I thought I knew where I was going on Saturday afternoon. I took the #53 bus to Caminito in La Boca where I’ve gone many times only to discover that I had a long walk under the highway to my destination, La Usina del Arte. Unfortunately, I arrived late and missed the performance of Alberto Podesta. Friends found me in the crowd, and we got in line for the next concert by the Chamber Orchestra of Ushuaia with Rodolfo Mederos, bandoneonist, as soloist.
The old power plant is now a state-of-the art concert hall with perfect acoustics. The hall seats 1,500 in three levels surrounding the stage. The audience was attentive for this free concert, part of the annual Summer in the City festival. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Rodolfo Mederos gave a magnificent performance.
And his encore solo was incredible.
What appears as a vertical building facade in this photo is actually a mirror reflection of a horizontal structure. Sit on it and you see yourself in the mirror hanging on the side of a building.
The milonga at La Usina had a large crowd with many watching the dancing.
There were women dancing with women…
And men dancing with men…
And a mother dancing with her daughter…
The biggest surprise for me was two milongueras whom I haven’t seen in years — Ana Gomez and Pilar Segura — because they no longer go to the milongas.
This couple gets the prize for passion.
The mirror gives an overhead view of the milonga floor.
The concerts and milongas at La Usina continue this weekend.