Posted by: Khepera | Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Los Angeles: Brazilian Celebration Calendar, incl. Leimert Park Brazilian Fest

This is info I thought some of you might have an interest in….I hope to attend a few of these, especially since I missed the Brasilian Film Festival last week……all those who love Brasil, beat your drum, shake your tambourine….and whatevah else ya got…!!


Complete Calendar

Friday, March 27

The Brazilian Consulate Gallery is pleased to announce its new exhibit:  “PRIMAVERA” – A Retrospective

Ana Paula Negrão (photographer), Andréa Nantes (painter), Bia Gayotto (photographer), Bruna Massadas (photographer), Eunice Broderick (painter), Flavia Monteiro (painter), Marcelo Moreira (sculpture), Marcia Brito (photographer), Noeli Zanon (painter/mix media), Olavo Multini (painter), Rose Lobo (mix media) and Sandra Zebi (ceramics).

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 27, at 5 pm
Brazilian Mall, in Culver City
10826 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The Opening Reception of this Retrospective is made possible by:
Ministry of External Relations – Brazil, Brazil Explore, Brazilian Mall and Pizzato Wines.

Friday, March 27, 8:00PM to 2:00AM

1st Annual Brazilian Dance Group Competition

For the first time, an event that shows a variety of the Brazilian cultural dances in an exciting group competition in California.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

All Brazilian dance groups welcome. Please apply.

Contact: (714) 376-6658;

Where: SAMBA
Churrascaria – Brazilian Steak House and Bar
207 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Admission Ages: 21 and over

Saturday March, 28

First Annual Costume Party
Leimert Park Brazilian Carnaval

4343 Leimert Blvd, LA, CA 90008

$10.00 Admission, $15.00 at the door

Saturday March 28, 2009

Bateria Rehearsal at the Blue Cafe

The SambaLa Bateria will be rehearsing for 3 hours on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Blue Cafe from 4-7 pm with Renni Flores. We will be rehearsing breaks for Bahia-style music as well as samba. Everyone in the bateria and those of you who are interested in becoming part of the bateria are invited.

Those of you who have drums, please bring them. Those who don’t have them, we can supply you with one.

The Blue Cafe
210 The Promenade North
Long Beach, CA

Sunday, March 29 @ 3pm

Marta’s Inaugural Game
Los Angeles Sol vs. Washington Freedom



Wednesday, April 01
O Mistério do Samba (The Mystery of Samba)
Screening of O Misterio do Samba(2008),
directed by Lula Buarque de Hollanda and Carolina Jabor.

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
James Bridges Theatre
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This documentary explores the everyday life of the members of Velha Guarda da Portela, the legendary group of samba school players that holds the record for the most titles won in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro – and how this life becomes the inspiration for their beautiful songs. Guided by contemporary singer-songwriter Marisa Monte, who interviews many of the musicians, the film also delves into Velha Guarda’s history, with Monte coaxing songs from the older musicians–many never recorded–that risked being forgotten. Sure to delight all music lovers, the film also features special appearances by contemporary stars Paulinho da Viola and Zeca Pagodinho.

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