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Carnaval 2011 at the Jazz Kitchen

A Brazilian Carnaval party will be celebrated March 5 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

Brazil’s Carnaval is known for its grand scale, intense samba beat and the visual feast of colors, costumes, floats and dancers. This event will offer Indianapolis an opportunity to experience a Brazilian tradition.

Tickets are $12 for advance sales or $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.CulturalCannibals.com.

Included in the pre-Lenten festivities will be a live Brazilian samba band featuring more than 20 drummers led by renowned percussionist Michael Spiro.

DJ Kyle Long will play a mix of Carnaval music from Brazil.

There also will be a special menu with Brazilian food.

For more information, contact Artur Silva at (317) 488-8558.

Cirque du Soleil

to present Dralion at Conseco

Cirque du Soleil announced the critically-acclaimed touring production “Dralion” will perform in Conseco Fieldhouse Aug. 3–7 for eight performances.

Thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 1999, “Dralion” is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. The name “Dralion” is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West.

For show and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.

Audition workshop offered at B&B

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre will host a musical theater audition workshop for actors age 17 and older starting Feb. 26.

The workshop, which meets twice a week until March 14 at the theater, will be instructed by the Beef & Boards artistic team of Eddie Curry, casting director, and Terry Woods, musical director. The class will focus on preparation and execution of a good musical theater audition. Each participant will be given the chance each week to work through his or her audition pieces with constructive instruction in a safe and positive atmosphere.

The class schedule is:

Feb. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

March 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

March 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

March 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

March 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $325 per participant. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the class. To do so, contact Eddie Curry at BandBpro@aol.com. Participation is limited to the first nine people who reserve their spot in the class. This limited enrollment is designed to maximize individual instruction.

Searching for Senior Poet Laureate

Entries are being accepted for regional winners in the 19th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets age 50 and older. The deadline is June 30.

Winning poems of state senior poets laureate will be named in July. Those poems would then advance to final rounds of competition from which the winner of the 2011 National Senior Poet Laureate ($500) and runner up ($100) awards will be announced Sept. 1.

The 2010 Indiana Senior Poet Laureate Award was won by Alexandra Moss Zannis, 82, of Fort Wayne for her poem “Lamentation.” Winner of the 2010 National Senior Laureate Award was Regina Murray Brault of Burlington, Vt. The 2010 winners’ works are in Golden Words Anthology along with details about the 2011 Senior Poets Laureate Competition at the sponsor’s web site: www.amykitchenerfdn.org.

Butler Theatre presents ‘As You Like It’

Butler Theatre’s season continues with William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy “As You Like It,” March 2-6 in Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168.

Show times are 8 p.m. March 2-5 and 2 p.m. March 5 and 6. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students. They’re available by calling (317) 940-9247 or e-mailing theatrereservations@butler.edu.

Photo exhibit opens March 4 at Stutz

How do the photos you post on Facebook affect your social currency? How does the photography reflect your communities and how you interact with them?

These are some of the issues fine art photographers will explore in “Social Currency,” an exhibition opening March 4 at Stutz Art Space.

Showcasing a range of photography, the exhibit will look at how photographs are used and shared within communities and social networks, both online and offline.

Participating artists include Andy Chen (curator), Paul De’Andrea, Lauren Ditchley, Marg Herder, Ron Kern, Aaron Law, Ginny Taylor Rosner, Satch, John Sherman, Holly Sommers, and Matt Sommers.

“In some ways, posting photos has become so commonplace that we forget we’re making a statement with each image,” said Andy Chen, curator of the exhibition and one of the participating artists. “This exhibition and the process leading up to it show images that have been used as social currency and consider the impact of the shared image.”

The exhibit opens at noon with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association’s (IDADA) monthly First Friday gallery tour.

The show runs through March 25. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment. Stutz Art Space is a nonprofit visual art center on the first floor of the Stutz Business Center.

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