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Playboy – “Drink of the Week”

James Oliver Cury

Our cachaca reviewed in PlayboyIf you’re wondering what the next big thing will be at your trendy neighborhood bar, you’d be wise to keep your eye on the caipirinha — a Brazilian treat made with crushed lime, sugar and cachaça (a Brazilian rum pronounced kah-SHAH-sah). For years, this drink has been touted as the logical successor to the mojito, but cachaça isn’t exactly on every bar shelf yet. While Brazil is said to have more than 5,000 different brands of the stuff, the United States carries only a handful of bottles. That’s slowly changing. One of the newest and most impressive entrants in the market is Beleza Pura® from Excalibur Enterprise.

Cachaça is often compared to rum, and every bottle imported in the USA has to carry a label that says “Brazilian Rum.” But there are differences: Rum can be made of molasses; cachaça is made from sugarcane juice. Beleza Pura® is a clear, un-aged product that’s made to be consumed in cocktails. It is not designed to compete with aged rums, sipping rums or other digestifs. That said, you could drink it on the rocks and be very very happy: the 80-proof spirit is wonderfully smooth, not too sweet, a tad earthy and a little smoky.

The story doesn’t end there. Cachaça can be used in dozens of cocktails and in all likelihood will be soon — especially when paired with pineapple or orange. Other cachaças (some aged) are also stepping up their distribution. So while summer may have ended, look for rum cocktails to continue to flourish.

Absinthe Spring

  • 1 oz Absinto Camargo
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 3 oz soda
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a sturdy, non-breakable mixing glass. Add absinthe and lemon soda. Shake with ice, and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

“Terras Em Trânsito: Excursions in Contemporary Video from Brazil”

September 17, 2005

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Monkeytown
58 North 3rd St @ Wythe St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
$10

Terras em trânsito embarks on a journey in video through Brazil’s complex social fabric and visual culture. Designed for adventurous travelers, two excursions explore the ongoing dialogue between contemporary art and the rich history of Brazil’s avant-gardes, and chart a network of less-traveled roads. Before each excursion, four Connecting Flights offer live and multi-channel video performances that take us from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to Japan, Cuba, and New York.
Monkeytown is a singular new addition to New York’s video/performance scene. In this intimate environment (attendance is limited to 32 for each presentation), synchronized and multi-channel video works are projected on four surrounding screens/walls, creating an immersive, communal environment. Spectators lounge on low futons below each screen, and experimental cuisine, caipirinhas, and other libations complete the sensorial experience.The premiere US exhibition of Terras em trânsito was curated by Karyn Riegel and is presented in association with Cinema Tropical. Generous support and caipirinhas have been provided by Beleza Pura® Premium Cachaça.

EACH EXCURSION & CONNECTING FLIGHTS DEPART 2 TIMES EACH NIGHT

Connecting Flight: Pop Will Eat Itself - VANESSA RAMOS-VELAZQUEZ
Born in Rio de Janeiro and transplanted to New York, interdisciplinary artist Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez mines diverse found materials in a live dissection of American pop and visual imperialism, from Warhol to Walmart, signs to insignificance, and fashion to fascism.
Excursion 1: “Purity is a Myth”
Appropriations, body acts, organic geometry, and even a bit of 101. The resonance of the sentence stenciled on the wall of Helio Oiticica’s 1967 installation Tropicalia is echoed in contemporary performances, aesthetic approaches, and reflections on the role of art in the developing world. Works by Andrea Fraser, Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, assume vivid astro focus, Brigida Baltar, Edson Barrus, Felipe Lacerda, Marssares, Roberto Berliner, Simone Michellin.
Terras em trânsito is titled in homage to Glauber Rocha’s classic Terras em Transe/Land In Anguish (1967). Delirious and politically charged, the film ushered in the lush subversions of Tropicalia, an avant-garde that permeated cinema, music, literature, and the visual arts. In music, Os Mutantes riffed on class-based hypocrisy and appropriated British psychedelic; Caetano Veloso took Bossa Nova to meet the Beatles and Brigitte Bardot. Conceptual artist Helio Oiticica invented communal spaces at the border between high art and popular culture, incorporating rituals, humble architecture, and rarefied bacchanalia in performances and immersive installations. Hybrid and encompassing of earlier avant-gardes such as Anthropophagy and Neo-Concretism, Tropicalia’s re-inventive impulse set the stage for a range of contemporary practices.

