Friday, July 30, 2010

I Love Jazz 2010

The edition of the Sao Paulo International Festival I Love Jazz will happen in the city between July 30th and August 5th and will be marked by performances at the Ibirapuera Auditorium and free concerts on points of general crosswalk.
The initiative seeks, among other things, to promote popular participation for a kind of music usually seen as sophisticated and airtight. For this, besides the presentations, there will be lectures, master classes, courses and workshops. In all these cases, the idea is to give great emphasis to the period that includes the 1920 and 1940.
Among the attractions, especially Antigua Jazz Band, Argentinean band formed in 1968. Through solos, duets, trios and small ensembles, the members will present the traditional black jazz on August 4th. The repertoire of songs names like Joe King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.

July 30th - 6.30 om to 8.30 pm
Conjunto Nacional - Av. Paulista, 2073
Choperia Opção - Rua Carlos Comenale, 97
Boteco Rabo de Peixe - Rua Quatá, 426

July 31st - 3 pm to 4.30 pm
Praça Benedito Calixto - Pinheiros
Rua Harmonia, 321/327 - Pinheiros
Alameda Jauaperi 590 - Moema

August 1st - 3 pm to 4 pm
Praça Omaquas - Pinheiros
Zur Alten Muhle - Rua Princesa Isabel, 102 - Tremembé

August 2nd - 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Pça. Victor Civita - Pinheiros
Shopping Center Iguatemi - Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2232

Concerts at Auditório Ibirapuera
August 3d - 8.30 pm
Claude Tissendier 6TET playes John Kirby (FRA)
Leroy Jones Sextet (EUA)

August 4th - 8.30 pm
Antigua Jazz Band (ARG)
The Judy Carmichael Seven (EUA)
Master Class with The Judy Carmichael (EUA)

August 5th - 8.30 pm
Victor Biglioni (ARG)
Elza Soares in My Soul is Black with Nivaldo Ornelas (BRA)
Pink Turtle (FRA)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Anima Mundi 2010

The 2010 International Animation Festival of Brazil, Anima Mundi, starts today and celebrates the production of this genre by promoting the encounter between authors and audience, films screening, competitive exhibitions, workshops, lectures and debates. The event, one of the three largest in the world and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere in the field of animation, will run until August 1st and will take place at the Memorial of Latin America and at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil. With over 300 subscribers and about a hundred short national films selected, the festival supports the development of the sector, besides functioning as a platform for spread and discussion.

The English Daniel Greaves and the Canadian Cordell Barker, winners at Cannes Festival, inaugurate the 18th edition of Anima Mundi, with lectures. Besides them, also the Brazilian, Guilherme Marcondes,will take part at a series of debates. Guillerme, who worked overseas and is back in Brazil since 2006,  produced the short film Tyger. Tyger won over 20 international awards, including two at the festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and the Award of the Directors of Anima Mundi. Besides the exhibitions, competitive or not, the event also shows in its website the films selected by the competition Anima Mundi Web e Celular.

What you have to see
Rabbit Rabbit of the director Daniel Greaves
Videogioco, a loop experiment, chosen as the best animation of the festival according to the jury
Boogie, el aceitoso, animation from Argentina
Manipulation, winner of the Animation Oscar in 1992
Mary and Max: uma amizade diferente, chosen as the best of the festival by the audience of Rio de Janeiro
Teclopolis, a critic to the modern society
Runaway, a train trip

Where: Memorial da America Latina (from 11 am to midnight) and CCBB (from 10 am to 8 pm)
When: July 28th to August 1st
How much: R$ 6 and R$ 3 (students)
Program: Click here

Pictures of the desert Sao Paulo

Avenida do Estado, avenida 23 de Maio, rua Galvão Bueno, rua São Bento e Avenida Paulista. Imagine what would happen if all of these known addresses of the state capital were suddenly abandoned by the population. What would happen if suddenly, you go out and you find nobody - or almost nobody - in the streets?

The amateur photographer Decio Lira answered this question taking pictures of the streets of an empty São Paulo. Decio worked on the weekends, holidays and days of Brazilian match in the World Cup 2010. He visited some of the best known streets in town. Most of the images were photographed during the games of the Brazilian team. The result is at least curious. Normally chaotic avenues seem desert. In streets such as the Avenida Paulista and Avenida Angelica, Decio found no one, except for a few pedestrians and few cars.

