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Experience Brazil

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Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil with vibrant musical performances, workshops, a Brazilian-inspired menu, and more. Come learn about the origins of choros, bossa novas, sambas, and other notable musical styles from Brazil.

Sponsored by APS
Supported by Casa Brazil

Gifts Available for Purchase
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
From bossa nova to samba, the Museum Store brings the flare of Brazil to life with one-of-a-kind artisan treasures selected from the country. Decorative boxes, instruments, and jewelry are among some of the authentic crafts available, as well as books, CDs, and more to celebrate the wonders of Brazil.

Ganzá Craft-Making Activity
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Go gonzo for this ganzá! Stop by the craft table to make an entertaining cylindrical shaker used in Brazilian samba and take it home to form your own family bateria.

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Have your picture taken with fun musical props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and instantly get your own copy to take home.

Performance by Arizona School for the Arts Guitar Ensemble
10:30–11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a performance by the Arizona School for the Arts Advanced Guitar Ensemble under the direction of instructor Joshua Pierce. Join Pierce and his students as they perform the music of Brazilian guitarist and composer Celso Machado inspired by traditional dance rhythms of his home country.

Face Painting
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Add some Brazilian colors to your look! Have your face painted with colorful designs by the skilled painters of Hello Face Paint.

Performance by Eduardo Mendonça
11:15 a.m.–noon
Take advantage of this special opportunity to hear the internationally celebrated musician Eduardo Mendonça perform live at MIM. Originally from the state of Bahia, Brazil, and now residing in Seattle, Washington, Mendonça will share a unique solo performance of standard and popular Brazilian tunes.

Special Lunch Menu Available for Purchase
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a special menu at Café Allegro that highlights Brazilian flavors, with dishes including feijoada, white fish soup, and shrimp and coconut stew.

Samba Music Workshop
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Discover the world of Brazilian samba music during a fun workshop for guests of all ages! Talented local musicians from the group Samba de Cavalo will guide you through Brazilian musical styles, featuring instruments such as caixa, surdo, agbê, ganzá, repique, and more.

Performance by Bossa Brazil
1:15–2:00 p.m.
Experience the energy of Brazilian music with a performance by this talented Phoenix-based band led by singer Cleo Corcoran, originally from Rio de Janeiro. Discover the rich and varied sounds of the largest and most diverse country in South America through samba, choros, and bossa nova classics.

Curator Talk: “Cultural Cannibalism” in Brazilian Popular Music: From the Tropicalismo Movement to Manguebeat
2:15–3:00 p.m.
Although the artistic movement Tropicalismo of the late 1960s was short-lived, the idea of “cannibalizing” other cultures in the quest to overcome influences from the West and generate new, distinctly Brazilian styles lived on in popular music. Join Daniel Piper, PhD, MIM’s curator for Latin America, in an exploration of global and local sounds in Brazilian music ranging from that of artists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to the latest Brazilian fusions of traditional with global rap, reggae, and electronica.

Performance by Samba de Cavalo
3:15–4:00 p.m.
Get ready to move to the beat as the Mesa-based community percussion ensemble Samba de Cavalo performs the energetic rhythms of maracatu and other styles from the northeastern states of Brazil.

Café Allegro Lunch Menu Highlights

Brazilian White Fish Soup with Bell Pepper and Garlic

“Good for the Soul” Chicken and Rice Soup with Corn, Carrots, and Scallions

Brazilian Shrimp and Coconut Stew with Cilantro and Lime Juice

Feijoada Brazilian Black Bean and Smoked Sausage Stew

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