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


*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



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




*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




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



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



*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


*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


*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.




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





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!

Maiko's Pick of the Week – Nov. 27 – Dec 3


Roger Ballen *

Displays with more than 100 images in black and white of the American photographer who lives in South Africa is shown for the first time in Latin America.

Tue to Fri 12pm – 6pm

Sat-Sun – 12pm-7pm, until Fev 17th 2013

Museu de Arte Moderna, Av. Infante Don Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo – Centro

Entrance fee: R$12,00


José Rufino – Ulysses*

“Ulysses,” (character created by Homerus) an immense statue all made of wood and demolition debris materials collected by the four corners of the Rio.

Tue to Sun 10am – 8pm, until Fev 17th 2013

Casa França Brasil – Visconde de Itaboraí 78, Centro




Por trás dos olhos – Behind the eyes

Spectacle of dance that includes aerial moves with tapes

Thursday 8:30pm; Friday 3pm, Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 3pm and 7pm

Espaço Tom Jobim – Rua Jardim Botânico 1008 – Jardim Botânico

Price – R$30,00



Silvia Manchete

Brazilian singer that displays its mix of music, acrobatics performance

Wed 9:30pm

Solar de Botafogo, Rua General Polidoro 180, Botafogo.

Entrance fee: R$40,00



The “trio” shows their repertoire of samba, maracatu, rock, funk and soul.

Friday 10pm

Studio RJ, Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Ipanema.

Entrance fee: R$50,00



The band promotes interesting mix of musical genres as afoxé, jongo, maracatu, cumbia, rock and hip-hop.

Saturday 23:30h

Teatro Rival, Rua Álvaro Alvim 33, Cinelândia

Entrance fee: R$50,00


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

Maiko's Pick of the Week – Nov. 20th-25th



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



O Globo da Morte de Tudo (“Globe of Death of Everything”)
Two Globes of Death connected to four walls of steel racks, with six feet high, where it was deposited more than 1,500objects, bought and collected over the last six months.

Mon to Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 12pm – 6pm Galeria Anita Schwartz – Rua José Roberto Macedo Soares 30 Gávea




*Design de Favela (Favela’s Design)
Inventions in the Favela’s communities of Rio de Janeiro become art.

Mon to Sat 11am – 8pm Nov 22 th – Dec 20th

Centro Carioca de Design

Praça Tiradentes 48 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro

Free – (Debut on Nov 22th Thursday – 7pm)




The bigest Black Music Festival in Latin America bringing together national and international attractions

Friday Highlights:

Martinho da Vila and Martnália – 9pm

Lauryn Hill – 12:30am

Saturday Highlights:

Naná Vasconcelos – 9:30pm

Hugh Masekela -12:40am

Sunday Highlights:

Gal Costa – 8pm

Fatoumata Diawara – 11:40pm

Estação Leopoldina (capacity 4000 people), Av. Francisco Bicalho, Centro.

Entrance fee: R$150 and R$370 (three days)

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

Maiko's Pick of the Week

Maiko’s (the Concierge at Casa Cool Beans) choices for this week:

Nov 12th to Nov 18th 2012


*Brazilian artists in Italy

95 paintings of some of the most important Brazilian artist who stayed in Italy for a cultural interchange program in the 19 century.

Tue to Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat to Sun 12pm – 5pm – until Nov 25th

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Av. Rio Branco 199, Centro



Augusto Malta

Different photographers interpret images taken by the famous brazilian photographer Augusto Malta on Copacabana on XIX century

Tue to Sun 14pm – 6pm

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



Dance (in Santa Teresa!)

O barão nas árvores (The Baron of the tree)

A Brazilian group theater called Intrépida Trupe plays a mix of music, dance, chant and circus presentation.

Wednesday, 8pm Nov 14th

Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas

Rua Murtinho Nobre, 169, Santa Teresa.





Representative band of Rio’s revelry opens the pre-season carnival

Wednesday, 11pm Nov 14th

Fundição Progresso – Rua dos Arcos, 24 Lapa

Entrance fee: R$60 (first batch), R$80 (second batch)


*Maria Bethânia

One of the famoust popular Brazilian singers plays old and new songs

Sunday, 9pm Nov 18th

Vivo Rio, av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85, Parque do Flamengo.

Entrance fee: R$100,00 (sector I)


Classic Music

Festival Vila-Lobos

A famous guitar player, Yamandu Costa plays Brazilian regional songs in the beautiful botanical garden

Friday 8pm Nov 16th

Espaço Tom Jobim – Rua Jardim Botânico 1008. Jardim Botânico

Entrance fee: R$20,00


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

Taxis in Rio de Janeiro

Taxis in Rio de Janeiro are inexpensive and abundant (difficult to find when it rains though!) It is one of the quickest ways to get around the city.  Some important points and information:

– ALWAYS take taxis at night….do not take public transportation or walk; it can be unsafe.

– You must wear the seatbelt if you are riding in the front seat, it is law.  You will want to wear the seatbelt in the rear seat as well!

– Never slam the door, it seems like no insult is graver to a Carioca cabdriver. The real reason is that the quality of the cars is not very good and the cars are very fragile.

– Always try to take taxis from the street and ask for taxameter, the taxis parked outside of nightclubs for instance will offer you a fixed higher rate.

– Avoid taking taxis that don’t have a company name written on them; all should be yellow with a meter!

– Make sure they actually know where you want to go. This can be a bit tricky because all of them will pretend to know the address, confirm one more time.

– To get to Santa Teresa from anywhere, tell them first Santa Teresa and then Largo do Guimaraes…..Casa Cool Beans is just a few blocks from there!

– There are two different rates, the cheaper is rate 1 and is everytime except: Mon-Sat from 9PM until 6AM, Sundays, holidays and the whole of December when it is rate 2.

– The yellow cabs are the regular ones you should take. There are more expensive special taxis that are blue, red or white; for example, the really expensive Radiotaxi from the international airport.

– Taxis in Rio are sometimes in a really bad state, try not to catch the crappiest.

– The best taxis to catch from the International airport are with the Aerocoop or Aerotaxi companies. In order to get these you have to go outside the airport building and find one there, they are yellow and should go on the meter. There are a lot of other yellow cabbies outside that all will try to get you pay a lot.

– If the cab driver picks up a list, which adds money on top of what’s on the meter, he is most likely not trying to shaft you. He is just waiting to get his meter calibrated with this year’s new prices. There is a sticker in one of the windows and if it is from the previous year he has the right to use this list. If you have a lot of luggage they also have the right to add a certain surcharge.


GRINGO-RIO.COM & Maiko Nizzo-Concierge @Casa Cool Beans