Friday, December 14, 2012

Introducing: Centro Cultural São Paulo (Cultural Center)

Centro Cultural São Paulo
Are you looking for an art gallery, a library, a theater or a cinema? What if they are all together? Check it out:

The Centro Cultural São Paulo (Cultural Center) is a public institution that houses the Municipal Art Gallery, the Oneyda Alvarenga club, the collection of Folklore Research Mission Mario de Andrade, a set of libraries, exhibition spaces, workshops, theaters and cinema. Amazing, right? Opened in 1982, it's one of the major cultural destinations in town. The library, built of reinforced concrete, offers more than 100 thousand books.

If you are travelling in Sao Paulo or even already have been living here for awhile, you might visit this place.

What: Centro Cultural São Paulo (Cultural Center)
Where: Rua Vergueiro, 1000
When: Every day, from 10 am to 08 pm
Price: Free
Phone: +55 (11) 3383-3400

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nightclub brings international DJs to Sao Paulo, tonight. Check it out!

Sasha and Dimitri on the picture
The D.EDGE  nightclub is bringing internacional DJs to the house tonight. Check out the lineup:
  • Sasha (Global Underground/UK)
  • Renato Ratier
  • Dimitri Nakov (France)
  • Dubshape (Ale Reis vc João Lee)
  • Paulo Boghosian
  • Julio Torres
  • Spavieri
  • Mandy Hafez vs Gustavo Conti

What: D.EDGE Club
Where: Rua Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 141 - Barra Funda
When: Tonight (December 6th)
Price: R$ 40 for women and R$ 100 for men. R$ 80 / R$ 200 (consumption). It's necessary to show ID with your picture to get in.
Phone: +55 (11) 3666-9022

Introducing: Predio do Banespa. It is a great view of the city landscape

Predio do Banesta, seen from the Anhangabau Park
Inaugurated in 1947 and located on the very centre of Sao Paulo, the Prédio do Banespa (Altino Arantes building), is one of the symbolic buildings of the city. Built to house the State Bank of São Paulo (Banespa).

Inspired by the EmpireState Building in New York.The Banespa building offers one of the best views of Sao Paulo. The observation deck is one of the highest in the city, not only because the building is 160 meters high, but also because it's located on the top of a hill near the Vale do Anhangabaú. It's possible visit the building.

It is free and you can go admire the cityscape. Visits to the observation deck last only five minutes. It's worth a visit!

What: Banespa Building (Altino Arantes building)
Where: Rua João Brícola, 24
When: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3249-7466

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing: Teatro Municipal de São Paulo

Teatro Municipal viewed from the Praça Ramos de Azevedo 
The Teatro Municipal of Sao Paulo was inaugurated in 1911 and is one of the most important theaters in Brazil. It is often featured on postcards because of its historical importance as a venue for the Semana da Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) in 1922. Also, it is a landmark of Modernism in Brazil, and is noted for its architectural style, inspired by the Paris Opera.

The theater often hosts opera concerts, ballet, string quartet performances among many others. It's worth a visit!

What: Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
Where: Praça Ramos de Azevedo
Map view of the Theater:
Buying tickets:
Phone: +55 (11) 3397-0300

Friday, November 23, 2012

Introducing: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

Mosteiro de Sao Bento
Founded in 1598, the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict) is an historic building of São Paulo. Of course that on the very beginning, it was just a tiny little house very different from the picture above. The construction of the current structure began in 1910 and ended on 1914 following the project of the architect Richard Berndl, from Munich, Germany. Now, the monastery houses the Monastic Cloister, the Basílica Abacial de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, St. Benedict's School and the College of St. Benedict.

Brazilian History
In 1641, Amador Bueno was acclaimed "King of Sao Paulo" in the aristocracy paulistana intention of proclaim the independence of Brazil. Afraid of being considered a traitor of the king of Portugal, took refuge in the Monastery of St. Benedict, asking for the protection of the monks. From the outside, the Paulistas shouted: "Save Amador Bueno, our king". From inside and afraid, he repeatedly answered, "Long live to our lord Dom João IV, king by whom I'll give my life."

The Pope Benedict XVI was received at this Monastery during his first visit to Brazil in 2007. The clock perched atop the main entrance of the Monastery triggers the bells that can be heard from many blocks away. The 6000 pipe organ is used every Sunday at 10 am during the mass that features Gregorian chanting.

