FORUM Monthly Newsletter November 2014 www.AmSoc.com.br Save the Date November 8th – Angel Party November 8th – FCC Benefit Concert November 15th – Marine Ball November 23rd – Thanksgiving Service & Lunch Saturday, December 6th – Holiday Party December 7th – FCC Choir Christmas Concert December 24th – FCC Candlelight Service May 8th – Annual Gala In This Issue Photos by Julia Martins, Girl Scout Daisy, age 5. Pictured below from left to right are Julia Martins, Stella Winter and Elis Bryce dos Santos. TROOP SÃO PAULO Ask The Ethicist Story edited by Sophia Fuchsloch, above. She is a 6 -year-old Girl Scout Daisy. Page 6: Our ethical compass tackles the issue of nepotism and conflicts of interest in the hiring process. If you have a question, send it her way! Local Girl Scouts Report on Weekend Farm Excursion We Are the Champions Page 12:AmSoc’s golf team takes the Munro Cup for the 5th time in the Annual Golf Challenge against the St. Andrew’s Society. Lots of Laughs Page 13: American Kim Levone brings stand up comedy (in English!) to a stage in Vila Madalena. Our Mission The American Society of São Paulo promotes friendship by organizing social, cultural, and athletic events for its diverse membership; encourages integration with the Brazilian society; and supports the American traditions of education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. By Stella Winter Girl Scout Brownie, age 7 We went to the Fazendinha on Dia das Crianças (kids day). We rode horses and fed sheep, goats, and guinea pigs. We also milked a cow and watched a turtle race. There was a bridge that went around the park and ended with a slide. There were green birds, lots of kinds of turtles and there is a place just for the guinea pigs. We even played animal bingo! There was a slide that the turtles raced down and since it was kids day, we got to choose our own turtle but some kids wanted one turtle while other kids wanted another. And they served lunch. We ate French fries and sausage. USA Overseas Troop 04001 was established in 2013 and follows the American Girl Scouts program. The Troop has three age groups: Daisies (kindergarten and 1st grade), Brownies (2nd and 3rd grades), and Juniors (4th and 5th grades). All the girls are fluent in English and generally speak Portuguese fluently as well. Some girls speak three languages on a regular basis. The Troop gets together once or twice a month on weekend mornings for meetings and excursions. The Daisies have been learning about caring for animals and the Brownies and Juniors have been working on a newsletter, so the Troop went on a field trip to Santo Amaro’s Fazendinha Estação Natureza. For information about joining Troop 04001, e-mail [email protected] President’s Corner O n September 24th we held our annual VIP Cocktail Party to honor the many corporate and individual donors to AmSoc and its charities. The event was held at the atelier of renowned Brazilian artist, Bia Doria. Her work is extra special, as she uses materials from the earth, By Frank Pierce, such as wood AmSoc President and stone, transforming them into wonderful table top to large floor-to ceiling sculptures. At the event we presented special thanks and plaques to General Motors, Cabot Industries and the U.S. Consulate of São Paulo for their many years of continued support. We wouldn’t be as strong as we are today without the help of these organizations and the U.S. Consulate. There are many, many more contributors – too many to mention here – but a few like Marriott, Delta, American Airlines and Rubeiz and Associates stand out as strong supporters. Bia also donated a beautiful sculpture to AmSoc, which will be featured on the cover of our annual Directory and Resource Guide and auctioned off at the 2015 Gala on May 8, 2015. What’s more, she will also donate 20% of the sale proceeds to any of her pieces to AmSoc members through the end of the year. Her generosity to our organization is overwhelming and greatly appreciated. On October 15th the annual Golf Challenge was held between AmSoc and the St. Andrew Society. For the third year in a row, our team brought home the Munro Cup, making it 5 to 4 in Cups won since the contest’s inception 9 years ago. Thanks to John Kennedy for organizing the event and to all the AmSoc players who successfully defended “our” cup! Besides the monthly happy hours, networking and ongoing charity work, we have two more major events before the end of 2014: the Angel Party on November 8th and the Holiday Party on December 6th. We’re always looking for more volunteers for the Angel Party so if you’re available, e-mail Maureen Alves Kennedy at [email protected] to sign up. The Holiday Party will be held in a beautiful home and, as always, will feature Marlene’s famous eggnog. This is a great social event with food, drink and Christmas Carols. Contact the office to sign up for the party. The annual Marine Ball, will be held on November 15th at the Hilton Morumbi. The United States Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775, and each year celebrates the birthday with a formal ball in all the locations it serves around the world. The first formal ball was held in 1925 and throughout the About Forum Forum is published monthly, with the exception of January and July, by 2 Ysa Rivera, editor and layout Forum is printed by EGB. (http://www.egb.com.br) The American Society of São Paulo Rua da Paz, 1431 | 04713-001 São Paulo, SP Tel: (11) 5182-2074 Fax: (11) 5182-9155 e-mail the editor: [email protected] FORUM Views expressed in Forum do not necessarily reflect those of the American Society board of governors, members, or staff. Forum reserves the right to edit content for brevity and/or clarity. years took on various forms including mock battles, musical performances, pageants and sporting events. The celebrations were formalized in 1952, incorporating a cake-cutting ceremony, which was even entered into the Marine Drill Manual. As tradition, the Marines, in full uniform, carry the large cake with a slow, synchronized walk to the front of the room. The first piece of cake is given to the oldest Marine present who then hands it off to the youngest Marine present, symbolizing the old and experienced Marines passing on their knowledge to the new generation of Marines. The event also includes a reading of Marine Corps Order 47 and a message from the current Commandant. Many times, the birthday celebration includes a pageant of current and historical Marine Corps uniforms. Today’s celebrations also include a “unit run” on November 10th to celebrate the birthday, regardless of where they may be in the world, even in austere environments or combat. It is a spectacular annual event and a great opportunity to meet and get to know the young men and women serving in the local unit and hearing of their experiences around the world. During last year’s celebration one of the Marines proposed to his girlfriend (who accepted), which added to the celebratory ambiance of the evening. If you’ve never been to this great celebration, go. Get your tickets now. You won’t regret it! Abraços, Frank MISSED CONNECTIONS Our office phone lines are experiencing problems; if your weekday calls made between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. go unanswered, e-mail [email protected] Some members are not receiving our emails. Please add [email protected] to ensure that you receive timely information about AmSoc news and events. November The American Society of São Paulo To Our New Members: Welcome! We are very grateful for the support of those who recently joined AmSoc – encourage others to join the club! Last Name First Name Spouse Company Nationality Membership Blau Keren Ricardo Breslauer Toyland Import Brazilian Family Supporter Deckrow Andre Ruth Miller American Family Supporter Edholm Abraham Angela Edholm American Family Supporter Kohl Christopher Gisele Kohl American Family Patron Lemes Avelar Angela Adiel Avelar Brazilian/American Family Patron Nogueira Fabio Ieda Loureiro Brazilian Single Patron Natixis Koncept Solutions NEW AMSOC MEMBER TREATMENT FOR LEARNING DIFFERENCES WITH IN-HOME SUPPORT Where were you born? In Toronto, Canada. Length of Time in Brazil? We’ve been in Brazil since March and expect to be here for a few more years. Cognitive weaknesses are a result of ongoing learning struggles. Fortunately, obstacles can be overcome and improved signiﬁcantly. Family with you? Or at home? My husband, Chris, and daughters (3 years and 9 months old) are here. What do you find great about Brazil? I’m excited about the travel opportunities. Brazil is a huge country and we hope to see a lot of it while we’re here. Favorite place to hang out? I’m at home with the kids and haven’t found any babysitters yet, so I haven’t done a lot of hanging out but I really like Ibirapuera Park. Places you plan to visit? We are planning to head to the beach soon: Rio in October when my in-laws visit and hopefully a fazenda, too. We’d also like to see some of Argentina and Chile in the next couple of years. I lived in Ecuador for a year when I was 15, so I’d really like to get back there for a visit too. Other overseas assignments? This is our first. What do you like to do in your free time? We don’t have a ton of free time with the kids but travel is definitely up there. Reading and trying to be physically active, too. What has surprised you the most about São Paulo Bia Doria The artist will donate 20% of proceeds from the sale of her pieces to our charities through the end of the year. Contact gallery manager Flavia Vidal at 3063-0572 and say you are an AmSoc member! Alamedia Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1802 - Jd. Europa Jennifer Moad & Family and/or Brazil? I guess the sheer difficulty of getting things done is still a surprise to me. Also, I find grocery shopping very frustrating for some reason. What part of town/neighborhood will you be living? We’re living in