Elvis Birthday Week Calendar

Chilean miner Edison Peña will be a highlight of Elvis Birthday Week.

Peña, one of 33 miners rescued after spending 69 days in a collapsed gold and copper mine, became known as a passionate fan of the King of Rock and Roll. He'll get a tour of Graceland and make an appearance at the annual Elvis cake-cutting ceremony.

Here is a calendar of Elvis events during the Jan. 6-9 birthday celebration. Unless otherwise noted, tickets can be purchased at elvis.com or by calling Graceland reservations at 332-3322 or (800) 238-2000.

For a more complete listing of birthday week events, go to elvis.com:

Thursday, Jan. 6

Noon: Fan meet-and-greet at Marlowe's Restaurant, 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. Includes door prizes and an Elvis auction to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Dutch treat lunch. To attend, contact Sharon Parker at Elvismeetupatmarlowes@hotmail.com, or call (615) 830-5126.

4:30 p.m.: Elvis trivia tour. Guests tour Graceland and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while answering trivia questions to which answers can be found on the Graceland tour. Adults $31, children (7-12) $15.

8 p.m.-midnight: Club Elvis in the Elvis Presley Car Museum, where a disc jockey will play Elvis music. Cash bar.

Friday, Jan. 7

10 a.m.-noon: Fan Club Presidents' Event, Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Recognizes the work of Elvis fan clubs and includes an Elvis Presley Enterprises update on Elvis marketing, licensing, merchandise and new exhibits. Hosted by Tom Brown, vice president of original productions for Turner Classic Movies, with special guests Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and Jim Murray, a former member of the The Stamps, Inspirationals and the Imperials. Tickets $12.

6-9 p.m.: Official Elvis Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour. Guests include former Elvis movie co-stars Julie Adams ("Tickle Me"), Larry Domasin ("Fun in Acapulco") and Jennifer Holden ("Jailhouse Rock"), and Elvis jeweler Lowell Hayes. Tickets: $48 for adults, $26 children (7-12).

9:30 p.m.-midnight: Club Elvis in the Elvis Presley Car Museum. Party with disc jockey. Tickets: $20.

Saturday, Jan. 8

9:30 a.m.: Birthday cake cutting, front lawn of Graceland. Free admission, complimentary birthday cake and coffee served in the Chrome Grille restaurant in Graceland Plaza.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Graceland ticket pavilion. Live Elvis music by Terry Mike Jeffrey. Free.

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Conversations on Elvis, Memphis Marriott East, with Elvis movie co-stars Julie Adams ("Tickle Me"), Larry Domasin ("Fun in Acapulco") and Jennifer Holden ("Jailhouse Rock"). Tickets: $20.

8 p.m.: Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Elvis Birthday Pops, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main. With Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band. Tickets: $28-$150. To order tickets, visit memphisymphony.org, call 537-2525, or go to 585 S. Mendenhall.

Sunday, Jan. 9

8-9:15 a.m.: Southern Gospel Celebration at Graceland with Elvis' Imperials, ticket pavilion at Graceland Plaza. Tickets: $25.

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Comments » 1

bkcrump#496928 writes:

Several years ago, I had a revelation about Elvis that I have not heard anyone else express. I was stopped at the light on Union Ave at Marshall, across from Sun Studios. I began to think about Elvis. He got his start right there in 1953. He made history. He became the most famous person in the world. He was and is one of the most beloved entertainers of all time. He had a profound impact on music worldwide. He became the top selling artist of his day and by some accounts, he still is. Then it hit me...his journey. He started that historic career right there at Sun. He experienced monumental triumphs and some devastating defeats. And 24 years later to the month, he was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial, JUST TWO BLOCKS DOWN THE STREET.

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