Terras em trânsito was originally presented as two single-channel video programs for The Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City; segments have been exhibited at The Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Colombia), and the E-flux video rental program. The exhibition is a personal culmination of a one-year Fulbright research and curatorial grant in Rio de Janeiro. Themes of travel and dislocation emphasize the subjectivity of an outsider looking in, an attempt to discover rather than define Brazilian media art.

still- assume vivid astro focus - walking on thin ice - 2002

“Cachasamba!”

September 15, 2005

10:00 pm

Soho Cantina East
264 Elizabeth Street
New York
FREE!

Live Brazilian Band
Caipirinha Specials
Dancing and a wonderful crowdAs our first Cachasamba party was a huge success, we decided to do it again! Let’s keep the party dancing til they kick us out of the place.

Exotic Caipirinhas by Beleza Pura® and our friends at Sambazon…
http://www.sambazon.com
http://www.nannyassis.com

“Terras Em Trânsito: Excursions in Contemporary Video from Brazil”

September 16, 2005

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Monkeytown
58 North 3rd St @ Wythe St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
$10

Terras em trânsito embarks on a journey in video through Brazil’s complex social fabric and visual culture. Designed for adventurous travelers, two excursions explore the ongoing dialogue between contemporary art and the rich history of Brazil’s avant-gardes, and chart a network of less-traveled roads. Before each excursion, four Connecting Flights offer live and multi-channel video performances that take us from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to Japan, Cuba, and New York.
Monkeytown is a singular new addition to New York’s video/performance scene. In this intimate environment (attendance is limited to 32 for each presentation), synchronized and multi-channel video works are projected on four surrounding screens/walls, creating an immersive, communal environment. Spectators lounge on low futons below each screen, and experimental cuisine, caipirinhas, and other libations complete the sensorial experience.The premiere US exhibition of Terras em trânsito was curated by Karyn Riegel and is presented in association with Cinema Tropical. Generous support and caipirinhas have been provided by Beleza Pura® Premium Cachaça.

EACH EXCURSION & CONNECTING FLIGHTS DEPART 2 TIMES EACH NIGHT

Connecting Flight: SAO - TKO - RACHEL ROSALEN
Literally. Media artist Rachel Rosalen joins us for a live performance during a two-day layover from São Paulo to Yokahama, with multi-channel works that meditate on the fissures and intersections between East, West, and South.
Excursion 2: A Useful Landscape
From intimacy in São Paulo’s urban jungle to the cutting edge of technology in Brazil’s interior, the topography of communication is surveyed in experimental documentaries, the poetics of movement and sound, and displaced livestock. Works by Andre Amparo, Colectivo Bijari, Daniel Lima, Edson Barrus, Nicolas Guagnini & Karin Schneider, Lucas Bambozzi, Marepe, Marssares, Rachel Rosalen, and Tetine.

Terras em trânsito is titled in homage to Glauber Rocha’s classic Terras em Transe/Land In Anguish (1967). Delirious and politically charged, the film ushered in the lush subversions of Tropicalia, an avant-garde that permeated cinema, music, literature, and the visual arts. In music, Os Mutantes riffed on class-based hypocrisy and appropriated British psychedelic; Caetano Veloso took Bossa Nova to meet the Beatles and Brigitte Bardot. Conceptual artist Helio Oiticica invented communal spaces at the border between high art and popular culture, incorporating rituals, humble architecture, and rarefied bacchanalia in performances and immersive installations. Hybrid and encompassing of earlier avant-gardes such as Anthropophagy and Neo-Concretism, Tropicalia’s re-inventive impulse set the stage for a range of contemporary practices.

