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Elvis Costello, Patti Smith,

Sinéad O’Connor and more music legends come to town


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Art & theatre listings




15 Album reviews The best new music releases

9 JASON WEBSTER The British author of Duende and ¡Guerra! talks about his latest work, Sacred Sierra

10 PIE HIGH Madrid’s pastry- and sausage-makers 12 MADRID MUNDIAL The city celebrates the World Cup 13 SPECIAL EFFECT? How will José Mourinho, “the special one”, change Real Madrid?


16 Concerts


Our pick of this month’s gigs

17 Nightlife The most up-to-date clubbing guide

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books and movies 18 Film Focus Sala Berlanga 18 Movie reviews New releases on the big screen


19 Book Buzz New titles for your shelf

15 MARCUS DOO & THE SECRET FAMILY A chat with highflying Highlander musician Marcus Doo


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Sinéad O’Connor plays Veranos de la Villa on 28 July

inding down for the summer? InMadrid certainly isn’t, not when there’s still so much going on around town. First up, this year’s Veranos de la Villa series of concerts kicks off, bringing such music legtel: 91 523 30 91 ends as Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Herbie Hancock, email: Paco de Lucía, Sinead O’Connor and Youssou N’Dour to Madrid. Read all about it on page 7. Then there’s the newly opened Sala Berlanga cinema to check out. Closed for many years, the venue once known as the Cine California, where Almodóvar hosted his first premiere, has been refurbished as a high-tech arthouse cinema (p18). On top of that, we’ve got our 10 nightlife challenge (think 1 cañas and free tapas, p8), further investigations of PhotoEspaña (p14) and the World Cup (p12), plus interviews with British author Jason Webster and Madrid’s pie- and sausage-makers. Now that’s what we call stuffed!

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Music festival roundup

El Estragón summer terrace

We covered the biggest music festivals in our May issue, but there is a plethora of other smaller events happening around the country this July. Check out international bands, fresh talent and national treasures in fantastic settings, with prices to suit all pockets. Whether you want to dance to electro on the beach or sing along with your favourite indie band in the shadow of a medieval castle, Spain has a musical jamboree for you. Faraday The Wedding Present, Jeff Tweedy, Nick Lowe, Mujeres and Pájaro Sunrise. El Molí de Mar, Barcelona, Catalunya. 2-4 July. Tickets:

La Latina’s El Estragón vegetarian restaurant, which promises to surprise non-veggies with its famously tasty dishes, has opened a dining terrace for the summer. Now you can enjoy some of the best meat-free food in Madrid in the tranquil surroundings of Plaza de la Paja.

El Estragón Vegetariano, Plaza de la Paja, 10 (Metro: La Latina). Tel: 91 365 89 82.

65 for three days;

25 for one day.

Vigo Transforma Orbital, Polock, The Divine Comedy, Love of Lesbian, Fanfarlo. Various venues in Vigo, Galicia. 9-10 July. Tickets: 40 for both days, 25 for one. Pulpop Love of Lesbian, Arizona Baby, Maga, and Diecinueve. Plaza de Toros, Roquetas de Mar, Almeria. 10 July. Entrance: Free. Cultura Quente Ocean Colour Scene, The Raveonettes, Tricky, The Sonics, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Hola a Todo El Mundo. Carballeira de Caldas, Caldero de Reis, Pontevedra, Galicia. 16-17 July. Free.

Festival de Verano @ Teatro Auditorio San Lorenzo de El Escorial This music and dance fest out in El Escorial includes classical music performances of Schumman, Albeniz, Chopin; operas such as Tosca; and a production of Carmen by Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana. There will also be talks on classical music and composers. On 22, 24, 30 and 31 July you can make a proper night of it and enjoy dinner at the theatre after the opera performance.

Teatro Auditorio San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Parque Felipe II, San Lorenzo. Until 6 Aug. See for more info and tickets

Santander Amstel Music Belle and Sebastian, The Dandy Warhols, Vive la Fête, La Habitación Roja and Delorean. Campa del Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria. 23-24 July. Tickets: from 35. Lowcost Festival Editors, Placebo, Raveonettes, Lori Meyers, Los Planetas, Love of Lesbian, Adam Green, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Boat Beam, Hola a Todo el Mundo. Parque L’Aigüera, Benidorm, Alicante, 23-24 July. Tickets: 45. Extremadura Contempopranea Cruzcampo Los Planetas, La Habitación Roja, Love of Lesbian, Tachenko, Sidonie, Delorean, Klaus & Kinski, Joe Crepusculo, Anni B Sweet, The Punsetes. Paseo de las Laderas del Castillo de Luna, Alburquerque, Badajoz. 22-24 July. Tickets: from 45 for day pass and 70 for three-day pass.

Clásicos en Verano Over the summer the Comunidad de Madrid will be putting on a musical feast involving 100 concerts in 63 historical venues— including castles, plazas, monasteries and churches—around the region. The Clásicos en Verano festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world, says director Consuelo Diez, and will feature performances from musicians from Spain and across the globe, including Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cuba, US, UK and Vietnam. Names such as Nan Maro Babakhanian, Iñaki Fresán and Léon Berben, Cecilia Lavilla and Claudio Camisassa, Degani, Zarabanda and Adam Levin (right) will be playing everything from works from the Middle Ages to new pieces especially composed for the festival. Venues include the Castillo de San José de Valderas in Alcorcón, the Patio de Armas del Castillo in Buitrago del Lozoya and the Basilica Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Clásicos en Verano, various venues around the Madrid region. 1 July-15 Aug. Free, except for a small number of venues. See for full schedule

Familias del Mundo @ Museo Nacional de Antropología This exhibition of pictures by photojournalist Peter Menzel charts the daily life of different families around the world, focusing on their homes and material possessions. The show includes fascinating images of 30 families from countries such as Bhutan, Iceland, Germany and Ethiopia.

Red Bull X-Fighters @ Las Ventas Spain’s greatest bullring is the appropriate setting for the tenth anniversary celebration of Red Bull X-Fighters—a freestyle motorbike spectacular and a heaven for petrol-heads everywhere. Riders include Australia’s Robbie Maddison (famous for breaking jumping records for distance and height), American Nate Adams (winner of Red Bull X-Fighters 2009), Norway’s André Villa (championship leader) and Spanish hope Dany Torres.

Red Bull X-Fighters, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, C/Alcalá, 237 (Metro: Ventas). 22-23 July. Tickets: from 33 for one day; from 65 for two-day pass.

La Tabacalera Be sure to check out the recently opened National Centre for the Visual Arts on the site of the former tobacco factory in Lavapiés. In July this awesome artistic space will be hosting a “Pecha Kucha Night”, including presentations from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields. There will also be dance from La Flor De Lavapiés and theatre from El Molino Rojo.

Museo Nacional de Antropología, C/Alfonso XII, 68 (Metro: Atocha). Until 12 Sept. Tue-Sat 9.30am-8pm, Sun 10am–3pm. 3.

Taller la Griega summer workshops

Head over to the Parque de la Bombilla throughout July and August to catch over 200 films on the big screen out of doors at Fescinal 2010.

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer? Check out the multidisciplinary workshops put on by Carmen la Griega, an artist who specialises in children’s education. They prompt youngsters to paint, construct, act and create stories using a variety of media and their bodies. The sessions take place in the Palacio de Gaviria—a magnificent 19thcentury palace constructed in the Italian Renaissance style where children will be surrounded by frescos by Joaquin de Espalter, Queen Isabel II’s painter. There are three, one-week workshops to choose from, but hurry to sign up as space is limited.

Taller la Griega, C/Arenal, 9 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 429 61 07; 658 275 597. Price: 135 per week. Mon-Fri 10am-2pm. Various one-week sessions: 5-9 July; 12-16 July; 26-30 July; 2-6 Aug; 9-13 Aug.

Bambudanza dance courses For adults and kids looking to dance away the heat, Bambudanza offers several summer dance intensives varying from weekend to two-week courses. Styles range from hip-hop to contemporary to Afrobrasileño to Contact Improv, among others, with various instructors and levels available.

La Tabacalera, C/Embajadores, 53 (Metro: Embajadores). 10am-midnight daily. Free.

Bambudanza, C/Doctor Cortezo, 17, third floor (Metro: Tirso de Molina). Tel: 91 389 63 58. For class schedules and prices, visit

Corona y Arqueología en el Siglo de las Luces @ Palacio Real July is the last month to see this fascinating exhibition that explores the birth of science in Spain under the Bourbon Kings of the 18th century and includes a study of the archaeology and science of the Enlightenment. You can see 150 pieces belonging to the collections of the Patrimonio Nacional, the Real Academia de la Historia and the Prado museum.

Palacio Real, C/Bailén, s/n (Metro: Ópera). Until 31 July. Mon–Sat 9am-6pm; Sun and holidays 9am-3pm. Tickets: unguided tour 8, guided tour 10.

Jazz Círculo @ Círculo de Bellas Artes The Madrid Jazz Circle started in 2007 with the aim of emulating the great jazz clubs in cities like London, Paris and New York. In this tenth edition, you can hear Spanish and international talents such as the Larry Martin Band (pictured right), one of the most respected jazz-blues bands in Spain, not to mention Austrian band The Flow and the VVG Trío.

Círculo de Bellas Artes, C/Alcalá, 42 (Metro: Banco de España). 2, 10 and 16 July, 10pm. Tickets: 15, 12 members.


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By Jerome Apolda


The fact that two thirds of the games are on Spanish pay TV is just not on. Surely Cameroon vs Japan is a basic human right?

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It is obligatory for every guest on a World Cup TV show to try to play a vuvezela—and fail.

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If Spain lose, it is apparently the goalie’s girlfriend’s fault.

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It is definitely possible to know too much about Andrés Iniesta’s thighs A ginormous dung beetle makes a surprisingly lively addition to an opening ceremony. There is no such thing as impartial Spanish football commentary. Several surprising (and unprintable) things about the referee’s mother after watching last night’s match in our local. If a world-class striker skies it over the bar, it is not simply him messing up, but the curse of the Jabulani. Spain’s Piqué is in the wars: a head cut in the first game, a split lip and the ball in the goolies in the second… We expect him to lose an arm by the quarter finals. Crisis-struck Spanish businesses try to bolster their coffers with money-back promotions if Spain win all their games. Spain, defeated just once in the last four years, narrowly lose their opening game to inferior opposition. Coincidence? We’re saying nothing. For more World Cup fun, see p12

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Song and dance acts Being a perroflauta (see Fairy Tales, May issue) doesn’t mean you don’t have your camp moments. Wearing kilts and bright red lipstick in honour of Dr Frank N Furter, Brad (a Glee-tastic Scotsman) and I marched toward Ya’sta for its monthly Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-along (www.dramakuinshow. only to be confronted by builders, cracks showing and all, repainting the club! Dammit Janet! But no closed doors can stop a queen ready to camp it up. We grabbed a few beers from a nearby chino, and turned my living room into a karaoke bar. Two hours of “Don’t Rain on my Parade” later, all Streisanded-out, we were ready to paint the town pink. First off, the ground-floor bar of the Room Mate Óscar (Plaza de Vázquez de Mella, 12), the hotel known for its rooftop swimming pool. There, surrounded by label-addicted, upper-class gays, I truly felt like a queen out of water. Brad reassured me they were nothing more than posers, wannabes of the worst kind. But after seeing film director Alejandro Amenábar walk in, I started to suspect he’d only said that to make me feel better. The minute they started to play Lady Gaga, we left to shake our stuff somewhere else. When will we be rid of her? Polana was out of the question. I only pray it will reopen soon, otherwise it would be a sad and abrupt end to an era of cheesy tunes and Spice Girls classics. So instead we headed to where people actually danced—or so I’d been told they danced. I won’t lie, I was excited. And as always, I shouldn’t have been. I had been right all along. Spaniards don’t dance in clubs. Not there, not anywhere. Dammit Janet! What can be said about La Boite (Calle de Goya)? Well, not much. I walked around the club hoping to at least get a column out of this very unimpressive venue, but apart from the very eclectic crowd (ranging from early 20s to late 40s), the only interesting thing I noticed was its plastic rubyinspired chandeliers. The music—house remixed versions of classic pop tunes—was dancy enough. But all anyone did was sway from side to side while holding on to their drinks. Still singing Barbra on my way home, I wished people would break out into song and dance routines more often. But you should be careful what you wish for: the next afternoon, I stumbled across a flash mob performance of about a hundred queens dancing on Plaza de Vázquez de Mella, all trying to persuade their music idol to bring her world tour to Spain. And who was the music goddess they were so keen to attract? You’ve guessed it: Lady Gaga. Dammit Janet! Read more Fairy Tales at:

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Check out intriguing video art at various galleries around the city as part of the Proyector 2010 festival. http://proyectorvideoart

Marty Delfín dissects the past month’s news headlines


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The first in an expected long line of belttightening measures aimed at getting Spain’s finances back on track has been introduced over the past several weeks, setting off social tensions and giving rise to international speculation about the country’s ability to pull through the crisis. First, on 27 May Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero presented a controversial package of sweeping spending cuts, which included an average 5 per cent wage cut for public servants that begins on 1 July and a freeze on retirees’ pensions in 2011. Next, on 16 June the Congress approved a sweeping labour reform after failing to win support from trade unions and big business. The reform was ratified by Congress on 22 June, with only the Socialists voting in its favour and the opposition Popular Party and the CiU abstaining. Eight deputies voted against the law. Among other things, the reform enables firms with financial problems to lay off workers without being bankrupted by huge severance payments. The government hopes this guarantee will encourage companies to put more people on permanent work contracts. The Socialists barely got its public wage cut and pension freeze package approved back in May, securing a tight 169 to 168 vote win, with the CiU, the Canaries Coalition (CC) and Navarre People’s Party (UPN)—all thought to be government’s congressional partners—abstaining. The Socialists, with a onevote party majority in Congress, was able to pull it off with a total of 13 abstentions. The opposition Popular Party voted against the measures. The UGT and CCOO unions have called for a nationwide


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strike for the 29 September. The last strike on 6 June to protest civil servants’ salary cuts fizzled out with only an estimated 10 per cent of the country’s 3 million government workers not showing up at their jobs. About 400,000 people took part in the protest march that day in Madrid. The Spanish government is desperately trying to push down the country’s 11.5 per cent GDP deficit to levels closer to the 3 per cent of GDP required by euro zone nations. Following a burst in the real estate sector, the country is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with nearly 20 per cent unemployment. Zapatero says his austerity measures will save some 15 billion over the next 18 months—part of an overall deal to cut 50 billion in public spending over three years. Still, the bad news kept coming. Creditor Fitch cut Spain’s credit rating by one notch to AA-plus, saying the austerity plan will mean the country’s economic recovery will be “more muted” than the government forecast. Then, fuelled by two newspaper reports, rumours surfaced that Spain was getting ready to seek an emergency bailout from Brussels—a notion that rattled markets across the continent but was quickly dismissed as speculation by the European Commission and Madrid. As June came to a close, there seemed to be some positive forecasts for Spain coming from a reputable institution. On 18 June, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said he had “enormous confidence” in Spain’s economy and expected the country to exit the current crisis and see growth for the next two decades.

