Dying seemed to be a good career move for Michael Jackson. He’s got a new single, a new album on the way, and a feature-length documentary set to open later this month. The documentary DVD should be on sale just in time for Christmas. His funeral was held at a sports arena that holds 20,000 people.
But there are still some grassroots efforts to make sure the King of Pop isn’t forgotten. One of those is Thrill the World, a global attempt to set a world record for the number of people around the world dancing to Jackson’s “Thriller” at the same time. (Is that really a world-record category?) The local part of the event will take place at the pedestrian mall between Andy Holt Library and the Humanities Building on the University of Tennessee campus on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 p.m. Registration starts at 6 p.m.; practice sessions will be held at Dance Dimensions on Kingston Pike on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23. For more information, visit thrilltheworld.com.