Friday, December 16, 2011

Few bus terminals will offer free internet access via WiFi. Starts this Monday (December 19)

Santo Amaro Terminal
Next Monday (December 19), the SPTrans (transit department) will offer Wi-Fi at the bus terminal Santo Amaro. In January, it will be lauched at the Sacomã and Lapa terminals.

It is an evaluation. If results are positive, SPTrans will expand the service to all 27 city bus terminals which receive about 2 million people every single day. The initial action will be sponsored by companies already operating in these places, for example, the Rede Ponto Certo, responsible for the selling ticket machines.

It will be a 4 megabytes connection, but it may be 5 or 6, depending on the demand.

To access, you must to registrater yourself using your CPF (we don't know yet if Passport can be used). Each person can only use the free Internet for up to 15 minutes (same procedure used at airports in Sao Paulo). Then you will have to wait an hour to reconnect. File downloads and access to pornographic pages are not allowed.

The use of plastic bag on supermarkets in São Paulo ends next year, on January 25

The mayor of Sao Paulo Gilberto Kassab, signed yesterday (December 15), an agreement with the Associação Paulista de Supermercados (São Paulo Association of Supermarkets) - APAS, which will be the end of the distribution of plastic bags in supermarkets of Sao Paulo - starting next year on January 25th. It has the support of three big supermarket chains (Pão de Açúcar, Carrefour e Walmart) and is intended to cover the entire state.

These supermarkets will no longer distribute 1.7 billion plastic bags on their 600 stores. Supermarkets will offer, as an alternative, biodegradable compostable bags made ​​from cornstarch and reusable bags. Both will be sold at cost price.

The initiative of the APAS with the support of the City Council of Sao Paulo is included in a series of other actions of the campaign "
Vamos Tirar o Planeta do Sufoco" (Let's save the planet), officially launched yesterday in Sao Paulo. The campaign was started in 2010 with the proposal to encourage the replacement of disposable bags for the reusable ones.

Cordel literature is a traditional Brazilian booklet. Find out where to buy it in Sao Paulo

Cordel Literature
The handicraft store of the Centro de Tradições Nordestinas (Northeastern Traditions Center) is selling since last week, a variety of brochures chap-book. This kind of work -- found on fairs in the northeast region --, is not so easily found in Sao Paulo.

The store offers about 60 titles, including works by authors such as Klévisson Viana, Cleusa Santos, Julie Ane Oliveira, Evaristo Geraldo, Rouxinol do Rinaré, Franklin Maxado Nordestino and Cacá Lopes. There are also booklets of Varneci Nascimento, winner of the 1st Festival of Cordel organized by the Centro de Tradições Nordestinas (CTN), between August and October.

Although rare in the city, the booklets are sold at very good prices - between R$ 2 and R$ 5. This is the first time that CTN store sells cordel literature.

What: Cordel literature
Where: Ponte Júlio de Mesquita Neto
When: Saturday, from 10 pm till 3 am; Sunday, from 3 pm till 8 pm. You can also schedule a visit by phone.
Price: R$ 2 to R$ 5.
Phone: +55 (11) 3488-9417

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MUBE promotes art exhibition with LEGO till December 17. Organize yourself!

Around 200 thousand pieces will be available to the public for free
It is a very short event organized in the outer area of the museum entitled "Parque das Artes" (Park of the Arts).

The program combines workshops of painting and sculpture, using various materials, guided by educators, and film exhibitions. The feature is the 200 thousand pieces of LEGO available to the public.

A sculpture of LEGO made by the artist Ivaldi Granato will be exposed as inspiration to the public. Once you are there, take few minutes to visit the museum.
[source: catraca livre]
What: Parque das Artes with LEGO
Where: Mube (Museu Brasileiro da Escultura) - Avenida Europa, 218
When: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 till 7 pm. December 10 to 17. The sessions of short films for children take place at four different times: 3 pm, 3h30 pm, 4 pm and 4h30 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 2594-2601

Where to buy cannoli (traditional Italian sweet) in Sao Paulo

Cannoli is a sweet fried, prepared in a cylindrical shape and stuffed with ricotta cream originated in the Italian region of Sicily. I found a really cool post on the blog Curiocidade, which recommends eight places in town where you can find this traditional Italian dessert and want to share with you. Here we go:

Cannoli of Flavio Federico Dolci

Where: Juventus Stadium - Rua Javari, 117 - Mooca
What's up: This is undoubtedly the best place to try the authentic Cannoli here in São Paulo. This is the address of the traditional stadium of the italo/paulista soccer team Juventus of São Paulo. The cannoli are prepared by Antonio Garcia and are only sold during the halftime of the games. Unfortunately, Antonio do not sell his cannoli anywhere else in town. The problem is that Juventus does not last much on championships. On 2012, it starts on January 29.
Phone: +55 (11) 2292-4833

Where: Castelões - Rua Jairo Góis, 126 - Brás
What's up: The cannoli are made Fabio Donato (owner), and represent a tribute to his father, who was fond of the candy sold at the stadium on Rua Javari during the Juventus' matchs. It is sold in the versions: chocolate, vanilla cream and ricotta with lemon.
Phone: +55 (11) 3229-0542

Where: Cannoleria - Rua Frei Caneca, 1071
What's up: Located in the Instituto Cultural Ítalo-Brasileiro, the cafeteria of the chef Alexandre Leggieri offers options: traditional (ricotta, candied fruit, pistachio and cherry), cannoli Nutella, the ítalo-mineiro (guava and apricot), ítalo-americano (peanut butter), ítalo-argentino (sweet almond milk) and crema pasticcera (cream pasticceria).
Phone: +55 (11) 5081-3088

Where: Di Cunto - Rua Borges de Figueiredo, 61 - Mooca
What's up: Here the cannoli are sold only on Saturdays and Sundays. On the other days of the week, just by order. In the same straw-color, mix two flavors: on the one hand, fresh ricotta. On the other, ricotta with chocolate.
Phone: +55 (11) 2081-7100

Where: Flavio Federico Dolci - Alameda dos Arapanés, 540 - Moema
What's up: The cannoli are prepared daily, filled on demand to avoid softening - prepared with white wine. The options served are: orange chocolate chip, traditional pistachio and lemon. All fillings are based ricotta and cream cheese.
Phone: +55 (11) 5051-5277

Where: Mangiare - Avenida Imperatriz Leopoldina, 681 - Vila Leopoldina
What's up: The house offers two versions: one with buffalo mozzarella ricotta, lemon zest and crushed pistachios at the borders, and the other with buffalo mozzarella ricotta, candied orange zest and ends covered with chocolate.
Phone: +55 (11) 3034-5074

Where: Osteria Ritto - Rua Nanuque, 253 - Vila Leopoldina
What's up: The Cannoli are filled with ricotta, chocolate chips and bittersweet candied orange cones. The chef Carolina Corazza is the one responsible to prepares the desserts. She's worked in Florence, Italy.
Phone: +55 (11) 3836-2166

Where: Taormina - Alameda Itu, 251 - Jardins
What's up: Helena Zamperetti Morici, claims to be the only one that makes the legitimate Sicilian cannoli. The straw stuffed with ricotta is sold only in the traditional version on two sizes: small or large.
Phone: +55 (11) 3253-6276

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Morumbi Stadium is a strong candidate to host an UFC event on June 2012

Morumbi Stadium
The UFC president, Dana White is in Sao Paulo to select fighters for "The Ultimate Fighter", reality show to be held in Sao Paulo. At the same time, his team is visiting the Morumbi Stadium, where probably in June 2012, the event "Finale" will be held, where will be the final fight between the competitors of the program and also a fight between Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort.

The choice of Morumbi is not certain yet because it's an open stadium and the weather can be a problem. According to Dana White, fights outdoors represent a risk. The fighters need an appropriate environment.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC socio-majority, plans to adapt the Morumbi stadium for the event. The idea is to cover the octagon to receive between 70 and 80 thousand people. According to Fertitta, the cold weather in Sao Paulo during this period will not be a problem. It will be possible to sell 68 thousand tickets to the grandstand and at least 16 thousand to the ground.

Roberto Natel representing the stadium, accompanied the UFC delegation's during the visit and is confident that the contract will be done.
[source: estadão]

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Next to Christmas, shops extend their opening hours. Check it out!

Shopping Higienópolis
Next to Christmas, the stores are already closing their doors quite late. On Rua Oscar Freire for example, many stores have extended their openning hours until 9 pm from Monday to Saturday and until 8 pm on Sunday. There are even DJs and bands playing in the streets.

On Bom Retiro neighborhood, the biggest shopping region in Brazil, some shops are open until 4 pm on Saturday and until 2 pm on Sunday.

The region of the Rua 25 de Março is open from 7 am to 6 pm during the week and from 8 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

But if you decide to go shopping during the night, malls are the best option in town. Until December 23rd, most of them remain open from 10 am to 11 pm (Monday to Saturday) and until 10 pm on Sunday. The Shopping West Plaza is already open till midnight. The Shopping Ibirapuera closes its door at 11 pm daily until December 15. Then will run until midnight, and on December 23, until 2 am. On December 24, will be open from 10 am till 6 pm.

K-pop arrives in Brazil for the first time

Twelve young Koreans arrived silent in the room of a hotel in Sao Paulo. No big deal if they were not stars across the world, landed for the first time in Brazil.

The singers and performers of the bands: Beast, the singer 4Minute came to represent the K-pop in Latin America, a musical style with great reference in the western pop mega produced, but with a different twist in the lyrics.

This Korean Pop is a strong success in this Asian country, mixing R&B and hip hop dance beats, as evidenced by sophisticated choreography, registered in viral video clips on the internet.
[source: estadão]

What: Best , 4Minute and
Where: Espaço das Américas
When: December 13th, at 7pm

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Employees of the Mercadão will have language classes to better serve foreigners costumers

[photo: julia chequer]
The mayor of Sao Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, signed today a cooperation agreement with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), which will provide free courses of English, Spanish and French for the vendors of the Mercadão.

The initiative aims to improve the quality provided to foreign tourists and prepare employees for the period of the 2014 World Cup. The signing was held at the Espaço Gourmet do Mercadão.

According to the Observatório do Turismo, the SPTuris research center, the Mercadão is the fourth most visited tourist attraction in the city. The cooperation agreement with the PUC provides teachers for the courses in Mercado Municipal (Mercadão). The classes began on November 29.

To improve communication between employees and tourists, will be displayed trilingual billboards with images and description of the main and also exotic products that are sold in the market.

Nearly four thousand professionals from Metropolitan Civil Guard (GCMs), tour guides and taxi drivers have participated in the Training Program offered by the City Council.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vila do Samba is the place you are looking for!

This club is easily accessible and hosts artists from the old and new samba generations such as Jorge Aragão, Diogo Nogueira and Serginho Miriti. There is feijoada on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays the house serves barbecue.

If there are few authentic Brazilian places you might to be interested to visit, it is absolutely one of these.

What: Vila do Samba
Where: Rua João Rudge, 340
When: Tuesday (Pagode), from 7 pm till 1 am; Saturday (Feijoada), starts at 1 pm and Sunday (Barbecue), starts at 2 pm.
Price: ranges from R$ 10 to 30
Phone: +55 (11) 3858-6641

Clos de Tapas is a restaurant that values ​​design in São Paulo

Wine cellar of the Clos de Tapas
The restaurant Clos de Tapas is a very stylish restaurant located in Moema. Offering a contemporaneum menu, this restaurant has its furniture designed by local artists and put valeu on Brazilian flavors.

The feature is the dessert called 'A Escada' (the stairs), which is a reproduction of the restaurant's spiral staircase, made of caramelized chocolate, cocoa and eatable bronze powder... That's something you have to try.

What: Clos de Tapas Restaurant
Where: Rua Domingos Fernandes, 548
When: Lunch: Monday to Friday, from midday till 3 pm; Saturday, from 1 pm till 4 pm.
Dinner: Monday to Thursday, from 7h30 pm till 11 pm; Friday to Saturday, 7h30 pm till midnight.
Phone: +55 (11) 3045-2154

Xilo Shirt store sells T-Shirts printed using woodcut technique. Exclusive and not expensive!

That is an advice for those looking for an authentic Brazilian product. The "gaucho" artist (he from Rio Grande do Sul State) D'Julia Gangary draws artistic images on wood surfaces (woodcut) to be stamped on T-shirts. He has created the technic based on xylograph.

Previously he used create sculptures in wood. Changing the core market was a consequence... The T-Shirts are very nice and the store already offers over 50 differents stamps. Since the all the matrixes are there, even is the T-Shirt is not available at the moment you arrive at the shop, Gangary can intantly print to you. It takes just 5 minutes each. The prices range from R$ 40 to R$ 60.

What: Xilo Shirt
Where: Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 1787
Price: R$ 40 to R$ 60
Phone: +55 (11) 3034-2206

Avenue receives a new street art in Sao Paulo

Binho Ribeiro is an expressive character of the street art style and made a new painting on the walls of the Avenida em 23 de maio. The project was sponsored by a company linked to the Formula 1, and the paint was delivered during the Brazil GP.
[source: estadão]

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The ticket sales for the first Lollapalooza Brazil 2012 will be open next Monday (Dec. 5th) at midnight

After many problems involving the ticket sales for the first Lollapalooza in Brazil, the organizers announced that the sale of tickets to the general public will begin next Monday (Dec. 5th). Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and Jane's Addiction are the main attractions of the event to be held on April 7 and 8 of next year, at the Jockey Club of São Paulo.

According to the organization statement, the sales will be open at midnight on the website and at 10 am on the following sales point.

The LollaPass, which gives the right to enter the two-day festival will cost R$ 500. The LollaDay tickets for April 7th or 8th, offered for a single day of the festival, will cost R$ 300 each. Student prices will be available at the sales point.

Dave Grohl talks about Foo Fighters in Sao Paulo during the Lollapalooza Brazil 2012

Dave Grohl talks about what he expects for the Festival in São Paulo and his impressions about Brazil.

Foo Fighters
Arctic Monkeys
Jane's Addiction
TV on the Radio
Thievery Corporation
Calvin Harris
Foster The People
Band of Horses
Cage the Elephant
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Friendly Fires
Pretty Lights
Gogol Bordello
The Crystal Method
Perryetty v/s Chris Cox
Tinie Tempah
Plebe Rude
Wander Wildner
Marcelo Nova
Rhythm Monks
Pavilhão 9
Tipo Uísque
Veiga & Salazar
Velhas Virgens
Garage Fuzz
Marcio Techjun
Daniel Brandão

What: Lollapalooza Brazil 2012
Where: Jockey Club
When: April, 7th and 8th
Price: R$ 500 for both days. R$ 250 for students

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two art exhibitions are happening at the same time inside an art gallery. It worth a visit!

If you are in São Paulo and want to organize a tour to spend some time visiting galleries and art exhibitions, here is an advice where you can kill two birds with one stone. At the Art Gallery Mendes Wood you can find two exhibitions: Four Walls of the Spanish artist (who lives in Brazil since 2004), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané; and Don Dudley, organized by Simon Watson, (living and NY and SP).

Four Walls is based on various sources and the effect is strangely fascinating. The exhibition presents four pieces that explore the semiotic structure of the projection.

Don Dudley was born in Los Angeles, California in 1930 and exhibited widely in the United States and Europe in the first part of his career. For the exhibition, Simon Watson selected paintings in modular panels of monochrome aluminum and watercolors, from 1966 to 1974.

What: Exhibitions of Four Walls and Don Dudley
Where: Galeria Mendes Wood - Rua da Consolação, 3358
When: November 19th to December 23rd, from
Price:For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3081-1735

The first Insidesaopaulo Experience was a great event! Check it out!

I would like to say thank you to everyone who had the chance to go to first meeting organized by the blog at the restaurant Estação SP, last Saturday 26th.

About 15 people got together last Saturday bringing their stories and reasons why they are currently living in São Paulo. There were people from England, Australia, Egypt, Spain, Finland, Canada and Brazil, of course...

Everyone had a different story to tell about their life experiences, where they came from and expectations about the brand new life. However, amoung all the reasons there is something in common. Most of them are here for love. At least three couples (composed by a male foreigner and a Brazilian woman) decided to live in São Paulo (and have recently arrived here) to get in contact with the current developing economy and also with this intriguing Brazilian culture of their wives.

It was a great event and we hope to organize plenty more. Keep reading insidesaopaulo to find out what comes next.

Thank you guys for coming to the event and thank you Tiago, for letting us invade your restaurant.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Insidesaopaulo Experience! (Saturday - November 26th) Come to have a drink and meet people who are in town, just like you

This Saturday (November 26th), will happen the first Insidesaopaulo Experience! Come to have a drink with foreigners like you that are traveling or living in Sao Paulo.

Insidesaopaulo has organized with the owner of the restaurant Estação SP to host this meeting where the blog will offer snacks and you can buy your drink. The price of the beer will much cheaper than normal price, as the blog has agreed with the restaurant.

It can be a great chance for you to meet a "gringo" like you in Sao Paulo.

The idea came from the recent experience I, Diego Ramos, had through the Tandem meetings I had organized with some very interesting overseas living in Sao Paulo. Those meetings where set to be a quick language exchange, between English and Brazilian Portuguese. It was so good that the idea came up to my mind: why don't organize a meeting for the insidesaopaulo readers? A meeting where you, that are living in Sao Paulo or even just passing through the city, could meet new people and share some of the experiences you may had have the chance to live... So here we go!

Tell your friends and please, bring your ideas for these, that can be the very first of many meetings organized by insidesaopaulo!

When and Where
What: Insidesaopaulo Experience!
Where: Estação SP Design - Rua Haddock Lobo, 1012
When: November 26th at 3 pm till 7 pm. The restaurant will be exclusive for the insidesaopaulo meeting.
Price: For free! There will be offered snacks but the beer will be cheaper than usually charged on the restaurant.
Phone: +55 (11) 3898-2335 - Restaurant; and +55 (11) 87025768 - Diego Ramos
Restaurant website: (Portuguese)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Game On - Video Game Exhibition starts tomorrow

The Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) presents an interactive exhibition entitled Game On. For the first time in Brazil, the event explores the history, culture and future of the videgames.

Created in the UK, the exhibition transforms the space into an experimental, interactive and dynamic area. The public can play over than 120 titles, including: Penny Arcade, Pinball, Pachinko, Space Wars, Computer Space and also contemporary games like: Halo 3, Wii Sports Resort and Rock Band.

One of the highlights is the space devoted to the video games beggining, such as: Arcade games (like Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong) and other old consoles since the year 1972.
  • The exhibition is organized into 11 sections such as:
  • Kids (with a selection of favorite games of children);
  • Video Game's Soundtracks;
  • New Trends;
  • Game around the world;
  • Multiplayer games, where several individuals can play at the same time;
  • Remarkable characters, such as: Super Mario, Sonic, among others.
What else?
The programming of the Game On will offer a series of lectures and discussions with experts of the gaming industry in the UK and Brazil, which will address issues such as: routing, design and character animation, soundtrack and artificial intelligence.

The meetings, which are supported by the British Council, will be open to the public by prior registration (limited places). The program hasn't been disclosed yet.

What: Game On Exhibition
Where: Avenida Europa, 158
When: November 10th to January 8th. Tuesday to Friday, from 12 pm till 8 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 11 am till 9 pm.
Price: R$ 10. Students pay half price.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vai-Vai Samba School. Come to visit it!

Located in the Bexiga neighborhood, this Samba School is one of the largest organizations of the Brazilian Carnival and has won more than 10 titles in the São Paulo Carnival competitions. Vai-Vai was the winner of the Sao Paulo Carnival 2011 through the theme "A Música Venceu!", in honor to the maestro João Carlos Martins.

The members of the Escola de Samba Vai-Vai first started participating in Carnival in 1914. However, Vai-Vai didn't become recognized as an official samba school until 1972. The name was inspired by the Cai-Cai soccer team, which formed a carnival group affectionately known as Vae Vae because the group would show up uninvited to the "rodas de samba" and be sent away with a cheery "Vai-Vai" (Go-Go).

The school's official colors are black and white and has approximately 3,000 members. Rehearsals, which start in the second half of each year, are really exciting. 

What: Vai-Vai Samba School
Where: Rua São Vicente, 276
When: Check the website for rehearsal dates and special exhibitions.
Phone: +55 (11) 3105-8725

Monday, October 31, 2011

Aerosmith's Steve Tyler performs in Sao Paulo during a heavy rain after his shower fall in Paraguay

Alex Almeida/UOL

The single concert of Aerosmith in Sao Paulo was at Arena Anhembi, under a heavy rain. Steven Tyler and his band, is in Latin America with the tour "Back On The Road Tour".

The rain was not a problem for the members of Aerosmith and the approximately 32 000 people that attended the show held last Sunday evening (October 30th).

Steven Tyler jumped and sang during 2 hours wearing the same clothes, played drummer, danced with an inflatable doll on stage by the fans during a bloody heavy rian and did not let the bruises - from the injuries he was left with after the accident in Paraguay - to take away his energy.
[source: uol]

Related link: Concert of Aerosmith in Sao Paulo will be at Arena Anhembi on October 30th

Friday, October 21, 2011

The 35th International Cinema Festival of Sao Paulo starts today

Today starts the 35th edition of the traditional Sao Paulo International Film Festival. During two weeks, about 250 titles of various countries will be displayed in 22 cinemas, including theaters, museums and cultural centers around São Paulo.

The selection is an overview of the the trends, themes, narratives and aesthetics regarding the contemporary film market around the world.

Unfortunatelly, the Festival founder Leon Cakoff, died last October 14, 2011. Exactly one week ago.

What: 35ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo
Where: several different places
When: from October 21st to November 3rd
Prices: Mondays to Thursdays: R$ 14 and R$ 7 (student); Fridays to Sundays: R$ 18 and R$ 9 (student). It's possible to buy via internet:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Origin of the São Paulo Population: around 10% of the Brazilian residents live in this city

According to the IPEA - Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Institute of Applied Economic Research), around 45% of the São Paulo population living in the metropolitan city area comes from severeal diferent parts of Brazil and also from abroad.

Around 10% of the Brazilian population live in the metropolitan region of São Paulo

The research result was released on October 6th, 2011 and shows a study regarding social integration of migrants and foreign residents in the city.

The survey covers issues such as origin, occupation, income and education of this population based on data from the PNAD - Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios (National Household Survey) of 2009 and IBGE - Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). The study also shows data of families and the migrant's access to Technology. Around 10% of the Brazilian population live in the metropolitan region of São Paulo.

The study focuses the analysis on the birthplace of this population with age ranging from 30 to 60 years old (since the career of these people tends to be better set).

[source: ipea-ipnad]

National Week of Science and Technology starts today! From October 17 to 23.

Semana Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia starts today and talks about climate change, natural disasters and risk prevention. The presentations will happen in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Brasília, and a special selection of programs in other cities.

The event aims to introduce scientific culture, presenting 80 television programs in ten countries, including: Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, United States, United Kingdom, France and Italy.

Check out the programming.

What: Semana Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia (National Week of Science and Technology)
When:OCtober 17 to 23.
Price: For free

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Daylight Savings Time tonight October 16th in Brazil

photo: Glauco Araújo/G1

The Brazilian Daylight Savings Time (DST) on 2011 will begin on October 16th (tonight) at 0h01am and ends on February 26th 2012 at 0am. The time as adjusted to achieve longer evening daylight, by setting the clocks an hour ahead of the standard time. Be aware about flight schedules and buses departing time.

The time changes is only applied to the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Distrito Federal. The Daylight Savings Time is current in Brazil since 1932.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tandem language method: Brazilian Portuguese x English

Hi, my name is Diego, I'm one of the insidesaopaulo authors. I'm looking for some English native speaker interested on improve the Brazilian Portuguese skills via Tandem* method. The person should be living (preferably) in Sao Paulo city. I reckon a two hours meeting in a Coffee Shop could be great (one hour each language), but any suggestion is very welcome. For those interested, please, get in contact with me: Diego Ramos

(*) Tandem language learning is a method of language learning based on mutual language exchange between tandem partners (ideally each learner is a native speaker in the language the proponent wants to learn).

What: Tandem language learning
Where: São Paulo

Monday, October 10, 2011

News from Pinacoteca do Estado

The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo presents its new long-term exposition called Arte no Brasil: uma história na Pinacoteca São Paulo, which occupies the entire second floor of the building and marks a new step of the Pinacoteca. This new proposal of the museum's collection began to be formulated four years ago and it was developed following a multidisciplinary approach that involved all sectors of the institution.

The main objective of this exhibition is to offer the public a vision of the art in Brazil from the colonial period until the mid-1930. The exhibition will comprise around 500 works by key authors in the history of Brazilian art such as Debret, Taunay, Facchinetti, Almeida Junior, Eliseu Visconti, Pedro Alexandrino, Candido Portinari, Lasar Segal, among others.

The exhibition occupies 11 rooms and it also presents some educational proposals, which indicate other possibilities of interpretate the exhibits. A reading room provides reference material and documentary about the history of the Pinacoteca of São Paulo in Brazil and the tactile room of brazilian sculpture, helps visually impaired visitors to enjoy 12 works autonomously, touching them and getting information through braille labels and audio guide.

What: Arte no Brasil: uma história na Pinacoteca São Paulo
Where: Pinacoteca do Estado
When: From October 15
Price: R$ 6 or 3; free on Saturday
Phone: +55 (11) 3324 1000


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Museu Aberto de Arte Urbana - Open Air Museum of Urban Art

What started as graffiti on the subway pillars, in the north area of the city, becomes now the Open Air Museum of Urban Art.

The pioneering project covers the section between metro stations Santana, Carandiru and Tietê-Portuguesa with 68 urban murals painted by artists of different generations. "We are trying to invite some of the leading names of graffiti that have historically been linked to that place, but also the younger to give them the opportunity to paint with the most experienced," says Binho Ribeiro, the museum curator.

The initiative - which came after a group of graffiti artists was arrested by coloring the pillars without authorization - now has the support of agencies linked to the Municipality and to the State Government, besides the Metro and the Choque Cultural Gallery (which will lead  an educational programme about urban art in the public schools of the region).

What: Museu Aberto de Arte Urbana
Where: metro stations Santana, Carandiru and Tietê-Portuguesa
When: Whenever you want
Price: For free

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nalaya Brown at Nefertitti Club tomorrow in São Paulo, October 7th

After attending the electronic music stage of the last night of the Rock in Rio 2011 and drive the crowd crazy with a lot of dance music, Nalaya Brown - European's Diva of vocal house - will be in São Paulo (October 7th) to play alongside Dimitri From Paris and Hercules & Love Affair at Nefertitti Club.

The 27 years old singer, who began her career playing jazz and became known to be present in the liveliest nights of Ibiza, is one of the most popular superstars in the dance scene around world.
[fernanda vilhena by B-Coolt]

What: Nalaya Brown at Nefertitti Club
Where: Rua Augusta, 2077 - Jardins
When: October 7
Price: R$ 30 (women), R$ 300 (men) or R$ 120 (couple).
Phone: +55 (11) 3083-0101

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hotel Tryp Higienópolis is located in one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods of Sao Paulo

Hotel front door
Premium double bed room
The Hotel Tryp Higienópolis is located on the commercial and business Higienópolis region and offers 252 rooms. It's great for those looking for an accommodation near the most sophisticated neighborhoods near the center of Sao Paulo. Not only that, this hotel offers tranquility and excellent service.

Inside the Hotel, there is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, physical therapy services, spa, Internet access (surcharge) and 24 hour room service. There is also a 24/7 surveillance security system installed.

The business area has 2 meeting rooms with capacity for 160 people.

What: Hotel Tryp Higienópolis
Where: Rua Maranhão, 371
Price: Around R$ 240
Phone: +55 (11) 3665-8200
Website: - (check the website for special offers).

Amazing swimming pool

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shoestock is a perfect store for women fascinated for shoes. Check it out!

Front door of the store located in Moema

The Shoestock store sells shoes, belts, handbags and accessories for women and men in São Paulo. The wide range of styles fits perfectly anyone who loves a good pair of shoes.

What: Shoestock
Where: Avenida Bem-Te-Vi, 221 but there are also shops on Vila Olímpia and Vila Guilherme.
When: Monday to Friday, from 10 am till 9 pm; Saturday, from 9 am till 8 pm; Sunday, from 11 am till 7 pm.
Phone: +55 (11) 5044-4513

Friday, September 30, 2011

Concert of Aerosmith in Sao Paulo will be at Arena Anhembi on October 30th

Aerosmith will be at Arena Anhembi on October 30th in São Paulo. The quintet led by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry promises a mega concert to an estimated 35 thousand people. Tickets are now on sale.

In a single presentation in Brazil, the tour also passed through several countries in Latin America and Japan, mixing classic blues rock of the 70s and songs of their latest albums.

Aerosmith is the American rock band that sold over 150 million albums worldwide. The band has already released 14 albums, plus four Grammy Awards and a spot at the Rock'n Roll Walk of Fame since 2001.

What: Aerosmith Concert
Where: Arena Anhembi
When: October 30th, at 8 pm.
Price: R$ 110 to R$ 500

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Introducing: Parque da Água Branca

Opened in 1929, the Parque da Água Branca hosts exhibitions and zoologic events.

It is a great place to take children because there is a playground, an aquarium and a lake. You can also find animals such as chickens, ducks and ponies.

Every Saturday happens an organic farmers market. Try to arrive early to enjoy breakfast served in one of the many stalls.

What: Parque da Água Branca
Where: Avenida Francisco Matarazzo, 455
When: Everyday, from 6 am till 6 pm.
Phone: +55 (11) 3865-4130

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Projeto Fachada Rua Augusta (Rua Augusta Facade Project) is organizing an exhibition of street art. Check it out!

A fashion store of São Paulo has just started a project hoping to transform Rua Augusta ("Agusta Street") into an open-air art gallery for two months. But in order to do this, they need to raise money. You can help!

The idea is to make the busiest street of the city into an art gallery, displaying huge illustrations from several artists on the building walls of Rua Augusta, between December 2011 and February 2012.

How it works
For the project to start, project organizers need to collect R$ 30,000. The tool they're using to raise money is a crowdfunding format website called Donors can offer amounts ranging between R$ 10 and R$ 3000.

Each donation entitles you to receive an exclusive gift* that depends on the money you provided. For example, by donating R$10, you will receive a key chain in exchange. Once R$ 30,000 has been reached, 3 works out art will be displayed out on the walls of three buildings with which the organizers already have developed an agreement. In the case more extra donations, other buildings have discussed their participation in the exhibition.

If the minimum amount was not collected, the money will be returned to you, and you won't get the gift.

The origin
The brand El Cabriton opened a shop in Rua Augusta two years ago and since then, different artists have been invited to illustrate the outer wall of the store in their own styles.

If you want to visit the shop and find out more about the project, there is an exhibition scheduled for October 7th, called Projeto 54, where 54 artistis are responsible to create an illustration one card of a pack. The exhibition is open and starts at 8 pm.

(*) The rewards for the public are original and exclusive pieces designed by Estúdio Verso, from artists like Matheus Lopes (Mathiole), Rafael Pereira (Hafaell) and Rafael Bastos (Vó Maria).

What: Projeto Fachada Rua Augusta
Where: it will be displayed near their shop (Rua Augusta, 2008)
When: Money collection from September 26 to November 26
Price: R$ 10 to R$ 3000
Phone: +55 (11) 3081-6130

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tickets for the Campus Party Brasil, the biggest worldwide internet event of it's kind, are sold out for 2012!

Campus Party Brasil
After 22 days of sales since started the enrollment, 7,000 entries were sold for the fifth edition of Campus Party Brazil (#cpbr5). An unprecedented success in any other campus in the world, according to the organizers!

For 2012, the event will bring Julien Fourgeaud (Product Manager & Business Development of the Rovio, responsible of the Angry Birds Game) among others. The Intel Extreme Masters, the biggest game competition of the world will be also happening around here.

Campus Party
Founded in 1997, in Spain, the Campus Party is the biggest event of the technological world in the fields of innovation, science, culture and digital entertainment, bringing together people to discuss the main issues related to internet.

There are hundreds of activities, including lectures, debates and workshops. It is an event where people from all over the world who met on the Internet, take the opportunity to meet personally. It lasts seven days and its possible, just to visit or even camping in tents throughout the event. Users bring their own devices and interact side-by-side, 24/7.

Campus Party arrived in Brazil in 2008 as the first edition of the event outside Spain, bringing together around 3,000 people to the city of São Paulo.

What: Campus Party Brasil 2012
Where: Anhembi Parque
When: February 6th to 12th

Today, the Luz e Republica Metro Stations of the 4-Yellow line start to work from 4h40 am till midnight

From now on, working from 4h40 am till midnight, Monday to Saturday.
Starting today, the brand new stations Luz and Republica of the 4-Yellow Line will be open as much as the entire Metro system, from 4h40 all till midnight.

But for now, none of the stations of the 4-Yellow Line (Paulista, Faria Lima, Pinheiros and Butantã) work on Sundays. All of them keep being tested.

With extended hours of operation, the Metro hopes to reduce the overcrowded movement of the Station Sé (3-Red Line) and the Luz-Paraíso, the most heavily laden of the (1-Blue Line).

The Bras Station should also have decrease of users because the possibility of integration with the lines of the CPTM at the Luz.

According to the Metro, the current daily demand of 260 thousand users can reach 500 thousand by the end of this year. On the 4-Yellow Line, you can access the CPTM lines through the Pinheiros and Luz Stations.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The famous Mercadao will be closed and scrubbed this Monday, September 26th

The mercadão will be scrubbed
This Monday, the access to Mercadão will be restricted during all day. The Government and the boxes owners are planning reset and clean the building dependencies. The cleanning service happens often but at this time, they want to wipe and scrub everything from the roof to the ground.