El Vez

In 1977, Elvis finished one of his last shows saying, “’Til we meet you again, may God bless you. Adios!” He left the world that same year. Adios, Elvis. Hola, El Vez. Old-school, washed-up Elvis impersonators often inspire our mocking laughter, especially when the only thing gyrating is their beer bellies. But Seattleite Robert Lopez evokes real stomach-aching laughter in his El Vez for Prez show, which is packed with wit, political satire, and Hispanic pride. Lopez covers other artists too, and usually rewrites lyrics to reflect the current reality of the Mexican-American community. A former punk rocker, Lopez can belt “You ain’t nothin’ but a Chihuahua” like the King himself. More importantly, El Vez can work that pelvis in tight leather and mariachi boots, too. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.,425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $26. 8 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Fri., May 9, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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