooth Criminal lean and Thriller's zombie choreography and show up early (ladies are free before midnight). Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com). Fri 24 at 11pm. $15, before 2am $10; women $10, before midnight free.
Who's Bad—Vol. 2
Head to the swanky restaurant turned club Taj to rub elbows with other Jackson fans. The tribute event, with DJ Jon Quick and grammy-nominated drummer Kimberly Thompson controlling the '80s-heavy playlist, also promises a live performance from Sha Collins. Need some Dutch courage before you start grabbing your crotch? A two-for-one happy hour runs 6--8pm. Taj, 48 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-620-3033, tajlounge.com). Fri 24 6--11pm. $10, before 7pm with R.S.V.P. to email@example.com free.
Forever Michael II
Santos Party House is dedicating its Saturday night to MJ's legacy. So if you want to hear "Beat It" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" reverberating through the sound system of this Tribeca hotspot, head to the dark upstairs room. It'll prove to be an amazing time whether you're black or white. Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St at Walker St (212-714-4646, santospartyhouse.com). Sat 25 at 10:30pm. With R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org $15.
Brunch/Day Party: Michael Jackson Edition
Head to Harlem for a brunch party that is sure to last well into dinnertime, hosted at Tian restaurant in Riverbank State Park. Take in beautiful views while enjoying a tasty brunch, all while grooving to the King of Pop's best tunes. Show up in casual threads and don't stop enjoying drink specials until you get enough! Tian at the Riverbank, 679 Riverside Drive at W 145th St (212-234-1023, tianattheriverbank.com). Sat 25 noon--6pm.
The Michael Jackson Memorial Sing-Along
The Secret Formula folks have taken the time to subtitle all the Michael music videos they could get their hands on -- from the "ABC" afro days of his youth all the way up to "This Is It." Come and guzzle down the themed drinks—try the Dirty Diana, Rockin' Robin or Shamon—and remember to dress up for the MJ costume contest. Vie for prizes like free drinks and tickets to upcoming Union Hall shows during the MJ Dance Off. And if you don't take top honors, worry not, the Thrill the World Dancers will be showing up to perform and teach everyone the Thriller dance. Union Hall, 702 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-4400, unionhallny.com). Sat 25 at 11pm. $8.
Michael Jackson Mondays
Here's your chance to finally master the moonwalk. Broadway Bodies incorporates aerobic workouts into weekly dance classes that will have you sweatin'. No need to sign up; drop in any time you're feeling like tearing off a white T-shirt while standing atop an abandoned car and screaming at the top of your lungs. Teacher Rommel will help you satisfy at least some of those urges. Chelsea Studios, 151 W 26th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 6th floor (broadwaybodies.com). Next class Mon 27 at 7pm. $15.