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4 SCENE What’s new in town

5 MADWORLD Top Ten List: Lesser-known British Olympic gold medals, Fairy Tales, Curiosity Shop

6 SEASON’S GREETINGS A review and preview of soccer in the city for IFL Madrid and FC Británico

7 HIDDEN HISTORY Finding the key sites of the Spanish civil war in Madrid

8 TAKE FIVE The best film releases

8 BOOKBUZZ Ken Follett’s Winter of the World and Richard Wiseman’s Rip It Up

8 CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS

Madrileño Douglas Miller with his American sister Beatrice after a cruise on Lake George, upstate New York.

September gigs—Norah Jones, Howlin’ Rain and Sharon Van Etten

Here’s Simon chilling out with InMadrid in La Pedriza to the north of the capital.

8 FOR THE RECORD This month’s album reviews—Frank Ocean and Sundog

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The best club nights in September, plus listings

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

10 HOME FROM HOME

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Kreayshawn

Madrileños in Dublin—what they love and what they miss

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11 THE DAWN OF KREAYSHAWN Interview with US rap star on the bill for this month’s YouFest

12 TIGERS BURNING BRIGHT Writer Liza Klaussmann talks about her much-heralded new novel, Tigers in Red Weather

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Catch American Broadway star Susan Egan’s master class and concert at the Teatro Compac Gran Vía on 25 Sept. See www.broadwayinspain.com

■ PAT ATASFRITAS

YouFest—the festival of the YouTube generation YouFest promises two days of live music, projections, conferences and extreme sports, divided between the Matadero and La Riviera, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September. The live music bill is impressive—Friday sees Primal Scream, Buraka Som Sistema, Danny MacAskill, Kreayshawn and El Guincho amongst others, whilst the Saturday line up includes Underworld, Rick Astley, Paul Potts (from the UK’s Britain’s Got Talent TV Rick Astley show), Diplo and Netsky. The Festival originated in Buenos Aires in 2010, and this is its first time on Spanish soil. All of the invited artists have clocked up success on YouTube, with the number of hits ranging from 142 and 128 million for Potts and Astley respectively, to 37 million for US rapper Kreayshawn or 20 million for Diplo. For this month’s music interview with Kreayshawn, see page 11. YouFest, Fri, 28 & Sat, 29 Sept. La Riviera, P° Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Ángel/Príncipe Pio); Matadero Madrid, Paseo de la Chopera, 10 (Metro: Legazpi). Full pass, €75; day pass (both venues), €40; one day only, €30 (Matadero), €20 (La Riviera). For full details see www.you-fest.com

takes on a distinct American and English flavour, with the headliners being The Killers and The Kooks. Walking a line between indie and mainstream, The Killers have sold more than 15 million albums, and the DCODE festival is their only date in Spain, whilst Brighton quartet The Kooks hit singles include “Naïve” and “Always Where I Need To Be”. Support will come from Supersubmarina, Django Django, The Right Ons, Lüger, and others. DCODE Festival, Campus de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Fri, 14 & Sat, 15 Sept. Two day ticket, €90; one day €55. See www.dcodefest.com

Bollywood The Cabaret For one night only, Madrid is set to hold the national premiere of Bollywood The Cabaret, a new musical by British choreographer, Mistri. The show has the unmistakable style of its creator, merging classical Indian dance, funk, jazz and ballet, together with the rhythm of leading Bollywood songs—“Bienvenidos Challo (Ra.One)”, “Sheila ki jawani (Tees Maar Khan)” and “Munni Badnam (Dabangg)”—that are part of a repertoire that has cornered the charts in India. The plot concerns the bitter rivalries and heartbreaks in the privacy of the dressing rooms of a dance company, inspired by experiences during five years of touring with the production Sueños de Bollywood (Bollywood Dreams). Sensuous and provocative as always, Mistri is accompanied by seven Spanish dancers with colourful cabaret costumes and traditional Indian dresses. Bollywood The Cabaret, Teatro Compac Gran Vía, Gran Vía, 66 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel.: 91 541 55 69. Mon, 24 Sept. 9pm. Tickets €16 from www.entradas.com

BBF Fund Raising Concert “British Music with a Naval Theme” will be the subject of a fund raising concert for the British Benevolent Fund of Madrid. Jenny Stafford (Soprano) and Rebecca Taylor (Piano/Organ) will perform works by Haydn, Handel, Gilbert & Sullivan, Elgar and others, and all proceeds will go to the charity’s very needy cases. There will also be a raffle (1 ticket 4, 3 tickets 10) with prizes such as hotel accommodation and shopping vouchers. BBF Fund Raising Concert, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, C/Alcalá, 13 (Metro: Sol/Sevilla). Thurs, 27 Sept. 8pm. Concert ticket €25. Call Joe Mondejar, 609 063 942, or Diane Kiddell, 619 462 044, or email britishbenfundmad@gmail.com

Guided Tours—Centro El Campillo

Underworld

Hay Festival Segovia For 25 years the Hay Festival, in Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Borders, has brought together the best writing by novelists, poets, scientists, comedians and lyricists. Hay now runs 15 festivals across five continents, including one in Segovia, which takes place this month. The Hay Festival Segovia starts on 6 September, with a series of readings, the first of which will be by Spanish author Juan Jose Millás, focusing on the relationship between writer and reader. The main events take place from 2630 September, with many talks and presentations in English. To highlight just four, US novelist Nicole Krauss will present her novel Great House in conversation with Pepa Bueno (Wed, 26 Sept, 7pm), best selling historical novel writer Philippa Gregory will speak about her new work The Red Queen, and talk to The Guardian’s Giles Tremlett about Antony Beevor the Tudor dynasty (Fri, 28 Sept, 12am), acclaimed historian Antony Beevor will discuss his book, The Second World War (Fri, 28 Sept, 1.30pm) and novelist William Boyd will talk about his new novel, Waiting for Sunrise (Sat, 29 Sept, 8.30pm). Check the festival programme for full details about these and numerous other literary events. In addition to the written word, there will be three exhibitions about architecture and design, and guest Thomas Heatherwick, whose design studio created the London 2012 Olympic cauldron, will talk with the director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Martha Thorne (Fri, 28 Sept, 8.30pm). Cinema and music presentations are also included, as well as Madrid Live radio show presenter Ann Bateson running a Radio and Culture workshop (Thurs, 27 Sept, 3pm). Hay Festival Segovia. From Thurs, 6 Sept. Main events Wed-Sun, 26-30 Sept. For details see www.hayfestival.com/segovia/

DCODE Festival The University campus of Complutense is the place to be on the 14 and 15 September, when the second annual DCODE Festival brings some great performers to the city. On the 14th, expect a strong day of top European music, with the unique and poignant sound of Iceland’s Sigur Rós, The Killers — on the bill for DCODE together with French rock duo Justice, indie pop from Norway’s Kings of Convenience, and Belgian group dEUS. The bill also includes America’s The Shoes (following their hit single “Time to Dance”), as well as Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Dorian, Niños Mutantes and Kimbra. Day two

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The El Campillo environmental education centre is organising guided tours in English around the park on 8 & 29 Sept at 10am. The tours are free, but a minimum of ten people are required in order for the events to go ahead—so don’t hesitate to give them a call to reserve or find out more. The centre is situated around El Campillo lake, close to Rivas-Vaciamadrid, and the centre also runs courses (in Spanish) in market gardening, paper recycling and solar-powered ovens! Centro El Campillo Parque Regional del Sureste, Rivas-Vaciamadrid. Open Wed-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-6pm. Tel: 91 276 03 07. (Tours in English, 8 & 29 Sept, 10am). See also www.facebook.com/centroelcampillo

En Vivo Festival With the first two editions of the Festival having taken place in Getafe, this year the venue moves to Rivas Vaciamadrid, with

Bollywood The Cabaret

Photo: Alicia Bendito

shopping discounts, designer gifts for the occasion, cocktails, music, charity initiatives and, of course, fashion. The night also takes place worldwide, including Great Britain, the USA, France, Italy and Australia. Vogue España Fashion Night Out, Thurs, 6 Sept, 7.30-11.30pm. For a full list of participating stores, see www.vogue.es/fashionsnightout

InMadrid on tablets (the electronic kind) For some months now, InMadrid has been publishing a digital version of this magazine on issuu.com, which can be read with a flip-page style on computers, android phones and tablets. In our best month so far we’ve been read by an additional 5696 readers. We are happy to announce, this month, the availabilty of InMadrid on Apple iPad and other IOS devices, making the magazine more available to our readers and more accessible to those who are visually impaired or physically disabled. You’ll find us at issuu.com/inmadrid or by using the QR code above. You can subscribe for free and be notified when the new issue comes out each month. Enjoy!

Expobike The first bicycle and triathlon fair in Spain, Expobike takes place at IFEMA from 14-16 September. More than 50 exhibitors are expected, and there will be areas for cycle brands, clothes and accessories, official organisations and federations, health and nutrition, cycle technology and cycle tourism. The fair is designed to support, help and promote the world of cycling in every way. Expobike, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid—Recinto Ferial Juan Carlos I, Pabellon II (Metro: Campo de los Naciones). Fri, 14 Sept, 9am8pm; Sat, 15 & Sun, 16 Sept, 10am-8pm. Tickets: Adults €6, children under 12, free. See www.expobike.org

Def Con Dos

the action taking place from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 September. It’s a new site built around the Miguel Ríos auditorium, and it will also have a large camping facility (around 50,000m²), located approximately 600 metres from the concert area. Four stages will host 58 artists with musical styles such as rock (Extremoduro, El Drogas, Rosendo), heavy metal (Söber, Def Con Dos, Leo Jiménez), world music (Macaco, Chambao, Celtas Cortos) and, with its own stage, hip hop (Violadores del Verso, Nach, La Excepción, Morodo). En Vivo Festival, Auditorio Miguel Ríos, Rivas Vaciamadrid (Metro: Rivas-Futura). Thurs-Sat, 27-29 Sept. Three day ticket, €42; three day ticket (hip hop only), €26. All tickets include camping, until full. For full details and artist listing see http://envivofestival.com

Vogue España Fashion Night Out Madrid’s Fashion Night Out, sponsored by Vogue España, sees countless stores across the capital open for late night shopping. This fourth edition promises celebrities and glamour, along with

