This week’s entertainment guide features a pizza restaurant in Vila Mariana, a first time exhibition from an artist 81 years old, a boteca in Itaim which was founded in 1927 and still oozes character, the latest film release – a comedy that is sure to make you cringe and the opportunity for kids to try out a different sport.

Mariana PizzaMariana Pizza restaurant is not surprisingly located in Vila Mariana. The restaurant is decorated is a modern style with a combination of exposed steel beams, timber and glass. As you enter the restaurant there is a wine cellar that rises six meters which gives the space a modern feel. The restaurants main attraction of course is the food and namely the pizzas and pastas. The menu offers 36 different pizza options form traditional, exotic, light and sweet. The most popular pizza is called Mariana (prepared with mushrooms, parmesan, mozzarella and basil) or you might fancy eggplant (or aubergine) with garlic topped with mozzarella. If you have enough room you may fancy the bread stuffed with sausage. Located Rua Joaquim Tvora, 1195 Vila Mariana. Phone (11) 5573-0730. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Average cost R$25 per person.

Antonio Titto Artist Antonio Titto is set to display his work for the first time at the age of 81 years. Museu Brasileiro da Escultura will display 47 pieces that have been created over a period of 30 years in an exhibition called Manifestaão. A characteristic of Titto’s work is his exploration of the geometric forms. The artist uses diverse tools such as rulers, nankins, compasses and paper to express his ideas. Titto never previously considered showing his work, however at the insistence of family and fellow artists, he yielded to the pressure. The exhibition is being shown at Museu Brasileiro de Escultura – MuBE, Rua Alemanha, 221 Jardim Europa. Telephone (11) 3081-8611. Opening on 28 January the exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday up to 17 February, 2005. Entry is free.

Botequim do HugoBotequim do Hugo is a simple bar that is located amoungst some of the more chic and upmarket bars in Itaim Bibi. Founded in 1927 it caters to a mixed crowd. Up until 1974 the bar was known Empório Cabral, named after the Portuguese founder Marcelino Cabral. It is a narrow bar and has only five tables, a marble balcony and wooden shelving on the walls. The place is adorned with objects from around the world such as Arabian knives, Tibetean artifacts, old bottles and some great photos from another age. As a result this place is oozing character which likes to treat all customers as if they were old friends. The beer here is served cold in bottles. To accompany the drinks you can choose boteca favourites such as homemade pastels, and fried sausage. Located on Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 1014, Itaim Bibi. Phone (11) 3079-6090. Open Monday to Friday and close don weekends. Average cost R$25. Check the website http://www.botequimdohugo.com.br/

FockersMeet the Fockers, the sequel to ‘Meet the Parents’ is due for release in Brazil on 28 January, 2005. Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker (Stiller) to wed his daughter (Polo), ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes (De Niro) and his wife (Danner) travel to Detroit to “meet the parents”, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker (Hoffman and Streisand), who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? And you thought your parents were embarrassing! Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference.

Junior Golf In order to promote the game of golf in São Paulo, the Federaão Paulista de Golfe has a new programme just for children. Golf which is often seen as an elitist sport is trying to break from this by encouraging young people to participate. Called Junior Golf this programme is free and open to all children between the ages of seven and 13. The idea is to teach children the basics of the game; how to swing (and hopefully hit the ball), the rules and some etiquette on the golf course. Lesson as given on the driving range where students are provided with golf balls, clubs and personal instruction. After a period of two months students who enjoy the game will be invited to join the club. Classes are given at FPG Golf Center on R Dep João Bravo Caldeira, 273 Jd Ceci. Telephone (11) 5587-5844 check the website www.fpgkaisergolfcenter.com.br

See below for previous editions of What’s On in São Paulo

What’s On Guide, Jan 19-26, 2004
What’s On Guide, Jan 12-18, 2004
What’s On Guide, Jan 5-11, 2004
What’s On Guide, Dec 15-21, 2004
What’s On Guide, Dec 8-14, 2004
What’s On Guide, Nov 25 – 1 Dec, 2004
What’s On Guide, Nov 17 – 24, 2004

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