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