Vila Nova Conceição. What school do your children attend? At the moment my 3-year-old attends Maple Bear but we may be making a change soon. Contact info: [email protected] Biggest question you have today to ask a Brazilian: Where are the locals going when they get out of São Paulo? Specializing in sensory cognitive treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, AD/HD, Learning and Communication Disorders, and Behavior Modiﬁcation. Comprehensive Evaluation In-depth pre- and post testing for the following areas: • • • • • Expressive Language Mathematics Phonology Reading Written Expression Initial and Follow-up Consultations include: • Identiﬁcation of strengths and areas for improvement • Recommendations for follow-up treatment and/or support • Homeschooling available Dr. Wendy M. Smith Credentialed Learning Specialist 55 (11) 3885.7256 [oﬃce] 55 (11) 9.9236.5267 [mobile] www.biadoria.com.br 2014 FORUM 3 Volunteerism Sends a Meaningful Message By Adam Stern, Vice Consul O ften, the most effective way to spread a positive message about the United States overseas is through active engagement of the expatriate community. The same is certainly true in São Paulo, regional headquarters to several hundred Fortune 500 and small and medium U.S. firms, as well as home to thousands of talented American students, business professionals, and their families. U.S. Consulate General (CG) São Paulo supports numerous outreach activities geared towards strengthening bilateral relations across all strata of Brazilian society. There are volunteer opportunities available throughout the year for U.S. citizens, friends, and neighbors interested in making an impact locally. In addition to the inherent benefits of volunteerism, active engagement in and around São Paulo readily demonstrates the best of the United States to our local counterparts. Our expatriate community’s philanthropic activities send an unequivocally positive message about our commitment to strengthening local communities while showcasing America’s tremendous ethnic, religious, and socio-economic diversity. The following programs solicit 4 FORUM volunteers on a routine basis: Amigos Americanos: In 2012, a group of Consulate officers created a new initiative for children aged 3 to 16 at Lar Tia Edna orphanage, a local home for disadvantaged youth. Modeled after the Big Brother/Big Sister program in the United States, volunteers provide one-on-one attention for their “kids” via weekend outings and other recreational activities. For additional information, contact [email protected] Children’s Field Day: Every April, CG São Paulo partners with the American Society to host children from underserved communities on its grounds for a day of fun and games. Events are geared towards instilling confidence in local youth who have faced significant challenges in their lives. To learn more about corporate sponsorship or volunteer openings, visit www.amsoc.com.br. Community Warden Program: In the event of emergency situations, CG São Paulo depends on volunteer community wardens to spread accurate information to fellow U.S. citizens living, working, and traveling in Brazil. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please send an expression of interest with contact information to [email protected] As always, we welcome your feedback about how CG Sao Paulo can better inform, involve, and communicate our mission’s strategic goals to members of the AmCit community. If you are interested in learning more about CG São Paulo’s public involvement in the community, please follow the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook page and/or Twitter feed. Thank you again for your continued involvement. November The American Society of São Paulo COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE (CAC) NEWS Earn Your Wings at Angel Party By Sue Banman Sileci, Angel Party Committee The 15th Annual Angel Party will be held November 8th at Chapel School. With 240 children from AmSoc-supported daycare centers and orphanages, you can be sure that your help would be appreciated. How? • Be one of our “super shoppers” – people willing to go out and buy gifts for last-minute arrivals in orphanages. Contact Sue Banman Sileci at [email protected] if you’re interested. • Making a donation that would go toward super shopping and last minute prizes and treats or for helping pay for parts of the party for which we did not receive direct donations. Contact Eileen Tasso at [email protected] if you’re able to help in this way. • Volunteering on the day of the party! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Maureen Alves Kennedy at [email protected] if you’d like to sign up for a shift. Please wear a red T-shirt if you attend. 