Tips from the Tower Helpful monthly advice from the British Consulate office in Pº de la Castellana’s Torre Espacio Update on the Spanish Healthcare system As many of you will have seen in the news over the last few months, there have been some changes made to the healthcare system here in Spain. The government says the aim is to make sure access is as wide as possible for people legally resident in the country, while also striving for a healthcare system which is sustainable for future generations. Accessing healthcare in Spain is different to the UK. For those who are working in Madrid, make sure to apply for your residence certificate with Extranjería and to register for healthcare as a resident. If you are a student and have come from another EEA country to continue with your studies (including interns), you should be able to continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access necessary medical treatment during your year abroad. From 1 July the amount people are expected to pay towards prescriptions has changed. For example, workers are now expected to pay between 40% and 60% depending on their level of income. Some medicines are also no longer available by prescription, but have to be paid for in full. For further information on prescription charges and medication, speak with your local health centre or pharmacist. Further information about how to access healthcare in Spain can also be found on the British Consulate website http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk

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Top ten lesserFairy Tales known British O l y m p i c g o l d m e d a l s d l r wo

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By Jerome Apolda

…The Morning After

■ BY CAMINO MARTÍNEZ ■ BY CAMINO MARTÍNEZ In the very heart of Madrid, a shop that has traded for more than 100 years is still selling classic capes—perhaps the smartest and most representative garments in the city’s history Capes are undoubtedly one of the most traditional articles of clothing in Spain. They have been a part of a gentleman’s wardrobe for several centuries, and hold a special place in Spanish history. For example, they were forbidden, along with the wide-brimmed hat, by King Carlos III in 1766, because due to the turbulence and unrest of the period, he didn’t want anybody in the streets to be disguised or have their face hidden. This was one of the factors which triggered the famous Esquilache Riots (named after the Marquis of Esquilache) in that year. Of course, the cape was soon used again and it was very common during the 19th century. In 1901, Capas Seseña opened its doors as a tailor’s shop, and began to specialise in classic capes some years later. Nowadays, this emblematic establishment, which maintains its traditional decor, still sells this distinguished garment. Located near Puerta del Sol, whilst it primarily deals in classic capes (for both men and women), it also makes modern versions with original buttons which are handmade with wood, velvet, silk and cotton. Customers can even personalise them, not only by choosing the colours, but also by deciding if they want them to be adorned with brooches or embroidery. As an example of how highly regarded the shop is, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was buried with a Seseña cape. Also, international celebrities such as Hillary Clinton, Italian film director Federico Fellini and actor Pierce Brosnan have frequented the establishment.

My eyes are closed. I can feel every inch of my skin with an awareness unknown to me until now. My body feels warm and alive as though a bright light is emanating from it—they must have put something in my drink! Nonetheless, I keep my eyes firmly closed. I know I’m lying on a bed, there is a pillow under my head but something seems wrong; I have too many arms. Like a surge of electricity, the memories of the night before rush through me. I remember: the intervention, the Union Jack, the snog fest, the fantastic four surrounding me, the inevitable doom. Those arms are not mine. I feel with my fingers, frightened yet strangely at peace. I grab hold of an arm the size of my leg, with pulsating biceps, the skin is soft, arousing. There is another arm on my left, a smaller one—the skin feels different. And I feel yet another one caressing my leg. So there are four of us in this bed! I’m a bit old fashioned. I’m one of those who believe that sex is how two people in love communicate. It’s a magical moment when two become one (much like the Spice Girls suggested). The soapiness of it all, force-fed by Disney films, never stopped me from believing in the imminent arrival of Prince Charming in my life. Prince Charming turned out to be a troll; a troll who stomped on my heart before devouring it. Sex had lost its point. Sex had lost its appeal. I simply refused to take part. I simply stopped by diving into books, where pain is just a word that can be swept away by flicking a page. My body became nothing more than a container walking my thoughts out and about. And yet, here I am, lying naked, intertwined with other containers, containers whose names I don’t know. And I’ve never felt so alive, so completely in tune with the universe. It wasn’t gross or porn-like. It was poetry made into music. Four chords according themselves into a perfect unison. Each touch a note, each caress a symphony. I let go and together we created paradise. My eyes are still closed; it feels as though I’m floating. There is no thumping in my head; there is no aching in my limbs. I’m renewed. Reality will soon set back in. One of them will wake up, realise his mistake, put on his pants and walk out. The room will then lose its glow and the grime will take over. I relish the last minutes I have left, my eyes sealed shut to let all my senses take this moment in: the smell, the touch, the stillness of the silence. Suddenly like morning dew, a finger touches my lip, a kiss brushes my thigh, a whisper of breath warms my neck. I shiver; joy overwhelms me like a summer wind flowing through my entire body. And the room glows brighter, my skin is on fire, the world is nothing but beauty. It feels as though I’m ascending… We have breakfast all together; we laugh the way truly blissful people laugh, sincerely with a glimpse of gratitude. We know what we’ve shared was special, divine even. That it was one of the moments in life where everything lines up—planets and stars and everything are the way they should be. I knew when that lock clicked and that my friends dragged me out that I wouldn’t come back home the same. I believe again.

Capas Seseña. C/Cruz, 23 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 531 68 40. Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm, 5-8pm; Sat, 10am2pm. See www.sesena.com.

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After a remarkable London Olympics, Jeff Wiseman looks at some of the gold medals for the British team which may have escaped your attention:

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Queueing Pentathlon—The Great Britain Queueing team (all fifteen of them) queued perfectly, scoring maximum points in “Queueing for the bus”, “Queueing in a shop”, “Queueing in the Post Office”, “Queueing in a bank” and “Queueing Generally”. Tea Making—Gladys Teabag, aged 54 years, from London, made an absolutely first-class cup of tea, and scored maximum points for flavour, teapot handling and adding a dash of milk. Not Panicking—Major-General Horace Steefupper-Lipp must be congratulated here. Things didn’t start well, but he kept calm. When it looked as though he might win the bronze medal, he still retained his cool demeanour, which put him into silver position. When silver looked inevitable, he made absolutely sure not to panic, which won him the gold.

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Putting Up an Umbrella—Mrs Brenda Drizzle won, putting up her umbrella in a remarkable 0.2 seconds, when faced with a quick shower of rain in the Olympic stadium.

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flickr: mac_ivan Hiding Emotions—Forever maintaining his silence, medal winner Joe Throgmorton skillfully offered no emotional response after being kissed by a beautiful woman, then having boiling water poured over his naked feet, and finally having his right hand nailed to a table. T-shirts saying “Don’t let it show, Joe” are selling very well.

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Frying Things—Norman Greasy won easily after frying a full English breakfast, three bags of chips, his socks, two cats, a selection of shoes and, remarkably, a complete sofa.

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Apologising—In a standard Olympic conversation, Mrs Binky Tinkerton managed to say “sorry” 32 times in less than one minute.

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Not Giving Up—Bernard Whim was awarded this gold medal in his absence. He decided to arrive at the Olympics after making a roundthe-world trip by unicycle for charity. After being robbed, kidnapped, run over, robbed again, imprisoned, hospitalised, wounded, hospitalised again, and suffering at least six punctures, he’s expected to arrive in London in 2014. Go on Bernard!

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Making Jam—A gold medal went to Doris Plimsoll for her “Peach Delight”. Judges found three whole peaches in one jar, and commented that “The fruit content was incredible.”

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Singing the National Anthem Too Quickly—Awarded to everyone who went to an Olympic venue and sang along. Without fail, the crowd completed the lyrics at least 5 seconds before the music actually finished.

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Season’s greetings September means soccer. Luc Ciotowski looks at the past twelve months, and the year ahead, for Madrid’s five-a-side International Football League

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hen I first played in the IFL Madrid in January 2006, it was with a fuzzy head having said “Yes” to “Do you play football?” and “Wanna play tomorrow?” during a nightclub conversation a few hours earlier. And I didn’t have the faintest idea what to expect. Galácticos or space cadets? The truth was a mixture of good players and ‘tryers’, and everything in between. What struck me, however, was the international mix of people—that some teams were impeccably turned out while others looked like rag-tag ensembles wearing vaguely the same coloured t-shirts. Notably too, there were no referees, yet everything was still organised and competitive.

Old and new Records for the IFL Madrid (previously named EFL, standing for English Football League, by its English founders) run back to 1988, but the legend stretches as

Martha’s G&T, IFC de Malasaña and the brilliantly named twentieth team, FC Twenty. All 20 sides played each other once in a round-robin format before the top and bottom ten teams became two separate leagues. Each team then played once more against those in the same division.

Hitting the target Despite two second division teams withdrawing after the split, the season would see 263 league matches and 2,868 goals between September and June. A blistering 120 of those goals were scored by Atlético Cero’s Dani Espadín, who became the league’s highest ever scorer in a single season and was worth an average of five a game to his team. The general scoring average of 10.9 goals per game meant, regardless of the standard, almost all the matches provided entertainment. However, FC Británico’s win over Los Lobos in a 1-0 yawn-fest set a new low-scoring record, a world away from the 24 scored in another of the season’s encounters and a universe away from the all-time high-scoring match which yielded 40 goals. Possibly the most exciting team to watch were the last to sign up: a total of 355 goals were scored in matches involving FC Twenty, who shunned defensive football and scored 154 goals while conceding 201, still earning a respectable fourth place in the second division.

umphed over Atlético Cero’s tiki-taka as they clinched a third championship in four years with 25 wins from 28 games. FC Británico held off the challenge from Barones de la Birra and a late surge from Los Lobos to finish first in the second division and lift their first IFL silverware. Fixture congestion meant the final of the league cup between Santana and Atlético Cero had to be postponed until this month and the tie will now serve as the curtain raiser for the new season.

Away from home

Taking the titles

far back as 1982, the names of early league winners lost to history on mildew-ridden floppy disks. The league still uses the concrete five-a-side courts at the Colegio Santa María del Pilar Catholic school, near metro Sainz de Baranda, as it did all that time ago, but the 2011-12 season began as the biggest in its history as 20 teams signed up for the Sunday afternoon football. Eight new teams joined the ranks: J&Js (the first team for two seasons to feature girls in their line-up), La Naranja Mecánica, FC Dutch Gold (risen from the ashes of Moores Tribunal), Cuatroca, FC Catenaccio, Entering a new team or joining the league as a new player is as easy as sending an email with the subject IFL NEW TEAM / IFL NEW PLAYER to lewis.carroll@honeywell.com As well as football, there is an IFL Squash League, which is always looking for new players. Those interested should send an email to the address above. FC Británico For an 11-a-side English-speaking football club, look no further than FC Británico, who play in Group Seven of Madrid’s tercera regional league. This year will be the club’s 40th anniversary, a record of which they are justly proud, and a number of celebratory events are being planned. Last season was full of peculiarities—after a poor start and a struggle during the early part, the club managed to win its final three games, finishing in 13th position and steering clear of relegation. It was certainly a “win or lose” approach—Británicos were the only club not to draw a single game—but their respectable strike rate (59 goals) for the lower teams was undone by defensive leaks, having conceded 107. They’ll be looking for improvement in 201213 in their objective to climb the Spanish league pyramid. Británicos are always looking for new players, and because they operate four clubs (1st team, 2nd team, Futbol Sala team and Veterans), they are able to take on players of all levels. See http://fcbritanico.com/ for contact details.