Terras em trânsito was originally presented as two single-channel video programs for The Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City; segments have been exhibited at The Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Colombia), and the E-flux video rental program. The exhibition is a personal culmination of a one-year Fulbright research and curatorial grant in Rio de Janeiro. Themes of travel and dislocation emphasize the subjectivity of an outsider looking in, an attempt to discover rather than define Brazilian media art.

still: Marepe, Aquecimento corporal da seleção Sanantoniense, 2001
Courtesy of Galeria Luisa Strina

“Cinema Tropical Special Screening and Benefit Party”

September 18, 2005

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Film Forum: 209 West Houston
Besito: 357 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand Sts.
New York
$50

Join us for a tropical afternoon to celebrate the theatrical premiere of Vicente Ferraz’s fascinating documentary and Cinema Tropical’s 4th Anniversary.1pm: Screening
I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth
(Vicente Ferraz, Brazil, 2004, 90 min. In Spanish, Portuguese and Russian with English subtitles)
Screening introduced by the director and producer

3pm - 6pm: Late brunch / party
After the film, enjoy a pan-Latin American extravaganza with premium Brazilian mojitos or a cold Corona, and a traditional Mexican brunch, all to the sounds of our favorite DJ.
All proceeds go to Cinema Tropical, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution, programming and promotion of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Donations are tax-deductible.

“S.O.B.S. Presents Feijoada Pot Featuring Forró In The Dark”

September 11, 2005

8:00 pm

Every Sunday!
doors open at 8pm
S.O.B.s
204 Varick Street at West Houston
New York
$5, $12 w/Feijoada Buffet

Shows: 9:00pm+ 11pm
What is FORRÓ? Forró is a driving and energetic, yet romantic style of music from the Northeast of Brazil. It is music that will make you want to dance. A cousin to other accordion styles such as Merengue and Zydeco, Forró comes from the African word “forrobodó” meaning a big party where everyone is dancing and playing music. Mispronounced by the English railroad workers in Brazil Forró became FOR ALL· Forró is music for everyone!

“Roy Teeluck Salon Invites You for Sunset Cocktails and New Orleans Benefit Party”

September 11, 2005 7:00 pm to September 12, 2005 1:00 am

SALON
505 West St. at NW corner of Jane Street
New York
Free sliding scale donation
RSVP

Roy Teeluck, Roland Peralta and the staff of the Roy Teeluck Salon invite you to join us this Sunday, September 11th for cocktails on us at the beautiful private event space called SALON. This is an impromptu benefit party for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It is an inclusive benefit/donations are voluntary!Open Caiprinha bar from 7PM-8:30PM.

Join us for sunset cocktails than come inside for an all night dance party (Well at least ’til 1am)

MUSIC: Introducing Will Sabo of Sol Selectas! He will be playing beautiful Brazilian/Afro/Latin House music with an emphasis on the Brazilian for the evening!

PERCUSSION: The magnanimous Jimmy Lopez on Timbales and Bongos!

DANCERS: To be announced!

Beleza Pura, the premiere maker of Brazilian Cachaca will be generously making complimentary Beleza Caipirinhas from 7PM-8:30PM. The perfect drink to inspire you to dance the night away to wonderful Brazilian music! Be adventurous and ask for a Beleza Caipirinha!

This is also an impromptu inclusive benefit party with voluntary donations being accepted at the door for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sliding scale donations from you from $1 to $100 will be sent in its entirety to MUSIC CARES Hurricane Relief Fund.
GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AND WHAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH!
MUSIC CARES is managed by the people at the Grammys will provide clothing, shelter, food, medical assistance, transportation to musicians who were directly impacted by this most recent tragedy!

Please join us for an evening of great music for a great cause with great friends, esteemed clients and press!
Built around 1900 as a seaman’s institute, the building housed the surviving crew members of the Titanic. The 20 foot ceilings of this private event space create an overwhelming feeling of enthusiastic decadence.