2014 A sponsored child, right, meets Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Angel Party on November 9, 2013. Of course, if you’d like to come to the party to meet the child you sponsored or see what it’s about, don’t hesitate to contact Maureen about that too. You can’t just show up. Security regulations at Chapel School require that we know in advance who is coming, so please let us know! Thank you for all your help so far. We look forward to a great party on November 8th! Thanks to AmSoc, Projecto Sol Gets Much Needed New Stove Run by Sister Angela, Projecto Sol feeds 230 children their two main meals of the day. The first group arrives at 7 a.m. for breakfast, then is given lunch before going off to school at 1p.m. The second group arrives around 1p.m., then is served lunch and a small dinner before going home at 5 p.m. The children then return at 7 p.m. for evening activities. Meals at home usually consist of a sandwich. Sister Angela is proud that she is able to feed these children the only healthy meal they receive everyday. Aside from serving meals, the main focus at the center is art. The children have classes every day in either art, music, drama, or dance. “Projeto Sol is an intense light that shines for all. It transforms lives, showing the beauty in life, and giving the opportunity to know and live other realities,” noted Cleusa Barbosa Sena, educator at Projecto Sol. FORUM 5 AMSOC OFFICE STAFF Ask the Ethicist Dear Ethicist, I would like to hire my brotherin-law to do some consulting in the company where I work. Is this okay? He’s trained in this field and I trust him personally. Signed, Conflicted Dear Conflicted, Even if your brother-in-law is the best suited candidate for the position, hiring him would create, at minimum, an appearance of a conflict of interest, especially if you are involved in the hiring process. Conflicts of interest arise when personal relationships interfere with business decisions. Many companies have policies restricting the hiring of relatives to avoid conflicts of interest. Here are some questions to consider: • Does your company permit the hiring of relatives? Check your company’s Code of Conduct and HR Policies. • Would hiring him adversely affect other employees? Could it aversely impact morale? 6 FORUM • Could this be perceived as favoritism or that your brother-in-law had an unfair advantage because of his familial relationship with you? Favoritism involves giving unfair preferential treatment to family members or friends over others. Other applicants could feel they did not have an equal opportunity for a position because of nepotism or favoritism in the decision process. • Would you supervise him and be involved in reviewing his performance? How would this affect your personal relationship? How would this affect your relationship with other colleagues? • How would be handle the situation should he not work out at the job? What would happen if you had to fire him? Your handling of this could have a negative impact on your colleagues and your family. Should you still want to move forward with hiring your brother-in-law, I recommend that you disclose the familial relationship to your manager and recuse yourself from the hiring process to ensure that the most qualified candidate is hired. That way if he is ultimately selected competitively, it would avoid creating an appearance that he was hired based for any reason other than merit. ~The Ethicist Send your ethical dilemmas & questions by email to [email protected] This column was written by Erica Winter, an International Business Ethics Consultant from Washington, D.C. Meet Our Intern Hi all! I’ve been the intern at the American Society since May. I am 23 years old, I was born in São Bernardo do Campo - SP, and am currently living with my parents and my “little” Bernese Mountain Dog in São Caetano. I enjoy spending my time with friends, no matter where or what we are doing. Reading Vivian Amorim and writing have been my passions since a very early age, George Benson is amazing, and the 7x1 game in the World Cup still gives me nightmares. I’m an International Relations student at ESPM and am two months away from graduating. My future plans involve Japan or maybe England. These almost 5 months at AmSoc have been special. Not only because this was my first experience with making my own money or being more independent, but also for the things I’ve been learning every day at the office. I was lucky to have this opportunity and to meet so many nice people during this time, starting from my boss Victoria of course, who has been teaching me so much. It makes me really proud to be part of the American Society’s history and I will always have fond memories of this internship. November The American Society of São Paulo Royal British Legion Will Remember World War I Heros at St. Paul’s Cathedral Thanksgiving MARKS THE START OF HOLIDAY SEASON By David Warren, AmSoc Member The American Society and Fellowship Community Church will co-host a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23rd, a few days before the holiday. The service will start at 6 p.m. followed by a reception of the traditional turkey sandwiches with refreshments, sparkling wine and homemade cookies and brownies. All are welcome; if you wish to contribute to the sweets, contact David Warren at [email protected] We will be honored with the presence of Mr. Dennis Hankins, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo and will read President Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation if it is available at that time.. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and the good folks at Fellowship are having an array of holiday events to get you in the spirit. On Sunday, December 7th, Marilyn Mangels will lead the Chancel Choir’s traditional Christmas 2014 Concert during the Sunday morning service at 10:30a.m. This has become a popular tradition and we are sure you will enjoy the presentation and leave feeling in the spirit of the season. On Christmas Eve, caroling and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m., immediately followed by the Christmas Candle Light Service at 7:30 p.m. This is a beautiful experience and all will leave with Christmas in their hearts. This year, we have a very special treat for all music lovers. On November 8th a 25 piece string chamber orchestra will perform a benefit concert at Fellowship Community Church. Tickets are R$10; all proceeds will go to the church’s operational fund. Fellowship Community Church is conveniently located at Rua Carlos Sampaio, 107 just two blocks from Avenida Paulista, at the Brigadeiro Metro Station. Discounted parking is available at great parking lot just across the street. The Remembrance Service organized by the São Paulo branch of the Royal British Legion to honor our fallen comrades be held on Sunday, November 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul´s Cathedral: Rua Com. Elias Zarzur, 1231Santo Amaro. The service will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI. We will make a special effort to remember those from São Paulo and Santos who fell in that war and whose names are inscribed on our war memorial. At the reception in the church hall after the service we will have a display of medals and other memorabilia related to these people and other veterans of that war. International Newcomers Club Set to Host Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 12th There will be over 100 vendors – the most ever – participating at INC’s Holiday Bazaar on November 12th selling artisenal items. There are some fun new additions to look forward to • INC will be selling Prosecco and Mimosas to get everyone in the holiday spirit; • FREE 15 minute massages brought to you by Sebastian Massages & Bodywork; • A team of manicurists will be giving manicures for the discounted rate of R$10; • The first 100 guests will receive a goody bag full of offers and favors from our beloved exhibitors • Extended hours: Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of this will take place in the air conditioned Espaco Escandinavo at Job Lane, 1030 - Alto da Boa Vista. There will be great food available for lunch, or you can always just sit down and chat with friends over a coffee or cappuccino from Encanto Natural. Don’t forget to grab a cupcake, brigadeiro, cookie or cake while you’re at it. Don’t forget to grab a cupcake, brigadeiro, cookie or cake while you’re at it (shopping has been known to work up an appetite!. Best of all, get your holiday shopping done with one of a kind offerings from our Brazilian artisans! Come one, come all – you don’t have to be an INC member to enjoy this amazing event. See you there! FORUM 7 Halloween Party at the U.S. Marine House on October 25h Over 120 children enjoyed a wonderful Halloween Party and parade. Many thanks to our Marines for hosting this fantastic event and the haunted house! Photos by Ana Claudia Teixeira: www.facebook.com/anatexeirafotos 8 FORUM November The American Society of São Paulo 2014 FORUM 9 Caffeine & Conversation AmSoc Hosts Second New Member Coffee By Kaitlin Weatherly, Membership Chairwoman Lucy Nunes, Luis Boldizsar, and Ruth Miller attended the coffee held on October 22, 2014, welcoming new members to AmSoc. Boa Viagem Traveling soon? Take a snapshot with your Forum and we will publish it in next month’s issue! Send your photos to [email protected] What better way for our new members to get to know some fellow American Society members and learn how to get involved then by attending a bi-monthly New Member coffee? Topics ranged from hometown sports teams, the ins and outs of researching the Japanese population in São Paulo, the Amsoc Halloween party and Happy Hour that week, to one of the attendees leaving that evening for a short vacation in France! Want to attend the next coffee or even host one? Write to Kaitlin Weatherly at [email protected] If you are new to AmSoc and are interested in attending a future coffee and/or volunteering, contact the office at [email protected] The sculpture displayed on the table above by Claudia Kiatake was featured on the cover of the 2013 AmSoc