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5 MADWORLD Top Ten Flavours of Turrón, Fairy Tales,Curiosity Shop: ER-II

6 JAZZING UP CHRISTMAS Interview with Madrid-based English singer Rachelle Bentley


Some of this month’s winners:

The best route to catch all of Madrid’s Christmas illuminations

8 TAKE FIVE The best film releases this month

8 BOOK BUZZ New titles to tempt your literary tendencies

8 CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS December gigs—The Horrors, Rihanna, Toro y Moi, Nick Lowe

8 FOR THE RECORD This month’s album reviews—Button Willow Locomotive & Paul Curreri

9 NIGHTLIFE December’s best club nights, plus listings

10 MONTH AHEAD: ART & THEATRE Where to go and what to see


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The 2nd Flamenco Short Film Festival takes place at the Madrid Matadero from 8-11 Dec. All films will have a flamenco flavour, from documentaries to fiction. See


Madrid Players Pantomime This year’s spectacular Christmas pantomime from the Englishspeaking Madrid Players theatre company is Mother Goose. Twenty adults and twenty children take part in this adaptation of the beloved tale that promises to engulf you in a world of music, fantasy and illusion. The story takes a twist from the original as it follows Mother Goose as a pastry cook living on Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Mother Goose, Colegio Cardenal Spínola, C/Cardenal Marcelo Spínola, 34 (Metro: Pio XII/Duque de Pastrana). Fri 9 Dec, 7.30pm; Sat 10 Dec, 4pm, 7.30pm; Sun 11 Dec, 12pm, 4pm. Adults 12, children 6. See

Entretiempo: fashion and flamenco Featuring the dancer, Sonia Olla, and designer, Modesto Lomba, plus other renowned guitarists, singers and dancers, Entretiempo is a newly designed theatre piece that brings together the arts of fashion and flamenco, paying homage to the style of the catwalk. Entretiempo, Teatro Lara, C/Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 19 (Metro: Callao). 22 and 23 Dec, 7.30pm. Tickets 20 from

San Silvestre Vallecana Annually since 1964, on 31 December madrileños run off their Christmas Photo (CC) flickr: Max_Alexander indulgences by participating in this 10km run from the centre of Madrid to the district of Vallecas. Up to 500 athletes compete in the “serious” race, but the “popular” one is open to people of all fitness levels (up to 35,000 of them), and is an excuse for everyone to gather, have some fun, raise some money for charity, and say goodbye to the year in an energetic way. San Silvestre Vallecana 10km run, 31 Dec. Starting point at junction of C/Concha Espina with Paseo de la Castellana (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). 6pm. See

XVII Bankia Gospel Festival

A weekend flea market is taking place in Malasaña, presenting all sorts of Christmas time products from young and emerging designers. From adult clothes and accessories to children’s gifts, if you are looking for unique presents, don’t hesitate to stop by. Xmas Little Market, Plaza de Dos de Mayo, 5 (Metro: Tribunal). Fri, Sat & first Sun of the month, 12-2pm, 5-9pm. See http://xmaslittlemarket Until 28 Jan.

In a popular annual event, The XVII Festival Bankia Gospel y Negro Spirituals will bring choirs from the USA to perform outstanding gospel music, including the Late Show’s Gospel Choir, the Chicago Mass Choir (pictured above) and the Golden Gate Quartet. Teatro Fernán Gómez, Plaza de Colón, 4 (Metro: Colón). 15-17 Dec, 8.30pm; 18 Dec, 7.30pm. 30.

Barbershop Music

Guided Christmas Tours

For anyone interested in joining a barbershop group, The Barbees, a Madrid-based outfit, are looking for tenors, leads, and baritones or even a bass. Their director sings with the Zarzuela and the National Chorus, and the group holds weekly rehearsals. For more information, contact:

Keep in shape during the Christmas season, by pedal power or on foot, and take in everything Madrid has to offer at the same time. There are three tours available, all of which start at the Plaza Mayor Tourist Centre, Plaza Mayor, 27 (Metro: Sol): Christmas by bike A guided route through the streets of Madrid, viewing the vibrant scenes of the Spanish Navidad. 7, 9, 30 Dec. 7pm. 3.90, children under 7, free. Nativity Scenes Tour Throughout the Christmas period, it is Spanish tradition for churches and other large organisations to build extravagant belens (nativity scenes) for visitors to admire and enjoy. This guided tour will give you insight into the historical practice. Nativity Scenes Tour, 14, 15, 19, 20, 27, 28 Dec. 11am. Ticket price: 3.90, children under 7, free. Christmas Traditions Tour Learn more about a true Madrid Christmas through the experiences of Spanish Christmas decorations, traditional gifts, and the large array of Christmas desserts and cakes. Christmas Traditions Tour, Every Fri and Sat from 9-31 Dec. 4pm. Ticket price: 3.90, children under 7, free. See

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Juan Tamariz: Navidades Mágicas Voted Card Magic Champion of the World in 1973, and Magician of the Year in the United States in 1993, Juan Tamariz is scheduled to perform again in his native Madrid. His worldwide reputation precedes him, and this show will feature new, surprising and always mind-boggling magic tricks, with the help of the audience, who become “espectaactores”. Tamariz is a specialist in card magic, and is held in great esteem by the fraternity of magicians. Navidades Mágicas, Teatro Marquina, C/Prim, 11 (Metro: Banco de España). 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 Dec, 10.30pm; 22 Dec, 8pm; 3, 4, 5 Jan, 10.30pm. Tickets 25 from

Fnac Music Festival A brand new music festival sponsored by multimedia store Fnac comes to Madrid, featuring top Spanish names on the bill—Amaral, Christina Rosenvinge, Iván Ferreiro, Love of Lesbian, Second and The Noises. Fnac Music Festival, Palacio de Deportes, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tues, 27 Dec. 5.30pm. Tickets 36 from

Princesas, part of the Network of Alternative Theatre programme

Alternative Theatre ESCENA M is a programme organised in Madrid by the Network of Alternative Theatres, with 12 shows taking place this year in eight different venues, by companies from all over Spain. The attractions include contemporary dance and theatre performances for adult and family audiences. Escena M, various venues, 3-18 Dec. See ?option=com_content&view=article&id=57

Traditional Irish Music Session Every Sunday evening you can enjoy a pint of creamy Guinness and live traditional Irish music at O’Neill’s Irish Pub on Calle Príncipe, just a stone’s throw from Sol. Musicians and singers are welcome, so get that old tin whistle and blow the dust out of it. Traditional Irish Music Session, O’Neill’s Irish Pub, C/Príncipe, 12 (Metro: Sol). Every Sunday at 7.30pm. Free.

Tips from the Tower Helpful monthly advice from the British Consulate office in Pº de la Castellana’s Torre Espacio If you’re planning on “Driving home for Christmas” to the sound of Chris Rea this festive season, now is a good time to start making preparations for the road trip through Spain. As you will have seen, customs in Spain are different from those in the UK so take extra care when driving. Perhaps one of the most notable differences is that UK provisional licences are not valid. To find further information about the UK driving licences that are acceptable for use in Spain, please visit the Living in Spain section of Some of the legal requirements for the essential kit for your vehicle are different too—you must carry two red warning triangles, a reflective jacket for everyone in the car, a spare tyre, a full set of spare light bulbs and tools to fit them, plus an extra pair of glasses if you need them to drive. You should also have your driving licence, passport, residence certificate and insurance certificate with you in case you are stopped. More details about these requirements can be found on the FCO Travel Advice for Spain at the website address above. If the wintry weather gets particularly bad, remember that you should also carry a set of snow chains for the front tyres. We would like to take this opportunity to remind customers about the December bank holidays in Spain, and advise that the British Consulate-General in Madrid will be closed on the 6th, 8th, 26th and 27th of the month. The Consular Team wish a Merry Christmas and a joyful festive season to all!


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Top ten flavours of turrón In Britain, when we think about Christmas food, we think of piping hot mince pies covered in thick double cream, boozeladen Christmas pudding with brandy butter or a sinful chocolate log. In Spain they have turrón, available in more flavours than you could possibly imagine. Nevertheless, suggests Vicky Knill, there are still a few missing:


Greek turrón—paid for by the German government.


David Cameron turrón—only has real power when combined with a smaller bar.


Spanish turrón surprise!—it’s a jamón.


General Election turrón—two flavours on offer, each promising delicious chocolatey goodness. However, when you unwrap them you discover they’re both the same and highly disappointing.


Latin American Soap Opera turrón—open the wrapper to find your turrón has been stolen by your spurned lover as revenge for an illicit affair. Comes with an obligatory note to shoot the guilty party.


BBC turrón—tends to repeat.


Christmas Journey Home turrón—available only at Barajas airport. You must get to the shop two hours before you wish to eat it, which takes exactly the length of your flight delay. (Minimum four hours).


