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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2010
Francisco "Paco" Lobo wears out tuxedos the way marathoners do running shoes. The longtime Tio Pepe maitre d' keeps three tuxes in his wardrobe at any given time, and every year, at least two succumb to the rigors of dry cleaning. Lobo himself has held up far better. At 74, he is trim and lively and able to charm hungry, impatient crowds for 10 and 12 hours a day, five days a week, in the elegant Mount Vernon basement restaurant. His hair has gone silver, but the size of his tux jacket, 44 regular, hasn't budged since he started at Tio's more than 40 years ago — no small feat given the occupational hazards of a place that dishes up off-the-menu, twice-fried potatoes known as pommes soufflés before diners even have a chance to order.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2010
Francisco "Paco" Lobo wears out tuxedos the way marathoners do running shoes. The longtime Tio Pepe maitre d' keeps three tuxes in his wardrobe at any given time, and every year, at least two succumb to the rigors of dry cleaning. Lobo himself has held up far better. At 74, he is trim and lively and able to charm hungry, impatient crowds for 10 and 12 hours a day, five days a week, in the elegant Mount Vernon basement restaurant. His hair has gone silver, but the size of his tux jacket, 44 regular, hasn't budged since he started at Tio's more than 40 years ago — no small feat given the occupational hazards of a place that dishes up off-the-menu, twice-fried potatoes known as pommes soufflés before diners even have a chance to order.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 1999
EXCITEMENT BUILDS for months before the senior prom: shopping for the right dress, hairdresser appointments, manicures, limo rental and choosing tuxes. Despite all the planning, sometimes the most unusual things go wrong -- and become memories forever. Take the story of the boy and his father's tux. This is a true story, but the names have been changed to protect a mother whose son is at college, but might hear about this column. Five guys who had been friends through school banded together for senior prom memories.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
For Laura Cunningham of Northeast Baltimore, the prom is no big deal, except that it is. It doesn't mean anything, except that it does. "You look forward to it and it's the culmination of all the fun you had [in high school], but, to be honest, I could not pay for the ticket and still have fun before and afterward," says the Baltimore School for the Arts senior, who nevertheless has retained a makeup artist for the event. "It's much ado about nothing. You stand around awkwardly in a big room and examine everybody else's outfit."
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By Vida Roberts | November 14, 1993
Monkey suit, a manly, slangy reference to black tie, is definitely a misnomer. Put any man in a monkey suit and he suddenly stands taller, sounds more intelligent and exudes handsome homo sapien charm and wit.Black-tie dressing does all that, which is why the traditional basic black dinner jacket, white shirt and black tie combination has gone virtually unchanged in this century. Once men got on to a good thing they were not about to tamper with it. Why, in some Baltimore families, Papa's tux is passed on to junior, and with judicious use of mothballs, pressing and alterations, goes the social rounds with yet another generation.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 6, 1995
Q: I recently bought a summer jacket with what I thought were very snappy broad shoulders. It made me feel and, I thought, look more confident. Now my husband says it makes me look like a gangster from an old movie.Is there a formula for determining how broad-shouldered a jacket should be so that it is in proportion to my rather slim hips? And am I or my husband right?A: I'm afraid I agree with your husband, and so does New York designer Carolina Herrera."I know he is right without even seeing the suit," she said.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff | October 21, 2001
Sure, we women love our full skirts, strapless bustiers and beaded blouses, but secretly we're jealous of men and their penguin suits. Guys never have to worry about finding a new look for every function; they just throw on a tux and go. Well, the fashion gods have smiled on us, ladies, because the trend in evening wear this season is the women's tuxedo. Fabrics are shimmery -- satin and silk -- and the jacket cuts follow a woman's silhouette with lean lines accenting the curves. The pants are slim and the colors classic: blacks and creams or silvers.
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By Rafael Alvarez | December 1, 1990
The greyhound wore a trench coat.Chip, retired from dog tracks out west, managed to combine fashion, economy and sensibility with his $27.95, water-repellent and wool-lined coat from the Richter Co. of New York.Like most top models and almost all greyhounds, Chip has thin skin, short hair and almost no body fat. The trench coat kept him warm, comfortable and oh-so-stylish on a cold morning in Baltimore yesterday as he stepped out at the Fourth Annual Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Fashion Show.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
For Laura Cunningham of Northeast Baltimore, the prom is no big deal, except that it is. It doesn't mean anything, except that it does. "You look forward to it and it's the culmination of all the fun you had [in high school], but, to be honest, I could not pay for the ticket and still have fun before and afterward," says the Baltimore School for the Arts senior, who nevertheless has retained a makeup artist for the event. "It's much ado about nothing. You stand around awkwardly in a big room and examine everybody else's outfit."
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By Rob Kasper | May 27, 2000
THE OTHER DAY I attempted to help my older son rent a tuxedo. Like many father-son interactions, it did not go as I had planned. We disagreed on the color. I favored something dark and classic, like the one at home, hanging in the kid's closet. I knew that tuxedo well. It used to be mine. I bought it a couple of years ago, when I was under the illusion that my social life was on an upswing. I wore it a few times, to a fancy cigar dinner or two. But as our two kids got older I found that my evenings were filling up not with invitations to glittering black-tie soirees but with obligations to attend kids' soggy sweat-sock sporting events.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff | October 21, 2001
Sure, we women love our full skirts, strapless bustiers and beaded blouses, but secretly we're jealous of men and their penguin suits. Guys never have to worry about finding a new look for every function; they just throw on a tux and go. Well, the fashion gods have smiled on us, ladies, because the trend in evening wear this season is the women's tuxedo. Fabrics are shimmery -- satin and silk -- and the jacket cuts follow a woman's silhouette with lean lines accenting the curves. The pants are slim and the colors classic: blacks and creams or silvers.
