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There’s something about Brazilians that draws less-vibrant cultures to the South American way of life. Maybe it’s their colorful mode of traditional dress or their delicious food, but we’re willing to bet it's mostly because Brazil’s the sexiest place on the planet, period. The country totally monopolizes international runways with its gorgeous exports, namely Gisele Bundchen and Adriana Lima. As Brazilians have an innate sexiness (you don't get a wax job named after you for nothin'), they know how to work what their just-as-hot mamas gave them.

For the Brazilians and their admirers who make their home in the Valley, that means a sexy celebration chock-full of dancing is in order. Watch dance troupes perform a range of moves samba to traditional capoeira at the one-day-only Brasil Fest, while beats from Arizona’s oldest batucada drum and dance ensemble, Batucaxé, keep the feel of the third annual, 21-and-older event alive.

Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 2012
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Christina Caldwell