Venrell have already prohibited the full-face veil. The burqa is seen by many Westerners as uncanny or discriminatory. Justice Minister Francisco Caamaño said the burqa ban in public places will be initiated nationwide under a proposed new religious freedom law. “We believe that there are things like the burqa which are hard to reconcile with human dignity and especially pose problems of identification in public places,” Caamaño told reporters on 16 June. The law would also ban the display of crucifixes in schools. Several religious organisations, including a dozen Muslim groups, have announced they will challenge the new prohibitions in court.

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Burqa ban Barcelona is to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings. City mayor Jordi Hereu said he will sign a decree prohibiting the burqa in all public spaces, including municipal markets. The Catalan Socialist says the aim is mainly for security reasons, saying people must be able to be identified. The Coín municipality in Málaga province is studying a similar proposal, joining Tarragona and Gerona in Catalonia in proposing the ban. The region’s towns of Lerida and El

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Jumpstarting the economy

Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero wants Spain to become a global leader in promoting renewable energy so it is fitting that last month Madrid became host to an international competition among university students to build the best solar home in the world. Students from 17 universities gathered in the Spanish capital on 18 June for a 10-day competition to construct the best house run only by solar power. The so-called Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) competition saw architecture and engineering students present their 17 designs to a panel of experts, with top prize eventually going to the US’s Virginia Tech. A “solar village” was set up next to the Royal Palace to allow all the competing houses to be put on show to the public. SDE director Javier Serra Maria-Tome explained to the Agence France-Presse that the panel would be looking at “the best architecture, exterior and interior” and “the best integration of technological components in the architecture”. This was the first time the Solar Decathlon, which was organised by the US Energy Department and staged in the United States in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2009, took place in Europe. The teams came from Spain, Britain, the US, Germany, France, China and Finland.

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Summer tunes

Emma Parnwell guides you through the line-up of international music legends heading Madrid-ward for this year’s Veranos de la Villa concert series Herbie Hancock

One of the highlights of staying in Madrid over the summer when everyone else has fled the heat is being able to enjoy the city’s Veranos de la Villa festival. Now in its 25th year, the event sees a variety of international musicians and performers descend on the capital’s parks, plazas, theatres and stadiums for a collection of open-air performances. For the month of July, the focus is on live music, with much of the action taking place on the Escenario Puerta del Ángel in Casa de Campo. With a jam-packed and eclectic line-up, there is sure to be something that takes your fancy.

Regarded as one of the greatest living jazz musicians, Herbie will be providing a stylistically diverse set as, along with his band, he incorporates R&B, electronica, soul and funk into his unique brand of jazz. 25 July

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The legendary flamenco guitarist opens the festivities with a double bill of concerts. Expect awe-inspiring technique and a very modern fusion of flamenco, jazz and world music. 29 and 30 June

Beautifully simple and understated jazz from an incredibly talented singer and pianist. Let Mrs Elvis Costello’s sensual, husky tones transport you for the evening. 26 July

Sinéad O’Connor The Irish songstress revisits classic songs—such as 1989 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U”—from a musical career that spans two decades. Expect a mellow set as she is accompanied by just two other musicians—on guitars, piano and accordion. 28 July

Jeff Tweedy Already signed up for an Italian tour, Jeff Tweedy has chosen Spain as his only other European stop this time round. The lead singer of critically acclaimed band Wilco will be going solo in Madrid, playing sensational acoustic folk comparable with that of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. 7 July

The Wailers Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Bob Marley’s original backing band promise to deliver the perfect sunshinefilled dose of fantastic reggae. Admittedly, only one member of the original lineup remains, but their enduring popularity testifies to the quality and innovation of this legendary group. 15 July

Youssou N’Dour The Senegalese singer and percussionist described as “more famous than the president” in his homeland returns to Veranos de la Villa for the second time. Having recorded his latest album at the Bob Marley studios in Kingston, this year’s offering sees a new direction for Youssou as he blends Senegalese mbalax with Jamaican reggae. 16 July

Natalie Cole As the daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole and a singer and performer since the age of five, this diva has music in her blood. Blending jazz, R&B and pop, this concert is sure to be a soulful and summery treat. 19 July

Patti Smith & Her Band A night with the woman who first exploded into the public consciousness 35 years ago with debut album Horses. Smith’s style of poetry and music not only paved the way for generations of female artists but was key in shaping the sound of the

Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes The king of reinvention, Señor Costello’s latest album was recorded in Nashville, with an acoustic backing band and sees him return to a countryish, bluegrass-inspired sound. 22 July T H E E N G L I S H - L A N G U A G E M O N T H LY


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staff and irish atmosphere. c/Marqués de Urquijo, 10. Roger Hodgson The ex-member of British progressive rock band Supertramp will be appearing solo at the festival, playing both new tracks and some of the old favourites that propelled the group to stardom back in the 1970s, including “Give a Little Bit”, “Breakfast in America” and “The Logical Song”. 29 July

West-Eastern Divan orchestra The brainchild of acclaimed Argentinian-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American philosopher Edward Said, this remarkable orchestra unites talented young Arab, Israeli and Spanish musicians. The message is clear: that the people involved have put aside their political differences in pursuit of something more worthwhile. The group have received rave reviews across the globe, making this free Plaza Mayor concert an event not to be missed. 5 Aug

Also at Escenario Puerta del Ángel in July

punk movement of the late 70s. Recently placed at number 47 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 best artists of all time, this is one musician whose work has truly stood the test of time. 20 July

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Marianne Faithfull A woman who really needs no introduction, Marianne Faithfull will be bringing a touch of rock ‘n’ roll to Madrid as she arrives to play a stripped-down acoustic gig accompanied only by guitarist Doug Pettibone. Also on the bill for the night is Brazilian singer and guitarist Adriana Calcanhotto. 9 July

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Manuel Carrasco 1 July; Miguel Poveda 2 July; Noa and Dorantes 3 July; Milow 4 July; Muchachito Bombo Inferno 5 July; Ojos de Brujo 6 July; Bebe 8 July; León Gieco 10 July; Ana Carolina 12 July; Mariza & Ricardo Ribeiro 13 July; Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer-Richard Bona 14 July; Erykah Badu 17 July; Vinicio Capossela 18 July; Caetano Veloso & Cë Band 21 July; Nina Hagen 23 July; Eli Paperboy Reed 24 July; Khaled 27 July; Soweto Gospel Choir 30 July; Diego El Cigala 31 July.

Veranos de la Villa, 29 June-22 Aug. See for full line-up and venue and ticket information. All concerts (except Daniel Barenboim) at Escenario Puerta del Ángel, Avda de Portugal, s/n, Recinto Ferial de la Casa de Campo (Metro: Puerta del Ángel/Príncipe Pío/Lago). W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

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The €10 nightlife challenge


ith summer here, many of us have more time to relax and enjoy Madrid’s sights, sounds and tastes. But while the heart is willing, many of our wallets are empty after too many nights out and trips to the cash machine. Far too many times we’ve woken up on a Monday morning with not only a hangover, but empty pockets as well. But there is hope. For those of us who can’t afford a 15 mojito in a crowded disco but still get thirsty on the weekends, there remain plenty of options. I set out

to prove that with just a 10 budget for the night I could easily experience Madrid’s nightlife and go home drunk, fed and not left wondering how all the money in my bank account disappeared. 10.30pm—Museo del Jamon: 1 caña for €1 So after polishing off the last few beers in the fridge with some friends, I set off with 10 in one hand and my treasure map of cheap drinking spots in the other. Our Saturday night journey began at the Museo del Jamón on Calle Mayor (No. 7), a chain of bars that everyone in Madrid is undoubtedly familiar with because there are branches everywhere. From Puerta del Sol you can walk in almost any direction and find a Museo del Jamón within a few blocks. It’s a great place to get a cheap drink or a quick bite to eat off its 1 menu. A caña, a glass of wine or a bocadillo de jamón are all 1 each. 11.15pm—Cervecería 100 Montaditos: 1 caña for €1 After finishing our drinks, we strolled up Calle de la Montera towards Gran Vía in order to make our next stop at Cervecería 100 Montaditos (C/Montera, 34). Again, it’s easy to find a branch of this chain in just about every major barrio in Madrid. Not only do you have 100 sandwiches to choose from, but you can also get a caña for 1 and a jarra for 2. When we visited, however, there was a promotion offering a jarra and a montadito for 2. I will probably be living at 100 Montaditos this summer.

Enjoying a good evening out in Madrid definitely isn’t as cheap as it used to be. But there are still bargains to be had. Peter Dye heads out on the town to see if you can have a wild night for under a tenner arrived a little after midnight, the bar was absolutely packed. There was even a bouncer at the door refusing to admit anyone else. As I contemplated jumping under his legs or through the window for the sake of this article, I realised my friends had already disappeared into the bar next door. Café Bar ADC was slightly less crowded and offered cañas for 1.20, plus various copas for around 4. It’s a decent alternative to pushing your way into Palentino. After a quick caña, I went outside where a friend tossed me a can of beer he had just purchased from a street vendor. Everyone was sitting around drinking on Calle del Pez, so we joined them. And thanks to my generous friend, I got a free street beer. 2am—El Respiro: 1 caña for €1.30 After meeting up with some more friends and finishing our street beverages, we headed to El Respiro (C/Infantas, 34) in Chueca. Like El Tigre just up the road, this is a popular spot for many to have a cheap beer and get a mountain of food. On a typical evening at El Respiro, you buy a beer and you get between one and three plates of food—maybe patatas bravas or paella—depending on how friendly the bartender is. But if you want to eat well, you have to arrive a little earlier—before 2am at least. Unfortunately for my stomach, we arrived too late for tapas and had to settle for just a beer. Madrid is still very much alive at this time in the morning, but you either have to take to drinking on the streets or hit a club. We decided to do both. 3am—Calle de Fuencarral: 2 street beers for a handful of change (about €1.50, I think) I bought a few street beers for under 2 as we stumbled towards our next stop. In Madrid it is almost too easy to buy beers on the street and the price is negotiable. Generally sellers charge 1, but if you present any handful of change you can usually get one. So I bargained for two, and then turned around to find my friend with beers hanging from his arm; he had just bargained for six. We continued to drink as we walked. 4.15am—Café Oliver/Velvet Room: free entry A friend took us to Café Oliver (C/Almirante, 12) in Chueca. We finished our beers and made our way in the door, past the bouncer. At first, it looked like a typical café. But when I walked downstairs to find the bathroom, I discovered the Velvet Room with what appeared to be hundreds of people dancing their hearts

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5.20am—Kebab time! €4.50 At this point in the night, thanks to cheap bars, free clubs and street beers around every corner I was quite drunk and yet still found I had 4 and some change in my pocket. The next step was obvious: find a kebab. There are numerous places throughout Madrid with cheap food that are open late. At Gran Vía, 22 there is a great little spot called Papizza, which is open all night and sells slices for around 2. If you are near Malasaña before 3am, there’s another pizza place called Pizza y Pita (Calle de Fuencarral, 93) that sells good pizza for around 2 a slice. I hate to admit it, but I was drunk with a few euros left and I blew them on a kebab breakfast at an all-night place in San Bernardo, as that was where we happened to be. 6am—The first metro home One important factor to consider on a cheap night out in Madrid is your transport home. Instead of paying 10 for a cab, try to walk or take one of the night buses. The buses don’t arrive every five minutes, but they will come eventually. Another popular alternative is to simply wait until 6am when the metro reopens. So after wiping bits of kebab off my face, I hopped on Line 1 back to home sweet home, with a few coins still jangling in my pocket.

All in all, it was a fun night and when I woke up the next day I didn’t have to worry about what surprises would be waiting for me on the ATM receipts. If you’re mindful, it’s quite easy to go out in Madrid and not worry about bleeding cash. Nearly everyone I asked had a favourite bar or restaurant with cheap drinks, free food, or free entries. You just have to look for them and be willing to give up the fancy umbrella in your beverage.

T he one s t ha t g ot a way A few other bargain bars to try… Restaurante Los Jimenez C/Barbieri, 14 (Metro: Chueca). 1 cañas. El Veintidos de San Marcos C/San Marcos, 22 (Metro: Chueca). 1 cañas. Outlet Bar C/Libertad, 17 (Metro: Chueca). 0.50 cañas (closed for renovation at time of going to press but expected to reopen very soon).

12.15pm—Calle del Pez: 1 caña and a tapa for €1.20, 1 free street beer Walking up Fuencarral towards Malasaña, we made a detour to Calle del Pez to grab a cheap caña at Palentino (No. 8). This popular bar has 1 cañas and generally provides you with some kind of tapa as well. Unfortunately, it is not a well-kept secret. When we


out. Maybe I was just drunk, but it was a huge surprise to turn a corner expecting a bathroom but instead finding an underground rave.

Rul’s Bar C/Esperanza, 8 (Metro: Lavapiés). 0.80 cañas. Oro y Plata Plaza de Bilbao (Metro: Bilbao). 1 cañas. El Boñar de León C/Cruz Verde, 16 (Metro: Noviciado). Big plates of free food with your caña.