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The IFL went on the road in May when nine teams travelled to Granada to compete along with three local sides for the International Cup. The other O’Neill’s team, United, romped to victory and retained the trophy they won last year in Barcelona, but anyone in the bars and clubs of Granada that weekend would have struggled to distinguish which team was celebrating success. The new Freshly Squeezed Cup, named after the Madrid-based stand up and improvisation comedy group sponsoring the big open summer tournament, took place on a hot Saturday in June just as the European Championships got underway. FC Copenbadly and FC Británico impressed on their way to the semis, but the usual suspects of Atlético Cero and O’Neill’s Celtic squeaked through to the final. Cero came out on top and went some way to avenging their surrendering of the league. The rest know who it is they have to beat in 2012-13.

By the time of the league split in March there had already been several surprises and no team was unbeaten. Nine-time league winners Santana were nowhere to be seen and had only saved themselves from the second division with a late upturn in results. O’Neill’s United had briefly held the ascendancy but then fell back. First division champions Atlético Cero’s outstanding 18-month run without a loss was shattered in November when they could only raise four men and were subsequently mauled 13-5 by FC Dutch Gold. A further draw and a couple of fixtures still to fulfil meant they trailed an impressive-looking O’Neill’s Celtic, who had dropped just three points before the separation. The second division appeared to be a question of whether an improving FC Británico could hold their nerve, La Naranja Mecánica’s surprise withdrawal giving them a little breathing space at the top. Eventually O’Neill’s Celtic’s pass-and-move tri-

IFL League Table

Liga Tercera de Aficionados, Grupo 7 Table Teams

Matches Points

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C.D. NUEVAS PALOMERAS CLUB JUVENTUD ELIPA A C.D. PALESTRA ATENEA B S.A.D. ALTAMIRA ABSOLUT SPORT ADPI RIVAS B DEPORTIVO L.F.C.

81 73 69 68 63 55 52

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32 32 32 32 32 32 32

G

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1st division

Played

Pts

O’NEILLS CELTIC

28

76

47

ATLÉTICO CERO

28

71

31

O’NEILLS UNITED

28

68

41

F C DUTCH GOLD

28

53

MADRID REDS

28

53

SANTANA

28

52

TRISKELS

28

48

FC COPENBADLY

28

46

LOS HOMBRES DE PACO

28

42

CUATROCA

28

33

Goals E

3 7 9 8 6 4 4

P

3 3 3 4 7 11 12

F

137 103 103 122 86 88 83

C

56 63 68 72

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C.D. SANTA EUGENIA 1976 B

51

32

16

3

13

83

63

9

A.J.D.C LA MANCHA B

51

32

16

3

13

66

62

10

C.D. ESTREMERA

46

32

13

7

12

64

65

FC BRITÁNICO DE MADRID

26

39

11

C.D. RACING DE MORATALAZ

45

32

13

6

13

70

78

LOS LOBOS

26

36

12

ESCUELA DEPORTIVA ALMUDENA B

42

32

12

6

14

75

60

BARONES DE LA BIRRA

26

34

13

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Hidden history Although information is often hard to find, there are a number of locations in Madrid relating to the Spanish civil war. David Mathieson reports on a new website which aims to provide tours of the areas

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he Templo de Debod, near Plaza de España, is a great place to hang out on a warm day. With buskers, cool fountains and stunning views over the Casa de Campo to the mountains beyond, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. Yet the location has a dark history which is rarely told. Seventy-five years ago the park area was the site of the Montaña barracks where thousands of professional, well-armed soldiers were garrisoned—and it became a crucial flashpoint of the Spanish civil war. When a group of right-wing officers, led by General Franco, announced a coup d’état in July 1936 to overthrow the democratically elected Republican government they confidently expected support from troops stationed in the capital. But those at the Montaña barracks did not immediately rally to the military uprising and there was a tense stand-off. Armed guardia and citizens’ militia loyal to the Republic surrounded the building for two days, stormed it and then massacred hundreds of the officers inside.

Templo de Debod

Photo (CC) flickr: felipe_gabaldon

It was a bloody episode which foiled any expectation that Franco and his fellow conspirators had of a speedy victory. Their much hoped for regime change quickly faded as Madrid remained loyal to the Republican government and instead of a swift military coup, Spain was plunged into a bitter civil war which lasted until 1939. Madrid was at the centre of the resistance to Franco—it was besieged for more than two years by the Nationalist army—and the madridleños’ slogan “no pasarán” (they will not get through) was taken up by anti-fascists around Europe.

about the civil war. To break this silence a new website, http://spanishsites.org/, has been launched for locals and visitors to the city who are interested in this period of Spanish history and who want to find out more about what happened and where.

Words and pictures The website looks at episodes in the battle for Madrid through the eyes of four foreigners, each one associated with a particular phase in the struggle. In modern parlance Ernest Hemingway, John Cornford, Charlie Donnelly and Gerda Taro were three writers and a photographer ‘embedded’ in the forces of war. Each left an indelible record from the front line of what they saw and the web page offers four different guided tours to retrace their steps and discover more about the war through the vivid texts and images which they left. John Cornford, for example, was a young Cambridge graduate and one of the most talented writers of his generation. Twenty years old and filled with idealism he arrived in Madrid early in November 1936 just as Franco’s Nationalist forces were advancing through the Casa de Campo and preparing to make a definitive assault on the city. Cornford was a member of the International Brigades—volunteers who came from dozens of other countries to fight for the Republic. He and the other brigadiers were sent to the University City where rebel troops had managed to cross the river Manzanares and establish a bridgehead from which they hoped to break through into Madrid itself. The counter attack by Republican forces, including Cornford, was desperate and determined as the University campus and neighbouring Casa de Campo became killing grounds which claimed the lives of thousands on both sides. Cornford demonstrated considerable bravery in the battle for the University and was sent down to the Córdoba front a month later. It was there that he died on his 21st birthday, leading a charge on Nationalist lines.

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accessible outskirts of Madrid. Seventy-five years ago, in July 1937, the Republican army launched an offensive some 25 km to the west of the capital around a village called Brunete. The objective was to break through Nationalist lines besieging the city but it was a bodged manoeuvre. The carnage which followed equalled that of the Western Front in World War I as tens of thousands lost their lives in a few days under the blazing summer sun which beat down on the Castilian plain. Casualties included foreigners such as Oliver Law from the Lincoln Brigade, the first AfroAmerican ever to command American troops, and George Nathan, an extraordinarily brave and openly gay officer of the International Brigades’ British Battalion. Some of the most vivid images of the battle, and of Madrid during the war, were captured on camera by a young German called Gerda Taro. Picked up by the Gestapo for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda at the age of 19, Taro subsequently fled to Paris where she trained as a photographer, before arriving in Spain in 1936. In her extraordinary, short life—she was killed at the battle of Brunete—Taro literally changed the way people saw the world. She established herself as a pioneer war photographer who brought the conflict to millions of readers and set new standards for photojournalism.

Opening doors

Fulfilling a need There is no doubt that the story of what took place on the site of the Templo holds an important place in modern Spanish and European history. Yet there is no information anywhere in the park about what happened—indeed there is virtually no hard information anywhere in Madrid about the Republic, Franco or the Spanish civil war. Even the most persistent visitor is unlikely to get very far. Polite enquiries at the tourist information centre in Plaza Mayor are met with a shake of the head. Yes, there are official guided tours about Cervantes, Velazquez, flora and fauna, but not

Civil war bunker, Parque Oeste

Civil war bunker, Canada Real

Battlefields Other important historic sites of the war are to be found away from the city centre but on the easily

Again, the interested visitor will find virtually no information about either the battle or Taro in Brunete. Apart from the remnants of bunkers which even after all these years remain stubbornly in place there is almost no explanation about where or why this important battle took place. On one important level the reticence to tell all is, of course, understandable. The wounds which arise from war, especially a civil war, run deep. Yet in other parts of Europe there are plenty of examples where cities and countries are now opening up even the darkest corners of their own history with world class museums and tours. Many would like to see the something similar in Madrid so that visitors and locals alike can learn more about, and even more importantly learn from, the significant events that took place.

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Rip It Up Richard Wiseman Macmillan

Nick Funnell selects the best movies to see this month The Expendables 2 (Los mercenarios 2) Sylvester Stallone (age 66), Jason Statham (44), Jet Li (49), Dolph Lundgren (54), Chuck Norris (72), Randy Couture (49), Terry Crews (44), Liam Hemsworth (22), Jean-Claude Van Damme (51), Bruce Willis (57) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (65) team up for another dose of all-star 80s-tinged action. It’s just nice to see them getting out of the house. Out now Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones en 3D Having started out in a series of Goya Award-winning animated shorts created by Enrique Gato, Spain’s answer to Indiana Jones gets his own feature-length 3D outing that sees him trying to save a lost Inca city from an evil corporation of treasure hunters. Out now Total Recall Taking over from Arnie, Colin Farrell does not get his ass to Mars in this earthbound remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi actioner based on a Philip K Dick story. In a future ruled by two superpowers, Farrell plays a factory worker who begins to suspect he may be a real super-spy after buying an artificial memory implant. 14 Sept To Rome With Love (A Roma con amor) After London, Barcelona and Paris, Woody Allen continues his European tour in the Italian capital with this ensemble of four comic stories starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and Allen himself. Where next? Athens? Oslo? Fuenlabrada? 21 Sept Killing Them Softly (Mátalos suavemente) The third film from talented New Zealandborn Aussie director Andrew Dominik (after Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) has Brad Pitt as a hitman investigating a raid on a Mafia-protected card game. Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Sam Shepard also star. 21 Sep