“Terras Em Trânsito: Excursions in Contemporary Video from Brazil”

September 2, 2005

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Monkeytown
58 North 3rd Street @ Wythe Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn
New York
$10

Terras em trânsito embarks on a journey in video through Brazil’s complex social fabric and visual culture. Designed for adventurous travelers, two excursions explore the ongoing dialogue between contemporary art and the rich history of Brazil’s avant-gardes, and chart a network of less-traveled roads. Before each excursion, four Connecting Flights offer live and multi-channel video performances that take us from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to Japan, Cuba, and New York.Monkeytown is a singular new addition to New York’s video/performance scene. In this intimate environment (attendance is limited to 32 for each presentation), synchronized and multi-channel video works are projected on four surrounding screens/walls, creating an immersive, communal environment. Spectators lounge on low futons below each screen, and experimental cuisine, caipirinhas, and other libations complete the sensorial experience.

The premiere US exhibition of Terras em trânsito was curated by Karyn Riegel and is presented in association with Cinema Tropical. Generous support and caipirinhas have been provided by Beleza Pura® Premium Cachaça.

EACH EXCURSION & CONNECTING FLIGHTS DEPART 2 TIMES EACH NIGHT

Connecting Flight: Serious, Serious, Serious - MARCOS CHAVES
Until death stops you being serious.” -Francis Picabia, Cannibal Dada Manifesto.
Marcos Chaves invites us for a live, multi-image romp in a conceptual playground of his recent videos, photography, and performance.

Excursion 1: “Purity is a Myth”
Appropriations, body acts, organic geometry, and even a bit of 101. The resonance of the sentence stenciled on the wall of Helio Oiticica’s 1967 installation Tropicalia is echoed in contemporary performances, aesthetic approaches, and reflections on the role of art in the developing world. Works by Andrea Fraser, Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, assume vivid astro focus, Brigida Baltar, Edson Barrus, Felipe Lacerda, Marssares, Roberto Berliner, Simone Michellin.

still-Marcos Chaves- Eu só vendo a vista - 2001

“Terras Em Trânsito: Excursions in Contemporary Video from Brazil”

September 2, 2005

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

September 3, 2005

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

September 9, 2005

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

Monkeytown
58 North 3rd St @ Wythe St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
$10

Terras em trânsito embarks on a journey in video through Brazil’s complex social fabric and visual culture. Designed for adventurous travelers, two excursions explore the ongoing dialogue between contemporary art and the rich history of Brazil’s avant-gardes, and chart a network of less-traveled roads. Before each excursion, four Connecting Flights offer live and multi-channel video performances that take us from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to Japan, Cuba, and New York.
Monkeytown is a singular new addition to New York’s video/performance scene. In this intimate environment (attendance is limited to 32 for each presentation), synchronized and multi-channel video works are projected on four surrounding screens/walls, creating an immersive, communal environment. Spectators lounge on low futons below each screen, and experimental cuisine, caipirinhas, and other libations complete the sensorial experience.The premiere US exhibition of Terras em trânsito was curated by Karyn Riegel and is presented in association with Cinema Tropical. Generous support and caipirinhas have been provided by Beleza Pura® Premium Cachaça.

EACH EXCURSION & CONNECTING FLIGHTS DEPART 2 TIMES EACH NIGHT

Serious, Serious, Serious - MARCOS CHAVES
Until death stops you being serious.” -Francis Picabia, Cannibal Dada Manifesto.
Marcos Chaves invites us for a live, multi-image romp in a conceptual playground of his recent videos, photography, and performance.

Excursion 2: A Useful Landscape
From intimacy in São Paulo’s urban jungle to the cutting edge of technology in Brazil’s interior, the topography of communication is surveyed in experimental documentaries, the poetics of movement and sound, and displaced livestock. Works by Andre Amparo, Colectivo Bijari, Daniel Lima, Edson Barrus, Nicolas Guagnini & Karin Schneider, Lucas Bambozzi, Marepe, Marssares, Rachel Rosalen, and Tetine.

still- Andre Amparo - A verdadeira história de Tião Coió - 2003

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