Celebrate Elvis’ 75th birthday this evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Beginning at 5:30 PM, the event will feature films, special guest Francine York, music and karaoke from Roarshack, the biggest Elvis Mix ‘n Mingle trivia game and bingo west of Memphis from Wise Guys Events (with Elvis-related prizes), food vendors including banana and peanut butter pancake bites from Buttermilk Truck, BBQ from BarbiesQ and birthday cake for the entire audience from La Morenita Bakery.
Of course, there will be Elvis merchandise for sale from Hollywood Book & Poster and prizes from Warner Bros., Bettie Page Clothing, Taschen Books (at the Grove), the Grammy Museum’s “Elvis at 21” exhibit and Hollywood Book & Poster. The Pig ‘n’ Whistle will also be hosting a “no-host” bar in the Egyptian’s courtyard. I have no idea what a “no-host” bar is, but it sounds like an open bar. They should offer an open bar. It is what Elvis would have wanted.
While I make it a rule to avoid movies with the word “wacky” in their tagline, tomorrow I am compelled to make an exception. I am too much of a geek to resist the idea of a movie accompanied by a scavenger hunt on Hollywood Boulevard organized by the Egyptian Theatre. That’s right, the Egyptian is screening purported “cult classic” Midnight Madness, a film I confess I have never actually heard of, but hey, I hardly have my finger on the pop culture pulse. (MM is, apparently, Michael J. Fox’s first feature film, not that that’s much of a draw for some of us.) The movie centers around a scavenger hunt, and the Egyptian and The Go Game have combined forces to organize an afternoon scavenger hunt along the boulevard. Teams of eight solve clues, take pictures, and have a generally wacky time. After a dinner break, winners are determined by an applause-o-meter and then the film screens. I’ve got my ticket. You can get yours through Fandango. Leave a comment if you think you might show up. Perhaps we can join forces.