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The Brooklyn Museum of Art is hosting a colorful Mardi Gras-Carnival party on March 1, 5-11 pm, as part of its monthly First Saturday series. Don’t be afraid to dress the part; the Carnival costume contest will be judged from 9 pm to 9:45 pm.

Among the evening’s highlights are New Orleans jazz performed live by Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Octet, at 6 pm, and a West African dance and drumming show by Sidiki Conde and Toukounou, at 7 pm.

At 9 pm, a Brooklyn Historical Society curator will discuss the history of women in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn International Film Festival will present a film about the first Afro-Brazilian woman elected to Brazil’s Senate, Benedita da Silva.

Free Brazilian dance lessons will be offered at 8 pm, followed by Ogans (pictured) - regulars at SOB’s and Elbow Room - playing Afro-Brazilian Carnival music from 9 pm to 11 pm.

The museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway. Admission is free. For more information, call (718) 501-6330 or visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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