Elvis Presley turrón—not sure if this is still around or not, but is believed to have been glimpsed occasionally.


Lassie turrón—even if it drops out of your bag, it will find its way to your home.


And for some Christmas fun, ten flavours we’d just love to see: Squirrel, Haddock & Prune, Guano, Pencil & Rubber, Mahogany, Frankfurter, Troll, Rocket Fuel, Bedspring, and finally Mollusc.

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Troll flavour, anyone?


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Christmas has crept up on us again, which inevitably means the headache—sorry, pleasure—of buying presents. Yes, it’s time to buy gifts, lots of gifts, and if you are fed up with purchasing the same old perfume or boring socks and ties, and are in the difficult position of not knowing what to buy for your best friend, your other half, your parents, your grandmother or your Uncle Albert, then it’s time to check out ER-II. Located in the district of Chamberí, this is an authentic curiosity shop, because it’s literally full of curious products. ER-II opened in 1978 as a decoration store, but over the years it has begun to specialise in selling articles with a distinct design, originating from countries including Spain, the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy. The objects are often fun, invariably stylish and frequently surprising, with examples including a water clock, a Darth Vader radio & CD player, a ketchup dispenser shaped like a pistol, and an electronic decision maker. Some gadgets are for the home, others for the office, and the wide product range means prices can be found for every pocket. The shop also sells online.

ER-II, García de Paredes, 72 (Metro: Iglesia/Gregorio Marañón). Tel: 91 448 55 60. MonFri, 10am-2pm, 5-8pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. See

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Fairy Tales By Jerome Apolda

One for sorrow Apocalypse, Armageddon, the end is nigh—or so they say. I have to admit that until recently I had been quite dubious with this end of the world nonsense. It would take more than a bunch of lazy Mayans who couldn’t be bothered to finish their calendar to make me believe in the end of days. Even though Nostradamus himself and some virgin clairvoyant in Ancient Rome had predicted it, I remained forever sceptical. And then what I can only describe as “the unthinkable” happened: Steps reunited! And I was made a believer. There couldn’t have been a clearer sign that the destruction of the world as we know it was upon us. The unexpected reformation of this late 90s pop group was but the first of the four horses of the apocalypse finally rearing its ugly head. As H, Lisa, Claire, Lee and Faye clapped their hands, got up and danced and stomped all night once again, I knew. I knew we were running out of time. What other terrifying nightmare would we have to endure until it all came to an end? Would we see in the next twelve months the uprising of Disco? The revival of the mullet? The discovery that tea is actually bad for you when taken with scones? Richard and Judy’s return to daytime TV? Gary Barlow taking over Simon Cowell’s role as Britain’s most loveto-hate judge on the X factor? Wait! That’s already happened! How did we not see it? The unravelling of our reality has commenced. Will the EU collapse, borders being reinstated and forcing us all to return to our mothership, having to abandon loved ones, jamón and tortillas? Will our beloved Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II revoke the independence of America by claiming that they’ve made us all look like twats and that she should be in charge now, with Kate as her Prime Minister? Of course, this would then lead to WWIII which—in the nightmare scenario—the Great British Isles would lose, henceforth making US English proper English. And once enslaved by Texans, bowler hats would be replaced by cowboy hats, petrol by gasoline, crisps by potato chips, and worst of all, colours by colors. I can see it all happening. I can smell the blasphemous ketchup on my fish and chips served by an overthrown Prince William in his apron and shower cap. I can see the London Eye being turned into a Warner Bros attraction, Westminster into a Baptist church, Stonehenge into a McDonald’s drive-through. I would have no other option but to hide in France, where a newly re-elected Sarkozy, mistakenly taking the nuclear launching device for one of his daughter’s toys, would push the red button and blow us all into oblivion. A year left to live doesn’t seem like much, but as the Earth’s crust is not yet opening beneath our feet, there is no need to run naked in the streets begging the Almighty for mercy. I, for one, am off to buy the Steps Ultimate Collection CD, hoping that by doing so I might appease the Gods and buy us some more time before the inevitable happens. For the audio version and a surprise go to:



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Jazzing up Christmas Born in England, but now based in Madrid, singer Rachelle Bentley has just completed a Christmas album with classic festive tracks, mainly from the 40s and 50s. Tim Inkling meets her to find out what makes her sparkle


overing songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Eartha Kitt would be a worry for any entertainer, but Rachelle Bentley believes casting them from her mind was the best approach when including their festive numbers on her latest album, Christmas Gift. “If I had stopped to think about them, I wouldn’t have recorded it!” she smiles, “I admire all those singers, especially for their charisma. All I can say is that every person has their own style, and the most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing and to do it with love.” The individual approach means the album’s Christmas classics have been infused with her own sophisticated style of jazz, swing and blues.

Learning curve Rachelle’s been based in Madrid for more than ten years, but she originates from Morecambe in the UK, and studied piano and clarinet at the London School of Music before crossing the Atlantic to New York University. During four years in Manhattan, she developed her love for jazz. “London and New York offer a tremendous variety of styles and fusions. Jazz permeates a lot of the music in New York where there are hundreds of wonderful jazz musicians and singers. Madrid has its flamenco scene, adopting and adapting outside influences and giving rise to new sounds,” she explains. “In the new album, all but one of the ten musicians I worked with live in Madrid but aren’t Spanish, which just goes to show that the city attracts excellent talent from all over the world.” Part of the attraction of Madrid was its classic jazz venues, including Clamores, where Rachelle will be presenting Christmas Gift on the 12 December. “For me, Madrid has always been a city with a lot of potential and energy,” she comments, “just try taking a walk in the centre at two in the morning. What a nightlife!”

New arrival The spark for creating the Christmas album was the birth



of her baby daughter, born last December, although it’s always been a wish of hers since she sang Christmas songs as a child. “It’s the most exciting moment of the year for me, and singing songs and carols is a joy. I wanted to share that feeling by making an album that people could listen and even sing to. I intentionally included all the lyrics in the CD booklet for that reason.” All of the songs have been recorded in English, including tracks that are hugely popular in the USA and the UK, from “White Christmas” to “Let It Snow”. “Music is a universal language. If you manage to connect with people and they enjoy your music, the language you are singing in is less important,” continues Rachelle. “People here are used to listening to songs in English, the audience is always great, so hopefully the album will be enjoyed here too.” With such a popular track listing, is there one that holds a special christmas-pudding-and-all festive memory? “It’s difficult to choose a favourite,” she comments, “Perhaps the oldest, written in the 19th century, and the least sophisticated of them all, ‘Jingle Bells’, reminds me most of Christmases as a little girl. It’s also one of the first songs I learnt on the piano. In Christmas Gift, the version is very simple with a chorus of children at the end. ‘Santa Baby’ is another song that’s a lot of fun to sing because it’s so cheeky. I particularly like the instrumentation in ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’ as we included the Ghu Zhen [a Chinese harp] and the Great Highland Bagpipes in these tracks. I find both instruments fascinating.”

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shoulders. “It was a lot of work and I had a lot of decisions to make! It meant being involved in every aspect of Christmas Gift, from choosing the songs, to the recording sessions and the artwork,” she admits. “The pros are that the results are closer to what you imagined they would be. I say closer because there are always surprises and Christmas Gift has been full of them.” The photoshoot for the album was undertaken in Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel, and in addition to her music career, Rachelle also pursues painting and photography. So was there a temptation to be involved technically with the shoot? “No, I wasn’t tempted. It was wonderful to watch such fantastic professionals who work with magazines such as Vogue, Elle, or Harper’s Bazaar doing all the work. There are various looks in the CD booklet and the whole team did a great job putting them together, creating the ambience and producing the photos. Hervás and Archer were great photographers to work with and made the photo shoot in the Westin Palace a lot of fun.” Names for the photoshoot wardrobe providers include Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo. Did Rachelle get to keep the clothes? “Ha ha, no comment,” she answers elusively. “Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo are fabulous though, aren’t they?

