Madrid Monthly Roundup: April 2011

If the clear, sunny April sky doesn’t give you an excuse to be out and about this month, this list of exciting events surely will.  Whether you plan to follow the holy week processions, go gallery hopping, or simply try something different, here at MAP we have your back! Enjoy the month!

Jugada a 3 Bandas [April 2 – 30] Real objects and images of the mind will take over 14 art galleries across Madrid the month of April.   Contemporary art is the theme in Jugadas a 3 Bandas, a program in which artists, curators, and art galleries will make a “3-way play”, and come together to showcase artistic projects for the public.  For more information and locations, click here.

Corteo [Starting April 2] Experience the imagination of Mauro the clown on his deathbed. Let Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo take you there, as you live through his life, his past, and his memories reconstructed in an array of gravity defying acts.  For more information and tickets, click here. Metro: Puerta del Ángel, Lago, Alto de Extremadura. Address: Escenario Puerta del Ángel.  Avda. de Portugal (Semiesquina Avenida del Angel) Cost: From 40 euros

José de Ribera [Starting April 5] José de Ribera exhibition at el Museo del Prado.  One of his major pieces, La Resurrección de Lázaro, is a perfect example of the kinds of dark religious pieces that characterize this exhibition and his early artistic career.  For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Banco de España. Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23. Cost: 8 euros, 4 euros (Reduced)

A Hard, Merciless Light.  The Worker-Photography Movement [Starting April 6] This exhibition on display in el Museo Reina Sofia highlights the working movements of the 20th century.  The set of photographs based on the working class consciousness helps us to examine the photographic images as documents, reflections, and catalysts in both political and artistic spheres during social movements.   For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Lavapiés. Address: Edificio Sabatini. C/ Santa Isabel, 52. Cost: 3 – 6 euros

Werther [Until April 6] This four act opera written by Jules Massenet is said to be a true mixture of realism and romanticism that brings melodic ease to the ears.  The story is based on Goethe’s famous novel, ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther”, which apparently led to a rise in suicides of many of the German youth who read it.  However, those who just want to be taken away for a few hours can opt to head over to Teatro Real to experience the massive emotions of unrequited love and tragedy in this musical display.  For more information and tickets, click here. Metro: Ópera. Address: Plaza de Oriente. Cost: From 28 Euros.

The Fantasticks [April 1,2,9,10 ] For theater fanatics in search of performances in English check out the English-speaking theater group Platform Theatre. Their latest productions is The Fantasticks.  Metro: Tribunal. Address: La Madrilera Theatre, C/de Don Felipe, 9.  Time: 21:00 p.m. Cost: 4 euros at the door.

A Streetcar Named Desire [Until April 10] Until the 10th of April, you can see Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desirein Teatro Español.  The play, directed by actor and director Mario Gas, will be the third play he directs by Williams, after successes like ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ Metro: Sol. Address: C/ Príncipe, 25Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 20:00 p.m., Sunday 18:00 p.m. Cost: 4 – 22 Euros. For tickets click here. For more information click here.

Adam Fuss Exhibition [Until April 17] Rabbit entrails strewn across photosensitized paper to depict love – yes, that would be none other than the work of Adam Fuss.  The experimental photographer from London is showcasing his work from the past 25 years in an exhibition in the Mapfre Foundation Recoletos Exhibition Hall until the 17th of April.  The range of color and peculiar subjects for his photography will surely make for a unique and interesting viewing. Metro: Colón, Banco de España. Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 23. Hours: Monday, 14:00 – 20:00 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00a.m. – 20:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m. Cost: Free

Madrid Marathon [April 17] The Madrid Marathon will take to the streets on April 17th. Register before April 8th by clicking here. And if you’re searching for the perfect pair of running shoes click here.

Semana Santa Processions [April 17 – 24] Semana Santa is considered to be one of the most important festivals in the country.  If you’re going to be in Madrid, you won’t want to miss the celebrations, which include the Holy Week processions and various liturgical events on the streets of the city.  The processions will go on from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday when many people gather in Plaza Mayor to play drums for the Tamborrada, which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus.  For more information about this event, click here.

Dorit Margreiter: Descripción [Until April 25] How can film affect architecture? How is architecture altered by audiences? And how does the artistic medium alter the context of architecture in society?  These are all questions to be pondered while reviewing the public and private spaces constructed in the exhibition in el Museo Reina Sofia for Dorit Margreiter: Descripción.  For more information, click here. Metro: Atocha, Lavapiés. Address: Edificio Sabatini. C/ Santa Isabel, 52. Cost: 3 – 6 Euros

Saint Louis University’s “Around the world in 80 minutes” [April 28] Want to enjoy the sights and sounds of countries like Brazil, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, or Argentina without even leaving Madrid?  Then travel around the world in 80 minutes with Spain’s oldest American university, which is holding its Spring Arts Performance on the 28th of April.  At this event you will be able to enjoy Latin dance, Spanish dance, theatre, voice, music, painting, drawing, and design projects by students from the university.  This is an international event you won’t want to miss! (Plus, it’s FREE). Metro: Metropolitano. Address: Colegio Mayor Elías Ahuja C/Rector Royo Villanova, 4. Time: Thursday, April 28 at 18:30 p.m.

