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Here is the Christmas post from Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year. If you’re visiting Buenos Aires over the festive period, and using Happy Tango (2nd Edition) as your guide, here are a few places from the book, or from recent updates to it, that are promising Christmas and/or New Year tango (but with some adjustments from their normal routine). I’m also including the closures that I’ve seen published; there may be others.

Remember that public transport and taxi availability will be reduced, especially on 24th and 31st (the nights of the traditional family meals and celebrations in Argentina), so you might end up having to walk a bit further than usual; do take care as you go, especially as there will doubtless be lots of fireworks going off in the streets and from surrounding rooftops and balconies. As always, make a phone call or check the organiser’s website before setting out, to avoid disappointment!

Salon Canning (Parakultural www.parakultural.com.ar)
Open on the night of Tuesday 24th into 25th at 00.30am and night of Tuesday 31st into 1st at 00.30am.

La Viruta (www.lavirutatango.com)
Open on Tuesday 24th from 00.30am, and on Tuesday 31st at for a New Year special dinner (reservation only, see website for full details) then open to everyone else for a milonga from 00.30am.

Inolvidable in Obelisco Tango will open on Wednesday 25th December and 1st January from 6pm INSTEAD of Tuesdays 24th and 31st when the venue will be CLOSED.

Lo de Celia open as usual on both Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January from 6pm.

Cachirulo normally Tuesdays, will be CLOSED but will open INSTEAD on both Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January from 7pm to 2am in El Beso.

Sueño Porteñ0 will be open on Wednesday 25th December from 7pm, with a theme of red!

La Piccola is CLOSED on Wednesday 25th (the milonga was on 23rd instead) and 1st January, but it will open on 1st January 8th January.

Unitango Matinee in La Ideal is CLOSED on Wednesday 25th (the milonga was on 23rd instead) but it will open on 1st January.

La Milonguita in Sala Siranush is CLOSED on both Wednesdays 25th December and 1st January. Back on 8th January.

Milonga10 is CLOSED on Tuesday 24th, I’m not sure about 31st yet and 31st.

If I hear of updates to these or additions, I will try to add them. It’s very hot in Buenos Aires right now, and there have been power cuts, sometimes long ones, which can mean no internet, and occasionally, unscheduled milonga closures.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased or recommended Happy Tango in 2013. Do remember to tell your tango-dancing friends that the book is now available on Kindle as well as in paperback from Amazon worldwide.

May joy in tango and in life be yours over the festive season and in 2014!

Sallycat


Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day fall on Fridays and Saturdays this year. If you’re visiting town over the festive period, and using Happy Tango as your guide, here are a few milongas from the book that are promising Christmas and New Year tango (but with some adjustments from their normal routine).

Remember that public transport and taxi availability will be reduced, especially on 24th and 31st (the nights of the traditional family meals and celebrations), so you might end up having to walk a bit further than usual; do take care as you go.

PS. Thank you to Nick, Justin, Ella and Jude for the super pic of the Christmassy Happy Tango reader above! I would love more photos of the book Happy Tango, with you if possible. Use the new Contact Us button to be in touch, or, if we’re FB friends, tag your photo with me, Sally Blake; All pics will be added to the Happy Tango around the world album on Facebook, and the new Happy Tango Flickr Album (coming soon) with credits to you, of course.

So, to the Christmas and New Year milongas…

*** Update 1.1.11, New Year’s Day options are shown in pink below — make a phone call or check the organiser’s website before setting out, to avoid disappointment! FELIZ NUEVO AÑO a todos, from Sallycat at Happy Tango***

In my Traditional* category:

Cachirulo (Tel. 49328594/49532797) in Plaza Bohemia, Maipú 444 — Saturdays 25th and 1st, open as usual. Friday 24th and Friday 31st, Plaza Bohemia is CLOSED.

La Baldosa in Salón El Pial, Ramon L. Falcon 2750 (Tel. 46017988/45741593)Fridays 24th and 31st, cancelled, but the events are moved to Saturdays 25th and 1st, as a one off; if you are with a group of friends then this could be an interesting option, but it’s more of a couples/groups milonga than one for solos. (The venue is in Flores, and so quite far from city centre, so you will need to think about reserving a taxi to get back, as there may not be many on the streets; this website offers many radio taxi options radiotaxisyremises.com.ar some of which have individual websites.

Sueño Porteño (clubdetango.blogia.com) are holding a special New Years event on Friday 31st from 9pm, as they tend to every year, so that people have a place to share a meal with others should they need it (a lovely idea); Telephone 15-3003-9926 to reserve. This year the website announces the event to be in “Grisel”, Club Gricel.

In my Tourist-circuit* category

Parakultural (parakultural.com.ar) in Salon Canning, Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Friday 24th open after midnight, and 31st open from 12.30am.

In my Informal* category

La Viruta (lavirutatango.com), Armenia 1366 — Fridays 24th and 31st, open after the brindis (toasts), which usually means from about 1am. Saturdays open as usual.

Tangocool (tangocool-buenosaires.weebly.com) in Villa Malcolm, Cordoba 5064 — Fridays 24th and 31st cancelled, but the events are moved to Saturdays 25th and 1st, as a one off.

