Rio supports a rich variety of cultural activity and cutting-edge nightlife. The classic rhythms of samba can be heard in many clubs and bars, and on street corners, but it's possible to find something to suit every kind of musical taste almost every night of the week. Major theater, opera, ballet, and classical-music performances are plentiful, and smaller, more intimate events happen in most neighborhoods. Arts enthusiasts should pick up the bilingual Guia do Rio published by Riotur, the city's tourist board. The Portuguese-language newspapers Jornal do Brasil and O Globo publish schedules of events in the entertainment supplements of their Friday editions, which can be found online at www.jb.com.br and www.oglobo.com.br. For an up-to-date look at happenings in party-focused Lapa, check out www.lanalapa.com.br. Finally, Veja Rio is the city's most comprehensive entertainment guide, published every Saturday and available at all newsstands.
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Although Plataforma is very tourist-oriented, if you're in Rio outside of Carnival season, then seeing the shows here will give you a taste of the festival's costumes, music, and energy. Capoeira martial-arts displays complete an enjoyable if expensive look at some great Brazilian traditions. Reservations can be made on the venue's website (also for the restaurant). The smaller, adjoining Bar do Tom is a good place to hear bossa nova and jazz.
A well-known women-only lesbian club, La Girl attracts the famous and fabulous females of Rio.
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