Monday, January 08, 2007

Elvis, Dead Birds, and Leslie

Today is the King's birthday. It seems only fitting to highlight Shake, Rattle and Roll: the Founders of Rock and Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). You can learn more about Elvis and about other picture book biographies at Anneographies.

Attention Texans: if you show up today dressed like Elvis or Priscilla at any local Chuy's, you can eat for free. There also will be food and drink specials, giveaways, and a performance by the man in the white suit himself.

On a more ominous note, dozens of dead birds were found along Congress Avenue, which leads up to the Capitol Building. The street is closed until noon today. No word as to the cause, but for those who saw it on the national news: no one has asked us to evacuate; we feel fine; so do the cats; and the squirrels, blackbird, mourning dove, and chickadees in the back yard seem just fine, too.

As long as we're talking local, I'd also like to note that, according to News 8 Austin, dress-up magnets of Leslie, central Austin's own beloved "cross-dressing, homeless, occasional mayoral candidate and celebrity," are now available state wide and in 23 states across the U.S. You can also order a set from BookPeople.