The Public Market has caught on fire.


Ontem, começando às 20h e 30min, o Mercado Público de Porto Alegre pegou fogo pela quarta vez.

Este já é o quarto grande incêndio no RS neste ano, num período de 6 meses. Primeiro a boate Kiss, depois o Cabaret Voltaire, depois o pavilhão da FENAC em NH, e agora o Mercado Público. Nós precisamos aprender. Não é só cobrar das autoridades. Isso também, mas tem coisas que tem que partir de nós. Temos que fazer um PPCI na reunião do condomínio. Temos que convocar um bombeiro para vir a nossa reunioão e explicar como se agir em caso de incêncio. Temos que fazer simulações de evacuação em caso de incêndio, como fizeram no Santa Monica outro dia. Precisamos nos informar mais tanto para nos cobrarmos quanto para cobrar das autoridades. Quantos hidrantes tem na rua de vocês? Eu não sei quantos tem na minha. Na frente da minha porta tem uma daquelas caixas gigantes com uma mangueira gigante anti-incêndio. Quem vai operar aquilo ali? Como operar um extintor de incêndio? Ah, é fácil, as instruções estao escritas no extintor. Mas o extintor é pesado, tem fumaça, eu sou gorda e fracota e tenho miopia e não consigo nem pensar direito porque estou nervosa, tenho que salvar meus gatos e meu cachorro e vou deixar o extintor cair no meu pé… Nos Estados Unidos (tá, desculpa eu novamente, sempre, comparar tudo com os EUA mas…) até as criancinhas do jardim de infância são treinadas para situações de emergência como incêndios. Temos que seguir esse ‘padrão ouro’. Já é a quarta vez em apenas 6 meses. Está na hora de aprendermos.

Link para album com fotos do incêndio.

The Bitch is Back!

With.. Your Song 🙂
As I promised, here is the video of Elton John saying goodbye and playing Your Song in the Porto Alegre , Brazil, Concert.


Elton John Concert – Porto Alegre, 05/03/13

Bellow are pictures of Elton John Concert’s last night.

Elton John is awesome, polite, lovely, sweet, professional, educated, a classy showman, a gentleman who knows how to treat his audience. I was delighted by his presence and by his live performance. I almost cried when he played “The One” solo, and “Your song”.

His sparkling blue outfit was spectacular and I really wish I could use it for my friend’s wedding because it is just as good as any party gown.

I recorded a huge video of him playing “Your Song” and signing autographs but the video is too huge and needs some shrinkage before uploading.
Also, I’m uploading a ton of photos to Flickr!
arriving at concert


arriving at concert

elton john!

elton john

In Concert

Footnote that has nothing to do with the show: Hugo Chavez finally died and pardon my cruelness but I couldn’t care less because he was a leftist moron who only spoke shit and, as a leader, did as much shit as he spoke; and Chorão, a brazilian musician from a very popular band (whose popularity, if measured in ‘USA band scale of popularity’ would be “Green Day”, that is, he was really popular) was found dead in his apartment today also!

Dona Zefinha – Comida Nordestina

Dona Zefinha specializes in northeastern Brazilian cuisine. The menu is extensive and has many traditional dishes from that area. The service was quite good.

Many of the dishes are for 2, and we got the Caramão Tropical Refeição: shrimp and rice served in pineapple halves with a rich cream sauce. One pineapple half held the shrimp and the other the rice. The sauce was divine. We stuffed ourselves happily, and then had tapioca de coco e doce de leite: tapioca (also common in the northeast) with coconut and dulce de leite.

I can’t wait to go back!

Dinner at Dona Zefinha

Address: Rua Lima e Silva, 776, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Phone: +55 51 3072-5557
Hours: Monday to Saturday – 5am to 1am

November 7th, 2010 – Paul McCartney Concert in POA “Up and Coming Tour”

Last Sunday was a memorable day. Paul McCartney performed for more than 50.000 people at Beira-Rio Stadium, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

(Just by curiosity: Beira-Rio will be one of the stadium hosting the FIFA World Cup of 2014.  It also happens to be the stadium of my team: Internacional Football Club.)

