FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 - 6 PM TO 2 AM:
BOOK RELEASE - ART EXHIBIT - MILONGA
The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, in collaboration with Dance Philadelphia Argentine Tango, and University Press of Florida, is pleased to present a multivalent event including visual art, a book reading, and dancing on December 7, 2012 from 6pm-2am as part of Fishtown First Friday.
The event includes the presentation of a new book on tango by Carolyn Merritt, an exhibit of paintings and prints by Lesley Mitchell (Dance Philadelphia Argentine Tango), and Lesley & Kelly's Friday Night Milonga with performances.
All events are FREE to the public and take place at 2030 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Details on each aspect of the event follow.
TANGO NUEVO by Carolyn Merritt
Book Signing Dec 7, 6-9:30pm; Reading 11:30pm
“Required reading for anyone who understands the electrifying power that dance has to transform a life. Exceptionally well written. . . . [Merritt’s] lively, engaging writing style is unique—it can go from side-splittingly funny to poignant in the time it takes to execute a boleo.”—Melissa A. Fitch, author of Side Dishes: Latina American Women, Sex, and Cultural Production
Carolyn Merritt presents her new book, Tango Nuevo, an innovative study of contemporary Argentine tango. Combining sensuous prose, provocative images, and heart-wrenching stories, Merritt presents an unflinching look at the complex motivations driving the pursuit to master this intricate dance. Carolyn teaches anthropology and performance studies at Bryn Mawr College and Arcadia University, and writes regularly for ThINKingDANCE. Tango Nuevo is published by University Press of Florida.
Dreams of the City: Painting & Prints
Works by Lesley Mitchell
Opening reception Dec 7, 6-9:30pm
Dec 7-26 by appointment
Lesley Mitchell will exhibit Dreams of the City: Paintings & Prints, this month at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School. Mitchell, a painter, printmaker and book artist based in Philadelphia, presents paintings with surreal urban imagery, in addition to linocuts & collages.
Mitchell combines a lifelong practice in the visual arts with a career teaching, dancing and organizing Argentine tango. She trained as a painter/printmaker at the PAFA and with her husband Kelly Ray is co-owner of DanceArt Studios, home of Dance Philadelphia Argentine Tango, 1315 Buttonwood Street in Philadelphia. She shows her artwork nationally and internationally; two of her artist’s books are featured in the recently released 1,000 Artist's Books by Quarry Books.
Friday Night Milonga
Join us after the artist's reception and book signing for the Friday Night MILONGA (Tango Dance Party) with DJ Lesley. This 20-year-old weekly event hosted by Lesley Mitchell & Kelly Ray is FREE December 7 thanks to the sponsorship of the University Press of Florida. No partners are needed, beginner class at 7pm. Featuring tango performances by Meredith Klein & Damian Lobato of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, and Kelly & Lesley, plus a reading by Carolyn Merritt from her new book, TANGO NUEVO.
Book Release and Milonga sponsored by the University Press of Florida, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.