About the performance
In 1970, legendary Brazilian pianist and producer João Donato was working in Los Angeles and recorded A Bad Donato, an album that would become a classic of Brazilian instrumental jazz-funk music. Organized to complement Axé Bahia at the Fowler, this event features Donato backed by Bixiga 70, Mateus Aleluia, and Thalma de Freitas. To purchase tickets ($29–$59), click here or call 310.825.2101.
At 6:30pm, join Curator Patrick A. Polk for a walkthrough of highlights from Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis. The galleries will be open until 7:30pm. Featuring more than 100 works from the mid-20th century to the present, including a stunning array of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art, the exhibition explores the complexities of race and cultural affiliation in Brazil, and the provocative ways in which artists have experienced and responded creatively to prevailing realities of Afro-Brazilian identity in Bahia.
At 6:45pm on Royce Terrace, Brazilian-born choreographer Marina Magalhães brings together LA’s finest dancers & musicians for a high-energy Samba Dance Party. Be transported to Bahia, Brazil as the artists perform Samba de Roda and Samba Reggae, then stay for an interactive class and open dance floor/free dance. Axé minha genre! Dance floor is open until the show starts at 8pm. This pre-show event is free. Food and drink will be for sale.
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day