(Seriously, stop by the office of a certain Southern Living editor and you’re likely to get a treatise on the long-lasting impact of Elvis Aaron Presley. And maybe a peanut butter and banana sandwich.)
In honor of Elvis Week 2012, here’s a cheat sheet for what’s happening these days when it comes to one of the South’s most celebrated icons:
1. This year’s Elvis Week is expected to be the biggest ever. Can’t make it to Memphis? Follow along on social. The Twitter hashtag is #Elvisweek, and Instagram #Elvisweek. And download the free Elvis Week app, which has a news feed and a virtual candle so you can participate in the annual candlelight vigil on August 15.
2. Elvis’ birthplace (Tupelo, Mississippi) is undergoing a $6.3 million expansion. The first phase of the improvements were unveiled last week, including a new 126-seat indoor theater and 75-seat amphitheater.
3. Improvements to Elvis Presley Blvd. are underway, making the road to Graceland a little easier for travelers and locals alike.
4. A 40th anniversary box set commemorating Elvis’ 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts will be released in October. The reissued box set will include recently discovered, unseen footage from the concerts. (The film will premier this Friday in Memphis during Elvis Week.)
5. A new documentary called Duke and The King that explores the life of one of Elvis’ band members will screen at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival. In the film, Southern filmmakers Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler tell the story of bassist Duke Bardwell, a Louisiana native who played with the King in the mid-70s.
Can’t get enough of The King? Turn up one of our favorites and share with us: Why do you love Elvis?