Thursday, November 13, 2008

Festival Mix Brasil

After the International Film Festival and the Indie Festival, the circuit is preparing to receive the Mix Brasil Festival. In its 16th edition, the event brings together 240 movies, most of GLS content in six cinemas. It start on Thursday (13) at the Olido Cinema. CineSesc and Area Unibanco start the next day; MIS and the Center of Jewish Culture next week. The Mix Brasil will be in Sao Paulo (12 to 23/11), and in Belo Horizonte (from 09 to 14/12). This year, the festival hit its record in the selection of Brazilian films. In all, there are 51 productions of the entire national territory. The films present a list of directors well known by the general public as Caco Ciocler, Vera Zimmerman, Paola Oliveira, Ney Matogrosso, among others. This record in the national selection was due to the increase not only of the quantity of products geared to the theme but also by the substantial jump in technical quality and content of these works. A market that grows every year, thanks to the growing number of film festivals that has the sexual diversity as a theme, such those of Berlin, Sundance, Toronto.

(where and how much):
Centro de Cultura Judáica - Rua Oscar Freire, 2500 – Sumaré (11) 3065-4333
Free entry

Centro Cultural da Juventude
- Av. Deputado Emílio Carlos, 3.641 — Vila Nova Cachoeirinha (11) 3984-2466
Free entry
Cine Olido -
Av. São João, 473Centro (11) 3331-8399
From R$ 1 to R$ 0,50
- R. Augusta, 2.075Paulista/Jardins (11) 3082-0213
From R$ 14 to R$ 7
Espaço Unibanco de Cinema
— R. Augusta, 1475Consolação (11) 3288-6780
Mon-Thu from R$ 14 to R$ 7; Weekend from R$ 18 to R$ 9
Memorial da América LatinaAvenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 644 Barra Funda
Entrada: Portão 13 (11) 3823-4600
From R$ 20 to R$ 10
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
(Auditório) — Parque do Ibirapuera, portão 3 - s/nº (11) 5085-1300
Free entry
MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo
(Auditório e Lab MIS) — Av. Europa, 158 – Jardim Europa (11) 2117-4777
Free entry
Parque do Ibirapuera
Free entry
Biblioteca Monteiro Lobato (área externa) — R. Gal Jardim, 485 — V. Buarque (11) 3256-4122
Free entry


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SP Government announces credit of R$ 4 billion for financing of vehicles

The governor of Sao Paulo, Jose Serra, has announced last Nov. 11th a R$ 4 billion credit line sponsor for 15 different car companies banks. This money is coming from the State Bank Nossa Caixa and is now available and the institutions may grant credit to people interested in buying vehicles across the country. It comes as a help for the credit line of equal value relief last week by Banco do Brazil. Institutions that decide take this credit will have 18 months to return the value. Funding will be taken directly by banks through deposits. The agreement aims to put money in the market and facilitate the purchase of vehicles to ensure the continued production and the equivalent level of employment. The president of Anfavea (National Association of Automobiles Manufacturers), Jackson Schneider, celebrated the decision. He says there was "rapid response" of the federal government, through the Banco do Brasil and Caixa Economica Federal, and now the State Government, through Nossa Caixa.
"We sell almost 70% through the credit. The credit moves our market and our labor force", he said.

Source: G1

Agreement was signed at the Bandeirantes Palace (Photo: Milton Micha)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Introducing: Mercado Municipal

This construction of 1933 is one of the most representatives projects of Ramos de Azevedo. Full of colored glass from the Russian artist Conrad Sorgenicht Filho, the location is ideal to find exotic fruits and spices typical from other countries, moreover, is an excellent option to admire the architecture in neoclassical style, which has gone through reforms. With the Revitalization Program of the Center of São Paulo, the Mercado Municipal (Central Market) -- or simply "Mercadão" as everyone says --, had been rebuilt in 2003. In addition to restoring the facade, stained glass and painting, the building also received new facilities such as underground, the old Hall of Auctions (now Hall of Events) and mezzanine, which offers eight restaurants.
This is the most traditional gourmets point of São Paulo, the Mercadão surprises with a big variety of domestic and imported foods. With an area of more than 20 thousand square meters of built area, it offers 281 boxes with more than a thousand employees working to serve around 20 thousand customers every day. The total market usually trades more than 350 tons of food daily. In addition it's possible to taste the traditional pastel of cod or a classical Sanduíche de Mortadela (Bologna's Sandwich), and the visitors can also eat traditional Brazilian dishes such as rice and beans, or even enjoy the Japanese cuisine.
Sources: G1; photo: OVSP; and video: TurnHere


