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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tango House, The Show

The audience is the best judge of success: it explodes with applause after each number of this show, punctuated with cheers of “Bravo!”

Most of the Cast and managers of the Tango House posing in New York's Times Square. With the cast members Hector Pablo Pereyra, Carolina Jaurena, Andres Bravo, Maria Blanco, Jorge Torres, Leah Barsky, Ayelen Pais Negrin, Leonardo Luizaga, Adriana Salgado Neira, Orlando Reyes, Zoya Altmark, and Michael Nadtochi . 

From the romantic Tango Waltz to the traditional Tango numbers, filled with glowing passion and playfulness, to the vocals and musical numbers performed by a typical Tango orchestra, the show tantalizes the senses and keeps the audience electrified, energized and glued to their seats.

This tango show, now recreated in New York, has been featured at the renowned La Esquina Carlos Gardel Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the past 12 years and has been viewed by over 1.8 million people. The show is a 75-minute live tango performance featuring dancing couples, musicians and singers. This is the first time La Esquina Carlos Gardel is showcased in the U.S. and Tango House is the only venue in the U.S. where to see it. Its producer, Juan Fabbri, is the foremost impresario of tango and 25-time winner of the prestigious Martin Fierro Award, granted by APTRA, the Association of Argentine Television and Radio Journalists.

The 75-minute show is a cultural milestone that brought together in New York City some of the most accomplished professional dancers, singers and musicians, trained from their early childhoods in Argentina, Russia, Colombia and Israel. The Malbec Tango House theater is situated near the NYU Manhattan campus at Astor Place, with the bar in the foyer, the audience seated mostly at the tables enjoying the drinks from the bar, if they so choose.  After the show many in the audience stay to dine at Malbec House restaurant, upstairs. The Show is everything you’d expect from Argentine Tango and then some, emphasizing the harmony of music, lyrics and dance, the fluid sculptures of sensuality, drama and joy, beauty and passion, unique to Tango.

To visit the New York City and not to see this off-Broadway show would be a cardinal sin, and even more so if you live in the city's 5 boroughs. The show is on, six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, at: TANGO HOUSE, 428 Lafayette Street (between 4th St & Astor Place), New York, NY 10003. Call (212) 419-4645 for the show or dinner reservations at Malbec House restaurant, or visit http://www.tangohouse.net
Nearest Subway Stations: 8 St - NYU (N, R); Astor Pl (4, 6); Bleecker St (4, 6).

Saturday, March 23, 2013

US Media Lying Any Chance They Get

When President Barack Obama was heckled during his speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem on Thursday, Mar-21, 2013, the U.S. media went ballistic reporting that the heckler was a student calling for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Wolf Blitzer of CNN, even devoted an entire long segment to the issue. However, as Israeli media reported and did the heckler himself, the heckler was apparently an Israeli Arab student, shouting at Obama about the Palestinians, rather than about Pollard as was falsely reported in the US.

The Arab student even gave an interview to a radical U.S.-based anti-Israel website, proudly claiming responsibility.

The Huffington Post noted at the time: "'A reliable Hebrew speaker seated near pool says the shouting was about [Jonathan Jay] Pollard,' the pool report said. 'We presume calling for his release.'" 
Whoever the "reliable Hebrew speaker" was, they were translating the wrong language: the heckler was apparently heckling Obama in Arabic.

But the habitual misrepresentation of the news in a politically-advantageous narrative took over: The hoax reported as "a disgruntled, hard-line Israeli Jew, mocking the U.S. President and trying to shut down debate" was too tempting for the U.S. media not to launch.  So, off they went, spinning, and then spinning some more. It did not matter that it was an outright lie, which can later be disguised as a "mistake" when caught red-handed. 

President Barack Hussein Obama himself ad libbed another shot at his domestic opposition: "It made me feel at home," he said. "I wouldn’t feel comfortable if I didn’t have at least one heckler."  Well, we American citizens, feel right at home with our media habitually lying through their teeth any chance they get to manufacture the news, instead of reporting it. We are so accustomed to it, we wouldn't feel at home without it.