The French are celebrated for food and culture. The British: their stiff upper lip. The Japanese are notable for their precise and exacting nature. Australians are thought to be mellow and laid-back. Brazilians, on the other hand, are known for sex appeal. From models like Gisele to "the Girl from Ipanema" to the Brazilian wax, Brasileiros are acknowledged for being fiery, fun-loving, and provocative (though anyone who has experienced their waxing methods may disagree with the fun part). See for yourself if the generalizations are correct this Friday at the second-annual Downtown Boca Brazilian Beat in Boca Raton. It's recognized as South Florida's official Brazilian Independence Day Party by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami. Starting at 6 p.m. in Sanborn Square, the celebration includes Brazilian food, drummers and carnival dancers, capoeira performers, a zumba showcase, and live music by a group of New York-based Brazilian ex-pats Forró in the Dark, Mauro Refosco, Guilherme Monteiro, and Jorge Continentino, who are known for their new takes on traditional Brazilian music; and Eta Carinae, a group from Recife that melds established rhythms with pop and electronica on the main stage. Free parking is available at City Hall, the downtown library, and other marked locations. The event is free and open to the public. Sanborn Square is located at 72 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Call 561-367-7070, or visit... More >>>