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
Website: www.fortesvilaca.com.br

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
Website: citibrasil.wordpress.com/

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
Website: www.g-rubalcaba.com/

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
Website: www.fassbrasil.com/

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
Website: www.masp.art.br

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
Website: http://jazznosfundos.net/

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
Website: 36.mostra.org/en/

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
Website: www.labclub.com.br/

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
Website: www.d-edge.com.br/

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
Website: masp.art.br/

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.
Website: www.salaodoautomovel.com.br/

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
Website: www.brooklinfest.com.br/
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
Website: www.redbull.com.br/

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
Website: www.obacalhaudoporto.com.br/

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: www.restauranteritz.com.br/ (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
Website: www.bananeiramorumbi.com.br/

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
Website: www.abruzzi.com.br

Monday, October 15, 2012

Have a look at the Sao Paulo Subway project until 2020

I found this study at the Terra website and I think it's very interesting for the insidesaopaulo audience. The São Paulo Metropolitan Railroad Network is expanding. Currently it is responsible for the transport of 7.2 million passengers every single day. Modern projects are currently developing the existing 335km network. The network is receiving the largest volume of investments in its history: at least R$ 45 billion will be invested in projects already defined.

In 2017, four new lines should be in operation in the "Paulista" Capital. Currently, four stations are under construction (4-Yellow, 5-Purple, 15-Silver and 17-Gold). The Secretary of Metropolitan Transport is also working on improvements to operation stations and optimization of existing routes. Check out how the current map and see the projections for 2020:

If you want to see the development of this project year to year, visit the Terra website and see for yourself. It is easy to understand.

The bar Pé pra Fora is a good option to spend a Saturday afternoon

This bar carries one of the most traditional characteristics of a Brazilian "Boteco": tables on the street. Actually, the tables are not on the street, but are on the footpath. You can stay there for hours drinking, appreciating an authentic feijoada or even trying some picanhas on the grill.

I've already had the chance to spend a Saturday afternoon last summer at the Pé pra Fora. The mood is very good, the bar is located very near to the Vila Madalena Subway Station and if you decide to go there, life will be easy. My personal advice goes to "Filé aperitivo com Catupiry" (around R$ 55). It comes on a hot grill that stays over the table. Put it together with cold beer and you'll feel the beat.

What: Pé pra Fora
Where: Avenida Pompéia, 2517 - São Paulo
When: Monday to Friday, from midday to 11 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holiday, from midday till 7 pm.
Price: Around R$ 50 per person
Phone: +55 (11) 3672-4154
Website: www.pepraforabar.com.br/

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Museum brings an exhibition of famous Brazilian writer: Fernanda Young

The bride says YES
This project called "A Louca Debaixo do Branco" was conceived by Fernanda Young as a book-installation. The exhibition investigates the construction of a myth about love through the personification of a bride, the central character of her brand new novel. It's the tenth of her career.

The exhibition is hosted at the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) and uses the figure of the bride to research about love. According to the author, "Only in love we are all the same. We are the same when we love, when we are abandoned, when we suffer, when we suspect we are giving up of love. "Dressed as a bride, Fernanda Young appears in images depicting pain, love, dislike and love of someone else.

"A Louca Debaixo do Branco" (The Mad Under the White) presents Fernanda's private collections, as well as texts, poems, embroidery, daily interaction between the public and the author via internet, videos, and much more.

About Fernanda Young
Fernanda is a writer, screenwriter and presenter. She is married, has 4 children and loves to write romances. It doesn't matter if are scripts, screenplays for TV or books, her subjects always revolve around romantic relationships.

What: A Louca Debaixo do Branco
Where: MIS, Avenida Europa, 158
When: October 3rd to November 18th. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from midday till 9 pm; Thursdays and Fridays, from midday till 8 pm; Sundays and Holidays, from 11 am till 7 pm.
Price: R$ 4 (Students pay half)
Website: http://www.mis-sp.org.br/

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Exhibition of Marcia Pastore and Tony Camargo in São Paulo

Art of Marcia Pastore entitled "Peso-Contrapeso"
The Funarte Sao Paulo opens two exhibitions of contemporary art with very talented artists. With a mix of cable systems, pulleys and brass tubes, the artist Marcia Pastore presents her art entitled "Peso-Contrapeso" where the theme is the body in space.

