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Wednesday 12th of December 2018

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Flying the fiesta flags

You probably know about bull running, throwing tomatoes and any number of fiestas to worship the humble olive. However, the following list offers a few different options for those looking to celebrate in a somewhat surreal manner:

Cupboard Festival (Fiesta de los aparadores)

Ladies, love, and laments

Love! The word that makes or breaks our hearts. Many of us wouldn’t balk at the idea of finding romance in Spain, especially considering how attractive even the “average-looking” Spaniards are. Nowadays, it’s not unusual to jet off to foreign shores for work, travel or study, but during the 1960s and 70s travelling abroad was far more adventurous.

Top Ten: travel destinations by Metro

1. Ibiza (line 9)—just dance discreetly with friends on the platform for a few minutes, share a bottle of coca-cola, and you can admit to having partied in Ibiza.

Curiosity Shop: Filatelia Gálvez

Any resident or visitor to Madrid should go, at least once, to the Coin and Stamp Collector’s Market, which takes place every Sunday morning in the beautiful Plaza Mayor. It’s one of the most historic markets in the city—the stalls and crowds fill the space under the arches of the Plaza, everyone looking for that tiny hidden treasure or just enjoying the atmosphere.

Breathing flamenco

The performance is in a brick basement, and a cool wine-cellar draft fills the room. On the stage is a man seated with his guitar, and another performer can be seen leaning against the wall. The audience, less than 50 people, hushes as a man in a blue shirt and black trousers comes out and addresses them in Spanish.

Come rain or shine

It’s that time of the year again: the time when Mother Nature is a tease. Spring is here, it’s finally warm enough to take off your jacket, but you daren’t go out without an umbrella—which is enough to give anyone a good case of seasonal affective disorder. Madrid, however, can always offer a wet-weather haven or a spring heaven:

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

How much insight and perspective on the world would one expect from a 23 year old from Idaho? If the sophomore album by Boise-based Youth Lagoon—the stage name for the prodigical Trevor Powers—is any indication, the answer is quite a lot. Since 2010, Powers has been making dreamy psychedelic music through which he explores themes well beyond his years.

Rhye - Woman

The debut album from Los Angeles-based soul/pop group Rhye has been shrouded in mystery since a single track first appeared anonymously on the internet several months ago. The song, “Open”, featured a captivatingly sensual voice that many believed belonged to a woman.

Kill It Kid

Formed in Bath by a group of university mates, Kill It Kid are a blues-inspired, dark pop-singing four-piece.


California-based alternative rockers Eels have been around since 1995.

Jamie Cullum

Brit jazz-pop singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has achieved a lot in his 33 years.

Take 5 - April 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer (Jack el caza gigantes) Providing confirmation of Hollywood’s plan to pummel us with fairytales as it has also pummeled us with superhero flicks, X-Men director Bryan Singer’s take on Jack and the Beanstalk stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Stanley Tucci. Out now

Las chicas del calendario (Calendar Girls)

Based on the quintessentially British 2003 hit film, this production features a cast of acclaimed Spanish film, TV, and theatre actresses.

Steel Magnolias

The Madrid Players latest production, Steel Magnolias, will take place towards the beginning of May, but early booking is recommended.

Hiperrealismo 1967-2012

“Photograph or painting?” is what you’re bound to be asking yourself at the Hiperrealismo 1967-2012 exhibition.

El trazo español en el British Museum. Dibujos del Renacimiento a Goya

“Spanish Drawings from the British Museum: Renaissance to Goya” presents a selection of great Spanish drawings that have, until now, only been displayed in the British Museum.

Impresionistas y postimpresionistas. El nacimiento del arte moderno. Obras maestras del Musée d’Orsay

Including some of the big names of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism from the French Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition starts with works from the second half of the 19th century, such as Monet’s misty

La moda imposible

The Museo del Traje is exhibiting part of its collection of contemporary fashion which includes work by some of the most prominent designers of the late 20th century, including Paco Rabanne, Yves Sain


Archaeology underpins societies past and present, and this exhibition at the Matadero displays the work of eight artists, including Mark Dion (USA) and Christian Andersson (Sweden).

InMadrid Music and Social Night Postponed

Our apologies, but our Music and Social Night has been postponed until next month. Further details will follow in due course.

Metro map masterpiece?

Back in September, 2010, we published an article about the work of Dr Max Roberts of the University of Essex concerning his new ideas for curvy metro maps—a plan to eliminate harsh zigzags and straigh


“Biodiversidad Musical” is the subheading of this annual music festival, now in its 20th year, and the programme certainly has something for all tastes.

Nomada Market: Independent Design Fair

Bursting with creativity, young talent and artistry, Nomada Market has become the most important fair of its kind in Spain.

English Comedy

The Freshly Squeezed team continue their English comedy stand up and improv nights this month, as well as the Freshly Ole Stars edition, which presents Spanish comedians trying out routines in English

Proyecto Fake! Cinema Season

To correspond with the Circulo Bellas Artes’ Proyecto Fake! art exhibition, a season of films has been planned, all of which relate to fakery, fraud or deception.

Life is Sweet: the music of Mike Leigh films

For two nights only, in his show La vida es dulce (Life is Sweet), Spanish guitarist and singer Nacho Vegas presents a musical tribute to the films of English director Mike Leigh, incorporating scenes

ALMONEDA: antiquities, art and collectibles fair

This year’s annual Almoneda fair, where all goods must be more than 50 years old, is a paradise for vintage vultures.

Whole lotta rock

The atmosphere is electric and the sense of anticipation emanating from the crowd is contagious. A drummer and guitarist, both dressed casually in the unofficial rock uniform of denim and t-shirts, enter the stage at Sala Boite, followed a minute later by a dapper-looking man in a suit and tie, complete with waistcoat—the band’s lead singer Mat Van Kriedt.

A novel idea

Books line the walls from floor to ceiling, divided into sections such as travel, history, philosophy, psychology, education, and politics. There are fiction shelves too, including Spanish, English, French, and German editions, and also a “videotheque” for DVDs, with a bucket for take-home movie sessions, and the rest offered as weekly rentals costing one or two euros.

Burning for Flamenco

The performance is in a brick basement, and a cool wine-cellar draft fills the room. On the stage is a man, seated with his guitar, and another, leaning against the wall. The audience, less than 50 people, quiets as a man in a blue shirt and black trousers comes out and addresses them.