Savino Servalli

January 30, 2016

January 30, 1936 —

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Savino is bursting with joy when he dances, so it’s always a pleasure in his embrace.

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Jorge Slaimen

January 29, 2016

January 29, 1939 —

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Jorge, Luis Ferre, Jose Luis Aceto, and Rodolfo at Plaza Bohemia Tango

Horacio Julián Prestamo

January 25, 2016

January 22, 1943 —

Horacio Julian Prestamo

Here is a video of his exhibition on Saturday at Cachirulo.

Some like it hot

January 24, 2016

It’s summer in Buenos Aires.  The afternoon brings the highest temperatures of the day between 1:00 and 4:00, but relief usually comes at night.  I live without air-conditioning at home, and I appreciate dancing in air-conditioned comfort at Lo de Celia.

There are still a few milonga venues without air-conditioning, only fans — Confiteria Ideal and Nuevo Salon La Argentina.

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El Arranque in Nuevo Salon La Argentina

There is no way to avoid feeling warmer when two bodies are moving together.

Obelisco Tango

The air-conditioning wasn’t working on Friday, January 8, in Obelisco Tango, so dancers went elsewhere.  A friend and I arrived at 1:00am, surprised there were so few dancers and were not charged admission.  There was no water in the bathrooms.  The air-conditioning started working again, so we stayed until the end.

JL en La Nacional

The central air-conditioning system in La Nacional wasn’t functioning, so the organizers of El Maipu temporarily moved their milonga on January 18 to Obelisco Tango.

I heard yesterday that the air-conditioning wasn’t working last Friday night in Plaza Bohemia.

There is a great demand for electricity in the summer, so you may find yourself at a milonga without air-conditioning.  Be prepared with a fan and handkerchief.

Felix Picherna

January 24, 2016

October 16, 1939 — January 22, 2016

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La Milonga de los Consagrados began at Italia Unita during 1999.  The musicalizador was Felix Picherna.  He sat at a little table on the stage with his box of cassette tapes.  You knew what was coming next because Felix announced the tandas with great ceremony.  I didn’t know that was the way it was done years ago in the confiterias downtown.  I should have paid closer attention.  Felix announced, let’s dance to … and then the titles of each tune in the tanda.  Others were probably paying attention to him, but I wasn’t.

A year or so later Felix went to Italy to work in the milongas.  In May 2001, I visited Rome.  The first night I arrived, my B&B hostess took me to a milonga.  Lo and behold, there was Felix handling the music.  Two weeks later when I arrived in Milan, there was Felix at the helm of the milonga, announcing each tanda as he always did in Buenos Aires.  He traveled from one city to another where he was hired by a milonga organizer and slept on the train.

reposted from 10/2013

Luis Abulafia

January 21, 2016

January 21, 1941 —

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Video

 

Carlos Fanel

January 14, 2016

January 14, 1943 —

Carlos Fanel

Video

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Tito and Carlos were cousins, but more like brothers.  Carlos finally returned to Lo de Celia in January, waiting more than a month after Tito’s passing.

Eduardo Ereson

January 13, 2016

January 13, 1937 —

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Video

Alberto Abunader

January 13, 2016

January 13, 1935 —

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José Luis Aceto

January 12, 2016

January 12, 1935 —

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Pichi attends Lo de Elsita every Friday.

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