Miller Auditorium March/April 2014 Newsletter

Maximize Your Life with Jillian Michaels

Buy Tickets | Thursday, March 27 @ 7:30 p.m.

Whether you’re twenty years old or fifty, everyone needs some motivation. Something that will reignite your passion and help you set goals that will improve and awaken your life. Jillian Michaels is guaranteed to do that for you. With her critically acclaimed “Maximize Your Life” tour, she is sweeping the nation and changing the lives of thousands. Coming to Kalamazoo on March 27th, she promises no hype, no false promises: Just results.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, California; Julian Michaels knows struggle. She was heavily bullied as a child due to being a 5’2” and 175 pound eighth grader and experienced night terrors after her parents’ divorce. One day, though, she decided to change her life and now she is one of the most successful personal trainers in America. Having released over fifteen workout DVDs since 2005, she has also authored several books on health and wellness. Using a blend of strength training that includes: kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, plyometric and weight training, Jillian Michaels continues to change people’s lives through motivation. "Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon-from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skill set, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you've dreamed of and deserve," exclaims Jillian. Don’t let any doubts set you back from the life you want to lead. Let Jillian Michaels help you reach the goals that you desperately want. “Maximize Your Life” is coming to Miller Auditorium March 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 so get yours today!

Gary Mullen & The Works Bring One Night Of Queen to the Miller Stage

Buy Tickets | Friday, March 28 @ 8 p.m.

Legends come and go, but their songs live forever. After seeing One Night Of Queen, by Gary Mullen and the Works, you will feel like the legend of Freddie Mercury never left. Since few were able see Mercury, one of rock's legendary front men in person before he died in 1991, the chance to watch someone as talented as Mullen bring him back to life is an opportunity that you do not want to miss. Originally, Gary Mullen started out as a Queen fan since he was four years old and was a talented singer all his life. His Mercury impression helped him through his bar years as, by request, people offered to buy him a pint if he sang a Queen song. It was not until his mother and wife applied for him to be a part of Britain’s ITV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ and he won by pulling in 864,838 votes, that his career as Freddie Mercury would begin taking off on a more serious level. Since 2002 when he decided to form the band, Gary Mullen and the Works have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences. For the past five years they have performed over 150 shows each year in various countries. The show pays tribute to the theatrics and music of Queen and does not disappoint. “I got an e-mail. It was from Freddie’s mum. It said, ‘Thank you very much for keeping my son’s memory alive,” Mullen says in one of his interviews, “You can’t top that.” And you certainly cannot top, One Night of Queen. This show will ROCK you. The show comes to Miller Auditorium on March 28, at 8 p.m.

Five ‘Top 5’ Lists of Queen

Top 5 Movie Uses of Queen Songs:

Wayne’s World—Bohemian Rhapsody
Moulin Rouge—The Show Must Go On
Shaun of the Dead—Don’t Stop Me Now
Ella Enchanted—Somebody to Love
Iron Man 2—Another One Bites the Dust

Top 5 Most Popular Queen Songs:

Bohemian Rhapsody
We Are The Champions
Another One Bites the Dust
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On

Top 5 Freddie Mercury Quotes:

“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.”
“I always knew I was a star and now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.”
“If I didn't do this I wouldn't have anything to do. I can't cook. I'm not any good at being a housewife.”
“If I lost everything tomorrow I’d claw my way back to the top somehow.”
“Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!”

Top 5 Fun Facts About Queen:

The “We Will Rock You” video was shot in the drummer, Roger’s backyard.
Mercury once woke everyone up at 3 a.m. to work out three words in a song.
Queen is the only band in which all members have written at least one of their hits.
Mercury wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in the bathtub.
The logo of the band (Queen crest) combines the astrological signs of all four members: two lions for Leo (Deacon and Taylor), a crab for Cancer (May), and two fairies for Virgo (Mercury).

Top 5 Queen Albums:

Night at the Opera
News of the World
The Game
A Day at the Races

Pilobolus: Masters of Dance

Buy Tickets | Tuesday, April 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

The exciting and jaw dropping dance company, Pilobolus, is returning to Kalamazoo (after 10 years!) to baffle audiences with their contortions. Pilobolus, originated in 1971 (and named after a fungus that grows on cow dung that propels itself with extraordinary strength, speed and accuracy) has been a smash hit since its opening. In 1978 the New Yorker praised the group calling it, “the six most extraordinary people performing now.” Since then, Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) and on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It has been recognized with prestigious honors, such as the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming. Pilobolus holds the 2011 Guinness World Record for fitting the most people into a Mini Cooper (26); and in 2012, the company was nominated for a Grammy Award for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All is Not Lost”. Their performances are characterized by a strong element of physical interaction between the bodies of the performers and exaggerations or contortions of the human form, requiring extreme strength, flexibility and athleticism. This kind of dance movement gives rise to bizarre imagery and topsy-turvy entanglement.  Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation. Don’t miss an amazing performance from this tour company, coming to Miller Auditorium April 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25–$45 dollars and are available now!