Tony Camargo brings "Vídeomódulos" which presents a series of video-performances in which he appears in a real space where happen scenographic changes. It worth a visit!

What: Peso-Contrapeso and Vídeomódulos Exhibitions
Where: Funarte São Paulo, Alameda Nothmann, 1058, Campos Elíseos
When: October 11th to November 19th. Monday to Wednesday, from 10 am till 6 pm; Tuesday to Sunday, from 1 pm till 10 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3662-5177
Website: http://www.funarte.gov.br/

Friday, October 12, 2012

30th Biennial of Art - Sao Paulo.
Don't miss it!

Art of Iñaki Bonillas from Mexico
One of the most important exhibitions on earth about contemporary art is spread on 25 thousand squared meters in Sao Paulo. There are about 3 thousand pieces signed by 111 artists from over 30 different countries, selected by the Venezuelan Luis Pérez-Oramas and his team. Click here to check few of the options and go visit it!

What: 30th Bienal de São Paulo
Where: Parque do Ibirapuera, Gate 3
When: September 7th to December 9th, from 9 am till 7 pm (entrance is only allowed till 6 pm). Wednesday and Friday, from 9 am till 10 pm (entrance is only allowed till 9 pm). Closed on Monday.
Price: For Free
Website: http://www.bienal.org.br/30Bienal/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cultural Institute organizes event to celebrate Children's Day

This weekend, starting on October 12th, is a holiday in Brazil. It will be celebrated the "Dia de Nossa Senhora Aparecida" (patron saint of Brazil) and also Children's Day. Although a lot of people are leaving Sao Paulo (check out this post regarding this issue), most of the population will remain and may attend some city events.

This post was prepared for you, who have a child and decided to stay. The Instituto Itaú Cultural organized an event called "Dança para Crianças" (Dance for Children) to celebrate the Children's Day.

The event brings together various assemblies, check it out:
  • On October 12th there will be the "Espalha Geral!", with dancers Denise Stutz and Felipe Ribeiro.
  • On October 13th will be "Um lugar que ainda não fui" with dance troupe Meia Ponta.
  • On October 14th "Meio-dia, Panela Vazia" with the Companhia Giz de Cena.

What: Dança para Crianças
Where: Itaú Cultural - Avenida Paulista, 149 - Sao Paulo
When: October 12th, 13th and 14th. All starting at 4 pm.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 2168-1776
Website: http://www.itaucultural.org.br/

São Paulo just beat its record of traffic congestion: 735 km

People leaving the city. It looks like everyone had the same idea...

São Paulo surpasses 700 km of slowness for the first time. There is a radio station in Sao Paulo, which organizes an index (Radio SulAmérica Transit / Maplink). The traffic reached 735km at 6 pm today.

The reason is the "Dia das Crianças" (Children's Day), a federal public holiday. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in South America and Southern hemisphere.

Deep Bar is a very welcoming pub in Sao Paulo

Oktoberfest 2012 at Deep Bar

There is a neighborhood in Sao Paulo called Barra Funda, one of the possible translations could be "Deep Bar" and this is exactly the name of a very good pub in São Paulo.

Located in a residential region of the city, this pub is close to a subway station and also to several nightclubs. Ricardo and his son Fernando have plenty of experience running bars and botecos in Sao Paulo. Fernando -- who is graduated in Tourism and Hospitality Management --, had the chance to stay abroad for a while and became an expert in European Pubs. After visiting a variety of pubs, when he arrived back in Sao Paulo, dad and son got together and decided to apply a little bit of Pub's style on what they know best: "Boteco".