As well as singing, Rachelle is also the executive and artistic producer for Christmas Gift. No doubt her experience and qualifications assisted—she has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Humanities with Art History, as well as a Masters in Multimedia Design and New Technologies, but a huge amount of responsibility must have rested on her

Rachelle Bentley will be presenting a concert of Christmas Gifts on Mon, 12 Dec, at 9.30pm, at Sala Clamores, C/Albuquerque, 14 (Metro: Bilbao). Tel: 91 445 79 38. See

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Lights, camera, action What’s the best route to enjoy all of Madrid’s spectacular Christmas lights and sights? Stephanie Kramer suggests an itinerary, on foot and by bus, for you to experience the city’s illuminations

Oh Christmas lights, light up the street, light up the fireworks in me, may all your troubles soon be gone, those Christmas lights keep shining on.” Those are the lyrics that end Coldplay’s 2010 single, “Christmas Lights”, and the words must resonate at this time of year in cities all over the world as “switching on” ceremonies sprinkle dark streets with illuminations. To make the most of Madrid’s festive decorations, we cheerfully suggest the following route. So grab your partner’s hand, or pop in your iPod headphones, and treat yourself to a different sort of city night out.

here too. The buses stop outside the Hotel Wellington (stop 423) at the start of the street (lines 1, 9, 19, 51, or 74).. Velázquez contains a few mainstream stores such as H&M (no. 36) and Sfera (47), but one interesting stop is Natura Love (48), where cute Christmas gifts can be found. The Christmas lights stretching across Velázquez are best described as twiggy—lit up in white and giving a Christmas extension to the natural trees that line the pavements. As you progress along Velázquez, glance left and right at Calle Goya, to take in the street’s multi-coloured Christmas boxes, dangling high in the air.

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Calle Ortega y Gasset

Our starting point is El Corte Inglés, at the junction of Calle Serrano with Calle Ortega y Gasset. The Spanish department store is a legend for Christmas gifts, but outside you’ll find its Christmas cabin, with nativity scenes on one side, and wonderful animated polar bears on the other. One of Madrid’s traditional merrygo-rounds stands next to it. Serrano itself has an array of circular and semi circular lights stretching across the street, illuminated in red, white, blue and green, all designed to dazzle. The street is home to a number of famous stores, including Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (usually wonderfully colourful), along with Cartier (no. 74), Zara (61) and Gucci (49). You can stroll and shop if you wish, or hop on the bus—lines 1, 9, 51, or 74 at stop 449 (by the cabin).

The next change is at the junction of Velázquez and Ortega y Gasset. (If you’re on the bus, it’s stop number 426, just before this point). Turning left out of Velázquez, a short stroll is preferable here, as Ortega y Gasset is lavishly decorated with dozens of metres of red tinsel and giant silver chandeliers. The street’s décor definitely reflects its businesses. If you are a luxury bag, shoe or clothing addict, this is the street for you. Prepare yourself, and your bank account, as you walk past stores such as Chanel (no. 14), Dolce & Gabbana (also 14), Louis Vuitton (17), Tiffany & Co (10) and many more. Take a deep breath and a stiff drink before treating yourself, or if you wish, your puppy-eyed loved one. Continue across Serrano (almost passing the starting point of this route) and onwards down to the famous Paseo de la Castellana. Cross over the Paseo, turning left.

Puerta de Alcalá It’s a short journey down Serrano to the magnificently lit Puerta de Alcalá. By bus, get off at stop 161 (right on the roundabout)—a great spot to take pictures of the Puerta. Then there’s a short stretch on foot, heading up Alcalá, keeping the Retiro Park on your right, and turning left into Calle Velazquez.

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Paseo de la Castellana Sparkly Christmas decorations adorn each and every tree here, giving a star-like effect. You can walk the length to Cibeles, or from bus stop 61 (near the Ministerio Interior), lines 5, 14, 27, 45, and 150 will minimise your footwork. Your destination is Plaza de Cibeles, served by bus stop 73, immediately before the Cibeles statue.

Calle Alcalá and Gran Vía From Cibeles, you can make your way up Alcalá and Gran Vía on foot, or again you can continue by bus. Gran Vía is a great place to amble, due to its shops and restaurants, but bus line 146 from stop 69 on Plaza Cibeles will transport you in the same direction as far as Plaza del Callao. The lights on Gran Vía are vertical strips of varying height, which seem to mirror the buildings. The thoroughfare is also enhanced by the neon signs of cinemas and theatres, and holds all of the famous, lower-cost brands— Bershka (no. 25), Stradivarius (30) and a large, 3-storey Zara (34). There are plenty of food and drink possibilities too, with restaurants such as Umami (no. 10, fusion restaurant for burgers or Asian stirfrys), Mercado de la Reina (12, for quick pinchos, or a full meal), and a little further past Plaza del Callao, a brand new restaurant from the Madrid radio station, Cuarenta Café (55). At Callao, which hosts a large Christmas tree and another El Corte Inglés cabin, you’ve reached the gateway to Madrid’s most lively walking area.

Calle de Preciados and Sol From Callao, head down Calle de Preciados, dominated by another El Corte Inglés and the electronics/computer store Fnac, to Sol— its tall electric Christmas tree, with red and green lights, should be shining bright. From here it’s only on foot; the immediate right turn is Calle Arenal, a pedestrianised shopping street, often thriving with street performers, that leads to Ópera and then to the Royal Palace. Watch out for the masses of people as you’re staring at the orbs that spread down the street. For a short detour, turn left from Arenal into Calle San Martin, to find “Cortylandia”. This spectacle covers the façade of the El Corte Inglés store, and comprises innumerable Christmas characters, which come to life every few minutes in

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an array of movement and song. Cut back to Arenal, and stroll first to Ópera, and then to end at the wonderful Royal Palace, either side of which are fantastic views of the west of the city. As an alternative to Arenal, the second right turn from Sol is Calle Mayor, with sidestreets leading to Plaza Mayor, where you’ll find countless restaurants, including a crêperie called Mimi’s (C/Postas, 17) that is just to die for. In the Plaza is Madrid’s famous Christmas market, providing a beautiful Christmas scene beneath the lights and decorations, with the stalls selling every conceivable item for nativity scenes and Christmas trees. Tired? Taking a right turn (Calle de los Coloreros) from Calle Mayor, or a left turn (Pasadizo de San Ginés, at the side of the club Joy Eslava) from Calle Arenal, seek out Madrid’s hidden churros y chocolate gem— Chocolatería San Ginés. Don’t be afraid to indulge in the chocolatey goodness—if you’ve got this far, you’ve earned it.



Foreign Flavours Writers Abroad

Nick Funnell selects the best movies to see this month Puss in Boots (El gato con botas) The Shrek movies’ swashbuckling feline, voiced in both English and Spanish versions by Antonio Banderas, gets his own spin-off animated feature. Out now A Dangerous Method (Un método peligroso) Viggo Mortensen is Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender the young Carl Jung and Keira Knightley the beautiful but barking patient they fight over in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play, The Talking Cure. Out now Attack the Block The Goonies meets Boyz n the Hood in writerdirector Joe Cornish’s fun, provocative sci-fi comedy-drama about a gang of troubled teenagers protecting their London council estate from invading aliens. 7 Dec Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol (Misión: Imposible-protocolo fantasma) Tom Cruise returns for the fourth instalment of the entertaining action franchise, with Brad Bird (Ratatouille) directing his first flick with flesh-and-blood thesps. 16 Dec Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (El topo) The superlatives have rained down on Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) movie of John Le Carré’s spy novel, previously adapted for TV with Alec Guinness in 1979. Gary Oldman takes over as George Smiley, the retired British Intelligence expert hunting for a Soviet mole, ably supported by Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones and Mark Strong. 23 Dec

London Unfurled Matteo Pericoli Picador

A work of art rather than a work of literature, Matteo Pericoli’s previous project was Manhattan Unfurled, a concertina-style artistic record of New York’s shoreline profile. He’s now turned his attention to London’s River Thames to produce a remarkable record of the story and style of the city’s riverside. The book comprises of two 37-foot long pen and ink drawings, one on each side of the concertina pull-out, the first depicting the south bank and the second, the north. Pericoli took more than two years to produce this finely crafted record, which captures the character and architecture along the Thames in beautiful detail from Hammersmith Bridge to the Millenium Dome. Among the London landmarks you’ll find the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and even Battersea Power Station. According to a Q&A at Foyles (, the famous London bookshop, the author walked more than 100km to study the city, and took more than 6,300 photos in order to help with the completion of the project. The work is a curiosity—by virtue of the design it has two pages—but represents a fascinating and unique vision of the city, and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves the London landscape, or would like to be ■ TIM INKLING enchanted by it.

