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...
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...