Tango Night In Santa Monica Canyon

By Libby Motika
Palisades News Contributor

La Senora Research Institute is once again hosting “Tango on a Summer’s Eve,” its most popular event, on Saturday, August 20, with a reception and tours of the historical botanical gardens starting at 7 p.m., 565 Dryad Rd. in Santa Monica Canyon.

The musical program, beginning at 7:45 p.m., will feature a tribute to the Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzola, starring the Tinto Tango Quintet. Musicians include Alan Busteed, violin; Dino Durand, guitar; Paul Perez, contrabass; and soloists Mariano Dugatkin (bandoneonist) and Matias Piegari, pianist.

Join tango dancers in Santa Monica Canyon.
Join tango dancers in Santa Monica Canyon.

Guests will then break for dessert and coffee in the Dining Salon from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. before adjourning to the Loggia for a demonstration of Milonga, Argentine ballroom dance, featuring expert dancers accompanied by Tinto Tango.

Those who love to tango are invited to join in. Those who wish to come only for the dancing may sign up for Milonga tickets. Gates will reopen for 20 minutes for Milonga admittance from 9:40 to 10:10 p.m.

La Señora Research Institute’s focus is on research and education. Scholars are documenting the rancho era of Early California under Spain, Mexico and the United States, especially as it relates to the 1839 Mexican land grant Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, where the José Mojica hacienda and the Pascual Marquez family cemetery are located.

Equally important to the preservation of historic records is the preservation of the Rancho’s rich cultural heritage. The Institute offers a full calendar of events during the summer including concerts, films and historic lecture.

Tickets for the concert, dessert and Milonga are $55. Ticket for the after-party dancing only are $35. For more information and tickets, visit lasenora.org.

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