You’ve probably seen recipes for lamb before, but what about stolen lamb? And you’ve probably tasted a few interesting combinations in your time, but how about cheese, snails and dandelion jam? You’ve almost certainly read guides that told you where to eat, but what about when? Nobody has better stories about food—weird, wonderful or both—than the traveller, and best of all the traveller who has had the time to get to know a place through its plates, its kitchens and its cooks. Foreign Flavours is the second anthology from the ex-pat group Writers Abroad, an online collection of writers who either are, or have been, living abroad and coping with cultures and cuisines alien to their own. (Sometimes very alien!) Like a long conversation in the kitchen with an impossibly interesting friend, Foreign Flavours meanders through a unique and strangely coherent collection of fiction, non-fiction and recipes; food as experienced by the curious, the courageous and the confounded. The book aims to warm your heart as well as your belly; all proceeds from the sales will go to The Book Bus, a registered charity that aims to increase literacy rates in the developing world. Renowned author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, has written the foreword. Foreign Flavours presents a perfect opportunity to take your eyes off the recipe and while away a few minutes with a short story while your stew simmers, without the need to change books. For further details, see ■ ROBIN GRAHAM paperback/foreign-flavours/18192264.


for the record

Russell Parton gets out his olives and tells us what we should, or shouldn’t, be listening to

Button Willow Locomotive Eight Tracks Eight Tracks sees Californian duo Button Willow Locomotive combine a random sounding band name with some rather smart songwriting. Amanda Carson and Alex Heflin are both singer-songwriters who joined forces while at university in Irvine, California. It’s not surprising therefore that this is an album of songs rather than sounds: the shared vocals and acoustic guitars have the run of the record, the brushed drums are used sparingly, and, if you listen closely enough, you might be able to identify a bass guitar. But this is how the Locomotive rolls, and for the most part, it’s to their credit. Country shuffle “The One With The Moon” with its knowingly innocent, self-deprecating lyrics, is the perfect showcase for Carson’s vocal talents, as she switches effortlessly from the confidential tone adopted in verses to full-on confessional mode in the choruses. It’s a ploy used again in the irresistibly melodic “Say it”, when she implores in the chorus, “Say it by the sea/And I know I could be/Anyone.” Bewildering name notwithstanding, Button Willow Locomotive have the potential for a great future ahead of them.

Paul Curreri The Big Shitty Tin Angel Records It apparently took American songwriter Paul Curreri just four days to put together his eighth studio album, The Big Shitty, but the outcome sounds neither rushed nor incomplete. Cleverly crafted melodies and solid songwriting are its staple features, all coated with electric guitar riffs and powerful drum patterns that anchor proceedings firmly in the rock camp. Curreri can’t help doffing his hat to his sixties icons, the recurring riff to “The South Tip” recalling The Doors, while the guitar pattern for “Powwow at a Lousy Party” is reminiscent of Astral Weeks. Originality does raise its head with “Juju”, which deftly contrasts a countrystyled lament with a tropicalia pop refrain, while in “The Water Tower”, Curreri turns on a spoken word swagger before unleashing the song’s pent up energy in a short-lived epic stomp of a chorus, the speaker claiming that, “the world that I’ve known is in need of being blown open.” Sure, there’s the odd cheesy drum stick count in to contend with, and even a false start on “Are You There Any More?”, but soon enough the melodies win you over, and nowhere more so than in “Who Got Gang”, a juggernaut of a song wasted as the album’s closer.





The Horrors Fri 2 Dec, Sala Rock Kitchen, C/Fundadores, 9 (Metro: O’Donnell/Manuel Becerra). The Horrors have come a long way from their first punky, shouty, jumpy, not-something-you-would-find-in-the-easy-listening-section single “Sheena is a Parasite” to their somewhat floaty recent output “Still Life” (which is worth checking out, if only to understand the theory of evolution, musically speaking). They’ve washed their faces and tidied away their all-black, skinny-jeaned attire, and at the same time, tidied up their music style. The two last albums, 2009’s Primary Colours and this year’s Skying, seem to have been made with a lot more emotion and attention to detail, full of layered tracks that bring together sounds from all of the bands influences such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Simple Minds. The gig promises to be loud and atmospheric, the perfect start to December.


Toro Y Moi

Thurs 15 Dec, Palacio de Deportes, Avenida de Felipe II (Metro: Goya). Tel: 91 258 60 16.

Sun 4 Dec, Moby Dick, Avenida del Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 91 555 76 71.

There is much more to this 23-year-old starlet than her hugely popular 2007 single ”Umbrella”. Ella. Ella. (Sorry!) Rihanna’s music contains strong influences of Caribbean sounds, such as reggae and dancehall, that she mixes with elements of rap and R&B, ultimately resulting in great pop. Her voice has become a lot more forceful during her six-year career, enough to take on dance songs like “Only Girl (In the World)” and slower ballads such as “California King Bed”. After ticking off collaborations with Kanye West, Jay-Z and Eminem, to name just a few, bagging four Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards, the Barbados-born singer brings her worldwide Loud tour to Madrid. Loud doesn’t just describe the music—you’ll be sure to see lots of bright costumes, neon hair, impressive choreography and spontaneity (at a previous concert in Madrid, she got up on stage with Bon Jovi and sang karaoke classic “Livin’ on a Prayer”). A guaranteed showbiz night out!

If you’re looking for a perfect relaxed Sunday evening, then this is your gig. Part of the chillwave movement that also includes bands such as Washed Out and Neon Indian (both visited Madrid last month), Toro Y Moi is made up of Americanborn Chaz Bundick. Yes, just him, all on his own, which is hard to believe when you hear the density of his sound. Listen to his 2009 track “Blessa” to really get an idea of the feeling that turned his fans’ summer into one long dream-like haze. A sure fire way to beat a cold winter’s evening.

Nick Lowe Fri 16 Dec, Sala Teatro Kapital, C/de Atocha, 125 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 420 29 06. English producer, songwriter and recording artist, Nick Lowe, is most well-known for the 1979 hit “Cruel to Be Kind”, as well as having written the popular Elvis Costello song “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”. He rose to fame in the 70s, alongside fellow rock’n’roller Dave Edmunds with the band Rockpile. Although the group stopped making music in the early 80s, it didn’t stop Lowe from transforming himself and ageing very gracefully in today’s young and image-obsessed industry. As a successful solo artist, he has kept his hair slick, his glasses right on trend and produced music to match. His latest album, The Old Magic, is a sophisticated and personal contribution to today’s hectic music scene, and his concert in Madrid is bound to take all of his fans, no matter what age, to a stylish place that once was.

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20 Dec: Malacabeza 22 Dec: Como Vivir en el Campo 23 Dec: Gatonieve 28 Dec: Emite Poquito 31 Dec: Fiesta Nochevieja

SALA ARENA, c/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 547 57 SALA GALILEO GALILEI, c/de Galileo, 11. 2 Dec: Moonspell 100 (Metro: Islas Filipinas/Canal). Tel: 91 534 75 57/58. 3 Dec: DIMEFEST: tribute to Pantera 4 Dec: Tiken Jah Fakoly 5 Dec: Ojos de Brujo 7 Dec: Hammerfall 9 Dec: Bajo Licencia + La Maquina 11 Dec: Wolfest IV 17 Dec: Nitzer Ebb 18 Dec: Psychobilly Invasion 22 Dec: Swan Fyahbwoy

SALA CLAMORES, c/Albuquerque, 14 (Metro: Bilbao). Tel: 91 445 79 38. 1 Dec: Día Fausto 2 Dec: Help Me Devil + King Shit 3 Dec: Tocados Band 4 Dec: Bocanegra + Raquel Pèrez y Ayuso 5 Dec: Mastretta y toda su banda 6 Dec: Mastretta y toda su banda + Luthea Salom 7 Dec: Mastretta y toda su banda 8 Dec: Silvina Magari 9 Dec: Cheo Feliciano Ensemble 10 Dec: Cheo feliciano ensemble 11 Dec: 90 millones en 90 días-concierto solidario 12 Dec: Rachelle Bentley 13 Dec: Ara Malikian-fdo. Egózcue Quinteto 14 Dec: Susan Santos & the Papa's Red Band 15 Dec: Memorias de un Pegaplatos 16 Dec: Un Pingüino en mi Ascensor 17 Dec: Miguel Campello y Víctor Iniesta 18 Dec: American Vocal Spirit + Metro Big Band 19 Dec: Afrodisian Orchestra 20 Dec: Primital Bros. 21 Dec: Ariel Rot 22 Dec: Carlos Chaouen 23 Dec: Rafael Amor 26-30 Dec: Lou Marini & Red House

COSTELLO CLUB, c/Caballero de Gracia, 10 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 522 18 15. 1 Dec: Jackpot 2 Dec: Arvol 3 Dec: Hot Muero Viernes 6 Dec: My Generation 7 Dec: Ego & the Centrics 8 Dec: Pacifico 9 Dec: The Garage Players + Los Nastys 10 Dec: No Truck Truckers 12 Dec: Jamie Anglada 15 Dec: Alarmanticks 17 Dec: Cumbia Spectrum

1 Dec: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 2 Dec: Cosmosoul 3 Dec: El Gato Charro 4 Dec: Haya Al Helwa 5 Dec: Biodramina Mood 6 Dec: Paco Orellana 7 Dec: Javier Batanero 8 Dec: Ass Ndiaye 9 Dec: Mariela K´Ohn 10 Dec: Folk On Crest

2 Dec: Festival El Garage Producciones: Desastre + Desakato + Despues De Todo 3 Dec: Festival El Garage Producciones: Mala Reputacion + La Taberna De Moe 4 Dec: The Toasters 5 Dec: Asalto Berserker + Khanesh + John Doe 7 Dec: Disarmed + Fetus in Fetu + Hordak 8-9 Dec: Fiesta Latina 10 Dec: Ki Sap + San Blas Posse 15 Dec: Macarrones + Barrio Conflictivo 16 Dec: Nube Roja + Inanout 17 Dec: La Frontera + Gwen & The Boppin Rhythm 18 Dec: Ni Media Ni Guarra + Las Cheerleaders Asesinas 21 Dec: Grupo Paralelo + Sexpeares 22 Dec: Mama Ladilla 23 Dec: Sinevenia + La Ley De Mantua 24 Dec: Fiesta De Nochebuena con Los Ministers Del Ronsteady

PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID, Avenida Felipe II, s/n (Metro: Goya/O Donnell). Tel. 91 444 99 49. 9 Dec: Premios 40 Principales 15 Dec: Rihanna 17 Dec: Red Hot Chili Peppers 20 Dec: Pablo Alborán 27 Dec: Fnac Music Festival 30 Dec: Marea

CAFÉ LA PALMA, c/Palma, 62 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel: 91 522 50 31.

