While hordes descend on Los Angeles today for the official Michael Jackson memorial event at the Staples Center that will feature a dazzling list of celebrities (including Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Berry Gordy, Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carrey, Martin Luther King III and — uh — John Mayer), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is giving Clevelanders an opportunity to remember the legendary performer right in their own backyard.
At 9 tonight, it will host a candlelight vigil on its plaza. It will open with presentations by the Rev. Jawanza Colvin (who recently succeeded the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. as leader of Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church) and Rock Hall president/CEO Terry Stewart.
There will then be time for fan testimonials and, finally, the vigil. The Rock Hall will supply some candles; to be on the safe side, bring your own. There will also be a memorial space to leave items paying tribute to Jackson.
The Rock Hall will also be debuting a Jackson memorial wall in its main exhibition hall today; it already has a permanent exhibit devoted to Jackson. —Anastasia Pantsios