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September 7, 1998 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The stage of the Trocadero on Friday was a holy place, an altar from which El Vez enlightened a worshipful throng in all things spiritual and sexual, sacred and profane. When it comes to high-concept entertainment, El Vez is King. Born Robert Lopez in Southern California, the "Mexican Elvis" is a former curator of a folk-art gallery who uses a Latinized Presley persona - slick pompadour, pencil-thin mustache, a lot of costume changes - to mine pop music and leftist Latino political history for campy ends.
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May 6, 2004 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Call it one of those weird Elvisian coincidences, another of the curious convergences that so often seem to occur within the celestial circle of the King. Or call it really clever marketing. But whatever you call it, be there for the show: El Vez live at, well, El Vez. On Saturday, South of the Border meets South 13th Street when El Vez - the original El Vez, the sideburned singer extraordinaire known as the Mexican Elvis - rocks restaurateur Stephen Starr's Center City eatery of the same name.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
IT'S THE Phillies' Opening Day, and Jim Gardner opens up TweetDeck, his preferred client for posting to Twitter, his preferred social network. Gardner writes: "'Breathe in the smell of beer, mustard and funnel cake. Ah, we are reborn.' Quote from anonymous Mayan philosopher.#phillies. " Gardner waits. Nothing. Huh? Why isn't anyone responding? C'mon! That one was funny, he thinks. Kind of, at least, right? For those of us whose lives have become enmeshed with social media, it's a familiar scene.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Give it 34 minutes (or less), and UberEats will bring you a sumptuous dinner. Or a snack. Or something in between. Presuming that you live within the core Philadelphia metro zone where the food-delivery service launches at 7 a.m. Wednesday and can work through the smartphone and tablet-based app that offers menu options and ordering commands. More than 100 local food-makers are partnering on Day One with this Uber ride spin-off, from Starr Restaurants faves El Vez, Pod, Jones, and Buddakan to Philly Pretzel Factory, for that nosh in time that'll save nine.
FOOD
December 20, 2007
Azure tacos Fans of El Vez' signature mahimahi tacos won't be disappointed by the change-ups that chef Julio Rivera, an El Vez alum, has made at Azure. He has switched to warm, rustic, handmade corn tortillas (instead of the original flour). The meaty mahimahi is lightened up, not crusted, but dusted with achiote powder. Stuffed with a shred of iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and tomato over smoky chipotle mayo, then ignited with a fresh spritz of lime, they've become an overnight Northern Liberties cult favorite.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The developers of the 26-story apartment tower at 1213 Walnut Street are seeking tenants for the building's two ground-floor storefronts, one of which will be next to Fergie's Pub on the property's Sansom Street side. The tower is being built to accommodate a 5,920-square-foot restaurant - about the size of the El Vez or Jones restaurants nearby - facing Walnut Street and a roughly 1,300-square-foot shop or cafe beside Fergie's, according to Jacob Cooper, a managing director at MSC Retail Inc., which is marketing the space.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1997 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Tom Moon also contributed
'Elvis looked like my uncles," says Robert Lopez, a.k.a. El Vez, recalling his first memories of the King. "The black hair in a pompadour, the slacks. . . . I didn't think: 'He's white, I'm Latino.' He was one of us. " And the idea that Elvis is all things to all people has never been embodied in as deliciously subversive an entertainment concept as it is in the being of El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, who performs at the Trocadero on Monday. Lopez, 35, grew up an Anglicized Latino in Chula Vista, Calif.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Was the Democratic National Convention a boon for restaurants? It depends on whom you ask. The consensus among Center City restaurateurs interviewed Friday was that business was solid but not remarkable, given the 50,000 delegates, media representatives, and other attendees. Restaurateurs who booked private parties and caterers at established venues did very well. Coffee shops and other quick-service shops seemed to thrive. More important, they said the city seemed to show itself well to the visitors, which could augur return trips.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
Comic  HeadKrack from "Dish Nation" was in town yesterday to tout a new, hotter Philly time slot for the popular Fox tabloid talk show. "Dish Nation" is moving from midnight to 7 p.m. because it's been doing so well in the ratings. HeadKrack, also a regular DJ on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" appeared on "Good Day Philadelphia" yesterday with Fox 29 anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley . He thanked Philly for giving him and the show that coveted new spot on Channel 29. "It was originally a dirty little secret - airing in the middle of the night - just getting buried after 11 p.m., but people are starting to recognize," HeadKrack told me yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2002 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
Pittsburgh label Get Hip, best known for releasing the roots and branches of garage (Gories, Headcoats, Woggles) comes to town as part of the Philly Freakout with new releases from the Cynics, as well as our own Mondo Topless, plus Montreal's the Chains, and the Minks, who bridge the gap between the New York Dolls and the Shangri-Las (9:30 p.m. tomorrow, the Balcony, 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $8). Tomorrow at the TLA, a bill where the men are gorgeously geeky and the women are goddesses: Sean Tillman of Sea Na Na dons his R&B alter-ego Har Mar Superstar with both sexy and silly results.
