It's something you learn soon after hearing your first Gypsy Kings album: You either love the piercing, heartfelt strains of flamenco, or it does absolutely nothing for you. And for anyone in America who fits into the first category, a chance to check out an authentic performance of the Spanish-tinged music and dance form only comes along once in a rare while.
That chance will come at 8 tonight in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, when the Spanish flamenco troupe Compania Jose Porcel mounts its trademark mix of traditional contemporary flamenco dance. Porcel, who leads the group, got his start dancing with the Spanish National Ballet and later went on to fame with his own company. His touring shows "Espartaco," "Suenos," "Pies en la Tierra" and others have earned the company a strong reputation, both for its deep command of traditional flamenco and its bold modern interpretation of the form.
Tickets for the show are $10 to $18. There will be a preshow talk at 7 tonight. For more information, call 645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski