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May spark! is Cypher Ritmo

May 8, 2017

We all know by now that the spark! After Dark events are going to bring something new and interesting to the downtown scene until the late night hour of 11 pm (shocking!). In the past we’ve seen themes along the lines of CommUNITY, Indie, and Glow. The month of May is curated by our friend Samuel Peña and he has put together one magical evening for us.

May’s spark! After Dark is Cypher Ritmo, a night of cross-cultural rhythm and dance. Get ready for a mix of BBQ vibes, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Hip Hop, drum and dance workshops, DJs, lowriders, an open cypher and tasty drinks. Here’s what’s in store:

  • Afro Brazilian Drum Workshop led by Samuel Peña (AZ Beat Lab), Joseph Goglia (Samba de Cavalo), and Daniel Eisenberg;
  • Afro Brazilian Dance Workshop led by Randi Rachelle (SambAZ);
  • Lowriders from Society Car Club & Klique Car Club;
  • Urban Dance Performances by Jukebox Family;
  • Breaking Freestyle Showcase by Pocket Change;
  • Food by Rodizio Grill, who will be onsite grilling up some Brazilian eats, like
    • Glazed Pineapple,
    • Linguica N'Areia (Brazilian sausage yucca meal),
    • Frango com Bacon (chicken wrapped bacon),
    • Brazilian Limeade (a little bit of creme and whole lime, then strained), and
    • Guarana (Brazilian soda).

So mark your calendars for May 20th from 8-11 p.m. And, if you’re up for manning the interactive shaker-making station, email Jen or Samuel @ jennifer.gastelum@mesaartscenter.com or samuel.pena@mesaartscenter.com. See you there! 

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