Winter of the World Ken Follett Macmillan Having started his Century Trilogy with Fall of Giants, Ken Follett continues his epic family saga with the second volume, Winter of the World. This latest novel covers the most turbulent years of the 20th century—the rise of Naziism, the Spanish Civil War, and the enormous upheaval, drama and emotional turmoil of World War Two. Following the fortunes of five interrelated families from five different nations (England, the USA, Germany, Russia and Wales), Follett describes with historical accuracy the world factors and events that influence and motivate the decisions of his characters, whilst at the same time weaving for each a web of individual choices based on romance, ambition, devotion or courage. Lloyd Williams is one such individual, from a socialist coal-mining family, who faces harsh truths about politics during the Spanish Civil War, or there’s Carla von Ulrich, an 11-year-old of German and English parents, undertaking a brave yet heartbreaking action. By setting out the ways that war and conflict alter society, Follett reveals the compromises that need to be made for survival, and the consequences that often have to be faced. At 800 pages, Winter of the World is not going to rest easy in your bag, and nor should it. It takes on a huge chunk of history, yet succeeds in gripping and fascinating the reader, whether taken from the perspective of the rich or poor, the home or the battlefront, or the doubtful or the devoted. ■ DENNIS MACINNES

After bestsellers such as The Luck Factor, Quirkology and 59 Seconds, psychologist Richard Wiseman turns conventional self-help on its head in his latest book, Rip It Up. There’s no doubt this is about changing your life, but the key here is that the suggestions are supported by thought-provoking and curious scientific evidence. The underlying principle is an idea presented more than 100 years ago by psychologist William James—that your personality and emotions respond to your behaviour, rather than your behaviour being a result of your emotions. Whilst most self-help books recommend altering the way we think, Rip It Up proposes that it’s easier and more successful to change the way we act, even in small and simple ways. In other words, if you want to be happier, smile more, or to feel more confident, behave in a confident manner. Wiseman suggests ways and means of achieving these small but important changes, with each chapter focusing on one particular application, ranging from falling in love and increasing will power to enhancing negotiation skills and improving persuasion techniques. What makes the book work especially well is that each recommendation is invariably backed by details of interesting, and often surprisingly little-known, modern scientific studies. The emphasis is also on maintaining the changes you make—hence Rip It Up instructs you, at certain points, to tear a page out of the book. That’s probably not something you’d normally do, but that’s the issue—to alter your behaviour and the way that you act. ■ LARISSA ANGEL

music

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

Frank Ocean Channel Orange The Island Def Jam Music Group The name Frank Ocean is often said in the same breath as rappers Kanye West and Jaz-Z, but in truth he is a very different musician. In Channel Orange, his attitude is that of a street-smart, urban black man, well versed in Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. The slow falsetto of “Thinkin Bout You” poses the question: ‘Or do you not think so far, ahead? Coz I’ve been thinking ‘bout forever.’ It’s the first reference to his commitment to tell everything just like it is, including his sexuality. But while there’s honesty, this is no autobiography. “Sweet Life” is a satire on lifestyles built on ignorance and privilege in California which asks: ‘Why see the world when you’ve got the beach?’ In “Super Rich Kids” Ocean inhabits his target, lazily delivering the opening salvo, ‘Too many bottles of this wine we can’t pronounce.’ Raps from Earl Sweatshirt and Andre 3000 are a soulful sneer; there’s weariness about the world described, though there’s also the allure of love, sex and beauty. “Forrest Gump” is a song that disarms like a love poem while “Pilot Jones” flirts and teases suggestively. In “Pyramid” these qualities culminate—it’s a ten minute tour-de-force that starts as a song about Cleopatra, set among the Pyramids and complete with distant choral whir and funk bass, before adopting a sleazy beat and introducing Cleopatra’s modern day equivalent, a stripper in a club called The Pyramid. What it’s exactly trying to say by that is not clear, though nor is it untypical, as, in both music and lyrics, this album is more about questions than answers.

Sundog Insofar Editions Penguin Cafe A point of interest about seeing the piano-playing Arthur Jeffes perform with violinist Oli Langford as Sundog is the practice of Jeffes explaining each song before it starts. The extensive liner notes to Insofar serve the same purpose. It’s not that the duo’s music can’t speak for itself, only that the schemata at play require background knowledge to be fully appreciated. Jeffes, whose father founded the Penguin Café Orchestra, views rhythm scientifically. In “Perc-y”, he plays different time signatures with each hand in an attempt to fool the ear, while “Machell” features a ‘boom’ sound that’s created by tapping the sound board underneath the piano. It’s what music school composition could be like—academic, nearly always to an extent about itself, and polite. It’s conceptual too. In “Shadows in Water”, tight piano figures accompany a rapidfire violin motif that gives way to clean strokes of the bow, representing the effect of water in sunlight flowing quickly over stone. The piano pushes and pulls, rippling under short melodic fragments in “The Heart Wails”. Traditional instruments are used unconventionally: a rock is placed on piano strings and made to ‘sing’ in “Both Hands in Pockets”. The use of dulcitone and harmonium offer change to the instrumentation, though there’s a broadly homogeneous sound throughout. The exception to this is “For You, When it Rains”, a simple, elegiac construction that provides a momentary antidote to the driving rhythms played with technical prowess through its fragile beauty and emotional force—the essence of which, if employed more variously, would have made Insofar a less worthy, though better, album.

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concerts ■ BY FAYE HARRISON

Norah Jones Sun, 23 Sept, 9.30pm. Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Paseo de la Castellana, 99 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). www.palaciocongresosmadrid.es or www.livenation.es Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Jack White’s singing buddy and most recently collaborator with hip-hop maverick Danger Mouse, Norah Jones certainly has friends in high places. Perhaps best known for her debut easy-on-theear album Come Away With Me, Jones has since well and truly established herself as a refined guitarist, pianist and singer. Her latest release (produced by Danger Mouse), Little Broken Hearts, is a sign that she has stepped away from the polished soft jazz scene that she frequented before and moved into a more jagged field, having created a slightly edgier sound which allows her to really tell us about heartache in a murky way—check out the album’s title track to get a feel for this. Her voice is admired for its balance between breezy sugariness and hazy sadness, and this gig is sure to be a soothing yet exciting and intimate affair.

Howlin’ Rain

Sharon Van Etten

Thurs, 20 Sept, 10.30pm. Sala El Sol, C/Jardines, 3 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 532 64 90. www.elsolmad.com.

Thurs, 27 Sept, 10pm. Teatro Lara, C/Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 15 (Metro: Callao). Tel: 91 523 90 27. www.teatrolara.com.

San Francisconians Howlin’ Rain have been on the scene since 2006, making fine music for many psychedelic, blues and classic rock fans’ ears. Front man Ethan Miller enjoyed cult adoration in the midnoughties with psych-rockers Comets on Fire. When they had a break in 2008, his other band Howlin’ Rain came to the forefront, beginning as a sort of Creedence Clearwater Revival from outer space before shifting towards huge, sleek 70s rock, that sparked interest from producer Rick Rubin along the way. The result of this collaboration (albeit a tad late) is this year’s album The Russian Wilds. With echoes of 10cc and early Santana and enough guitar solos to keep you going for a lifetime, this record is driven with refreshing studio precision and live gig immediacy making way for what should be a pretty Howlin’ show.

Brooklyn-based US singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten comes to Madrid following the release of her third studio album, Tramp, in February. The album featured collaborations with The National’s Aaron Dessner (who also produced it), as well as Beirut’s Zach Condon, The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick and Wye Oak’s Jess Wasner. Whilst her first two albums (Epic and Because I Was In Love) primarily dealt with emotional upheavals, broken relationships and self-doubt, Tramp sees her sound and music growing professionally, being more confessional and mischievous. Her style is a combination of folk and indie rock; check out her track “I Wish I Knew” for a clue to what to expect at Teatro Lara on the 27th.

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Nightlife Spotlight

Festival Días Nordicos@Matadero Madrid

MTV Madrid Beach Festival @Madrid Rio

Carretera M 311 Km 10.400, Morata de Tajuña (Bus available from Plaza de España). Wed, 26 Sept, from 9pm. Tickets €12 in advance, €15 on the door. See www.ticketea.com

Paseo de la Chopera, 10 (Metro: Legazpi). Fri, 21 Sept, from 9pm. Free entry with invitation which can be printed from www.diasnordicos.com

Explanada del Puente del Rey (Metro: Príncipe Pío). Fri, 21 & Sat, 22 Sept. 8pm-1.30am. (Skating & BMX from 6pm). Free.

Días Nordicos is a three-day event dedicated to Nordic art and culture taking place at the Matadero, where three of the most prominent artists in the Scandanavian dance pop scene take to the stage on Friday, 21 September. Norway’s Hanne Kolstø is known for hits such as “The City” and “La-la-la-la Lovesong”, and will be releasing her new album Flashback later this month. She will be joined by Finland’s electro pop trio Husky Rescue and Sweden’s nu-punk wave act Lilla Sällskapet whose first single “Genova” won critical appraise last year. Sällskapet’s first album, Om vingarna bar, on Sony Music, is a show of the best contemporary Swedish pop. Support comes in the form of ROSA of The Danish Rock Council and NOMEX (Nordic Music Export).

More than 42,000 people attended the first edition of the MTV Beach Festival, and it now returns to Madrid for the second consecutive year. Two days of free music, together with

12 Sep: Benjamín Prado & Friends + Odín 13 Sep: Cello 4qt. 14 Sep: Cambayá Blues Reunión + BY SIR BERNARD WINTERBOTTOM BA Esteban Arroyo Tributo A Bruce Springsteen Rock / Pop 15 Sep: Lesuit + Black Light Gospel Choir 16 Sep: Fito Mansilla + Champanier BOGUI JAZZ, C/Barquillo, 29 (Metro: 17 Sep: Ara Malikian & Fdo. Egozcue Qt. Chueca). Tel: 91 521 15 68. 18 Sep: Claudio Gabis Blues Band www.boguijazz.com 19 Sep: Lara 1 Sep: Red House 20 Sep: Fiesta Mahou Madrid En Vivo Go! 6 Sep: Bettina Flater 21 Sep: Miguel Campello + Barriotomillo 7 Sep: Carlos Carli Cuarteto 22 Sep: Metro Big Band + Carlos Chaouen 8 Sep: Rocío Faks Cuartet & Antonio 23 Sep: La Casa Del Mar + Pepin Tre Serrano 24 Sep: Ara Malikian & Fdo. Egozcue Qt. 13 Sep: Ramblin’ Men 25 Sep: Diego Vasallo & Contacto En Francia 14 Sep: Larry Martin Band 26 Sep: César Pop 15 Sep: The Tribulettes 27 Sep: Jerry González Band + Zé Ricardo 20 Sep: Ciclo “3 Mujeres, 3 Estilos, 3 28 Sep: Jerry González Band + Dirty Rags Noches”: Verónica Ferreiro 29 Sep: Lunes Alverso + Un Pingüino En Mi 21 Sep: Ciclo “3 Mujeres, 3 Estilos, 3 Ascensor Noches”: Ángela Cervantes, Ariel Brínguez & 30 Sep: Freedom + Complutum Jazz Israel Sandoval Ensemble 22 Sep: Ciclo “3 Mujeres, 3 Estilos, 3 COSTELLO CLUB, c/Caballero de Noches”: Sarah Quist Quintet Gracia, 10 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 27 Sep: Bob Sands Big Band 522 18 15. www.costelloclub.com 28 Sep: Hugo Fernández Quartet 1 Sep: Rubick 29 Sep: Javier Elorrieta Quinteto 8 Sep: Rock in Up Fest: Ukelele zombies SALA CARACOL, c/Sebastián Elcano, 13 Sep: The Dirt Tracks 18 (Metro: Embajadores). Tel: 91 527 14 Sep: Tremenda Trementina + Monotron 35 94. www.salacaracol.com 15 Sep: Nube Roja 1 Sep: On Stage Caracol + The Parrus + 20 Sep: LEA + Planeta Pertinho Mal De Altura + Deymos + Mirrors Frequency 21 Sep: Joaquín Pascual 20 Sep: El Ultimo Vagón 22 Sep: Alien + Hardreams + Chasing Violets + Special Guest Frédéric Slama from Aor. featuring members from Lionville & Hardline 23 Sep: Las Estrellas De Dakar: Amy Mbengue + Oumou Sow 27 Sep: Ensiferum + Amoral + Profane Omen 22 Sep: Luis García & His Music Masters 29 Sep: Freedonia 30 Sep: Bahia Madrid: Festival Afrobrasileño Friends (30 Aniversario) 28 Sep: La Maldición de Ana + Notas de de Percusión y Danza Bolsillo CENTRAL CAFÉ, Plaza del Angel, 10 29 Sep: Mi pequeña Radio (Metro: Sol/Antón Martín). Tel: 91 369 30 Sep: Y toco porque me toca

