Elvis has left the building! Or has he? Today marks the 30th anniversary of The King’s passing on to the spirit world, and you didn’t think all the kooks out there would let that one just go by, did you? Don’t be silly, Miss Bessie! Today is the start of a three-day wacka-doodle-fest of all things Presley, including tonight’s performance by various musicians interpreting Presley’s music—including a fellow named Jelvis, the “Kosher King/Jewish Elvis” (sigh)—and a marathon screening of Elvis films followed up by a live feed of Memphis’s candlelight vigil. Next! More bat-crap insanity is to be found—shockingly—in Williamsburg, where Jessica Bruder celebrates her Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man. Burning Man, for those not in the know, is that desert gathering where trust-fund brats take drugs, have unsafe sex, pee on the sand and sometimes ride bicycles wearing costumes. Then they come home and tell you how “you just wouldn’t understand, there’s such a vibe of love and there’s no bullshit. …” Inhale a whole roomful of it for yourself at Galapagos, where there will be fire-spinning (meep!) by Pyrophilia performing in the reflecting pool. Augh! The lambs, the lambs, they’re screaming!
[30th Anniversary of Elvis’s death presented by Ideal Glass Gallery and Jelvis, the Jewish Elvis, Ideal Glass Gallery, 22 East 2nd Street, www.idealglass.org; Burning Book party, Galapagos, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, www.burningbook.net]