April 18, 2001 |
Guests at the gleaming, $300-a-night Copacabana Palace Hotel in the heart of Rio's tourist district used to be offered Caribbean-style pina coladas and daiquiris on arrival. Now they get caipirinhas, a Brazilian specialty made with lime, crushed ice, sugar and a powerful sugar-cane liquor known as cachaca. Years ago, the caipirinha was the poor man's libation and few upper-class Brazilians risked being seen drinking it.
September 8, 2000 |
As a 15-year-old boy, Carlos Diegues had an epiphany while watching a play. He sat intently in the darkened theater viewing a handsome black Brazilian named Orfeu fall into a doomed love affair with a beautiful and poor young black woman named Eurydice. They were surrounded by as much poverty and destitution as their joy and passion. "Orfeu de Conceicao," written by beloved poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes, was groundbreaking.
May 11, 2000 |
"When you're in love, that's the Rio you see," breathes Amy Irving of the Technicolor setting of her latest film, "Bossa Nova," which is directed by her significant other, Bruno Barreto. And when the two are making a film together, they say, they fall in love with each other all over again, so they spent the 10 weeks of rehearsing and shooting the film in Brazil in a state of advanced bliss.
September 3, 1999 |
When Gilberto Gil brings his kinetic band on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 12, world music fans will have the opportunity to experience one of Brazil's most charismatic performers in action. A visual and aural whirlwind, he will be singing, dancing and playing the guitar in front of a high-voltage ensemble, very similar to the one that brought him a world music Grammy for "Quanta Live" earlier this year.
May 17, 1999 |
Open the phone book and embark on an expedition into the wondrous world of Brazilian names. A quick search unearths gems: Welfare Almeida, Nostradamus Coelho, Waterloo da Silva, Ben Hur Euzebio and Flavio Cavalcanti Rei da Televisao (King of Television) Nogueira. Let's call one of these people and find out what the heck is going on with these names. "My grandfather's name was Moacir, which in the Tupi Guarani indigenous language means Bad Omen," explains Welfare Almeida, an anesthesiologist.
April 9, 1999 |
Hard times have returned to Jardin Jacqueline, whose 5,000 inhabitants again are worried about food, jobs and other basics of survival. It seems difficult to believe now, but just a few years ago people in the favela, or slum, breathed easier. They could even afford an exotic luxury: bricks. The neighborhood's low-slung skyline is a monument to the relative boom of consumption that poor Brazilians enjoyed after the end of hyperinflation in 1994.