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Michael Jackson's This Is It 

When: Fri., July 14, 8:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $5 suggested donation
www.culturemill.org

It's difficult to disregard the profiteering that prompted the 2009 release of Michael Jackson's This Is It merely four months after the singer's untimely death. But then the music starts. Compiled from footage recorded during final rehearsals for Jackson's could-have-been concerts in London's O2 Arena, the rockumentary plays like a toe-tapping elegy to a musical and cultural icon, revealing Jackson in his element: onstage, exhibiting a savant-like entertainment aptitude. Despite his infamous and crippling eccentricities, the film is a welcome reminder that Jackson's creative flame was never snuffed out. In death, Jackson finally, and ironically, achieved the image rehab he sorely sought in life, and the film is a poignant coda to his career. See it outdoors at Saxapahaw Movie Night, a fundraiser for the nonprofit arts organization Culture Mill and its programs, which include creating original performing artworks and arts education in Alamance County schools. —Neil Morris

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