The City of Lake Charles will host, “Elvis: Grace and Grit” and “The Dopamine Chronicles” at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center.The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 14 from 5:30-8 p.m., all ages are welcome at no charge. Both exhibitions will hang through September 7.
Before the days of Elvis wannabes and before the plethora of Elvis look alikes, there was Elvis. Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties. His trailblazing renditions of blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America’s teenage girls. Elvis’ signature hip roll, considered too risqué for prime time TV, prompted the famous order to CBS cameramen of the Ed Sullivan Show, to photograph the King from the waist up.
“Elvis: Grace and Grit” looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances. Shot by various CBS Television photographers, the exhibit contains 35 large format candid and on air photographs that document Elvis before the Las Vegas years-during the meteoric rise of this star. The exhibition is on national tour by ArtVision Exhibitions from Boca Raton, Florida.
Also this evening, join artist and McNeese State University Professor Marty Bee for a meet-and-greet in the first floor gallery as he introduces his exhibition, “The Dopamine Chronicles”. “I got WHAT?” was Marty Bee’s reaction when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. His offbeat and dark humor lightens the hearts of those coping with Parkinson’s disease.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.