Pub's front door
The "Deep Bar" has a German approach but it's service has a very Boteco Paulista style. They are very good at making you feel at home. I had the chance to visit the bar with a friend of mine (who usually goes there) and I could see a scene that later I found out is one of the Pub's characteristics. From the moment this friend of mine crossed the front door till he arrived on the counter, his favorite pint was ready for a sip. Fernando is proud to say that they know which beer every single client prefers. You can order a Vier Würstchen if you came from Germany or even a traditional Fish and Chips while you appreciate your drink. We "deeply" recommend this pub!

Fernando on duty
What: Deep Bar 611
Where: Rua Barra Funda, 611 - São Paulo
When: Tuesday to Saturday, from 6 pm till 1 am.
Price: Around R$ 45 per person.
Phone: +55 (11) 4304-0611
Email: contato@deepbar611.com.br
Website: www.deepbar611.com.br

Festa dos Povos is a traditional party where you can eat good food and help the community

Tell me if there's anything better than going to a party to eat, drink, play, attend a concert of Elvis Presley and discover that all the money spent during the event was reverted to charities? Is there?

Every year there is a traditional feast called "Festa dos Povos" that is organized by the Catholic Church Santa Teresa de Jesus. This will be the 30th edition and the admission is free. Despite being a religious festival, it is a very important Brazilian cultural event, since our origin has a lot of influence from the Catholic Church.

This festival will bring 16 food stalls from the cuisines Brazilian, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, American and Arabic. There will be Bingo, will have an area for children and it will be possible to buy handicrafts during the event.

The party will take place on the street and tents will be spread in Rua Clodomiro Amazonas between the streets Joaquim Floriano and Tabapuã. This party looks a lot like the traditional "Festas Juninas" that take place in June in Brazil. It is worthwhile to participate.

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What: Festa dos Povos
Where: Rua Clodomiro Amazonas, 50
When: October 20th and 21st, from 6 pm till 10 pm on Saturday; from 10 am till 8 pm on Sunday.
Price: For free to get in and the prices range from R$ 3 to R$ 25. Credit and Debit cards are not accepted.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Exhibition brings a mix between art and game

Photo: Denise Andrade
From afar they look the same, but the approach can capture the differences. In the exhibition "O Jogo dos Sete Erros" (The Game of Seven Errors), Rodrigo Andrade brings versions of the works of Ranchinho, who had a mental illness and painting was one of the ways he used to stay calm. For this work, the artist had to learn the essence of Ranchinho, and follow the way of imitation in paint to create replicas. You can only find out how it looks different because they are exposed in pairs, side by side. Actually, that is the game!
[humberto gollabeh by B-Coolt]

What: O Jogo dos Sete Erros
Where: Galeria Estação, Rua Ferreira Araújo, 625 - Pinheiros
When: Monday to Friday, from 11 am till 7 pm. Saturday, from 11 am till 3 pm. It ends on October 31st.
Price: For free
Phone: +55 (11) 3813-7253 and 3813-6355
Website: http://www.galeriaestacao.com.br/

Japanese Brunch every Sunday in Sao Paulo

The Matsubara Hotel is from a Japanese family of São Paulo and is located in the neighborhood of Paraíso, close to Avenida Paulista. A few months ago, they started a family project: Brunch Oriental, as they call it.  The buffet is open to the public and you don't have to be hosted to be part of it.

The price is R$ 50 per person and you can eat as much as you want. According to the demand, two sushi chefs prepare sushi and sashimi - tuna or salmon - in real time. But if you are one of those who don't like Asian food, the restaurant also offers pasta, salads and grilled food. Orange juice, coconut water and green tea are included in the price of the meal. It's good value for the money! Ring them to make a reservation. The Hotel's restaurant is ready to receive tourists that speak English and Japanese.

What: Japanese Brunch in a Hotel
Where: Rua Coronel Oscar Porto, 836 - São Paulo
When: Every Sunday, from Midday till 4 pm.
Price: R$ 50 per person
Phone: +55 (11) 3561-5000
Website: http://www.matsubarahotel.com.br/