Do Brazilians samba on a daily basis? Do hunky capoeiristas teach kindergarten while shoppers bossa nova down grocery store aisles? Why does each one that the girl from Ipanema passes go “Ah”? Everything seems bigger and more colorful down in Brazil. Its annual Carnaval is a gigantic street party that only guilt-ridden Catholics could come up with. L.A. is lucky to have the largest Carnival on the West Coast (take THAT San Francisco!) known as the Ninth Annual Brazilian Carnaval 2009, six straight hours of Brazilian entertainment by Katia Moraes & Pure Samba Band, Nation Beat, Flavio Ribeiro and Unidos of California Samba School, acrobatic capoeira by Mestre Amen, and the Viver Brasil Dance Company. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hlwyd.; Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.; $65 & $75. (818) 566-1111.

Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 2009

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