What: Mosteiro de São Bento
Where: Largo São Bento
When: During the week, from 06 am till 06 pm; Saturday and Sundays, from 06 am till midday.
Phone: +55 (11) 3328-8799

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Introducing: Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS)

Front door of the MIS
The Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Image and Sound) was inaugurated in 1970 and was created on the intention of collect, record and preserve the sounds and the images of Brazilian culture.

The collection offers about 350 thousand of films (short, long and documentaries), records (depositions, interviews, debates, lectures and musical performances), photographs and a graphic designs. In addition to that, the museum organizes exhibitions, seminars, movie sessions and photography. There is also the LabMIS, a research center specialized on the production of new media created to support a group of resident artists.

What: Museu da Imagem e do Som - MIS
Where: Avenida Europa, 158
When: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am till 06 pm
Phone: +55 (11) 30629197

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Introducing: Santa Cecilia's Church

Saint Cecilia's Church
Despite the elaborate artwork of the Santa Cecília's church took ten years to be completed and was finally delivered in 1917, its construction started in 1899 and was just inaugurated on November 22, 1901 on the day of Saint Cecilia. The paintings were completed by the well known artist Benedito Calixto (name of a famous square of Sao Paulo which hosts every Saturday an eccentric street market. Click here to find out more). Oscar Pereira da Silva, designed the central and side domes of the church. The neighborhood surrounding the church received its name. The subway station Santa Cecilia (Line 3-Red) is located right in front of the church and was inaugurated in 1983.

What: Igreja de Santa Cecília
Where: Largo Santa Cecília - Sao Paulo
When: Monday to Friday, from 7 am till 7 pm; Saturday, from 9 am till 8 pm; Sunday, from 7:30 am till 8:30 pm
Phone: +55 (11) 3331-5195

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Creative video-advertisement campaign in Sao Paulo puts a smile on your face

Sao Paulo is very famous for its transit issues. Thousand of cars cause dozens of kilometers of traffic jam every single day in town. Most of the drivers listen radio for hours, while they are stuck on the streets.

This video-advertisement [Portuguese] was published by a Brazilian company called Brastemp in São Paulo. They transmitted the same message on 11 different radio stations at the same time, asking for people to smile for the driver of the car on their side. It quickly became a contagious trend and everybody started to smiling to everyone. That was an admirable and creative way of input something good into the tough routine of many Paulistanos. Congratulations!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Introducing: Museu Afro Brasil

Afro Brazil Museum
Located at the Pavilion Padre Manoel da Nóbrega, the Museu Afro Brasil celebrates historical, artistic and cultural influences of Africa in Brazil and was inaugurated in 2004.

photo: nelson kon
The building is part of the architectural project of the Ibirapuera Park designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s. There you can find about four thousand pieces including; paintings, sculptures, prints, documents and photographs. The museum highlights topics like: religion, art, work, African Diaspora and slavery. The collection also tracks the historical trajectory of African influences in Brazilian society and the development of the country, featuring pieces that date back to the 15th century. This museum highlights important aspects of the origins of Brazilian culture.

What: Museu Afro Brasil
Where: Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral - Pavilhão Padre Manoel da Nobrega - Parque Ibirapuera – Portão 10
When: Tuesday to Sunday; from 10 am till 05 pm
Phone: +55 (11) 3320-8900

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Photo exhibition highlights the importance of photojournalism

Young at the Bridge - Germany; by Raymond Depardon
The book store Instituto Moreira Salles from the Livraria Cultural, located at the Conjunto Nacional building opens an exhibition titled "Magnum Contact Sheets". It was organized by Latinstock, an official representative of the Magnum agency in Brazil, and brings 39 images published by "Magnum - Contacts", with records accompanying the rise of the illustrated press and the professionalization of photojournalism. Check it out!

What: Magnum Contact Sheets
Where: Avenida Paulista, 2073
When: November 6th to January 6th. Monday to Saturday, from 9 am till 10 pm; Sunday, from midday till 8 pm
Phone: +55 (11) 3170-4033

Friday, November 9, 2012

Exhibition of Bruno Munari at the Tomie Ohtake Institute

Libro Illeggibile, by Bruno Munari
At the Instituto Tomie Ohtake you can find the exhibition of Bruno Munari entitled Arte, Desenho, Design. Well recognized and also winner of several awards, the Italian Bruno Munari [1907-1998] offers a vast repertoire and unsettling paintings, recorded performances, sculptures, serigraphs, drawings and books. About 70 works are exposed at this time. Several different techniques were applied in these works. Check it out!

