Visit London’s Historical Shakespearean theatre.

Visit London’s Historical Shakespearean theatre.

If you would really like to experience some authentic theatrical history in London without commercialism try a step into the past by visiting the  Sam Wanamaker Playhouse built Adjacent to London’s famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  The playhouse is an indoor theatre modeled after a Jacobean-era theatre. It is used for performances 52 weeks of the years enabling plays to be shown during the winter months when the main theatre cannot be used. It specializes in plays from between 1576 and 1642 by Shakespeare’s contemporaries or near contemporaries.     My Visit…  Nov 9th 2016 On a chilly evening after visiting museums all day, It was my last night on London before I was due to fly back to California. I began to tie up my day by walking east along the south bank of the Thames to reminisce and take in some moonlit views of London’s bridges. As a goal I headed up to get a glimpse of Shakespeare’s globe. It was too late to take in a tour, so I took a few photos of the exterior. As I walked around  the exterior I noticed that the posters outside included a current schedule.  “What an adventure” i thought, to attend the theatre on spec. I was farther intrigued after seeing a note that the theater  seats only 340 people giving it an intimate atmosphere that is rarely found in theaters today. There was a performance due to begin in 40 mins. That was it! I quickly went about finding the entrance and box office desk, to see what my chances were. Unusually the theatre itself is built inside a brick...
Tango Poetry

Tango Poetry

Just recently I have begun to include excerpts of poetry within the description of my Tango dresses. During my research I found so many lovely poems that I wanted to share them with you all so that you can enjoy the whole composition. Here are several poems from the world of tango, deeply reflective of the passion and sensuality that is within tango. Some of them originally composed as Poetry, some of them are lyrics from Songs, translated from Spanish.   Throat with sand You see, the day is far from dawn, “Polaco” Goyeneche, sing me one more tango. You see, the night becomes long, your life has a karma, to sing, always to sing.   Your voice, that moves the tango, saying the semicolon that nobody sang for it. With your voice, with gobblins and ghosts, breathe in the asthma of an old bandoneón.   Sing, throat with sand your voice has the pain that Malena didn’t sing.   Sing, that Juárez condemns you when hurting your pain, with its white bandoneón.   Sing, people are applauding, although you are dying they don’t know your pain.   Sing, that Troilo from heaven, underneath your pillow, left you a verse.   Singer, of a somewhat insolent tango, you got people to hurt with your pain. Singer, of a tightrope balancing act tango, more than singer artist, with the vices of a singer.   You see, to me and to Buenos Aires, we always gasp for air when your voice is not here to you, that taught me so much, the day that you sang a song with me.   Sing, throat with sand your voice has the pain that...
Paris Tango by Night

Paris Tango by Night

Tango Paris by Night Written by Chantal Eril (Edited by Andrea Bindereif)   As a French ‘tanguera’ living in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, I happily dance Argentine tango most of the time at local events and milongas. There is so much happening in my local tango community that I really don’t feel the need to go anywhere else. There are workshops and milongas on a daily basis, hosted by both local and visiting teachers from San Francisco to Oakland in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the Peninsula, and even as far south as Santa Cruz. No, there is no time to get bored when you’re a tango dancer in the Bay Area! However, having recently been back to my native country of France, I had an experience that I just can’t help but share here. Nowhere else have I ever been to a more romantic outdoor milonga than in the ‘City of Lovers’ itself: Paris. Nowhere else, not even in Buenos Aires, the heart of Argentine tango, did I ever fall in love with tango all over again like I did at nighttime on the banks of the river Seine! Why was this so special to me, someone who doesn’t skip a milonga in the Bay Area, who has the best time of all when going dancing, who has been to Buenos Aires and lots of other places for tango? The answer is that first of all, outdoor milongas are rare; secondly, in the heat of the summer in Paris, it’s refreshing to be right by the water; thirdly, the moon’s reflection on...

A profile of Comme Il Faut shoe designer Alicia Muniz

If you have been to any large argentine tango event and seen Tango dance shoes from Argentina, then, you are sure to have seen ‘Comme Il Faut’ shoes. They are the eye candy of shoes. Beautifully made with exquisite detailing, In fine leathers of so many amazing colors, prints, textures. Comme Il Fauts boutique is located in Recoleta, Buenos Aires and a must go for the shoe addict – but make sure you are ready to leave with a few pairs in hand. This video features Alicia Muniz , it shows the whole process from design thru making – what a treat and in the process shows how thru her innovation she has became so...
Tango photo shoot with Chelsea Eng on location In San Francisco

Tango photo shoot with Chelsea Eng on location In San Francisco

This weekend my Photographer Diane Pedersen and I had a great photo shoot on Location around San Francisco featuring Tango Teacher and performer Chelsea Eng. We toured Chelsea around San Francisco to our carefully chosen locations focusing on urban architecture, structures and textures. Chelsea very patiently keeping warm as the weather started to chill by the water...

Bridal and Evening gown dry cleaning

Heres a few suggestions for dry cleaning your Bridal Gown Always seek out ‘personal’ recommendations for dry cleaners. Some bridal stores get kick backs for their referrals to dry cleaners and there are strangers on the web/networking who refer you to their own family business. Be sure to check it after its done. A high price does not guarantee a good job. I know of a cleaner that charges $150 and did a useless job – my local cleaner charges $30 for instance. If you plan to wear the dress a second time at a new destination and are on a time limit. I would recommend that you ensure you do leave enough time for the possibility of needing to take it to a second cleaner if the first cleaner does not meet your satisfaction. Storing the cleaned dress before the second wedding: Plan ahead where to store it when you get it home (eg. in mum’s spare room ). Find out how the cleaners are bagging it – you may have to open it out to stop creasing. If they bag it in plastic you may need to re-bag  it into a fabric bag. Or you may have to take the dress off the hanging hooks and lay it open and flat so that the hanging loops do not...