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

    Brazilian Capoeira

    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

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

    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

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

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


    Brazilian Embassy in the US


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