Film ~ Pelé: Birth of a Legend

The biographical film, Pelé: Birth of a Legend about the renowned Brasilian footballer debuted at Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend warming hearts in New York.

Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, the sport biopic follows our favourite rising star, Edson Arantes do Nascimento‘s life from the early age of 9 to 17 during World Cup adventures.

The drama stars Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro (love him!), Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney. Strong themes of national identity and a paternal relationship are conveyed encouraging motivation and drive often seen in successful athletes. The message that it’s important to practice and have courage is presented throughout the feature as everything else will fall into place.

This film made me proud to have Brasilian heritage and love football even more. By the way, can you believe that Pelé is 75? What a great way to honour the legend. I would definitely go see it again and highly recommend to all. Muito obrigada e parabéns IFC Films!

Culture ~ St George’s Day

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of St. George’s Day celebrating the patron saint of England.

It’s our major feast and national holiday since the 15th century where citizens used to wear a rose on one of their lapels to honour the Roman Christian soldier, Saint George who slayed a dragon to save a princess as legend claims.

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As if we need another excuse to drink but either way I’ve compiled a list of my top five for  British pubs to visit in New York.

1. Jones Wood Foundry is a warm and cozy food-driven pub with a diverse selection of British ales, bottled beers and a secret garden where you can gather with all your mates. Address: at 401 East 76th St. Hours: 11am-11pm.

2. Cock and Bull is the best British gastro pub with a variety of British inspired dishes and cocktails. Get ready to return home at this London style tavern. Address: 23 West 45th St. Hours: 10:30am-11pm.

3. The Churchill Tavern is a unique and inviting establishment featuring your favourite drinks and dishes. Also Winston Churchill can be spotted throughout this old-fashioned place which adds to the pub’s quirky creativity. This is my Sunday roast destination. Address: 45 East 28th St. Hours: 11:30am-4am.

4. The Red Lion is hopping all hours of offering English breakfast (yes!), fish and chips as well as every possible British brew you can imagine. Additionally the live music and sports bar attracts a young late night crowd.Address: 151 Bleecker St. Hours: 11am-4am.

5. GMT Tavern is a great place to catch up with friends, eat traditional British fare and peruse an impressive selection of over 36 draught beers. This is the place to be! Address: 142 Bleecker St. Hours: 11am-12am.

 

 

 

 

Art ~ Frieze New York

Frieze New York is coming soon to the city with their fifth edition to present a variety of international contemporary art.

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Entrance to heaven. Photo: Frieze New York.

From 5-8 May, artists can admire a range of mediums and works from over 200 galleries representing four continents. The program consists of artist commissions, educational talks, imaginative installations, powerful presentations, solo shows and special sections. Buyers will envision the must have pieces to improve their collections. Get excited and explore the creativity at Randall’s Island. Book tickets here!