What: Bruno Munari: Arte, Desenho, Design
Where: Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 201 - Pinheiros
When: November 8th to February 17th; Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Price: For free
Website: Instituto Tomie Ohtake

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cocoon Heroes with Sasha Dive, Sven Väth and Renato Ratier tonight at D-Edge

Tonight - November 8th
Tonight, the D-Edge nightclub hosts the international Cocoon Heroes, an itinerant festival that has already run in several venues around the world. The line-up consists of Sascha Dive and the German producer Sven Vath, who also owns the brand Cocoon - a record label that mixes, and plays at electronic music events, nightclubs and DJs agency. The DJs Finnebassen and Renato Ratier also perform tonight. Don't miss it!

What: Cocoon Heroes
Where: D.EDGE Club - Rua Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 141
When: November 8th, at 23:59 pm
Price: R$ 80 to R$ 150
Phone: +55 (11) 3666-9022

Photos of Ukraine is one of the highlights of an exhibition in Sao Paulo

Gorlovka by Flavia Junqueira
The photographer Flávia Junqueira presents an exhibition of photographs taken in 2011 in a decadent Palace of Culture of the Soviet period, located in the city of Donestsk, Ukraine. The photos display the place, the scenography, and the objects. It brings the sense that the time has gone.

Besides the pictures, there are other works in the same style. Among them, you can find: AnteSala and Balões, which feature photos of balloons held in the lobby of some old Parisians buildings. There is also the Sonhar com uma Casa na Casa, produced in São Paulo. It's worth a visit!

What: Nova Fotografia - Gorlovka, 1951
Where: MIS - Avenida Europa, 158
When: November 7th to January 6th; Monday to Saturday, from midday to 10 pm; Sunday and holidays, from 11 am till 9 pm.
Price: For free

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lions Nightclub is a stylish option to spend a night in Sao Paulo

Bar at Lions Nightclub
Located in a building from the 50s, the Lions Nightclub has a tall salon, decorated like a gentlemen's club, surrounded by stuffed animals on the wall. When comparing the outside facade with the interior decor it is difficult to believe that both are the same place. From the outside, the building looks like a regular one like any other on the street (which is not a beautiful region). While the inside, it is well decorated and glamorous. There is a huge contrast between the two.

There are two dance tracks: a lounge and another with 3D effects. Looking through the window, is possible to find the Se Cathedral, which is near the nightclub. It's possible to have a drink or smoke a cigarette on the terrace while enjoying the scenery. Each night offers a different style of sound; rock, electronic, groove, and others... Enjoy it!

What: Lions Nightclub
Where: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 277
When: Wednesday to Saturday, from 23:59 till late.
Price: R$ 20 to R$ 90 (R$ 40 to R$ 130 - consumption)
Phone: +55 (11) 3104-7157

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Coffee Lab offers the flavor you are looking for

Coffee Lab offers wifi connection
In an attempt to provide modern options in São Paulo, insidesaopaulo offers a sophisticated choice of coffee for you. Coffee Lab is a "laboratory" of unique coffees.

The owner is the barista Isabela Raposeiras and one of her biggest concerns is the origin of coffee. But that's not all. Coffee Lab has an exemplary machinery such as Diedrich Roaster (considered one of the best in the world for roasting quality coffee), La Marzocco and Nuova Simonelli WBC machines (for performance tests of Espresso coffees), Bunn, Ditting, Mahlkonig and Compak grinders. Not just that, they also have specific computer to control all lots.

Apart from the technical issues, the house offers tasting rituals ranging between R$ 8 and R$ 13. To eat, order the picadinho de carne cozida no café, cooked with coffee (R$ 16) and arroz doce no Chantilly de café (R$ 10). But if you prefer coffee at home, it can be purchased in 250 grs in whole beans or ground coffee. Prices range between R$ 19 and R$ 85.

What: Coffee Lab
Where: Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1340
When: Monday to Friday, from 10 am till 7 pm; Saturday, from 11 am till 8 pm. Closed every Sunday.
Phone: +55 (11) 3375-7400

Monday, November 5, 2012

Do you appreciate cachaça?
Try out Bar do Arnesto

Have a look at the wide variety of cachaças
The Bar do Arnesto honors sambistas from the 60s, since its entire decor is inspired by Samba.
You can choose among 504 different brands of cachaça coming from 18 Brazilian states. Beer is served in bottle (600ml) and they have a special cooling system that maintains the temperature at five degrees Celsius without freezing it. It's worth a visit!

