King Me

It's his birthday

FRI 1/7

You're feeling a little blue, aren't you? The sugar-induced holiday craze that resulted from devouring ten-pound tins of popcorn, chocolate and cookies has passed. The hangover attributable to an overabundance of Buttery Nipple shots on New Year's Eve is finally receding. You've gained ten pounds in two weeks (see gift-tin descriptions above), and now you're expected to work a full 40-hour week -- this is madness! Whether you want to wallow in your blue mood ("Suspicious Minds") or shake it off ("Hound Dog"), celebrating Elvis' 70th birthday is the best way to get back in the swing of things. Dust off the record player, put on the Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite album, and make yourself a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich. If you're really interested in taking care of business, get your blue suede shoes over to the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard) for the "Memories of Elvis 2005" tribute show starring Steve Davis and the TCB Band. The show is all-ages, doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $20 -- a small price to pay to honor the King. You can test your lip-curl in the Elvis Impersonator contest, or just play it cool and enjoy the show. And, since the show is one day before the King's birthday, you can still have your private observance at your home shrine. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 314-421-4400) or through the Pageant box office (www.thepageant.com or 314-726-6161). -- Amy Helms

Sing for The Super
Blockbuster karaoke

Huey Lewis has appeared in two darn fine movies (Back to the Future and Short Cuts) and one karaoke movie (Duets). If the latter is your favorite of the three, perhaps you should check out Jackpot or Rockstar or, uh, Glitter (all films about amateur singers with dreams). Perhaps you're an amateur singer yourself. Perhaps you have not heard about karaoke Saturday nights at Blockbuster Video (2582 Lemay Ferry Road; 314-845-7455). If you're bold enough to step to the register and belt out a tune, you get a free rental (but please check with an employee for the go-ahead, and before starting that Bodyguard song). Broke? Talented? Shameless? This is right up our alley. -- Jedidiah Ayres

Jean Pool
Jacket up

You've searched for months, for years even. In every store window, in every boutique, in every second-hand shop. From blazer-style to traditional, from dark to faded, from expensive to cheap, you find everything but the exact color, size and style you want. Why does the perfect jean jacket continue to elude you? Why doesn't it want you to be happy? Well, look out: Your unhappiness may continue to grow with Mark Dethrow's exhibit, The Jacket Series. The artist's paintings, arranged in three groups of four panels apiece, depict various jean-jacket wearers -- but the show offers no jean jackets for sale. And one of the groups of paintings even warns you that "Conformity Is Contagious." Let that strengthen your resolve to find a unique jean jacket. Dethrow's show opens Friday, January 7, at the Broadway Center of Arts (124 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-0431 or www.broadwaycenterofarts. com) with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception; the show remains on view until Sunday, January 30. -- Alison Sieloff

Tourney Time

MON 1/10

Rock. Paper. Scissors. These three words hold the key to resolving disputes. In childhood the RPS winner ruled all. In the "mature" adult years, RPS determines who takes out the trash. If only these words could solve the world's problems, we would live in a more peaceful time. At 10 p.m. at the Sunset Inn Growlers Pub (3811 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills; 314-984-9009), watch future diplomats compete in the Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament finals. We hear the prizes rock. -- Alison Sieloff

 
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