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Saturday To-Do: Brazilian Mardi Gras

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BRAZILIAN MARDI GRAS

7:30 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $15 d.o.s.

Carnaval's over in Brazil — a parade featuring a disturbingly true-to-form Michael Jackson impersonator won the coveted top prize of the festival — but it rolls on in Little Rock with “Cultura Brasileira 101,” a survey of Brazilian culture at its flashiest. At 8 p.m., there's live dance. If you like what you see, you can participate, for free at 8:30 p.m., in lessons and contests on bahia, capoeira (a fight dance) and samba. At 9 p.m., the Brasilcultura Carnaval Band plays batucada, a sub-style of samba built on quick, African-influenced rhythms. Later, there's samba and forro dance presentations and a “Carnaval Climax” that's bound to feature dancing women in sequined bikinis and giant feathered headpieces.

-Lindsey Millar

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