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Mountain high Author of some of the most acclaimed books about Spain in recent years, British writer Jason Webster’s latest, Sacred Sierra, finds him unearthing the magic below the surface of rural Spanish life in deepest Castellón. Russell Parton discovers more Jason’s farm in Penyagolosa, Castellón


or Jason Webster, living in Spain has always been a question of following his nose. It’s an approach that has brought the British author popular acclaim, first with Duende—A Journey in Search of Flamenco, and later with books dealing with Spain’s Moorish legacy (Andalus) and the Spanish Civil War (¡Guerra!). To discover, interpret and reveal the true essence of Spain is both the crux of and something of an obsession in Webster’s writing. In his latest book, Sacred Sierra, he and his partner Salud, tired of their city lives, decide to up sticks for the idyllic mountain village of Penyagolosa in rural Castellón, setting themselves up in a farmhouse in need of more than a lick of paint. The narrative charts the progress of these two hapless farmers for a year, making for comic capers and a story of survival against the odds, as well as a meditation on the natural world and the elements. Speaking with Jason, it’s this last aspect on which he’s most keen to elaborate.

Land of mystery “It gets labelled as a travel book because everything that happens in it happens outside of England, but it’s about spaces rather than travel,” he explains. “I was trying to capture an essence of this little bit of Spain which is very unknown and to draw a portrait of it and something of the ancient culture you can still perceive up in those mountains before it gets lost completely. There’s a sense in the book that the earth is sacred and that certain traditions are there to remind us of this fact—to help us keep a firm contact with something ‘other’ in the world. I think it’s important to be aware of

something beyond our ordinary senses and sensations. Some people are happy living in a totally materialistic universe, with no sense of mystery and sacredness, but I’m not. And that’s what I love about this country—that it holds on to a sense of otherness, of mystery. I think it’s something too subtle to be destroyed, even now.” But the threat of destruction looms in Penyagolosa: the sierra only narrowly survived a vast forest fire 15 years previously. Throughout the book Jason pits human endeavour—the crumbling dry stone walls, deserted farmhouses and his own valiant attempts to cultivate the land—against the all-conquering might of the natural world and the inevitability of decay. “You arrive there with all these grand plans and schemes and say I’m going to do this and that, until you realise that the mountains have their own ideas as well. You’re just a little visitor and you do what you can, but you’re not some great conqueror leaving his mark. And it’s a sort of lesson in humility I suppose—you have to learn to work with what you’ve got rather than coming along and imposing yourself on the mountainside.”

because of the credit crunch but they probably will happen, and they’re the kind of developments that end up destroying ancient agricultural-based cultures. With the book I was trying to capture a portrait of this before it was lost. I was even invited to the brand new Castellón airport the other day where they presented me with an award for my ‘services to tourism’ for having written the book. Either they haven’t actually read it or they don’t have a very developed sense of irony.”

Multi-story Jason says he tried to cram as much as he could into the book and it’s true it’s about more than just the idea of place. In Penyagolosa, modern medicine is still seen as newfangled; bee stings are treated with olive oil and bleeding is stemmed by rubbing the wound with the leaves of a wild plant. There’s a lot of emphasis on local history, myths and traditions in the book, which is not surprising considering Jason studied Arabic and Arabic history at university. He peppers the narrative with guidelines about how best to work the land and tend crops, all taken from the Kitab al-Falaha, a 12th-century Arabic treatise on agriculture. The text is Jason’s constant if not exclusive companion, as the locals of Penyagolosa prove an able Jason Photo: Maque Falgas supporting cast, from the anarchic postman Jordi to the wise old farmer Arcadio and the ageing hippy and spiritualist Marina. Most significant of all is Faustino, a hermit whose folk tales resonated with Jason so much that he reproduces them in the book as prefaces for each chapter. “For me it’s the whole crux of the book. When I met Faustino he had a similar idea to me: that stories and water were linked in some way, that there was somehow a metaphorical link between stories and taking care of the land, irrigating it and keeping it alive. The stories and legends that belong to a certain area need to be looked after just as one looks after water sources and uses them to water the land. For Faustino, looking after the land was almost the same as looking after the stories that belong to a certain area, and telling those stories and retelling them was like watering the land.” Spain was different when Jason started out here as a fresh-faced graduate 20 years ago—a young democracy still figuring itself out where what he calls a “deep-rooted anarchic individualism” flourished. But though you’d be hard pushed these days to find a fishmonger who smokes while selling you fish or a shop that only sells potatoes, Webster believes there’s still a rawness to Spain waiting to be unearthed by those

Threatening times It’s unfortunate that wild boars, hunters and the extreme weather conditions are not the only things threatening rural life in Sacred Sierra. For although Castellón remains a fairly unknown part of Spain, it’s long been in the sights of developers. Situated just north of Valencia and with a gloriously unspoilt coastline, it signals big bucks. “There are all kinds of plans in Castellón to build Europe’s biggest holiday resort, to turn Castellón into another Alicante. All these plans are being put on hold T H E E N G L I S H - L A N G U A G E M O N T H LY

curious enough to search for it. “Be intuitive. This is a country that responds well to intuition, so just take off and see where you end up and be open to... a certain craziness. Let things happen, and don’t judge. There’s a very healthy craziness in Spain and if you can get close to that, you can get close to what this country has to offer.” Sacred Sierra by Jason Webster is out now in paperback, published by Vintage W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

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Pie high

The proper pie “There’s no better food product on the planet,” he smiles. I interrupt by adding “than a pie”, but he immediately corrects me. “Than a proper pie,” he insists, emphasising “proper” as if it were a brand name like Harrods. “I mean not just a ceramic dish with sloppy filling and a bit of pastry thrown on top, but a handcrafted product, made with love.” For anyone unfamiliar with the British diet, pies have been part of the nation’s eating habits since medieval times. The most popular fillings are pork, or steak and kidney, but due to mass-market production they’ve fallen a little out of fashion of late. Keith believes that genuine, handmade pies are ready to make a comeback. “One Pie Week tweet led to a video demonstration by a head baker at a UK pork pie factory. He was using a sort of a potter’s wheel, shaping the pie, filling it and baking it without any mould or support,” he explains. “I’d tried making pies before and everyone’s reaction to them was ‘Wow! You should do this for a living.’” “In the end, I approached a couple of friends who had expressed an interest and with their financial assistance we thought: ‘OK, let’s do it’.” The production started seriously in April, although the numbers are still extremely small. Surprisingly, the first order came from a Spanish bar in Malasaña, despite expectations that the main interest would be from Irish bars and expats.

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pork surrounded by a thin layer of jelly. Keith adds his own pickle to the pork, made from a secret recipe, which gives a wonderful edge to the taste. “Our range also includes a layered pie of chicken breast and ham; scotch eggs; and pasties containing beef, potato, carrot and onion. For those with a sweeter tooth, there’s an apple pie with cinnamon.” I test an attractive-looking pork number, and its flavour and texture quickly distinguish it from the bland examples found in supermarkets. “It’s a labour of love at the moment, and I’m very picky about what goes into the pies, how they’re made and how they taste,” comments Keith as I nod appreciatively.

Tasty pastry Good pastry is critical, but Keith oozes confidence. “Pastry is super-easy!” he grins. “Cold hands make great pies! You have to keep the pastry cool because it’s important that the fat doesn’t melt into it. You need the fat to break into blobs small enough for the pastry to stick to. The less you touch and warm the pastry while you work with it, the better it turns out.” With nothing like a traditional British pie on the market in Spain at the moment, he’s optimistic. “A friend of mine, José Luis, runs an amazing restaurant in Ocentejo, a tiny village in Guadalajara. He’s a professional chef who trained in the UK, and after trying a sample pork pie he said, with a grin, that he wanted to marry me. In the end, my wife and I compromised on a dinner with his family and regular customers, and they all loved the pies. It was a very gratifying result.” Keith originally moved to Madrid as a web designer, after having spent 15 years in Dubai, so the pie development is an unexpected twist to his original plans. The business objective is to start slowly, targeting Madrid’s British contingent, and then expand. A website has just been launched at “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Greek temple-style headquarters called the Piethanon?” Keith laughs. But my mind is already drawn to other things. Not least a rather tastylooking beef pasty.


an extraordinary ice cream With the hot weather here, you’ll be looking for sources of refreshment. So why not head down to some of these stylish establishments to sample an original ice cream?


Acquolina The thing that makes this place particularly stand out are the original and exotic flavours of its ice creams. Opened a couple of years ago in Plaza del 2 de Mayo, it sells Red Bull, gin and tonic, mojito, mango, morello cherry and passion fruit varieties, among others. It also does a very good and refreshing horchata valenciana. C/San Andrés, esquina Velarde (Metro: Tribunal). Tel: 91 523 30 36. Prices: from 1.70 (for the smallest ice cream). Noon-midnight daily.


Giangrossi All of the ice creams sold at this parlour are handmade. In the chain’s five minimalist and modern establishments around the city, it’s possible to taste a huge range of flavours, including mint, wine, crema catalana, Toblerone, carrot with tangerine as well as the flagship dulce de leche. Just delicious! C/Velázquez, 44 (Metro: Velázquez). Tel: 91 781 30 73. Prices: from 2.70. Sun-Thur 8.30am-12am, Fri-Sat 8.30am-1.30am. Other branches: Centro Comercial Cielo de Pozuelo (Avenida de Europa, 4); Centro Comercial La Esquina del Bernabéu (Padre Damián, 1); Cava Baja, 40; C/Príncipe Carlos, 44 (Sanchinarro, Alcobendas)


Madrid Delicia This colourful place near the Teatro Alcalá has chromotherapy-themed decor featuring constantly changing lighting. There are more than 30 tempting flavours to choose from, as well as a bar serving 20 different cocktails (available to take away!) plus natural, fresh milkshakes and juices. C/Alcalá, 143 (Metro: Goya). Tel: 91 575 29 02. Prices: from 2.50. Sun-Thur 1-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 1-11pm.


Ö!Mygood The specialty at this avant-garde place is frozen yogurt, which come with a selection of 18 yummy toppings—from fresh fruits, to cereals and “good sweets”, such as marshmallows or biscuits. Smoothies, coffees, teas, muffins and cakes are the other options in this modern establishment, which also offers free WiFi. C/Sagasta, 32 (Metro: Alonso Martínez). Tel: 91 594 28 01. Prices: from 2.40. Mon-Thur 9.30am-10pm, Fri 9.30am-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm.


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While Keith’s endeavour is recent, Brendan Murphy decided to address the lack of quality sausages in Madrid two years ago. “When I started working in Irish bars, I couldn’t find a decent sausage,” he says. “So one night, after enjoying several ciders, myself and my mate, Cider Dave, decided we’d give sausage-making a go.” Fortunately Cider Dave had some experience, and Brendan started experimenting with various mixes. The result was The Proper Sausage Company, which advertises itself with the wonderful slogan “If it moves—stuff it.” Production runs are very small, but in addition to Spanish chorizo, they’ve made blue cheese, criollo, and Spicy Demon Hot Saussie varieties. The 2010 World Cup demanded something special, so Brendan opted for a Boereswors (literally, farmer sausage), popular in South Africa. Irish bars such as the Triskel Tavern, Scruffy Murphys and The Lock Inn may sometimes be able to provide the sausages. Also, The Irish Rover runs occasional sausage specials (bangers and mash with onion gravy).

For pie orders big or small, head to Keith’s new website at or email him at For sausage inquiries, visit Brendan’s blog at or contact Cider Dave on 655 271 475.

Season’s Eatings Cherries July is prime cherry harvest time in Spain and the perfect month to savour fresh cherries straight from the orchard. Spain, the biggest cherry producer in Europe, is home to the famous Valle de Jerte in Extremadura, where 15,000 acres of cherries are grown on rock terraces that reach up to 3,600 feet. In springtime, many tourists visit to experience the magnificent spectacle of thousands of trees “en flor”. Valle de Jerte is particularly known for the stemless “picota” cherry variety, which also has Denomination of Origin status. The Spanish use cherries in everything from puddings and savoury sauces to sangria and liquors. The wild fruit has been consumed in Europe since prehistoric times but it was the Romans who spread the cultivation of the cherry throughout Europe—planting the trees along roads for easy picking, and so the wood could be used for fire. The Spanish name for the fruit, cereza, derives from the Latin word cerasum. Cherries are believed to have many health benefits. They contain anti-inflammatories and antioxidants and are a great source of potassium, fibre and vitamin C. In Japanese culture, cherries symbolise purity and happiness.

Taste ’em You will find cherry desserts and cocktails in many restaurants and bars around Madrid. Master pastry chef Jose Fernández offers cherry-themed creations at Nunos Pastelería (C/Narváez, 63, Metro: Ibiza/Sainz de Baranda). For a refreshing pick-me-up, try cherry and strawberry ice slush with mint; or chocolate lovers should try the two-chocolate mousse with cherry pulp.

La Romana The number of the flavours on offer at this vintage-style Italian ice cream parlour varies according to the season because it only uses fresh ingredients. It makes all its ice creams front of shop, so you can see the process for yourself. And if the flavour you want has run out, the staff can make a new batch for you there and then. C/Santa Engracia, 155 (Metro: Cuatro Caminos). Tel: 91 533 14 95. Also at: Avenida Olímpica, 26 (Alc cobendas). Tel: 91 661 79 07. Prices: from 2. Sun-Fri 11am11.30pm, Sat 11am-midnight.


A sausage meet?

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lthough you may not have celebrated it, 1 to 7 March 2010 was an important week in the British calendar. “I heard about it on Twitter,” explains Keith Williamson, “and I’ve always been a bit of a fetishist about... well, you know.” From the large plate of delicious-looking food in front of me, I certainly did know. The beginning of March was in fact British Pie Week, and the event had inspired Keith to undertake some expert British pie-making in Madrid.

Keith with one of his perfect pies

You have to be brave to try to introduce British food to the Spanish market, but some expats have risen to the challenge, as Jeff Wiseman finds out from Madrid’s pie- and sausage-makers

Buy ’em Look for plump cherries, without cracks or mould. Once home, the cherries should be stored in the fridge. You can buy cherries from many fruit sellers and supermarkets around Madrid such as El Corte Inglés (C/Goya 76, Metro: Lista). They cost around 3.50 per kilo.

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Cook ’em As temperatures soar, cool down with an ice-cold jug of cherry sangria.