On the menu, try the coxinha with bechamel sauce (R$ 19 - 10 units) or bolinho de costela (rib cake) with BBQ sauce (R$ 19 - 6 units). But the best advice is the feijoada meal served every Saturday (R$ 36.90, from 1 pm till 6:30 pm).

What: Bar do Arnesto
Where: Rua Ministro Jesuíno Cardoso, 207
When: Monday to Friday, from 5 pm till the last client leaves. Saturday, from 1 pm till the last client leaves.
Price: R$ 10 (couvert)
Phone: +55 (11) 3848-9432

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Exhibition "Fora de Alcance" displays Rivane Neuenschwander artworks

Mancha de óleo, 2012 by Rivane Neuenschwander

A huge installation organized in grid connects the work done in various kinds of media by this Brazilian artist. The idea is to show different kinds of fences used in town to isolate construction areas from the people.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the series 'Mancha de Óleo' (Oil Stain), composed of black and white photos that resemble satellite images of oil spills at the sea​​.

What: Rivane Neuenschwander - Fora de Alcance
Where: Galpão Fortes Vilaça - Rua James Holland, 71
When: October 27th to December 8th. Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am till 7 pm; Saturday, from 10 am till 6 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3392-3942

Monday, October 29, 2012

The artist César Romero brings 27 art works to Sao Paulo

Shapes and symbols linked to popular culture inspire the work of César Romero, self-taught artist, born in Bahia.

There are 27 works (17 paintings in acrylic paint and 10 sculptures made of paper and wood) flagship artist. Romero has appeared in about 400 individual and 40 group exhibitions in Brazil. Abroad, had 53 and 9 single collective.

What: Quando a palheta é a alma do artista by César Romero
Where: Espaço Cultural Citi - Avenida Paulista, 1.111 (Floor Alameda Santos)
When: October 30th to January 4th. Monday to Friday, from 9 am till 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am till 5 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 4009-3000

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Cuban musician Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be in Sao Paulo for a single concert

The Cuban musician Gonzalo Rubalcaba comes to Sao Paulo for a single solo piano concert at Teatro Alfa, as part of the 3rd Mostra Tom Jobim Emesp.

Gonzalo has been nominated 14 times for a Grammy and won four of them. His power of improvisation at the piano is amazing. Currently he fights to approach the classical music to jazz.

What: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Concert
Where: Teatro Alfa - Rua Bento Branco de Andrade Filho, 722
When: November 16th
Price: Not available yet
Phone: +55 (11) 5693-4000

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Photo exhibition brings representations of famous European paintings

St. Jerome, 1989. From painting by an unknown author (17th century), inspired by two paintings of Caravaggio.
The Paulista Miro is a famous fashion and advertising photographer in Brazil. He is known for bringing elements of performing arts, film and painting for his photos. The exhibition displays 11 works that rescue the Renaissance style through photographs made ​​in the studio, without any digital retouching.

What: Miro – Um fotógrafo no século XVII
Where: FASS, Rua Rodésia, 26, Vila Madalena
When: October 27th to December 22nd. Monday to Friday, from 10 am till 7 pm; Saturday, from 11 am till 3 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3037-7349

Friday, October 26, 2012

MASP brings an interesting exhibition from the Louvre Museum

Luzes do Norte at MASP
The MASP is offering an interesting exhibition. The "Luzes do Norte" (Northern Lights) brings 61 works of the German Renaissance, coming straight from the Louvre museum collection. Among them you can find artworks by artists such as Altdorfer and Schongauer, for example.

Among the highlights is the "Dürer's Rhinoceros", a woodcut executed by the German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer. The point is that he had never seen this animal in life. The artist created a representation based on descriptions from others. It is worth a visit!

What: Luzes do Norte
Where: MASP
When: October 19th to January 13th. Thursday, from 11am till 8pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, from 11am till 6pm.
Price: R$ 15 and R$ 7 (students). Free for under 10 and above 60.
Phone: +55 (11) 3251 5644

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tribute to the Beatles at JazznosFundos

If you don't know the JazznosFundos pub yet, this is the chance. On October 30th, the concert entitled "Tributo aos Beatles" (Beatles Tribute) will perform a mixture of their unforgettable songs with quality jazz.

Located inside a parking lot in Pinheiros, the JazznosFundos is a great pub to listen good music. In addition to the weekly shows, the bar also has a small gallery which hosts exhibitions. 

