segunda-feira, dezembro 19, 2005

Carnival time again

Hi everyone,
Before you start thinking I'm going crazy, since we still in january, I must remind you all that Carnival is not only a one week party! All the work is done throughout the year and for that, the samba schools need to do an early start. All of them have already chosen their music for the 2006 parade, all the floats and costumes are being done and people are already practicing on the streets. So, you are around for Rio now, and feel sorry not to see Carnival, you can taste a bit of that at the reharshals. There are many kinds, for all tastes and sizes!
Ok, you want to taste the thing, but you are afraid to leave the confort zone of south zone to the suburbs. Cool, no problem! Some samba schools thought about this audience and they are also performing in clubs around south zone and downtown.

On friday, you can see Mangueira performing at Scala, in Leblon (Rua Afrânio de Mello Franco, 296), starting around 10 pm. Tickets costs R$ 20 (ladies) and R$ 30 (gents).
Another school performing on friday away from their home is Beija-Flor, last year winner. The will be playing until february 24th, starting also at 10 pm, at Claro Hall (its a music hall under Via Parque Shopping in Barra). Tickets goes from R$ 60 to R$ 130.

On saturdays, the options are Portela and Porto da Pedra. Portela, the traditional white and blue from Madureira will perform in Lapa, at the Circo Voador (Rua dos Arcos, s/n), starting at 11 pm. Tickets costs R$ 30 and bloco Quizomba opens for them.
Porto da Pedra, from Niterói, plays at Clube Sirio Libanês in Botafogo (Rua marquês de olinda, 38), starting at 10 pm. Tickets costs R$ 10 (ladies) and R$ 20 (gents).

But for those looking for the real thing, the best option is to go to the suburbs, on their home field, where the people that will parade hang out every weekend, where english is not that spoken and where it takes around an hour to get buy taxi (and costs around R$ 25 - 35 the ride). But worth it! Here is a selection of three good schools, easy to get and not that far from the south zone.

Mangueira is one of the most popular samba schools in Rio. Therefore, their reharshals are always full of famous people, actors, politcians and tourists. The practice on saturdays at their gym at Rua Visconde de Niterói, 1.072 (MUST GO BY TAXI - ITS ON THE BOTTON OF THE FAVELA) and tickets costs R$ 20, starting at 10 pm.

Salgueiro is known for its beautiful people on their area, in the traditional Tijuca, a neighborhood on the north zone. Not being on the favela is a plus, and thats why many tourist buses drop by many gringos every saturday night. They are at Rua Silva Telles, 104. Tickets costs R$ 30, starting around 10 pm.

Vila Isabel is also a traditional samba school, but spent the 90'ies and early 2000 on the second division, after winning the 1988 first division parade . 2006 will be their second year back to the elite of the samba schools. They reharsh every saturday night (starting around 10 pm), at their gym on the end of Boulevard 28 de setembro (main street of the neighborhood). No tourists (so far), lots of locals, old people, children and tickets not over R$ 10 (last time I went they charged me one real, but may varies when is near february).

Thats not all, but I must go. I will comeback during the week with more info about the street blocos from carnival, other night clubs and, summer main event - Rolling Stones in Rio!

Have fun!

quinta-feira, janeiro 27, 2005

Last call for Carnival

Hi everyone!

Carnival is around the corner and here are some options for those who are already in the city!

On Monday, january 31st, just to chill out, check some old and important samba singers, musician and composers in Lapa. Dama da Noite, its the name of the bar, have a show of Wilson Moreira. He plays a kind of more melodic samba, not the ones played on the sambadrome by the samba schools. Dama da Noite is located at Ave. Gomes Freire, 773 – Lapa.

On Tuesday, february 1st, there will be a huge party in downtown for free! Old and historical Odeon Movie theather (whom belongs today to a cult movie chain of theaters), will have music, dance, poetry and movies (of course).
The party starts at 7 pm, on the square in front of the theater, with one of the oldest and most traditional street bloco, O Cordão do Bola Preta. After them, at 8 pm, a younger bloco, Rio Maracatu, plays, followed by the samba group called Capivara Ensaboada.
Inside the movie theater, at 8:30 pm, some short movies screening and poetry reading, until 9:30 pm, when Rio Maracatu hits the stage inside. Then, everyone goes back outside to party more with the shows of Bangalafumenga (another street bloco), Cordão da Bola Preta and DJ Jorge Luiz to finish the party. Odeon is located on Praça Floriano, 7 – Cinelândia. Get down at the subway station Cinelândia (direction north) and follow the signs with Odeon.

On Wednesday, february 2nd, the option is to head to Lapa again, and check two blocos parting on the Circo Voador. BLOCO QUIZOMBA and EMPOLGA ÀS 9 will make the party, mixing pop, rock and samba. The party starts at 10 PM and tickets cost R$ 12. The Circo Voador is just under the Lapa Arches, at ave. Mem de Sá.

Thursday, february 3rd, is almost carnival and is time to head for the real street blocos. So, my tip is to head downtown, more precisely to Praça Mauá and follow Escravos da Mauá (the mauá slaves). They have their own song, and the players are very good. They start by 7 PM, at Largo de S. Francisco da Prainha with rua Sacadura Cabral . to get there, take any bus that goes to the bus station (Rodoviária), and get down on Praça Mauá

all best, have fun, stay safe!