Ingredients 24 cherries, pitted; 4 peaches, cut in segments; 2 unwaxed oranges, juiced and peeled; some anise to taste; 4 whole cloves; 1 cinnamon stick; 3 tablespoons brown sugar; 1 bottle of good-quality Spanish wine; 100ml Brandy de Jerez; 100ml Cointreau; 400ml fizzy lemonade

Instructions Begin by mixing together the cherries, peaches, orange juice and peel, spices and sugar. Cover and leave to macerate for 12 hours in the fridge. When ready, add the bottle of wine, brandy, Cointreau and lemonade. Give it a good stir and add ice. Laura Edgecumbe

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Simon Hunter tries out a new gourmet Asian take-away


ell, the first thing to mention here is the décor. The walls need a good clean—there are red wine splashes here and there—and there’s an ominous damp patch in one corner. Plus it smells of cats and it really could do with a fresh coat of paint. But none of that has anything to do with Gingerboy, as it’s a take-away restaurant and we’re sampling its amazing food in my dingy old flat. In contrast, the set-up in this new venture is really rather swish. A small waiting area with a counter looks through a glass window into the kitchen, where a team of chefs toils at breakneck pace over red-hot woks and steaming saucepans.

Good to go The food is Asian fusion, the menu featuring a number of classics, such as Pad Thai ( 9.50), green curry ( 9.95) and chicken satay ( 5.95), as well as a few surprises, such as the gazpacho Thai ( 4.95), lamb hamburger ( 10.95) and fish and chips ( 14.95)—the latter dish is a mix of crunchy battered fish with tartare sauce. We opt for the spicy tom yam soup ( 6.95), with langoustines, ginger and lime, and Vietnamese spring rolls ( 5.95) to start. The flavour of the soup is fantastic, although there are a few very hard veg pieces that are best left unchewed. The same can be said of the spring rolls,

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What to drink this month

Albariño is by far the most famous and popular Spanish white, both at home and abroad. The grape after which the wine is named is native to northwestern Iberia, principally grown in Galicia and Portugal. Round there the climate, vastly different from other major regions in Spain, is Atlantic, where rain, wind, mild summers and cold winters with occasional frosts are the order of the day. It’s a hostile environment for grapes, which raises the price of a wine already in high demand. However, the hilly geography creates myriad micro-

which looked great, and had a soft outer layer, but were pretty tough to bite through. The overall impression was very positive, though, and was helped along by the little red chillies in the soup and the tangy sauce that came with the spring rolls. For our mains, we opted for the Pad Thai, which was out of this world—even better than some I’ve tried in Thailand. The green curry was also superb, and utterly addictive. The jasmin rice it came with ( 2.50) was also very well cooked and delicately fragrant.

Cold fusion At just under 40 (which includes a Singha beer I had while I waited for my order), it’s not a cheap option. But the authenticity of the food itself makes it well worthwhile— none of your arroz tres delicias rubbish here. Another plus point is the cute little containers the food comes in—just like the ones you see in American movies. Although after my 20-minute metro ride, the food did need a good reheat. Another bonus is that if you live in Chamberí, Salamanca, Chueca or Malasaña, they’ll bring it to you free. If you live a little further out, there’s a 2.95 delivery charge. We’ll definitely be calling Gingerboy again—although the cost will mean it’s a luxury rather than a regular option. I kind of hope it opens a restaurant soon, too—not least so that the chefs can see the faces of the diners as they get stuck in to some of the best Asian food Madrid has to offer.

Gingerboy, C/Murillo, 1, Plaza Olavide (Metro: Iglesia). Tel: 91 594 31 94. Tue-Sat 1-4pm, 8pm-midnight; Sun 1-4pm, 8-11pm.

Where? C/Guzmán el Bueno, 67 (Metro: Islas Filipinas). Tel: 91 544 23 82. Facebook: Cafetería HD When? Mon-Thur 9am12.30am; Fri-Sat 10am2am; Sun 10am-12.30am. What? Think of Cafetería HD like a cross between a 50s diner, a romantic French bistro, and a hamburger joint. Artsy blackand-white photos of customers adorn the walls, as do antique sunburst mirrors and a flatscreen TV (where old movies play, of course). We love the vintage touches, like the old malt machine and artfully battered tins of Phoscao cookies. People? Attractive 20-,30-, and 40-somethings sit on the barstools or at the intimate tables, which are the typical size of those in Parisian cafés. Read: This is an ideal place for a date. Drinks? Splurge on a gin and tonic made with Martin Miller’s gin and flavoured with liquorice and cinnamon ( 8.50) or one made with Brockmans and raspberries ( 9.50). Quality whiskies, bourbons, and rums are also highlighted on the drink menu. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the Warsteiner beer ( 2.60) and the König Ludwig Weissbier ( 3). Food? Hamburgers are the show-stopper here. You can get a traditional one (150 grams of meat) for 6.80. Top it with tomato, lettuce, onion, mayo, and Heinz ketchup. Perhaps you’ll want some fried yuca ( 2.50) to go with it. Or, throw caution to the wind and try one of the Hamburguesas World, like the mexicana, with rocket, guacamole, chipotle mayonnaise, and mozzarella ( 9.70). For dessert, a hearty waffle ( 5) will satisfy. Anything else? Though the origins of fusion cuisine (eg Mexican-style hamburgers, Thai pizza, sushi rolls with Spam, chocolate-banana egg rolls, and Indian tapas) are hotly debated, many think the most influential mixing of cuisines started in the 1970s, when chefs started to seriously pair French and Asian elements. Those that disregard the movement are wont to call it “confusion cuisine”. ■ MOLLY LORI

Bodegas Terras Gauda 2009 O Rosal DO: Rias Baixas. Steel tank fermentation. ~85 per cent Albariño, ~15 per cent Caiño Blanco. 12.5 per cent ABV. Available from Bodega Santa Cecilia ( €12.10

climates that produce distinctive wines of notable quality. This month we’ve chosen a producer with a reputation for excellence. Appearance A light gold, straw-coloured wine that promises a glass both refreshing and flavourful. Aroma A rich bouquet of apples, pears, peaches, green plums and lemon zest mixed with fresh herbs like dill and parsley. All elements are well blended but this is not an overly aromatic wine. Its best attributes are tasted. Taste Unlike with some other wines, you may note the texture of this medium-bodied white before any flavour. It’s slightly viscous, coating your mouth with a rounded cocktail of fruit and acidity. Immediately after, you taste those apples you smelt, both tart green and sweet cooking. There’s also ripe pear along with barely ripe peach, and the tart citrus zest. The soil of O Rosal is mostly alluvial, so the mineral content is not as high as other Albariños, though the Caiño blanco grape, grown in slate, contributes some. The vineyard grows most of its own grapes and looks for high sugar levels, allowing them to leave off tempering the acid of the fruit,

resulting in a bright, refreshing acidity. Try it with Albariño is excellent on its own, but really shines with food. Its acidity means it can pair with many cheeses in a way that most reds cannot. It mixes beautifully with a salty cured cheese like Manchego as well as the freshness of chevre. But, like the region, Albariño is known for excelling with fish. The combination is extraordinary, to the point that a glass will even take your average tuna melt to another level. It is perfect with many roasted and grilled fish, but one of the most perfect pairings is with sushi. Something about the wine’s combined fruit, acid, herb, and mineral qualities and the combination of rice, fish, and soy sauce makes it simply thrilling to experience. Final thoughts If you’re in Spain and like white wine, you’ve got to drink albariño. What’s more, you’ve got to try different ones to experience the multitude of possibilities available from a single varietal in such a small region. In Terras Gauda, an estate still using manual harvesting techniques and producing a host of great wines, you’ve got the perfect place to start. ■ THOMAS SPAETH

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t was very much a case of when rather than if José Mourinho would be confirmed as Real Madrid’s manager for next season. The man himself clearly knew where he was going before the season was up and before he’d won the Champions League with Inter. In early May Marca’s headlines screamed that he was coming, while incumbent manager Manuel Pellegrini almost certainly knew he was, even if no one had formally told him. It all finally came together on 2 June, when the man who was top of Real president Florentino Pérez’s list of most-wanted coaches last year arrived at the Bernabéu. For all Pellegrini’s efforts and despite the fact that Real Madrid reached their greatest points total ever under his stewardship, his days were numbered before he even got the job. He was always second choice. Marca was ready to call him out whenever the team failed, shouting “fuera” after Real were dumped out of the Champions League by Lyon. Although Florentino Pérez never admitted it in public, it was as clear as day that his loyalties did not lie with the Chilean. Once Mourinho’s Inter Milan did what was deemed the impossible and knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League, there was only going to be one man to replace Pellegrini. It even justified the total amount of money that Mourinho’s move will cost Madrid, an estimated 57 million according to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, once the cost of breaking his contract at Inter, sacking Pellegrini and paying Mourinho and his staff ’s extortionate wages over a three-year period had been taken into account.

A match made in heaven? In many ways, Madrid and Mourinho are perfect bed fellows. Both have histories steeped in success: the club boasts nine European Cups and 31 league titles to their name, while Mourinho has racked up six league titles, five domestic cups and three major European trophies with three separate teams in just ten years as a manager. Real Madrid like making statements of their superiority, most damningly last year when they broke the world transfer record twice in one week to sign Kaká and Ronaldo, while Mourinho is no stranger to publicity, calling himself “the special one” and never being afraid to make a controversial comment or 20 to the press. It’s easy to see why Marca was so happy to announce his imminent arrival at the Bernabéu—Mourinho’s quotes alone will be enough to get the papers flying off the shelves. So, what does Mourinho’s appointment mean for Real Madrid? First of all, and most importantly for all Madridistas, it gives them their best chance in recent memory of recapturing the European Cup. This is the trophy they have won nine times in their history, but haven’t had in their cabinet for eight years, while their hated enemies in Barcelona have won it twice in the last four. Mourinho has won the Champions League with two separate clubs, and neither of them—Porto in 2003/04 and Inter Milan, in 2009/10—were anyone’s favourites to lift the prize at the start of those respective seasons. So, if José can win Europe’s biggest trophy with two unfancied sides, winning it with a team boasting Xabi Alonso, Ronaldo, Higuaín, Kaká and Casillas should be a piece of cake. Mourinho’s proven record in the Champions League will more than likely buy him more time than any manager has had in Madrid’s recent history, as there is no one out there more qualified in winning European Cups than W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

him. Not that Mourinho can afford to be complacent—the longest stint any Real Madrid manager has had in the past 35 years is just three years, with a whopping 24 different managerial reigns in that time. Even if Mourinho succeeds at the club, he won’t be about to enjoy an Alex Ferguson-style dynasty. It’s just not in Madrid’s, or indeed Mourinho’s, nature.

The play’s the thing A more pertinent question is: how will Real Madrid play under the notoriously defensive-minded Mourinho? What’s more, will the club’s attacking-football-loving fans take to it? After all, this is the same club that sacked Fabio Capello—despite him winning them their first league title for four years—because of his supposedly negative approach to the game. Mourinho himself has told Spanish sports paper AS: “My Madrid will always play well, attack and will be winners”, but warned fans that “there will be times when we will have to face the game in a different manner”. As long as these moments are infrequent and result in Real winning the Champions League once more, the fans should tolerate it. But if things don’t quite go the way they should, Mourinho won’t be forgiven simply for being the man he is. This is Real Madrid after all, and they don’t accept failure lightly. Yet nor will Mourinho, a self-confessed control freak, accept any interfering from above in the transfer market, which could be a point of contention. Mourinho’s managerial methods favour taking older, experienced players and getting the best out of them at the end of their careers rather than going out and buying players just because of their reputations and their ability to sell shirts in the Far East, one of Pérez’s criteria in making a signing. Despite the financial resources he had at his disposal at Chelsea, Mourinho preferred getting in exceptionally reliable players rather than headline-grabbing superstars. When he did eventually give in to owner Roman Abramovich’s demands and signed players such as Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack, Chelsea failed to win the league the following season and Mourinho’s departure followed shortly after.

José’s shopping list Top of Mourinho’s Real shopping list are not exciting hot young prospects like Fabregas or Torres, but older, wise heads such as Ashley Cole, Maicon, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. “I like players in the final part of their careers,” Mourinho told AS. “I love to have some players who are 33 or 34 years old… they are players that you buy and you won’t recover this money, but if they give you good performances for two or three years you’ve got your money’s worth.” So how will it end? Can Mourinho’s Madrid put a stop to the recent monopolisation of La Liga by Barcelona, who have just added David Villa to their already mighty arsenal of forwards? By knocking Barca out of the Champions League last year at Inter and tactically outsmarting Pep Guardiola in the process, Mourinho has already proved he can do it and you’d be a fool to suggest otherwise. If nothing else, Mourinho’s ego means he more than matches the club’s ambitions, making no secret of his desire to become the first-ever manager to win the Spanish, English and Italian leagues and to be the first coach to lift three Champions Leagues with three different teams. Only time will tell if Madrid can unseat Barcelona next season, but at least this time around they have the best manager they could hope for to help them do it. J U LY 2 0 1 0


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Martin Parr Luxury Espacio Minimo C/Doctor Fourquet, 17 (Metro: Atocha/Lavapiés) Tel: 91 467 61 56. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, 4.30-8.30pm. Free. Until 23 July Parr is the man who photographed baked beans, mushy peas and bad weather in his bid to nail what being British is all about, and his kitsch sense of humour is just as evident in this collection of portraits of the cigar-smoking, fur-clad jet-set at fashion shows, horse races and other glamorous bashes around the planet. Writer Thomas Weski says eccentricities are

“treasured” in Parr’s photographs, and in Luxury there is no shortage of eccentrics—but they’re tempered with something else this time round. With the world in the stranglehold of the economic crisis, this look at people around the globe flashing their wealth could not be better timed. Parr’s photos of moneyed folk at Ascot, Moscow’s Millionaire Fair, and Sri Lanka’s Gold Cup show heads sometimes turned from the camera or cut off completely, seemingly anticipating a new age of austerity in which people are less ready to flaunt

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P° del Prado, s/n (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. TueSun 9am-8pm. 8. Turner and the Masters British Romantic painter JMW Turner’s competitive streak comes under scrutiny at El Prado’s summer blockbuster exhibition. It was not only Masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and Canaletto that Turner both emulated and tried to outdo, but also contemporaries such as John Constable. The Prado show features 80 paintings by Turner, his contemporaries and the Masters. Decide for yourself which painters he aced and which got the better of him. Until 19 Sept

P° del Prado, 8 (Metro: Banco de España). Tel: 91 369 01 51. Tues-Sun 10am-7pm. 8. Ghirlandaio and the Renaissance in Florence Domenico Ghirlandaio’s 1489 portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni—part of the Thyssen’s collection—is the starting point for this exhibition that surveys Florentine portraiture in the 15th century. Until 10 Oct

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. C/Santa Isabel, 52 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 774 10 00. MonSat 10am-9pm; Tues closed; Sun 10am-2.30pm. 6 general admission, 3 temporary exhibition, free: Mon, Wed-Fri, 7–9pm, Sat 2.30-9pm and Sun 10am-2.30pm New Realisms: 1957-1962 An exhibition focusing on temporal art actions rather than art objects. Until 4 Oct

their wealth. Not that documenting pre-crisis ostentation was Parr’s objective when he set out. The pictures, he told The Drawbridge, obliquely speak of an increasing demand from countries like China and India for oil and other goods. A demand that means the resources that the West has always taken for granted might not be so readily available in the future. But whether viewed from their accidental or intentional perspective, the pictures bear witness to worlds that are either disappearing or have gone already.

