In late-nineteenth-century Argentina, the tango was considered to be the ultimate form of dirty dancing and was snubbed by polite society as declasse. Not surprising, considering that the stylized, sensual dance originated in Buenos Aires's bordellos. These days the tango is hot, though not so raunchy, at least not when compared to things you might catch the president doing. Forever Tango, the dance extravaganza created by classical cellist Luis Bravo, enjoyed a long run on Broadway last year, tracing the history of the provocative tango with fourteen sizzling dancers slithering around the stage and an eleven-piece orchestra performing the sultry tunes. Forever Tango runs through Sunday at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Performances take place at 8:00 tonight through Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $24 to $47. Call 305-673-7300. (NK).
Yes, author P.J. O'Rourke may be politically irritating. You've gotta admit, though, the guy's got a certain wry charm, libertarian nut or not. He also writes rather well (Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World) and he can even be a spiffy dresser! (Not that Tom Wolfe has anything to worry about.) At 8:00 tonight at the Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables), Books & Books presents O'Rourke reading from Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics, his latest tome skewering capitalism, communism, socialism, and every other ism you can possibly imagine. Admission is free. Call 305-442-4408. (