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Aug 15

Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Camera
8/15/2012
10:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Priscilla Presley will be making a special guest appearance to talk about her efforts to open Graceland to the public 30 years ago among other featured topics. Also, hear from those who photographed Elvis over the years and find out more about thousands of photos of Elvis housed in the Graceland archives. Confirmed special guests include: Alfred Wertheimer, who in 1956 was assigned to photograph a 21-year-old singer, who RCA was promoting, by the name of Elvis Presley, along with Barbara Gray, who can be seen kissing Elvis in one of Wertheimer's famous photos; Dave Darnell, who photographed Elvis at the Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards ceremony as well as around Memphis as a staff photographer for The Commercial Appeal newspaper; and Angie Marchese, Director of the Graceland Archives, and Robert Dye, EPE Photography Manager, who manage and care for the thousands of photos that are part of the Graceland collection. More guests to be announced. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Email: glsales@elvis.com
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
Elvis and Friends Concert
8/15/2012
3:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Join us for a celebration of Elvis music during a special afternoon concert event. The show will feature Jamie Aaron Kelley and Brad Birkedahl performing some of their favorite Elvis tunes. Opening the show will be country music entertainers and IMASTAR recording artists Lori Anderson and Gavin Kelly, musician/singer Jeff Wenberg and a performance by Deborah Allen singing her song “Amazing Graceland.” Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Email: glsales@elvis.com
Web: ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?linkID=graceland&invNum=1288&type=SE,CT,MI&mm=8&yyyy=2012%20&dd=&groupCode=EW2
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
Candlelight Vigil
8/15/2012
8:30 p.m. Gates of Graceland
Details: After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis' grave site and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes to the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis' passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 p.m.


Viva Las Vegas! Elvis Fan Club Presents the Elvis Presley Memorial Ceremony
8/15/2012
Las Vegas Hotel (Former Hilton)
Details: You are invited to a memorial ceremony to honor Elvis Presley on the 35th anniversary of his death in 1977. In keeping with the traditional yearly vigil that takes place at Graceland in Memphis, the Viva Las Vegas! Elvis fan club is holding a ceremony at the LVH (former Hilton), by the bronze statue of Elvis Presley in front of the hotel. (Thank you to the LVH for their assistance.) All Elvis fans are invited. This will take place on Wednesday, Aug 15th, at 8:00 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.  The vigil in Memphis, started 2 hours earlier, will be in progress. The club requests that fans attending to keep the focus on Elvis himself. Please leave the jumpsuits at home. For more information:  Please contact the club president, Susan, at  vegaselvisfan@yahoo.com www.vivalasvegasclub.com.


Email: vegaselvisfan@yahoo.com
Web: www.vivalasvegasclub.com
Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Elvis Presley
8/15/2012
1425 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116
Details: The Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Elvis Presley will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church located at 1425 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116 on August 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM and music beginning at 2:15 PM.  For more information, please contact St. Paul Catholic Church at www.stpaulmemphis.org or (901) 346-2380.

Web: www.stpaulmemphis.org
Phone: (901) 346-2380
Aloha from Hawaii Party
8/15/2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Aloha. If you plan to attend “Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii” 40th Anniversary Celebration in January 2013 or would like to hear more details about this fun experience taking place in Honolulu, you’ll want to intend this informational event. Those in attendance will be receiving some great information about the trip, see photos and videos of Elvis in Hawaii, have an opportunity to meet others who you will see in Hawaii and lots fun of surprises. Mahalo!

Web: elvis.com/aloha
Sony Award Presentations
8/15/2012
5:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Join executives from Sony Music for this free event as they present multiple awards for releases of Elvis’ music that have achieved gold, platinum or diamond status based on RIAA record sales.

Web: www.elvis.com/elvisweek/ewschedule.aspx
Meet 'n' Greet with Lowell Hays
8/15/2012
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza.
Details: Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. Also available on August 10: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  August 11: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 17: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 18: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meet 'n' Greet with Darwin Lamm
8/15/2012
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Good Rockin' Record Shop, Graceland Plaza.
Details: Meet Darwin Lamm, publisher of "Elvis...The Magazine." 35th Anniversary issues of "Elvis...The Magazine" and other books by by Darwin will be available for purchase and for him to autograph. Available on August 12: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and August 14: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Heartbreak Hotel. August 15: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and August 16: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Good Rockin' Record Shop, Graceland Plaza.

