OVERLAND PAK, KS -- A Wednesday, October 15, 'Frank Sinatra Look-a-like Contest' will be held by residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, to celebrate Sinatra's 100th birthday. The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the community, 13800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.
Each contestant will wear a Sinatra-esque fedora hat and lip-sync to Sinatra's signature song "New York New York." He will display his best Sinatra swagger and style.
A winner, who will be will be judged by representatives from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas, will receive a restaurant gift certificate for two, as well as earn bragging rights to being the honorary "Chairman of the Board" in Kansas for the day.
Immediately following the contest, more than 100 Tallgrass Creek residents and the general public will take part in a "Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music" presentation by Tallgrass Creek in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas. This interactive presentation will examine the cultural influence of Frank Sinatra.
The presentation will examine Sinatra, the man, and the trajectory of his singing and acting careers with emphasis on his concerts and television shows.
Course instructor Cynthia Haines is a film critic and a scholar. Retired as Associate Professor of Film Studies at University of Texas, El Paso, she is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and reviews films for KCUR, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City. She regularly attends the annual Film Critic's Awards ceremony in Hollywood and shares her stories of hobnobbing with the stars.
Known as "The Voice" and "The Chairman of the Board," Frank Sinatra is considered by many the greatest entertainer in the history of American popular culture. He is also one of the most controversial. For more than 60 years, the public saw him entertain millions of fans around the world.
Fewer people knew that he was also a generous philanthropist. But there was also a dark side to his volatile personality. For years he fought with the press, his four wives and the U.S. government.
Following the presentation, everyone will share their recollections of Frank Sinatra.