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Pasatiempo - - On The Cover -

Few forms of mu­sic or dance can help fa­cil­i­tate a love con­nec­tion the way salsa can. There is a com­po­nent of se­duc­tion that weaves its way through the mu­sic’s clave beats, danc­ing pi­ano, and strained horns. The only rem­edy for such an au­ral af­flic­tion is to hit the dance floor, grab a part­ner, and work it out like you’re par­tak­ing in a trom­bone-as­sisted ex­or­cism.

At 9 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 13, The Mambo Room and DJ Avi present the Sweet and Sexy Valen­tine’s Party at The Lodge at Santa Fe (750 N. St. Fran­cis Drive, 992-5800) — a tan­ta­liz­ing tem­pest of li­bido-ramp­ing Latin-dance mad­ness punc­tu­ated by the pres­ence of Al­bu­querque sal­samu­sic main­stays Ivon Ulibarri and Café Mocha.

The 21-and-over per­for­mance, which in­cludes be­tween-set spin ses­sions by lo­cal Latin-dance party wizard DJ Avi, is $10 be­fore 10 p.m. and $15 af­ter 10 p.m. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes cham­pagne, cho­co­lates, and door prizes. Love con­nec­tions are not guar­an­teed, but they’re much more likely to oc­cur if you show up— rather than sit­ting on your couch watch­ing Like Wa­ter for Chocolate.

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