New Year’s Party

With Live Music from the

Dec 31st 24:00 Free Entry

Neon Cats

Limited Numbers

Tue-Thu 21:00-3:00 Fri-Sat 21:00-3:30

Pool Tables

1 Dec: Mine! 2 Dec: The Ladies 3 Dec: Devout + Brian Overdust 5 Dec: Kritical Market 7 Dec: Da.Da Soul & Friends 8 Dec: Concurso Operación Bolos 9 Dec: Beatmac + Vivi 10 Dec: Model Monroe + The Incredible Shouting Market 15 Dec: Habitante 16 Dec: Soule Band 17 Dec: Adrede 18 Dec: GPS Festival: Zuri 22 Dec: Ea! 23 Dec: Ea! 29 Dec: Japiwor + El Cuerpo del Ritmo 30 Dec: Terapia de grupo

MOBY DICK CLUB, Avenida de Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabeu). Tel: 91 556 17 44.

JOY ESLAVA, c/Arenal, 8 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 366 54 39.

1 Dec: Almas Mudas 2 Dec: VII Concert: Fundación Lydia Cacho 3 Dec: Limousine + Jubilee 4 Dec: Toro y Moi 6 Dec: Sudha Chandran + Munduko Beat 7 Dec: The Backseats 9 Dec: Rubick 14 Dec: Hot Snakes 17 Dec: Nipels 27 Dec: A de Animal + César & Parker 28 Dec: Los Peter Sellers 29Dec: La Montana Rusa + The Occupants

1 Dec: Battles 2 Dec: Poncho K 15 Dec: Jorge Ilegal y Los Magnificos 16 Dec: 84 29 Dec: Sober

LA RIVIERA, P° Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Ángel/Príncipe Pio). Tel: 91 365 24 15.

Vetusta Morla play La Riviera on the 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th 11 Dec: Tras La Estrella De Oriente 12 Dec: El Camino De Santiago 13 Dec: Ilustres Ignorantes 14 Dec: Aline Frazao 15 Dec: Javier Ruibal 16 Dec: Noche Sabinera 17 Dec: Los Imposibles 18 Dec: Dorisa 19 Dec: Festival Al-Alandalus 20 Dec: Fiesta Cadena 100 21 Dec: Tontxu 22 Dec: Andres Suarez 23 Dec: Cabalgata De Hortaleza 25 Dec: 84 26 Dec: Ruta De La Sonrisa Sr. Corrales Dani Delacamara, Javi Martin 27 Dec: Vi -Tokalo 29 Dec: Marwan 30 Dec: Parranda Gaitera Fin De Año

GRUTA 77, c/Cuclillo, 6 (Metro: Oporto). Tel: 91 471 23 70. 1 Dec: Rock Indiana Presenta: The Breakdowns (UK)

27 Dec: Winter Serenade + Evenly 5 28 Dec: Los Penúltimos + Smokin Lovin Machine 29 Dec: The Real Mckenzies (Canada) + Malasañers 30 Dec: Especial Anual Ramones

CLUB MADERFAKER, “Madrid es Negro Sessions”, C/San Vicente Ferrer, 17 (Metro: Tribunal). 1 Dec: Dj Paco M 8 Dec: Dj Pedro Galiano 15 Dec: Dj El Sr. Rojo 22 Dec: Dj Maderfaker 29 Dec: Dj Miguel A Sutil

7 Dec: Smashing Pumpkins 9 Dec: Vetusta Morla 10 Dec: Vetusta Morla 15 Dec: Supersubmarina 16 Dec: Vetusta Morla 17 Dec: Vetusta Morla 28 Dec: M Clan 29 Dec: Rula y la Contrabanda 30 Dec: Mago de Oz

Goa@Fabrik Avenida Industria, 82, Humanes de Madrid. (Bus service from Plaza de España). Sun, 4 Dec. 11pm-6am. €30. Mention the genre “house music” and the name Laurent Garnier automatically becomes synonymous with it. This internationally established French producer and DJ is basically living, breathing house music in human form. Having produced a number of albums, his most recent being Tales of a Kleptomaniac in 2009, Garnier is known for his broad stylistic range with the ability to mix deep house, Detroit techno, trance and jazz. He will be headlining at the paradise-themed superclub for their Naked XVII anniversary alongside LBS, Scan X and Benjamin Rippert, pumping out deep melodic and emotionally driven house with a sprinkling of electro beats.

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Vicious Music Awards@Kapital Atocha, 125 (Metro: Atocha). Wed, 14 Dec. 8pm-5am. €15 with two drinks before 1am. Celebrating the who’s hot and who’s not in the world of Spanish electronic music, the Vicious Music Awards will be hosted by Vicious Magazine and Ron Barcelo, and take place at Kapital—one of Madrid’s most famous and exciting venues. Expect to find VIP treatment as the red carpet is rolled out for this prestigious annual ceremony. The awards gala will hold DJ Chuckie everyone’s attention between 8pm and 11pm, with a party to follow until 5am, which will be hosted by some of the biggest DJs including Chuckie, Eddie Thoneick, Cristian Varela, DJ Nano, The Zombie Kids and many more.

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Month Ahead art

Museo del Prado Po del Prado, s/n (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. Tues-Sun, 9am- 8pm. General admission €10, students under 25 free; permanent exhibition free, Tues-Sat, 6-8pm, Sun, 5-8pm. El Hermitage en el Prado. The Prado continues to celebrate the Año Dual España-Rusia 2011 with a combined collection showcasing depictions of Spanish, Italian and Russian societies from the fifth century BC until the twentieth century. Until 25 Mar.

Other galleries

winner of the Turner Prize for “Work No. 227 The lights going on and off”. Sala Comunidad de Madrid-Alcalá 31, C Alcalá, 31 (Metro: Sevilla). Tel: 91 720 82 51. Tues-Sat, 11am-8.30pm; Sun, 11am-2pm. From 15 Dec-26 Feb.

La Medida de Tiempo. Spanning the 18th century, the Palacio Real de Madrid presents a breathtaking assortment of intricately designed clocks by the most famous of European watchmakers of the period. After years of Spanish royalty acquiring pieces from around the continent, the art form soon became promoted within Spain as well, and the collection now includes

Observados: Voyerismo y vigilancia a través de la cámara desde 1870. Surveillance, a term often associated with security, safety and privacy, is much less often used as a description for the artistic expression of photography. This exhibition of more than 170 photographs and two audiovisual components shatters this simplistic view of the word, showing that it is an increasingly integral part of even the most insignificant events in our lives. Works by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange and others capture rare moments of incredible emotion in both life and death, observed only by the camera’s watchful eye. Sala Canal de Isabel II, C/Santa Engracia, 125 (Metro: Rios Rosas). Tel: 91 545 10 00. Tues-Sat, 11am-2pm, 5-8.30pm; Sun, 11am-2pm. Free. Until 8 Jan. Francesca Woodman. Marking the 30th anniversary of her death, La Fabrica Galeria brings a collection of photographs taken by the late Francesca Woodman, an unusually mature and visually impeccable American artist of the 1970s. Motivated by the essence of the self, an entity expressed widely through scenes of solitude, purity and sensuality, her collection aims to scrutinize the body in its most natural state. The 20 pieces on display, including ten previously unpublished works, create a glimpse into the autobiographical story of a bravely innovative young woman gone too soon. La Fabrica Galería, C/Alameda, 9 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 360 13 25. Tues-Sat, 11am-2pm, 4.30-8.30pm. Until 21 Jan. Martin Creed: Things/Cosas British artist Martin Creed has a reputation for using simple materials and objects to transform our perception of the world, often using an absurd sense of humour to do so. (For example, his work no. 79 is titled “Some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall”). This exhibition presents sculptures, installations, videos and drawings, all inspired by words, sounds and objects encountered in Creed’s daily life. He also works with his own band to create musical compositions, and in 2001 was the





Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, C/Santa Isabel, 52 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 774 10 00. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Tues closed; Sun 10am-2.30pm. General admission €6, temporary exhibition €3. Free Mon; Wed-Fri, 7-9pm; Sat, 2.308pm; Sun, 10am-2.30pm. In collaboration with Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, the Reina Sofia brings a variety of sculptures, paintings, photographs and more influenced by Raymond Roussel, an extravagant and experimental figure of the 20th century French literary scene. Believing that there is no need for reality in art, Roussel has influenced the likes of Salvador Dalí, Francis Picabia, Michel Foucault and John Ashbery. Their pieces, all sharing this inventive quality, combine to form one of the most unconventional and remarkable collections representative of the time. Until 27 Feb.



Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde


Garry Winogrand Estate

Spanish, French, English and Swiss designs. Two rooms and an audiovisual space introduce the public to pieces obtained during the reigns of Felipe V, Fernando VI, Carlos III and Carlos IV. Palacio Real de Madrid, Calle Bailen (Metro: Opera). Tel: 91 454 87 00. Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm. General admission €4. Until 15 Jan.

Sueños de India. Do the borders between countries only separate us geographically? Are we all, as citizens of the world, truly one and the same? This exhibition, comprised of photographs, interviews and personal experiences from more than three years of research in more than 13 unique locations across India, looks to prove this theory as a reality. Centred on the importance of family and equality, the pieces hope to inspire and uphold the idea that despite vast differences in languages, ethnicities and backgrounds, we are not so different after all. Museo Nacional de Antropología, C/Alfonso XII, 68 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 530 64 18. Tues-Sat, 9.30am-8pm; Sun, 10am-3pm. Free Sat after 2pm, and Sun. Until 26 Feb.

o’ the month

The Face 2 Face theatre company brings a hilarious twist on the classic story of Dr. Jekyll, a scientist with more brains than brawn, and his catastrophic attempt to change his appearance and win the heart of a beautiful jazz singer. The result? A mix of intrigue, terror, music and humour. Come see for yourself in this production, in English, which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Teatro Alcazar, C/Alcala, 20 (Metro: Sevilla). Tel: 91 532 06 16. Tickets ( €15. Every Sat, 5pm. Until 18 Dec. See

Momix Remix An aesthetic masterpiece, Momix Remix marks the 30th anniversary of Momix, a world-renown dance company praised for its innovation, technique and detailed attention to the human body. This spectacular performance introduces two new works, Termas de Caracalla and If you need some body, as well as taking the audience on a journey through several other original pieces from the past. Teatro Canal, C/Cea Bermudez, 1 (Metro: Canal). Tel: 91 308 99 99. Tickets ( €35. Tues-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 5pm and 10pm; Sun, 7pm; except 8, 25, 30 Dec and 1 Jan, 5pm and 9pm.

Forever Crazy For the first time in Spain, the famous Parisian cabaret company, Le Crazy Horse, brings 90 min-

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utes of its legendary style of performance and dance with its production of Forever Crazy. Immaculate costumes, impeccable precision and an environment reminiscent of the real cabaret experience create an unforgettable evening of historical and artistic value. Teatro Canal, C/Cea Bermudez, 1 (Metro: Canal). Tel: 91 308 99 99. Tickets ( €18. Various times, 21-26, 28-31 Dec, 1, 4-8 Jan.

A Beasty Christmas Think Christmas is all fun and games? Think again! Holiday carols and celebrations are just the beginning of A Beasty Christmas, an English-language production for children of all ages. When the gifts seem to disappear from beneath the tree on Christmas Eve, a colourful foursome of furry creatures must save the day! Teatro Alcazar, C/Alcala, 20 (Metro: Sevilla). Tel: 91 532 06 16. Tickets ( €15. 4, 6, 8, 11, 26-30 Dec. 2, 4, 7, 8 Jan. Weekdays, 4.30pm or 5.30pm; Sun, 12.30pm.

Brokers Yllana specialises in slapstick comedy of epic proportions and is known for shows such as 666 and Star Trip. The group continues to entertain with the ever-brilliant and hilarious production of Brokers, a clever spin on our consumer-driven world. As four brokers fight to reach the top, ridiculous and idiotic situations come to pass— prepare to experience the absurd. Teatro Alfil, C/Pez, 10 (Metro: Tribunal/Noviaciado). Tel: 91 521 45 41. Tickets ( €24. Every Tues, 10.30pm; Wed-Sat, 10pm. Until 17 Dec.

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To love, cherish and stay Non-EU residents in Spain face a constant battle with the limitations on how long they can remain here. Erin Ridley looks at a new law that may provide at least some hope for those in a relationship Photo (CC) flickr: Lauren_Manning

Let’s just call it what it is—EU passport envy. Those non-Europeans, especially from across the Atlantic, who try to make Spain their home without legal residency inevitably long for that maroon-coloured, allaccess pass to the Eurozone. Without it, Americans resort to hawking their English teaching skills like guys on the street corner selling Kleenex. In a worst case scenario, when all else fails, it’s the first plane back to the homeland. Now, however, there is a new glimmer of hope, at least for non-EU residents with Spanish significant others. An astonishingly simple pareja de hecho (more or less, a domestic partner) process has been introduced, and has changed everything. With a Spanish pareja, a few basic documents, and minimal patience, any old extranjero can get a five-year residency.

The way we were Previously, for non-EU nationals to become a legal resident in Spain, a befuddling combination of luck, savvy and patience was required—which invariably meant an amazing job offer or a Spanish spouse. No easy alternative existed, apart from prayer, miracles and drinking away your troubles with a side of jamón (which was never a bad option, by the way). Until last year, the pareja de hecho existed, but represented nothing more than officially saying “yes, I’m with this person.” Anyone could opt for it, irrespective of nationality or sexuality. It was just a paper, but with no benefits. Now, however, suddenly saying “I sort of do” to your Spanish partner can provide a five-year green light to worry-free residency. If you’re in a relationship, the change could make a desirable difference. “I fought an uphill battle here for four years, trying to make it work with my Spanish boyfriend, but I was

never sure if my stay could continue,” confesses American, Elisha Byron. “But our lawyer told us the change in the law might fix this.”

Getting a card Under the new pareja de hecho laws, foreigners acquire a card—the tarjeta de familiar de ciudadano de UE. Card-holders have the same residency rights, for five years, as those who’ve chosen to get married to a Spanish citizen—they can work when, where and for whomever they wish. In addition, they can get those advantages minus the commitment of marriage, not to mention all of the paperwork and red tape.

romantic, but the option serves as a real alternative for those in committed relationships not ready to take the marriage plunge. The bigger question is whether something so absurdly simple, with such profound implications, can continue. Like most things in Spain, the process will undoubtedly be unpredictable. Perhaps the best advice is to take advantage of it while you can.

Basic requirements: ● Civil status certificate stating that you’re single (must be validated for nonEU foreigners) ● Empadronado(a) with your Spanish partner for at least one year ● Two witnesses

Ways and means “The process was shockingly simple, especially when bureaucracy here never is,” continues Elisha, who managed to obtain residency herself via the pareja de hecho option. “We kept waiting for the catch, but there wasn’t one.” For her, with just two witnesses, a civil status certificate from the US embassy, and proof of empadronamiento with her Spanish boyfriend, she was more or less set. It’s the order in which these steps are accomplished that tends to be the trickiest part. “Basically, you need to get your appointments as soon as possible and space them out appropriately so that you have time to get your paperwork and complete the required steps,” she advises. “Otherwise, you will end up with appointments, but not the right documentation.”