My fan pilgrimage started on the morning of November the 6th, when Paul McCartney would arrive in POA, according to a press release, that also said he would stay at the Sheraton. I woke up early, tunned the TV on a local channel for news, and soon had my mother to call saying that Paul had not arrived yet since the airport was closed due to fog. I decided that I would not go to the airport to wait for him since I had no details about the flight, arrival time, or wheter the airport would still be closed when I arrived there and I could well have missed Paul. Then I decided to do some internet research about Paul McCartney’s flight. By complete chance I stumbled upon a link that transmits the radio of POA’s air traffic control tower – live via internet broadcast. I knew from local TV that Paul had not arrived at the Sheraton yet. So I stayed one hour and a half listening to flight control. During 90 minutes I heard many TAM and GOL domestic flights landing; eventually one flight from Argentina and its Spanish speaker crew. Then suddenly a pilot contacted flight control speaking clear british English. That was Paul McCartney’s jet approaching POA.  He flies a private jet prefix HB-INJ: a Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express. After hearing that I grabbed my handbag and ran to the Sheraton, which is 10 minutes by car from my place. Arriving there I found the hotel entrance already obstructed with a protection grid and crowded with fans. I told the news out loud about how I heard his plane approaching on flight control radio, and that he should land soon. After some 25 minutes the jet had landed. Apparently Paul McCartney is immune to customs, because he arrived at the hotel not long after his plane landed. He entered through the back door and waved down at us (that was around 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.) We (fans) were on guard at the Sheraton’s door all day in the hope that Paul would come down for autographs and photos, or just to wave back at us and say hello. There were people from Uruguay and Argentina there. Many brought gifts to Paul. Others came dressed with Beatles costumes and brought their guitars and harmonica, and played Paul and Beatles’ songs all day long while the crowd sang with them. I can tell you that even if Paul McCartney were not there it would have been an awesome fans gathering. It was very fun for sure. Finally at 8 p.m. Paul McCartney and band left  for a sound check. He stood up high up the black SUV he was in and waved back at all of us. Everyone screamed and cried like crazy little beatlemaniac teenagers from the 60’s – even big old dudes!

WE love you!!!

The Beatles Taxi-Cab

People slept outside the Sheraton waiting for Paul McCartney


 The concert happened the next day, starting at 9 p.m. The stadium gates opened at 5:30 p.m. I was privileged enough to get a ticket for the Premium Lawn – that would be the area in the very front of the stage. Yet I wanted to warrant my place in the VERY very front, so I went to the waiting line at 2 p.m. There I waited and waited under the hot sun for 3 and a half hours. I made friends with the people behind me in line. The moment the gates opened was just like watching old black and white Beatles films again: everyone ran and ran like crazy little girls to get the spots in front of the stage. I got mine. I met with other friends when I got there, unintentionally (we didn’t schedule an appointment or anything). We stood in front of a crazy middle age man who took his teenage son to the concert with him. The man carried magazines with Paul McCartney’s lyrics and posters, and he insisted in yelling “Mister Paul!” (you know, when the correct would be “Sir Paul”) – we just laughed 🙂

The gates are open

We finally get our place in the very front of the stage

The night falls and Paul is about to get on stage

Beautiful stage effects. The moon...

After the end, rain of green and yellow paper

I’m not sure if there even can be anything as “bad Paul McCartney concert”, so I think it was all beyond perfect. Paul spoke lots of portuguese with us and played along with the crowd a lot. The opened the concert with “Venus and Mars” and to finished with the traditional ending sequence: “Helter Skelter”, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The End”.  There are some fireworks stage effects during the performance of “Live and Let Die”, and I can tell you that being in front of the stage when that happens in kind of scary, because things explode and the fire heats everything nearby. When he performs “Blackbird” we have a globe descending from the top of the stage, with the surface of the moon projected. That was very beautiful. Next he performs “Here Today” and another globe descends to accompany the moon, now with a projection of the planet earth in it. Before performing “My Love” Paul always says “This is a song I wrote for Linda (…)”. The crowd started to shout “Linda” in a choir and he really seemed to like that.

