Remembering the Palladium at Atlas Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 22

According to legendary percussionist Tito Puente, New York City’s Palladium Ballroom played host to one of America’s first sites of voluntary desegregation. In the new musical Remembering the Palladium, Latin big band Orquesta Son de Ayer and the Eileen Torres Dancers bring the 1950s mambo palace to life for Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Intersections Festival. Actor and DJ Geiner Bruno portrays an old Palladium rug-cutter who reminisces to a reporter played by salsa historian Eileen Torres. For this updated version, Torres has added more historical elements. The enhanced background, she says, will better convey the importance of pre-salsa Latin music and its impact on popular dance crazes and fashion without detracting from the romantic aspects of the club. As with the previous versions, though, expect excitement from the music—bouncy, rhythmic tunes propelled by horns, pounding congas, and acoustic bass—and, of course, the whirling, strutting dancers. The show takes place at 4 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $16.50–$22. (202) 399-7993. intersectionsdc.org.

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