Madrid Weekend Roundup

We still have a few weeks left of Fall, and if you’re not quite ready to let go of the lush green colors of yester-months, have no fear!  You can start your weekend by visiting the Impressionist Gardens exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which just opened earlier this week.  To see paintings by some of the greats like Delacroix, Courbe, Klimt, and Sargent, pass by the museum or by the Fundación Caja Madrid (Pza. de San Martin, 1 Tue-Sun 10:00 a.m.-20:00 p.m.) to see part of the exhibition for free.  The Entrance to the museum is 8 euros and it is open every day except Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m. Metro: Banco de España Address: Palacio de Villahermosa, 8 Paseo del Prado Price: 8 euros Website

This weekend will coincide with Madrid’s Experimental Cinema Week that takes place up until the 26th of November.  During this time, in various venues across Madrid, you can view different cinematic productions, both of competitive and non-competetive natures.   You’ll get to see several styles and creative new works from all over the world, series of films, and more.  For more information about this event click here.

Until the 21st of November, all you science lovers out there can enjoy Semana de la Ciencia 2010 in Madrid.  This is an activity everyone can participate in, regardless of age or past knowledge of science (phew.) The aim of Semana de la Ciencia is to call attention to science and research and how they affect our lives in the short and long term.  If you are in the mood for some enlightenment this weekend, check the official website for locations and activities offered around the city.

The region of Madrid is also hosting the 25th edition of the International MADRID EN DANZA festival.  It is comprised of 73 shows of different dance styles ranging from ballet to Japanese butoh.  The festival promotes current dance shows, trends, and overall it showcases talent from participating artists and companies from Spain and beyond.  The festival will be celebrated in 20 different theatres around the region of Madrid until the 28th of November. For locations, prices, and more information, click here

Les Misérables, the renowned musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Madrid.  With over 56 million people having seen the show since 1980, the musical keeps on attracting audiences with its compelling story and compositions.  For its 25th year, Matt Kinley will stage the revision of the musical by legendary British producer Cameron Mackintosh.  If you haven’t seen “Les Mis” already, this is a great opportunity to do so.  You won’t regret it. For prices and more info click here.  Up for a drink after the show? If so, head to Verona, the newest bar for actors in the area. Metro: Santo Domingo Address: Gran Vía, 57 Contact: 915 472 011

The Irish Rover is also celebrating another year of its existence this month. The Colonials will be performing in the Irish Rover on the 19thand 20th of November, just as they had performed 15 years ago when the venue had just opened.  They start performing at around 23:30 a.m. so head over this weekend for some good food, drinks, music, and a good time. For other live music venues in the city click here.

The 27th edition of the Madrid International Jazz Festival is in its final days.  Until the 21st of November, you can still catch the last live Jazz music performances in Madrid from the festival at Teatro Fernán Gómez. For prices and more info click hereMetro: Colon Address: Plaza de Cólon, 4

If you’re interested in arts and antiques, one event you won’t want to miss is the 34th edition of Feriarte, Madrid’s annual art fair.   This year, there will be over 125 professionals and many well-known antique dealers and gallery owners, all selling under one roof.  They are going to offer more than 18,000 pieces at this year’s fair, giving the public a selection of highly valuable antiques, paintings, jewelry, and art – all aged over 100 years.  Head over to Parque Ferial Juan Carlos (IFEMA) from the 20th to the 28th of November (12:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.) to take home a piece of history. Metro: Campo de las Naciones Address: Parque Juan Carlos 1 Price: 10 euros. One time entrance fee valid for all days of the fair

Lastly, If you want to prepare yourself for the holidays and buy something Christmas related, the Madrid Christmas Market has, since 1860, traditional Christmas items for sale.   You can find this famous market in Plaza Mayor everyday throughout the months of November and December. You’ll see more than 100 stalls selling items ranging from ornate statues for nativity scenes to less serious things like costumes, wigs, and joke-shop items – as the locals are preparing fro El Día de los Santos Inocentes (like April Fool’s Day) on the 28th of December.  If you’re walking through Sol, stop by the market, as it is completely free.  Maybe you’ll find something that catches your eye. For a list of Christmas holiday events click here.

By Anna Soria

Madrid’s November Live Music Preview

November’s live music outlook for Madrid needs to be broken into two parts as once again Madrid will be putting aside old rivalries and partnering up with Barcelona in support of Primavera Club.  In addition to the stellar line-up of Primavera Club, there are also a tremendous amount of quality shows in this month’s live music scene in Madrid.  We know you probably bought your Shakira or Arcade Fire tickets months ago, but if you didn’t or if you’re looking for some smaller acts then have a look at your November ConcertMAP:

!!! 11/8 – La Riviera:  Yes that is the name of the band, but could equally be used as a description for this lively dance-punk group.