The Dirt Tracks — Costello Club on 13 Sep

live listings

41 43. www.cafecentralmadrid.com 3-9 Sept: Racalmuto 10-16 Sept: O Sister! 17-23 Sept: Big Mama & The Crazy Blues Band

SALA CLAMORES, c/Albuquerque, 14 (Metro: Bilbao). Tel: 91 445 79 38. www.salaclamores.com 1 Sep: Clover Jazz Trío + Pedro Iturralde Qt. 2 Sep: Sigulka + Manuel Galán & Jesús Cid Quinteto 3 Sep: Lunes Alverso 4 Sep: Castillo Inglés 5 Sep: Juan Pablo Di Pace 6 Sep: Particulares 7 Sep: La Voz Cantante + Blue Velvet + The Loords 8 Sep: Dr. Martin’s Band + Dindi 9 Sep: Ricardo Lewis Trío + Fabián Carbone Tango Ensemble 10 Sep: Indígena 11 Sep: Red House

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LA TABERNA CHICA VINOS, TAPAS, COCKTAILS & LOUNGE MUSIC FABULOUS CAIPIRINHAS

Georgina

skating and BMX shows, are planned. Friday, 21 September, offers electronic and indie themes from the likes of The Zombie Kids, Buffetlibre DJs, Carlos Sadness, Deivhook and others, whilst on Saturday, 22nd, it’s more pop oriented, with music by Rasel, Auryn, Lawson, Georgina, Despistaos and DJ Nano. A great way to end the summer, and it’s free until the venue is full.

17 Sep: Sr. Corrales 18 Sep: Duelo de Humor por Radio Enlace 19 Sep: Judith Mateo 20 Sep: Javier Ruibal 21 Sep: Rafa Pons 22 Sep: Muerdo 23 Sep: Kanka 24 Sep: Alex O’Dogherty 25 Sep: Ofir 26 Sep: Faemino Y Cansado 27 Sep: Al María Con Juan Carmona 28 Sep: Javier Krahe 29 Sep: Eliseo Parra 30 Sep: Certamen C.M.U. Sta. María de Europa

1 Sep: Noche de Tributos: Iros a Tomar Por Culo vs Los Platero (tribute to Extremoduro /Platero y Tú) 6 Sep: Las Madres 7 Sep: Mamá Ladilla + Juako Malavirgen 8 Sep: Fiesta Presentación XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Thee Girlfriends + Dragsters + Diesel Dogs + Reducers + Carbono 14 + Los Personajes + Los Penúltimos + 5 Cobras + Pablo Valdés 9 Sep: Aperitivo XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Malasañers 13 Sep: Vendetta 14 Sep: Las Cheerleaders Asesinas presentan su nuevo trabajo “Miedo A Media Noche” + Quemadura + Afónicos Perdidos 15 Sep: Brackets + Million Bucks 19 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Graveyard Johnnys (UK) 20 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Manolo Uvi presenta a Únete al Commando + Espasmódicos 21 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Doctor Explosión + Las Aspiradoras 22 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: The Movement (Dinamarca) + Sally Brown 27 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Brioles + Radioactive Kids + Silvixxx The Queen of Spades 28 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Nashville Pussy + Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies (USA) 29 Sep: XII Aniversario Gruta´77: Los Coronas+ Leone

1 Sep: Massena 6 Sep: Beatmac 7 Sep: Jean Bruce & The Fangs 8 Sep: Kuve 13 Sep: Low Battery + Mobe 14 Sep: Cosmonauta 15 Sep: Los Toch 20 Sep: Nur 21 Sep: Fresneda 22 Sep: Betamotion 27 Sep: Tat Satie 28 Sep: Mechanismo + Marcus Doo & The Secret Family 29 Sep: Nipples + La Dulce Locura

c/Costanilla de San Pedro, 7 (Metro: La Latina)

TEATRO LARA, c/Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 15 (Metro: Callao). Tel: 91 523 90 27. www.teatrolara.com 19 Sep: Cristina Rosenvinge 26 Sep: Basia Bulat 27 Sep: Sharon Van Etten

GRUTA 77, c/Cuclillo, 6 (Metro: Oporto). Tel: 91 471 23 70. www.gruta77.com

JOY ESLAVA, c/Arenal, 8 (Metro: Sol). SALA GALILEO GALILEI, c/de Galileo, Tel: 91 366 54 39. www.joy100 (Metro: Islas Filipinas/Canal). Tel: eslava.com 91 534 75 57/58. 28 Sep: La Habitación Roja + Jonston www.salagalileogalilei.com 1 Sep: Sambakiteria CAFÉ LA PALMA, c/Palma, 62 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel: 91 522 50 31. 2 Sep: Historias De La Copla Cía. Manuel www.cafelapalma.com Rey 3 Sep: Calle Mora y El Gato José Luís Morán 4 Sep: Sherpa + Julio Castejón Historias Gemela 5 Sep: Streetwings 6 Sep: Esmeralda Grao 7 Sep: Deltoro 8 Sep: Rafael Amor 9 Sep: Star Music 10 Sep: Atmarama Dasa - Mantras & Kirtrans 12 Sep: Homenaje A Antonio Vega 13 Sep: Berto Romero 14 Sep: Berto Romero 15 Sep: Patricia Losada 16 Sep: I Festival Rock Y Ayuda

■ BY RICHARD LEWINGTON

Christina Rosenvinge plays Teatro Lara on 19 Sep.

As summer 2012 draws to a close and the big festivities begin to die down, Madrid has a few more festivals up its sleeve before the nights get darker (see also our Scene listing, page 4). The Fantasy Summer Baby Jones Festival is one such event—with more than 30 DJs gracing the decks at Mi Cortijo Lounge Club. The night will take place in the luscious surroundings of Morata de Tajuña, across three arenas complemented by swimming pools, jacuzzis, barbecues and more than 50,000 watts of sound thrown in for good measure! With some of the biggest names in the Spanish dance scene, such as Ivan Pica, DJ Neil, Txetxu Lacroix (KPR Productions) and Baby Jones plus many more hosting the show, this is one festival to enjoy under the soundtrack of electro house before the sun goes down and the cool winter winds begin to blow across the city.

Hanne Kolsto by Hilde Holte Lysell

Fantasy Summer Festival@Mi Cortijo Lounge Club

SALA LEMON, Avda del Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 646 006 433. www.conciertoslemon.com 22 Sep: Ecco 29 Sep: Try

LA RIVIERA, P° Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Ángel/Príncipe Pio). Tel: 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com 1 Sep: Jack White 28 Sep: YouFest 29 Sep: YouFest

SALA EL SOL, c/Jardines, 3 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 532 64 90. www.elsolmad.com 5 Sep: Rachel Arieff presenta Anti-Karaoke 13 Sep: Los Mambo Jambo 14 Sep: Folky Sunny Spain Party: Ukulele Clan Band, The Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce, La Maravillosa Orquesta Del Alcohol 15 Sep: The Groovin’ Flamingos 20 Sep: Howlin’ Rain + Sparkle Cross 21 Sep: Kevin K Band + The Cynics 22 Sep: Diesel Dogs + Nutria 25 Sep: The Dream Syndicate. The Days Of Wine And Roses. 30th Anniversary 26 Sep: Izal 27 Sep: Stay Presentando Su Último Disco “The Fourth Dimension” + Joe La Reina 28 Sep: Watch Out + La Mula 29 Sep: Norton Comando + Shocking Beards

Flamenco LAS TABLAS, Plaza de España, 9 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 542 05 20. www.lastablasmadrid.com CARDAMOMO, C/Echegaray, 15 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 369 07 57. www.cardamomo.es CASA PATAS, C/ Cañizares, 10 (Metro: Antón Martín). Tel: 91 369 04 96. www.casapatas.com

Celtic/folk O’NEILL’S IRISH PUB, Tel: 91 521 20 30 THE IRISH ROVER. Tel: 91 597 48 11 TABERNA ELISA. Tel: 91 369 74 263

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■ VINCENT VAN DRIVER

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Sala Canal de Isabel II, C/de Mateo Inurria, 2 (Metro: Plaza de Castilla). Tues-Sun, 11am-8.30pm. A photographic celebration of the golden age of cinema in Rome in the 1950s and 60s, Los años de la dolce vita presents more than 160 images that capture the style and elegance of the period, together with clothes, designs, drawings and videos. Taking its title from Federico Fellini’s classic movie, La Dolce Vita, the Italian capital during those years became the location of many American film productions, which brought with them the glamour and stars of the era—Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida to name but a few. In addition to the photos by masters such as Zavattini, Gepetti and Sechhiaroli, the exclusive Italian jewellery brand Bulgari has loaned a selection of its design sketches together with pictures of some of the greatest Hollywood actresses. Brioni, the tailoring company to many stars, has contributed sketches, photos and period clothing. The exhibition is brought to a close with the showing of a documentary made by journalist, critic and film director Marco Spagnoli, a specialist in this era of Italian production. 13 Sept-6 Jan 2013.

