Courtesty Forever Tango

A scene from Forever Tango

Rooted in Buenos Aires' bars and brothels but banned by Argentina's better classes, tango didn't acquire international cachet until Paris in the 1920s. Arguably, Paris in the 1980s can be credited with elevating tango's status as a theatrical entertainment, catapulting Luis Bravo's Forever Tango to its record-breaking Broadway run, successful touring productions and a raft of spinoffs and competing tango shows. Bravo returns with the latest edition, tracing tango's history with 14 dancers and a live orchestra. Expect elegant, seductive men and gorgeous, sultry women in what has been best described as a dance of loneliness and lust, perfect for the city of lost angels. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Fri., Feb. 29, 8 p.m., Sat., March 1, 2 & 8 p.m., Sun., March 2, 2 p.m.; $30-$100. (213) 365-3500 or

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