Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week: Dec 29th to Jan 6th 2012

fogos_copacabana

Expositions

*O Sacrifício pela Vida na Guarita ( The sacrifice of life in the Guardhouse) at CCBB’s Sala A Contemporânea

The Sala A Contemporânea is a space exclusively dedicated to promote solo exhibitions and unpublished works of contemporary Brazilian artist.

Tue to Sun – 9am – 9pm until Jan 6th 2013.

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rua Primeiro de Março 66 – Centro

Free

*The Impressionist

Some of the most important impressionist works of art from the Museu d’Orsay like Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir and Monet are displayed at the CCBB.

Tue to Sun 9am – 9pm – until Jan 13th 2013

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rua Primeiro de Março 66 – Centro

Free

 

New Year Eve’s Firework Displays at Copacabana Beach

Celebrate the arrival of the year 2013 with a lot of music, in a colorful and environment-friendly way at a sandy beach in Copacabana.

Tuesday, midnight

Copacabana Beach

Free

 

Music

*Dhi Ribeiro at Rio Scenarium

Dhi Ribeiro signs samba in its various aspects such as romantic samba, samba rock and gafieira (a partner samba dance).

Wednesday, 7:30pm

Rio Scenarium – Rua Lavradio 20, Lapa – Centro

Entrance fee: R$35,00

 

Sururu na Roda

The group makes a great mix of various genres of Brazilian music, a true musical miscegenation. One of the most popular samba singer of Lapa, Rogê will sign as a special guest.

Thursday, 9pm

Studio RJ – Rua Vieira Souto 110 – Ipanema.

Entrance fee: R$40,00

 

*The Maze

All night jazz in a mix of bar and guesthouse with one of the greatest night views in Rio

Friday, 8pm

Tavares Bastos 414, Catete

Entrance: R$ 30,00; from 10pm, R$40,00am

 

*This area might be unsafe; please discuss with us before going!

Heading to Copacabana New Year Eve’s Big Party Next Week? Some tips and information…

Rio NYE party

Rio de Janeiro is less than one week from the New Year’s Eve big firework display at Copacabana Beach. The city has just hosted the Stevie Wonder and Gilberto Gil Christmas Concert and now the stages for the dozens of shows to be performed at the famous beach are being readied for the Reveillon Festivities.

There will be two main stages, The Palco Principal (Main Stage) will be in front of Copacabana Palace and Palco Claro will be further down the beach opposite Rua Santa Clara. There will be more other two small stages, one located at Leme and the other one in front of Rua Xavier da Silveira. The show at the two main stages will run uninterruptedly until the fireworks starts at midnight, with a break of 16 minutes. The shows will be back right after the fireworks display finishes and then run until around 3 am. Below are the line ups :

 

Main stage (Copacabana Palace)

*8PM – DJs MAM e Marcelinho da Lua

*9PM – Diogo Nogueira
10:30 PM – Sorriso Maroto

12AM – Fireworks

12:20 AM – Claudia Leite

1AM – Ellen Oléria – vencedora do programa The Voice

3AM – G.R.E.S Unidos da Tijuca

 

Claro Stage (Rua Santa Clara)

8PM – Mariene de Castro

9PM – Olodance

*10PM – Baby do Brasil

12AM – Fireworks

12:20 AM – Grupo Revelação

*1:40 AM – G.R.E.S Acadêmicos do Salgueiro

*2:20 AM – G.R.E.S. Unidos de Vila Isabel

 

Rua Xavier da Silveira stage

6PM – Dj

7PM – Grupo vou pro Sereno

*8:30 PM – Dj Brinquinho

9:30PM – Stylo X

12AM – Fireworks
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2:16 AM – Stylo X

1AM – Dj Lesco

2AM – Dj Presuntinho

 

Leme Stage

6PM – Start of program – Band

7PM – Band

12AM – Fireworks

*12:20AM – Samba School

2AM – DJ

* Performance Highlights

 

Two million people are expected at Copacabana beach on December 31st so Copacabana will be packed and for that reason there are some tips that should be followed:

