POR AÍ

    Irreverent, sensual without being crass, author Joyce
    Cavalcante has focused her writer’s eye on the resigned lives of women
    bred for generations to pray, marry and die. She has woven these elements
    into all her books, while living in Rio de Janeiro, where she learned about
    life in the big city, as well as in New York City, Washington D.C., and
    São Paulo, where she currently lives and works.

    Mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall has proven once again that choro
    is alive and well. Widely known for his performances and recordings
    with The David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, The Modern Mandolin Quartet,
    and Choro Famoso, Marshall has just released his Brasil Duets on
    the EarthBeat label. The disc is a must for devotees of acoustic music
    and for those with a passion for choro.

    A cornucopia of choro, Brasil Duets features works by
    Brazil’s greatest choro composers including Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto
    Gismonti, Pixinguinha, Jacó do Bandolim, and Severino Araújo.
    Innovative arrangements and a stellar line up of guest artists like Jovino
    Santos Neto, Bela Fleck, Andy Narell, and Michael Manring make Brasil
    Duets a vital link in the long choro tradition of virtuoso instrumentalists
    that stretches back to the turn of the century when European immigrant
    musicians blended their musical traditions with the African and indigenous
    rhythms of Brazil.

    This recording belongs in the collection of every serious listener of
    Brazilian music. Celebrate choro with Mike Marshall’s Brasil Duets.
    For more information call 1 (800) 346-4445 or send E- mail to: mlp@igc.apc.org

    Money by

    Western Union

    Thanks to a new service by Western Union — world-famous for its pioneer
    role in telegraph services and money tranfer — customers of Brazilian banks
    can now have direct deposits made from anywhere in the US to their checking
    accounts in Brazil. For $18, anyone can make these money transfers within
    24 hours. The account holder in Brazil will be notified by phone as soon
    as the money transfer is completed.

    No membership or pre-registration is necessary. To use the service,
    depositors have to bring cash to any of Western Union’s 20,000 plus locations
    in the US. There is a little form to be filled up with the name of the
    account holder in Brazil, the account number, as well as the name and the
    address of the Brazilian bank.

    For information in the US call (800) 325-6000. Ask for operator 77 if
    you want assistance in Portuguese. In Brazil, the toll-free number to call
    is 0-800-11-9837.

    Angels’ Ball

    For the 16th year in a row, Samba e Saudade Productions is
    bringing to the West Coast what they call "the largest and most authentic
    Carnaval outside Brazil today". In previous years, the event has brought
    together up to 5,000 people, all eager to jump and samba the Carnaval.
    The organizers promise a huge display of costumes, flowing feathers, plenty
    of glitter, Brazilian food, beautiful women, young people and lots of Carnaval
    music. Once again the all-night-long party that’s called Carnaval dos Angeles
    this year, will happen at the Hollywood Palladium. The party starts at
    8 pm on February 8 and goes till 3 in the morning. You can buy your ticket
    through Ticket Master or call (213) 852-7119. For information you can call
    (213) 653-8848.

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