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Brazilian Dossier
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Carnival is over for this year yet there's always reason to celebrate Brazil or Brazil-style—World Cup in 2014 will do, or the Rio Olympics in 2016, or for those more in the moment, savor the current love affair between the Brazilians and NYC. Fourth in the list of countries with the most visitors to New York, this is some of their espírito buoying the boroughs.

SOB's of course, plus Monday nights at Cafe Wha?, 115 MacDougal [W. 3rd/Bleecker] where Brazooka never fails to rev up the house. Then there's that warm breeze, New York native Susan Pereira and her group Sabor Brasil. No immediate NYC dates, but have a listen here.

Heitor Villa-Lobos 125th Birthday Anniversary Concert tonight, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th [Bway/Amst].

Samba Beats (As Batidas do Samba) documentary about the history of Rio samba screens Thursday March 8th, 7pm, at 92Y Tribeca.

Brazilian artist Carlito Carvalhosa, who had a show at MoMA last year, has another superb exhibit of new work using fabric, aluminum panels, light and sound at Sonnabend Gallery, 536 W. 22nd [10th/11th] 212.627.1018.

Through March 30th, Rio-based Rodrigo Martins has his first NYC exhibition at FB Gallery, 368 Bway [White/Franklin] 917.495.2457—there's a rasher of Bacon (Francis), though his own voice emerges.

At the New Museum's Triennial The Ungovernables, work by Cinthia Marcelle from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, who won the $100,000 Victor Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize in 2010.

DanceBrazil shakes up the Joyce Theater, as they have for 35 seasons, from March 27th-April 8th. They feature the Afro-Brazilian martial art called capoeira (see below).

Difficult to encapsulate, capoeira is a fascinating combo of movement, music, games, acrobatics, and ritual. You can takes classes at Omulu in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Rio-born Carlos Sobral designs bright, vibrant, appealing bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and home accessories. You can now shop Sobral at their first U.S. store, 412 W. Bway [Prince/Spring] 212.226.2710.

The title of the Macy's Flower Show this year, March 25-April 7, is Brasil: Gardens in Paradise. Expect tropical gardens, some rain forest, and a little samba.

In addition to the W. 46th Street holdouts and several churrascarias around town, there are also onderful, idiosyncratic places to capture the spirit of Brazil. Among them, the boteco (local bar) Beco in Williamsburg. Also in the nabe, the botequim (bistro) Miss Favela, where there's often live music. At Zebu Grill, 305 E. 92nd [1st/2nd] 212.426.7500, you can have feijoada, the national dish, a hearty stew of beef, pork, and black beans. Tucked away on Elizabeth Street, BarBossa, 232 Eliz [Houston/Prince] 212.625.2340, does some nice contemporary riffs with Brazilian ingredients. There's the lively Berimbau, 43 Carmine [Bedford/Bleecker] 212.242.2606. And if it's ingredients you need, try Rio Bonito, 32-15 36 Ave. [33rd St.] in Astoria.


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