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Elvis extravaganza

Why quibble over various periods in the life and career of Elvis Presley when you can have it all?

Sure, the King stopped making music of consequence and conviction in the early '70s, and unquestionably his best work was behind him by the time the Beatles showed up on "The Ed Sullivan Show." But Elvis bounced back several times throughout his career, most famously with the '68 "Comeback Special." And even in the '70s, when Elvis was shimmying all over the stages of Las Vegas casinos in embarrassingly tight rhinestone-encrusted jumpsuits, there were moments of that old magic in occasional evidence.

Elvis impersonators Mike Albert and Scot Bruce have teamed to offer the "Ultimate Elvis Bash," covering the early stages of the King's career and the waning era of his faded glory in equal proportion. Bruce plays " '50s Elvis," while Albert handles the less glamorous task of making '70s Elvis appealing. Together, the duo offer a convincing, tasteful and highly entertaining portrait of Presley.

"Love Me Tender: The Ultimate Elvis Bash" comes to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Remaining seats are available through Ticketmaster or the Center for the Arts box office.

-- Jeff Miers

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