Brazil: São Paulo Entertainment Guide

This week&rsquot;s entertainment guide for São Paulo features an Italian restaurant in Vila Madalena, an exhibition at FIESP, the world&rsquot;s tallest man (also visiting Rio de Janeiro), and a roundup of some other upcoming events.




Matterello"This week&rsquot;s restaurant recommendation is Matterello, located in Vila Madalena. The first unusual thing about Matterello is the location, which is below ground level. Although the transparent ceiling, at least in part, allows natural light to flood into the restaurant. The decoration is also unusual but natural, with the original exposed brick and unusual architecture, giving it a cosy feel. The second unusual thing is the menu, which aside of course from listing the various starters, main dishes and desserts, also gives a recipe for each of the items. Italian food is the primary item on offer, and all the pastas are made fresh at the restaurant. There&rsquot;s also a children&rsquot;s menu. Expect to pay around R$25 per person, excluding drinks. Rua Fidalga, 120. Vila Madalena. Tel. 3813 0452. http://www.matterello.com.br

14 BisThis year is the centenary celebration of the invention of Santos Dumont&rsquot;s first powered airplane, 14 Bis. Santos is viewed by most Brazilians as the inventor of the aeroplane. As part of the celebration the famous Brazilian cartoon artist, Mauricio de Sousa, has created an exhibition of 60 drawings which tell the history of the famous inventor. The exhibition is located at FIESP. You can also see a reconstruction of Santos Dumont&rsquot;s aeroplane, 14 Bis. Finishes November 24th. FIESP. Av. Paulista, 1.313.

La TartineThe World&rsquot;s Tallest Man is coming to both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as part of the commemoration of Guinness Day, that is the Day of World Records, as well as advertising the latest edition of the famous book. His name is Xi Shun, he is Chinese, and 55 years old. He currently stands at a whopping 2.36m (7&rsquot;8;”). Xi Shun was a similar height to his friends until he was 16, at which point he grew at a phenomenal rate until he was 23. Xi Shun has inevitably ended up playing basketball, albeit back in the 70s, but was forced to retire due to illness. Only last year did Xi Shun receive his certificate, but since receiving it he has visited many countries and says it has made up for the issue of his “abnormality”. Xi Shun will be following this route on his tour of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro: November 7th (Tuesday) – Rio de Janeiro: 12:30pm Livraria da Travessa. Travessa do Ouvidor, 17. Centro. 1pm Livraria Saraiva. Rua do Ouvidor, 98-A. Centro. 3pm Lojas Americanas. Rua do Ouvidor, 173-181. Centro. 4pm Livraria Sodiler, Aeroporto Santos Dumont. São Paulo: November 8th (Wednesday) – 12pm Sada do Hotel Feller Av. Paulista. Rua São Carlos do Pinhal, 200. 12:30pm – 2pm. Livraria FNAC. Av. Paulista, 901. Centro. November 9th (Thursday) – 1pm – 2:30pm Livraria Saraiva. Morumbi Shopping. 3:30pm Lojas Americanas. Market Place. 4pm – 5pm FNAC do Morumbi Shopping.

FlyboysThis week&rsquot;s film recommendation, among a less than brilliant set of releases, is Flyboys. The film tells the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the volunteers who became the US&rsquot;s first fighter pilots in World War 1. The film includes an underused Jean Reno as the Frenchman training the US pilots, Captain Thenault. The film takes us through an introduction to the pilots in the US, their training in France, and then the reality of the missions against German pilots. Inevitably the film is more than a touch clich, with the “bad guy” German pilot, token love affairs, and the bad pilot who pulls through in the end. The visual effects sequences are good though. Recommended for fans of war films.

Here&rsquot;s a roundup of some other events happening around São Paulo over the coming weeks: The famous musical Sweet Charity is at Citibank Hall until December 17th (tickets R$60 – 120, available from Ticketmaster, Tel. 6846 6000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.br). Famous British band New Order are coming to the Via Funchal on November 13th and 14th (tickets R$160, tel. 3089 6999). John Pizzarelli is returning to Brazil with the launch of his album “Dear Mr. Sinatra”, and will be playing at the Bourbon Street Club on November 13th, 14th, 16th, and 17th. He&rsquot;ll also be playing at the Memorial da Amrica Latina on November 15th (tickets R$75 – 160 for Bourbon Street, tel. 5095 6100, and R$50 for the Memorial, available from Ticketmaster, Tel. 6846 6000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.br). English dance group Underworld are playing at the 13th anniversary or the Sirena club in Maresias on November 15th (tickets R$60 – 100, from Casa Pizza tel. 3077 0000). The festival Nokia Trends brings bands such as 2ManyDJs, We Are Scientists (USA) and Ladytron (UK), along with DJ sets to Anhembi on November 25th (tickets R$120, available from Ticketmaster, Tel. 6846 6000, http://www.ticketmaster.com.br). British rock veterans Deep Purple play some of their greatest hits, such as “Smoke on the Water”, at Tom Brasil on November 28th and 29th (tickets R$100 – 200, Ingresso Rpido tel. 2163 2000). Blues guitarist BB King comes to the Bourbon Street Jazz club and the Via Funchal on November 30th and December 2nd (tickets on sale for Bourbon Street in October tel. 3897 4456, for Via Funchal tickets are R$95 – 480, tel. 5095 6100).

If you have been to a restaurant, club, park, museum, or anywhere else in São Paulo that you would like to recommend to other readers in future Entertainment Guides then don&rsquot;t hesitate to contact us!

Also if you are a bar, restaurant , or night club owner (or hosting any other form of event that might be of interest to foreigners) that would like to be reviewed by www.gringoes.com, as well as appearing in our entertainment guide, please contact us to arrange a visit. If you would like to submit a weekly entertainment guide for your city we&rsquot;d be interested to hear from you also.


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