Elvis Now

January 8 was a banner day in entertainment history. Born on this date were such greats as David Bowie, Elvis Presley, R. Kelly and Bob Eubanks. But only one of these entertainers is being honored with a party at Dick's Last Resort on Thursday. Oddly enough, he's also the only one not alive to see it. In celebration of what would have been Elvis' 69th birthday, Dick's is throwing a bash that would have made the king of rock 'n' roll mighty proud. From 5 p.m. to closing, partygoers can enjoy a meal of chicken-fried chicken and mashed potatoes with jalapeno gravy, topped off with a jelly doughnut (apparently all Elvis favorites). And drink specials include $5.50 Blue Hawaiians that come in a souvenir glass--because Elvis and his name haven't been plastered on enough merchandise. The night's festivities wouldn't be complete, however, without the obligatory Elvis impersonator contest. So prepare yourself for a plethora of white jumpsuits, plenty of karate moves and lots of fat white men gyrating their pelvises to the tunes of Elvis. Dick's Last Resort is located in the West End at the corner of Ross and Record streets. Call 214-747-0001. --Rhonda Reinhart

Great Gig
Floyd, but not in the flesh

Believe us when we say our Pink Floyd experience has never been chemically enhanced. We've journeyed to the dark side of the moon, scaled the wall and made the final cut all in complete sobriety. Fine, don't believe us, you drug-addled cynic. We don't mean to meddle, but if your checkered past is only the result of a momentary lapse of reason, you can still sober up in time for Friday's Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. The combination of lasers, 3-D glasses and '70s psychedelic rock promises a show that's trippy enough on its own. While debating whether to go, we flashback to a midnight screening of The Wall in which we received many glares as we belted out the lyrics to "When the Tigers Broke Free." (OK, so not only are we Pink Floyd fans, we're Pink Floyd dorks.) To our relief, the Laser Spectacular Web site vaguely assures us, "Ever been to Rocky Horror Picture Show? It's kinda like that IF you know the music!" We're hoping the "kinda like that" includes audience participation (i.e. singing) and does not include men in lingerie. Head down to The Majestic, 1925 Elm St., January 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $26 and can be purchased at the box office or from Ticketmaster. Call 214-880-0137. --Michelle Martinez

Mystery Dance
Want to help welcome celebrated author Deborah Crombie home for her nationwide tour during which she promoted Now May You Weep, her latest mystery? You can do so at Plano's Barnes & Noble in Creekwalk Village, 801 W. 15th, at 2 p.m. January 10. The Plano resident will discuss her new book, which tells a haunting story of death, betrayal and hidden pasts all set in picturesque Scotland. Reviewers have guaranteed it will keep you up late. Call 972-881-7526. --Carlton Stowers

Suck It Up
James Dyson is the new Mr. Clean

The New Year's marathon of DIY was a fairy-tale afternoon of de-cluttering and soul cleansing. See, we're obsessed with renovation shows. They're the real reality TV. In flipping among Bravo's Queer Eye, TLC's While You Were Out, Trading Spaces, etc., we not only get a mindful of ideas for our home décor and personal appearance, we get a pant-load of commercials in between. Here's one we've seen hundreds of times: "I was at home vacuuming one day," it begins with a British accent and a shot of a man's feet and vacuum. It's James Dyson, apparently affluent enough to construct 5,000 prototypes before satisfying a need for a vacuum that doesn't lose suction, making his (and our) housekeeping dream a reality with the Dyson filterless, bagless vacuum. Dyson says that "design is not just about how something looks, but how it works," and is emphatic that there is no difference between designer and engineer. To share more on his design/engineering experience, the Industrial Designers Society of America welcomes Dyson to DWR Studio, 4524 McKinney Ave., for a public lecture Wednesday at 6 p.m. Call 214-521-0100. --Merritt Martin

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