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August 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Give it 34 minutes (or less), and UberEats will bring you a sumptuous dinner. Or a snack. Or something in between. Presuming that you live within the core Philadelphia metro zone where the food-delivery service launches at 7 a.m. Wednesday and can work through the smartphone and tablet-based app that offers menu options and ordering commands. More than 100 local food-makers are partnering on Day One with this Uber ride spin-off, from Starr Restaurants faves El Vez, Pod, Jones, and Buddakan to Philly Pretzel Factory, for that nosh in time that'll save nine.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Was the Democratic National Convention a boon for restaurants? It depends on whom you ask. The consensus among Center City restaurateurs interviewed Friday was that business was solid but not remarkable, given the 50,000 delegates, media representatives, and other attendees. Restaurateurs who booked private parties and caterers at established venues did very well. Coffee shops and other quick-service shops seemed to thrive. More important, they said the city seemed to show itself well to the visitors, which could augur return trips.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The developers of the 26-story apartment tower at 1213 Walnut Street are seeking tenants for the building's two ground-floor storefronts, one of which will be next to Fergie's Pub on the property's Sansom Street side. The tower is being built to accommodate a 5,920-square-foot restaurant - about the size of the El Vez or Jones restaurants nearby - facing Walnut Street and a roughly 1,300-square-foot shop or cafe beside Fergie's, according to Jacob Cooper, a managing director at MSC Retail Inc., which is marketing the space.
FOOD
February 5, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Feb. 2, 2016.   Craig LaBan: On a very sad note, there was tragic news out of Switzerland with the apparent suicide of chef Benoit Violier, the French-born chef of Le Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville in Crissier who'd just been named "Best Chef in the World" by the French government. I'm sure much is still left to be illuminated about this, including more about his struggle to deal with the recent loss of both his father and his culinary mentor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
Comic  HeadKrack from "Dish Nation" was in town yesterday to tout a new, hotter Philly time slot for the popular Fox tabloid talk show. "Dish Nation" is moving from midnight to 7 p.m. because it's been doing so well in the ratings. HeadKrack, also a regular DJ on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" appeared on "Good Day Philadelphia" yesterday with Fox 29 anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley . He thanked Philly for giving him and the show that coveted new spot on Channel 29. "It was originally a dirty little secret - airing in the middle of the night - just getting buried after 11 p.m., but people are starting to recognize," HeadKrack told me yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
I ALMOST bumbled it in a column last week - the identity of that tall, handsome, stationary, brown fella outside the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street near Broad. In a Twitter poll I did yesterday, I asked some DN gossip followers to answer this question to the best of their knowledge: Just who is that lanky bronze man who is clearly attempting to either a) hail you a cab or b) shield you from the rain and open the door of the theater for you? The answer may surprise you. It did, me. And not one responder to my poll got it right, either.
NEWS
April 29, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
IT'S THE Phillies' Opening Day, and Jim Gardner opens up TweetDeck, his preferred client for posting to Twitter, his preferred social network. Gardner writes: "'Breathe in the smell of beer, mustard and funnel cake. Ah, we are reborn.' Quote from anonymous Mayan philosopher.#phillies. " Gardner waits. Nothing. Huh? Why isn't anyone responding? C'mon! That one was funny, he thinks. Kind of, at least, right? For those of us whose lives have become enmeshed with social media, it's a familiar scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012
Special Events Christkindlmarkt Features German holiday decorations, food and gifts. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. $5-$14 adults; $2-$6 children under 10. 12/1. 12-5:30 pm. El Vez: Merry MEX-Mas "Mexican Elvis" who combines theatrics, musicianship & a sharp sense of humor. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. www.elvez.net . $17-$25 advance; $20-$28 day of show. 12/4. 8 pm. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household.
FOOD
December 15, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Arthur Cavaliere, a vet of El Vez and Amada whose last gig here was as executive chef at Parc, has landed in East Falls with In Riva (4116 Ridge Ave., 215-438-4848, www.in-riva.com ), a Southern Italian specializing in wood-fired pizzas and antipasti. In Riva - as in "by the river," playing off its location off Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill - is a partnership with developer Mark Sherman. Interior designer Shannon Willis has done a smashing job with the first floor, which has a high ceiling, cinderblock walls, and a concrete floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2011 | byline w, o email
The wait is over. It's time to introduce the men and women who have the honor of being named this year's Daily News' Sexy Singles. We're especially proud of the 2011 Sexy Singles, who include a professional football player/business owner with aspirations of making it to the big screen; a deejay to the hottest R&B and hip-hop performers in the world; the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA; and a TV reality show chef. But most of the people who make the list are just hardworking folks who are smoking.
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