FEATURES
By Rob Kasper | May 27, 2000
THE OTHER DAY I attempted to help my older son rent a tuxedo. Like many father-son interactions, it did not go as I had planned. We disagreed on the color. I favored something dark and classic, like the one at home, hanging in the kid's closet. I knew that tuxedo well. It used to be mine. I bought it a couple of years ago, when I was under the illusion that my social life was on an upswing. I wore it a few times, to a fancy cigar dinner or two. But as our two kids got older I found that my evenings were filling up not with invitations to glittering black-tie soirees but with obligations to attend kids' soggy sweat-sock sporting events.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2000
Real and pretend inhabitants of a soon-to-be-infamous Baltimore street corner came together at the Senator Theatre last night for the premiere of HBO's "The Corner." There was glamour aplenty at the venerable Senator -- and, perhaps, a note of irony -- as stars in stretch limos pulled up to the camera-wielding crowd. The crisp tuxedos and designer gowns were in sharp contrast to the look of "The Corner," a grimly realistic view of a drug-infested West Baltimore neighborhood, and how the people there live from day to day. Among the stars to work their way through the crowd for the 7 p.m. premiere were Khandi Alexander and Tasha Smith, both of whom said they walked away from the project with a newfound understanding of what drug addicts and their families go through.
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By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 1999
EXCITEMENT BUILDS for months before the senior prom: shopping for the right dress, hairdresser appointments, manicures, limo rental and choosing tuxes. Despite all the planning, sometimes the most unusual things go wrong -- and become memories forever. Take the story of the boy and his father's tux. This is a true story, but the names have been changed to protect a mother whose son is at college, but might hear about this column. Five guys who had been friends through school banded together for senior prom memories.
BUSINESS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
After Six Ltd., the Baltimore County tuxedo manufacturer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an attempt to stave off a further depletion of its business and the loss of about 100 jobs.The company laid off about 40 employees in its Golden Ring area plant over the past two weeks and now is preparing to reorganize, said James Stankovic, president and chief executive officer."We had to stop and file and take a hard look and see what we can do," Stankovic said. "It is going to take a lot of soul-searching."
FEATURES
By Sylvia Badger | November 26, 1995
THE HOLIDAY season is here, and I've provided a December sampler for your perusal. There are so many events that I'll run a list of New Year's Eve parties in early December. So get your tuxedos and party dresses out of the closet and have a wonderful time.1: John Sherwood, author of "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," presents a book signing at the Woman's Industrial Exchange, 333 N. Charles St., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Menu from 35 years ago; portion of book sales goes to the Exchange. (410) 685-4388.
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By Sylvia Badger | November 26, 1995
THE HOLIDAY season is here, and I've provided a December sampler for your perusal. There are so many events that I'll run a list of New Year's Eve parties in early December. So get your tuxedos and party dresses out of the closet and have a wonderful time.1: John Sherwood, author of "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," presents a book signing at the Woman's Industrial Exchange, 333 N. Charles St., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Menu from 35 years ago; portion of book sales goes to the Exchange. (410) 685-4388.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | August 17, 1992
Charles S. Ezrine is not cut out to be part of the leisure class.Back in 1984, at the age of 45, he sold his chain of 30 retail tire stores, Ezrine Auto Center Inc., to Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., setting himself up financially for the rest of his life. But after **TC year of the good life, he was ready to get back to business."I didn't do much in that first year and it was not something that I enjoyed," he says. "Playing golf three or four days a week . . . I'm too young to do that."Since that brief retirement, Mr. Ezrine has ventured into energy projects that use old tires for fuel and has been a consultant for tire companies.
FEATURES
By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 6, 1995
Q: I recently bought a summer jacket with what I thought were very snappy broad shoulders. It made me feel and, I thought, look more confident. Now my husband says it makes me look like a gangster from an old movie.Is there a formula for determining how broad-shouldered a jacket should be so that it is in proportion to my rather slim hips? And am I or my husband right?A: I'm afraid I agree with your husband, and so does New York designer Carolina Herrera."I know he is right without even seeing the suit," she said.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | April 29, 1994
Coming to the new Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore in May: the world premiere of "All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go," a comedy by Catherine Filloux. Here's a synopsis: "Filloux's play, transpiring over the course of a snowbound night at a Buffalo, N.Y., motel, examines a chance encounter between the world of cross-dressing and the world of the Amish." I know it sounds predictable -- yet another play about the age-old struggle for identity and acceptance -- but I'll take a chance with a ticket to this one.To know the unknownSharp-eyed readers Mary Pat Massarelli and Marcia Simonetta spotted an interesting classified in The Sun last Friday: "ANYONE knowing the whereabouts of Bryson White whose last known address is unknown, please contact.
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