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Recs for Spanish restaurants with (decent) flamenco dancing?

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and decent fare? I'd prefer OC, but I'm willing to go to LA if it's that much better. Also, anyone know of an LA-based website that gives a list of current entertainment/happenings similar to ocnow.com?

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  1. I cant' vouch for the food, but El Cid on Sunset Blvd. has a reputation as an excellent place for flamenco. It has attracted world-class talent in past and is your best bet in L.A. if you want to see the real deal in a restaurant setting.

    Link: http://www.elcid-ca.com/

    1. La Luna Negra in Pasadena has a flamenco show on (I think) Friday and Saturday nights; it's probably not as good as the show at El Cid, but the food's a lot better.

      1. Try Alegria in Long Beach. I have seen some spectacular flamenco there. The food was enjoyable too (tho I don't really rememeber it).

        There is also a place in Hermosa Beach where I saw Flamenco once, but I don't recall the name.

        A former Flamenco teacher of mine used to perform at a place in OC, but I don't recall the name.

        This week there is a flamenco festival going on in Irvine, but I think it is all sold out (and sadly, no food involved).

        Personally, I don't like to Flamenco shows at El Cid. They are a little tired and if you've studied Flamenco for awhile, you won't be impressed. (Unless there is a special show with out-of-town/real-live dancers from Spain, then that's a different story. Or unless Remdedios is singing....) With that said, it is still a fun place to go, especially with a group. However, the food is dreadful.

        Then there's this special event that was emailed to me:

        Hi Flamenco fans!
        Can't get enough Flamenco? This Friday (8/16/02) at Think Cafe in San Pedro we will
        be having a Flamenco show featuring Sarita and Company ( Katsura Nakamura,
        Linda Guevarra, Kazu Nagano, Christine Hofeldt, and others) with the guitar
        of Omar and the cante of Rosa Maria Acosta. Dinner reservations highly
        recomended- there is a bar for those who prefer to order a drink and watch
        the show. PS the wine really flows at this place!
        Think Cafe 302 w. 5th st San Pedro
        310-519-3662

        That's all I know for now. Hope it helps.
        Cynthia