Círculo de Bellas Artes C/Alcalá, 42 (Metro: Sevilla/Banco de España). Tel: 91 360 54 00. Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, 5-9pm; Sun 11am-2pm. 1. Madrid, Oh Cielos! The sky over Madrid has been many a photographer’s muse. This exhibition includes work by contemporary Spanish photographers who fell under its spell. Among them Francesc Català Roca, Chema Madoz and Alberto García-Alix. Until 15 Sept

Other galleries Untitled: James Casebere Casebere breaks the generally accepted rule that photography deals in realism more than other art mediums by building models— invariably related to architecture—and then photographing them. As well as tunnels with water flooding through, we have aerial shots of idyllic suburban communities of flat-pack houses at daybreak and dusk. Eerily devoid of narrative, they’re all the more unsettling for it. Galería Helga de Alvear, C/Doctor Fourquet, 12 (Metro: Atocha/Lavapiés) Tel: 91 468 05 06. Tue-Sat 11am-2pm, 4.30-6.30pm. Free. Until 31 July

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er. Sala Alcalá, C/Alcalá, 31 (Metro: Sevilla) Tel: 91 720 81 22. Tue-Sat 11am-8.30pm; Sun 11am-2pm. Freee. Until 22 Aug

Bureaucratic Beauty Italian artist Ruggero Rosfer and Chinese artist Shaokun have collaborated to produce these 12 portraits. Rosfer is behind the camera and Shaokun is in front, offering her body as a canvas to

and a 1994 installation called Don’t Wake Daddy by the late German artist Kippenberger land in Madrid this month. Galería Juana de Aizpuru, C/Barquillo, 44 (Metro: Chueca). Tel: 91 310 55 61. Mon 4.308.30pm; Tue--Sat 10.30am-2pm, 4.30-8.30pm. Free. Until 31 July

Pere Formiguera, De Vuelta Catalan photographer Formiguera, a key figure in the development of Spanish photography over the last decades, exhibits hybrids of Polaroid photographs and painting. Galería Blanca Berlin, C/Limon, 28 (Metro: Noviciado/Plaza de España/San Bernardo) Tel: 91 542 93 13. Mon 5-9pm, Tue-Sat 10am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. Free. Until 11 Sept

Calves and Thighs: Juergen Teller Off-kilter fashion shoots and autobiography all refreshingly rough-roundthe-edges from the London-based German photographLandscape 1

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depict the gulf that has opened between the cultural, spiritual and moral values of rural China, where she was raised, and the metropolises where the effects of the West and globalisation have eroded tradition. Aranapoveda Proyecto Arte Galería, C/Fúcar, 12 (Metro: Anton Martin). Tel: 91 389 60 73. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-9pm; Sat 11am-2pm. Free. Until 15 July

Mike Kelley and Martin Kippenberger Forty collages and drawings by Detroit-born multimedia artist Kelley Don’t Wake Daddy

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Simon Boccanegra Have you been meaning to make it to the opera but not yet had the chance? Now’s the time to get your act together. This month, Giancarlo del Monaco brings Giuseppe Verdi’s 1857 opera set in 14thcentury Genoa to the Teatro Real. In a prologue and three acts, the deep, dark voices of the mainly male cast (there is only one female character) includes names well known to aficionados such as Albanian soprano Inva Mula, Romanian Angela Gheorghiu and baritones Carlos Álvarez and Plácido Domingo. With seat prices starting at 3, reserve early so as not to miss your chance for a dark, shadowy night at the opera. Teatro Real, Plaza Isabel II, s/n (Metro: Ópera/Sol). Tickets (Box Office: 90 224 48 48; 3- 242. 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29 July, 8pm. 17-29 July

Ensayando Querelle This adaptation of Jean Genet’s 1953 novel Querelle of Brest takes the audience on a provocative, gritty journey featuring unexpected turns aplenty. Director Manuel Carcedo Sama and seven cast members create their own interpretation of this mod-

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ern tragedy, which is set in a port town where murder becomes synonymous with sailors and the sea. Protagonist Querelle ventures through various scenes of defiant and indomitable sexuality, where much is open to interpretation. Karpas Teatro, C/Santa Isabel, 19 (Metro: Antón Martín). Tel: 91 539 62 36. . Tickets (, 1415. Wed-Fri 9pm; Sat 7pm, 9.30pm; Sun 7pm. Until 1 Aug

Monstruos: Catálogo de Perversos A humorous and at times grotesque portrait of human egoism, greed and evil, this is unlikely not to highlight at least one of your own flaws through the characters on stage. Written and directed by Maria Weiner, who has won awards for previous productions De Velorios y Verbenas and Sin Dios, this is a truly original piece of cabaret. A mix of theatre, dance, vaudeville, clowning and puppetry, it also features one more unique twist—the company invites the audience to bring their own food, along with a check picnic blanket if desired. Drinks are on the house, so pack your picnic basket with sandwiches, a tortilla and toothpicks and head out for a night of unexpected surprises! Teatro Pradillo, C/Pradillo, 12 (Metro: Concha Espina/Alfonso XIII). Tel: 91 416 90 11. Tickets (90 248 84 88; 6- 16. Wed-Sat 9pm. 7-31 July

Shakespeare para Ignorantes All the Shakespeare characters that never got the chance to shine now take centre stage in this production directed by Quico Cadaval. The opening scene takes place at an academic conference where a prestigious professor is giving a talk on Shakespeare. To help the audience understand the content of his speech, he asks for


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the help of two talented but unemployed actors, MOFA&BEFA. The rest unfolds as these two act out some of the great bard’s most ignored scenes featuring characters from works such as Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. MOFA&BEFA, played by Evaristo Calvo and Víctor Mosqueira, are a contemporary comedy duo who established themselves in Galicia 18 years ago. Excerpts from their first production, Para Ser Exactos, have become part of the Galician theatrical canon. With the help of their sarcasm, Shakespeare becomes comprehensible to those with only the most basic knowledge of his great work. Teatro de Madrid, Avda de la Illustración, s/n (Metro: Barrio del Pilar/Herrera Oria). Tel: 91 740 52 74. Tickets (91 730 17 50, 12- 16. Tue-Sat 8.30pm. 14-24 July

Pegados A somewhat ridiculous story of two young people who meet in a discoteca, have sex in the bathroom and then realise they are literally stuck with each other! Sent to hospital, they are put in bed together while they wait for the doctor, while the nurse looking after them gives little importance to their unusual situation. Situations both tense and comical unfold along the course of this musical production, which is sure to get you laughing. Teatro Arenal, C/Mayor, 6 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 523 76 79. Tickets (theatre box office or entradas.ccom) 15- 18. Thur 8pm; Fri-Sun 8.30pm. Through July

Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Almagro Now in its 33rd year, the Almagro festival originally took place in the 17th-century Corral de Comedias theatre, but has since expanded to over 20 other venues. Hosted by the historic town of Almagro, situated 180 kilometres outside Madrid in Ciudad W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M


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Real province (a 50-minute train ride on the AVE), it brings together an international array of professionals who are interested in the influence of classical theatre on the contemporary stage. Half of the festival tickets had already been sold by June, and some shows’ capacities and running dates have been extended. Among the most-anticipated of the theatre, music and dance performances on offer are, on 2 and 3 July, Degustación de Titus Andrónicus, which unfolds in front of a standing audience and culminates in a gastronomic banquet provided by the famous Mugaritz restaurant in País Vasco. Based on the original work by Pedro Calderón de la Barca and humorously but faithfully adapted and enacted by Héctor Noguera, La Vida es un Sueño is another production that has already seen pre-sales soar with its two planned dates now expanded to four. Put on by Chilean company Teatro Camino, it runs from 2 to 4 July. For more info, visit www.festivalde 1-25 July

Known for his expertise in orthodox flamenco, Rafael Amargo has exhibited his talent on some of the most prestigious stages in the world. Princesas del Flamenco covers a broad range of palos (styles) in nine pieces with music directed by Juan Parilla. Two Andalusian dancers, Susana Lupiañez, La Lupi, and Carmen Rivas, La Talegona, are joined by Amargo to produce a night of intense flamenco interpretations. Teatro Häagen-Dazs Calderón, C/Atocha, 18 (Metro: Tirso de Molina/Sol). Tickets (,, 25- 53. Thur 9pm; Fri 10pm; Sat 7.30pm, 10.30pm; Sun 7.30pm. 1-4 July.

Escuela Bolera Celebrating its 30th year, El Ballet Nacional de España’s latest show embraces the bolero, a Spanish dance genre known throughout the world but rarely performed on national stages. In this “exercise of memory”, director José Antonio Ruiz hopes to provide an emotionally moving anthology for young people, offering them a chance to develop an appreciation for a national genre in danger of disappearing. Teatro Zarzuela, C/Jovellanos, 4 (Metro: Sevilla). Tel: 91 524 54 00. Tickets ( 9- 36. Tue-Sat 8pm; Sun 6pm. 8-18 July.

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

The Wave Pictures Susan Rode the Cyclone Moshi Moshi Susan Rode the Cyclone is London-based three-piece The Wave Pictures’ third album in three years and it’s a record that leaves me both relieved they’re still writing great songs and disappointed their sound hasn’t moved on much since 2008’s Instant Coffee Baby. Not that anything ever needed fixing—the band’s sparse, homemade sound always did it for me, and the fact that it’s totally guitar-centric is more than made up for by some excellent playing that makes you think: “Hey, guitar solos are actually quite cool after all.” But a new album should really be more than just a bunch of new songs played and recorded in exactly the same way. That said, it’s still a beautiful recording and worth listening to for David Tattersall’s song-writing alone, his voice somewhere between vulnerable and volatile, his lyrics marrying the sublime and the slightly silly. “We played in a dust cloud like Pig Pen in Peanuts,” he proclaims in “American Boom”, his romanticism tempered by knowing winks. There’s not a bell or a whistle in sight, but it doesn’t matter because The Wave Pictures do the essential things better than most.

Doing the Doo Jack Coory talks to high-flying Highlander Marcus Doo about earning success on the Spanish music scene with his group the Secret Family

Robyn Body Talk Pt 1 Island It’s been an age since Swedish pop singer-songwriter Robyn first topped the charts with “Show Me Love”. After the success of single “With Every Heartbeat” she’s arguably more popular than ever, to the point where she’s now planning to put out not one but three albums this year in a series called Body Talk. Part 1 has just been released, a strident collection of songs that frankly wipes the floor with electro pop peers Little Boots and La Roux in terms of musical and lyrical ideas, production and that all-important subversive attitude. It starts off with the unlikely-to-be-a-single “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do”, in which in ice-cool hipster fashion Robyn delivers a list of all those things that are “killing her”—her drinking, her smoking, her heels, her ego, her phone—over a beat that nods to Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. An obnoxious touch maybe, but Robyn’s no longer an artist who needs to compromise, and considering the reggae-tinged, Diplo-produced “Dancehall Queen” and the infectious “Dancing On My Own” with its narrative of jilted love, this can only be a good thing.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Before Today 4AD Californian rockers Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have put together a record as weird and intriguing as their own band name suggests. An obscure, reclusive artist, Ariel Pink has been recording his lo-fi songs for over a decade, but it’s only now he’s upped production values by setting foot in a proper studio. The result, Before Today, owes much to 60s psychedelia (Love and The Doors are definite influences), though the composition style is more akin to Frank Zappa—surprising changes of tempo, clear sections to songs and odd sound combinations, such as traffic noise mixed with a free jazz sax. The humour of Zappa is there too, though in more puerile form, as in the tongue-in-cheek, but still silly “Menopause Man” and the noisy ironic metal of “Butt-House Blondies”, both songs that might cater for a pre-pubescent audience. At times the oddness can feel like a collection of stoners’ in-jokes, but at its best, this is a strikingly original album, with some superb arrangements. The circular Michael Jackson-style bass-line and gorgeous harmonies of “Round and Round” and the cover of 60s garage number “Bright Lit Blue Skies” are both well worth a look on YouTube, even if you don’t buy the album.

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Madrid label Mushroom Pillow is pinning its hopes on Valencian five-piece Polock to put the cat among the pigeons this summer festival season. The group’s debut LP Getting Down from the Trees should win them friends with its upbeat guitars and synths creating the type of indie dance music of which label-mates Delorean would probably approve. But for the most part it’s standard fare—melodic song-writing, complete with dodgy English accents and lyrics that verge on the nondescript (the chorus of “Sometimes”, “Sometimes I love you / Sometimes you make me feel so fine” is a prime example). The group’s at its strongest when the vocals aren’t quite so prominent—“Nice to Meet You” starts with a keyboard solo that is then taken up by the guitar, with vocals not coming in until well over a minute. Likewise in “Defenceless”, vocals frame the song at the beginning and end, allowing the rhythm section to build up a groove and ambient guitars and keyboard to create a mood that the returning vocal then complements. Polock are a tight band who would perhaps be fun to see live, but there’s nothing much that sparkles here.

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Unfortunately it is.” So goes Marcus Doo’s response to the question, “Is that your real name?” Personally, I’m inclined to believe a strange surname is a good thing for anyone with musical aspirations. It’s the first thing people hear of you, the initial stamp of identity that your music will (hopefully) build upon. “Doo” sounds witty and playful, almost fictional, yet becomes increasingly normal the more you say it. I doubt I’m not alone in remarking that anyone with musical aspirations should also have creativity, a strong sense of melody and a few interesting anecdotes. If only for these factors, Marcus Doo and the Secret Family seem to be heading in the right direction.