● Three photos (for Comisaría, when applying for card) ● Copy of entire passport

Basic steps: ● Obtain Empadronamiento with partner from the Ayuntamiento ● Obtain civil status certificate (from your embassy/small fee required) ● Non-EU residents must validate civil status certificate at the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores ● Become pareja de hecho at the Registro de Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid ● Pick up certificado de pareja de hecho at the Registro de CAM ● Apply for residency card at the Comisaría ● Pick up card at the Comisaría (small fee required)

Too good to be true? For now, this latest change to the pareja de hecho rules comes as a long-awaited relief for foreigners dating Spaniards, with few apparent disadvantages. It might not be

The right medicine Feeling under the weather? The last thing you want to struggle with if visiting a doctor is your language skills. Stephanie Kramer drops in to Unidad Medica, where consultations can be undertaken in English Have you ever found yourself, as a foreigner, wondering what you would do if you fall ill? Where would you go? Would you have the words and Spanish skills to describe the way you feel, or what you believe the problem to be? It’s probably the one occasion when a misunderstanding could have results that prove considerably worse than usual. Needing some advice recently, I paid a visit to Unidad Medica, which was founded to fulfil a need: a medical clinic where you will get the care and attention that you require, in the language that you understand. Centrally located just off Calle Serrano, the clinic has a clean, friendly atmosphere, where right away an English-speaking receptionist welcomes you. Once a doctor ushers you in, you know you will be understood and your illness won’t be diagnosed (or rather misdiagnosed) through your poor Spanish “sentences” containing vocabulary you looked up on the metro on the way to the appointment. “The objective is for the clinic to provide a comfort zone for the patient,” advises my doctor, “so that you know you are getting the proper treatment, and that language barriers are not going to be a hindrance.” The practice caters for a large number of Spanish patients too, but the lack of a language barrier is very reassuring. “It’s easy for patients to get frustrated and insecure when they are not fully understood,” the doctor continues, “and through this frustration, it is easy to lose pertinent information that could help the diagnosis.” What Unidad Medica provides is a personal, private healthcare environment, and the clinic, offering 18 specialists, allows the doctor to spend more time and effort with each individual. “Good results are always gratifying,” the doctor finishes, “we focus on the patient. There is a fear that in public health, there is a drop of quality in medicine.”

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Eating & Drinking great ideas for eating out in Madrid

VEGAVIANA Vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Madrid Daily Menu 9,70

c/Pelayo, 35 (Metro: Chueca) Tel: 91 308 03 81. Open Tues-Sun 1:30-4pm. Tues-Sat 9-midnight. Closed Sunday & Monday


Thai Restaurant The authentic taste of Thailand in Madrid

Excellent Thai Cuisine

c/San Bernardino, 6. Metro: Plaza de España. Tel: 91 559 83 15

c/Arenal, 15 (esquina Bordadores, 13) Tel: 915 591 696. Metros Sol or Ópera.

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Oriental tea house Arabic cuisine and cakes –Delicious Couscous– Tues-Sat, evenings: belly dancing Classes: belly dancing, Arabic percussion c/Martín de los Heros, 28. Tel: 91 559 57 85

Ventura de la Vega, 4 (In front of “las Cortes”) Tel: 91 429 50 92 Tres Cruces, 4 (Metro: Sol) Tel: 91 521 87 21

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accommodation accommodation-offered BIG ROOMS CENTRO MADRID Big rooms for rent in a house, Centro Madrid easy walking distance to 2 metro stations cercanias,bus,free parking rooms are bright and airy as there are lots of windows,All mod cons in huge kitchen and an outside patio, internet,musical thread, Soils radiant 290€ ,40€ gastos, 1 month deposit. 680653202 FURNISHED CENTRAL FLAT FOR RENT, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room, with all amenities, 5 mins tube, would suit English teachers. €390 each bedroom. Call Margaret on 634 801 575. TWO BEDROOM ATTIC DUPLEX FOR SHORT / LONG TERM LET 75m2 two bedroom top floor furnished duplex available for short or long term lets. air conditioning and heating. lovely duplex with real wood beams. in the historic barrio de las letras, ten minutes walk from the world famous prado museum, plaza mayor and the centre of madrid, sol. less than five minutes walk from the anton martin metro station €1150 Tel: 670681435 Email: WONDERFUL ROOM AVAILABLE IN 3 BED SHARED-CHAMBERI Wonderful 10m2 room available in spacious 95m2 3 bed shared flat with mixed international atmosphere. To share with students & professionals aged between 23 and 33 years old. Living room with tv, sofa & 3 seater dining table. Kitchen with oven & large fridge. Price includes internet and expenses. Full size bath in bathroom. 7 mins walk to Malasaña €560 Tel: 670681435 Email: TOP FLOOR STUDIO FOR SHORT / LONG LETS: LA LATINA Top floor, furnished, 42m2, bright, air conditioned studio flat available for short / long term lets. Spacious living area with flat screen TV, double bed & sofa bed as well as dining table with four chairs. Separate fully equipped kitchen with oven & dishwasher. Walk in wardrobe. Bath. 5 mins walk from the Royal Palace & various tableaus flamencos €720 Tel: 670681435 Email: TWO ROOMS AVALABLE IN LUXURY TWO BED FLAT-CHAMBERI Two rooms available in newly refurbished, luxury two bedroom flat with internet and all expenses included. Other room available @ €590. Situated in Chamberi close to the wonderful Plaza Olavide and fifteen mins walk from the centre of Madrid. Near to Iglesia metro station (Line 1 / Light Blue) & Gregorio Marañon (Lines 7 & 10 / Orange & Dark Blue). €750 Tel: 670681435 Email: APARTMNT WITH BALCONY SHORT/LONG LETS-ANTON MARTIN Newly refurbished, spacious, exterior facing 40m2 studio flat with balcony and internet available for short or long term lets. Separate bedroom and living room areas. Refurbished bathroom with glass shower. Perfectly situated in the very heart of Madrid, 4 mins walk from Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza Santa Ana with the historic Barrio de las Letras. €820 Tel: 670681435 Email: ROOM WITH BALCONY IN SHARED TOP FLOOR FLAT-MONCLOA A two minute walk from arguelles metro station, this 11m2 room in a 220m2 flat on the top floor of this six floor building really is ideal for students or english teachers that are looking for a short or long term base. All expenses and internet are included in the price. There is also a 9m2 available @ €430. ideal for smokers. €450 Tel: 670681435 Email: LUXURY APARTMNT WITH SMALL TERRACE LONG/SHORT LETS Luxury, 3rd floor, exterior facing, 40m2 apartment with air conditioning available for short/long term lets. This fantastic apartment is in the very centre of the historic Barrio de las Letras, on the emblematic Huertas road in a 19th century building that has been totally refurbished to a very high standard. It comes with fully fitted modern kitchen. €1150 Tel: 670681435 Mail:

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books WANTED: DONATIONS OF BOOKS: The Guild English Library at St. George’s Church. Open Sundays & Wednesdays. 15€ for a years membership 50 cents to borrow a book. Contact Jenny or Stephen for more info on 915478913 or 650984329 respectively.

business WEE LIBBY SURFACE VINYL DESIGNERS Wee Libby designs vinyl graphics for window display, interiors and events such as Christmas, Easter and advertising. We are currently available for Christmas window design. Contact:

classes art-classes ART STUDIO MADRID Art Classes: Painting and drawing. Come and discover different techniques in abstract and figurative painting. All levels are welcome. Enjoy and enrich your creativity! Classes in English, Spanish and French. Classes are held on Saturday mornings and an upcoming class on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Calle Don Ramón de la Cruz 26, Metro Velázquez. Contact genoveva at 669-29-47-58.

music-classes SPANISH GUITAR LESSONS Spanish guitar lessons Teacher, graduated (high degree), gives lessons of Spanish guitar (every musical stile). Students of any age. Classes in English or Spanish. Lessons are 1 hour each, costing 25 euros. Metro: Iglesia (línea 1) Canal (líneas 2 y 7) Telephone: 650672356 Email:

language-classes spanish SPANISH CLASSES I am a Spanish teacher with 25 years experience. I am looking for “One to one “ classes (All levels). Role- play conversation, grammar, business,DELE examination. Also there are Openings for a shared class at any level FOR FIRST MONTH YOU PAY FOR ONLY 3 WEEKS. Maria : 699331505 91.7736471 SPANISH CLASSES Qualified native teacher with experience. One to one or groups. Grammar, conversation. DELE.Revision text. Zone: Moncloa or in your place. From 15 euros negotiable. Cristina 656 634 343. Email: PERSONALIZED SPANISH COURSES Reach a Spanish level that best fits your time, interests and needs! Try my personalized courses using interesting and effective methods that make learning easy. I go to your home or business and provide the material. All levels; private or small groups (up to 3). 60min class 25€; 90-min class 35€. I am a native, experienced and highly-qualified teacher—contact / 676249-744. SPANISH LESSONS Bilingual and experienced teacher offers Spanish lessons at his place located in downtown (near calle Huertas, Antón Martín subway station). All levels, grammar and conversation. Reasonable rates. Call anytime at (91) 420 10 49 or email me for further information:

english QUALIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER, LONDON UNIVERSITY. Qualified English Teacher, London University. Specialized in business English and Cambridge exams. 20 years experience., 679159919. MISS ROSEMARY ANTROBUS Profesora nativa de inglés titulada (tefl celta). Inglés general; inglés de negocio; inglés jurídico; inglés técnico (seguros, construcción, informática, publicidad, marketing, inmobiliaria, energía, medicina, etc. ); business english certificates; international certificate in financial

