Eduardo Roberto Masci

April 13, 2014

April 13, 1941 –

Eduardo Roberto Masci

Recent video of an exhibition in Salon Canning


Shut up!

April 10, 2014

I look forward to dancing at Lo de Celia twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday evening.   I enjoy watching the dancing and listening to the great music provided by Dany Borelli.

Yesterday, two local women whom I’ve never seen before sat next to me.  They talked constantly as if they were at a bar having a drink.  The conversation made it impossible for me to hear the music, so I finally had to say something to them.  They agreed that a dance salon is for dancing, but their conversation continued nonstop.  A couple of times I had to move to another table.  Celia asked me what was wrong, so I told her about the chatterboxes.  She replied, tell them to shut up.

Later while browsing tango blogs,  I found this recent post about sacred silence at a milonga.

There is so much unnecessary chatter these days at the milongas.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the constant stream of noise that robs us of the present moment.


March 28, 2014

DSCN5966 Somebody at the geriatric put his wool cap in the washing machine, and of course, it shrank.  I was happy to find this cap for Alito recently at a Feria Americana.  It fits perfectly.  I tried it on, and he chuckled because it doesn’t fit my head. I went to see him yesterday afternoon and was told that I can’t enter the geriatric home to visit him.  What a shock that was after visiting three or four times weekly for two years.  If I can’t convince his power of attorney Amanda to move Alito to another facility, I won’t see him again.   The owners are only concerned with running a business, not giving care and medical attention to the elderly. DSCN5962 I bring him to the window for fresh air and sunshine where he does some exercises before we walk and dance together.  I’m a firm believer that if you don’t use it, you lose it.  Too many of the 36 residents spend their days and nights in bed or tied to a wheel chair.  I want to keep Alito active so he’s not one of them. Many in the milongas ask me about Alito, so I’ve shared the latest news that the owners of the geriatric no longer allow me to enter for visits.  This has turned my attention to finding his daughter Sandra Veronica Candamil.  Several years ago I found a site that searches for information for a very small fee.  It was worth a try, so I entered her name and DNI which is easy to find on the internet.  I paid the 30 pesos for the service and a few hours later I had some information.  I was totally surprised to see an address for her in the city, only 14 blocks from where I live and on the same street.  The apartment number isn’t correct according to the door bells, but I went to ring a few.  No one answered.  Later I found the building janitor’s phone number on the internet and called him.  If anyone knew her, he would.  No luck again.  He didn’t recognize the last name.  Back to square one and more searching.

Juan Jose Piccini

March 16, 2014

March 16, 1953–

Juan Jose Piccini

Pichi starts his radio program De Amores y de Tangos on a new channel, Sunday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Ricardo Suarez

March 14, 2014

March 14, 1924 –


I arrived this morning at Ricardo’s shop on Estados Unidos 654 as he was leaving to return home and get dressed for a birthday lunch with friends.  This was the second time I saw Ricardo not wearing a suit and tie.  His health is good, but he needs another eye surgery for cataracts.  I had to ask how many years he has danced tango — 75!

He’ll be dancing tonight at Salon Canning and tomorrow in Cachirulo with his dance partner Tati Caviglia.  Anibal Troilo is his favorite orchestra.

Ricardo and Tati in Cachirulo in Obelisco Tango.

Ricardo and Tati in Lujos in Plaza Bohemia.

This certificate from Oscar Hector is proudly displayed in the shop window.


Ricardo has this fileteado, given to him by a friend, displayed in the workshop.


Ricardo was the first milonguero viejo I filmed in 2000.


Milonga Week in Buenos Aires

March 13, 2014

I heard only yesterday about Milonga Week from an employee at the home where Alito lives.  It’s organized by the Association of Milongas.  Those interested in two free tickets for one of the many participating milongas can get them in San Telmo.  Here is the program.

My first reaction to the news was every week is a milonga week in Buenos Aires.  No matter what time or day of the week, there is a milonga.  This is a popular time of year for tango tourism.  Dancers come to attend the milongas, whether they get a free ticket or pay the entrada.

José Marcos

March 11, 2014

March 11, 1937  –


I waited patiently for him to look my way for a vals tanda last Sunday.  I asked José if I could take a photo and film him.  His embrace is so gentle yet firm.  I absolutely love dancing valses with him.


Romeo Ferramosca

March 10, 2014

March 10, 1946 –


Chiche and Pocha are a couple whom I’ve admired in the milongas for years.  I finally had the opportunity a few months ago to film them.


Humberto Morales

March 7, 2014

March 7, 1935 –


It’s not like me to turn down Humberto for a tanda, but it was an orchestra I’d rather listen to than dance.  We danced a great tanda of valses later.  While he was nearby, I remembered his birthday is a few days away and took this photo.  What a sweetheart!

It can’t be closed

March 5, 2014


When I recently noticed the windows covered with paper, I thought that remodeling was underway at the Gardel Restaurant at the corner of Independencia and Entre Rios; at least I hoped that was the case.  The waiter Hector always greeted me when I passed by during my fourteen years in the neighborhood.

Then the other night I saw the large sign on the roof was gone.  Peeking inside I saw that all the tango photos on the walls are gone.  This could mean only one thing — a change in ownership.

Gardel was a favorite place for many after a milonga.  Their media lunas were the best.


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