Where: Mercado Municipal (click to see the map), Rua da Cantareira, 306 - Centro
Phone: +55 (11) 3228-0673
When: Monday to Saturday From 6am to 6pm and from 6am to 4pm on Sundays and holidays.
How Much: For free

Medium term and mute, from Wilfredo Prieto

Winner of the Cartier Award 2008 of Frieze Art Fair, the Cuban Wilfredo Prieto specialized in synthesizing the most complex questions with just a touch of light. Mute in the installation, the artist is about the contrasts and contradictions of a space through the use of lighting typical of nightclubs in a completely dark room, but without any sound. Already the new "medium term" manifests itself as an experience that only the viewer to go through the three areas may experience, feeling the extremes of temperature. Only going to get understand, or better, to feel. [Fernando Aguiar by B-Coolt]

Where: Galeria Baró Cruz, rua Clodomiro Amazonas, 526, Itaim Bibi
When: Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm; Saturday from 11am to 4pm till Nov. 29th
How much: For free

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Elton John: Tickets on sale this Saturday

The show is scheduled. That is what the bulletin of today on the site of singer Elton John informs: there will be at least two concerts in Brazil in January 2009, as part a tour Rocket Man. The task of heating the public before the entry of superastro will also be borne by the British James Blunt (You're Beautiful). When that matters: the tickets for the show in Sao Paulo (January 17) begin to be sold on Saturday, Nov. 8, at ten in the evening. There will also be a show in Rio, on Jan. 19. For the concerts in Sao Paulo at Arena Skol Anhembi, the tickets will cost 250 reais (track, 25 000 people) and 550 reais (track premium, 5 000 people). There are half price for students and people over 60 years.

Where to buy
: (Nov. 8th) and the ticket's Pacaembu Stadium (Nov. 9th).
Official website:

Jorge Amado exibition!

Jorge Amado. Author of books that became classics of the Brazilian literature -Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (1958) e Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1966)- just to name two -, Jorge Amado (1912-2001) and the universe of his work are translated in photos. The imaginary of Bahia and it several aspects, the cuisine, the people, the culture, made by Marc Ferrez, Jose Medeiros and other photographers. All images belong to the achievements of the Moreira Salles.


Instituto Moreira Salles. Rua Piauí, 844, 1º andar, Higienópolis
When: till Jan. 18th

How much: for free

Everything ready for the biggest event of the year in Wine and Food in Latin America

Here is the biggest event of Wine and Food in Latin America. From November 4 to November 7, the world's kitchen is back to São Paulo, which hosts the Semana Mesa SP. The project brings together the traditional Ao Vivo(Live), which is in its fifth edition, and the Mesa Tendençias (New Trends) - 2nd International Forum of Gastronomy of Sao Paulo. The initiative, an achievement of Pleasures of the Bureau and the SENAC SP, happens on the campus of the Santo Amaro University Center SENAC SP and promises to be a total experience in gastronomy. The complete program brings a constellation of national and international stars such as the new group of chefs led by Spanish genius Ferran Adrià, that confirms the weight, quality, structure and size of the event.

: Santo Amaro University Center SENAC
When: 4 Nov-7Nov

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Indie - World Cinema Display

The 2nd edition of the Sao Paulo Indie is full of novelty. The highlight is a retrospective of the Japanese cult director Koji Wakamatsu, with films never seen here. Among them: Secrets Behind The Wall and United Red Army, who rescues a significant militancy moment of terrorist in Japan. Wakamatsu is one of the most celebrated directors of pinku eiga — typical low-budget erotic films from the small island in the East. There are 40 movies, divided between the World Show, Nippon Connection on Tour, Premiers Films and Underground Music, which includes Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake. [Giovana Mercy by B-Coolt]

Where: CineSesc, rua Augusta, 2.075
When: till Nov. 12th. Check the program.
How Much: From R$ 1,50 to R$ 6.