The complete series of pictures with the abandoned city can be seen in the author's Flickr

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Paulista Avenue area is rich in theaters

A study of the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau points out some peculiarities of regions of Sao Paulo. Did you know that the center has an area for events larger than Brasilia has? And the Avenida Paulista has more theaters than Santiago (Chile) and 50% more hotel rooms than Campinas? The idea is to show that tourists can enjoy many attractions paulistanas without ever leaving the neighborhood in which they are hosted. Some theaters next to the Paulista Avenue that you can reach with a reasonable walk:

Centro Cultural São PauloAvenida Vergueiro,1000 - São Paulo
Teatro Augusta - Rua Augusta, 943 -  São Paulo
Teatro Bibi Ferreira - Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 931 - São Paulo
Teatro Procópio Ferreira - Rua Augusta, 2823 - São Paulo
Teatro Shopping Frei Caneca - Rua Frei Caneca 569 - São Paulo

Teatro Popular SESI

Transfer - urban and contemporary art, transfers and transformations -

Transfer is an exhibition showcasing contemporary visual art, street art, skateboarding (via photos, videos and live performances), independent music, as well as underground comics and fanzine art from the last two decades. Featured within the framework of this concept, original artwork and site-specific installations from internationally acclaimed Brazilian and American artists with roots in urban culture will be on view. The exhibition highlights the history and complexity of these interrelated creative cultures between both nations that now are merging with the mainstream art world on an international scale.

Where: Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras, Rua Pedro Alvares Cabral s/n, Parque Ibirapuera - Sao Paulo
When: Until September 12th, from 9 am to 5 pm
How much: For free

Monday, July 26, 2010

Buy your ticket for the Bon Jovi concert in Sao Paulo

After 15 years, Bon Jovi returns to Brazil to play on October 6th, at the Morumbi stadium. Titled "The Circle Tour", the tour brings the successes of the band's career, like 'It's My Life', 'Have a Nice Day', 'I'll Be There For You' and 'Wanted Dead or Alive'. The pre-sale for the customers of Credicard, Citibank and Diners starts today, Monday (July 26th) and runs till August 1st, while sales to the general public will be only on August 2nd.

The tickets are on sale at Tickets For Fun website (, telephone (11) 4003-0696 and in the event's official box office, at parking attached to the Credicard Hall.

FILE, International Festival of Electronic Language

FILE, International Festival of Electronic Language, the largest event of this kind in Brazil and Latin America, it started eleven years ago and it places Brazil in the global context of art and technology. This is a festival of artistic productions in the field of electronic and digital arts, besides being an indicator of the plurality of language in the contemporary world. In 2010, FILE accomplishes two achievements: FILE PRIX LUX and FILE PAI. The Festival takes place in Sao Paulo, from July 27th to August 29th, and involves the entire city with performances in various locations, all with free access.

FILE PAI (Public Interactive Art) is an art project which will occupy several areas of Paulista Avenue with interactive works. Instituto Cervantes, Conjunto Nacional, MASP, Fnac Bookstore, stations of the green line subway, buses circulating in the avenue, interactive projections and Fiesp will be all part of the places involved in FILE PAI.

[Click the image to see it beter]

In 2010, FILE launches FILE PRIX LUX, an international prize for professionals in the area of electronic-digital languages. This is an unprecedented initiative in Latin America. This initiative was conceived to complement FILE's actions in the area of electronic and digital languages, with the intent of rewarding, motivating and stimulating the emergence of new talents.

FILE intends with FILE PRIX LUX, besides the exhibition and presentation of works, to add value to such manifestations, conferring to the awarded artists a national and international impact. The prize had received 1.235 registrations of 44 countries and then 90 works were nominated. The Awards ceremony happens on July 26th, 2010, at Teatro do SESI - São Paulo, with the opening of FILE exhibition.

When: July 27th to August 29th
How much: For free

SubAstor has a special night every last Monday of each month

Every last Monday of each month, the bar SubAstor invites a super DJ and offers special drinks for the night. That's the right opportunity to give what the bartender Márcio Silva is able to prepare for you.
Besides the themed drinks, the success of the house are the cocktails Earl Grey and Martinez. The first and highlighted by Márcio is a very balanced and aromatic, that takes Gin, infused leafs of Earl Grey and lemon juice flamed with a zest of mandarin.

The second, where a bitter sweet flavour is camouflaged, joins Gin, Vermouth Rosso, a house special bitters and a flavor of peeled lemon.
[julian raimi by B.Coolt]

Where: SubAstor, rua Delfina, 163, Vila Madalena
When: It's open every day
How much: Earl Grey R$ 21, Martinez R$ 21

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Winter Festival brings soup and wine for a special price in Sao Paulo

Soup and wine are a wonderful choice for the winter cold nights. For this season, this interesting cuisine match receives a special week and becomes the highlight of the Winter Festival's first edition, held in 22 restaurants in town, from tomorrow until August 1st.