  • Go by metro – it is important to arrive early. The Atlantic Avenue will be blocked at 3pm and the whole neighborhood will have its streets blocked for private cars running at 6pm. Buy the metro (subway) tickets in advance. They are going to be selling special tickets for the day. On the 31st, from 7pm, those are going to be the only ones accepted. Casa Cool Beans has already arranged that for its guests coming for the New Year!
  • Taxis and Buses – They are running all night but the traffic is going to be very slow so it is still recommended to get the metro even knowing that it is going to be busy. So if you are going to use buses or taxis just be patient!
  • No Cell Phones – It usually stop working well close to the fireworks displays and especially during the show. Imagine 2 millino people trying to whish Happy New Year to their families and friends at the same time!!!
  • Good meeting point – Better use places like the big hotels (Copacabana Palace, Marriot or Othon Palace) as predetermined meeting points if anyone gets separated from the group.
  • Safety – Walking among a big crowd like this requires some precaution. The basic recommendation is to keep your wallet in the front pocket and never in the rear one.  Also, leave the Havaianas at the hotel and prefer use shoes avoiding get your feet cut at any of the broken glass left on the ground.
  • After the Fireworks – Stay at the beach and enjoy the music program. It will be for sure the smartest idea if you don’t want to be among the many people that will leave at the same time just after the fireworks display finishes.

 

We hope you all enjoy the New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, comfortably, safe and very, very happy!!!

Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week: Dec 24th to Dec 30th 2012

luz da pedra

 

 

Expositions

*Maria Carmen Perlingeiro – “Luz da Pedra” (Lights of the stones)

She creates sculptures using alabaster and gold leaf. “Luz da Pedra” is one of the carioca artist’s most recent works.

Tue to Fri – 12am – 6pm, Sat and Sun – 12am to 7pm, until Jan 13rd 2013.

Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM – Av. Infante Don Henrique 85 – Centro

Free

William Kentridge

A well established south african artist in the international scene which has some of his works at Louvre, Paris or MoMa, New York. Videos, pictures and sculptures are presented. Also an opportunity to visit the Instituto Moreira Salles, built in one of the beautiful mansions in the pleasant Gávea neighborhood.

Tue to Sun 11am – 8pm – until Fev 17th 2013

Instituto Moreira Salles, Rua Marquês de São Vicente 476 – Gávea

Free

 

Christmas Show at Copacabana Beach

*Stevie Wonder and Gilberto Gil

The city of Rio will bring Stevie Wonder to town for a free Christmas night concert on the famed Copacabana Beach. The beach concert is set to take place in front of the hotel Copacabana Palace starting at 10PM, with a legendary Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil opening at 8PM and later joining Wonder on stage.

Tuesday, 8pm

Copacabana Beach – In front of Copacabana Palace Hotel

Free

 

Music

Samba and Choro at Rio Scenarium

Two bands playing Samba and Choro (instrumental samba rhythm). The Samba group will start at 7:30pm and the Choro band at 10:30pm. Both play the hits and classic of brazilian samba and choro music.

Wednesday, 7:30pm

Rio Scenarium – Rua Lavradio 20, Lapa – Centro

Entrance fee: R$20,00

 

Raiz do Sana – Brazilian Northeastern Music

Inspired by Northeastern rhythms, the band plays xotes, xaxados, maracatu and other typical Brazilian northeastern rhythms. It also mixes elements such as rock, salsa, samba and soul. It is one of the most popular bands for such type of music in Rio.

Thursday, 20:30pm

Studio RJ – Rua Vieira Souto 110 – Ipanema.

Entrance fee: R$40,00

 

Classic Ballet

 

*O Quebra Nozes (The Nutcracker)

In the great surrounds of the city Municipal Theatre overlooking Cinelândia, the 120 year-old score by Tchaikovsky accompanying the resident ballet company becomes a veritable must for fans of a little seasonal cheer.

Date: Dec 28th, Jan 03-06 2013

Friday, 8pm

Teatro Municipal – Praça Marechal Floriano – Cinelândia

Entrance fee: R$ 25 to R$ 84

 

*This area might be unsafe; please discuss with us before going!

Chorinho, Pastél and lots of fun at one of Rio de Janeiro’s local food markets; General Glicério Fair!

chorinho general

The street markets at Rio de Janeiro are certainly the place where you can easily find the sweetest mangos, freshest papayas and tastiest passion fruits or any of the delicious fruits of season! However it is also one of the best places for foreigners to feel the mood of the city and a chance to see the way cariocas take their day by day life. These markets can be found in any neighborhood, one for each day of the week. They are diverse in numbers but also in types as some markets can offer more than just fruits. That is the case of General Glicério Fair in Laranjeiras’ neighborhood.

At General Glicério Fair besides fruits you have the opportunity to hear some great local music right outside in the middle of the market and free! Different and small bands go there around noon every Saturday gathering to play samba, chorinho (ancient samba rhythm) and all kinds of other different Brazilian popular music the band decide to play at the time.

