Rio’s Casa Geração Fashion School Hosts Party in Vidigal July 4th

Rio’s Casa Geração Fashion School Hosts Party in Vidigal July 4th

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Casa Geração fashion school located in Vidigal is hosting a party at the very top of the favela community this Saturday, July 4th, from 6PM to 1AM. The venue is the chic luxury outpost Mirante do Arvrão, and the party name is “Bonsoir Mirante” […]

Rio Governor Pezão Ensures Comperj Refinery Will Open

Rio Governor Pezão Ensures Comperj Refinery Will Open

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando “Pezão” (Bigfoot), said yesterday (June 30th) that the troubled refinery, Petrochemical Complex of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj), will be completed. In April O Globo reported Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras will lose at least […]

A Colonial Mansion in Botafogo to House Urban Art in Rio

A Colonial Mansion in Botafogo to House Urban Art in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Directly on one of Botafogo’s main roadways, a massive nineteenth century mansion has recently been refurbished to act as the new headquarters for an urban art center, named GaleRio, located at 117 Rua São Clemente. Opened on June 16th by the city government in conjunction […]

Seleção Out of Copa America and Face More Disappointment

Seleção Out of Copa America and Face More Disappointment

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – on Saturday (June 27th) the Brazilian national football (soccer) team, the Seleção, was knocked out of the 2015 Copa America after loosing to Paraguay in a 1-1 tie by 4-3 in penalty kicks. Now the organization is facing the critics and inevitable disappointment that has […]

Rock in Rio 2015 Announces Three Remaining EDM Acts

Rock in Rio 2015 Announces Three Remaining EDM Acts

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Rock in Rio organizers announced the three remaining electronic dance music (EDM) acts for the Eletrônica (Electronic) stage at the 2015 edition of the festival, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, on September 18-20th and 24-27th. Carl Craig, Dave Clarke and Lee Foss […]

Informal Economy in Brazil Worth R$826 Billion in 2014

Informal Economy in Brazil Worth R$826 Billion in 2014

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to a study released yesterday (June 25th), the informal market in Brazil was worth R$826 billion in 2014, equivalent to 16.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The informal economy was measured in the Shadow Economy Index (HEI) by the Brazilian Institute […]

OMG Lounge Brings Burgers and Atmosphere to Leblon

OMG Lounge Brings Burgers and Atmosphere to Leblon

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the culinary scene in Rio de Janeiro continues to welcome more international fare, another new eatery has opened in up-market Leblon on the end of the main street, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva. The OMG Lounge was launched by Canadian businessman Arif Noor earlier this […]

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

São Paulo Exhibit of Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)

Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While today we take for granted that female artists work and present their efforts in public, just a hundred years ago it was considered taboo. An exhibit in São Paulo is honoring the Brazilian female artists that blazed the trail, with “Women Artists: The Pioneers (1880-1930)” which […]

Yelp, Crowd-Sourced Reviews Gain Momentum in Rio

Yelp, Crowd-Sourced Reviews Gain Momentum in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Yelp is a web site that offers user-reviews of restaurants and other businesses, and is perhaps more known for their mobile app that also adds geo-mapping to see what options are close to the user. While a major player in the U.S. for years, Yelp […]

Chowdhury New Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Rio de Janeiro

Chowdhury New Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For most foreigners living abroad, the consulate in their city of residence is a key resource when moving to a new country. Unknown to many, there is also a position in diplomatic staff that helps new diplomatic arrivals to get familiar with the city, as […]

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