The California Academy of Sciences
Celebrates Latino Heritage

September 15 - October 15

Argentine Tango and Folklore
Thursday, September 23, 8 pm

During this special program, guests will experience Argentine culture and folklore while enjoying a world-class performance of Argentine tango, zamba, and gato by renowned dancer Pampa Cortés. Hailing from Santiago del Estero, the Argentine center of folkloric dance and music, Cortés has trained and performed with the grand masters of Argentine dance: Santiago Ayala "El Chúcaro," creator of the Ballet Folclórico Nacional de Argentina, and Juan Carlos Copes. Cortés was an original principal of Forever Tango at Theatre on the Square, where his tango performances thrilled Bay Area audiences for two years. Additionally, one of his photos has helped Julio Iglesias sell millions of his Tango CDs. Cortés' elegant yet masculine dancing has inspired thousands of "tango-philes" locally, as well as throughout Europe, South America, and Japan, to study and dance this international phenomenon, fulfilling their own personal tango fantasies.

Program takes place at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco; program costs $8. To order tickets, call (415) 292-1233 or e-mail Tickets may be purchased at the door, when available. For info, call (415) 379-8000.

Un Día con la Familia; Family Day
Saturday, October 2, 10:30 am-4 pm

The California Academy of Sciences celebrates Latino Heritage Month all day Saturday, October 2. Guests may enjoy Chilean dances, live Bolivian and Argentine music, Mexican food-carving demonstrations, and paper flower making. Programs take place at the California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. Free with museum admission.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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