In Argentina, the tango is not just dance and music, it's life. Just ask composer Astor Piazzolla, who tried to introduce a new style of tango in the 1960s - poor guy got death threats and beatings for his trouble. We doubt the fans at the 3rd Annual Houston Tango Festival will be quite that ardent, but still, we don't suggest you slap any Shakira on the turntable at one of the festival's late-night milongas (dance sessions). Classes, demonstrations, milongas, get-togethers, more milongas and more classes are on the schedule. (Oh, and no, those aren't typos in the times for the dance sessions that follow. They really do go on until 5 a.m. in the morning. Like we said, these folks take their tango very, very seriously.) 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday, and 2 to 9:15 p.m. on Monday. Locations vary, including Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, visit www.houstontangofestival.com. $10 to $200.
Jan. 14-17, 2010