The gastronomic festival menu will be served both at lunch and dinner. Among the restaurants it's possible to find Chácara Santa Cecília (phone: 3034-6251), Gabriel (phone: 3063-5400) and PJ Clarke's (phone: 3078-2965).

Especially for this occasion, the recipes were created by chefs of the restaurants. There are many options such as cream of vegetables with homemade vermicelli, the Italian Abruzzi (phone: 3822-2052), and Mamma's soup, made with baby beef, at Templo da Carne (phone: 3288-7045).

At Tantra (phone: 3885-9470), specialized in Asian cuisine, the soup is chicken with lemon and ginger. At Sweet Pimenta (phone: 3168-3479), which besides being a restaurant is also a sweet-shop, the cream cheese is made with apple and sage perfume.

There is one interesting point about this Festival, the price is the same in every restaurant. For a soup and a glass of wine, the customer pays R$ 24 and also receives a bowl signed by the designer Isabella Capet as a gift. Don't miss it!
[source: destak]

What's up: Winter Festival Sopas & Vinhos (Winter Festival Soups & Wines)
Where: Check all the options on the official website
When: July 23rd to August 1st
How much: R$ 24

Jam session of Dance at Sesc Pinheiros every Saturday of July!

Sesc Pinheiros developed a project called “Improviso” in which a Dancing Jam Session happens every Saturday. Every month, the project brings a different choreographer and their group of dance and they get to invite other artists who can contribute and improvise with music, images or dancing. The idea is to build an environment where professionals and the public can get together to experiment and improvise dance.

During the month of July the choreographer Cynthia Domenico will invite Thais Ushirobira, Guilherme Chiappetta and Rafael Amaral, members of the performance group Iniciativa Soma. On the next three Saturdays they will bring three special guests, one each day: Clarice Lima, Pappas Palace and África Lá Em Casa.
Go ahead and shake your body!

Where: Rua Paes Leme, 195 – Pinheiros – São Paulo
When: Every Saturday of July
How much: Free

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Erykah Badu will sing in São Paulo in August

Erykah Badu will be singing in São Paulo, at the Credicar Hall, in August 29th. The singer is on tour for her new album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), which is continuation of the album Amerykah Part One (4th World War) where she brings up a discussion about the individual roles that people play in a society where there is political, social and racial prejudice and preconceptions.

The American singer started her carrier when she was only four years old acting, along with her mother. When she was seven she wrote her first song. Erykah Bady graduated in arts and theater. After that, while dedicating to music and singing carrier, she gave dancing and acting classes. The singer has strong influences from the 60´s and 70´s Hip Hop and R&B music. She is famous by her creative and exotic performances and looks. But she has really kept up with her carrier when considered one of the artists that were responsible for the reinvention of soul music. Listen out and enjoy songs like “Window Seat” and “Next Lifetime”( Album "No Sweat Volume 2").

Where: Credicard Hall - Av. das Nações Unidas, 17.955 - Santo Amaro – São Paulo
When: August, 29th, at 8pm
How much: Prices range from R$100 to R$400

Eu, Tu, Eles: new bar for happy hour inside Sao Paulo

The Eu, Tu, Eles opened about a month ago on the avenida Faria Lima and it is an evidence that folksy bars are a fashion option today. With tables in an open area at the entrance, the bar serves snacks of the Northeast and of the countryside areas of Brazil. Among them you can try tapioca filled with gorgonzola, the sandwich of barbecued beef and Brazil nuts.
The place, the design and the decoration are really pleasant and the drink menu seduces everyone. Many options for lovers of beer and cocktails.

When: From Tuesday to Friday from 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from midday

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tea tasting in Casa Santa Luzia

From today, July 19th, the Casa Santa Luzia, a traditional emporium shop of São Paulo receives the third edition of the free event Teas and Infusions: Aromas and Flavors of Nature. Until July 24th, there will be teas and infusions tasting (with brands such as Twinings, Celestial Seasonings and The Gourmet Tea) and talks about ways to make tea. The tasting can be made during these days from 10 am to 7 pm.

When: July 19th to 24th
Where: Emporio Santa Luzia, Alameda Lorena 1471 - Sao Paulo
How much: For free

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Paula Portella will be singing in São Paulo tonight

Paula Portella, who has strong influences from black music, will sing at the Kabul tonight.
The singer will perform songs from artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, James Brown, Ed Motta and Tim Maia, among other artists from blues, soul, funk and pop music.

On the occasion, the musicians Marcos Fló (Bass), Arnaldo Duarte (Drums) and Rafael Amaral (Electric Guitar) will join her. The powerfull voiced singer is one of the new faces in São Paulo´s music scene and will be releasing her first album pretty soon. Very good music and worth checking out!