Museo del Prado Po del Prado, s/n (Metro: Banco de España/Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm. General admission €12. Reduced €6. Permanent collection free, Mon-Sat, 6-8pm; Sun 5-7pm. Eduardo Arroyo. El Cordero Místico Eduardo Arroyo presents a contemporary appreciation of the work of Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The exhibition comprises drawings that recreate the panels of the van Eycks’ Cordero Místico (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb), but includes images of modern objects and individuals, such as Van Gogh, Wilde, Freud and Einstein. The most notable change is the substitution of the lamb for a fabric of flies, associating the work with death rather than salvation. Until 30 Sept.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Po del Prado, 8 (Metro: Banco de España). Tel: 91 369 01 51. Tues-Sun, 10am-7pm. General admission €9, students €6. (Extended hours for exhibition below only: TuesSat, 10am-11pm; Sun-Mon, 10am-7pm). Free. <miradas cruzadas>3 The third part of the miradas cruzadas (Exchange of Gazes) exhibition of new installations to the Thyssen’s permanent collection looks at the representation of the Orient and the exotic. From the 18th century the Orient provided new sources of artistic inspiration, and included in this theme are works by Antonio Guardi, Eugène Delacroix, William Merritt Chase and August Macke. 11 Sept-11 Nov.

Other galleries William Blake (1757-1827). Visiones en el arte británico Organised by the Tate Britain and produced by the Social arm of la Caixa, this exhibition offers 70 works by Blake, and more than 30 by other prominent British artists influenced by his legacy. William Blake (1757-1827) was an engraver, painter and poet, who presented an original and

visionary conception of art, albeit rejected by the public in his day. Nonconformity and mysticism are the defining characteristics of his work, and his images create a mythical kingdom where good and evil undertake an eternal battle. CaixaForum, Po. del Prado, 36 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 330 73 00. Mon-Sun, 10am8pm. Free. Until 21 Oct.

Proto Anime Cut. Espacios y visiones en la animación japonesa Since Akira (1988), Japanese film animation has undertaken its own unique journey of development. Using audiovisual material, and original drawings by Japanese animators such as Hideaki Anno, Mamoru Oshii and Takashi Watabe, this is the first exhibition outside Japan to present these works as what they truly are: individual artistic creations and a link between the realms of cinema, art and pop culture. La Casa Encendida, Ronda de Valencia, 2 (Metro: Embajadores). Daily. 10am-9.45pm. Until 23 Sept.

Sonrisas y lágrimas (The Sound of Music) Madrid is alive with the sound of music! The much-loved story about Maria the singing nun and the Von Trapp family is one of the world’s most popular musicals, and the show has been produced continuously across the globe since its 1959 Broadway debut. The Madrid production, in Spanish, features 30 actors, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, and grand sets that will transport the audience to 1940’s Salzburg. It is brought to the stage by director Jaime Azpilicueta (whose other credits include Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady and Victor or Victoria), and with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic soundtrack—including “DoRe-Mi”, “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”—to keep you singing along, this has to be one of your “favourite things” to see. Teatro Arteria Coliseum, Gran Vía, 78 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 542 30 35. Tickets www.entradas.com from €20. Tues-Thurs, 8.30pm; Fri and Sat, 6pm and 10pm; Sun, 5pm. From 27 Sept.

Birlibirloque—Jorge Blass Multi-award winning madrileño magician Jorge Blass has appeared on stages the world over, as well as on TV and film, and has published two books on his craft, all by the spritely age of 32. His new show replaces traditional top hats and wands with modern technology such as iPads and mobile phones, and features a live score by Nacho Mastretta, fusing the art of magic and music. Expect gravity-defying flights, teleportation and mysterious disappearances in this production that has been described as ‘visual poetry’. Incidentally, Birlibirloque is the Spanish equivalent of the familiar magicians call ‘Abracadabra!’ or ‘Hey Presto!’ Teatro Compac Gran Vía, Gran Vía, 66

(Metro: Plaza de España/Santo Domingo). Tel: 91 541 55 69. Tickets www.entradas.com from €20. Wed-Fri, 8.30pm; Sat, 6pm and 8.30pm; Sun, 12.30pm and 6pm. 19 Sept-7 Oct.

Queen Symphonic Rhapsody What better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of Madrid’s most popular theatres than for its brand new management team to stage a rocking spectacular featuring the songs of Queen! More than 40 artists pay tribute to the British stalwarts of rock and pop music, including a live rock band and a symphony orchestra. Merging some of Queen’s most well-loved hits with classical music, the show features four vocalists—Mats Levén, Graciela Armendariz, Michele McCain and Thomas Vikström, whose résumés feature rock and heavy metal, as well as opera and stage musicals. McCain has appeared on stage alongside James Brown, B B King and Hank Jones, whilst Vikström is a member of symphonic metal band Therion. Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Plaza Tirso de Molina, 1 (Metro: Tirso de Molina). Tel: 91 369 06 37. Tickets www.entradas.com from €25. Tues-Thurs, 8.30pm; Fri, 9pm; Sat, 6.30pm and 10pm; Sun, 6pm. 4-16 Sept. Photo (CC) flickr: alex_ranaldi

Sophia Loren by Ron Galella

Los años de la dolce vita

Home from home With many madrileños heading abroad to study or work, what do they miss most about their wonderful city? Alyson Henry chooses Dublin as her hunting ground, intrigued also to discover what they love about the capital of the Emerald Isle

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ultural contrasts often make for the most interesting conversations between expats and madrileños, with the comment “We don’t do that where I come from” possibly being one of the most frequent statements. So how do madrileños react to a foreign city? We speak to three former Madrid residents about their stay in Dublin, and gauge the pros and cons of their move.

Patricia González Bermúdez works as a language tutor and lecturer in Trinity College: “I initially left Madrid to study a masters programme in Trinity College, Dublin. Almost six years on and I’m still here! I can see myself settling in Ireland; however, there are one or two cultural differences. The dating scene is a little different in Dublin to Madrid. A lot of Irish men usually need to be a bit tipsy in order to approach women socially. My theory is that this is due to the schooling system here. The separate education means that men and women view the opposite sex as something a little bit for-

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eign and scary. However, this is a broad generalisation—I am in a relationship with an Irish guy so I guess my experience has been mostly positive!

“My favourite thing to do in Dublin is to go running or walking in one of the many beautiful parks in the city. I live close to Herbert Park and I go jogging there often.

The atmosphere in Dublin has changed in the past few years. When I first moved here I found it odd how Irish people protested so little against what was happening to their country. The students didn’t want to talk or know about politics and current affairs. For me, coming from Madrid, where we are more vocal and also demonstrate more, I was a bit disappointed.

The best thing that Madrid has that Dublin needs is without a doubt the metro service. The city’s tramline (the LUAS) is a handy form of transport but the Dublin bus service is pretty bad. You can always rely on a Dublin bus to be late!

However, in the past three years or so, with the recession, things have changed. I notice the change especially in my students. The young people seem more engaged in political affairs and voicing their opinions. Have I heard of InMadrid magazine? Yes, I used to see it in cafés and shops, and used it a few times to look for the cinema listings. If I were to go to Madrid tomorrow the first place I would visit is my favourite restaurant, Venta El Buscón, near Sol. The atmosphere there is very relaxed and the food is excellent. It’s also very near a lot of bars and nightclubs.” Oscar Antúnez used to live in the centre of Madrid, and has been working in Dublin’s finance sector for almost a year:

What I find strange about life in Dublin is definitely the dating culture. It seems as though Spanish people are more direct and straightforward about how they feel. This is only based on my own experience, but it appears that, when it comes to matter of the heart, Irish people play games a little bit more. My trips back home to Madrid are always bittersweet. Each time I come home I see yet another shop or bar that has closed down due to the recession. It’s sad to see my city like this. Obviously, Ireland has suffered a lot economically too, but I think that in Madrid it’s more noticeable in the streets of the city centre than in Dublin. If I were to return to Madrid tomorrow the first place I would go to is a nice cocktail bar called Las Cuevas de Sandó in Plaza Callao.”

Christian Erquicia, a 23-year-old student from Madrid’s Salamanca barrio, has only one negative thing to say about his time in Dublin—it’s ending too quickly! “My year studying as an Erasmus student at DCU (Dublin City University) has been one of the best experiences of my life. I will miss walking into the city centre and having a Guinness. You also can’t beat the atmosphere on a Friday night in Temple Bar. The best thing that Dublin has is definitely more live music in pubs and on the streets. It makes for an amazing atmosphere—a great craic! What I found strange about Dubliners is that Irish people are so sociable but it seems hard to get to know them properly. Getting close to them can be difficult because they seem a little mistrusting. My advice to madrileños moving to Dublin is, above all, travel around Ireland as much as possible. The Irish countryside is by far the most beautiful I’ve seen. Don’t be shy and talk to people as much as you can. The Irish give a warm welcome. Also, always bring a raincoat with you because you never know when it will rain!”

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Kreayshawn

Having stormed the internet in 2011 with her single “Gucci Gucci”, Kreayshawn hits Madrid as part of YouFest this month. Tim Inkling speaks to her about her style, success and soft toy I’m definitely more confident. When I signed my record deal I was 21, and next month, I’m turning 23. If this hadn’t happened, I still would’ve been growing up,” says Kreayshawn from sunny Los Angeles, commenting on her whirlwind success and recording contract with Columbia Records. Her first single, “Gucci Gucci”, was only released in May last year, generating three million Youtube hits in three weeks, and the record deal quickly followed. Kreayshawn, whose name is a wordplay on “creation”, has certainly had to mature rapidly in the music business, but growing up in Oakland, California, presented its own challenges. She is of Russian descent (born Natassia Gail Zolot), she has never known her father, and her mother, Elka, is a former member of various punk bands (The Trashwomen, Spoiled Brats, The Spastics, Eight Ball Scratch, The Glamour Pussies). She had been expelled from two schools by the age of 16, but by that point had already entrenched herself in both filming and rapping, having started using a video camera when only ten years old.

