From zero to sizzling hot in under three minutes, French-Argentine singer/composer Carlos Gardel was a master at turning out tango recordings, resulting in several classics with longtime collaborator Alfredo Le Pera. But the baritone flew too close to the sun and died in an airplane crash in 1935, transforming into an archetypal tragic hero for Latin Americans. Now the sultry dancers of Tango Buenos Aires are celebrating his life in The Spirit of Argentina, presented in Houston by Society for the Performing Arts. The all-new program includes the collaborators’ romantic waltz, Loves of a Student, and a Broadway-style fox-trot with Blondes in New York. The show’s dynamic closer with full company follows Astor Piazzolla’s The death of an angel about Gardel’s tragic death. Turn this one into date night with free tango lessons from 6 to 8 p.m., or check out next-gen dancers at 7:25 p.m. when the Feijoo Ballet School performs a pre-show Broadway review.
8 p.m. Friday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit