Monday, January 31, 2011

Last month to go to a Samba School Tryout

Almost one month left to Carnival, if you are not familiar with the most famous Brazilian rhythm, samba, it is a good idea to visit some samba school and try some first step. Following is a list of the most famous schools in Sao Paulo.

Imperador do Ipiranga
Tryout: Every Tuesday and Friday from 8 pm. Sunday from 8.30 pm. Free entrance.
Address: Avenida Carioca, 99 – Vila Carioca.
Phone: (11) 2219-1053.

Tom Maior
Tryout: Every Tuesday from 9 pm to 11.30 pm. Entrance R$ 10
Address: Rua Sérgio Tomás, 622 – Barra Funda.
Phone: (11) 3494-9040

Unidos de Vila Maria
Tryout: Every Wednsday, Friday and Sunday from 9 pm. Entrance R$ 10.
Address: Rua Cabo J. Monteiro da Rocha, 448 – Jd. Japão.
Phone: (11) 2981-3154.

X-9 Paulistana
Tryout: Evey Wednsday, Friday and Sunday from 8 pm. Entrance R$ 10.
Address: Avenida Luis Dumont Villares, 324 – Parada Inglesa.
Phone: (11) 2977-2146/ 2975-3893.

Leandro de Itaquera
Tryout: Every Friday from 9.30 pm and Sunday from 5 pm. Entrance R$ 5
Address: Rua Padre Viegas de Menezes, 66 – Itaquera.
Phone: (11) 2056-3399.

Morro da Casa Verde
Tryout: Every Monday and Thursday from 8 pm. Free entrance
Address: Rua Ernani Salomão Rosa Ribeiro, 137 – Parque Peruche.
Phone: (11) 3965-8964

Unidos Peruche
Tryout: Every Wednesday from 8 pm. Entrance R$ 5. Friday and Sunday from 8 pm. Entrance R$ 10 Address: Avenida Ordem e Progresso, 1061 – Bairro do Limão.
Phone: (11) 3951-4099.

Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi
Tryout: Every Thursday and Saturday from 9 pm. Entrance R$ 5
Address: Avenida Mazzei, 722 – Tucuruvi.
Phone: (11) 2204-7342.

Mocidade Alegre
Tryout:  Every Friday at 9 pm. Entrance R$ 7
Address: Avenida Casa Verde, 3498, Bairro do Limão.
Phone: (11) 3857-7525/ 3857-3611.

Uirapuru da Mooca
Tryout: Every Friday and Sunday from 7 pm. Free entrance.
Address: Rua Jaboticabal, 753 – Mooca
Phone: (11) 2021-6140/ 8591-2360.

Acadêmicos do Tatuapé
Tryout:  Every Saturday from 9 pm. Entrance R$ 2
Address: Rua Melo Peixoto, 1513 – Tatuapé
Phone: (11) 2091-0736.

Águia de Ouro
Tryout: Every Sunday from 7 pm. Entrance R$ 5 for women and R$ 10 for men.
Address: Avenida Francisco Matarazzo, 694
Phone: (11) 3872-8262.

A funny tool to choose the best district for you

On the Estado de Sao Paulo website, one of the most important daily newspaper of Brazil, you will find a calcultor that will help you to choose the best district according to your priorities. Just answer to few questions related to what you consider important to have next to your home and you will get a ranking of the best neighbourhoods. The questions are just in Portuguese, but if you are moving to Brazil it is also a good way to learn some easy Portuguese. Have a try.,129885.htm

Monday, January 24, 2011

Exhibition of Photography of Sao Paulo

The busiest district of Sao Paulo will be the permanent headquarters of the Exhibition of Photography of Sao Paulo. The event will open on January 25, for the 457th anniversary of the city. Created by the journalist and photographer Fernando Costa Netto, the 2nd Exhibition is curated by Bob Wolfenson and Armando Prado and counts with the participation of thirty-one photographers from different generations who live or have lived in Sao Paulo.

More than three hundred images have been selected to reveal the look of each author over the life of the city. The photos will be displayed in shops, restaurants, bars, cultural venues, offices, walls and galleries. The Exhibition will also be a space for discussion about the works and the photography in Brazil. All works exhibited will be available in a digital catalog and part of the collection will be on sale. The opening party of the 2nd Exhibition of Photography will take place on January 25th, from 6 pm in front of the Bar Posto 6, rua Aspicuelta, corner with rua Mourato Coelho.
Check out more information on the official blog:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tickets for the Sao Paulo Carnival 2011 are available

Purchases can only be done via Internet or telephone; prices range from R$25 to R$ 38 thousand.

Tickets for the São Paulo Carnival are available since last Wednesday (January 19th), but those interested, at this moment, can only buy via Internet through the website, or by phone +55 11 4003-2245.

The 14 schools of the Special Group - and eight of the Access Group - will parade on the Sambadrome at the Anhembi, Zona Norte de São Paulo, on March 4th, 5th and 6th.

At this moment, the available areas of the sambódromo are: bleachers, chairs and tables. But unlike the Rio de Janeiro, which sold out in six minutes, the sales in Sao Paulo are quieter. The tickets can be purchased until the last day.

The prices range from R$ 25 (sections A, E, F and J from the bleachers on Sunday, 6th) to R$ 38,280 (special cabin for 25 people, sectors G and D on March 4th or 5th).

The cabins are already available. It's up to receive 10 to 25 people and those interested should contact the BWA, responsible for overall coordination of the event via email: camarotecarnaval2011

Selling points
On February will be released the information of selling points where the purchase of the tickets can be made personaly and student tickets will be available.

The delivery of those who have already been purchased by Internet or phone will also only occur next month.

Censorship of the event is for children up to five years. Children under 14 can only enter the Anhembi accompanied by parents.
[source: josi vicentin]

Monday, January 17, 2011

Campus Party 2011 has already started and brings about 6,5 thousand people to discuss technology

Lectures, workshops, debates and contests are part of the event at the Centro de Exposições Imigrantes

Campus Party is the largest event of technology in Brazil. The doors will be opened today and will last until Sunday, bringing together up to 6,500 people. About 4,500 of them will be camped inside during the seven days of the event. The public is 8% higher the past year.

The main proposal of the Campus Party is to discuss technological innovation, internet and digital entertainment, lectures, round tables, workshops, competition and technological challenges.

Young audience
Most of the crowd consists of young people. Of the 6500 enrolled, 77.6% are between 18 and 29 years old and 73% are men. The Campus Party is divided into four areas of knowledge: science, creativity, innovation and digital entertainment. Lectures should be the highlight of the event. Former Vice President Al Gore, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, one of the creators of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, the director of the encyclopedia, Kul Wadhwa, are among the guests.

The new feature of this year will be a contest that will give U$ 100,000 for those who create the most innovative product or prototype. Over 300 projects are registered. Another contest will elect the most passionate fan of technology.

For those who are not registered, from tomorrow there will be one area where the visitor will meet novelties of companies and educational institutions.
[source: destak]

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bem-Vindo a São Paulo

The city of São Paulo, as seen through the lenses of 13 directors: Leon Cakoff, Wolfgang Becker, Renata de Almeida, Maria de Medeiros, Hanna Elias, Amos Gitai, Mika Kaurismäki, Jim McBride, Phillip Noyce, Ming-liang Tsai, Andrea Vecchiato, Caetano Veloso, Yoshishige Yoshida.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Taxi will be more expensive

From tomorrow, January 15, the price of taxis in the Sao Paulo will increase 18%. The adjustment will work for all the categories: regular, special, luxury, Radiotaxi and even for disabled. The tarif of common taxi, which was R$ 3.50 will pass to R$ 4.10. The price per km will increase from R$ 2.10 to R$ 2.50.

Public hearing for the Luz region renewal

Today, January 14, a public hearing will be held in the Auditorium of Fatec to discuss the draft of the project to upgrade the region of Luz, in the center of Sao Paulo.

The polygon formed by Avenues Ipiranga, São João, Duque de Caxias, Rua Maua and Avenue Casper Libero is part of an innovative project of urban renewal that the city council will deliver in April 2011.Already in development, the initiative provides, among other actions, the recovery of historic buildings, the reform of public open spaces, the creation of green spaces and leisure facilities and the improvement of the urban environment of the region. The proposal is to build a project that respects the values and local culture, with the cooperation and involvement of everyone.

A summary of the project was presented to the press on December 17, 2010. The main objective of the changes is to increase the number of residents in the area and encourage the development of trade.The region that today has about 11 000 inhabitants will pass to have about 20 000 spread over 11 000 new housing units.

By this way, the city council aims to increase movement in the region, especially at night when offices close. A focal point of the project is the end of cracolândia (an area of the region where crack addicts use to live). But an important question to be raised is where these drug users will go since their remove from the site to another is not an effective solution.

The city council made a website to present the project. Have a look:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free classes of Tai Chi Chuan

Starting from today (January 12) the Samaritano Hospital of São Paulo will offer free classes of Tai Chi Chuan, every  Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 am to 9:30 am, at the Praça Irmãos Karman.

Since last year, the Hospital also offers stretching classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 10am.
Those interested should attend the venue on the class day and contact the teacher who has a shirt of the Samaritano Hospital.

There are still tickets for Sao Paulo carnival

You can still find tickets for most sections of the Anhembi Sambadrome to watch the parades of the schools of samba of São Paulo, scheduled for March 4, 5 and 6. Values range from $ 25 to R $ 19,200. The sale are handled by the company Ingresso Fácil. The tickets can be purchased at the stadiums Pacaembu, Palestra Itália and Canindé or by phone 4003-2245 or by e-mail

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Janelle shines at the Amy's stage

This 25 years old American singer is an amazing revelation of soul music opening the concert of Amy Winehouse. Those who arrived early for the Amy Winehouse concert in Florianopolis or Rio shouldn't have complained for the fact Amy have been on stage for a little more than an hour. The American singer Janelle Monáe worths the ticket price.

Revelation of soul music, Janelle is the daughter of a drug addict and a housekeeper and was born in Kansas City in the USA. On his debut album, The Archandroid, already launched in Brazil, she mixes everything in order to make the listener dance. There are influences of Soul, R&B and Rock.

The singer, co-signed 16 of the 18 tracks. "Cold War" and "Wondaland" are among them and these tracks are powerful, good for the tracks. "Come Alive (The War of the Roses)" is not far behind.

Her music offers special features, something common in the music industry today. The American band "Of Montreal", who played in Sao Paulo on festival Planeta Terra last November, cooperate on "Make the Bus." "Tightrope" has the presence of Big Boi of Outkast. Check out her website:

One of her producers is Sean "Diddy" Combs, who used his artistic flair to find out the talent of Janelle, three years ago.

To bring the music to the stage, Janelle Monáe performs in that performance has been compared to Michael Jackson, the similarity of some dance steps. Another reference is the singer Grace Jones, star of 1970s pop music, which seems to have inspired the look of the young revelation. More than enough reasons to go to Anhembi on Saturday or just listen to The Archandroid album.
[source: josé norberto flesch]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Amy Winehouse is travelling with her tour around Brazil and will end in Sao Paulo

Her concert in Florianópolis of just over an hour seemed a audition. Amy Winehouse has opened its first Brazilian tour in the early hours of last Saturday.

Tonight she has a concert in Rio, and 15th in Recife. This Saturday 15th it will be in Sao Paulo.

Amy took the stage shortly before 1am on Sunday. With a voice as she sang hits like "Rehab" and "Back to Black, " and showed two new tracks. Between one and another song, talked with the band about what would be the next song as if it were to be decide on the stage.

Janelle Monáe and Mayer Hawthorne opened the presentation, just as they will do in Sao Paulo.

There are still tickets available for the concert in Sao Paulo, at Anhembi. The VIP sector, (tickets at R$ 500), is sold out.