Goin’ hard To experience her vast style spectrum, look no further than her latest video for her single “Go Hard (La.La.La)”. It’s a melting pot of animation, reality and fashion, along with a dancing boar, giraffe, dragon and horse. “In the beginning I directed all my own music videos and was really hands on, but then with ‘Go Hard’ I wrote the treatment, but thought it was important to have somebody else behind the camera,” she says. “If it’s me, I don’t get to concentrate on eye movements or my attitude in the video, because I’m so worried about the lighting and everything looking right. ‘Go Hard’ was really cool because even though it was still my kind of idea, I got more of kick being the star of the shoot. It’s reflected in the video because I look a lot less stressed!” The track comes from her first album, Somethin’ ‘bout Kreay, due to be released on 18 September. The goal was to have every song inspired by a different genre, from Brazilian-style to techno music, and she’s more than satisfied with the result. “I think everything, according to how I hear it, is really good. People ask me what’s my favourite song,

Lookin’ good

Kreayshawn will be appearing at YouFest, the Festival of the YouTube generation, on Fri 28 Sept at the Matadero. The festival takes place on Fri 28 and Sat 29 Sept, at the Matadero and La Rivera, with the likes of Underworld, Primal Scream, Diplo and Rick Astley. See www.youfest.com for full details. Kreayshawn’s website is www.kreayshawn.com. For album cover art, see http://blog.slvstrdesign.com/

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Glance at any of Kreayshawn’s videos or photos, and her unique style jumps out at you, whether by way of her glasses, accessories or clothing. Her right arm is covered with tattoos—cartoon characters, bats’ wings with lips, and even a chicken leg. “Some tattoos have a deep meaning for me, and some don’t have a meaning at all—like the chicken leg, I just got it for fun,” giggles Kreay. “I’ll be online and I’ll think, ‘Oh my God that’s such a cool picture! I want it on my body forever!’ So they’re a mix.” For her “Gucci Gucci” video, most of her clothes came from thrift (charity) shops, but success brings other options. “For photo and tape shoots I usually have a stylist because if I style myself I have to bring all my clothes that I usually wear on the street,” she confides, “You can usually tell the difference—if I’m wearing jean shorts I probably didn’t have a stylist. I’m probably just wearing my clothes.” The song itself, together with the video, made an enormous impact on her life. “It was just the reactions it got— people analysed every word and every move I made in the video. That’s when I realised the song was bigger than anything; it became a cultural statement, and that’s when it really hit me that it was huge.”

an alien space world’ and when the artist showed it to me it was exactly how I’d pictured it in my head.”

Goin’ soft Clothes and tattoos aside, there was an unexpected acquisition from the set of “Go Hard (La.La.La)”—a blue, straggly teddy, christened “Babyfriend”. “Oh my God!” squeals Kreay when he’s mentioned, “I found Babyfriend on the set of ‘Go Hard’, and literally the day after that video shoot we flew to Europe, so I ended up just taking him with me for a couple of months. He’s definitely a European treat. We had this whole European festival tour, and bands got to meet him. Wiz Khalifa fell in love with him and he got to hang out with Mac Miller [Both Wiz and Mac are fellow American rappers]. I think it’s cool that there’s a bear that everyone can touch and it kinda brings everyone together..” she pauses, then growls with a giggle “..with a big bear friend!” Was there a danger of the limelight being stolen? “I was jealous because Babyfriend had his own tour video, with Wiz and Mac in it,” she laughs, “I didn’t have them in my tour video. So I was a little jealous of the celebrity cameos!”

Taking the rap

but the entire album is like a whole song. You know what I’m saying—if you listen to the thing the whole way through, it’s like one song that changes speech, rhythm, content and genre. I like the whole thing.” There are collaborations with artists such as Kid Cudi, Diplo & Sissy Nobby, and 2 Chains, not to mention a very distinct album cover design. “I was really on everyone’s ass about the album cover being exactly how I wanted it,” says Kreay, “and I was able to find an artist [slvstr design] from the Bay Area, where I’m from. It was really cool because it was literally ‘I wanna be on this cover, I wanna be half animated, I wanna be in

One key line that attracted a lot of attention in the lyrics of “Gucci Gucci” was “I got the swag and it’s pumping out my ovaries.” It’s great vocabulary and provides a wonderful image, but how does Kreay define “swag”? “Swag is like your fashion sense. Anyone can have swag. It’s like your own.. ,” she pauses, then realising no other word will work, giggles and continues, “..swag, right? You probably have your own English swag for sure. You sound like it. It’s all about the confidence though. Confidence is key in swag.” I answer, “I don’t know”, which elicits an immediate friendly laugh, as the comment fails miserably to suggest any confidence at all. Kreayshawn, however, oozes it—current Youtube hits exceed 37 million, and there’s fashion, rapping, directing and touring. That’s swag by the bagful. SEPTEMBER 2012

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Tigers burning bright Liza Klaussmann’s debut novel, Tigers in Red Weather, has received much critical acclaim. Laura Stephens chats with her about success and inspiration, and the literary lure of the past Oh golly, our interview! I’m so sorry!” Liza Klaussmann drawls apologetically, sounding as if she’s just been woken from a deep slumber following a night of drinking champagne cocktails at an ocean-side lawn party with the protagonists of her new book,Tigers in Red Weather. More than likely she’s just exhausted from the month-long promotional tour of the United States that she has just, the day before our interview, wrapped up. But one can always dream it’s the former. “I’ll just grab a coffee. I’m so sorry,” she says again. A few minutes later, her voice is still husky, but after the shot of caffeine she is ready to talk about the novel that caused such a flurry of publisher excitement. An eight-way bidding war ensued, the rights finally being picked up for a seven-figure sum by Picador in the UK, and Little, Brown in the US.

Great expectations Klaussmann, a former New York Times journalist who gave it all up to undertake a Masters in creative writing at Royal Holloway college in the UK, is intelligent and easy to talk to, equally happy to discuss TV shows (“I’m a big fan of Mad Men. People getting drunk? Bring it on!”) as much as Hemingway’s iceberg theory (“fascinating and brilliant!”). Her speech is sprinkled with the slangy idioms of the affluent American East Coast, but she’s neither as serious nor precious as one might expect from someone lauded as one of the most promising literary novelists to emerge in recent years. Tigers in Red Weather, with its title taken from a work by twentieth century American modernist poet Wallace Stevens, is causing the fuss, and it’s a stunningly crafted tale about an old money East Coast family and their complex relationships, told in a beautiful tight prose in which every word works for its place on the page. There are nods to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Margaret Atwood in its content and style, and critics have been quick to draw comparisons. “It perhaps raises people’s expectations a little too high,” she says when asked how she feels about the associations, “But it’s lovely, and very flattering.”

Time and place The novel comprises five sections spanning nearly a quarter of a century, each headed by one of the protagonists. We pick up the story in Cambridge, Massachusetts on a balmy Indian summer evening in 1945. In a very evocative opening passage, female cousins and roommates Nick and Helena sit wearing their slips on the porch of their house, drinking gin neat from jam jars and listening to Louis Armstrong skip and jump on their blunt-needled record player. Every detail is planned to emote an exact sense of time, place and character. Nick, perhaps the strongest of all the characters, is about to embark on a new life in Florida with her husband who left shortly after their marriage to fight overseas in the Second World War. She is a hugely charismatic, complex and at times not particularly likeable young woman with, as another character notes, “an air of entitlement.” She struggles to re-adapt to married life in the immediate post war years, like many young women of the era, when the independence that was so tantalisingly proffered is suddenly whipped away with the return of the men. “The world got a lot bigger, and

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people had to handle that,” says Klaussmann, “In that time period there was a natural barrier to one achieving individuality. Today we prize it above everything else, it’s celebrated and rewarded; then, it was definitely not celebrated, and defi-

My grandmother was an extremely complicated person; very unlikeable to some and very likeable to others. I became interested in perspectives, how people can be different things to different people.

nitely not rewarded.” Nick is based partly on the author’s grandmother, a summer resident of the exclusive East Coast island Martha’s Vineyard, who died while the book was in its formative state. “My grandmother was an extremely complicated person; very unlikeable to some and very likeable to others. I became interested in perspectives, how people can be different things to different people.” As well as her immediate family, Klaussmann finds inspiration from the writers to whom she has been compared: “Fitzgerald—the desperation and heartbreak on every line is extremely inspiring to me. Hemmingway for his theory of omission—that we should only express in terms of what is going on and the rest should speak for itself.” She is also the great-great-great granddaughter of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick and forefather of the Great American Novel. “My writing is nothing like Melville’s, but when you have an ancestor who has done this one great thing, it becomes a kind of prize within the family,” she admits.

Unpredictable While parts of Tigers in Red Weather take place in Florida, Hollywood and London, the bulk of the action is set in Martha’s Vineyard, at Tiger House, the ancestral holiday home in which the family congregate each summer. Ostensibly the main plot point occurs on the island, when the cusp-of-adolescence children of Nick and Helena are suddenly catapulted out of childhood when they discover the murdered body of a local maid. The book becomes neither murder mystery nor psychological thriller, but something that incorporates elements of both. Like the best stories that involve a murder, it’s not really about the crime. It’s about the human reactions, the complexities of family relationships, and the unpredictable and untameable nature of people, and of life. Klaussmann skillfully weaves her tale from the different character perspectives, leaving gaps in the plot that incite a satisfying ‘ah-ha’ feeling when they are later filled. Was it hard to achieve this? “I had to make sure that each of the characters’ stories brought something new to the narrative. I had reams of notes on who was going to tell what to whom. I had to make sure they didn’t talk about themselves and they shed light on different aspects of the family instead. I was worried people would get seasick reading it, but it was always intended to be a multi-narrative novel.”

Photo: (c) Elizabeth Zeschin

Past to present When time allows between promotional tours, interviews and the other trappings of literary success, Klaussmann is currently working on her second book. “I’m trying to get on with it, but with all the madness it’s difficult!” she laments goodnaturedly. The new novel, which has a tentative publishing date of summer 2014, will be a fictional retelling of the life of Sara and Gerald Murphy, titled Villa America. The American socialites, who made their home on the French Riviera and New York in the 1920s, were famous for their lavish parties attended by the ‘Lost Generation’ of artists such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso and Cole Porter. “I guess it’s a fair assessment to say I’m drawn to the past,” Klaussmann says, after hesitating when the suggestion is put to her. “It’s more fascinating writing characters who are up against something; those natural barriers again. I’ve never written a novel in the present day, to me I feel that it would miss something of the detail that comes with hindsight; the bigger picture. Maybe it’ll be a more interesting concept to me when I’ve finished with these two. Tigers in Red Weather and Villa America are kind of a diptych; they belong together.” Having grown up in Brooklyn, summered as a child on Martha’s Vineyard, and lived for ten years in Paris, is there anything she misses about the places she has left behind? “I don’t miss anything,” she says with certainty. “Being an outsider you always have a really interesting perspective and one of the things that gives pleasure to expats is this off-kilter existence. I love that.” Of the four years she has spent in London, her current hometown, she says, “If you like writing and you like literature, it’s part of everyday life here. It’s unusual, it’s crazy; they actually talk about books. If you’re into it, it’s like ‘wow’! It’s so great!” She pauses, before continuing, “So no, I don’t miss anything. I’m exactly where I want to be.”

