POR AÍ

    Hollywood Bound

    Offering American listeners a rarely heard perspective on contemporary
    Brazilian music, Blue Jackel Entertainment has just released Babel by
    Pau Brasil, a five-member jazzy ensemble known for their originality and
    improvisational skills. The disc won past year’s Sharp Award (the Brazilian
    Grammy) as best instrumental group. Led by bassist Rodolfo Stroeter, the
    group counts also on keyboardist Lelo Nazário, saxophonist Teco
    Cardoso, drummer Eduardo Nazário, and singer-guitarist Marlui Miranda.

    New York-based Blue Jack, which recently released the four-CD boxed
    set Brasil: A Century of Song, is also bringing north to
    those who appreciate Brazilian-flavored jazz the sound of Banda Mantiqueira.
    Mantiqueira’s album is called Aldeia and it includes Tom Jobim’s
    "Insensatez", Pixinguinha’s "Carinhoso", and João
    Bosco’s "Linha e Passe."

    The Novela Siren

    Brazil Update Weekly, the New York company that for years has allowed
    people in the US to follow the novelas (soap operas) and everything
    else that is being shown on Brazilian Globo TV via videotape has a new
    muse. Patrícia Hernandes is the stunning beauty who from now on
    will grace TV and printed ads, as well as all kind of publicity and every
    box containing the Brazil Update programs

    The 18-year old model, who is also a ballerina and dance teacher, is
    just finishing high school. Daughter of a Brazilian mother and a Cuban
    father, Patrícia was discovered by Brazil Update’s President, Carlos
    Wattimo, when eating at a New Jersey coffee shop with her parents.

    With the People

    As part of a campaign to show that the consulate cares for more than
    just promoting parties for their Yankee hosts and charging high fees for
    documents, the Brazilian General Consulate in New York is offering group
    health insurance to Brazilians. The benefit that cost around $120 a month
    is offered to every Brazilian independently of his or her legal status
    in the country.

    Even though the New York office has jurisdiction over some 200,000 Brazilians
    in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania,
    only 100 people have taken up the offer. Carioca (from Rio) Marcus
    Camacho de Vincenzi, 50, the consul, has created the concept of "itinerant
    consulate." In the past 18 months, he has exchanged his comfortable
    offices at Manhattan’s 5th Ave. 22 times for a small room in
    cities with a large concentration of Brazilians.

    Hollywood Bound

    To celebrate his 50th anniversary as an entertainer, veteran
    TV comedian Chico Anísio is giving up Globo TV for Hollywood. When
    everybody was betting on his retirement, Chico Anísio, who is very
    mad at most Brazilian TV reviewers, decided to leave the country "to
    prove to myself that our critics are wrong when they say that I am all
    washed up." And this is no wishful thinking.

    According to the comedian himself, he already has prepared 20 film scripts
    and seven TV comedy shows. Four of the scripts are already being examined
    by Roberto de Niro’s TriBeCa Production. Chico moves to New York with his
    family in September "But I am sure that in one year I will be in Los
    Angeles," he says. "The studios are all there."

    In the US, Chico Anísio will also try to revert a face paralysis
    after an operation at Ivo Pitanguy’s clinic. According to dr. Edgar Alves
    Costa, the doctor who recently operated on him, the comedian had "a
    severe respiratory problem during surgery" and spent two days in an
    ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

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