This week’s entertainment guide features a restaurant in Cerqueira Csar which is frequented by the Paulista ‘it crowd’, a bar in Vila Nova Conceião which is a good venue for watching football games, a Brazilian Country & Western artist singing Bob Dylan Covers in Pinheiros, the latest movie release – a romance/comedy starring Will Smith and a park in São Paulo that offers a diverse range of flora and fauna.

SpotDo you like to see and be seen? If the answer is yes, then Spot is the ideal place for you. Located in Cerqueira Csar, the first thing that will strike you about this restaurant is the windows, which provide a great view of commercial buildings on Avenida Paulista. This provides great views of the city along with a prime position to spot some of São Paulo’s famous ‘it crowd’, who frequent the restaurant. People watching is the primary pastime here, however if you arrive with a hunger you are catered for, the menu offers salads, grills, pastas and sandwiches. One of the popular dishes is penne with melon and cured ham. Another dish you might consider is grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and garlic pure. For dessert the chocolate short cake is a specialty. Cost: R$35 to R$60. Address: Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 72, Cerqueira Csar. Phone (11) 3283-0946. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

Vila IsabelIf you are interested in finding a good place to watch the current round of World Cup Qualifiers Vila Isabel would be a good choice. This new bar is located next to the Old Vic Pub in Vila Nova Conceião. The bar is always full on the weekends and a great atmosphere is generated by the crowd that spills out onto the terrace. They have giant television screen set up to watch sports along with an army of waiters who will provide you with regular cold beer. If you are hungry there is snack food available. Given the nature of the venue and how busy it can become there is a good chance you will strike up a conversation with a fellow punter about say, the current form of Brazilian striker Ronaldo. Address: Avenida Hlio Pellegrino, 198, Vila Nova Conceião. Phone: (11) 3045-2966

Rodrigo HaddadOn Sunday April 3, 2005 Brazilian country singer Rodrigo Haddad will play an acoustic set with North American Jason Bermingham. The set will include Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones, and more. Rodrigo Haddad was recently featured in an interview on gringoes. This a great opportunity to listen to some great music, meet ex-pats and English speakers. Cover: R$ 4.00. When: 8pm Sunday April 3. Where: Finnegan’s Pub, Rua Cristiano Vianna, 358, Pinheiros. Phone: (11) 3062-3232 Check out the websites www.rodrigohaddad.com, www.jasonbermingham.com

HitchHitch is a comedy/romance which tells the story of a professional “date doctor” (Will Smith). While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, he finds his game doesn’t quite work on the gossip columnist (Mendes) with whom he’s smitten. She has enrolled as a student and plans on publishing an expos of his fraudulent methods. Currently showing in Brazil. PG-13 for language and some strong sexual references. 1 hr. 55 min

Parque TrianonParque Tenente Siqueira Campos, better known as Parque Trianon, was created on an existing native forest and later remodelled with the introduction of some exotic species by Frenchman Paul Villon and Englishman Barry Parker. With an area of approx. 48,000 square meters, visitors can admire cedar trees and wood-iron, along with gigantic native species, such as sapopemba, jequitib-branco and jatob. In addition the park is home to diverse species of insects and birds. It is one of the few environments in the city which provides suitable habitat for the breeding of native birds such as rolinha, periquito, pica-pau, joão-de-barro, bem-te-vi and sabi-laranjeira. Small mammals such as caxinguels (squirrels), can be seen by visitors. There are playgrounds for the kids as well as tracks for wandering around the park. Rua Peixoto Gomide, 949 Cerqueira Csar. Phone: (11) 3289-2160

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

What’s On Guide, Mar 24 – Mar 30, 2005
What’s On Guide, Mar 17 – Mar 23, 2005
What’s On Guide, Mar 10 – Mar 16, 2005
What’s On Guide, Mar 3 – Mar 9, 2005
What’s On Guide, Feb 24 – Mar 2, 2005
What’s On Guide, Feb 17 – Feb 23, 2005
What’s On Guide, Feb 11 – Feb 16, 2005

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