ON THE TOWN

Restaurants and bars, movies, theater, dance, sports arenas, even the home… Keep abreast of what’s going on where, and how you can have the greatest fun.

MUSEUMS GALORE WAITING FOR YOU!

Temples of the art are waiting for you now that the lockdown is a thing of the past! (Hope it doesn't get restored ever.)

CUBAN FLAMENCO DIVA LIGHTS UP JOYCESTREAM

Havana-born Irene Rodríguez founded the Compañía Irene Rodriguez in 2012 and since then has received  worldwide acclaim. She is an awardee of the Order “Isabel La Católica,” Spain’s highest civilian honor in recognition of the extraordinary conduct exemplified by the Spanish people, and for her contribution to fostering the friendship and cooperation of the Spanish Nation with the rest of the international community. 

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: PROUD PAPA ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF SON ON HIS SHOW

"I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday [27 April], I became a father. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child."

FREEDOM CAKES MAKES IT EASY TO BE A VEGAN WITH A SWEET TOOTH

“We are often asked ‘How do you replace the eggs?’” Isabel Izquiedo said. “Don’t substitute the egg for anything. It’s a question of proportions. It’s research and development. The hardest technical feat of vegan baking is replicating the effects of the humble egg."

NEW YORK CITY CENTER PRESENTS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 20/20!

Flamenco Festival is dedicated to the promotion of flamenco artists outside of Spain, its annual international events showcasing the leading names in flamenco today, from world renowned artists and icons of traditional flamenco to the most innovative, emerging young stars. Flamenco Festival USA is a showcase for Spanish artists in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Boston, and other cities across the US. The New York City Center Flamenco Festival 20/20 celebrates the 20th season of this citywide event from March 27 to April 5.

EUROPE SOON TO HAVE A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE VIA ASTRAZENECA

Earlier this month France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands joined forces to form the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance,  in order to have a stronger negotiating position in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. All EU member states will have the opportunity to sign up to the deal, under the same conditions as the alliance members. But something might go wrong at the last minute and production might just end up where all pipe dreams go -- down the drain!

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS. SPAIN’S PRIME MINISTER: “The hardest part is behind us”

PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: "The great wave of the pandemic has now passed and all of Spain has gained a firm foothold in the transition towards the new normality. The light is clearer and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel."

In Barcelona, Hope is Homeless Entrepreneur 

"We’re turning a tragedy into an opportunity. We’re bringing everyone in... It’s all about helping people grow and redistributing the wealth properly so we can solve the problems that currently exist.”

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: A Wine Well Worth Trying, 26 January 1990

The first wine to be drunk in the New World was the very same that came from the Condado vineyards + The Condado wines and how to serve + Elaboration and maturity + The art of tasting + The home cellar how-to.

TOWARD THE NEW NORMAL, CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IN SPAIN:  (2) The Post-State of Emergency & the EU

At a minimum, there seems to be a willingness among business and labor to work together in order to overcome the extreme social and economic difficulties brought about by the coronavirus pandemic in Spain and in the Eropean Union.

TOWARD THE NEW NORMAL, CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IN SPAIN: (1) The Extension of the State of Emergency, and the Social Pact on Employment Regulation

Extension of the State of Emergency ~ Desescalada, the gradual easing of Lockdown ~ Social Pact ~ Transition Plan Toward the New Normality ~ ERTEs, the regulation of Temporary Layoffs

Noche Flamenca’s “Antigona” in the Time of Corona: At Home with Soledad Barrio and Martín Santangelo 

Bessie Award-winning bailaora/choreographer Soledad Barrio is an intuitive and internal performer who possesses a preternatural connection to her character. She identifies with Antigona, “one of [whose] character traits is to love more than herself. She’s very passionate, and her objective is to take care of her family. It’s related to my life to be connected with family. One part of flamenco is love, passion and concern about the family unit. I connect with that a lot, too.” Noche Flamenca’s production of “Antigona” at La MaMa in Manhattan, scheduled for March 19-April 5, was cancelled due to the corona virus travel restrictions from Europe in March. Then all of New York went into lockdown. Shut in with husband choreographer/producer Martín Santangelo, Barios says “I’m diving into the abyss so I can resuscitate when this is over.”

THE DESESCALADA: WE HAVE A FRACTION OF OUR FREEDOM BACK!

On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.

The Pursuit of “Happyness” in Barcelona

Andrew Funk: his stubbornness helped him achieve more than just overcoming a year-and-a-half spent in homelessness. His life's mission? To help homeless people become active citizens again via Homeless Entrepreneur.

EUROPE’S “HEARTFELT APOLOGY” TO ITALY

Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand. For that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology. But now the real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. Now Europe is where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn. . .

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.

  • MADRID OBSERVES A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR THE COVID-19 VICTIMS

    Those who have died in the pandemic "deserve to be remembered; they deserve our lasting remembrance.” An even bigger tribute to the fallen would, however, be “for us to live together in harmony."
  • GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA

    After trying twice, Madrid has finally made it to Phase I of the three-phase easing (desescalada) of Spain's rigorous COVID-19 lockdown. Three months of almost unrelenting confinement! Then, unbelievably, this Monday, 25 May 2020, Madrid folk are able to savor Spring in their favorite park, the Parque del Buen Retiro. At last! See the Retiro through the eyes of Catherine Petit, Guidepost’s writer from California, who couldn’t love Madrid more if she were a native Madrileña!
  • THE AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID MARCH 2020 EVENTS, COME JOIN!

    GUIDEPOST, corporate member of the American Club of Madrid, announces ACM's MARCH 2020 events!
  • WON’T YOU JOIN THE AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID’S UPCOMING EVENTS, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2020?

    Business Lunches ~ NTK Seminar: Communication Series ~ Happy Hour ~
  • YOU’RE IN MADRID? IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! JOIN THE PARTY!

    Madrid may not be glamorous Santa Cruz de Tenerife when it comes to carnivals but if you're in the nation's capital these days and want to join the party, what's stopping you? Penitence lurks just around the dark corner of Lent and soon it will be time for penance. But not yet!
  • MADRID FUSION 2020: THE CUISINE OF THE ESSENTIAL

    “Less is more” cuisine was at the forefront of the 18th Edition of Madid Fusion 2020. A tendency in style that involves dispensing with the superfluous in order to create dishes that appear simplistic, nonetheless have concealed profound reflections on the best raw materials.
  • JOIN THE ACM LUNCH AND GET REGISTERED FOR 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS!

    An American expatriate? Jim Mercereau will introduce you to the world of US Primary Elections.  He'll give you an overview of the process for Overseas Ballot Requests, Primary procedures & dates, and of course the process for requesting electronic ballots. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
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