Tampa owes much of its early growth and cultural identity to Cuban immigrants, who came here in the late 1800s and early 1900s, turning the small fledgling town into one of the U.S. South’s most diverse cities.
Once a month, the elegant Maestro’s restaurant inside the Straz Center for the Performing Arts helps the city return to its roots by transforming into a supper club, with live music and dancing.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., “Latin Nights” offers a cash bar and tapas menu, with Simone Salsa providing 30-minute dance lessons.
Their July session just passed, but catch the next one Aug. 22, followed by another on Sept. 19.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-STAR (7827), www.strazcenter.org; $15 cover.