Memorializing a still-dead King; celebrating 'Mona Lisa' extras
THE KING AND YOU If not for the booze, the pills and all those fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches, Lisa Marie Presley's old man might still be alive today. Alas, the King is dead, and he's not coming back. To celebrate Elvis's 69th birthday, Presley impersonator extraordinaire Steve Connolly is throwing a party at Boston Rocks on Jan. 8 (and staging an all-Elvis concert two nights later at the Berklee Performance Center.) Keivan Mizrahi, promoter of the "Love Him Tender: Spirit of the King" show at the Berklee, actually consulted Presley's ex, Priscilla, in planning the menu for the Boston Rocks bash. The menu? Cranberry roast reef, New Orleans shrimp cocktail, jambalaya, bread pudding with rum-raisin sauce, and a giant guitar-shaped birthday cake courtesy of famous cake maker George Montilio. If he could, we're sure Presley would roll over in his grave.GIRLS ON FILM As a general rule, we're suspicious of invites to Hollywood premieres that take place in Framingham. But we just might attend Saturday's special screening of "Mona Lisa Smile" hosted by Tina Locke and Kate Johnston, a couple of extras on the film, shot at Wellesley College and starring Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. (Helpfully, the gals will be armed with a laser pointer so you don't miss them.) And afterward, T. Lo, a recent Wellesley grad who works as a paralegal, and K. Jo, who goes to Harvard, are holding a goof red-carpet reception at the Elks Lodge in Natick. "We just had so much fun on the set, I guess we just don't want it to end," said Locke, who earned a whopping $81 a day as an extra on the film. "I'm pretty lucky. I have a whole bunch of seconds in the movie."
FUNNY GUY MAKES GOOD It's great to see Dane Cook finally drawing a crowd. More people saw the Arlington comedian's sold-out shows at the Comedy Connection over the weekend than ever watched "Simon Sez," Cook's 1999 action flick with basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman, or his short-lived sitcom with Golden Girl Betty White. Cook currently can be seen in the Farrelly brothers' new movie, "Stuck On You."JIMMY FUND BENEFIT ON DECK It's that time again for the Hot Stove/Cool Music benefit, and the lineup for the annual Peter Gammons fund-raiser for the Jimmy Fund is almost set. Among those scheduled to take the stage on Jan. 11 at the Paradise are singer-songwriters Kay Hanley and Bill Janovitz, the Gentlemen (featuring Mike Gent and Ed Valauskas) and, of course, Trauser, whose rhythm guitarist is none other than Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. In past years, a couple of Sox have stopped by, including Tim Wakefield and Johnny Damon, and there's always a surprise or two.PATS FAN NONPAREIL Prior to the Pats' thrashing of the Bills Saturday, team owner Bob Kraft, FleetBoston Financial CEO Chad Gifford, and linebacker Tedy Bruschi honored the team's No. 1 fan, Karen Cardoza of Cumberland, R. I. On hand to present Cardoza with the Fan of the Year trophy were Olivia, Conan, and Zach Mastrangelo, grandchildren of the late Joseph R. Mastrangelo, one of the Patriots' first season ticketholders whose devotion to the team inspired the award. . . And last night, after their big win, several Pats players took the top floor of Abe & Louie's, the Back Bay steakhouse owned by Charlie Sarkis, and chowed down something fierce. Names can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-929-8253.