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Elvis tributes and help for hopeless cooks

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AUG. 14 -- Check out the new Plan B Restaurant (in the former location of City Tavern on 1514 East Blvd.); the eatery's got TVs for all those football fanatics, and this Thursday it will feature live music from Leisure McCorkle. Other weekly night events include trivia night on Tuesdays and half-price martinis on Wednesdays and more live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Plan B Restaurant, 1514 East Blvd. 704-348-1717.

AUG. 16 -- You can enjoy eats off the menu at Jonathan's of Matthews, but the real entertainment comes from "A Tribute to the King," a benefit show to honor the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, on the day he died (31 years ago). The tribute artists include Chuck Ayers, Wayne Euliss, Joe Clough and Jeff Collins. Proceeds of the event will go to Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital. $12, for the show only. 6 p.m. Jonathan's of Matthews, 10630 Independence Pointe Parkway. (Matthews) For reservations call 704-847-8911.

AUG. 16 -- Food Network is looking for hopeless cooks for a new culinary competition show. If you are incompetent or dangerous in the kitchen come out to their open call. This could lead to an opportunity to work with skilled chefs and best of all, it could have you cooking like a professional. You can nominate yourself or someone you know. Apply by e-mail at: hopelesshomecookchar@optomenusa.com. Tell why you (or the one you nominate) are a bad cook and include details (name, age, hometown, occupation, a contact phone number and a recent photo of the disastrous cook). Open call. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. 704-372-4100.

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