SESC and the City

Created in 1946, SESC is a private nonprofit organization whose role – to improve workers’ lives via access to education, culture, health, and recreation – is included in the Brazilian constitution and whose funding is assured by a 1.5 percent payroll tax imposed on Brazilian companies.

Rio’s Carnaval Goes Full Tilt

For those who missed this year’s Carnaval in Rio or who just plain miss Rio, the 5-minute film, “The City of Samba,” will either kill your longings or inflame your Rio yearnings all the more.

What to See in São Paulo’s Centro District

São Paulo has undergone immense transformations since its foundation in 1554. However, hidden away in its original downtown core are a few interesting vestiges of the city’s colonial past, which are all the more striking for being hemmed in by a forest of skyscrapers.

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 […]

Fun and Free: Philly on a Budget

With plenty of free sights and activities, you don’t have to be rich to have fun in Philly. You can do all of the following for free—yes, you heard right, free.

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 […]

Google’s Art Project Brings the Museum to You

Vintage photo of man standing facing away at the start of an elaborate Versailles hall. A Yank in Versailles / World Telegram & Sun photo by Bert Brandt, 1944. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Stuck at home in deep thundersnow? Google can help you break the monotony. Yesterday Google launched its new Art Project, which combines its Street View technology controls with inside views—literally—of 17 major art museums from around the world.