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Thursday 25th of May 2017

Burning for Flamenco

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Ryan Rockmore came to Spain to pursue his passion for Flamenco; having completed his first show in Madrid, De Madrid al sur, he speaks with Laura Tabor about his journey

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.

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Rockmore’snext performance is scheduled for Friday, 26 April, at ArteBar La Latina, Calle de San Bruno, 3 at 8.30pm. To request tickets, writedirectly to Ryan at rrockmore [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Breathing flamenco

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Ryan Rockmore came to Spain to pursue his passion for flamenco; having completed his first show in Madrid, De Madrid al sur, he speaks with Laura Tabor about his journey

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.

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Rockmore’s next performance is scheduled for Friday, 26 April, at ArteBar La Latina, Calle de San Bruno, 3 at 8.30pm. To request tickets, write directly to Ryan at rrockmore [at] gmail [dot] com

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More than just sew-sew

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In public spaces and small yarn-filled shops around Madrid, devotees of crochet, knitting, and other craftwork form a network of skilled artisans. Laura Tabor explores their haunts and learns about the appeal of the hobby

The old Palacio de Comunicaciones, now the Palacio de Cibeles, is a majestic white building on the outside and a cultural hub and public meeting space on the inside. Around every turn, there are brightly-coloured tables, sofas, and even giant beanbags.

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Chibi Japan Weekend Madrid

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Chibi Japan Weekend Madrid

From manga and anime to workshops and games, Japan Weekend is a two-day extravaganza of Japanese tradition and culture.

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Chibi Japan Weekend Madrid, Pabellón de Convenciones, Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo, Avenida de Portugal (Metro: Alto de Extremadura). 9-10 Feb. Sat, 9:30am-9pm; Sun, 10am-8pm. Entrance: 1 day €7, other options available.

Event Venue: 

Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo

Location: 
Avenida de Portugal, s/n
Madrid 28011
Spain
40° 24' 45.6912" N, 3° 44' 2.7708" W
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Event Dates with repeat: 
9 February   - 10 February  
Normal Price: 
€7.00

Swing dancing: it’s the cat’s pyjamas!

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Lindy Hop, Balboa, and other forms of swing dancing have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity worldwide. Laura Tabor talks with some of the expats cultivating the lively swing scene in Madrid

Katie Sewell wears big flowers in her hair, polka dot and vintage pattern fabrics, and generally looks like she might have stepped right out of the 1940s, especially when she is doing a Charleston dance routine to some Big Band sounds. She is, however, simply a young British resident of Madrid who teaches English and gives classes in, of course, swing dancing.

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For information on Katie Sewell’s swing dance classes and more, visit www.facebook.com/iswingdance, and the Facebook group “Madrid Swing Cats” for nearly-comprehensive listings of swing events in Madrid.

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IndiaFest

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IndiaFest

If you have ever wanted to attend a real Indian wedding, with all the spectacular colour and energetic dancing, consider IndiaFest, at the Teatro Figaro this month.

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IndiaFest. Teatro Fígaro, C/Doctor Cortezo, 5 (Metro: Tirso de Molina). Tel: 91 360 08 29. Mon, 11 & Tues, 12 Feb, 8.30pm. Tickets from €16 at www.entradas.com

Event Venue: 

Teatro Figaro

Location: 
C/Doctor Cortezo, 5
Madrid 28012
Spain
40° 24' 48.4596" N, 3° 42' 13.3236" W
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Event Dates with repeat: 
11 February   - 12 February  
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€16.00

La Traviata

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La Traviata

Verdi’s dramatic opera, La Traviata, presents the story of Violetta, a famous courtesan, who falls tragically in love with Alfredo, a nobleman.

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La Traviata, Nuevo Teatro Alcalá, C/Jorge Juan, 62 (Metro: Goya). Tel: 91 426 4779. 30 Jan-10 Feb. Wed-Fri, 8.30pm; Sat, 7pm; Sun, 6pm. Tickets from €20 euros at www.gruposmedia.com

Event Venue: 

Nuevo Teatro Alcalá

Location: 
C/Jorge Juan, 62
Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 24.3264" N, 3° 40' 41.934" W
Venue Telephone: 
91 435 34 03
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Event Dates with repeat: 
30 January   - 10 February  
Normal Price: 
€20.00

40 El musical

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40 El musical

A Spanish musical that has now reached more than 1,000 performances nationwide, and been seen by more than one million spectators, 40 El musical returns to Madrid for one month only.

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Teatro Rialto de Madrid, Gran Vía, 54 (Metro: Santo Domingo). Tel: 91 541 91 66. 29 Jan-3 Mar. Tues-Thurs, 8.30pm; Sat, 6pm, 10pm; Sun, 6pm. Tickets from €20 at www.entradas.com

Event Venue: 

Teatro Rialto de Madrid

Location: 
Gran Vía, 54
Madrid 28013
Spain
40° 25' 16.9932" N, 3° 42' 26.676" W
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Event Dates with repeat: 
29 January   - 3 March  
Normal Price: 
€20.00

Independent Design Festival

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Independent Design Festival

Tired of fighting through the crowded aisles of the stores on Gran Vía? Are you looking to purchase something less mass-market?

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Fería de Diseño Independiente, La Boca Del Lobo, C/Argumosa, 11 (Metro: Lavapiés). Fri, 1 Feb, 7-11pm; Sat, 2 Feb,11am-11pm; Sun, 3 Feb, 11am-10pm. See http://ferialaboca.blogspot.com.es/

Event Venue: 

La Boca del Lobo

Web and Social
Venue website: 
www.labocadellobo.com
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Event Dates with repeat: 
1 February, 07.00pm - 3 February, 10.00pm

Playing on the mind

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After a scramble for publishing rights, 26-year-old Emma Chapman’s debut novel How to Be a Good Wife is released this month. She tells Laura Tabor how the book takes readers into the claustrophobic mind of a woman living a mundane life while coping with spectres from the past

The opening scene of How to Be a Good Wife takes place in a pretty, clean kitchen which, like the house itself, seems so ordinary, so sanitised. It is only from the point of view of Marta, a wife and mother, that we start seeing that something may not only be imperfect, but deeply and utterly wrong in this home. What, however, is wrong?

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How to Be a Good Wife, published by Picador, is available now.

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