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Okay, not the actual born-in-1935, died-in-1977 King Elvis Presley, but the next best thing: Velvet Elvis, aka Chris Barber. And he lives every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, where he shakes his pelvis during the "Love Me Tender" show.

"Have you ever seen him?" asks Kimmy Franco of Lannie's. "He looks like the young, dreamy Elvis that we all know and love, and he sounds exactly like him." And as a special bonus, Velvet Elvis is an ordained minister with the non-denominational Universal Life Church – so if you've found that special someone (maybe even at this show) and are ready to tie the knot, just call Lannie's at 303-293-0075 and let them know you’d like to be married by the King. The more advance notice you give, Franco says, the more special and personal they can make your wedding. And even if you don't want to get hitched, "Love Me Tender" has plenty of appeal. "He's got it down to a science," Franco proclaims. "A juicy Elvis science." Visit for more information or to purchase tickets (a steal at just $16).

Velvet Elvis will also perform "Love Me Tender" at the Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 East First Avenue, on February 14; the show includes a special four-course Valentine's Day menu for a mere $50. And if you want to stay out all night, a $79 room rate at the Doubletree Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, is available through the Soiled Dove. Call 303-366-0007 or visit
Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 4. Continues through Feb. 25, 2009


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