Milonga10 (praktika8.milonga10.com) in Club Fulgor de Villa Crespo, Loyola 828 — Saturday 25th and Saturday 1st from 10pm.

In general, Friday 24th and Friday 31st are the most disrupted nights, but if in doubt, check the websites or make a phonecall before you leave home.

Happy (Christmas and New Year) Tango in Buenos Aires to you all!

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*For my definitions of Traditional, Tourist-circuit and Informal, read Happy Tango. In the book, I define and use these three broad categories in an attempt to guide visitors to the venues, milongas and prácticas in Buenos Aires that are most likely to be some of their ‘tango homes’.

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ISBN: 9780956530608
Author: Sally Blake
Published by: Pirotta Press Ltd
Publication date: 30 June 2010

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This is an update to Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires, 10 More Places to Explore, pages 152 and 153.

In Buenos Aires, perhaps it’s the newer milongas and prácticas that are prone to most change — less years in a venue, and/or the use of venues not solely used for tango, can mean location moves as organisers seek to find the magic formula of landlord, space, character, night of the week and clientele that will make the dance event a success and sustainable in the longer term.

So far, since the publication of Happy Tango on 30 June 2010, we’ve seen the Informal-style* Práctica X move to a new home (and you can find my previous blog post about that here and the Práctica X website with the latest address and programme here).

Recently I’ve heard of these other changes affecting a couple of the places listed in Happy Tango‘s 10 More Places to Explore. Do scribble any necessary details on to your The Week at a Glance chart on pages 156 and 157 of the book!

First (this information about Loca! updated 9th January 2011), the Informal-style* Milonga Loca! of Sunday nights is on vacation in January 2011 and not operating until further notice. You can find the latest information at the Loca! website locamilonga.blogspot.com and you can join Loca’s Facebook page for updates, too. It’s always a good idea to check the organiser’s website or make a phone call before setting out to dance in Buenos Aires.

Second, the famous Parakultural have turned their organisational attention from the Informal-style* Wednesday night milongas in C.C. Konex to focus on a new (and I’m anticipating, Informal-style*) offering in Club Fulgor de Villa Crespo. The ‘Tango Crew” programme begins TONIGHT, Wednesday 1st December 2010, with the inauguration event. Visit the Parakultural website parakultural.com.ar or the Tango Crew Facebook page for more details. Parakultural continue to host their mega-popular Tourist-circuit-style* milongas in Salon Canning on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights (so, no change there). Meanwhile, C.C. Konex remains home to La Garfua: Zona Milonga en Konex on Wednesday nights (organised by Gustavo Ameri), and you can see the December programme at the C.C. Konex website or join the La Garufa Zona Milonga en Konex Facebook page for future updates.

Finally, while we’re talking about changes, let me mention one small name and website matter affecting the entry for Club Fulgor on page 145 of Happy Tango. I’ve noticed that the Informal-style* Praktika8 and Milonga10 (also in Club Fulgor, Tuesday and Saturday respectively) are increasingly referred to generically as Milonga10 these days… on the Caseron Porteño Tango Map Guide, for example. There is also a new website that brings everything together at praktika8.milonga10.com. The original separate websites (as given on page 145 of Happy Tango) do redirect to the new webpage (for now), so you shouldn’t have missed out on any news, but it might be worth making a note of the most current web address and remembering that when people say Milonga10 they might mean either Tuesday or Saturday in Club Fulgor.

So, that’s the latest update to Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires. Don’t forget you can receive notice of these blog updates by joining Happy Tango‘s own Facebook page… for those not too familiar with Facebook, you’ll need an account, then go to the page at http://facebook.com/happytango and click the ‘Like’ button at the top of the page: once you’ve ‘Liked’ a Facebook page in this way, you’ll get all updates from it conveniently posted to it direct into your own Facebook feed. Very handy.

Now, armed with this latest information, dear readers, and especially if you are a fan of the more Informal-style* milongas and prácticas in Buenos Aires, go explore!

Many Happy Tangos in Buenos Aires to you all!
Sallycat.

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*For my definitions of Informal-style and Tourist-circuit-style (and, of course, Traditional-style, too) you’ll have to read Happy Tango. In the book, I define and use these three broad categories in an attempt to guide visitors to the venues, milongas and prácticas in Buenos Aires that are most likely to be some of their ‘tango homes’. People tell me that it works!

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Buy the guide book for tango dancers Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires,and start planning your tango adventure in Buenos Aires, today!

Click a link to buy Happy Tango from:

amazon.co.uk
amazon.com
amazon.ca
barnesandnoble.com
BookDepository.co.uk
BookDepository.com

If you’re in the UK and need the book faster than the online stores can do it, or you’re already in Buenos Aires, use the Contact Us button and we’ll do our best to help.

ISBN: 9780956530608
Author: Sally Blake
Published by: Pirotta Press Ltd
Publication date: 30 June 2010

Join the book’s Facebook page for all these Happy Tango updates from Buenos Aires direct to your Facebook feed; click here and then click ‘Like’.

If you’ve enjoyed reading Happy Tango, do recommend it to someone else who would enjoy it too. Thank you!

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Thanks go to Francine Z. of the blog Alfajores y Stiletos for the photo of Happy Tango in the hands of a happy customer at the top of this page.