Flamenco music developed in India and Spain, with influences from Islamic, Gypsy and numerous other cultures. So, when you hear this complex, passionate style live, you want it in the hands of professionals. Thankfully, Lucia y Valdemar Gitanerías Flamenco has been performing together professionally since 1983. The group will present the rhythmic, impassioned music with a traveling show called Alma y Fuego (Soul and Fire).
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Both are lifelong flamenco scholars; Lucia Rodriguez-Sanchez, who sings, dances and choreographs, began her studies as a youth in San Antonio, and Valdemar Phoenix, originally from upstate New York, has been a guitarist since his teens. Spanish singer and guitarist Salvadora Galan will join them for a blend of classic and contemporary flamenco at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. 333 South Jensen. For information, call 713-222-1213 or visit www.tbhcenter.org. $15 to $18
Feb. 8-9, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m., 2008