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Salvador's Mercado Modelo

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/31/2013 - 05:58 pm

Every year at this time, stateside sun lovers pack up and head for Salvador, Bahia. After all, the city is renowned as the nexus of Brazilian cultural and for its close connections to Mother Africa. Truth is, there is nowhere else in the America where, the purest traditions of Africa are celebrated as part of daily life.
April is 'Discovery Month' here at Brazil Club, in honor of the date April 22, 1500 when Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvarez Cabral landed at Porto Seguro, 250 miles south of Salvador.  We'll put this motn to good use with plenty of tips, facts and fun as we get to know a little more about Brazil.
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Happy Easter and Feliz Pascoa

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/30/2013 - 12:10 pm

Brazilians celebrate the Easter season a little differently than their American counterparts. After all, Brazil has the largest Catholic population in the world, with approximately 130 million Catholics, representing 74 percent of the population. And with the end of the Brazilian summer still fresh memory, many Brazilians travel to beaches and resorts, much like Labor Day weekend here in the US.
Even then tradition has its place, especially for young families. "In Brazil, on Easter Sunday, we try to educate the kids and let them know it's not only about the Easter Bunny, it's about Christ and the resurrection and the teachings of God," according to Julio Canto said. He and his wife, Enivani ...

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The Next Host of WTTW's 'Check Please'?

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/25/2013 - 12:10 pm

One of our own from Chicago's Brazilian American community has a great chance to step up in the Windy City's thriving restaurant and entertainment scene.
Cristiane Pereira is the owner of Taste of Brazil Cafein Oak Park, Illinois and she was chosen among almost 1,000 candidates as one of the 17 finalists to be the new host of WTTW’s popular ‘Check Please!’ program on Channel 11.
It would be a great achievement for the Brazilian American community in Chicago to have a Brazilian chef hosting a show in Chicago on TV. She writes:
"Being a business owner, I built my business with a lot of hard work physically and mentally. But what always really stood out and kept on br ...

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Emilio Santiago, 12/06/46 - 03/20/13

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/20/2013 - 11:11 am

 
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Early on Wednesday morning, March 20th, 2013, Emilio Santiago died at age 66. The Brazilian singer was being treated in the ICU at Samaritan Hospital in Botafogo, Rio de Janiero.  According to the hospital, Santiago died due to complications from a stroke he suffered on March 7.
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Listen to a special Birthday tribute to Emilio Santiago this Sunday, December 8th on The Sunday Brazilian Brunch. Preview here.
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The Waters of March: The Story Behind...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/19/2013 - 08:33 pm

Spring can be the most fickle of seasons, especially here in Chicago. Last year, we were basking in a nine-day stretch of 80 degree weather, but as I write, the wind chills are driving the cold into single digits. “In like a lion, out like a lamb?”  We can only hope…
Down south, the seasons are reversed and spring follows the Brazilian summer as the beginning of the rainy season (only the very southern parts of Brazil ever see snow). Brazilian rains can be both powerful and prolonged, and the red clay washes away easily.
I guess it’s no surprise that spring’s ‘fluid’ nature has found it way into song, and that’s way I like to feature a ...

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Rio Welcomes New Museum of Art

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/12/2013 - 04:38 am

If you’re a first-timer to Rio de Janeiro, you’re sure to be amazed by the seaside landscape that greets you in the beach districts of Copacabana and Ipanema: the azure of the tropical Atlantic glittering under the Brazilian sun; the mountains that frame its coastline; the puffy white clouds overhead. Heck, even the hearts of seasoned travelers to Rio can skip a beat or two.
So why are the beaches so empty?
It’s those clouds. In Portuguese, partly cloudy might as well mean “no day at the beach”. That’s when Cariocas head for the shopping malls. But now Rio has a new attraction to help you spend your time (instead of your money) on a cloudy day.
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Brazil: What It Means When We 'Spring...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/08/2013 - 08:38 pm

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What is it: Time to ‘spring ahead’.
Why is it important: If you don’t change your clock, you might be late, which almost never happens in Brazil.
 
Time’s up! If you’re planning a call home to mom, or ready to schedule a conference call with a client in São Paulo, take note of America’s annual ‘spring ahead’ time change, which takes place this Sunday morning at 2:00 am.
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Tickets Please! American & Delta Step...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/06/2013 - 03:10 pm

American Airlines and Delta Airlines are planning to step up service to Brazil.
Its official: American Airlines today has filed its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to fly additional United States – Brazil routes beginning in 2013 and 2014. American will use these frequencies to add one new daily round trip service from its both its Los Angeles and Chicago hubs to São Paulo, expanding the airline’s Latin American network footprint to provide even greater choices to its customers.
Pending government approvals, American proposes to begin new service between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo in late 2013 and Chicago O’Hare and Sao Paulo in ...

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Chicago Bulls Take Their Game To Rio

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/05/2013 - 04:01 pm

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The Chicago Bulls have a "court date" in Rio de Janeiro, but not the kind you think. They’ll be making NBA history this fall when they bring their best game to the land of Samba and Sun for the very first NBA game in Brazil.
Basketball - or Basquete (bass-KET- chee) –  is a popular sport in Brazil, and the country has a long history of showing well in the summer Olympic games. In recent years, several Brazilian players have made it to the NBA, including Leandro Barbosa who was profiled last month at BrazilClubUSA.com.
Rio de Janeiro is set to host a pre-season NBA match between the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards in Octob ...

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Brazilian International Press Awards ...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/04/2013 - 08:33 pm

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Winners for this year's 16th the 16th annual edition of the Brazilian International Press Awards / USA have been announced. Among the winners are artists, institutions, events and initiatives in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, California and Illinois, where singer Paulinho Garcia has won in the category of 'Male Vocalist'.
The award ceremony is scheduled for May 4th, 2013 at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL. More information on tickets for the event can be found at the official website www.pressaward.com. More winners will be announ ...

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