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December 4, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the solemn, wood-and-marble chambers of the U.S. district courthouse here, a federal judge is weighing one of modern America's most vexing questions: What is the true meaning of a velvet Elvis? Nothing says kitsch better than a fuzzy, black, air-brushed painting of the King. But when does campy fun infringe on the trademark image of a rock 'n' roll legend?
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December 4, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the solemn, wood-and-marble chambers of the U.S. district courthouse here, a federal judge is weighing one of modern America's most vexing questions: What is the true meaning of a velvet Elvis? Nothing says kitsch better than a fuzzy, black, air-brushed painting of the King. But when does campy fun infringe on the trademark image of a rock 'n' roll legend?
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February 26, 1992 | Associated Press
Former Dodger shortstop Alfredo Griffin, searching for a new team since November, agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. . . . The Boston Red Sox continued to wait for right-hander Roger Clemens, who isn't planning to report to Winter Haven, Fla., until next week. Clemens is scheduled to sign baseballs tonight at the Velvet Elvis bar in Houston, which stages monthly charity events. . . .
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August 19, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Black velvet is funky Elvis and Jesus portraits leaning against cracked walls outside a mercado de artesanos in Tijuana. Or Brigitte Bardot--nude against a plush void--hanging in the living room of a southwest Texas trailer. Black velvet is border-town chic. Historians ignore it. Writers mock it. Collectors won't collect it. Respected museums won't dignify it with a comment, and even bad ones turn it back at the door.
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