Viver Brasil Celebrates 15th Anniversary with new show Intersections/Ajê July 27

Viver Brasil, the venerable LA Afro-Brazilian dance theater company, celebrates its 15th anniversary with a world premiere of its latest production, Intersections/Ajê, at the beautiful outdoor Ford Amphitheater on Saturday, July 27. I am a huge fan of Brazilian culture and a personal friend to many of the dedicated dancers, singers and musicians in this troupe. I can tell you they’ve been rehearsing their tails off for what promises to be a jubilant, thrilling celebration of the music and dance traditions of Salvador, Bahia! So don’t miss it…come be transported to Brazil and join the celebration under the stars! Tickets and Group Discounts are still available but will sell out! Here’s a sneak peak:


Brazilian Summer Party benefiting AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story Thu June 27

My friends, entertainer Daniela Brazil and DJ Chris Brazil, are hosting Party Like a Brazilian, this Thursday, June 27, at Level 3 nightclub at the Hollywood and Highland Center. If you’ve never been to Brazil nor any of the many great events in the large Brazilian community here in LA, you’re in for a treat. Both Chris and Daniela organize fun events featuring the best music, dance and entertainment that Brazilian culture has to offer and all the fun and festivities are for a special cause. The night is a fundraiser for AfroLatinos: La Historia Que Nunca Nos Contaron (AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story) documentary series. The series by Alicia Anabel Santos, an Afro-Dominican screenwriter, and Renzo Devia, a Colombian filmmaker, sheds light on Afro-Latinos, the descendants of the enslaved Africans who were forcibly taken from their land and dispersed throughout Latin America. Known as the “Third Root” after indigenous and European roots of Latino populations, the histories, stories and contributions of African descendents to Latino culture and society are often lost or unacknowledged, and their communities today are still the most marginalized, impoverished and invisible in their societies.

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The Brazilian Nites Summer Series: Ana Carolina, Maria Gadu, Jorge Aragão and more!

(UPDATE: The Maria Gadu concert on Sunday, July 28, has been CANCELLED.)
I am a HUGE fan of Brazilian culture & music and I’m looking forward to The Brazilian Nites Summer Series, organized by Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989. Patricia Leao and team put on great Brazilian events throughout the year, like Carnaval and Brazil Day LA. These summer concerts, featuring some of the most celebrated Brazilian artists of the decade, including Latin Grammy Nominees, a classically trained Jazz master, a world renowned Sambista and scintillating Samba Dancers, are can’t miss events! Here are the upcoming dates: Continue reading

Carnival’s not over yet! More hot Brazilian events this weekend and all month!

tumbe1(Update 3/12/13: Tonight is Quetzal Guerrero‘s birthday celebration at The Virgil…no cover! Samba Society plays The Virgil on Sunday, March 17. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Brazilian style! Don’t forget DJ Potira is now spinning at 3 weekly spots on Mondays in Toluca Lake, Saturdays in Culver City and Sundays in Long Beach! Not exactly Brazilian but just as fun, she’s spinning a Throwback 80s night on Thu, 3/14.  Details below.)

I know Fat Tuesday came and went and Lent started on Ash Wednesday, but it got hot this week in LA! And when we’re blessed with bright, summery weather like this, there’s no better way to party than with the sun-worshiping, samba-shaking Brazilians! I have such a love affair with anything Brazilian so I have to share all these wonderful events this March, starting this weekend! Continue reading