yearbook. Sampagram Recognize this spot in São Paulo? e-mail the location to [email protected] We’ll announce a winner in next month’s Forum! Carol and Frank Pierce took their Forum to Chicago on October 18, 2014 10 FORUM Congratulations to John Lyons, who correctly identified the Praça do Porquinho in the October issue. He will receive a complimentary massage from Dra. Vanessa Andréia, licensed masseuse & physical therapist! November The American Society of São Paulo On Giving Thanks for the Little Things By Patricia de Luna, Forum Contributor T he smell of turkey roasting in the oven, a beautifully decorated table and a homecooked meal with all the trimmings and ready to be shared with family and friends ... as if we needed any reminding, it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S.A. later this month. E v e r y y e a r, I think back to that very first Thanksgiving, when we were new arrivals in Illinois. We were invited into the Cashell’s home for our very first celebration Dra. Patricia de Luna of what would become our own family tradition. My sisters and I were young children and our excitement had been building as we made pilgrim hats at school and learned about the celebration of the first harvest. Mrs. Cashell gifted each of us with a doll, as well as a bag full of coloring and activity books, crayons and games to keep us busy while Mr. Cashell led the adults into the den for drinks – and we all felt welcome. I was no stranger to the concept of cultural integration – at the early age of 6, the USA was already my 3rd country and I added the traditions and values of Turkey Day to my bag of experiences, which already included birthday piñatas to the tune of Las Mañanitas and chanting of “y pique, pique, pique” (which, admittedly, to this day I have no clue what it means). It’s easy to see why, for millions of expatriates, Thanksgiving is the day when homesickness reaches its peak. However, we musn’t forget that Thanksgiving is also a day for feeling grateful for all the things you have, wherever you may be – and that includes our own bag full of cultural experiences we collect as we move across the globe. This year, my Thanksgiving will be spent right here in São Paulo, so I wanted to share my third culture kid list of things I am thankful for: 2014 I am thankful for the unique media, e-mailing and Skype, that opportunity to have lived in multiple has made it so much easier to stay in countries, to have absorbed a little of contact with friends from all over and the culture of each and to have a keen I am especially thankful for the “see translation” button understanding and on Facebook that respect for global And though I too have my allows me to diversity. post in whatever I am thankful for ‘Bad Brazil Days’, I am thankful language my the ability to speak little heart desires different languages for all the wonderful things without having to and to transition translate for each among them with that only Brazil can offer: my and every friends ease, and I am out there. especially thankful weekly mani/pedis, my kind And though I for the eagerness too have my “Bad it brings me to continue to learn household helper who cares for Brazil Days”, I am thankful for all the more. I am thankful for us as much as we care back, for wonderful things that only Brazil can the little things in life that I can’t get the delicious pão de queijo and offer: my weekly mani/pedis, my a coupon for. I’m kind household thankful for sunny yes, I am even thankful for the helper who cares skies (Amsterdam occasional caipirinha. for us as much as had few of those), we care back, for fresh drinking water (Mexico City was tough!) and the delicious pão de queijo and yes, I for the “tudo bem, tudo bem” attitude am even thankful for the occasional that puts seemingly serious things like caipirinha. So cheers and a Feliz Thanksgiving a waiter bringing you the wrong type of fries into perspective (oh boy, the to you and yours! Patricia de Lunas is a dentist practicing in Vila American in me would have a much harder time not sending those back!). Nova Conceição. To learn more about her pratice, I’m thankful for technology like social visit www.familydentistry.com.br. “ ” FORUM 11 SPORTS COMMITTEE NEWS: ANNUAL GOLF CHALLENGE VICTORY! AmSoc Takes 5th Munro Cup By John Kennedy, Sports Committee Chairman On October 15th at the illustrious Sao Fernando Golf Club, the St. Andrew Society of Sao Paulo hosted the 9th Golf Challenge for the Munro Cup. This year there were twice as many golfers playing. Eighteen AmSoc twosomes squared off against 18 twosomes for the St. Andrew Society in a “Four Ball Best Ball Match Play” format. The match began at noon in a shotgun start and was completed by 5 p.m. with AmSoc’s Team winning 8.5 match points to the Scots´ 6.5, as shown below. Afterwards everyone gathered in the restaurant to enjoy the company of one another over a full feijoada meal and drinks. Traditional awards were announced for longest drive and closet-to-the-pin shots and speeches were made. John Kennedy then introduced a new award to this golf outing by presenting the Team´s M.V.P., Scott Griggs. Pictured at top is the AmSoc golf team, Annual Golf Challenge Champions, on October 15, 2014. Above right, Sports Committee Chairman John Kennedy receives the Munro Cup. Above left, John and AmSoc Treasurer Richard Wegman present the President of the São Fernando Golf Club with an engraved pewter plate on behalf of AmSoc’s Executive Committee. It reads: The American Society of São Paulo presents this plaque to the São Fernando Golf Club in appreciation for allowing our members and guests to play at your beautiful golf course for the Munro Cup over the years. 