September 7, 1998 |
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.
May 6, 2004 |
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.
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.
June 6, 1997 |
'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.
August 18, 2016 |
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.
May 11, 2016 |
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.
December 5, 2002 |
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.
March 17, 2015 |
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.
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.
July 8, 2015 |
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.