Nov. 2, 2020
Saturday November 21 | 8-9:30 PM (PST/ San Francisco)
The zoom will light up with a live dance performance from Liliana Chenlo & Roxane Camargo (Buenos Aires); musical guest, guitarist and singer, Maleva Santomil (Buenos Aires); and Pierre Baston (Philadelphia) will present a special lecture The Dawn of Tango: “African Roots.” We also felt a bit of art was needed, and so our very own artist and queer tango dancer Nicole Roberts (SF/ Buenos Aires) will present a couple of her pieces (beautiful images of queer tango) and discuss her work.
DJs Mackerelmint and Madeleine make music magic and work the zoom! Of course we will have our birthday vals, and one never knows what alternative songs will blast out.
3:30-4:30 (PST/ SF)
We offer you an hour, every Sunday, to take a break from the blah blah blah. This month, an international + hometown line up of teachers awaits you:
Nov 1: Astrid Weiske of Queer Tango Berlin
Nov 8: Carlos Blanco and Rey Flores of Tango Queer Mexico
Nov 15, 22 and 29: Mira Barakat of Queer Tango in the SF Bay Area
Our teachers have been so very creative and impressive in developing zoom tango classes: a mix of solo drills, exercises, musicality instruction, sequences to play with and move to + plenty of time to say hello and catch up with your tango peeps.
ZOOM is where the magic is happening
One-click link for all Abrazo practicas, classes and milongas: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/992052580?pwd=YTFSc3Q3MDVLMThVdkYyVThUa3JtZz09
Or, use the meeting ID and password at https://zoom.us/join:
Meeting ID: 992 052 580
Tips on using zoom:
COST for all Abrazo events*
Sliding Scale: $5-$15 per event.
Venmo: abrazo-tango (Karen Curtis)
*All Abrazo events are free if your income is lost due to COVID-19. Please come as our guest.
What do we do with the money: We pay all our teachers, performers, lecturers, artists and musicians; we donate to queer tango teachers around the globe, and pay our monthly expenses.
WAIT THERE’S MORE
Video of the month: This short interview/film from 2016 is about queer tango in Buenos Aires and features an interview and dance clips of Liliana Chenlo who competed with Yuko Artak at the World Tango Championships in 2014. Couple #305 brought queer tango to the international stage and soon more queer and same-sex couples followed in their pionering footsteps! Liliana will perform at Abrazo, the virtual queer milonga this month.
Milonga Queer Valparaiso: These folks are putting out some kick ass virtual events with fantastic music. Valparaiso is a city on the west cost of Chile, the Jewel of the Pacific, and they have a thriving queer tango comunity. Their programs are in Spanish. Their youtube channel is full of musical and performance gems!
Queer Tango Zurich has a new organizer, our very own Marc Vanzwoll who has published his first newsletter! In it, he interviews outgoing and long-time queer tango organizer, Isabelle Macciacchini. For 10 plus years, she has developed queer tango in Zurich and she has some interesting and lovely insights.
Mariana Docampo founder of Tango Queer Buenos Aires, has a wonderful book of the same name that is now available in English: https://abrazosbooks.com/en/catalog/tango-queer-buenos-aires/.
The Queer Tango Project has been busy during the pandemic. They have a new free ebook out, Queer Tango Histories: Making a Start, by Ray Batchelor. They are also developing a new project and looking for submissions: Queer Tango Futures: What do you think queer tango should be like when we can dance together again? The Queer Tango project wants to know: “We are looking to create a lively collection of discussion pieces, essays, poems, vision boards, artworks, etc. from dancers for dancers. ” I’m looking forward to this new publication.
Several queer tango teachers have online classes and private lessons. We made a list of everyone we know about here: https://abrazoqueertango.wordpress.com/more-queer-tango-news
Please consider supporting them, take the tango tuition challenge: send what you would normally spend on lessons each week to a teacher of your choice.
Wooden Table Cafe: Just in time for the holidays, our favorite Argentine cafe and bakery, run by Andres and Citabria, has lots of goodies you can send to everyone on your gift list: https://woodentablebaking.com/. The cafe, over in the heart of downtown Oakland, is open and serving up sweet and savory goodies to eat and drink. You can order online for pick up or order in and enjoy outdoor seating.
Queer Tango San Francisco Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/88504309052/ Folks post all things queer tango, events, videos, and of course there’s a bit of tango chit chat going on.
SHOUT OUT: I could have filled this newsletter with a list of all of the tremendous work members of our community are doing, but I will only name a few: Citabria is in Texas training with the ACLU for post-election protest monitoring, our volunteer coordinator Sophia is a major player on the YES on 15 Campaign, and our front line nurse Sabrina serves the homeless population in SF and is also part of the SF Covid-19 response team. Thank you, all of you, for working and fighting.
Be safe dear kindred.