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October 17, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The energy level was hitting the top of the excitement barometer at Royce Hall on Saturday night even before the first infectious rhythms of "Carnaval Eletronico" were heard. A packed crowd, seemingly dominated by the Southland's Brazilian community, waited impatiently, cheering, applauding, shrieking and -- when the musicians, singers and dancers dashed onto the stage -- erupting into decibel-shattering roars of approval.
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November 26, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
So much more sparkle! “Dancing With the Stars” is turning it up to 11 -- Week 11, that is. The first night of Season 17's two-part finale extravaganza saw the final four perform three dances: A judges' choice, a samba relay danced to a live performance of “No Scrubs” by TLC (featuring Lil Mama), and the always unpredictable, ever entertaining freestyle routine. It also bid adieu to one of the final four couples. Although he held on for longer than anyone (including himself)
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February 18, 2010 | By Katherine Tulich
The music is pumping at Dance Studio No. 1 in West Los Angeles as instructor Diane Yakimovicz urges her students faster and faster, their footwork a dazzling blur. With hardly a breather, she forms them into a conga line, hands on each other's hips. There's no point being coy, as strangers' bodies bump up against each other in a sweaty unison of movements. "It's a great chain of energy exchange," proclaims the buoyant Yakimovicz. This Monday night dance group is not made up of professional dancers, merely keen amateurs preparing for L.A.'s biggest Brazilian party night, the 10th Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2010 at Club Nokia on Saturday night, the largest Brazilian-style Carnaval on the West Coast.
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October 23, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
It was a night of presidential debates and a night of guilty pleasures. Since Monday night's “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” program was just an hour long, only four couples performed individual dances set to their favorite Guilty Pleasures song, while the other four couples danced their group freestyle routine as part of “DWTS” High School Team “Call Me Maybe.” The scores and votes still count, but they'll be added to...
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February 16, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When you see Christiane Callil cavorting on stage with her troupe of dancers known as the Girls from Ipanema, when you admire them dancing to the beat of the samba and experience their celebration of the Brazilian carnival in all its carnal splendor, one question automatically springs to mind. How do they stay in shape? "The recipe," she says in her delightfully raspy voice with a lilting Portuguese accent, "involves a lot of samba, of course.
TRAVEL
February 7, 2010 | By Nicole R. Zimmerman
It was near midnight and the rain-drenched streets had already stained my white satin slippers. A Napoleon-style hat, adorned with golden beads and white plumage, was perched atop my head. Stepping delicately in my soggy shoes, I gripped my ruffled lace pant legs to keep them from dragging on the wet cobblestones. " Qual escola de samba? " people called out in Portuguese. " Império da Tijuca! " we answered, shouting back the name of our samba school. From their plastic chairs, those who couldn't afford tickets to Rio de Janeiro's Carnival competition packed Avenida Presidente Vargas to enjoy the camaraderie outside the Sambadrome.
SPORTS
June 22, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Let me just say that I've seen the future in sports, in a sprawling restaurant/lounge in Glendale of all places, the kind of town Burbank residents visit when life gets a little too complicated. Glendale: Gateway to Pasadena, gateway to a calmer and more spiritual life. I will hold you in suspense no longer, for the future of sports is the samba, which should be mandatory in all athletic events. Much as I love marching bands and the seventh-inning stretch, I love the samba even more.
WORLD
February 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Rio de Janeiro samba school sacked its Carnaval artistic director, whose pro-condom parade upset the Catholic Church and whose Kama Sutra float was censored as too steamy. The Grande Rio school fired Joaosinho Trinta just before the floats were judged in this year's world-famous Carnaval. Grande Rio's entry placed 10th.
NEWS
February 28, 1987 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Experiencing Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is one of those fantasies that makes a lot of wish lists, but few people manage to cross it off as a fete accompli. Yes, yes, Rio is expecting 400,000 party-crazy visitors starting this weekend for its celebrated four-day pre-Lenten bash. And hundreds of thousands of Mardi Gras revelers will turn New Orleans' Canal Street into a living river. But those are always other people.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1987 | DON HECKMAN
Herbie Mann calls his new group Jazil Brazz, with the transposition of opening letters only mildly disguising the reference to jazz and Brazil. But the truth is that the veteran flutist's fascination with the samba-based rhythms of South America's sleeping giant dates as far back as the early '60s.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012 | By Lynne Friedman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
RIO DE JANEIRO - "Should I use violence to restrain you if you want to buy too much?" my Italian roommate asked, seeing my enthusiasm for shopping manifest itself at a Brazilian kitchenware and china shop in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana neighborhood. She was perfectly capable of this violence, just as I was capable of defending against it. We were in Rio last year as visiting female martial artists studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with four-time world champion and famed Carioca Kyra Gracie.