Setlist: Venus and Mars,  Jet,  All My Loving, Drive My Car, Letting Go, Highway, The Long and Winding Road, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Let’em in, I have Just Seen a Face, And I love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, Mrs Vanderbilt, Dance Tonight, Eleanor Rigby, Something, Ram On, Sing The Changes, Obladi-Oblada, Back in the USSR, I’ve got a Feeling, Paperback Writer, A Day in the Life, Give Peace a Chance, Live and Let Die, Let it Be, Day Tripper, Lady Madonna, Get Back, Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Sgt. Peppers and The End.

Paul McCartney in Brazil – Update

As I mentioned in the previous post, Paul McCartney will be playing in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on November the 7th 2010, at Beira-Rio Stadium, for an audience of 50.000 people. He’ll be bringing the “Up and Coming” tour. The tickets were sold out in the second day of sales. The website selling tickets was flooded and soon was down. People stood in line under heavy rain to buy tickets one night before the sale actually started. Price range went from 140 to 520 Brazilian reais.

I got my ticket at the VIP lawn in front of the stage. (yay!)

Quick Note – Paul McCartney to Play in Brazil

I’m aware this is not really blog material (at least yet), but I cannot contain my silly fan excitement: Sir Paul McCartney is finally coming to play in Brazil again, this time with the “Up and Coming”  2010 tour. He will be playing in November 21st and 22nd in São Paulo, at Morumbi stadium; and on November the 7th in Porto Alegre (which happens to be where I live, hence my overexcitement!), at Beira-Rio stadium. The tickets for the Porto Alegre show will be for sale starting next week. No word on the ticket price yet, but honestly that’s the most unimportant detail.  I am more worried about the exact date and place of ticket sales.

Follows a link to Rolling Stone magazine relating the great news:

Paul McCartney Show in Brazil is Finally Confirmed.

I promise I will (try) to come up with a decent show review not permeated by silly fandomness!

Happy Anniversary, Porto Alegre

Happy Anniversary, Porto Alegre!

Today the city where I live, which also lives in me, turns 238 years old.

“Porto Alegre é Demais” is a song written in honor of the town. There are quite a few songs written as a tribute to Porto Alegre, and I don’t know of many other cities that get so much love from its inhabitants (other very sung cities are Rio de Janiero, São Paulo & New York).

  • Soundtrack:
  1. Porto Alegre é Demais
  2. Deu Pra Ti
  3. Horizontes

  • Images:

MARGSMARGS – Museum of Arts of Rio Grande do Sul


Memorial do Estado do RSMemorial of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (tower w/ clock)


Mercado PúblicoPorto Alegre Public Market


  • Videos:

I found this pearl at Travel Film Archive, portraying the south of Brazil in 1942.
Porto Alegre appears on the 16th minute.

Sir Paul McCartney & Songbird 1.0 RC3

 Paul McCartney está lançando esta o album Electric Argument (sob o pseudônimo The Fireman), e eu não hesito em prontamente adicioná-lo à lista dos melhores albuns de 2008

A primeira faixa, “Nothing too much just out of sight”, é meio “Helter Skelter meets the blues”, e tem um vocal doloroso que entrega uma coisa: Sir Paul de fato está com muita raiva da ex- Heather Mills. Ele até chega a dar um “rugido” no final da música. Que medo. Mas se você não tiver parentesco em nenhum grau com a Heather Mills, pode ouvir que não dói.

As demais faixas vão desde baladas radio-friendly, como “Sing the Changes”, à divagações melódicas e eletrônicas como “Universal Here, Everlasting now” e “Lovers in a Dream”.

Não deixem 2008 sem ouvir este album.

Link : The Fireman Music


Songbird 1.0 Release Candidate 3 is out there and it’s almost bug-free (at least major bugs). It still has a long way to go, but once more: you HAVE to check it out, it’s The next best player to be.

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