FESTIMAD 2M Biodiversidad Musical [April 28] The 11 day music festival shakes it up with 70 events in 33 venues across the city.  For the line- up and more information click here.

Ellas Crean The seventh edition of Ellas Crean is still being celebrated throughout the month of April. Ellas Crean is an initiative sponsored by the Spanish government to show the creativity of women and their contributions to society. This celebration, which coincided with International Women’s Day (March 8th), draws in many artists from across a variety of disciplines, from fashion, to music, to theatre.  For locations and tickets click here.

By Anna Soria

Top 10 Family Restaurants Madrid

Everyone knows Madrid is rich with culture and history, but what you may not know is that it is also one of the most family friendly destinations in Europe.  Here are our top 10 picks for family friendly restaurants in Madrid:

Le Pain Quotidien: Yes, this is a chain, but it also features a menu in English, and high chairs. The menu features organic foods as well as vegetarian options. It’s also a safe bet for those with dietary restrictions. 

La Panza es Primero: Colorful, lively and anything but formal, La Panza es Primero is a great place for kids and groups. This Mexican restaurant has various locations in Madrid, check for live Mariachi on the weekends.

San Gines: Churros for breakfast? Why not? There are not too many opportunities for you and the little ones to indulge in this classic Spanish breakfast; so take advantage of it while you are in Spain. If you’re going to enjoy churros and chocolate, make sure you do it right at Chocolatería San Gines.

Baby Deli: This modern deli is the brain-child of 3 Madrid based moms. Baby Deli offers healthy food options in an upscale yet warm atmosphere catering to kids.  In addition to wholesome food, they also offer kid-friendly workshops, a back yard to play in and a retail store.

Mercado de San Miguel: The Mercado de San Miguel is an incredible feast for your eyes and your taste buds. Getting your kids to try new foods is a bit easier when they get to pick it out for themselves from one of the many food stands inside this bustling market.

Peggy Sue’s: Enjoy a taste of home, 1950’s style. Peggy Sue’s American Diner. Here, you’ll find American classics like hamburgers, fries and shakes as well as the decor and music to match.

El Jardín de las Mariposas: A restaurant designed especially for kids that serves up a tasty menu as well as daily activities. During the summer months there are music and theater performances, as well as games and contests.

La Mucca: You can find a little bit of everything here. Their dishes range from Spanish to Asian fusion. You’ll be certain to find something for even the pickiest of little eaters here.

El Mundo de la Pizza: This local favorite offers endless varieties of pizza, but also lets you create your own. Kids love making up new creations, especially when it comes toppings. For best pizza slices in Madrid click here.

Panadería Harina: This fabulous bakery is located directly across from the most famous park in Madrid. You can enjoy any of their fresh and healthy sandwiches, salads and breads inside or take it to go and make a picnic at el Retiro.

By Alondra Palomino

April Concerts in Madrid

A pretty solid line-up of some of indie music’s brightest stars drives the April live music calendar in Madrid. This month provides a nice warm-up for the summer’s concert festival season. Take a look at the April 2011 ConcertMAP:

Matt & Kim 4/1 Sala Rock Kitchen: The impossibly catchy Brooklyn duo has put out some great electro-pop tunes over the past few years and has always been known for a crowd pleasing show.

José González 4/4 Teatro Lope de Vega:  The brooding acoustic sounds of González will take center stage at one of the classic theaters on Gran Via for an excellent night of music.

Justin Bieber 4/5 Palacio de Deportes:  The most dangerous virus of the past few years wasn’t swine flu but rather “Bieber Fever”, and if you don’t have it you’re bound to after this show. For tickets to his show click here.

Shout Out Louds 4/7 Sala Heineken:  These infectious Sweeds are indie music stalwarts and the opportunity to catch them live is a real highlight on the concert calendar.

Diplo 4/20 Sala Heineken: Perhaps best known for his work as a producer with M.I.A., the DJ side of his musical talents is pretty impressive as well.

Best Coast 4/20 Circulo de Bellas Artes: One of the highlights from this year’s Frontera Circulo music series from CBA is this California group who’s riding high on the success of their debut album, Crazy For You.

Deerhunter 4/14 – La Riviera:  Bradford Cox’s group has finally put it all together on their latest and, arguably best, album, Halcyon Digest.

Pete Doherty 4/17 – Joy: Doherty is mostly known for his tabloid-headlining, off-the-stage habits and long courtship of Kate Moss (basically living like a rock star), and as long as he can make it to the stage his music is pretty good too.

Dropkick Murpheys 4/29 – La Riviera: The raucous sounds of this Celt-punk group always promise a good time.

By Coleman File