Doo it all Coming from the Scottish highlands, Doo has been playing with band guitarist Dave Sergeant since they were 17. They had both been involved in the Glasgow scene together before deciding to move to Spain to teach English, with Doo first heading to Granada and Sergeant to Madrid. Once Doo had popped over to the capital for an open mic night, the seeds of the band were already sown, with drummer Greg Gobel the organiser. Various jamming sessions ensued, followed by two further recruits: bassist Fabrice Gamon and vocalist Rocío León. Having been together for just over a year, Marcus Doo and the Secret Family are set to appear at Spain’s legendary Benicàssim music festival this summer after winning the Proyecto Demo 10 competition on TVE’s La 2. An impressive achievement by anybody’s standards. As the five-piece’s name suggests, Doo is the focal point. But that’s not to say the writing process is completely one-sided, something that Doo is at pains to highlight. “Everyone adds something of their own. I write the basic structure of a song and then the band adds to it. Everyone has their different styles coming from different musical backgrounds.” A finger-picking guitarist at heart, Doo sees the collaborative nature of the band as an important part of making their songs more creative. “Dave’s always liked minimalist stuff and fiddled about with pedals and effects. I’ve always done folky stuff. Our drummer Greg can play pretty much anything, so we have a lot of variety.” Their songs are melodic, with León’s vocals bordering on masterful. They’re markedly well worked, something which Doo attributes to the talent of every band member.

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Benicàssim. Taking a moment to listen to their songs, one of the last places it evokes is a sweltering hot desert near Valencia. Their songs might be recorded in the heart of Spain, but it’s clear there’s appreciation for the comforts of Doo’s Highlands home, something the man himself is happy to admit. “Growing up I read a lot of British poetry and now I’m living abroad, I find that imagery of the UK has become more important to me. I suppose it gains more significance when you’re away from it.” This is symbolised most vividly and powerfully on stand-out track “Teddy Bear”, where Doo hymns “bring me home/take me home” above a hypnotic electric guitar. Having said that, when I ask about what kind of place Madrid is for a new band, Doo is unequivocal. “Living in Madrid is fantastic. I prefer Madrid to Glasgow. There are lots of places to play, lots of variation and a more relaxed vibe. We feel free to express ourselves. You get used to fitting in with everything

back home, but here you’re free to be yourself.”

Doo it up It’s then that Doo tells a choice anecdote that might have come straight from some 10-step indie musician’s guide to making it big. The demo that set them on their way was recorded in a studio after they’d broken in and recorded all night. “We did the demo with a guy who works in a studio, so one night we snuck in there after it closed and we recorded the demo there for 15 hours. We were stupidly ambitious. We tried to do as much as possible. Those 15 hours were the best we recorded.” Now after establishing themselves so quickly, the Family are keen to keep up their momentum and have just finished recording their new album, which remains untitled, but should be ready for the autumn to coincide with a tour of Spain. Doo has nothing but praise for the record’s producer Luca Petricca. “He was fantastic. He liked the songs—he knew them before we started recording. The album is as much his as it is ours, really.” Sipping a caña on a sunny Madrid terrace, Doo reflects on his writing techniques. “Sometimes when I have a story that I want tell, I actually find it easier with a hangover.” If things keep on going the way they are, he can expect a few more of those.

Marcus Doo and the Secret Family play the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim on 18 July. J U LY 2 0 1 0



live listings



BOITE C/Tetuan, 27 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 522 96 20. 7 July: Ramming Speed 8 July: 20 Segundos 9 July: Nevermind 15 July: Eliah Domus 16 July: Junior McKenzie

Erykah Badu Sat 17 July Escenario Puerta del Ángel, Avda de Portugal, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Ángel) om €36-€72 fro Known as the “First Lady of Neo Soul”, North American Badu manages to seamlessly combine R&B, hip hop and old school jazz to produce a luscious, varied sound that more often than not makes a hard-hitting political statement as well as soothes the ears. Her 1997 debut Baduizm was met with phenomenal critical and commercial success, and saw her clean up at the 1998 Grammys. Her latest effort, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), the follow-up to the politically charged Part One, is perhaps her most personal and philosophical record yet, and the influence of a slew of co-producers across different genres gives it a superior and seductive soul quality. An excellent and extremely charming live performer, you can catch Erykah on the 17th as part of the Veranos de la Villa concert series.

SALA CARACOL C/Sebastián Elcano, 18 (Metro: Embajadores). Tel: 91 527 35 94. 2 July: Festival Microfusa 3 July: Moho 10 July: 5th Monster Pedal

CONTRA CLUB C/Bailén, 16 (Metro: Ópera). Tel: 91 523 15 11. 1 July: A Contra Blues 8 July: Jvera Trio con Angela Cervantes 10 July: Michelle and the New Spielbergs 15 July: Marta Tchai 16 July: Fiesta de Verano Lengua de Trapo 17 July: Maratta 22 July: De Ferre Solo 29 July: GipsyJam 30 July: Maiensy 31 July: Escambi + Invitados

For more on Veranos de la Villa, see p7

COSTELLO CLUB C/Caballero de Gracia, 10 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 522 18 15. 1 July: O’Shiri Naits 2 July: Buena Esperanza + Orleans 3 July: Fiesta Mata a tus Idolos 4 July: The Secret Society and Nine Stories 5 July: Pablo Galiano + Arvol 8 July: Costello Surf Party 9 July: Cohete + Los Clavelles 10 July: Nick Garrie 12 July: Urban Tactus + Mursego 13 July: Casadelava + AA Tigre

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Devendra Banhart Sat 10 July Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 366 54 39 €23 from Looking like Jesus (only with more hair) and sounding like no one you have ever heard of, singersongwriter and visual artist Devendra Obi (as in Obi Wan!) Banhart is in a class all of his own. With roots in Venezuela, Texas and California, Banhart’s music is as eclectic and freespirited as his unconventional upbringing. Described by one critic as “slightly manic yet strangely endearing”, he has been likened to a young Van Morrison, John Lennon and Jeff Buckley respectively, which is not bad for someone who is still the right side of 30. Performing with his most recent offering, What Will We Be, Banhart manages to please hippies (both old and young), indie kids, folk-rockers and students alike with his unique and quite frankly incomparable style of charming freak-folk. Well worth checking out at Joy on the 10th.


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Morcheeba Wed 14 July Sala Heineken, C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 547 57 11 €30 from After a break of several years and the loss of vocalist Skye Edwards, British trip-hop/rock and rhythm group Morcheeba have returned, with the lovely Edwards back on board, to delight listeners with their soulful and sexy sound. Blood Like Lemonade is their seventh album, and binds together down-tempo grooves with folk and country flavours in a beautiful end-result that just screams “summer”. Deliciously easy to listen to, a Morcheeba gig cannot help but make you smile.

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Tue 27 July Teatro Lope de Vega, Gran Vía, 57 (Metro: Santo Domingo). Tel: 91 547 20 11 om €10-€30 fro With band leader Thomas Lauderdale urging you to consider them as playing “music of the world as opposed to world music”, this 12-member “little orchestra” from Oregon aim to provide the soundtrack to your life with their multi-lingual, often great, sometimes naff and always retro sound. Impossible to pigeonhole (unless retro-lounge-piano-operapop-cha-cha show tunes can be considered a musical genre), their debut track “Sympathique” (sung in French) was an overnight sensation in France. Since then the group have explored more languages and musical styles than you can shake a stick at. Their latest album, Splendor in the Grass, continues the musical madness, and includes my personal favourite, Ninna Nanna, sung in Neapolitan (naturally). Sexy, sassy and smart, a night out with Pink Martini will provide you with that retro-lounge-piano-opera-pop-chacha-show-tune fix you didn’t even know you needed.

The Dandy Warhols Sun 1 Aug, Sala Heineken, C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 547 57 11. €22 from Alejandro Sanz 8 Sept, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tel: 91 258 60 16. €32.50-€232 from Limp Bizkit 12 Sept, Palacio Vistalegre, C/Utebo, 1 (Metro: Vistalegre). Tel: 91 422 07 81. €28 from Goldfrapp 25 Sept, La Riviera, Paseo Virgen del Puerto (Metro: Principe Pio/Puerta del Ángel). , Tel: 91 365 24 15. €26 from Elton John 2 Oct, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan 99 (Metro: Goya/O Donnell). Tel: 91 258 60 16. €45-€120 from Massive Attack 8 Oct, Palacio Vistalegre, C/Utebo, 1 (Metro: Vistalegre). Tel: 91 422 07 81. Guns N’Roses 9 Oct, Palacio Vistalegre, C/Utebo, 1 (Metro: Vistalegre). Tel: 91 422 07 81. €50 from Sting 30 Oct, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tel: 91 258 60 16. €53-€142.50 from Lady Gaga 12 Dec, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tel: 91 258 60 16. €57-€96 from MGMT 17 Dec, La Riviera, Pº Bajo de la Virgen, s/n (Metro: Príncipe Pío/Puerta del Ángel). €25 from

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14 July: Remate + Kokoshca 15 July: Joaquin Pascual + Palisandro 16 July: Furguson + Luger 17 July: Challenger + Alado Sincera 18 July: Duo Cobra + Kiev Cuando Nieva 19 July: Nestor et Compagnie 20 July: Nestor et Compagnie + Senior 22 July: Noche Movistar 23 July: Guillemka 24 July: Ambros Chapel 25 July: Lulla 28 July: Gastmans 29 July: Meneo 30 July: Algora 31 July: Mequetrefe

SALA GALILEO GALILEI C/Galileo, 100 (Metro Islas Filipinas/Canal). Tel: 91 534 75 57. 1 July: Javier Ruibal 2 July: Monologos de Bollería Fina 3 July: Tókalo 4 July: Odalisca 5 July: Taboo 6 July: Concierto Presentación de la colección GET-WEDI 7 July: Luís Pastor 8 July: Mala Suerte 9 July: Rebeca Jiménez 10 July: Alvaro Fraile 11 July: Yhemel 12 July: DVersion 13 July: Luis Ramiro 14 July: Nolascoff 15 July: Gato Nieve + Outro Jazz 16 July: Fulanos y La Mengana Band + Orquestra Pinha 17 July: Lichis & Friends 19 July: Cuban Sound Project 20 July: El Viejo Club – Homenaje al Cabaret 21 July: Faemino y Cansado 22 July: Faemino y Cansado 23 July: Marta Gómez 24 July: La Ultima apuesta 26 July: Esfumato 27 July: Ou Yeah Festival 28 July: Biodramina Mood 29 July: Tontxu

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live listings/cont’d 20 July: Alex O Dogherty y La Banda de María



dance & mixed

SALA HEINEKEN C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 547 57 11. 8 July: Tachenko 14 July: Morcheeba 15 July: Canned Heat

JOY ESLAVA C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 366 54 39. 2 July: Os Mutantes 10 July: Devendra Banhart 15 July: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 19 July: Johnny Winter

MOBY DICK Avda del Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 91 556 17 44. 21 July: Mark Eitzel 28 July: Vivian Girls

CAFÉ LA PALMA C/Palma, 62 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel: 91 522 50 31. 1 July: Kintaro & Figu 2 July: JF Sebastian 3 July: The Browns 8 July: 935 + Fasther 9 July: The Ladies 10 July: The Corianders 15 July: Mandarina y El Fruto de Ultrmar 16 July: Jet Black 17 July: The Tasty Grooves 22 July: 3N + La Maldición de Malinche 24 July: Magnetica 29 July: The Thaykhay 30 July: La Loba 31 July: My Left Hand

SALA EL SOL C/Jardines, 3 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 532 64 90. 24 June: Deer Park Mirage

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

Celtic/folk Molly Malone’s tel: 91 594 16 35 Dubliner’s tel: 91 522 75 09 O’Neill’s tel: 91 521 20 30 Triskel Tavern tel: 91 523 27 83 The Irish Rover tel: 91 597 48 11 Taberna Elisa tel: 91 369 74 26 Finbar’s tel: 91 548 37 93

CLUB COLORS, Laydown, Plaza de los Mostenses, 9 (Plaza de España). First & third Fri of the month, 12.30am-3am. Dance, sit, or even lie down while listening to the beats inspired by different electronic and dance genres at this “sexy groove session”. COPOLACLUB, c/San Hermenegildo, 7 (San Bernardo/Noviciado). Wed-Sun 11pm-3.30am. Funky disco-bar with jazz, soul, pop and chilled house upstairs and electronica and techno downstairs. Test out your DJ skills on weeknights. €

6am. From the creators of the epic Ocho y Medio comes Elastico Flexiclub. Every week DJs, plus residents Scream, Luiliminili and Smart, play upbeat indie pop tunes with an electronic twist. €€ ESPIRAL POP, c/San Andrés, 23 (Tribunal/Bilbao). Wed-Sun 11pm-3am. Pop and electro pop at this funky café with featured DJs. € INDEPENDANCE CLUB, c/Santa Engracia, 26 (Alonso Martínez). Thur-Fri-Sat midnight-6am. New venue playing popular, danceable indie-pop and rock. Email with your full name, number of people and day attending for free entry! € SALA TABOO, c/San Vicente Ferrer, 23 (Tribunal).

Club Over @ Charada Check out this brand-spankingnew club night, opened since the beginning of June, to catch live bands, guest DJ sets and some excellent resident beat spinners. Nights so far have featured sets from crazily psychedelic band Hidrogenesse and superstar Spanish DJ Aitor Molina, who opened last year’s Sonar electronic music festival in Barcelona. Held every Saturday, this is definitely one to consider when planning your weekend festivities. Club Over @ Charada, C/La Bola, 13 (Opera). Sat. Free before midnight.

