Rio de Janeiro
Photographs and Commentary by Debra Jan Bibel
Music MPB: Assuntos Banals [Toco/ Outro Lugar / Schema Records]: 3 min excerpt
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Our second day took us to museums and in the evening to Lapa, the entertainment district, for music. We had not yet discovered the ease, speed, efficiency, and inexpense of Rio's subway system, so we instead took the more costly taxis (being five we had to go in two cabs) to the ferry depot for transport across Guanabara Bay to suburb of Niterói.
|Our ferry took us pass the airport.||A small oil drilling platform. Owned by Chevron, it had an oil spill the previous summer.||A ferry boat in front of the long President Silva Bridge. Those of us over age 60 did not have to pay! Brazil offers such perks to the elderly and disabled.||One of the unusual buildings in Niterói, a hotel suggestive of a Central American pyramid.||Steve Biggs and Dinah Berland look out the bow windows.||This flying saucer is the Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Oscar Niemeyer.|
Another view. The man offers coconut refreshment.
|The spiral walkway up to the entrance.||The building rises from a moat. The building is deteriorating and workmanship may have been lacking.||Close-up view of some lads enjoying the shade. Temperatures throughout our trip were in the mid 80's F.||
The shadow of the walkway.
A sunbather in meditation.
|The arrangement of paintings on the walls.||Architectural detail.||The outer space between windows and walls.||Self-explanatory sign describing the Joăo Sattamini Collection.|
|Avant-garde art?||No. The gallery space in preparation. Yet, the arrangement of people and objects is somehow artistic.||The stairway on the left leads to the museum cafe.||The pleasant surroundings look out on the bay.||The lit niches features leather purses.||Another view of the cafe.|
|On the right of the museum is an island where a church overviews the area.||The filled-in road to the island.||Facing left is the city of Niterói.||Some small islets.||Nearby rocks and the play of water.||A modern building with sweeping views.|
|These apartments look out on the museum, the bay, and Rio.||Close-up view.||Returning to Rio by ferry, we next meet at the Museum of Modern Art, designed by Alffonso Reidy.||The featured art, part of the Gilberto Chateaubriand collection, was on love, women, and family.||Exterior permanent sculpture.||A suggestion of ancient ruins?|
|The museum is on the north side of Glória Bay. Here is a view facing south.||Some pavilion at the distant end of the bay.||Harbor lighthouse, beacon, and, behind, another pavilion.||A war memorial with clashing sculptures. Committee work?||Looking downtown.||In Lapa, this club is well-known for classic urban Brazilian music: samba and choro.|
|Inside the club.||The seven-string violăo on stage.||The various other traditional instruments are present: bandolim, cavaquino, flute, pandeiro, plus bass and guitar.||A singer joins in.||
A portrait of music.
(Photo by D. Berland.)
|The music is joyous and patrons soon began to dance. Some of us went on to another club for a more jazz sound with brass instruments.|
Judith Starsky in Lapa.
© 2012 Debra Jan Bibel