What: JazznosFundos
Where: R. João Moura 1076, Pinheiros — São Paulo
When: October 30th, at 9h30 pm
Price: R$ 25
Phone: +55 (11) 3083-5975

The 36th International Cinema Festival brings around 350 movies to Sao Paulo

Andrei Tarkóvski
The 36ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema of São Paulo started on October 19th and runs till November 2nd. This traditional event happens every year and lasts two weeks. This edition brings around 350 titles from more than 60 countries and in 28 different cinemas among theaters, museums and cultural institutions around the city. This year's selection provides an overview of the contemporary films around the world.

The 36th International Film Festival is organized on five sections:
  • Competição Novos Diretores (New Director Competition)
  • Perspectiva Internacional (International Perspective)
  • Retrospectivas (Retrospectives)
  • Apresentações Especiais (Special presentations)
  • Mostra Brasil (Brazil show)
What: 36th Mostra Internacional de Cinema
Where and When: Check out the schedule here (English)
Price: From R$ 9,50 to R$ 19

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Challenge your imagination and help an authoress to write a book based on stories like yours

The authoress Suzane Frutuoso brings a project to the public, inviting them to write what they feel about images displayed on the wall
If you have the facility to put into words what you feel when see an image, insidesaopaulo has a proposal for you. It's happening a photographic exhibition at the SESI Vila Leopoldina called 'Me Conte a História que Você Vê' (Tell Me the Story You See), created by the writer Suzanne G. Frutuoso. These are pictures of Paris and Amsterdam, exposed on the wall and the authoress's idea is that the public write what they feel when see the photos, on paper pads positioned between the frames. The result will give life to a second project.

The photographs will be on display until October 31. It's worth a visit just to exercise your imagination. According to Suzane, the text can be written in English.

What: Me Conte a História que Você Vê
Where: Rua Carlos Weber, 835 - Vila Leopoldina
When: October 20th till 31st, from 10 am till 8 pm.
Price: For free

Monday, October 22, 2012

LAB Club is an innovative nightclub that offers a good music and amazing drinks. Check it out!

Lab Club
The LAB Club bar is located in an old shed at Rua Augusta that was partially renovated, keeping its main features. The club plays a great electronic sound but one of its most innovative characteristics is the beverages preparation. They use a style called 'Molecular'. Some equipments are used to change the physical and chemical structure of the ingredients creating new shapes and textures.

Among the highlights you can find Caipirinha, served as a "spaghetti" of rum, and Margarita with tequila-shaped skull, and also some molecular cocktails, like the Martini with mandarin watermelon caviar. But no worries, the house also offers traditional options of drink.

What: LAB Club
Where: Rua Augusta, 523
When: Thursday to Saturday at midnight
Price: The prices range from R$ 10 to R$ 40
Phone: +55 (11) 3159-1745

D.EDGE is one of the best Night Clubs in Sao Paulo

This club is on the Top 5 list on the Sao Paulo Electronic Music scene. And also, D-Edge offers the best international line-up in town.

The house has two dancefloors, a lounge (which sometimes is exclusive for guests) and a large smoking area that is located in front of the Memorial da America Latina.

What: D.EDGE Club
Where: Rua Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 141 - Barra Funda
When: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at midnight.
Price: The prices range between R$ 20 and R$ 70 (R$ 60 and R$ 120 consumption).
Phone: +55 (11) 3666-9022

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra comes to Brazil and starts its performances in Sao Paulo

Considered one of the best orchestras in the Netherlands, Sinfonia Rotterdam will perform on October 23 at 12h30 at the MASP in São Paulo. The orchestra will also be performing in other cities. Check it out:
  • October 26th - Angra dos Reis;
  • October 27th - São Jose dos Campos;
  • October 28th - Bragança Paulista;
  • October 30th and 31st - Vitória;
  • November 3rd - Guarulhos
Sinfonia Rotterdam
Founded in 2000, the Sinfonia Rotterdam comes from Netherlands to Brazil represented by 21 musicians. The conductor is the South-African Conrad Van Alphen. He succeeds combining creativity, playfulness and discipline. Check out the video:

What: Sinfonia Rotterdam
Where: MASP Av. Paulista, 1578
When: Tuesday 23 October 2012, at 12h30 pm
Price: For free (limited tickets. Try to arrive an hour in advance)
Phone: +55 (11) 3251 5644

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The 27th edition of the International Motor Show of Sao Paulo is just beginning. Check it out!