FOROCIO.COM FIESTA DE INTERCAMBIO, Sala Torero, c/Cruz, 26 (Sevilla). Wed. Meet people from all over the world at this awesome international party. € JOY ESLAVA, c/Arenal, 11 (Sol). Daily 11.30pm6am. Hosting lots of guest bands and DJs, Joy attracts a mixed crowd who get all dolled up to dance to an eclectic mix of music. €€ KAPITAL, c/Atocha, 125 (Atocha). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. Over-the-top seven-floor macro-club playing everything from house to hip hop to Spanish pop. €€€ NEU!CLUB, Sala Galileo Galilei, c/Galileo, 100 (Islas Filipinas). Sat 9.30pm-5.30am. Electronica, bluegrass, Motown, 60s, rock and pop during the musical, cultural and audiovisual nights, plus live music and DJ sessions. €€ OCHO Y MEDIO, c/Mesonero Romanos, 13, corner of Gran Vía, 34 (Callao). Fri 1-6am. Popular night featuring electro-disco, bastard-pop, punk-rock, new wave and post-punk. €€ OUI MADRID, c/Jorge Juan, 99 (Goya). Thur-Sat midnight-3am. Start the night off right at this chic restaurant which turns into a nightclub around midnight. Take the elevator to the top floor and dive into the crush of people. Don’t forget to dress to the nines! €€€ PACHA, c/Barcelo, 11 (Tribunal). Thur-Sat midnight6am. Ultra-classy Pacha, a major force in Madrid since the 80s, now plays house, hip hop and commercial music on three floors. Worth a try, but leave those Converse at home! €€€ REINA BRUJA, c/Jacometrezo, 6 (Callao/Santo Domingo). Fri-Sat 11pm-5.30am. Well-mixed, popular hip hop and R&B for the fashionable youth of Madrid. €€ YA’STA, c/Valverde, 10 (Gran Vía). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. Thursdays are jazz, funk and soul, Fridays are dirty rock and electro, and Saturdays are techno and psychedelic trance. Talk about a complete weekend! €€

indie pop & rock ELÁSTICO FLÉXICLUB, Sala Moon, c/Aduana, 21 (entrance by Montera street) (Gran Vía). Sat 1-

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: Cheap : A bit more pricey : Damn! That’s expensive! Dress to impress and dance the night away to house and progressive house provided by some truly talented DJs: Hugo Serra, Iván Pica and Pombo. €€€ ELIXIR, Changó, c/Luchana (corner of Covarrubias) (Iglesia/Bilbao). Sat midnight-6am. A classy venue with good-looking people, hot go-gos, decadent design and dance music till dawn. €€€ LOW CLUB, Sala Pirandello 1, c/Princesa, 3 (Plaza de España). Fri-Sat midnight-6am. Spend your weekends dancing away to resident and international DJs spinning the latest electro and techno beats. €€€ MOMA 56, c/José Abascal, 56 (Gregorio Marañon). Wed-Sat midnight-6am. Dance

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shows, such as Psicosis Gonsales and In Drag. €€ LA BOCA DEL LOBO, c/Echegaray, 11 (Sevilla). Wed-Sat 10.30pm-3.30am. Rock, funk, electronic jazz and rare groove served up four nights a week, plus live music. €€ COSTELLO, c/Caballero de Gracia, 10 (Gran Vía). Daily 6pm-3am. Everything from funk and electronic jazz to pop, rare groove and rock music. €€ EL JUGLAR, c/Lavapiés, 37 (Lavapiés). Daily midnight-3am. Get your daily dose of funk, house, reggae and breaks at this neighbourhood hotspot. € EL JUNCO, Plaza Santa Bárbara, 10 (Alonso Martínez). Daily 11pm-6am. Late-night funk and electronic jazz. €€ MARULA CAFÉ, c/Caños Viejos, 3 (La Latina). Daily 10.30pm-6am. Come and get your funk on at the palace of funk, also known as Marula Café. € SWEET FUNK CLUB, c/Doctor Cortezo, 1 (Sol/Tirso de Molina). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. Feel free to get a little dirty at this hip-hop club near Sol. €


Thur-Sat 11pm-5.30am. Hosting both concerts and DJs, this Malasaña venue has it all, from funky electronica to punk-rock to triphop by upcoming artists. Watch out for its indie night, Dots Club, on Thursdays. €€ TRANSMISSION CLUB, Sala Star Studio 54, Plaza del Carmen, 3, lower floor (Sol). Fri 11pm-3am. Here’s a bar with a heavy musical focus, even mixing up the styles—postpunk, gothic, 80s and more—depending on the night. € TUPPERWARE, c/Corredera Alto de San Pablo, 26 (Tribunal). Wed-Sun 10pm-3am. Super-kitsch design and an indie-pop vibe that gets everyone dancing. € WILD THING BAR, c/Martín Machio, 2 (corner Padre Claret) (Alfonso XIII). Sun-Thur 9pm-close, Fri-Sat 10pm-close. DJs rock this artsy bar with 90s and indie greats every night of the week. Make sure you take advantage of its happy hour on Thursdays from 9pm to 1am, when beers are only €2! €

electro, house, techno & drum’n’bass AUDIUM, c/Ventura Rodríguez, 7 (Ventura Rodríguez). Sat 1-7am. Non-stop techno and deep house music from RedSonja, Miguel Mendoza, Xpansul and more. €€ CAPOTE, c/Santa Teresa, 3 (Alonso Martínez). Tues-Sat 10pm-5am. This little gem of a bar puts on a good show with resident DJs Timo and Roberto Jean. Enjoy some tasty house music to whet your appetite. €€ CASSETTE CLUB, Sala Boite, c/Tetuan, 27 (Sol). Sun midnight-6am. Electro to help ease you into the working week with a smile on your face. A cool night for a cool crowd. €€ DARK HOLE, Sala Flamingo, c/Mesonero Romanos, 13 (Callao/Gran Vía). Sat 1-6am. Madrid’s unofficial gothic headquarters. Listen to dark ambient, electro and goth music until dawn. €€ DOMINION CLUB, Sala Jala Jala, c/la Puebla, 6 (Callao/Gran Vía). Fri 10.30pm-3am. Resident DJs Fran Raven and guests spin a dark mix of EBM, dark electro, synth pop, industrial electro and future pop. FREE DU:OM, Sala Heineken, c/Princesa, 1 (Plaza de España). Fri-Sat midnight-6am.

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to resident DJ Koke’s tunes at this disco bar. €€ MONDO, Sala Stella, c/Arlabán, 7 (Sevilla). ThurSat 0.30-6am. Funk and electronica feature in this fantastic venue located smack dab in the centre of town. Fridays lean more towards house, techno and electro under the night’s pseudonym, The Room. This is a place you nightowls won’t want to miss! €€ OHM, Plaza Callao, 4 (Callao). Fri-Sat midnight6am. Great house DJs, great people and a great vibe. And don’t miss Weekend on Sundays, which features funky house. €€ 69 PÉTALOS, Avda Alberto de Alcocer, 32 (Cuzco/Colombia). Fri 11pm-6am. With a shake-up of funk, RnB and popular house, plus cabaret, ludicrous outfits and general debauchery, the totally fabulous 69 Pétalos will leave you begging for more. €€ SUPERKLUB, Sala COOL, Isabel la Católica, 6 (Santo Domingo). Sun midnight-6am. Sunday evenings just got better than ever, with Superklub spilling non-stop house music into your Monday morning as if the weekend was never going to end. €€€ TWIST CLUB, Sala Wind, c/Montera, 25 (entrance in Plaza del Carmen) (Gran Vía). Thur midnight6am. By far the best drum ‘n’ bass night around. Head over and get hooked on music from Xol and you’re sure to have your Thursday nights booked. €€ VOODOO CLUB, Sala Moon, c/Aduana, 21 (Sol). Fri midnight-6am. Voodoo is a brand new Friday club session that caters for all the urban tribes, an offbeat night with a wide music policy covering the whole broken beats spectrum (from hip hop, dubstep and breaks to dirty electro and drum&bass). Whether it’s on the main dancefloor with its booming sound system and amazing light show, in the intimate backroom or at the chill-out bar, you’ll just love the venue and the cosmopolitan crowd it attracts.

reggae, funk, jazz & world music BERLÍN CABARET, c/Costanilla de San Pedro, 11. Mon, Tue, Wed: shows 1.30am; Thur: shows 1.30am & 3.30am; Fri, Sat: shows 1.30am, 2.30am & 3.30am. Located in La Latina, Berlín Cabaret attracts a diverse audience spilling out from the many bars in the area. It offers a lively, funky atmosphere with eclectic music ranging from the Jackson 5 to “La Lambada” and live cabaret

INFINITA GAY WEEK 2010 @ Madrid Arena, Sala Heineken and Sala Macumba. Thur 1-Sun 4 July. Madrid’s annual Gay Pride festival is set to explode on to the city’s streets over the first weekend in July with a four-day frenzy of fiestas. The fun begins with the opening night on Thursday 1 in Sala Heineken where you can catch hard trance and house DJs, such as Naxto Zamora, kicking off the party. The next night sees the revelry move to Sala Macumba for Shock, a night that promises “the most breakthrough sound technology and the most perfect men”. Nothing to be argued with there. Spanish pop diva Soraya will also be making a guest appearance. But try to retain some energy for the crowning event on Saturday night. Held at the huge Madrid Pavilion Arena, Infinita will provide a lavish spectacle of outrageous outfits, dazzling dancers and fantastic DJ sets from the likes of Mr Edu and Danny Verde. Finally, if you can muster up the strength after all that excitement, head back over to Sala Macumba for the perfect Sunday chill-out sesh complete with makeshift swimming pool. Perfect! €30, €35; abono for all events €60 (from and SPS Store, C/Hortaleza, 7). CARL CRAIG @ Mondo, Sala Stella, c/Arlabán, 7 (Sevilla). Thur 1 July, from 12.30am. Having helped ignite a new movement in electronic music, Carl Craig is considered one of the most influential DJs and producers to come out of the Detroit techno scene. He’ll be taking over the decks at Mondo on the 1st, spinning unique mixes of world-music and jazz-inspired techno. €15 incl two copas (with guestlist). SAL UN JUEVES AL MES @ Sala Heineken, c/Princesa, 1 (Plaza de España). Thur 8 July, from midnight. This month’s edition of the free Thursday club night serves up a whole world of indie with a live set from Zaragoza rockers Tachenko, followed by a performance from Brian Hunt. Finish the night dancing as the resident DJ Homeboy takes to the decks alongside Mi Pequeña and Chusinthesky. Visit the website for you free invitation. FREE DJS CUE AND CAUTION @ Café La Palma, c/Palma, 62 (Noviciado). Fri 16 July, from midnight. Flushed with the success of previous nights, DJ duo Cue & Caution are back and ready to get the Café La Palma crowd grooving all night. With a style they call “funkjam” their set will boast an eclectic mash-up of funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and house. FREE

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In Old California

For film fans tired of seeing Madrid’s cinemas converted into clothes stores and bingo halls, it’s time to rejoice. The city’s long-closed Cine California has just reopened following a state-of-the-art facelift. Chris Moore takes a peek around


n the Madrid of the late 1950s if you wanted to go out to the cinema on a Friday night, you headed down to Calle de Andrés de Mellado. At that time, a half-dozen different theatres occupied this street in the Argüelles neighbourhood, and the one that stood out among the rest in terms of class and elegance was the Cine California. The venue has been the site of several cinematic milestones in its time, notably hosting the premiere of director Pedro Almodóvar’s first feature, Pepi, Luci y Boom y otras chicas del montón, on 27 October 1980. Sounds like the

kind of place you’d like to visit? Unfortunately you’re a little late, as Cine California closed its doors for good almost ten years ago. Do not lose hope, however. The old Cine California, which opened in 1949 and operated for more than 50 years, has recently been reincarnated. Funded by generous grants from the Instituto Buñuel de la Fundación Autor, as well as the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), Sala Berlanga took more than two years and over 2 million to complete, but finally opened its doors on 19 May of this year. The opening night feature was Por la Gracia de Luis, a documentary paying homage to legendary Spanish filmmaker Luis Berlanga, who gives the theatre its name.

Net worth Sala Berlanga manager Iván Giroud says the cinema is part of a multinational effort known as “Red Arteria”. “We want to display the work of Spanish-speaking filmmakers and show the beauty they are able to make,” he says. “The ‘Red Arteria’ project already has theatres in Madrid, Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela, and soon there will be theatres like this in Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.” There are also Red Arterias network cinemas in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, with new venues being considered in Bogota as well as New York.

A peek inside When you walk through the doors of the Sala Berlanga, you are immediately struck by the modern look. The stark black of the foyer’s décor and minimalist marquee lend the establishment a serious atmosphere. The cinema’s seating capacity has been cut from 530 to 250 and the seats are spacious and comfortable. At the front of the cinema, beneath the screen, is a small stage, a sort of salute to the theatres of yesteryear.

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It is not the type of place that has to advertise itself. If you know about it, and where it is, you’re probably already part of Madrid’s film fanatic elite. That is, the celluloid zealots who enjoy taking in works in their original language (perhaps with subtitles), rather than crunching popcorn while watching stupid-looking 3D aliens. In short, it is an arthouse cinema at its finest. But that is not to say it shies away from the future. The theatre has armed the technological arsenal to prove how forward-looking it is. “We wanted the best technology available, and we spent a lot of money on the equipment,” says Giroud. Not only is there traditional 35mm analogue projection, it is also equipped with the newest Sony 4k digital projection system, as well as a Real D 3-dimensional passive-retro-reflector system. For those not fluent in Geek, the latter allows a 3D image to be projected from one lens instead of having to coordinate two separate projectors, as was the case with the previous generation of 3D.

Coming soon The movies on offer will span the spectrum of Spanish film. Major releases, such as the opening night feature by director José Luis García Sánchez and Carlos Saura’s Io, Don Giovanni, a drama about Mozart collaborator Lorenzo da Ponte, will sit alongside independent and short films by lesser-known directors such as Manuel Calvo, Vicente Villanueva and Coté Soler. But film is not all that will be on show. According to Giroud, “In the future we will also have [musical] concerts and other live performances on our stage.” If you feel like going out for a movie in Spanish, the Sala offers two showings per day from Monday to Thursday at 7pm and 9.30pm, and three from Friday to Sunday at 4pm, 7.30pm and 10pm. Perhaps one of the best parts is that ticket prices are slightly lower than most other cinemas. A major release will cost you 7 to 9 depending on the day of week (weekends being more expensive) and a limited distribution film, or one that is not yet showing at other complexes, will cost you just 2 to 4.50.

Sala Berlanga, C/Andrés de Mellado, 53 (Metro: Moncloa).


