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Tinkle Tinkle Little Star: Rocking Out at the Urinal

São Paulo is justly famed for the eclecticism of its nightlife offerings, but in general the focus isn’t on what’s being performed in the bathrooms. A fun exception to the rule, however, has been the latest publicity campaign launched by Billboard Music Brasil.

Tom Jobim – According to his Music

ast week a friend of mine invited me to go to movie, A Música Segundo Tom Jobim (The Music According to Tom Jobim). I have to admit that as much I like Antônio Carlos (“Tom”) Jobim– whom in Brazil is pretty much universally revered as the country’s greatest composer of all time – I was […]

More “Coisas de Novela”

everal weeks ago I posted about the ubiquity of the term “coisa de novela” (literal translation: “it’s something from a soap opera.”), a great expression that Brazilians use whenever they hear a story that seems too over-the-top to be true. In that post, I went on to talk about an outlandishly scripted tale involving passion […]

The (Brazilian) Beat Goes On

fell in love with Brazilian music began before I ever set foot in Brazil. Indeed, I remember with great sharpness my first formal “introduction” to Brazilian music (I’m not including elevator versions of “The Girl from Ipanema”). I was in my early 20s and living in Paris and had just fallen in love with a […]

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Shopping in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a great place for all your shopping needs, whether you’re looking for fine art, jewelry, shoes, or perishable souvenirs like Dominican rum, cigars, or coffee.