This the Audi R8 GT Spyder, costing R$ 1,2 mi in Brazil 
The Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo (International Motor Show of Sao Paulo), is the largest and most important automotive event in Latin America. All car enthusiasts can enjoy the big industry trends and what is most modern in the automotive world.

In a few days for the opening of the 27th edition of the Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo, we know so far that the luxury brands Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, Koenigsegg and Spyker will not be exposing at this time. The reason is the 30% tax applied by the Brazilian Government on imported vehicles.

Not only is high pricing an issue. The high cost to exhibit kept away luxury car brands such as Ferrari and Maserati, for example. This is the first time since 1991 that these brands will not be part of the event. A way to participate was to use Fiat's space (owner of the two brands), to accommodate a supercar of each: a Ferrari 458 Spider and a Maserati GranCabrio Sport. The Fiat novelty will be the new 500C, a convertible version of the Cinquecento.

The German Porsche will bring the 911 Carrera 4S, Boxster (including S version), GTS coupe of the Panamera and Cayenne. Also the German brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will be present. Audi will bring the Audi A1, A3 and R8 GT Spyder (sold in the Brazilian market for R$ 1.2 million). The BMW M5 comes with the newly released Series 6 GranCoupé. Rumour has it that electric cars i3 and i8 will be featured. The Mercedes-Benz SL roadster brings the new Class A and B. The British brand MINI (BMW that belongs to the group) will bring the Cooper and the recently launched Paceman.

The new Viper (now SRT), will be representing the Chrysler brand. Among the Japanese brands, Lexus will display the rare LF-A and Toyota will show the Etios and the FT86 sports, developed in partnership with Subaru. The Korean Hyundai will present the HB20, the i30 and Santa Fé.

The Jaguar will show the F-Type. The Land Rover brand brings the big Range Rover jeep to Sao Paulo. The Bentley brings the Continental GTC V8. The Aston Martin shows the Mirage.

The Citroën will bring the DS4 and DS5 and also an electric car concept called Survolt. The Peugeot promotes the 208, which will be released next year in Brazil. The Renault brings the new Clio to the Mercosur and the prototype Alpine A-110 50.

Among the group of the four major Brazilian automakers (Ford, General Motors, Fiat and Volkswagen), have already announced their attractions. Ford invest in Fusion, Focus and Fiesta (national) and displays the Mustang Boss. VW will present the new generation of the Beetle, and the Canyon. GM already displays the popular Onix, the SUV Trailblazer and Malibu sedan, imported from the United States.
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What: 27º Salão Internacional do Automóvel de São Paulo
Where: Pavilhão de Exposições do Anhembi - Avenida Olavo Fontoura, 1.209
When: October 24th to November 4th; On October 24th, from 1 pm till 10 pm; on the last day, the event ends at 5 pm.
Price: The prices range from R$ 45 to R$ 80. Children pay from R$ 22.50 to R$ 40.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Brooklinfest 2012 brings German Culture to the city. It starts on October 20th

Jessy Cardial
BrooklinFest 2011 [photo: jessy cardial]
The theme of the XVIII edition of the Brooklinfest is Culturas Criativas (Creative Cultures): Education and Citizenship.

The party will take place on some streets in the Brooklin neighbourhood: Nabuco, Princesa Isabel, Barão do Triunfo e Bernardino de Campos. There will be 200 artistic presentations spread over several stages:
  • Espaço Criança (Space Children);
  • Espaço Experimental (Experimental Space);
  • Espaço São Paulo (Space São Paulo);
  • Palco Orquestras (Stage Orchestras); 
  • Palco Multicultural (Multicultural stage)
Is it possible to watch different types of cultural performances, such as: choirs, orchestras, folkloric dance groups, bands of jazz, blues and rock, storytellers (including German stories) and art workshops for children. The event also offers with a circus and outdoor cinema.

Besides German food, the public can enjoy cuisine from several other cultures, including Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Bulgarian, Italian, Portuguese and Brazilian. Tap Beer is the biggest feature of this festival.
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What: Brooklinfest 2012
When: October 20th and 21st, from 10 am till 10 pm.
Price: For free
Where: On the streets Nabuco, Princesa Isabel, Barão do Triunfo e Bernardino de Campos in the Brooklin neighbourhood

Red Bull Sounderground brings musicians from many parts of the world to play in Sao Paulo

Lewis Floyd Henry playing in Sao Paulo on 2010
Red Bull Sounderground is the name of the International Festival of Underground Musicians that will be held in Sao Paulo for the second time. Millions of people will have the chance to see the 19 attractions planned for this edition, which has the incentive of the Lei Rouanet (Law for Promotion of Culture of the Brazilian Culture Ministry) and the Área de Ação Cultural of the Metro and ViaQuatro.