Autograph Signing with Jose Feliciano
8/15/2012
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Elvis Lives Exhibit, Graceland Plaza
Details: International entertainer and eight-time Grammy winner Jose Feliciano will be signing copies of his new album “The King…by Jose Feliciano,” which is produced by Elvis’ long-time friend George Klein and is a tribute to the king. On the album, Jose not only sings the 12 handpicked songs, but also plays all of the instruments and performs the vocals in the background. The album will be for sale at the autograph signing. Feliciano is a singer, virtuoso guitarist and composer known for many international hits including the 1970 Christmas single "Feliz Navidad." He's been awarded over 45 Gold and Platinum records and has received prestigious awards from around the world.

Lowell Hays Trunk Show
8/15/2012
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza
Details: Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry. Lowell will be debuting several new items during this 35th anniversary Elvis Week.


Ornament signing by Lisa Kelechava, Founder and Designer Joy to the World Collectibles, Inc.
8/15/2012
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Walk a Mile Gift Shop, Graceland Plaza
Details: Lisa will be on hand to sign the Graceland Collection of handcrafted ornaments. Celebrate Elvis Week with these limited collectibles including the new Graceland 3D ornament- new for 2012! All Joy To The World ornaments are designed exclusively for Graceland and are created completely by hand by the finest European artisans. All elements of production are created the old fashion way, from the initial glass blowing stage to the final touches of glitter.

Meet 'n' Greet with Joe Petruccio
8/13/2012 - 8/15/2012
3:00-9:00 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing
Details: Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces, and don’t miss out on Graceland exclusive 35th anniversary merchandise featuring his artwork.

Shop for your favorite Elvis fashions with B & K Costume Company
8/13/2012 - 8/15/2012
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Elvis On Tour, Graceland Crossing.
Details: Don’t miss the expanded assortment of stage and casual clothing plus jewelry available only for this 35th anniversary Elvis Week. Butch and Kim Polston will be on hand to assist you with your Elvis fashion purchases.

Meet 'n' Greet with Betty Harper
8/12/2012 - 8/15/2012
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Heartbreak Hotel
Details: Meet artist Betty Harper, view her broad collection of original Elvis portraits that illustrate the personal side of Elvis and take home some great pieces of art.


Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing
8/11/2012 - 8/18/2012
Details: Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis.

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Details: Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on August 10-19. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on August 10-14 and August 16-19. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Children's Activities at Ticket Pavilion
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Ticket Pavilion
Details: Children can enjoy arts and crafts each day while learning about the history of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Elvis Week 2012 - 35th Anniversary Celebration
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
Memphis, Tennessee
Details:

Elvis Week 2012 will be the 35th anniversary and we know fans from around the world are already looking to make plans to be in Memphis for this very special celebration. Each event is feature in the calendar of events or you can see the complete schedule at www.ElvisWeek.com.

Multiple Day Events

Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing
August 11 - 18. Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis.

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on August 10-19. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on August 10-14 and August 16-19. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Kids/Youth Karaoke at Graceland Crossing
August 14 and August 18: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Graceland Crossing. Children will receive prizes for participating in our karaoke event. Ages for karaoke are 17 and below.

Children's Activities at Ticket Pavilion
August 10 - 18: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Children can enjoy arts and crafts each day while learning about the history of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Gospel Breakfast Buffet in Chrome Grille
August 12 and August 18: 7:00 a.m. at Chrome Grille. Elvis fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat American-style breakfast buffet for only $7.95.


Meet 'n' Greet with Betty Harper
August 12 - 15: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Heartbreak Hotel. Meet artist Betty Harper, view her broad collection of original Elvis portraits that illustrate the personal side of Elvis and take home some great pieces of art.

Meet 'n' Greet with Lowell Hays
August 10: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  August 11: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 17: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 18: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring.


Lowell Hays Trunk Show
August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry. Lowell will be debuting several new items during this 35th anniversary Elvis Week.

