Brazil staycation

You don't have to journey to South America to feel the heat of the equator-some new Havaianas and a taste of Carnaval should do it.

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Brazilian cinema experienced a resurgence in the past decade, thanks to films like City of God, a drama about favela (slum) gangsters, and Carandiru, which was based on an actual uprising in a So Paulo prison. The 15 features and documentaries included in the eighth annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY (Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St at Laight St; 212-941-2001, brazilianfilmfestival.com; June 5--12; $10) honor the 50th anniversary of the capital city, Braslia. Highlights include Straight to the Point (June 5, 8), which profiles Bezerra da Silva, the legendary father of “gangsta samba”; Queen of Brazil (June 6, 9), about a small-town fellow from the Amazon on his quest to become Miss Gay Brazil ; and the political documentary Tamboro (June 7, 10), which offers a panoramic take on urban crime and deforestation.

Samba crooner Seu Jorge is known stateside for his roles in City of God and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in which he performed Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie songs. Jorge’s music blends traditional instrumentation with conventional rock, and his songs lyrics often touch upon his own upbringing in a Rio favela. He’ll play Terminal 5 (610 W 56th St at Eleventh Ave; 212-260-4700, terminal5nyc.com; 7pm; $40--$45) on July 30.

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