Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

Brazil: Meet The Indoctrinator

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

I can hear Vin Diesel speaking in Portuguese.

Brazilian comic-book antihero out for revenge against corruptionThe Indoctrinator’s battle against unscrupulous officials has made the character a cult hit

Get this man an agent!


O Doutrinador is the creation of Rio native Luciano Cunha, who started the strip on line
The Indoctrinator appears to personify, in an extreme way, the indignation many Brazilians hold against the political class in their country, their bad feelings about government, and the protests “against everything” that has sprouted up over the past few years.

But Cunha’s fans are just not typical comic-book readers. He believes people read his creation not because of the artwork but because of the message the main character tries to get across: that “some sort of justice” will be handed down against corrupt public officials.

Cunha isn’t able to make a living from O Doutrinador. Any agents out there? I want to see him at Comicon, and getting bids on movie rights!

You can read O Doutrinador online. Here’s the Facebook page.

Monday night “It takes 1 to tango”

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Sunday Cyd & Fred

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Argentina: Buenos Aires closes Sunderland

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Apparently the city of Buenos Aires has solved all its problems and is now closing tango venues lacking fire sprinkler systems:

El gobierno porteño clausuró una de las milongas más famosas del mundo
La milonga conocida como Sunderland, y que ahora lleva el nombre de Malena, no pudo abrir sus puertas como lo hace desde principios del siglo pasado debido a una disposición del gobierno de Mauricio Macri.
[My translation:] Buenos Aires’s government shut down one of the world’s most famous milongas
The Sunderland milonga, now named Malena, could not open its doors as it had for nearly a century due to Mauricio Macri’s government ruling.
The restaurant and bar operations are not closed.

The venue also hosts basketball, soccer, rollerskating and martial arts activities. They won’t be able to resume until the fire sprinkler system is fully operative.

Last month the city also shut down the Sin Rumbo milonga.

I was at Sunderland on a Saturday night, where hundreds of older local couples dressed up to dance great tango. Here are Flaco Dany and Silvina showing how it’s done:

Sunday Joe

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

An exquisitely civilizing moment: Sinatra and Jobim

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Read my article, An exquisitely civilizing moment: Sinatra and Jobim.

UPDATE:
The Camp of the Saints counts down Sinatra.

So many Evitas, so little time . . .

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

In the WSJ,
Notable & Quotable: ‘Evita’“Never been a fund like the Foundation Eva Peron!”

Never been a fund like the Foundation Eva Peron! . . .

And the money kept rolling out in all directions,

To the poor, to the weak, to the destitute of all complexions

Now cynics claim a little of the cash has gone astray

But that’s not the point, my friends.

When the money keeps rolling out, you don’t keep books

You can tell you’ve done well by the happy, grateful looks

Accountants only slow things down, figures get in the way.

Never been a lady loved as much as Eva Peron!

Sing it, Ricky!

John Oliver riffs Latin America

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Let the good times roll!

John Oliver did a monologue on the mango-throwing incident. I can’t embed it but you can watch the video here.

Oliver frequently pokes fun at Latin America; Jaime Bayly has some of it in last night’s show, starting at 7:25 in the video (up to 17:00),

In case you missed them, here’s Oliver riffing Ecuador’s Rafael Correa,
John Oliver first Correa monologue.

Correa didn’t like it, so, of course, John Oliver replied.

“The Americans” non-values

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Please read my latest article, “The Americans” non-values.

UPDATED:
Alison Gopnik asks, Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever justify deception and murder? It can, if you have no moral compass.

Sunday tango at the gazebo

Sunday, April 26th, 2015