Kabul - Rua Pedro Taques, 124. Consolação - São Paulo.
When: July 18th, at 7:00PM.
How Much: Entrance price: R$12,00

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rock Day inside Sao Paulo

July 13th is a day for the good rock'n'roll. The World Day of Rock was created in 1985, during the festival Live Aid which raised money for hungry victims in Ethiopia. Organized by the musician Bob Geldof, the festival took place in England and the United States.

From July 13th-31st, the Centro Cultural São Paulo promotes the show "Rock Tarantino." The exhibition will display the major films that influenced the director Quentin Tarantino in the creation of the two volumes of Kill Bill . In the program, is scheduled the pre-premiere of "Grindhouse, Death Proof" .

Also regarding rock, there will be show during the day every saturday of July from 11 am at the Galeria do Rock, in the center of the city.

If you have more suggestions about Rock events of the month, please let us know.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Latin America Cinema Festival inside Sao Paulo

From today, monday 12th of July, to the 18th there will be the Latin America Festival at the Memorial da America Latina. 137 movies will be shown for free during this week, together with workshop and conferences. This is the fifth edition of the festival that put together the best movied of the most important film directors from Brazil to Uruguay, from Mexico to Colombia for a total of 15 countries represented in this edition. There will be activities also in other places of the city like Cinesesc, Cinemateca Brasileira, Cinusp, Mis.
Check out the program at the Memorial.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pizza Day on Saturday celebrates the Sao Paulo's most famous dish

This delicious slice of pizza can be found at Speranza Restaurant

The pizza is definitely one of the most typical dishes of Sao Paulo and those that will be in the city this Saturday (July 10th) will have an extra reason to ask for it, once it is the Pizza's Day.

The Restaurant Speranza [phone: (11) 5051-1229], the first one in Latin America to receive the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana certification, is promoting their featured Neapolitan pizza. The deal offers 20% off (R$ 110) for buying two certified pizzas plus their home brand wine.

Pizza donation
The Restaurant Açafrão da Terra [phone: (11) 4612-0398] and three other restaurants have created the solidary Pizza, a project that will donate 20% of the profit to charities.

The Associação das Pizzarias Unidas de São Paulo will celebrate in style. As in the last four years, they will prepare a giant pizza, 2.30 meters in diameter at this time, which will be served on the institution.
[source: destak]

National Geographic pictures

The exhibition consists of approximately 50 photographs belonging to the National Geographic Photography, a specialized magazine in environmental, landscape and sustainability. The curator Eder Chiodetto selected images produced by some of the largest photographers of our time and that, besides dealing with issues related to the problems currently faced by the planet - global warming, desertification, alternative sources of energy - they try to give an aesthetic and expressive view about these matters. The exhibition is one of the events celebrating 10 years of National Geographic in Brazil.

Where: Sesc Pinheiros, rua Paes Leme 195 - Sao Paulo
When: From July 8th until August 22nd
How much: For free

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Exhibition: Design Brazil - 101 Years of History

This presentation brings an overview of the Brazilian design from the twentieth century to current days. After the colonial period and after suffering the influence of European movements, the Brazilian furniture got identity and consolidated itself internationaly. Since then, 101 years have passed and, in recognition of more than a century of design, the Museu da Casa Brasileira (Brazilian House Museum) hosts the exhibition entitled Design Brazil - 101 Years of History.

The rooms are divided as a timeline and symbols represent part of each generation, such as, the bowl chair of Lina Bo Bardi from 50's and the Red Chair of the Campana brothers from 90's. It's a worth visit!
[nathalie borges by B.Coolt]

Where: Museu da Casa Brasileira, av. Faria Lima, 2.705, Jardim Paulistano
When: July 6th to August 8th, from 10am till 6pm.
How much: from R$ 2 to R$ 4

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Emergency calls are answered in English and Spanish in Sao Paulo

Phone calls made in Sao Paulo via mobile for well known worldwide emergency numbers such as the 911 (USA), 110 (Japan) and 112 (European Union), for example, will be lead to the 190 (Brazil) and an interpreter will be able to help overseas.

The current service is available in English and Spanish, but soon it will be answered also in Japanese and Italian, according to the Department of Public Safety. Landline calls will be available soon enough for the World Cup 2014 which is the reason behind this change.

Insidesaopaulo tested the service
Concerning about the efficiency, the ISP Team tested the service and it works. First of all, the call is answered inside the police's headoffice and a Portuguese speaker transfers your call to an English or Spanish speaker. The calls made via any well known emergency number around the world end up on the police head office. This service is not so popular yet, so it might to get a quick answering.