Carnival Schedule - its just an option, make yours!

Dear friends, I do not know if already I told this to you, but I am a party girl of cradle (my grandfather used to party during carnival in Belo Horizonte in years 20/30) and therefore, when this time of the year arrives, I’m already agitated...

only that in this year, I will have that to make an alternative programming, because I fell in the subway in December and got a ligament hurt in the left foot (uau, I felt like Romário now) and I’ll need to calm and to cure with physiotheraphy sessions. I Lighted then my script, but I will place also the heavy alternatives, in the case of mine little footie gets better more close to the party . The information on these and other blocks had been removed of the site , the best script of the street carnival, very good for those that can read portuguese!

Friday feb 04th
warm up /meeting of the English group - Taverna do Juca (Ave. Men de Sá, 65) in the Lapa, starting at 6h30 pm, look for the table I (Gabriela) booked. Later, around 9 PM, the thing is to go up to Santa Tereza and to go behind the Carmelitas bloco.
option heavy - after the Carmelitas, to go down Laranjeiras and to go to Concentra mas não sai, in the Bar Severyna. But it has rumors there that it does not go to be, when to roll the confirmation acknowledgment.

Saturday 05/02
option heavy – Cordão do Bola Preta, at 9 AM in the Cinelândia/ Municipal Theatre (Center). I won’t be able to go but, this is one of the most important bands playing during carnival. Who will be able to go, I recommends, is WONDERFUL!

option light - beach of ipanema from 10h and later coming back to north zone and going in Sorri prá Mim, at 4 PM in the bar Petisco da Vila in Vila Isabel. The idea is already to go ready to head for the night at sambodromo (yes, SAMBODROMO) and to see the schools of the group of Access A In this year, my favourites are two: Vizinha Faladeira (the Faladeira Neighbor) , therefore besides homaging our minister Gilberto Gil , is the school of my region of work - Gamboa, Saint Christ and adjacencias. Working in the foot of their slum, I feel myself of the community. The other one is União da Ilha (Union of the Island) , that after Vila Isabel, is who more deserves to come back to the special group.

sunday - 06/02
Sunday the party is in Ipanema. Beach from the hour that I wake up, because I want to be until the end in sambodromo, and starting at 2 PM., going to the bloco "Que merda é essa?" (what excrement I am this) , in the Bar Paz & Amor), R. Garcia D'Ávila (Ipanema). It serves as warm up for the Simpatia and to run away from initial hassle of the Simpatia. At 4 PM, starts Simpatia é Quase Amor (Affection is almost love), one of the biggest blocos in Ipanema.

Option heavy - to continue at ipanema and to go to the Empolga to the 9, at 9 PM, in posto 9 (Ipanema). Or to head in to the city center and to see super extreme the traditional Cacique de Ramos (Chieftain to it of Branches) , in the Av. Rio Branco with President Vargas (Center). Now, more heavy of heavyies is to buy in the hour tickets for sector 13 of sambodromo (more known as dispersion) to see Mangueira, Vila e Salgueiro and others leaving the avenue, just for fun.

Monday 07/02
hey! guess what! Beach of Ipanema per the morning (yes, I want to take off the delay not going to the beach all year! ). Later, route the cobal of the Humaitá to the Bloco da Segunda (Block of Second,) at 2 Pm. The website Samba e Choro says that due a supercapacity of the last years, the BS wont announce place, hour nor certain passage. Then the good thing is to go pra Cobal early and to wait taking beers and eating that one galeto sensational of there.
After that, to head copacabana and to see the ball of the Bip Bip, starts at 6 PM in rua Almirante Gonçalves, in Copacabana. They play old songs of carnival, a luxury!
option heavy - to head city and to see the Cacique de Ramos, from 8 PM, in the same place of sunday.

tuesday 08/02
beach of ipanema and the night, to go to sambodromo to see the group of the defeat, or better, group B. Samba Schools that used to be in the special group between years 80 and 90, as Estácio de Sá , Unidos da Ponte, Arranco, Lins Imperial and Império da Tijuca will be parading in the group that does not charge to get in, does not have subway the night all twirling, and only the community goes.
option heavy - between the beach and sambodromo, to go in the Bloco da Ansiedade (Block of the Anxiety) , that concentrates at 3 PM, but only leaves to 6 Pm.. They leave the Mercadinho São José , in Laranjeiras and don’t play samba, but Frevo, from the northeast. Another option, but to substitute sambódromo, is going to centro after the bloco to see two famous blocos of Rio – Cacique de Ramos e Bafo de Onça everything starting by 8 PM.

Wednesday ash 9/02 - people, I have to sleep, isn’t ? I come back to work by noon.

Though that it finished? It has plus on the weekend later!

Saturday 12/02 -
beach of ipanema per the morning and Bafafá, at 5 Pm, on posto 9. (Ipanema). This bloco does not leave the place and the drummers from Bola Preta plays old sambas.
And there is also the winners parade at the sambadrome.

sunday 13/02
beach of ipanema and after Monobloco at 2 PM, they start at the end of Leblon beach. They play old sambas and brazilian music, and gets really crowded. For those that survive all this, still have another bloco, Barangal. They star parading by 4 PM, at posto 9, in Ipanema

well, thats it for now, have fun and ask any questions on the comments!