Tigers in Red Weather is published by Picador, and is available now.

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and garden, 3 en-suite bedrooms, sleeps 6. Located in quiet village in the Cabrales valley. Great for mountain walking and close to sandy beaches. Great restaurants and local gastronomy. anna_usborne@hotmail.com www.casausborne.com.

holiday-accommodation APARTMENT FOR WEEKS IN A BEAUTIFUL CÁDIZ-ANDALUZIA Rent a complete apartment of two rooms in a tipical village of Cádiz, Vejer de la Frontera, Andaluzia. 9 Km of a famous spanish Palmar Beach. Fully furnished. Garage. Bus to the beach very near. Supermarket. 400 euros /week . Also for live, negociable. PHONE: 627834694. Yolanda.

music-classes SPANISH GUITAR LESSONS Even after dedicating more than twenty years to the guitar, by playing and teaching, every time I get more and more excited to transmit my passion for it to others. It doesn’t matter what level you are in, if you want to take guitar courses, I’m ready to help you by teaching all that I’ve learned from the best teachers and through my own experience. Classes in English or Spanish. Try your first class without payment. Metro: Iglesia or Canal. Telephone: 650672356 Email: astur_kirichian@yahoo.es.

language-classes spanish 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: cristinadomingo3@yahoo.es. SPANISH LESSONS ONE-TO-ONE Bilingual and experienced teacher offers private 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: gmarcano60@hotmail.com. SPANISH CLASSES I am a Spanish teacher with 25 years experience. I offer “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 gretachic@yahoo.es. CLASES DE ESPAÑOL Profesora de español para extranjeros acreditada por el Instituto Cervantes oferta clases “One to One” ajustadas a las necesidades de aprendizaje del alumno. C/ Beasain, 37. 28041 Madrid. Precio por hora 30€. Amelia Nieva. 636829871 amelia.nieva@telefonica.net.

english QUALIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER, LONDON UNIVERSITY. Qualified English Teacher, London University. Specialized in business English and Cambridge exams. 20 years experience. celine83@gmail.com, 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.

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.

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: los.naranjas.hockey@gmail.com. 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 www.madridlionsrfc.com, email info@madridlionsrfc.com 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 Email to cricketinmadrid@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.cricketinmadrid.com. MADRID BARBARIANS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB The only truly competitive and social international rugby club in Madrid open to players of all levels, both ex-pats and locals. Regular league games, twice weekly training and social games for two men’s teams and one ladies team. Yearly tour, many social events. Recently promoted in leagues. Looking for more players, coaches, supporters. Traditional rugby values, families welcome. Visit our web page www.madridbarbarians.com or find us on Facebook. Contact email madridbarbarians@ymail.com. FOOTBALL CLUB BRITANICO DE MADRID Fútbol Club Británico de Madrid are constantly on the lookout for new players of all levels and nationalities. We have two 11 aside teams playing in competitive local leagues as well as a Fubol Sala team. We also hold regular club social events which makes it a great place to make new friends whilst playing the game you love. We were proudly voted Best Sporting Club in Spain in the Telegraph’s Best of British Awards. If you’re looking for

ST GEORGE’S BOOK SALE on Saturday 22nd September from 11 until 2pm. You’ll find both English and Spanish secondhand books for children and adults at a great price. There will also be a selection of CDs and DVDs for sale. Bargains galore! It will be held in the church patio at C/ Núñez de Balboa 43, metro Velázquez. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Angela Irwin 685179644.

health-and-fitness ARE YOU LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS? Hazel Fry is a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Therapist based in the centre of Madrid. My aim is to help others achieve their health and fitness goals through a well structured training schedule and healthy eating habits. In every day life we’re faced with various different challenges and there is no bigger challenge than keeping fit, healthy and feeling great every day. I would like to help you achieve your goals by guiding you through specialised training plans and providing advice on nutrition and healthy eating. For more info, please visit my website: www.hfhealthandfitness.com.

WANTED: LIVE IN AU PAIR FOR SEPT/OCT Young family, baby (1 year), son (3 years) and daughter (6 years)seek Live in Au Pair. English speaker essential. No need for Spanish. Duties to include: looking after and entertaining children 5pm to 9pm. No housekeeping, cleaning or cooking duties. Large, comfortable duplex flat with huge terrace. Private room provided with Wifi. Food and board provided. 50euro/week pocket money. Perfect for student. Metro: Arturo Soria and plenty of buses to centre and transport hubs. Call: 687830219 Email: easensi74@gmail.com Ask for Esther. JOB OFFERED ADVERTISING SALES person for English language magazine, speak Spanish. Call Violetta at: 91 548 01 07. NATIVE ENGLISH T.E.F.L. TEACHER REQUIRED We are looking for a teacher to start mid-September. Full-time and part-time positions available, teaching both children and adults. Block hours, no travelling involved or weekend classes. Applicants should have a minimum of two years experience and knowledge of Spanish. Priority to native English speaking Europeans. For more information or to apply, please send your CV to cambridgeenglish@hotmail.com or telephone 913864810.

services LIVELY CELTIC MUSIC Talented Irish musicians available for concerts, functions, weddings and parties. Tel: 654 225 305. COMPUTERS / NETWORKS / WEBSITES COMPUTERS / NETWORKS / WEBSITES System administrator offers professional service. Computer / laptop repair, data

intercambios groups MULTILINKUAL: INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS IN MADRID Multilinkual.com 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 & Cachibola pub, Jacinto Benavente square), ask for David. Also dinners, trips... puestres@yahoo.es, 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 Café Galdós (Los Madrazo 10 - metro Sevilla). EVERY SUNDAY > International Afternoon from 19:00 at Café Galdós (Los Madrazo 10 - metro Sevilla). EVERY WEEK-END > Films in o.v., international dinners, tapas evenings, excursions, trips, sports, wine tastings, cultural visits, parties & many other activities!! For more info contact Fran (madridbabel@yahoo.es) or visit www.madridbabel.es.

jobs jobs-offered ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED FOR YEAR COURSE LCTIDIOMAS is looking for English teachers with TEFL or similar for year course starting in October. We are an optimistic group of people who love English and those who speak it. Our services range from onsite classes to toddlers and children to business classes and exam preparation. Conditions of employment: part-time job, in the afternoon. Possibility of enhancement in the morning or 1-t-1 classes. We offer contract. Interviews conducted in July and September. Please SEND YOUR CV to lctidiomas@hotmail.com Two academies in Trav. San Isidoro de Sevilla 6 and Valdelasierra 1. EXPERIENCED NATIVE SPEAKERS TO TEACH IN-COMPAY IN ENGLISH requires experienced teachers to work in-company. We offer block hours and a stable timetable and calendar with no cancellation. Applicants must have residency/work permit. Please send your Curriculum Vitae to: profesores@inenglish.es or call 914029499/666678145.

recovery, password recovery, IT infrastructure planning, software installation and maintenance, network administration, resolving email problems, IT security, backup solutions, web pages. Windows, MacOs, Linux/UNIX supported. I speak English and Spanish. email: info@swiftnetsolutions.com or Mobile: +34 618 434 067. PIANO TUNING AND REPAIRS 20 years in California, 10 years in New York,voted best of New York in 2007, now residing in Madrid area, concert pianotuner offers the best piano service you will experience. I have worked in the best concert halls of the world including ,Carnegie Hall, Taipei National concert Hall,Paris Magador Theater, San Francisco Herbst Theater,Opera and Ballet as a Chief Tuner-Technician, Hong Kong, Shanghai. Worked with the such pianists as Bella Davidovich, Joaquin Soriano, Oxana Yablonskaya and many other great musicians. Reasonable prices . Please call or e-mail at finepianos@yahoo.com or 657162111.

travel-adventure CIVIL WAR TOURS OF BATTLEFIELD SITES AROUND MADRID Following the footsteps of four famous artists who recorded the Spanish civil war - Ernest Hemingway, John Cornford, Gerda Taro and Charlie Donnelly - these walking tours will visit the sites of crucial battles. The day trips to Brunete, Jarama, Guadarrama and Casa de Campo are led by an expert guide with transport and picnic lunch provided. Find out more about the war, the history and see what remains. Visit the web site for more details http://spanishsites.org/ Contact spanishsites@ymail.com or call Dr David Mathieson 646148685.

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C.E.E. -Idiomas Spanish Language School - All levels - Preparation for DELE Exam - Cultural activities

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156E 40 HOURS MONTHLY * Groups or private classes * Special classes for companies c/Carmen, 6 — 28013 Madrid 91 522 04 72 - 91 521 10 04 91 522 18 57 - 91 531 38 56 e-mail: info@cee-idiomas.com

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MADRID SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES is looking for qualified, experienced, native English, French, and German teachers for the 2012-2013 academic year. We provide young learner, adult and business classes, and we offer a competitve salary. If you would like to become a part of our team, please send your CV to: coordinador@madridschool.com

Journalism, video and marketing interns We are looking for enthusiatic people who’d like to gain some real-world journalism, video or marketing experience on Madrid’s leading print and web based English-language magazine. Please tell us about yourself by emailing work@in-madrid.com

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We build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements. In Spain, the British Council undertakes a wide variety of cultural activities and exchanges and manages a large examinations programme, a school and over a dozen teaching centres. The teaching centres in Madrid and the surrounding area wish to appoint teachers of English as a foreign language for the academic year 2012-13 starting in October. The post holders will teach young learners (between the ages of 7 and 18) and/or adults. Our minimum requirements are: ● ● ● ●

Teacher (QTS) and an NVQ3 Required native English female to work with 1 to 6 year old children in a British Nursery School in Pozuelo. School Holidays paid. Possibility of full day job (9.00h a 17.30h) or half day job (9.00h a 14.30h).The Nursery is very well communicated with Madrid centre by train or bus or metro ligero.

Please send your CV to britishnursery@britishnursery.com. www.britishnursery.com

native speaker of English or equivalent ability education to degree level or equivalent a recognised, relevant T.E.F.L. qualification two years’ relevant experience post-qualification permission to work in Spain and N.I.E or D.N.I

Letters of application, together with an up-to-date curriculum vitae in English, should be emailed to: recruitment.madrid@britishcouncil.es or mailed to EFL Teacher Recruitment Pº del General Martinez Campos, 31 28010 Madrid

We will not normally respond to applications that do not clearly meet our minimum requirements. The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and diversity. www.britishcouncil.es The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.

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