Best Musicology Lesson and Free Dance Party

Metro Mambo
Multiple locations
Since 2009, WPFW DJ Jim Byers has been presenting Metro Mambo, an event with an hour-long discussion on Latin music of the ’50s and ’60s and an hour of dancing at places like the Anacostia Community Museum and Anacostia Arts Center. In the hands of some, 60 minutes of talk about 50-year-old records and fashion, even with film clips, might be dull. But Byers’ sunny disposition elicits fascinating information from guests like Tito Puente biographer Joe Conzo and dancer Flip Brown. Then Byers introduces Bio Ritmo or Orquesta La Leyenda so the crowd can live out the history, twirling couples-style to rhythmic timbales and horns.