arizona performing arts art activities Image

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! 

Explore More:

The Well Fed Artist Workshop Series Will Blow Your Mind

The Well Fed Artist Workshop Series Will Blow Your Mind

First of all, if you are unfamiliar with this super cool and unique workshop that we (Creative Catalysts) put on every year,

Read More
CC & [nueBOX]: Dance Cafe

CC & [nueBOX]: Dance Cafe

[nueBOX] and Creative Catalysts are teaming up to gather input from the community. We want to know what YOU think, so join us

Read More
Wordplay Cafe: Seven Deadly Sins

Wordplay Cafe: Seven Deadly Sins

Amazingly talented local artists, music and beats to create the vibe, and a dreamy ambience. Sounds great, right? These are all

Read More
The Life of a Teaching Artist

The Life of a Teaching Artist

So, last year I attended Lincoln Center Education’s Teaching Artist Lab. It’s this crazy/wonderful two-week

Read More