Dinner fit for The King
Being dead creates a few hurdles for celebrity image management. Take, for example, the king of rock 'n' roll. I can't imagine that it would make Elvis happy to see that the most impersonated, celebrated version of him is the fat-ass Vegas act with more sequins than sense. Jelly-belly Elvis is a far cry from the youthful, pompadoured hunk recording his first demos in 1953, yet Mr. Sideburns in the flare-legged jumpsuit with a pocket full of pills is the prevailing image. As we close in on the 28th anniversary of his death next week, Dick's Last Resort in the West End will join the crowd by hosting Elvis Presley with Entertainment and Jelly Donuts on Tuesday. Guess which version of the king will be onstage in a royal jumpsuit with silk scarves performing a memorial concert? In the crowd, the best impersonator wins $500 and the winner of a doughnut-eating contest gets $100. So get your Bedazzler ready and grab some bellbottoms. This version of Elvis will never die. Elvis Presley with Entertainment and Jelly Donuts will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Dick's Last Resort in the West End, 1701 N. Market St. Call 214-747--0011. --Leah Shafer
Back to the Future
In the late '70s and early '80s, sci-fi special effects were just good enough to be dangerous. Most movies--such as Dreamscape and Flash Gordon--hailed for their effects at the time are now just plain embarrassing with their Team America: World Police-caliber action sequences. Yet the techniques of the day could also make great films better. Just watch the superb Blade Runner. In between, movies like Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind compensated for clunky effects with strong plot and characters. Then there is Tron. The 1982 Disney flick features a predictable plot, forgettable acting and an appalling soundtrack, but the effects are somehow both heavy-handed and astonishingly good. And by some weird alignment of the planets, Tron evokes virtually every aspect of popular culture of the last quarter-century. The Scarecrow (Bruce Boxleitner) prevails over pre-Mrs. King (Kate Jackson of Charlie's Angels), Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan) and Dude Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) get together, and the title becomes a Dave Chappelle character. The Internet and the Apple/Microsoft wars are predicted and Ultimate Frisbee is played to the death. In short, Tron is visionary without being intellectual. See it midnight Friday and Saturday Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-764-9106. --Rick Kennedy
Once upon a Time
Maya Angelou and son Guy Johnson can now add "documentary narrator" to their résumés. The pair narrated Once There Was a Country--Revisiting Haiti, a film that documents the conditions of health care and the lives of Haitians. A screening of the film will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pan American Art Gallery, 3303 Lee Parkway. A $5 donation will be accepted to benefit Project Medishare, an organization that explores ways to help improve the health conditions of the people in Haiti. The screening is in conjunction with the gallery's current exhibit, The Magic of Haiti. Call 214-522-3303. --Kelsey Guy
Beauty and the Beast
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Why life has to pair pure beauty with things so haggard and unsavory is beyond us. Hans Peter Moland's The Beautiful Country is a case in point. Using it, we could refer to war's destruction of pristine landscapes, tragedy's influence on a hopeful mind or casting Bai Ling with Nick Nolte. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., screens the film on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of its Magnolia at the Modern series, which expands the reach of the Magnolia's current independent films into Cowtown. Tickets are $7.50. Call 1-866-824-5566. --Merritt Martin
Dogs Have Their Days
With a withering music scene and political fighting befitting a playground, it's increasingly easy to bemoan our surroundings. But let's face real facts: Dallas is a vibrant, cultured, exciting place to live. We've got big-time sports, tons of art exhibitions and enough violent crime to make Vanilla Ice forget all about Miami. This is our city, and we're damn proud of it. For instance, where else can you find pet psychics, car-washing strippers, sock puppets and Baba Booey in one place? OK, where outside of The Howard Stern Show? Think they're doing this stuff in Boise? This fetching combination of elements is all Big D, and can only mean it's time for The Lodge's Third Annual Dog Days of Summer. The Lodge is the strip club with the heart of gold, as proceeds from this event benefit Operation Kindness, a local no-kill animal shelter. Beyond the good intentions, they really know how to put on a show--and not just one involving a pole. Bring your pet along this Saturday afternoon, as your loved one can enjoy a psychic reading with Noreen Renier, or just bring your dirty car (and mind) and get it hosed down by any number of bikini-clad lovelies. Both come with a $20 donation, while other denominations yield a chance to win Westminster Dog Show tickets and hotel accommodations. Howard Stern producer--and constant good-natured target--Gary Dell'Abate (a.k.a. Baba Booey, Flafla Flohigh, etc.) is the master of ceremonies, but apparently couldn't coax Triumph the Insult Comic Dog down from NYC, so we'll settle for Austin P. Roadman, a surly armadillo puppet. No matter, though, because the bottom line is a ridiculously good time for a seriously good cause. Take that, Boise. The Lodge is located at 10530 Spangler Road. Call 972-506-9229 or visit www.the-lodge.com or www.operationkindness.org. --Matt Hursh