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.

LITTLE SPAIN IN THE BIG APPLE

The Guidepost Galloping Gourmets swooped down on Mercado Little Spain in New York. Here's their funny adventure where they "spared nothing in their quest for the best" whcih could almost too literally burn a hole in anyone's pocket!

JAPO MANIA: DINE, DRINK, AND IMBIBE THE SPIRIT OF JAPAN!

 SHOPS, EATERIES, WORKSHOPS, INSTITUTIONS, COURSES  INDISPENSIBLE IN JAPANESE CULTURE 

The TWA Hotel: Up, Up and Away!

After being closed for almost two decades, the iconic Eero Saarinen designed TWA terminal at JFK has re-opened as a boutique hotel.   For former employees, myself included, it was a thrill to be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 15 and see how the terminal  has been repurposed and looking so good. The Phoenix has returned as the proud eagle Saarinen once imagined in his mind's eye. Now I think I'll have to try out some of those restaurants and bars. I'm still doing field work, you see. . .

BRASSERIE  ANTOINETTE

A true jewel. An amazing taste of France!

YOU’RE A TALENTED BUT UNHEARD-OF ARTIST? DON’T BE SHY. PROMOTE YOURSELF!

The Spanish capital will host a MARKETING FOR ARTISTS workshop on Thursday 23 May, addressed to all those artists who want to improve the ability to promote their work and to boost its commercial aspect

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: SALINAS DEL MANZANO,” 5 August 1983

The ageless charm of a town off the beaten track. You'll have to read Juan Angel Serna's moving full account because a pat description here of his beloved town will do the it and him uncalled for injustice.

OUTLOOK FOR THE SPANISH ECONOMY ¡Not Bad!

Forecast: the Spanish economy will maintain a robust growth path: after growing at a rate of 2.6% in 2018, GDP is expected to expand by 2.2% in 2019. Meanwhile, Inditex is on the up and up. Three Spanish companies were highlighted at the Sustainable Growth meeting in Tsukuba within the framework of Japan's G20 presidency, etc. etc.

THE KING OF CLAY: ¡VAMOS, RAFA!

On this mild Sunday, 9 June 2019, the combatants at the Roland Garros men’s final started off evenly matched. But when all is said and done, Dominic Thiem was playing his second ever Grand Slam final against Refa Nadal’s up till then 17 final wins!  And even though he became the first player to win a set against the Spaniard in a French Open final since 2014, that was hardly enough to topple the King of Clay from his throne

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “LA FIESTA BRAVA: Winding Up San Isidro 1983,” 24 June 1983

The Isidril month of June 1983 got off to a good start with a fine corrida from Alonso Moreno which facilitated the triumphs of the toreros. At the end of the Festival in June, But at the end of the Festival, the Salvador Guardiola Fantoni bulls did not facilitate the success of the toreros. Dámaso González was his usual valiant and determined self and could have cut an ear from his second bull but he had difficulty with the kill. José Ortega Cano did not have his lucky afternoon either. Thankfully, Jose Nelo “Morenito de Maracay” went all out and earned the applause of the public for his efforts.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Tragedy in the Bullring,” 24 June 1983

There has always been a lot of talk about the injustices and indignities the “poor bull” has to suffer. But what about the Man? Matador Curro Vazquez suffered a tremendous goring during the San Isidro Fair, resulting in the severing of the femoral artery. Had this occurred in a smaller ring, a provincial town, Curro would not be around to talk about it. Manuel Granero was killed instantly in the plaza of Madrid on May 7th 1922. . .

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “NEWS BACKGROUND: Felipe Ponders his Cabinet as the Rest Ponder their Future,” 12 NOVEMBER 1982

As president-elect Felipe Gonzalez pondered the construction of his new Socialist government, the leaders of the other major parties pondered their future amid the shambles of electoral defeat.

EUGENIA MARTINEZ DE IRUJO, A WORKING DUCHESS AND THEN SOME

It looks like the idle aristocrat has gone out of style! Take Eugenia Martinez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Montoro, for instance. She was the only daughter of the late Doña Cayetana (María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva), the very popular 18th Duchess of Alba who owned palaces and landed estates galore. But if Eugenia is in the news these days it’s because of “La XIII”, her Spring-Summer Jewelry Collection for Tous, a sprawling Spanish jewelry and fashion firm

CONTROVERSIAL KING JUAN CARLOS BIDS ADIOS TO PUBLIC LIFE

Despite his abdication, King Juan Carlos still performed a few official duties such as attending cultural events and historic commemorations. He was very much present during last year's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. That constitution provided the framework for Spain's highly successful transition from dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. Come 2 June, however, he will no longer attend even the most transcendental and emotive of public celebrations

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “San Isidro Opens With Eloquence”, 21 MAY 1982

With opening words from the elegant and almost unintellibly literate Francisco Umbral, El Pais columnist and self-ordained “public scandal,” the Festivals of San Isidro made May in Madrid a memorable and musically delightful experience. Calling on the Madrileños to join in the festivities planned by the Madrid City Hall, with blessings from the tender Tierno Galvan, mayor and host for the week-long fiestas, Francisco Umbral delighted the crowd with his assonant, consonant, alliterative and onomatopoeic prose lauding Madrid for its beauty and dignified decrepitude

FEATURING THE DYNAMIC REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

Georgia formed part of the defunct USSR. Like many of the post-Soviet nominal republics, it went through a period of sharp economic decline in the 1990s. Georgia wasn’t one to wallow in post-Soviet syndrome, though. It created an environment for liberal investment which proved irresistible to Western financial institutions. Today, Georgia has much to be proud of and wants the world to know about it. And Spain wholeheartedly supports Georgia's pro-West aspirations.

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.