Usually on such markets there are stalls selling some local and typical snacks that for sure worth a trying a bite! Try the Pastéis (a kind of a local fast food, consisting of thin pastry envelopes wrapped around assorted fillings like ground meat, mozzarella, hart of palm, cream cheese and chicken) or the Brazilian northeastern’s Biju de Tapioca (type of a crêpe made with tapioca or manioc flour filled with local vegetables, cheese, ham or sweet condensed milk with coconut). There can be also find some stalls selling art and crafts what could be an idea for a local souvenir.

General Glicério is also the name of the street where the market takes place. It is actually one of the nicest area of Laranjeiras neighborhood with its big mansions (dated from the 40s and 50s) and large gardens. The street’s central garden was actually one of the last works of the famous Brazilian landscape designer called Burle Marx, same who design the city’s main park Aterro do Flamengo, known as Rio’s Central Park.

And if you feel that you could stay longer and have lunch around the area, there are two good options: the little coffe shop called Maya or the small wine shop L’Orangerie. At Maya Café, you should try the sandwiches made with the house home-made breads. Getting one of their sandwiches and a salad takes care of lunch! Other options are the soups, icecreams and cakes. They serve one of the city’s representative cakes flavor, chocolate-covered carrot cake, considered one of the bests! The second option would be L’Orangerie for a bit more sophisticated option. They are actually a wine shop so anything you order there can be combined with one of the house’s wine suggestions. This month they are giving 20% of discount in the wines on Tuesday’s afternoons. So if you want a place to chill out after a visti to Corcovado that might be the place as they are just 2 minutes ride from Corcovado train station!

 

General Glicério Fair at Laranjeiras Neighborhood.

Every Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Music starts around noon.

Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week: Dec 18th to Dec 24th 2012

Expositions

*Henrique Oliveira

Oliveira uses “tapumes”, which in portugese can mean fencing, boarding, or enclosure, as a title for many of his large-scale installations.

Tue to Fri – 11am – 6pm, Sat and Sun – 11am to 5pm, Fev 3rd 2013.

Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rua Luis de Camōes, 68 – Centro

Free

 

Augusto Malta

Different photographers interpret images taken by the famous brazilian photographer Augusto Malta on ancient Copacabana.

Tue to Sun 14pm – 6pm

Espaço Sesc – Galeria, Rua Domingos Ferreira, 160, Copacabana – until Fev 03rd 2013

Free

 

Dance

Enquanto estamos aqui (While we are here)

On stage, the action takes place on and around a big table, around which the audience settles. Solo presentation of the ballet dancer Marcia Rubin.

Thursday, 9:30pm

Espaço Sesc – Mezanino, Rua Domingos Ferreira 160, Copacabana.

Free

 

Music

Sarau Déjavú

New composers and interpreters of Brazilian music gather to present their work to an audience hungry for new trends in contemporary Brazilian music scene.

Wednesday, 9:30pm

Studio RJ, Av. Vieira Souto, 110 – Ipanema

Entrance fee: R$40,00

 

*Hermeto Pascoal

Known as “Bruxo” (the Sorcerer), Pascoal often makes music with unconventional objects such as teapots, children’s toys, and animals, as well as people’s voice. He plays his new songs and also some old hits.

Friday, 10:00pm

Circo Voador, Rua dos Arcos 1, Lapa

Entrance fee: R$80,00

 

*MONOBLOCO

Monoblock is back on stage this weekend with its varied repertoire of percussion performance, playing the best of samba.

Saturday, 11pm

Circo Voador, Rua dos Arcos 1, Lapa

Entrance fee: R$60,00

 

Classic Ballet

 

*O Quebra Nozes (The Nutcracker)

In the great surrounds of the city Municipal Theatre overlooking Cinelândia, the 120 year-old score by Tchaikovsky accompanying the resident ballet company becomes a veritable must for fans of a little seasonal cheer.

Date: Dec 19-23

Alternative dates Dec 27-30, Jan 03-06 2013

Open 8pm (except Sun 5pm)

Teatro Municipal – Praça Marechal Floriano – Cinelândia

Entrance fee: R$ 25 to R$ 84

 

*This area might be unsafe; please discuss with us before going!

 

Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week: Dec 11th to Dec 17th 2012

Expositions

*Emmanuel Nassar – Este Norte (This direction)

The artist was inspired in his youth, lived in the military dictatorship times in Brazil, to pass the concept of freedom for his works. The works are based on photographs, paintings, paper and metal plates.