International Dance Connection

For those who are dance addicted, knows that SP is a big stage for that. To move even more this schedule throughout the month of November, the Teatro Sérgio Cardoso will host dance companies from Argentina, Holland and Brazil, and choreographers from France and Germany. It is the 1st edition of the International Dance Connection, which comes with an ambitious proposal to encourage the exchange of experiences and languages among different groups of countries. The eclectic programming also makes the connection of dance with other artistic fields such as music, theater and circus. [Camila Pompeu by B-Coolt]

Where: Teatro Sérgio Cardoso, r. Rui Barbosa, 153, Bela Vista
When: till Nov. 30th. Check the program.
How Much: R$ 20

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Architects of the Chinese stadium Bird's Nest will build the Sao Paulo's new theater

Project is budgeted at R$ 300 million and it will be built in the center. Pair of Swiss architects created the Olympic Stadium in Beijing.
The Swiss Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, architects who have signed the project of the Beijing Olympic Stadium (known as Bird's Nest), will be responsible for creating the new theater of dance and opera, which serves as a headquarters for the São Paulo Company of Dance. The theater will be in front of the Sala Sao Paulo, at Estação da Luz, and will be part of a cultural complex with three theaters, which will occupy an area of 19 thousand square meters in the central region of São Paulo. The project is budgeted on R$ 300 million, from the State Treasury. A pair of architects to build an office in Sao Paulo and has until 2010 to complete the project. The works, however, must be started already in the coming year, to finish at the end of 2010.
Source: G1

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Restaurant: Consulado da Cachaça

Cachaça's Consulate is the name! So with this typical Brazilian name, it's easy to imagine how the restaurant introduces the country where you are. There you can find more than 400 different labels of the country's official drink, from all regions of Brazil. Even the legendary disputed Anísio Santiago, that is aged for 50 years and valued at R$ 15 thousand — for those brave ones, a dose of it costs R$ 300. Going with the drinks, the house offers a Tobacconist, with Cuban cigars, from Bahia and even their own manufacturing. During lunch time, the meals are prepared on the self-service or a la carte system. For dinner, there is a range of options inside a wide menu. The person who commands the kitchen is the chef Dina Rocha, who prepares her recipes with typical Brazilian ingredients. In addition to the exotic recipes - many of them uses cachaça - the customer can have a look on some pieces of art displayed by artists who use the restaurant to show their arts. In the restaurant you'll also find concerts of Brazilian music.

Rua Santa Justina, 434 — Vila Olímpia
11 - 3044-4974 / 3044-3990
When: From Tuesday to Saturday from 9am till late.
It's a good place to hang out with friends.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fuerza Bruta

I've been to a very good presentation in São Paulo. It's called FuerzaBruta, an Argentine group that presents a physical show without words and really visually powerful. There are eleven actors/dancers challenging the gravity and they show up hanging or dancing in a pool of transparent plastic just above the public's head. It's easy to get wet or dirty after all this activities because you get too close to them, sort of being part of it. If you have time, check out this video I got, just to show what I mean. The sound track is amazing. There is DJ playing a constant electronic beat performed alive and it promises awaken all sorts of emotion. It's amazing and I recommend!


Where: Parque Villa-Lobos - Av. Queiroz Filho, s/n - Alto de Pinheiros
When: Till Nov. 9th. Check the program
How much: From R$ 120 to R$150

Villa Lobos Park

This is a good choice for outdoor recreation in Sao Paulo. The Villa-Lobos has 750 square meters of green area, biking, courts, soccer fields, wall-climbing, playground, chamber for acoustic shows and concerts and forest field trips. The area also includes recreational equipment for gym, jogging track, basketball and street tables, an amphitheater with 450 seats, toilets adapted for disabled people, coffee shop and 750 vacancies for parking. At the site, is based a police station; police cyclists and a team outside complement to safety. It is estimated that during the week about 3 to 5 thousand people pass every day at the park and, on weekends, about 15 to 20 thousand to 30 thousand Saturdays and Sundays. The park also hosts major sporting events like the Sao Paulo Open Tennis.

This is not a void exhibition

Known as challenging as Spaces "white cube" of the galleries, the curator Jens Hoffmann brings to Brazil the international exhibition "This is not a void". To chalenge our concept of space, Jens brings together the work of 37 artists to create a space that, though apparently empty, is full of works of art that, because they are dematerialized, intangible or ephemeral, passing unnoticed. Whether in black paintings of the Russian Kazimir Malevitch or in ready-made works of Marcel Duchamp, the intention is to check our perception of art, and oblige us to live it in a more focused. [Julia Reina by B-Coolt]

Where: Galeria Luisa Strina, rua Oscar Freire, 502, Jardins
When: Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 7pm; Saturday from 10am to 5pm till Jan. 22th
How much: For free