Did your reviewer get the address wrong? Or the date? Three thousand of us were at the Orange County Performing Arts Center having a great party (on Aug. 27 during the International Music and Dance Festival, reviewed by Cathy Curtis in Calendar on Aug. 30, "Heavy-Footed International Show at Arts Center Is Light on Content").
There we were, celebrating the centennial of a relatively happy, peaceful county where people can walk the streets and smile at each other. That alone is something to celebrate.
Well, we were all having such a good time we didn't realize we were supposed to be embarrassed at the goings on. We went along with narrator Carl Princi as he coped with inevitable little lapses one should expect with the format of a festival.
We put a gentle tongue in cheek at Argentina's last-minute replacement. It served to remind us that Costa Mesa is not Las Vegas, thank goodness. We may have grumped a bit at the inappropriate and negative note sounded by the mention of the Armenian massacre, but then, who can stay grumpy with folks who smile while dancing on the wrong sides of their feet?