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Madrid Monthly Roundup: March 2011

Happy March Map Readers! Spring is right around the corner and what better way to spend your time than to be out on the town, checking out some of the great events and activities happening in Madrid throughout the month?  There’s a nice array of just about everything scattered across the calendar, so no need to wait! Read on!

Madrid Restaurant Week [Until March 6]
Those with a soft spot for good food at an affordable price will love that the fourth edition of Madrid Restaurant Week under Sabor del Año is in session until March 6th.  You’ll be able to eat at quality restaurants for a fixed menu price (25 euros!) while donating to a social cause.  Reserve your table at any of the participating restaurants to take advantage of this gastronomical event! To see a list of participating restaurants and more information, click here.

Carnival 2011 [From March 4 – 9]
Carnival 2011 comes to Madrid from the 4th to the 9th of March with it’s eccentric parades, music, and theatre performances.  During this time, you’ll surely see the city filled with costumes, madness, elegance, and amazing characters of all sorts.  Check out the official site for the sequence of events!

Tango Metrópolis [Until March 6]
A blend of old Argentina and contemporary dance. The idea behind Tango Metrópolis seems to catch on fast with the public, as it has already captivated numerous audiences across four continents.  Creators Pilar Álvarez, Claudio Hoffmann, and Daniel Binelli lead this musical performance of Tango into the realm of nostalgia as they succeed in expressing humor, chaos, and passion like no other. Metro: Canal. Address: C/ Cea Bermúdez, 1.  Cost: 30 – 35 euros. For tickets click here. For more information click here.

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

Teatralia [From March 4 – 27]
The 15th edition of Teatralia (Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas para Niños y Jóvenes) will be held from the 4th to the 27th of March in 57 distinct spaces around the city. There will be 23 performances and an exhibition in this festival, which is aimed at the young creative minds, to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in performing arts. For more information, click here.

Generación 2011 [Until March 13]
Until the 13th of March, you can visit La Casa Encendida to see the ten winning projects of Caja Madrid’s youth outreach program, Generación 2011.  The exhibition showcases the creativity of Spanish youth, their motivations, and concerns, giving us insight into the world today through their eyes and artistic work. Metro: Embajadores. Address: Ronda Valencia, 2.  For more information, click here.

Design Against Poverty: A Story of Overcoming Adversity [Until March 17]
Design against Poverty – that’s the idea behind this project funded by the European Commission, which sheds light on poverty and the homeless through the projects of young designers. The individual design projects, inspired by the stories of homeless people themselves, offer improvements to the issue of social exclusion.  This exhibit shows the value of the subjects’ personal experiences from the street and how they were subsequently able to rebuild their lives. The projects will be on display at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (MNAD) until the 17th of March. Metro: Retiro, Banco de España. Address: Calle Montalbán, 12. To learn more, click here.

Ruddigore [Until March 19]
Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse is based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta about the curse put upon the lineage of the Barons of Ruddigore.  To avert the curse and a horrible death, the one who inherits the title must commit a crime daily. This musical comedy, which has earned the Critics’ Award for Best Musical, will be playing in Teatro Fernán Gómez (Art Centre) until March 19th. Metro: Colon. Cost: 13 – 16 euros. Address: Plaza Colón, 4. For more information, click here.  For tickets, click here.

Night of the Theaters [March 27]
On the 27th of March, Madrid will be celebrating the fourth edition of Night of the Theatres (La Noche de los Teatros), giving those around the city the opportunity to enjoy theatre, dance, and music for a discounted price.  From 17: 00 p.m. to midnight, the city of Madrid will be a grand stage, boasting 132 artistic spaces and 170 activities for everyone to enjoy.  For more information, locations, and prices, click here.

Atlas. How to carry the world on one’s back? [Until March 28]
The Mnemosyne Atlas, put together by Aby Warburg and left unfinished, has remained a mystery to artists and historians alike.  The images, which are in the Museo Reina Sofia until the 28th of March, continue to fascinate and introduce a new way to understand art in between madness and war. Metro: Atocha. Cost: 3 euros. Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 52. For more information, click here.

Justicia Paya [Starting March 30]
Two prestigious families in flamenco come together to perform Justicia Paya starting from the 30th of March in the Teatro Häagen-Dazs.   This piece of flamenco theatre by Manuel Molina, Carmelilla Montoya, Alba Molina, and Angelita Montoya shape the story of Richard and Alba, as they tell their tale of hope, life, joy, passion, and despair. Metro: Tirso de Molina. Cost: 24.50 – 35 Euros. Address: Calle Atocha, 18.  For more information, click here. For tickets, click here.

By Anna Soria

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