CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy Birthday Elvis!

In case you didn’t know, today is Elvis’ birthday. The King would have turned 79, and it only makes sense to honor him in a who-cares-about-the-calories, gourmet-peanut-butter-sandwich kind of way. We’ve rounded up several places in New York to grab the icon’s favorite snack, and we’ve even thrown in a couple recipes for those of you not willing to brave the cold.

The name stands for Damn Good Peanut Butter and Jelly, and we think that’s an apt description. This decadent sandwich is served on a brioche bun with chunky peanut butter, raspberry jam, pancetta, and foie gras. If heaven exists, we’re pretty sure Elvis is devouring the DGPBJ up there.

THE BEAT
The American Pop Music Hall of Fame Announces Nominees

A list of 40 nominees have been submitted for the inaugural batch of inductees to the soon-to-be American Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the 'Top 40' Nominees include iconic selections such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra- but also include such greats as the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Chubby Checker, the Carpenters, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Simon and Garfunkel.

The Hall of Fame's first class of 20 inductions will be formally announced in May of 2013, with a formal ceremony to follow at the grand opening on July 2. While raising funds for a permanent structure, the actual venue will be temporarily located in a cafe in the downtown section of the small town just outside of Pittsburgh. Known by locals as the "small town music capital," Canonsburg hopes to cash in on being the birthplace of music legends the Four Coins, Bobby Vinton, and Perry Como.

EARGASMIC
10 Lost Legends Due for a Hologram Resurrection

With the eerily realistic resurrection of Tupac via hologram at Coachella this past weekend, we couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to see more of our favorite lost legends come back to life. What we'd pay to see them in the flesh (kinda) once more! This is an open letter to the Hologram Gods, here's a list of icons you need to get to work on next. Chop chop.

10. Kurt Cobain/Nirvana

GET THE PARTY STARTED
NYC: Your Weekly Party Guide


When: Mon, January 9, 8-10pm
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway , New York, NY

Come out to see comedians, writers and performers duke it out tonight. This hilarious event, sponsored by The Onion AV, will feature Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week? Podcast and Best Week Ever), Dave Hill (This American Life), Max Silvestri (Big Terrific), Gabe Delahaye (Mr. Coconuts) and Gabe Liedman (Big Terrific). What better way to start your week than with stress-relieving big laughs?

CULTURE CLUB
Snag a Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History

Guernsey's is putting on the auction of a lifetime. The auction house, known for many prestigious offerings, including items and paraphernalia of Princess Diana, Mickey Mantle, John F. Kennedy, and many more, is putting on a rock 'n' roll auction, with one-of-a-kind items. The auction will take place September 24th and 25th and there will be a chance to preview the auction on the 23rd.

I was able to snag an exclusive interview with Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, about the upcoming auction. Head to the auction on Saturday to bid on (or watch others) the famous Manny's Music original inscribed photographs of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones. Manny's Music was an iconic store that contained thousands of signed photographs of music's biggest names. Also on Saturday will be original photographs of The Beatles, outfits from the band Kiss, and original letters and artwork by John Lennon.

Sunday will be dedicated to Astrid Kirchherr's original photographs of The Beatles. Astrid, who was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe before his untimely death, produced some of the most iconic photos of The Beatles ever taken. There are nearly 1000 photos being auctioned, along with the negatives and copyrights to the photos.

How exactly does an auction like this come together? Arlan divulged that he was contacted about a year ago to meet with Astrid in Germany. Ettinger, who has been doing auctions for over 35 years, has spent his career building relationships and has learned to deal sensitively with the sentimental items of others. It took nine months to put together this particular auction.

There has been great interest in this event, from people all over the world. Luckily, with the help of LiveAuctioneers.com, people may now bid in real time from wherever they are, so even if you can't make it to good ol' NYC, you can still acquire a piece of history. People of all ages (including celebs) bid at these fun events. Check out some of the items to be auctioned!

ICE CUBE
What Has Happend To Hip Hop Music???

I don't like change. And while I'm an adult and have come to accept that change is enevitable and nothing is forever, good and bad. I can not forsee for the life of me the music industry especially my beloved hip hop getting any better any time soon. Don't get me wrong there are a handful of legends still around.
For this particular article I'm going to focus on the hip hop industry. You have your Jay Z, Eminem legends in the game. Then you have guys like Dr. Dre who are still constantly working behind the scenes ( Eminem's Relapse, and Recovery album as well as songs off 50's album) but don't drop an album but every 10 years. After that what do you have ?
Lil Wayne who is upper class as far as hip hop goes these days, but guys like him and T.I., who I believe to be one of the best pure lyricest today, don't really focus on music. They would rather keep it real or jump to movies or try some other medium. As a hip hop fan this is frustrating because I can remember N.W.A. or Ice Cube coming out with records every 6 months ! Now it seems we have to wait a year and a half sometimes just to get something new.

DAILY POP
A "new" album of Elvis Presley ? Viva Elvis

Viva Elvis : The Album is one those funny concept that should have been released just before Christmas. We have here a typical record company way of trying to make new with old because new things bring less money than what is old and cool so let's bring the old cool and try to make it something new : still following me ?

This is a typical method that is artistically very risquy, but financially safe. We had the Elvis Persley show by Cirque du Soleil, and now here is the record. They actually kept his voice (thats looks more modern) and added modern instrumentals from every musical genre.

STYLE STALKER
GenderBender: Elvis Presley

Don't be afraid, this is not another fat Elvis costume with a tacky white jumpsuit. We love young, hunky Elvis, so what better outfit to mimic than his famous head-to-toe leather?

And lucky for the last minute ladies, this get-up can be put together with a few faux favorites:

1.The faux-leather jacket: It can be real leather or a fabulous faux. Just slip it on over a black tank and you're already halfway done!

2. The pants: Faux-leather leggings are everywhere this fall. Wherever your shopping may lead you, Forever 21 to Bloomingdales, you are sure to find a pair. They are a perfect way to womanize your Elvis look.

ALCOHOL
Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Tribute Sure To Be "Off the Wall"

Wanna Be Startin' Something

Cirque du Soleil has already proved they can pay a fabulous acrobatic homage to music's greatest icons (LOVE, Viva Elvis) so it should come as no surprise that the French-Canadian circus troupe has teamed up with the Jackson estate.

ALCOHOL
Food Market Springs into Park Slope


If you missed the last Greenpoint Food Market, and do not want to wait a whole month until the next one, or you have become a food market junkie, head down to the Lyceum's Spring Food and Craft Market the first weekend in May. Occurring in Park Slope, Brooklyn, this food market, a lot more accessible than the one-train Greenpoint, will not be just food.

Food vendors and craft vendors will take the stage at Brooklyn Lyceum's for your locally-produced shopping pleasure. Unique and handmade crafts such as jewelry, bags, candles, clothing, knick knacks, and more will be sold. Food vendors offering homemade goodies will be among the crowd, many of which can be recognized from The Greenpoint Food Market. Brooklyn Brine returns with it pickles and lavender asparagus, while Bacon Marmalade brings on back...well I am sure you can figure that out. Additional vendors include Anarchy in a Jar, Pumpkin & Honeybunny, and Taza Chocolate, just to name a few.