The buskers (musicians who play in the subway) will be performing between October 22nd and 27th. This time, musicians from Barcelona, ​​Berlin, London, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris and Sao Paulo are organized into 19 attractions in formations: solo, duo and trio. Check out the full schedule in Portuguese here.

The selection of artists was done through visits to major subway systems all over the world. There are rules that must be observed. Only 60 watts amplifiers powered by batteries can be used. Batteries and participation of DJs are not allowed.

Check out the list of performers and times (click on the Subway station to find out where it is):
Trio Labuta - São Paulo (Republica - October 22nd at midday)
Street Meat - Canada (Vila Madalena - October 22nd at 4 pm)
The Art of Fusion - Berlin (Brás - October 22nd at 4 pm)
Moremoney - Russia (Republica - October 23rd at 4 pm)
Bolero Trio - Montreal (Pinheiros - October 23rd at 4pm)
Theo Eastwind - New York (Brás - October 23rd at 4 pm)
Miguel Angel Aldunce - Chile (Sacomã - October 24th at midday)
Karikatura - New York (Barra Funda - October 24th at 4 pm)
HKB FiNN Ensemble - London ( - October 24th at 4 pm)
Steve Aruni - London (Luz - October 24th at 4 pm)
Ousman Danedjo - Paris (Vila Madalena - October 25th at midday)
O Bardo e o Banjo - São Paulo ( - October 25th at midday)
Duo Foleritmia - São Paulo (Ana Rosa - October 25th at midday)
Emerson Pinzindin - São Paulo (Luz - October 25th at midday)
Rafael Pio - São Paulo (Pinheiros - October 25th at 4pm)
Barbara Marques - São Paulo (Sacomã - October 26th at midday)
Cecilia Bellorin - Barcelona (Barra Funda - October 26th at midday)
Concerto de Rua - São Paulo (Ana Rosa - October 26th at midday)

On Saturday (October 27 at 5 pm), all the musicians will get together to perform at the Praça Victor Civita - located next to the Pinheiros station on the Yellow Line. The DJ Daniel Tamempi is the special guest of the event.

What: Red Bull Soundground
Where: On nine different Subway Stations of São Paulo
When: October 22nd to 27th
Price: For free

Portuguese Restaurant offers great dish of cod for two

O Bacalhau do Porto
restaurant was opened on 1974 and offers a very good cod in São Paulo. Located in the Ipiranga neighborhood, the restaurant is specialized in Portuguese food. Among the highlights are: sardines, sausages and codfish balls. The advice for the main course goes to the "Bacalhau Gomes de Sá" (for two R$ 79).

What: O Bacalhau do Porto
Where: Rua Vergueiro, 8333
When: Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am till midnight; Sunday and Monday, from 11 till 5 pm.
Phone: +55 (11) 2063-6502

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ritz restaurant in the Jardins district is a stylish place to eat

Ritz restaurant and it's retro decor style
Opened in 1981, the Ritz restaurant offers characteristic dishes from different parts of the world. Some are famous, such as the "Torta de Frango com Saladinha" (Chicken Pie with Salad) and the Hamburgers made by themselves are great as well. The advice goes to the Ritz Burger (Pancetta, Cheddar or Gorgonzola, salad, mayonnaise and the 200 gr. burger).

The restaurant is always packed, the atmosphere has a retro decor (click here to see some other pictures), signed by the artist Wesley Duke Lee (also author of the logo of the restaurant). Illustrations, photographs and sculptures adorn the windows of the restaurant throughout the year curated by the architect Andre Vainer and the artist Mirella Marino.

The Ritz also has a branch in the neighborhood of Itaim and also the Shopping Iguatemi.

What: Ritz restaurant
Where: Alameda Franca, 1088
When: Monday to Wednesday, from midday till 3 pm and from 8 pm till 0h30 am;
Thursday to Friday, from midday till 3 pm and from 8 pm till 1h30 am;
Saturday, from 12h30 pm till 1h30 am;
Sunday, from 12h30 pm till 0h30 am
Price: About R$ 60 per person
Phone: +55 (11) 3062-5830
Website: (English)

Be aware: Daylight Savings Time starts on October 21st in Brazil

This Sunday, set up your watch an hour ahead
The Brazilian Daylight Savings Time (DST) of 2012 will be from October 21st (Sunday) at 0h01am to February 26th 2012 at 0am.