WORLD
October 3, 2011 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
Teenagers in black jeans and hoodies sit sipping vodka on the sidewalk. At a venue down a few blocks of graffiti-covered walls, a man in a shark costume belts out rock songs. Outside a dance club, well-paid fashion designers mingle with street punks and transvestite prostitutes. It's far from the tropical sun, sex and samba image of Brazil that looms large in the mind of tourists. Rapid change is gripping Brazil, especially Sao Paulo, the largest city in South America and the most expensive in the Western Hemisphere.
SPORTS
June 22, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Let me just say that I've seen the future in sports, in a sprawling restaurant/lounge in Glendale of all places, the kind of town Burbank residents visit when life gets a little too complicated. Glendale: Gateway to Pasadena, gateway to a calmer and more spiritual life. I will hold you in suspense no longer, for the future of sports is the samba, which should be mandatory in all athletic events. Much as I love marching bands and the seventh-inning stretch, I love the samba even more.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2010 | By Katherine Tulich
The music is pumping at Dance Studio No. 1 in West Los Angeles as instructor Diane Yakimovicz urges her students faster and faster, their footwork a dazzling blur. With hardly a breather, she forms them into a conga line, hands on each other's hips. There's no point being coy, as strangers' bodies bump up against each other in a sweaty unison of movements. "It's a great chain of energy exchange," proclaims the buoyant Yakimovicz. This Monday night dance group is not made up of professional dancers, merely keen amateurs preparing for L.A.'s biggest Brazilian party night, the 10th Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2010 at Club Nokia on Saturday night, the largest Brazilian-style Carnaval on the West Coast.
NEWS
February 15, 2010
RIO DE JANEIRO Pressure gets to samba queen, 7, She was cheered by legions of Carnaval fans, but 7-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio's lavish party, didn't dance and broke down crying upon realizing she was the center of everyone's attention early Monday. Dressed in a sequined halter top and a miniskirt made of purple feathers, the youngster shuffled through the first 50 yards of the parade. Her father -- the president of the parading Viradouro samba group -- then took her by the hand and presented her to the crowd.
TRAVEL
February 7, 2010 | By Nicole R. Zimmerman
It was near midnight and the rain-drenched streets had already stained my white satin slippers. A Napoleon-style hat, adorned with golden beads and white plumage, was perched atop my head. Stepping delicately in my soggy shoes, I gripped my ruffled lace pant legs to keep them from dragging on the wet cobblestones. " Qual escola de samba? " people called out in Portuguese. " Império da Tijuca! " we answered, shouting back the name of our samba school. From their plastic chairs, those who couldn't afford tickets to Rio de Janeiro's Carnival competition packed Avenida Presidente Vargas to enjoy the camaraderie outside the Sambadrome.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
So much more sparkle! “Dancing With the Stars” is turning it up to 11 -- Week 11, that is. The first night of Season 17's two-part finale extravaganza saw the final four perform three dances: A judges' choice, a samba relay danced to a live performance of “No Scrubs” by TLC (featuring Lil Mama), and the always unpredictable, ever entertaining freestyle routine. It also bid adieu to one of the final four couples. Although he held on for longer than anyone (including himself)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1987 | DON HECKMAN
Monica Lewis' opening at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Cinegrill on Wednesday night stretched the definition of the room's current "Legendary Ladies" series to a somewhat uncomfortable limit. The 65-year-old singer-actress was an active performer in radio, films and television in the '40s and '50s, but since her retirement in 1957 most of Lewis' energies have gone to her home and marriage (to producer Jennings Lang).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2007 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
The magic is in the tangents, Brian Cross believes. In words and in music, he's learned the unexpected segue is where you find the real gift. His latest souvenir of the journey is a film -- "Brasilintime: Batucada com Discos," a visual representation of an extended musical conversation following the serpentine travels of rhythm. Cross' own life path has been a series of key digressions.
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