Elvis Week, which traditionally falls around the date of Elvis Presley's birth -- that would be Jan. 8, of course -- is celebrated in all the usual spots, yes, but some rather offbeat ones, too.
Does it surprise us to walk into a pastry shop in early January and find banana-peanut butter donuts baked in honor of the singer? No. No it does not. In fact, we're a little sad if pretty much every business isn't doing something to honor, in some way, the King.
So it makes sense that the party has only grown for those spots where one would expect to find a party. Like the Grammy Museum, for instance, which has gone the Elvis Week route before. Clearly just a week wasn't enough, though, because the music-loving institution has deemed January 2012 Elvis Month.
Oh boy. What does Elvis Month entail, exactly? "(S)everal rare artifacts" from Graceland will debut in a new exhibit case. There's a free "Elvis at the Movies" panel on Jan. 4. And there's a three-night Master Class on "The Elvis Presley Story." It'll happen each Tuesday, starting on Jan. 3, for three weeks.
This whole month devoted to the icon isn't a one time thing, either. "Each year, we'll designate the month of January to focus on a different theme that pays tribute to Elvis Presley," says Bob Santelli, the museum's executive director.
Got it. Elvis fans? Mark those calendars for a few years to come. We know the King is probably gracing those calendars, so it all fits.