The Drums 11/12 – Sala Heineken:  This is a great chance to check out the up-and-coming group fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album.

Vampire Weekend 11/12 – La Riviera:  They’ve been grabbing the attention of audiences for a few years now with their Ivy League-meets-afro-beats fusion, so don’t miss the opportunity to catch them live.

The Walkmen 11/12 – Sala Ramdall:  The group, who has been putting out quality music for about a decade now, comes to town in support of the recent release of, Lisbon, one of their best albums to date.

Interpol 11/13 – Palacio Vistalegre:  The iconic New York rockers come to Madrid in support of their fourth album, Lights.

Shakira 11/19 – Palacio de Deportes:  If you didn’t get enough of Shakira during the World Cup, don’t worry because you’re in luck as she’s coming to Madrid.  For tickets to her SOLD OUT show click here.

Arcade Fire 11/20 – Palacio de Deportes:  Once again at the forefront of the Indie Rock scene after the recent release of The Suburbs, Arcade Fire comes to Madrid for a big show at the top of their game.  Naturally, the concert has been sold out for some time, but click here for tickets.

Alice Cooper 11/24 – Palacio Vistalegre:  While he may be technically past his prime, this legendary rocker still puts out an incredible live show.

Imogen Heap 11/27 – Sala Heineken:  The talented and multi-faceted work of Imogen Heap blends her unique voice with her innovative musical compositions for a fresh sound.

By Coleman File

Primavera Club 2010 Madrid

Back for a fifth year Primavera Club is a celebration of independent music and seeks to give audiences a look at some bands that have been flying under the radar or are on the cusp of breaking out.  Primavera Club is the precursor to Primevera Sound, one of the biggest and best summer rock festivals, and this year will take place from November 24th thru November 28th 2010.  As in previous years, Madrid and Barcelona will host a large line-up of music that covers most musical genres in some of the cities’ hallowed halls of live music.

This year these venues will play host to the festival around Madrid:  BOITE, CARACOL, CHARADA, CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES, EL SOL, NASTI, NEU! CLUB and ROCK KITCHEN.  The line-up features the comeback tour of Edwyn Collins, the noise rock of the Wavves, Scottish legends Teenage Fanclub, Holy Fuck, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Yuck, Mount Kimbie and many more.  For a complete list of the line-up and tickets click here.

By Coleman File

10 Ways to Relax in Madrid

Here at MAPMagazine, we try to give you plenty of information on the latest and greatest in Madrid. We do such a great job, that we’ve decided you need a break from your action-packed, fun-loving schedule. Take some time to take a deep breath and recharge! Here are our top 10 favorite ideas for taking in the best of Madrid while enjoying some relaxation:

2. Get your yoga on at one of Madrid’s yoga centers. Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit.
3. Row a boat. You’d be surprised how calming water can be! Head to El Retiro and rent one of the small paddle boats on the pond for a truly picturesque afternoon.
4. Indulge in a delicious cup of coffee at Cafe Luz, one of our favorite cafes in Madrid. Sit at the bar and chat with the staff, or find yourself a quiet table in the back. The chill music, friendly staff and  deliciously frothy coffee make for a welcoming atmosphere.
5. Listen to some tunes. It’s not hard to find live music in Madrid, often you’ll stumble upon amazingly talented musicians in the streets and metros. But if you’re in the mood for jazz, spend an evening at Cafe Populart.
6. Lose yourself in works of art at one of Madrid’s famous museums.
7. Rent a movie at Cafe Diurno. We all love a great movie, why not stop by a pick up your favorite flick to enjoy at home? Word has it, they often have freshly baked cakes too. What better way to veg out than to hang out on your couch, watch a film and eat some cake?
8. So maybe you’ve had too much cake, or vino, or cañas and possibly a little jamón? Well maybe the best remedy is to get up, get out and work up a sweat at a local gym.
9. Before the weather gets too cold, we suggest you go outside and enjoy. See Madrid from a completely different perspective by riding a bike throughout it. For those of us who don’t have bikes, don’t fear, you can rent one at Bybike.
10. Treat yourself to a spa treatment! For the ultimate way to help relax, consider an exfoliating treatment at Hamamm Ayala, or stop by the Aveda Salon for one of their many spa services.

By Alondra Palomino