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Carnaval brings spirit of Rio to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you can’t get to New Orleans or Rio, consider Carnaval 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The center and Frank Leto Musical Ventures plan to turn the Albuquerque Journal Theatre into the set of a TV dance show, where the Odara Dance Ensemble and the band PANdemonium will take you on a journey through Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans, organizers say.

The dance, musical and costume spectacle is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17, $22 and $27. They can be purchased at, from the NHCC box office at 1701 Fourth SW or by calling 505-724-4771.

This is an interactive show – there will be space to dance and win prizes.

Frank and Pilar Leto are the multidimensional artists and educators behind the show. Frank plays Brazilian percussion, Afro-Cuban percussion and Trinidadian steel drums; his band PANdemonium features him on vocals, steel drums and percussion. Pilar is the founder and artistic director of the Odara Dance Ensemble.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. It is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

For more information about this or other events at the NHCC, call Kinsey Cooper at 505-377-8968 or email at

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