To keep the good times rockin’ throughout the summer, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will hold several events to help explain the phenomena of Elvis Presley.Sunday, June 2, 2-3 p.m. — Charles Stone and Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker talk about The King’s lasting legacy and how Parker transforms himself into Elvis onstage. Sunday, June 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Charles Stone, Elvis’ tour manager and author of My Years With Elvis and the Colonel, will share stories of what it was like to be on the road with Elvis. Saturday, June 8, 2-3 p.m. — John Rohrbach, senior curator of photography at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will discuss the photographs in Alfred Wertheimer’s “Elvis at 21” exhibit. This lecture is limited to 30 people. Saturday, June 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Baritone Michael Mayes, a favorite of Fort Worth opera audiences, explores the vocal colors, textures and character of Elvis’ voice. Mayes will demonstrate how Elvis was able to change his vocals to accommodate different styles of music. Sunday, June 9, 2-3 p.m. — Amy Henderson, a cultural historian with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, will chronicle Elvis’ journey to fame in 1956-57 and examine his electrifying intrusion in an age of conformity. Program fee $12 for adults, $10 for members. Book signing to follow. Saturday, June 15, 2-3 p.m. — Artist Benito Huerta, director and curator of the gallery at UTA, explores the art of velvet painting, which originated in Mexico in the 1970s to portray pop stars of the time, especially Elvis. Sunday, June 16, 2-3 p.m. — Todd Kerstetter, who has taught U.S. history for 15 years at TCU, discusses Elvis’ life and music and how they reflected social and cultural revolutions sweeping the nation in the 1950s. Saturday, June 29, 2-3 p.m.: Film critic Mike Price explores two of Elvis’ early movies, King Creole and Jailhouse Rock, that suggested he could have become the new James Dean. But sadly, his later roles turned into glorified travelogue films with inane plots. Saturday/Sunday, July 13-14, time TBD: George Klein, who was friends in high school with Elvis and later became a disc jockey, talks about his life with The King. Friday, Aug. 16, 9 p.m. — The 36th anniversary of the passing of The King of Rock and Roll will be observed with a candlelight vigil, with entertainment by young tribute artist Drake Mulligan of Mansfield. Sunday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. — Tribute artist Kraig Parker will perform on the final night of the “Elvis at 21” exhibit. Tickets required; museum admission plus $10 cover charge. Cash bar.
Jim Witt is executive editor of the Star-Telegram. 817-390-7704 Twitter: @jimelvis