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!
Gabriela




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