Category Archives: Tango


Mike Pavol, Da Vinci Art AlliancePortraits and Such 2​­ a solo exhibition by Mike Pavol

Da Vinci Art Alliance proudly presents our June exhibition and additional programming:


Philadelphia, PA  ­Da Vinci Art Alliancee, located at 704 Catharine Street will present Portraits and Such 2 a solo exhibition by Mike Pavol June 1st -­ June 29th. Opening reception is Wednesday June 1st 6:00 – ­9:00pm. Open gallery hours are Wednesday 6:00pm -­ 8:00pm and Saturday + Sunday 1:00pm -­ 5:00pm. In addition we will be open Friday, June 3rd from 6:00pm -­ 9:00pm.


The show consists of a group of representational and figurative oil paintings inspired from personal interests by South Philadelphia­ based painter Mike Pavol. The work combines mixtures of formal and intuitive devices, including the irregular grouping of panels, and incorporating unintended artifacts from the sketch into the final works.

Mike Pavol, Da Vinci Art Alliance


Mike Pavol, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, started painting as a boy. After moving to Philadelphia in 1988 he studied at PAFA and Fleisher Art Memorial. Pavol creates oil paintings in many genres, including landscape, still life, and portraiture. Working from life and other sources, Pavol creates unique images that convey the vitality and depth of the subject, and his own personal perspective. Pavol’s work has been described as “Delicately perceptive and at times experimental, these works both uphold and challenge his medium of choice, as well as his own intentions.” He currently lives with his wife and son, quite a lot of cats, and a very soulful dog.


The ART of Tango ­ June 9th, 7pm -­ 8pm

Join us for an evening of visual art mixed with Tango. Lesley Mitchell is a Philadelphia­ based dance teacher who has intensely studied Argentine Tango for more than a decade. A well­known visual artist, dance is also a frequent theme of her visual artwork. Through demonstrations and projections of her artwork, we will learn about the simplicity, complexity and history of Argentine Tango. Who knows, you may also learn a few steps of your own! This event is free and open to the public.

Artist Talk ­ June 15th at 6pm- ­ 7pm

­ During open gallery hours, come hear from painter Mike Pavol as he guides us through his current exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Legal issues for Artists ­ June 16th, 7pm -­ 8:30pm

­ Laura Solomon, lawyer, and Rachel Nave, Interim Director of Legal Services for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will join us for our popular monthly Third Thursday Salon. This event is free and open to the public.

Portrait of Self: Visual and Narrative ­ June 20th, 6:30pm -­ 8:30 pm

Join DVAA and First Person Arts for a mixed­media memoir workshop led by Jamie J, storyteller, writer and Executive Director of First Person Arts and Linda Dubin Garfield, printmaker/mixed media artist. All materials are included but participants are invited to bring a significant something to include in the portrait. Members of FPA or DVAA­ $10., ­ Non Members­ $12.

ABOUT Da Vinci Art Alliance

Since its inception in 1931, the mission of Da Vinci Art Alliance as a dynamic organization confidently continues to meet the growing need for community­ based arts, and cultural and educational dialogue for artists, individuals and families. Da Vinci is one of the few non­profit artist­run organizations boasting ownership of a building since 1959.

Da Vinci Art Alliance is a public, non­profit 501(c)(3) artists’ organization located in South Philadelphia. The organization was founded in 1931 to serve the needs of professional artists and artisans in the Delaware Valley. Da Vinci currently has over 140 members and is supported through membership dues, gallery/studio rentals, sales commissions, grants, and donations. It holds exhibitions of members’ and non­members’ artwork as well as special events, workshops, performances, poetry readings, and lectures, and keeps its members informed on community events, news and opportunities. The mission of the non­profit artists ­run organization is to support its members and to further community­ based arts, cultural, and educational exchanges.

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A Evaristo Carriego

A Evaristo Carriego, Edelia Gonzalez, DancePhiladelphia Argentine Tango. Since we were celebrating Edelia’s birthday, she requested the song, a famous Argentine Tango dance with it’s own song.

DancePhiladelphia Argentine Tango is hosting an art show by artist Charles Cushing, an art exhibit dedicated to his trip to Beunos Aires last year. You can see the art in the background of this video. We’re working on a new video montage of the exhibit but this single shot video of the Argentine Tango Dance, A Evaristo Carriego, is divine.

This video was taken during a Friday Night Milonga, a regular dance party dedicated to Argentine Tango dancers. The people who attend the Milonga at DancePhiladelphia are so nice, the social environment is sophisticated  friendly and the music so infectious that it was hard to hold the camera steady. Thank you to all the dancers at DancePhiladelphia Argentine Tango for the enthusiast performances, especially Edelia Gonzalez and the male dancers who vied for her attention. I thought Charles Cushing was elegant and energetic when he swept his partner up in his arms. But each partner was sincere and handsomely respectful of a sensual dance experience.

“Tango, as danced in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, is an elegant, sensual and intensely connected dance experience. It’s been a worldwide favorite for decades, and today is riding a new wave of popularity across the generations. We’ll show you its simplicity – and its complexity. You may have seen it on Broadway, but you can do it too.” – DancePhiladelphia

Regular Argentine Tango Dance Parties held at our 1315 Buttonwood Street Studio
Practicas every Tuesday night
Milongas every Friday night
La Milonga en Casa – 3rd Sunday of each month
Milonga La Matine First Saturday of each month

Our Friday Night Milonga has a new schedule with new classes & practica before the Milonga: Kelly or Lesley plus occasional guest instructors will be offering intermediate/advanced classes on selected topics every week.
Intermediate/Advanced Class 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Practica (free), 9:30 to 10 pm
Also at 8:30 pm: Beginners Class (free)
Friday Night Milonga, 10 pm to 2 am
1315 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia
Int/Adv class: $5 with Milonga admission, $10 without.
Friday Night Milonga admission: $12, full time students $10
Arrivals after 12:30 AM pay 1/2 price
Beginners class always free with milonga admission. Arrivals after 12:30 a.m. pay 1/2 price.
Excellent refreshments! Great tango company! 1315 Buttonwood St, Philadelphia

About ‘A Evaristo Carriego’:

“Evaristo Carriego (Paraná, May 7, 1883 – Buenos Aires, October 13, 1912), was an Argentinepoet, best known for the biography written about him by Jorge Luis Borges.

“A Evaristo Carriego” is a world famous tango written by Eduardo Rovira, and recorded by OrquestaOsvaldo Pugliese in 1969, which made it an all time hit.” – wikipedia

A Evaristo Carriego’ The dance is a song and the song is a dance.

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