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Sunday Feijoada + Pagode do Marcão 
Every Sunday at 3 pm

Turma do Samba and guests will play the best Samba in New York! Every Sunday they serve feijoada (Brazilian stew made with pork) and play live samba music with Pagode do Marcão.

For more information, call 917-336-9523.

Astoria Complex Penthouse
34-38 38th Street (bet 34th & 35th Ave)
Astoria, NY 11101
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Visit Brazil - World Cup Series: Natal
From the Brazil Station monthly newsletter

Natal, a city on the Atlantic coast, was founded on December 25, 1599. The date of the city's founding is responsible for its name - Natal means Christmas in Portuguese. One of the eight most visited cities of Brazil, Natal does not have a fascinating historical center or a vivid nightlife like other cities in northeastern Brazil. It is regarded as significantly calmer and safer than other large cities in the region.

Natal has several tourist attractions, including the world's largest cashew tree. Carnival in Natal, known as Carnatal, is one of the largest off-season carnivals in Brazil. Carnatal takes place sometime in November or December, in the streets around Machadão Stadium (see below). During the festivities, a huge truck (called trio elétrico), with a band on top and sound boxes all around drives slowly along the streets. The crowd follows the trio elétrico singing, dancing, and jumping to the sound of the music.

The city is also famous for its natural beauty, and is frequently used as a base to explore the paradisiac beaches and nature of Rio Grande do Norte state. It is highly recommended to hire a buggy and driver to travel along the Natal coast, heading either north or south. The coast offers a rare combination of dunes, lagoons, sandstone cliffs and vegetation. Your driver (buggeiro) will pick you up at your hotel and make a variety of stops for photos, zip lining, sand boarding, swimming, and sipping from coconuts. 

Also recommended is to watch the sunset at the Toa Toa Boat Cruise on the Potengi river. You will be able to see the city from different a different perspective while passing through historical neighborhoods, mangroves, and river beaches 

Football

Since its inauguration in 1972, the Estádio João Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado – better known as the Machadão – has welcomed the biggest clashes in Natal football. The three leading teams in Natal are ABC, Alecrim, and America. However, in order for Natal to become one of the 12 Host Cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, a bigger and more modern venue was required. Ultimately, the city opted to demolish its two existing stadiums.

Currently under construction is the Estádio das Dunas. The stadium's name honors the sand dunes that are one of the most impressive natural attractions in the Natal region. The stadium also pays homage to the dunes with its daring undulating structure that is said to imitate them.
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4th Brazilian Corporate Communications Day 
April 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Aberje – Brazilian Association for Business Communication - is proud to announce the 4th Brazilian Corporate Communications Day to be held in New York City. It is a unique opportunity to meet senior Corporate Communications practitioners and get to know more about challenges and trends related to corporate communications strategies and practices developed by corporations within Brazil and in a global environment.

Brazilian Corporate Communications Day aims to promote and improve Brazil's image internationally, and build relationships while exchanging experiences among practitioners. The program consists of a half day seminar with presentations that cover aspects of Brazil´s business, cultural, social, and political environments.

For more information, contact Ana Cláudia at the following: anaclaudia (at) aberje.com.br

Hudson Hotel
356 West 58th Street (bet 8th & 9th Aves)
New York, NY 10019
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TERRA ART EXHIBITION: A Collective Brazilian Artist Show 
April 10 - 12 at 6 pm

Through the work of more than 20 artists, TERRA - The Essence of Survival (terra means earth in Portuguese), will show the beauty of, and challenges to, the environment. The exhibition's purpose is to make the public reflect on the impact of their attitudes and raise awareness about the importance of preserving the planet.

Opening night will feature a show with Kay Lyra and her acoustic guitar.

Gallery 69
69 Leonard Street (bet Church & Broadway)
New York, NY 10013
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Rick & Renner 
Saturday, April 26 at 10 pm 

Sertaneja (similar to country music) duo Rick & Renner were formed in the late '80s in the shadows of the Federal District in Brasilia. Rick & Renner worked their way from humble beginnings to become one of the genre's most well-established acts. 

Rick, having developed a group with his sister called Seremp & Serenata, was forced to find a new partner when their father decided to put an end to his daughter's musical pursuits. Renner, who had been playing bars in the area with a local rock group, agreed to fill the empty slot of second voice. Some trial and error revealed Renner to have a more distinctive voice and the pair switched, Rick taking on a supportive vocal role. 

The duo began performing in 1987, and was quickly noticed by fellow artist Zezé Di Camargo, who used his connections to pave the way for a deal with Continental. Rick & Renner's debut album was released in 1993, entitled Vol. 1. Their romantic, melancholy tone reflects an intimate knowledge of their audience's taste, earning them airplay outside their native Brasilia, followed by opportunities to perform regionally. Over the years, Rick & Renner's large discography has generated genre classics such as Ela e Demais and Feiticeira, earning them a place in sertaneja history.

Palacio Europa
278 New York Avenue (bet Walnut and Warwick St)
Newark, NJ 07105
973-991-6537
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Portuguese Language Tip

What it the difference between Por que and Porque? There are four different uses, all illustrated below.

1) Por que? is a question and means “Why?”
Por que você não vai viajar? - Why aren’t you going to travel?

2) Porque means “because”
Eu não vou viajar porque eu fiz outros planos. - I will no longer travel because I made other plans.

3) Por quê? is also a question and means “What is the reason?” It is used at the end of a sentence, following a comma or period.
Você não vai mais viajar. Por quê? - You are no longer traveling. Why?

4) Porquê. This is a substantive and means “the reason.”
O porquê de não mais viajar é porque agora tenho outros planos. - The reason I will no longer travel is because I have other plans now.
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Bate-papo & live samba!
Friday, April 18 at 7:00 pm

Sitio Samba Sabor
35 55 31 Street
Astoria, NY

What about a bate-papo in Portuguese while dancing live samba music? So let's meet in Astoria and show our moves :-)

On Fridays they have live samba with Turma do Samba starting at 11:30 pm. There is a Happy Hour until 10 pm on Fridays. 

Click here to say you're going
http://www.meetup.com/BrazilianPortuguese/events/176738122/t/me1_rt
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Movie ELENA: Women and Narrative
Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a screening of the most-watched Brazilian documentary of 2013. Described as a film that provokes "60 insights per minute," ELENA tells the story of a theater actress who, at 19, moved to New York in pursuit of her dream of becoming a film actress, leaving behind Brazil, a youth spent in hiding during the military dictatorship, and her 7-year-old sister, Petra. Two decades later, Petra sets off on a journey in search of her sister.

The screening will be followed by a discussion at 8pm titled "Women and Narrative," featuring director Petra Costa '06 and professors Mary Gordon and Marie Reagan.

Barnard College – Columbia University
James Room, 4th Floor
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
212-854-5262
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10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

A couple of these should be avoided in Brazil
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Did you know?

Portuguese is currently the fourth most spoken language in the world according to data presented at the exhibition Portuguese Language Economic Potential on display at the European Parliament. It has one of the highest rates of growth in social networking and study as a second language.

Portuguese is currently the official language of over 250 million people. There are eight Portuguese-speaking countries: Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Príncipe, and East Timor.

To learn more about the exhibition visit https://instituto-camoes.pt/.
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