12 FORUM November The American Society of São Paulo Expat Brings Stand-Up Comedy to Sampa By Kim Levone, Founder & Producer of Improbable Comedy I am from Silver Spring, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. A clinical social worker by training, I worked in foster care and mental health for years. In 2011, I founded a small production company, Improbable Comedy, and began to produce live standup comedy, which is something I have always loved. When my husband got the offer to come to Kim Levone Brazil for a few years, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work as a social worker and decided to focus on this comedic endeavor. I jumped right into the mix and met a number of comedians, eventually partnering with a Carioca comedianvto produce Mic Aberto Rio, an amateur comedy competition and open mic that ran for eight shows over two months in 2013. In any case, I eventually came around to this idea of stand up comedy here in English. I realized that there are many, many expats in Brazil who would love to come to a comedy show and fortunately English is a common language for estrangeiros from other countries as well. Plus, whenever I mentioned comedy to Brazilians, they were ga-ga over American stand-up (often citing Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld as favorites). 2014 Pictured sitting in the front row at a recent Improbable Comedy performance in São Paulo from left to right are AmSoc Members Alana & Rebecca Skyhart, Liz Miller, Mariza Taillefer and Luciano De Maria. During the World Cup, two professional comedians contacted me saying they would be in town for the Copa. So, we set up a one-night show in Rio. It was a success! One of them was staying in town for a while so we joined forces to create a regular standup show. We aimed to get the show going in Rio where we both live, but quickly realized that there was more interest in São Paulo, so we kicked off the show there. It has been running in Sampa for two months and we have also started the show in Rio. The goal is to create a scene for English language stand-up comedy to grow and thrive. The atmosphere is very supportive and low pressure. I always remind the audience how hard stand-up is even in your mother tongue – and for many of our comics, English is not their first language. So far, we have had professional comics (Brazilian and expat) as well as some newcomers who are trying stand-up for the first time – some of whom have said performing in our show was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream to do stand-up! An unexpected bonus is the friendly, social nature of the audience. We have had great attendance so far by quite a few Brazilians, expats from many countries, and even a few tourists. We hope to become a weekly staple of the São Paulo nightlife. Additional goals of this project are to grow to other cities and eventually bring in big name American comics to do a multi-city tour of Brazil. I know it’s crazy to dream so big but this show was crazy in the abstract to begin with and it’s been amazing. Maybe it’s good to dream big! Improbable Comedy takes place at SubLime Bar (Rua Mourato Coelho, 973 - Vila Madalena). Visit www.improbablecomedy.com for upcoming performances. FORUM 13 CLASSIFIEDS Are you a life coach, therapist or financial planner interested in the behavioral aspect of money? Would you like help your clients achieve greater financial harmony and success? If so, perhaps money coaching is the perfect addition to your practice. Join the Money Coaching Institute’s first training course in Brazil: November 15-17, 2014. For more information or to register, e-mail [email protected] Upholstery & Re-Upholstery Psychologist – Mirella Giglio Family Dentistry I am a Graded School Alumna and have a BA in Psychology from PUC-SP. I concluded courses about autism, couple therapy, chronic disease, depression and Junguian Psychology. My work is with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 1572, cj. 1110, (across Av. Rebouças) Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo. Tel.: 11 3032 5737; Cel.: 11 99259 9445; E-mail: [email protected] Dental care you can trust for your whole family. 