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  • Zombie Walk SP a different way to (re)discover downtown São Paulo

    Zombie Walk SP a different way to (re)discover downtown São Paulo

    All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) is a holiday in Brazil, and it used to be a time to visit the graves of deceased relatives, to attend mass if you were a devout Catholic, or just lay back and relax if you were an average Brazilian. That was before São Paulo held Brazil’s first Zombie Walk […]

  • Berkeley's Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil's culture wars

    Berkeley’s Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil’s culture wars

    Judith Butler, the University of California at Berkeley professor, philosopher and gender theory trailblazer, is in São Paulo for “Os Fins da Democracia” (“The Ends of Democracy”), a joint UC Berkeley/University of São Paulo conference focused on the challenges the rise of populist movements pose for liberal democracy and its institutions. So it’s fitting and not […]

  • Madonna bows down to Caetano Veloso at star-studded wedding

    Madonna bows down to Caetano Veloso at star-studded wedding

    The vow renewal ceremony of Brazilian model Michelle Alves and Israeli-American talent manager Guy Oseary brought together what may be the biggest cadre of international celebrities Rio de Janeiro has ever seen. Caetano Veloso performed at the couple’s rehearsal dinner on Monday night, and he was introduced by Madonna, who piled on the adulation. “It […]

  • Album Review: Isabel Lenza's 'Ouro' is hot on Céu's trial

    Album Review: Isabel Lenza’s ‘Ouro’ is hot on Céu’s trail

    Ouro is Isabel Lenza’s debut, and it shares the wavelength of another São Paulo-based singer-songwriter so often that comparisons are inevitable. Reggae-tinged tracks like “Incontível” recall Céu’s early, dub-heavy works, but most of Ouro goes for the seamless blend of electronic textures and traditional Brazilian pop that Céu perfected in last year’s Tropix. It took Céu […]

  • One of these nine films will take home the Rio fest's top prize

    One of these nine films will take home the Rio fest’s top prize

    The 19th edition of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival kicks off Friday, and packs in more than 250 titles over the next 11 days, including the latest from Woody Allen and Guillermo del Toro, plus the winners of this years’ Venice and Berlin fests. Of particular interest to us is the festival’s only […]

  • H.I.G. Capital bets on São Paulo real estate, buys corporate center

    H.I.G. Capital bets on São Paulo real estate, buys corporate center

    H.I.G. Capital, a Miami-based global private equity investment firm managing $23 billion of equity capital, purchased Urbanity Corporate Center in São Paulo’s South Region for an undisclosed amount. Urbanity Corporate, a AAA office building with 29,248 square meters (95,958 square feet) of space, is part of a recently completed mixed use complex developed by Even, […]

  • Indicators: Forex, trade, car sales up; inflation, industrial output down

    Indicators: Forex, trade, car sales up; inflation, industrial output down

    A trove of data released this week shows largely positive signs for the Brazilian economy. The Brazilian trade balance saw a $5.2 billion surplus in September, the best result for the month since this statistical series began in 1989, according to data released Monday by the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services. From January […]

  • Polls: 35% say Lula for president, 54% say Lula for jail

    Polls: 35% say Lula for president, 54% say Lula for jail

    A Datafolha survey published Saturday showed former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva winning at least 35% of the 2018 presidential election’s first-round vote, up from about 30 percent in a poll held in June. The poll had former environment minister Marina Silva, a likely candidate, far behind with 13% to 14% of voting intentions. […]

  • Crusading Judge Sérgio Moro receives Notre Dame Award

    Anti-corruption Judge Sérgio Moro receives Notre Dame Award

    Federal Judge Sérgio Moro is a polarizing figure in his homeland, idolized by much of the population for running the anti-corruption crusade that took down some of Brazil’s richest men over the past three years, and simultaneously reviled by left-wingers for disgracing the country’s previous two presidents, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. […]

  • Bozo biopic is Brazil’s 2018 Oscar hopeful

    So far, 2017 has been the first year in recent memory in which a Brazilian movie fails to achieve must-see status in the U.S. specialty circuit, but that may change now that seasoned distributor Gullane is set to pitch Oscar hopeful Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo: O Rei das Manhã) to American audiences. […]

  • From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

    From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

    Life Magazine sent Ukrainian photojournalist Dmitri Kessel on assignment to São Paulo in the late 1940s. Now available on the Google-hosted Life photo archive, these photos have been shared on several websites and forums over the past few years, always said to date from 1947. Yours truly decided to dig for specifics, and found on […]

  • 'Aquarius' finally gets U.S. debut

    ‘Aquarius’ finally gets U.S. release

    After a lengthy run on the international circuit, Aquarius, the most talked-about Brazilian movie of 2016, had its U.S. debut Thursday at the 54th New York Film Festival. Director Kleber Mendonça Filho and leading lady Sônia Braga were present for the screening and discussion session that followed. .@bragasonia and @kmendoncafilho discussing AQUARIUS at one of […]