Jessica Cogan previews the big-screen releases heading to Madrid this month

Enjoy the rest of Spain’s World Cup matches at the Hyundai Fan Park next to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, where hundreds of Spanish supporters have been gathering to watch the games on the enormous outdoor screen

The Blind Side (The Blind Side: Un Sueño Posible) Given the title of the film and recent events, you might be tempted to think this is the film of Sandra Bullock’s marriage to tattooed cad Jesse James. But no. This true rags-to-riches tale centres on something far less barbaric and combative—American football. Actually, its focus is on a football player, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), who, when we first meet him, is a teenager wandering the cold streets of Memphis without a place to sleep. The Touhy family—specifically its matriarch Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock)—decides to pick him up, bring him home and eventually make him part of their family. With their support, he starts earning good grades, learns to play football and gets a scholarship to college. What’s not to like about this story? It’s a feelgooder. And Bullock is powerful as the momma bear who protects her adoptive child. The weakest link here really is the casting of Michael. Yep, the actor is big and we believe he could play football. But his perpetually wounded expression and general lumpiness do little to make him compelling. He’s kinda the hole in the middle of this saccharine doughnut. Out now



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Knight and Day (Noche y Dia) This action comedy stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a fugitive couple fighting for survival in a world where nothing is as it seems. Cruise is a secret agent sent on a mission he was never meant to complete, while Diaz is the woman caught between him and the people who set him up. Despite the title, which sounds like a bad 80s TV series, James Mangold’s (Walk the Line) film has the potential to be really good, and should help Diaz and Cruise regain some of their box-office credibility. Watch out for the scenes set in Cadiz and Seville. 15 July

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band cheats on her and why she eats chocolate cake in her sleep. It’s not that the writing is that bad. It’s not like Penn lacks for talented co-stars—OK, there is Keanu Reeves, but there’s also Alan Arkin, Julianne Moore and a wonderful turn by Winona Ryder. It’s just that Robin Wright Penn can’t carry a movie. And here, that’s what she’s asked to do. Out now

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (La Vida Privada de Pippa Lee) Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (El Circo Who let Robin Wright Penn do this movie? In it she stars as Pippa Lee, who has just moved into a retirement community with her ageing literary agent husband. The life change prompts a spot of reflection and we trail along through lengthy flashbacks of her childhood, adolescence, young bohemian adulthood, up to the present. All of this to figure out why her daughter hates her, why her hus-

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Shrek Forever After (Shrek Felices Para Siempre) Shrek is back, though this time he’s going through a mid-life crisis. Longing for the days when he felt like a real ogre, he finds himself tricked by the smooth-talking Rumplestiltskin and winds up in a twisted version of the land of Far Far Away where his friends don’t recognise him, ogres are hunted and Rumplestiltskin is king. If you liked the other three Shrek films, this promises more of the same, with all the principal roles and similar style of jokes reprised. 8 July

de los Extrañas) Finally! The vampire film you’ve been waiting all year to see… oh wait. This is the other one. Best friends Steve (Josh Hutcherson) and Darren (Chris Massoglia) stumble upon an illicit freak show in their town and what seems like a night’s adventure changes their lives—and after-lives—forever. Darren, a spider lover, steals a vampire’s spi-

der, which gives Steve a fatal bite. Darren seeks out Crepsley (John C Reilly), its owner, to make a deal: Darren will leave his family to become Crepsley’s half-vampire assistant if Steve can live. Darren finds himself in a new freak family with a bearded lady (Salma Hayek), snake boy (Patrick Fugit) and monkey-tailed girl (Jessica Carlson). Lonely Steve takes up with his own band of vampires—a nastier set— and when he learns Darren is still aliveish, he feels betrayed. Sounds like the perfect set-up for a freak showdown, right? This is the first film adaptation of Darren Shan’s Vampire Blood books. It’s a solid if tentative first film that leaves enough hanging to make you want to see what happens next. Entertaining, yes. But I can’t help thinking what someone like Tim Burton might have done with this kind of material… 16 July

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Toy Story 3 Hot on the heels of Shrek 4 arrives another animation sequel for the summer. The day has come for Andy to go away to college, leaving Woody, Buzz and friends behind feeling unwanted and lacking purpose until they end up in a daycare centre with a group of aggressive toddlers and are forced to plan their escape. Toy Story 3 has been well-received by critics and appears to have achieved the difficult task of making a successful second sequel. Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton lend their voices to new characters and all the old ones are still there, meaning fans are unlikely to be disappointed. 23 July The A Team (El Equipo A) In development since the mid-90s, The A Team movie finally reaches cinemas this summer. Starring Liam Neeson as Hannibal and Bradley Cooper as Faceman, the film follows the plot of the original TV series: an elite army unit serving in Iraq (rather than the original’s Vietnam) are sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit, escape and earn their living as soldiers of fortune. It’s garnered mixed reviews from critics, but at least guarantees some fast-paced action and a big dose of nostalgia for anyone with fond memories of the original TV series. 30 July

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bookbuzz At Home: A Short History of Private Life Bill Bryson Doubleday In his prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything celebrated author Bill Bryson took readers on a gripping odyssey through time and space, simplifying the most complex concepts about the earth and the universe. In his new book At Home Bryson does the opposite, taking the simple and ordinary surroundings of the house, specifically his Norfolk home, and uncovering the complex history, science and human ingenuity behind everything inside. He charts the history of ice and refrigeration, which changed our lives, our nutrition and gave us access to perishable food such as fresh fish and meat. He shows how steady, bright and clean electricity developed and how it revolutionised the way we lived, leading to the proliferation of gadgets that we rely on in our homes today. But it is the masterful incorporation of random trivia that gets you rattling through the pages. For example, to reduce the dangers of open fires in the home, they were historically covered with a domed lid called a “couvre-feu”, which is where the word “curfew” comes from. Or that burning of lime was once used as a way to illuminate theatre spotlights, leading to the phrase “in the limelight”. The evolution of the lawnmower, the triumph of salt and pepper, the origin of the door and Thomas Crapper—inventor of the modern toilet—are all treated with Bryson’s usual irrepressible curiosity, inimitable style, humour and masterful storytelling. This has to be one of the most entertaining and enlightening books written about the history of the way we live. Laura Edgecumbe

The Castle in the Pyrenees Jostein Gaarder Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Wouldn’t you be tickled to eavesdrop on the email correspondence of two former lovers who suddenly get back in touch after decades apart? Well, open The Castle in the Pyrenees by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaardner, and see how you get on. It tells the tale of Steinn and Solrun, who had a happy life together in the 70s, but suddenly parted ways after a life-changing event changed the dynamics of their relationship. After bump-

ing into each other on the balcony of a hotel by a fjord in western Norway, they begin to write to each other, dredging up the past and their very different ideas about the place of human consciousness in the universe. If that sounds slightly heavy, that’s because it is. Philosophy enthusiasts, or those who loved Gaarder’s 1995 bestseller Sophie’s World, will eat this up, but the rest may struggle to keep their heads above water at times. The emails concept is a nice narrative quirk, but the love story plays second fiddle to Solrun and Stein’s clashing views. And sometimes the format does feel a little forced. Why would you describe in detail exactly what happened on a certain night if the other person was there? That aside, there is some great food for thought in the story for those who like weaving their brains into tight knots. Katherine Robinson

The Selected Works of TS Spivet Reif Larson Vintage Just one look inside this book tells you it’s different. There on every page are intricate little diagrams illustrating the story—and for good reason. Our protagonist is Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, a 12-year-old cartographer and genius who feels compelled to map out everything he comes across, to help him make sense of life. And so you find yourself turning the page around to discover such gems as the five types of loneliness or patterns of male baldness. TS lives on a ranch in Montana with his father—a gruff rancher—and his mother, Dr Clair, a washed-up scientist. And there’s his sister Gracie and dog Verywell—but the shadow hanging over all of them is the death of TS’s brother, Layton, who was killed in a shooting accident. Adventure comes knocking when one day he receives a call from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington informing him he has won a prestigious award, and asking if he would come take up a post and give a speech. He accepts, deciding to sneak away and train hop his way to the capital. Hopefully they won’t mind when they realise he’s only a boy. The Selected Works of TS Spivet is a charming and totally bonkers coming-of-age story. Though it’s hardly a classic, it’s a formidable debut from 29-

year-old Columbia and Brown graduate Larson, and each page exhibits the author’s bottomless imagination. You need to suspend your disbelief enough to get over the fact there’s no way a 12-year-old could come up with some of the stuff TS spouts, though once you do, you’ll get on with this quirky book just fine. Katherine Robinson

The Strain Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan Harper With the success of the Twilight franchise and TV series such as True Blood, vampires have never been more popular. The scene is perfectly set, then, for The Strain, the first novel in a horror trilogy written by US author Chuck Hogan and Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, the man behind the brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth. Taking a fresh and fast-paced approach to the vampire legend, the story starts when a plane lands in New York with all but four passengers mysteriously killed. It is down to Dr Ephraim Goodweather from the Centre of Disease Control to investigate what is believed to be a virus—until he makes contact with Abraham Setrakian, a local antiques dealer and Holocaust survivor, who opens his eyes to the truth about vampires. Unrelenting in both action and tension, this bold tale of the struggle between man and the vampire race is sure to be a big hit with horror fans everywhere. Indeed their only complaint is likely to be having to wait until the release of the second instalment. Gemma Hollingsworth

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hetero ATTRACTIVE MAN (34 Y.O.) FOR SWINGER RELATIONSHIP I am a 34 y.o. Spaniard, speaking English and French, with many and varied cultural interests, and a very open-minded approach to affective relationships. Physically speaking, I am tall, slim and attractive. I would be willing to meet a woman with similar characteristics and views, interested in having a stable and respectful relationship within a swinger life-style. Email: This rest of this section is available online at

friendship LONDON CALLING But living here. Male teacher hoping to meet some new and interesting people. Please contact ... This rest of this section is available online at

intercambios groups INTERCAMBIOS MEETINGS THREE TIMES A WEEK MADRIDINTERCAMBIOS: Practice your languages in a friendly atmosphere, and meet new people. Come to the International Exchanges Meetings (free) - every WEDNESDAY, 11pm-1. 30am in GRAZIE MILLE, c/Mayor 31 (Metro:Sol), with FREE Italian Foods - every THURSDAY, 9. 30pm-2am in CAFE MADRID, c/Escalinata (Metro:Opera), Party after! - every FRIDAY, in different places (check in Facebook). 1st time? Ask for Antoine or Andrea! Informations & pictures: Facebook group MADRIDINTERCAMBIOS. MADRIDBABEL 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 21:30 at Café Madrid (c/ Escalinata s/n - metro Opera). EVERY SUNDAY > International Afternoon from 19:00 at The Quiet Man (c/ Valverde, 44 metro Tribunal or Gran Vía). EVERY WEEK-END > Films in o.v., international dinners, tapas evenings, excursions, sports, wine tastings, cultural visits, parties & many other activities!! For more info contact Fran ( or visit This rest of this section is available online at

jobs jobs-offered SALES STAFF FOR INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY COMPANY! Sales jobs available, primarily in Madrid but with option of work in Portugal, Southern Spain and beyond. The main job entails telemarketing our available investment and lifestyle properties to clients. Option to tour potential clients around coastal properties and attend property fairs! (Optional, non compulsory!) Excellent commissions! Money driven experienced sales staff required. No time wasters! Call for details. (Mon-Fri 10 - 7):- 912 219 101 Or email:- SEEKING FREELANCE SALESPEOPLE; Commission based to work in our busy central Madrid office. Part time and full time positions are available. If you are highly motivated, have a happy disposition, and are a fluent English speaker, then we could have the job for you! Full training will be provided for this office based job making telephone calls to our clients. Please reply with a copy of your CV (in English) to: DIGITAL EDITOR/PROJECT MANAGER Working with Technical Project Managers and developers candidates

will be proactive in the production of digital materials and liaise with Marketing, Editorial and Design departments. Candidates will have good interpersonal/organisational skills, and demonstrate: - ELT & publishing experience - Good working knowledge of Spanish - Keen interest in digital technology - Initiative ability to work autonomously to deadlines Project Management experience Sound IT skills - Some familiarity with image/audio editing software - Use of InDesign an advantage - Knowledge of the Spanish ELT market. Email: JUNIOR MARKETING ASSISTANT ENGLISH A junior marketing assistant position has arisen working for our online company located in Navalcarnero, Madrid (35kms from City Center). Due to new e-commerce projects we require a junior assistant to join our english speaking team and work under the instructions of an experienced marketing manager. This role would be ideal for anyone fluent in english, with some content writing experience. Your main responsibilities will include; write/manage content on various websites, assist with various marketing programs, creation of new websites and blogs. SEND CV TO

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services MAN WITH VAN FOR HIRE Large van with driver available for hire for house & office moves, deliveries and collections (Ikea etc) free help with lifting and carrying included in charges. Hourly and daily rates in Madrid and the rest of Spain. Monthly trips back to the UK. Very good service. English. Call Ian 693 923 051 or DENTIST English dental surgeon offers high quality dental treatment in Madrid. 24-hour emergency service. Call 661 857 170. Clinica Dental Cisne, c/Magallanes, 18-1º, 28015 Madrid. Call 91 446 32 21. LIVELY CELTIC MUSIC Talented Irish musicians available for concerts, functions, weddings and parties. Tel: 654 225 305. COMPUTERS / NETWORKS / WEBSITES System administrator offers professional service. Computer / laptop repair, data recovery, password recovery, IT infrastructure planning, software installation and maintenance, network administration, resolving email problems, IT security, backup solutions, web pages. Windows, Linux/UNIX supported. I speak English and German. email: or Tel.: +34 91 559 31 58 Mobile: +34 65 335 11 36. LIVE MUSIC Duo of classical guitar + flute/jazz guitar + saxophone will give a touch of class to receptions, parties, weddings, etc. We’re serious musicians with an ample repetoire and lots of professional experience in the jazz and classical fields. There is the option of solo guitar (jazz + classical),duo, trio with a double-bass, quartet with double-bass and drums, and formations with singers, trumpet players,etc. Please e-mail:

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InMadrid July 2010 Issue  

This month's issue of Madrid's favourite English-language magazine.

InMadrid July 2010 Issue  

This month's issue of Madrid's favourite English-language magazine.