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We gladly promote these offers; however, we urge you thoroughly check prices and services prior to finalizing any purchase agreements. November The American Society of São Paulo CALENDAR November 2014 Learn more about this month’s AmSoc events (highlighted) at www.AmSoc.com.br. Important Dates: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH is VETERANS DAY in THE U.S. 6 Thursday Practice Your Portuguese 2:30 to 4 p.m. Rua Henrique Schaumann, 332 Apt. 51 - Pinheiros AmSoc member Maria Fernanda Favilla hopes to gather a group of up to 8 people who wish to improve their Portuguese twice a month. Contact Fernanda at [email protected] if you are interested in joining! 8 Saturday AmSoc Little League Sports 9 a.m. to noon PACA: R. Cássio de Campos Nogueira, 393 - Cidade Dutra For more information, contact Paul Groom at [email protected] 8 Saturday Angel Party 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chapel School: R. 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Vigário João de Pontes, 537 - Chácara Flora For more information, contact Paul Groom at [email protected] Coming Soon: AmSoc’s Annual Holiday Party in Chacara Flora at 7:30 p.m. on December 6th 2014 FORUM 15 Blog of the Month: 8 Essential Nordestino Musicians Every month, Forum’s last page will introduce you to a blog from the English speaking community. This month, we feature Brasil Wire; visit this featured blog at www.brasilwire.com I n The 1970’s, while the military dictatorship was crumbling and before the economic crisis of the 1980’s kicked in, Brasil had a happy interlude; post-tropicalism, a vivid, unique & independent rock culture emerged, and artists from the Nordeste took over the charts. Richard Klein presents his list of 8 essential artists of that moment ALCEU VALENCA With a stage presence close to David Lee Roth’s, Alceu was very successful in mixing the sounds of his native Pernambuco with what was happening in the seventies in terms of rock. He was the most successful of all the artists from the nordeste in the seventies and nowadays he is something close to carnival royalty in Recife. FAGNER Sounding like a nomadic shepherd of the Arabian desert, his intimate and very poetic style made him the voice of his native Ceara in the seventies. Although less influenced by rock than Alceu, he used the electric guitar in his arrangements, as well as orchestras, and had a unique body of work. ZE RAMALHO Probably the craziest and most original of all the northeastern artists in the seventies, his songs and lyrics were very trippy and his artistic persona almost biblical. This spiritual aura of his work mirrored the medieval religiousness that was still very alive in the northeast in the seventies. DOMINGUINHOS This accordionist almost does not belong to this group. Unlike the three above he came from a humble background and was simply the best of his generation at playing this instrument, which is central to northeastern music. He recorded a lot with Gilberto Gil and other great artists of the time and produced a respectable amount of his own work too. DJAVAN This artist from Alagoas. although belonging to the same generation and coming from the same region. was more eclectic in his style than the rest of those in this list. Being the only black artist among them, he wrote many samba-like songs as well as many Motown-like R&B tunes, and unabashedly flirted with the tropicalia style. Anyway, above all, his work and his great talent has an unmistakable taste of the Nordeste. GERALDO AZEVEDO A friend of Alceu Valenca and Ze Ramalho with whom he formed a band in the early seventies, of all the names of this list he is the one with the most musical knowledge. Trained as an orchestra conductor, his work is very minimal and beautiful. He sounds best with just a guitar and his voice and although he was not as prolific as his friends, his songs strike deep with everyone who stops to listen. BELCHIOR He was something like the Bob Dylan, a great lyricist of the Nordestinos. Although he never recorded anything in northeastern rhythms, only rock and pop, his lyrics described the hard life of immigrants from the nordeste, and his avoidance of using their traditional folkloric styles was a way of saying that the nordestinos were just like anyone else. EDNARDO Although he can almost be considered a one hit wonder. His song Pavao Misterioso hypnotized the country when it was the opening theme of the novela Saramandaia. Brasil Wire was founded in mid 2014. Much of the initial reason for starting an English language site for Brazilian news, opinion and culture was driven by frustration at the coverage leading up to the World Cup. Brasil Wire offers something different from what is currently available in English, which the editors felt was somewhat homogenous and lacking in context. We are a labour of love, with a mixture of foreign and Brazilian editors and contributors.
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