Encinitas Advocate: Passport to Brazil Article

The Encinitas Advocate has published an article about EFA’s Passport to Brazil. 

Passport to Brazil event to take place April 28

The diverse cultural background of Brazil includes many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world, such as Brazilian Carnival. This colorful culture creates an environment that makes Brazil a popular destination. Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) will recreate this culture at Passport to the Brazil, on April 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. In keeping with EFA’s mission to celebrate diversity through arts and culture, the event will foster an appreciation and fresh awareness of ancient and modern Brazil, and raise funds for much-needed arts programs in the city.

“Passport to the Brazil” will feature many of Southern California’s finest cultural artists, musicians and dancers. Cajuina is a San Diego-based band specializing in authentic Forró, Samba, Bossa Nova and Musica Popular Brasileira. Performers include Bahia-born Lucas Lima on guitar and vocals, Stefanie Schmitz on saxophone and clarinet, Emi Cara on percussion, and Ben Rempel on drums. They are best known for getting a high-energy dance party started.

Super Sonic Samba School plays traditional samba rhythms of Brazil, featuring live percussionists, singers and dancers. The school was founded in 1990 with the mission to spread the vibrant Brazilian culture through drum and dance.

Brazilian dancer and artist Dina Bedenko will also perform. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Energia Entertainment, producing and curating cultural events, and merging visual and performing arts.

Artist Patricia Frischer has created four 7’ banners that will be used as a stage backdrop for Passport to Brazil performances. The banners, which will be available for purchase, are an homage to major Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973), who is known as the mother of contemporary art in that country. Frischer received an MFA in sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

Artist Heather Gibb will display her exotic masks, which are hand-crafted from papier-mâché, and designed for theatre costumes. She is a sculptor and painter who designs beautiful and functional artwork.

Delicious Brazilian-inspired food and drink will be provided by Da Fazenda, while attendees enjoy making Samba Shakers, shopping at the Brazilian Marketplace, and participate in opportunity drawings of artwork and rare collectibles.

As part of EFA’s ongoing Passport Series, this event is expected to sell out. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are $40 for EFA members, $45 for the general public or $50 at the door. The best deal is the combo package: membership and admission for $50 in advance. For tickets, visit: www.encinitasarts.org. For more information, please email encinitasarts@gmail.com or call (760) 298-1708.

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Our Annual Party

Topping of a great year, the EFA celebrated the holiday season of 2017 with our annual party at the Community Room of the Encinitas Library on December 7, 2017. Although sobered by the continuing fires in California, the EFA managed to take out some happy time to mark the end of a successful year of activities and express our appreciation to all who help make this a wonderful  local organization.  There was much delicious food and merriment, capped by performances of the EFA supported Encinitas Ballet Folklorico and the art work by EFA Student Leadership Council.   Raffles of donated items added extra excitement.   Thanks to everyone who helped set up and staff the party, and contributed goods and food.  EFA members and friends enjoyed coming together and having a good time.

Concert Programming at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center

88 Key Fundraising Campaign

$14,200 of $26,400 raised

Starting this year, the City of Encinitas will present concerts at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center and utilize the banquet room as a new concert venue. To do this, a 9′ concert grand piano is needed. Encinitas Friend of the Arts is helping to raise funds through the 88 Key Fundraising Campaign.

The new series of concerts will feature the finest performers from throughout Southern California performing all styles of music: jazz, contemporary, folk, classical, reggae, and more!

You may purchase a key on the new piano for a donation of $300. A key can be in tribute to a friend or loved one. All donors will be recognized on a plaque at the Community Center.

Please make a generous donation to Encinitas Friends of the Arts today to help purchase the piano and let the music begin! All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

PURCHASE A PIANO KEY TODAY!                 

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Donation Total: $900

More info: Naimeh Tanha Woodward, (760) 298-1708