Árvore de Natal da Lagoa…is Coming to Town!

We don’t know about Santa Claus, but Árvore de Natal da Lagoa is coming to town!  After a two-year absence (due to a lack of funding) the famous Lagoa Christmas Tree will return to Rio on December 1st.  The tree has a new sponsor (Petrobras) and will be celebrated with music and a fireworks show:

AFTER TWO YEAR ABSENCE, RIO’S LAGOA CHRISTMAS TREE RETURNS

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Rio’s Gastromotiva Serves Up A Side of Humanity

We can’t begin to express the awesomeness of the restaurant featured in today’s article.  Established in 2016, Refettorio Gastromotiva serves innovative fare and a heaping side of humanity to homeless diners in Rio.  Read more about this unique project, which serves food donated by companies that would otherwise throw it away, and prepared by a team of trainees led by professional chefs:

MORE THAN A MEAL: THE SWANKY RIO RESTAURANT FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE

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A Bit of CCB Gossip

We’ve got a bit of CCB gossip.  Our sources tell us that J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter…ever heard of it?) recently hinted at Rio being the setting of Fantastic Beasts 3.  Beginning with suggestive new cover art for her Twitter profile and an admission that she’s been writing the city’s name a lot in recent months, we’re thinking that J.K.’s coming to town!  Read on for the full scoop:

IS J.K. ROWLING HINTING ‘FANTASTIC BEASTS 3’ IS SET IN RIO? 

https://www.hypable.com/fantastic-beasts-3-city-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/

CCB Mention! Spending a Weekend in Rio’s Santa Teresa

Dreamy.  Iconic.  Vibrant.  Bohemian.  These are just some of the words used to describe the vibe of Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood (also home to the best B&B in the world–just sayin–Casa Cool Beans!) in today’s post.  Read on and learn how to make the most of a weekend exploring our charming community AND for a CCB Mention!

SPENDING A WEEKEND IN RIO’S HISTORICAL SANTA TERESA NEIGHBORHOOD

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Wake Up! The Cinema of Spike Lee Comes to Rio Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, November 7th through November 26th, ‘Acorde! O Cinema de Spike Lee’ (Wake Up! The Cinema of Spike Lee) will feature 22 Spike Lee feature-length films and more in Rio’s Bank of Brazil Cultural Center.  Spike Lee fans and newcomers to the New Yorker’s work can also enjoy a debate and a Spike Lee film class:

SPIKE LEE FILM EXHIBIT COMES TO RIO’S CCCB THIS WEDNESDAY

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Festival do Rio Underway Across Rio

The ‘Festival do Rio’ (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival) is underway at venues around Rio and will continue through November 11th.  The biggest film festival in Rio, it will feature 200 films from more than 60 countries, including 84 Brazilian productions, not to mention seminars, workshops, and debates!

THE 20TH RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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