The sarau is an event, a barely contained circle inside which musicians, artists, and writers display their creative talents. It would be easy to say that it is the Portuguese or Brazilian answer to the French salon, but in truth it is much wilder, almost gymnastic in nature, art as sporting event. See for yourself at the Bronx Museum’s sarau, where sounds from Midnight Magic, choreography from Felipe Gagnanni, and video from event organizer Nicolau Vergueiro, are central. You pay exactly zero dollars for an open bar, access to local cultural fare gathered by Vergueiro, and, since it comes right in the middle of the World Cup, a chance to celebrate Brazil’s cultural contributions safely away from bleating vuvuzelas. Still, there will be noise.
Fri., June 20, 6:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 18, 2014