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

luz da pedra




*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


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



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




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!