The time changes are adjusted to achieve longer evening daylight, by setting the clocks an hour ahead of the Brazilian standard time (GMT -3). Be aware about flight schedules and buses departures.

The time changes are 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 occurs in Brazil since 1932.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Bananeira restaurant represents very well the Brazilian Cuisine

Front door of the Bananeira Restaurant
Once in Sao Paulo, you must appreciate the Brazilian food in the most characteristic place as possible. Despite being a bit far from the city center (neighbourhood of Morumbi), the restaurant Bananeira can offer a good local experience to you.

Located in a wooden shed, the roof is made with "piaçava" (sort of palm fiber) and plants all over the place. On the menu, you find stew of shrimp with pepper sauce and farofa palm. This mood is very Brazilian, but the price is a bit "salty".

What: Bananeira Restaurant
Where: Rua Marechal Hastinfilo de Moura, 417 - Morumbi
When: Tuesday to Friday, from 7 pm till midnight; Saturday, from midday till 5 pm and from 7 pm till midnight; Sunday, from midday till 5 pm.
Price: Around R$ 80 per person.
Phone: +55 (11) 3502-4635

List of unique food you might to try when first arrive in São Paulo

It doesn't matter if you are here for business, tourism or even for just one night. The best flavor from a place has to be appreciated locally. Here is a list of things you might to try in Sao Paulo. Take note:

Pastel is so popular in Sao Paulo that there is a competition every year organized to find out which one is the best
Pastel: is a typical Brasilian dish, consisting of thin pastry envelopes wrapped around different fillings (ground meat, mozzarella, palmito, catupiry cream cheese, chicken, and small shrimp), then deep fried in vegetable oil. The result is a crispy, brownish pastry.

Pão na chapa: it's basically bread and butter cooked on the grill. Very traditional in São Paulo. It's even better if you order it in a bakery. The advice is to try it with coffee and milk ("média" or "pingado" in Portuguese).

Pão de queijo: I wonder why it's not available all over the world yet. It's one of the best Brazilian recipes ever. The ingredients are flour and bread.

Paçoca de amendoim: in local Indian language from tribes of São Paulo, "paçoca" means crumble. It's a traditional Brazilian sweet made ​​with peanut, cassava flour and sugar. This food is very typical and comes from the countryside of the State.

Romeu e Julieta: it's very simple to prepare. It's made by a single slice of "Goiabada" (guava) and also a slice of white cheese. Serve all together and much of your troubles will be away for a while. For the white cheese, if you can, give preference to the "queijo mineiro".

Misto-quente: this is a hot sandwich, prepared with cheese and ham.

Bauru: the name of this sandwich refers to the name of a city in the countryside of the state. This is a famous sandwich in Brazil that was created in a bar in São Paulo in the 30s. Ingredients: French bread with roastbeef, melted cheese, tomato, cucumber, butter, salt.

Vinagrete: prepared with onion, tomato and bell pepper chopped, vinegar, olive oil and salt, commonly used in barbecues. But it is often used in salads. Taste and learn how to prepare. It's easy!

Requeijão: "everything goes well with Requeijão". It's nothing more than cream cheese. However, it's flavor is unique.

Coxinha: It's popular in Sao Paulo and it includes chicken spices, tomato sauce, onion, parsley and scallions (with occasional catupiry cheese), enclosed in wheat flour, batter, and deep fried. It is shaped to roughly resemble a chicken leg.

Quibe: It's a typical dish from the Middle East made with bulk ground beef and wheat tabbouleh. It can be stuffed with cheese and herbs. In São Paulo you can eat quibe in bakeries, coffeeshops, restaurants and bars.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Abruzzi restaurant is a good Italian option in town

Restaurant's main room
It's artisanal pasta is one of the highlights of this Italian restaurant. One that you have to try is the Cappeletti Tricolor stuffed with mozzarella, with the scallop fettuccine with veal and mushroom au poivre. The prices of these dishes are R$ 47.

At lunch, it is possible to have the antipasto, primo and secondo for only R$ 35.

What: Abruzzi
Where: Rua Traipu, 145
When: Sunday to Thursday, from 11 am till 11h30 pm. Friday and Saturday, from 6 pm till 0h30 am.
Price: Around R$ 60 per person
Phone: +55 (11) 3822-2052