english; international legal english certificate (ilec); preparación a los exámenes de cambridge (first certificate, advanced, proficiency). 14 años de experiencia en empresas del ibex-35. Particulares 20€; dos personas 30€; grupos 40€. Llamar al 914591260/626065482 o escribir a profesoresnativosdeingles@yahoo. Es. other-languages

other-classes sailing BOATING LICENSES BOATING LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard +34 638056224 / /

clubs clubs-general-social THE BRITISH LADIES ASSOCIATION is an association of English speaking people (of any nationality; men and women). We welcome new members, and meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 10.30am in the St. George’s Church Hall, c/Nuñez de Balboa 43. A talk from a guest speaker, and coffee and snacks are offered on each occasion. For more information please contact: Frances Bushby, tel: 918152185; or Sheila Jones, tel: 918034713. CHOIR IN CONSTITUTION We are looking for voices , male principally but also female. Rehearsals: Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm. Place:ETSI Agrónomos - Madrid, Avda. Complutense s/n, Metro: “Ciudad Universitaria”. Repertory:very attractive and varied- Clasical, popular, negro spirituals, boleros, hit parade internacional, etc Contact:606346237 or

clubs-sports LOS NARANJAS - FIELD HOCKEY We are a mixed team of men and women of all ages and levels of experience, who meet up at the weekends to play hockey and socialise afterwards. If you are interested in joining, contact us via email: MADRID LIONS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB, EST. 1997 Madrid Lions Rugby Football Club welcomes new players of all levels and nationalities. Pub night Thursdays from 8.30pm at Finnegan’s, Plaza de las Salesas (Metro Alonso Martínez or Chueca) where you can find out why we are Madrid’s most popular and successful social rugby club. Check out, email or ring Charlie on 636 067 716 or Paul on 679 225 067. MADRID CRICKET CLUB Madrid Cricket Club is always looking for new players of all levels and nationalities. We hold regular training sessions and friendly matches in Madrid from March to November and we have two teams in the Spanish Cricket League. For more info contact Joss (663 395 058) or Jon (655 069 9 11), send an E-mail to or visit

counselling COUNSELLING MADRID Counselling Madrid is devoted to the international community in Madrid. We provide confidential counselling services to students, expats and spouses. Visit our website for more details: WORK & LIFE COACHING Are you a foreigner living in Madrid and looking for professional coaching on work or private issues? Maybe I can help you. I am a dutch organizational psychologist providing work & life coaching (in Dutch and English) for foreign Madrileños. Want to know whether your question will be suitable for coaching? Please contact me, without any obligation. Send me an email or visit my website for more information: / “AV Coaching helps you to define and achieve your goals”. PSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHIATRY/SPEECH& OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Counseling/Psychology, Psychiatry, Speech and Occupational therapy services in English and Spanish (some services also available in other languages) for all ages. Our staff of professionals has vast clinical experience helping adults and children in the Englishspeaking community in Madrid with depression, anxiety, cultural adaptation, couples/relationship problems, sensory impairments, language disorders and more. Address: C/ Zurbano, 34, 1ºizq. Madrid 28010 Telephone: 91 700 19 79 Fax: 91 308 23 72.

for-sale MOVING SALE - EVERYTHING MUST GO. Leaving Madrid (weep. sniff...) and need to clear my flat. Great stuff at bargain prices.

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Everything goes: leather sofa, bedroom set, china, designer lamps, wood TV cart, cabinets, book shelves, stereo, musical instruments, satellite Rx, tools, kitchen stuff. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! For a complete list, contact Gary: Tel: 690 624 801.

health-and-fitness ASHTANGA YOGA ,THAI MASSAGE &THAI COOKING CLASS My name is Amorn from Thailand. I live in Madrid almost two years now. I am Ashtanga Yoga teacher and also offer Thai Massage (certified from Wat Pho Traditional Medical School in Bangkok Thailand) and Thai cooking classes at home and outside. My place is located in the center of Madrid, metro Goya and Principe de Vergara. For more information about me and price for Yoga, Thai massage and cooking class, please kindly check my website: www.BAAN-AMORN.COM or write me at: TARGET BOOTCAMP - BARCELONA Target Bootcamp is a residential holiday fitness and weight loss company located on the outskirts of Barcelona set in a beautiful villa in the area of natural park Garraf. The easy 20min drive from Barcelona airport makes it a popular destination for many visitors from all around the Europe. Although we call ourselves a Bootcamp, apart from the fitness and weight loss we also focus on delivering a cultural as well as a holiday experience to our customers. For more information please visit our website: or call Alena on +34657777639. AKASHIC RECORDS READINGS. MESSAGES FROM YOUR SOUL. Having a reading of your Akashic Records can give you an insight into your life´s purpose and journey. You can also ask about specific issues and receive information that can unblock stuck situations. Ultimately, it is a tool to become more conscious. I have a business background but four years ago I became a yoga teacher and an alternative medicine therapist. I am spanish and would like to start doing consultations in english. For this purpose, I have a very special offer of two reading for 10€ each until end January 2012. My details are: and phone 620101938.

heart-to-heart hetero SLIM, FIT, GOODLOOKING black English Gentleman (financier)40s would like to meet younger,attractive,elegant female for sun,fun,laughter and adventure.Please call or text Harry on:0044-7598-550771 or MUJER ESPAÑOLA, mayor de 50 años, con formación internacional, busca amigos/as, no fumadores, a partir de 45/50 años, de diferentes nacionalidades, personas buenas, honestas, leales, cultivadas, que sean amantes de la naturaleza, con sensibilidad artística y espiritual.

intercambios groups MULTILINKUAL: INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS IN MADRID Meet new people and practice languages, FREE. Tuesdays (O’Neill’s, Príncipe 12, 22h), Thursdays (Beer Station, Santo Domingo square, 22h), Fridays (o.v. movies at Cine Ideal, 4D pub, Jacinto Benavente square), ask for David. Also dinners, trips..., Facebook: Multilinkual. MADRIDBABEL: INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN MADRID!!! Meet people from all over the world, practise languages absolutely FREE & make new friends through our wide range of international activities: EVERY WEDNESDAY > International Evening from 20:30 at The Quiet Man (Valverde 44 metro Tribunal or Gran Vía). EVERY SUNDAY > International Afternoon from 19:00 at The Quiet Man (Valverde 44 - metro Tribunal or Gran Vía). EVERY WEEK-END > Films in o.v., international dinners, tapas evenings, excursions, sports, wine tastings, cultural visits, parties & many other activities!! For more info contact Fran ( or visit

jobs jobs-offered EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITES Educational activites. Looking for a trustworthy native English speaker to spend two hours two afternoons a week with our two children 9 and 6 . They already speak good English. Tuesday and Thursday. Close to O’Donnell metro station. Phone 610461157. SALES DIRECTOR SEEKS PERSONAL ASSISTANT; to work in our busy central Madrid office; making telephone calls and chasing new contacts. Full time position, but would consider part time / job share. You must be highly motivated, have a happy disposition,

and be a fluent English speaker. Salary with bonus scheme available to the right candidate. Possibilities for promotion, which may suit graduate entrants. Please reply with a copy of your CV (in English) to: ENGLISH & GERMAN SPEAKING SALES CONSULTANT Environmental is the industry’s leading web-based information resource and marketplace. Full-time SALES CONSULTANTS are needed to join our international professional sales team based in Madrid, Spain. Candidates must have European residency, work permit (where applicable), fluent English. You will need strong organisational skills with previous telephone sales experience, demonstrating the consistent delivery of results. You must be selfmotivated, results focussed and have a strong desire to succeed & improve. Email: TEACHING ENGLISH IN SPAIN If you are interested in teaching English while you stay in Spain, visit and register on Infoclases ( Infoclases is the leading website for private tuition in Spain. Don’t hesitate to contact us by email if your need any help.

services LIVELY CELTIC MUSIC Talented Irish musicians available for concerts, functions, weddings and parties. Tel: 654 225 305. COMPUTERS / NETWORKS / WEBSITES System administrator offers professional service. Computer / laptop repair, data recovery, password recovery, IT infrastructure planning, software installation and maintenance, network administration, resolving email problems, IT security, backup solutions, web pages. Windows, Linux/UNIX supported. I speak English and German. email: or Mobile: +34 65 335 11 36. ENGLISH MOBILE HAIRDRESSER Top London hairstylist worked with Trevor Sorbie and trained with the Vidal Sassoon system ,available for all Hairdressing services in and around Madrid. Check out website for more info; or for a consultacion call Sally 651 481 916.

tertulias MADSHORTS LITERATURE GROUP We discuss three previously selected texts in English: mainly prose fiction, but also poems, translations and papers. All in a monthly twohour meeting. Our social events include restaurants, theatre, film nights and literary visits. If you are interested in joining us please contact:

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