RAPIDINHAS

RAPIDINHAS

Considered by some one of the best Brazilian painters, Cândido
Portinari has also been the center of inflamed criticism about the artistic value of his
work. Some have accused him of plagiarizing Picasso and lacking any originality. He was a
walking contradiction. Communist, he made the official portrait of dictator Getúlio
Vargas; atheist, he didn’t shy from painting saints. With more than 4500 works to his
credit, Portinari’s popularity remains high though.
By Brazzil Magazine

Arigó—stupid

Bagulho, canhão, facão, estrupício—offensive names to call a woman

Barnabé—public worker

Borogodó—charm

Botar pra jambrar—to be a troublemaker

Broto, certinha, estouro, gostosura, pedaço, pancadão, uva—all
compliments to a woman

Charlar—to show off

Da fuzarca—party animal

Dar o beiço—(lit. to give the lip) to stiff someone

É da pontinha—it’s great

É de chuá—it’s great

É fogo na jaca—It’s a bummer

Eu quero é rosetar—I want to chase skirts

Ficar a bangu—empty handed

Ficar a neném—empty handed

Foi pro beleléu—it finished, it died

Fuinha—tightwad

Garota do barulho—super girl

Jiló—(lit. a very bitter vegetable) gay

Mandrake—gay

Matusquela—crazy

Me dá o meu boné—(lit. give me my hat) I am gone

Mocorongo—worthless person

No maior vai-da-valsa—by hook or by crook

Parangolé—bash

Que mocotó! —what a thigh!

Roxinha—prety black girl

Xaveco—problem

Ximbica—clunker

Celebrity
Close Up
Close

Roberta Close, Brazil’s most renowned transsexual is only 33, but she is busy
putting the finishing touches on her tell-all, name-names, racy autobiography. She will be
talking about her conflict of a woman trapped in a male body (she was born with a penis
but not testicles) and the suffering to be accepted by society. Afraid of lawsuits, La
Close for now has given up naming her Brazilian lovers. Non-Brazilians, however, are fair
game.

Born Luís Roberto Gambini, Roberta revealed recently that she will be talking, for
example, of her romance with American comedian Eddie Murphy, who is not making any
comment. "Eddie saw me in New York and he liked my type," Close said. "He
used to send me flowers and letters."

Close had a sex-change operation in London at the Charing Cross clinic. This was in
1989. Since then she has been trying to change her name on her Brazilian passport. The
case went up to the Supreme Court, which last year denied her wish arguing that natural
sex prevail over psychological sex.

She was able to change her name to Luíza Gambini though in Switzerland where she is
living, "superhappy" according to her, with Swiss husband Roland Granacher,
product manager of an airplane turbines company. Ever so proud of his wife, Granacher, in
Rio with Close for the Carnaval, told Rio’s magazine Manchete: "Roberta is a
woman in every sense. She is beautiful, sensual, feminine, intelligent, and also a great
cook. Brazil needs to grow up and stop being so old fashioned on sexual matters."

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