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Milongas, movies, and more at Euro Gourmet Market & Cafe

BURLINGTON Tango is passion and pursuit, sexuality and surrender. Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges said it best: The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration. Tangophiles celebrated at Burlingtons Euro Gourmet Market & Caf頯n April 26. Fortified with the Caf钳 tasty paninis and palacinke, they slid sensuously across the Caf钳 parquet floor. Embracing closely, they seemed oblivious to everything but their partners. Dancing alone would be unthinkableit takes two to tango. Milongas (tango dance parties) are not all that the Caf頯ffers. Anita and Vladimir Selec, the Caf頯wners, have created a homey haven for lovers of all kinds of international dance, music, food, and drink. The Selecs also view the Caf頡s a refuge from the constant cultural divide that faces anyone living in a foreign country. Emphasizing that they are not Euro Snobs, they welcome all kinds of patrons. They imagine an Old World kind of Caf頷here two complete strangers can wind up discussing Zola and Voltaire and reminiscing about the hills of Heidelberg while sipping espresso and listening to Balkan pop. Upcoming events underscore the Caf钳 intercontinental reach. On May 2 at 7 p.m., the Caf頷ill screen the DVD version of Lost Nation Theaters popular play Stone, in which stone-cutters, shed-owners, grocers, widows, and others share anecdotes and insights about how they and the granite industry shaped Barre. While watching the film, you can savor an Italiano panini, sip some cold Orvieto white wine, and maybe even devour a piece of Leaning Tower of Pisa cake. Cuban radio producer Toni Basanta will host University of Vermont (UVM) dance instructor David Larson and Waitsfield photo-journalist David Garten at the Caf钳 Cuban Night on May 4 at 8 p.m. UVMs Salsa and Swing Society (SASS) dancers will also present some of their best choreography. Time for a large iced tea? On May 5 at 9 p.m., accordionist David Symons and his Inner Fire District (IFD) will entertain with Eastern European, Gypsy, Jewish, European and original music. You can preview their music (and see past Caf頢elly dancing and karaoke performances) on YouTube.com. To get on the Caf钳 e-mail list, write to eurocafevt@gmail.com. The Caf頩s located at 61 Main St., Burlington, 802-859-3467. It can be rented for special occasions. Keep practicingmaybe soon you can throw your own milonga.

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