Tue to Fri – 11am – 6pm, Sat and Sun – 11am to 5pm, Fev 3rd 2013.

Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rua Luis de Camōes, 68 – Centro

Free

 

Photo Web 2011

Forty-seven records of three winners of the second edition of the PhotoWeb 2011 Award, a contest that aims to promote photography as a visual asset to the city.

Tue to Sun 12am – 7pm – until Jan 6th 2013

Centro Cultural dos Correios, Rua Visconde de Itaboraí 20, Centro

Free

 

Outdoor

*Forró na Pedra do Sal (Forro at Pedra do Sal)

Every week there is a different agenda at Pedra do Sal, located at the base of Morro da Conceição (Conceição Hill) base. The cozy corner lives in celebration with its lively samba, that welcomes people of all ages and tastes.

Wed, 8pm

Largo João da Bahiana s/n – Zona Portuária

Free

 

Music

OOJazz (Orleans Original Jazz)

The elegance of the nineteenth century two-story house combined with New Orleans music creates a perfect atmosphere for enjoying fine wine and contemporary cuisine in one of the most charming areas of ancient Rio

Thursday, 6:30pm

Brasserie Rosário 34, Praça XV – Centro

Free

 

Último Gole

A traditional street samba group (called blocos) which plays the classic of Rio’s Carnival songs and also their own composition.

Friday, 9:00pm

Studio RJ, Vieira Souto 110, Ipanema

Entrance fee: R$50,00

 

*Nando Reis

With over 30 years of career, the former component of one of the most famous Brazilian rock band, the Titãs, plays his new songs in this show.

Saturday, 10pm

Fundição Progresso, Rua dos Arcos 24, Lapa

Entrance fee: R$50,00

 

 

 

*Brazilian Symphony Orchestra

The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB) is the most traditional symphonic ensemble in Brazil. A great opportunity to see the Brazil National Orchestra performing in one of the most beautiful churches in Rio de Janeiro, the Candelária’s Church.

Sunday, 4pm

Candelária Church, Rua da Candelária 79, Centro

Free

 

*This area might be unsafe; please discuss with us before going!

Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week: Dec 4th to Dec 10th 2012

Expositions

*Burle Marx – A figura humana (The Human Figure)

The showcase at the Correios Cultural Center presents 120 designs and illustrations of Roberto Burle Marx, the famous Brazilian landscape architect who created many outstanding gardens like Aterro do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro

Tue to Sun 12am – 7pm – until Jan 6th 2013

Centro Cultural dos Correios, Rua Visconde de Itaboraí 20, Centro

Free

*Isabela Franco – Desencontros – (Mismatch)

The artist displays nineteen screens of different sizes. Most of them are paintings with impressions of the artist body, who, covered in paint, left her personal marks in the works.

Tue to Sun 12am – 7pm, until Dec 16th

Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, Av. Rio Branco 241, Centro.

Free

 

Outdoor

Palhaceata (The Crown Parade)

A sort of Clown Festival which will gather 100 artists from Brazil and 25 from outside performing in the streets and concert halls of the city. The traditional parade of clowns will leave Cinelândia and walk to Praça XV led by a Giant Octopus

Wed, 3pm

Cinelândia Square

Free

 

Music

TOM ZÉ

The famous Brazilian composer shows his new album, Tropicália Lixo Lógico at the Festival Multiplicidade, a music festival of audiovisual performances.

Thursday, 8pm

Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63 – Flamengo

Entrance fee: R$ 40,00

 

Bossa Jazz e Muito Mais (Bossa, Jazz & Much More)

The Brazilian bassist Alberto Continentino plays with his band Acoustic Bass, Vibraphone, guitar, drums and percussion in a Bossa and Jazz Night at Vista Restaurant.

Friday, 9:30pm

Restaurante Vizta, Avenida Delfim Moreira, 630 – Leblon

Entrance fee: R$40,00

 

Móveis Coloniais de Acaju (Colonial Furniture of Acaju)

A ten piece world pop brazilian band with one of today’s best live performance of its country.

Saturday,  10pm

Studio RJ, Av. Vieira Souto, 110 – Ipanema

Entrance fee: R$50,00

 

 

 

Velha Guarda da Mangueira

A “Roda de Samba” (Samba gathering) led by one of the most famous Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro, called Mangueira.

Sunday, 8pm

Studio RJ, Av Vieira Souto, 110 – Ipanema

Entrance fee: R$30,00

 

*This area might be unsafe; please discuss with us before going!