Meet 'n' Greet with Joe Petruccio
August 12: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.  August 13-15: 3:00-9:00 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces, and don’t miss out on Graceland exclusive 35th anniversary merchandise featuring his artwork.                        

Meet 'n' Greet with Darwin Lamm
August 12: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and August 14: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Heartbreak Hotel. August 15: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and August 16: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Good Rockin' Record Shop, Graceland Plaza. Meet Darwin Lamm, publisher of "Elvis...The Magazine." 35th Anniversary issues of "Elvis...The Magazine" and other books by by Darwin will be available for purchase and for him to autograph.

Shop for your favorite Elvis fashions with B & K Costume Company
August 13 - 15: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Elvis On Tour, Graceland Crossing. Don’t miss the expanded assortment of stage and casual clothing plus jewelry available only for this 35th anniversary Elvis Week. Butch and Kim Polston will be on hand to assist you with your Elvis fashion purchases.

Ornament signing by Lisa Kelechava, Founder and Designer Joy to the World Collectibles, Inc.
August 15: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. August 16: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Walk a Mile Gift Shop, Graceland Plaza. Lisa will be on hand to sign the Graceland Collection of handcrafted ornaments. Celebrate Elvis Week with these limited collectibles including the new Graceland 3D ornament- new for 2012! All Joy To The World ornaments are designed exclusively for Graceland and are created completely by hand by the finest European artisans. All elements of production are created the old fashion way, from the initial glass blowing stage to the final touches of glitter.

If I Can Dream International Art Exhibition
July 21 – September 16. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Come and see the winning pieces of artwork for the "If I Can Dream Art Contest and Exhibition." All original artwork in the exhibition will inspired by the song "If I Can Dream," sang by Elvis during the closing of his 1968 NBC television special. Through August 19, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece and a “Fans’ Favorite” will be announced following Elvis Week. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Elvis is in the Building Photography Exhibition
June 23 – October 31. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Elvis is in the Building, a photography exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, will be on view at the Brooks from June 23 through October 31. Consisting of early, yet iconic photographs of Elvis Presley, the exhibition includes an Ernest Withers photograph of Elvis and B.B. King at the 1957 WDIA Goodwill Revue and a 1956 image of Elvis on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle by Alfred Wertheimer. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.


"Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" at Pink Palace

July 21 - October 14, 2012 at Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. Come relive the King’s innocent younger days and feel the energy of a young man who was only just beginning to realize his potential at the "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" Exhibit. The Pink Palace will extend their hours until 9:00 p.m. on August 10 - 15 for the 35th celebration.


All events, guests, ticket prices and other information listed below are subject to change at any time.


Email: glsales@elvis.com
Web: www.elvis.com/elvisweek/default.aspx?=2011
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
If I Can Dream International Art Exhibition
7/21/2012 - 9/16/2012
Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue.
Details: Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Come and see the winning pieces of artwork for the "If I Can Dream Art Contest and Exhibition." All original artwork in the exhibition will inspired by the song "If I Can Dream," sang by Elvis during the closing of his 1968 NBC television special. Through August 19, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece and a “Fans’ Favorite” will be announced following Elvis Week. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Web: brooksmuseum.org/
"Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" at the Pink Palace Museum
7/21/2012 - 10/14/2012
July 21 - October 14. Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue in Memphis.
Details: Come relive the King’s innocent younger days and feel the energy of a young man who was only just beginning to realize his potential. Alfred Wertheimer’s gorgeous photo exhibit has been displayed in prestigious museums and galleries across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is finally coming back to its rightful home here in Memphis just in time for Elvis Week 2012. The Pink Palace will be extending their hours until 9:00 p.m. on August 10 - 15 for the week-long celebration.

Web: www.memphismuseums.org/exhibit-14909/
Elvis is in the Building Photography Exhibition
6/23/2012 - 10/31/2012
Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue.
Details: Elvis is in the Building, a photography exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, will be on view at the Brooks from June 23 through October 31. Consisting of early, yet iconic photographs of Elvis Presley, the exhibition includes an Ernest Withers photograph of Elvis and B.B. King at the 1957 WDIA Goodwill Revue and a 1956 image of Elvis on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle by Alfred Wertheimer. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Web: brooksmuseum.org/