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Artists, Musicians and Chefs Give Washington DC a Monthful of Brazil

Brazilian Capoeira Brazil Moves, a month long celebration of Brazilian life, arts, food and culture is about to start in the US capital.  From August 22 to September 27, 2008, Washingtonians will be able to enjoy and experience the rich diversity of life in Brazil from classical music, to the vibrant and energetic dancing of Capoeira to savoring the tastes of many national delicacies at events around the Washington, DC, region.

According to the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, the aim of Brazil Moves is to bring the best of Brazil to the federal capital. Besides the passion for soccer, the Embassy says, Brazil remains a bit of a mystery to many people. The events scheduled throughout the month should provide an opportunity Washington residents to try new experiences without leaving home.

The center point of the celebrations will include a Brazilian Independence Day event on September 7 at Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland, featuring singer-songwriter Chico Cesar and his band, arts and crafts, martial arts performances and a Brazilian food marketplace.

Other events scheduled include a food festival at Rumberos restaurant in Columbia Heights featuring Brazilian chef Wender Carvalho; an Oscar Niemeyer exhibition at the Museum of the Americas; Capoeira workshops featuring demonstrations and talks by renowned master players from Brazil at the City Museum; a photo exhibit by Almir Reis at Fine Arts & Artists Gallery in Georgetown; a literary panel discussion on Amazon themes by leading novelist Márcio de Souza at the Wilson Center and screenings of The Mystery of Samba, a documentary exploring the life of legendary samba school players at AFI Silver Theatre.

Events planned for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage include renowned pianist Paulo Steinberg, a professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; the Alexander-Soares Duo, a piano and violin group currently in residence at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and conductor Ricardo Bernardes who will present a program featuring Brazilian music of the 18th century.

All events for Brazil Moves are free, with the exception of the food festival and documentary screenings.

Brazil Moves Full Schedule


August 22
Paulo Steinberg, Pianist
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
6 pm

August 24
Alexander-Soares Duo, Piano and Violin
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
6pm

August 27
Brazilian Music of the 18th Century conducted by Ricardo Bernardes
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
6pm

September 13
Launch of Capoeira Magazine
Workshop and talk with renowned capoeira Masters from Brazil
City Museum
800 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC
11 am to 4pm

September 7
Brazil Day, featuring music by Chico Cesar and his band
Baker Park
Frederick, Maryland
1pm to 6pm

September 10 – October 26
Oscar Niemeyer Exhibition
Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC
10am to 5pm

September 13 – October 11
Photograph Exhibition: Almir Reis: Love, Brazil
Fine Arts & Artist Gallery
2920 M Street, NW
Washington, DC
11 am to 6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays

September 15
Literature in the Amazon. Talk with renowned novelist Márcio Souza
The Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
4 pm

September 17-21
Brazil, Uai! Food Festival featuring Chef Wender Carvalho and music from Minas Gerais
Rumberos Restaurant
3445 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Lunch and dinner, Live music at 8pm

September 20
The Mystery of Samba
A documentary exploring the everyday life of the members of Velha Guarda da Portela, the legendary group of samba school players.
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
5pm

September 21
The Mystery of Samba
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
1pm

September 27
Brazilian Music Day
Georgetown University Campus – Copley Lawn
37th and O Street, NW
Washington, DC
2 pm

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Brazilian Embassy in the US
Site:
www.brasilemb.org

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