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Turning Ashes into Activism: SoHo Reclaims its Artistic Tradition

With museums, galleries and all other forms of live entertainment unavailable, the remarkable SoHo Social Impact and Art to Heart were an act of creativity that brought a breath of (masked) fresh  air.  SoHo once again belonged to the artists, who transformed raw plywood boards into an  astonishing open-air art gallery, healing the psyche of the shattered  neighborhood and lifted the human spirit.

Messages of BLM and Hope Smashed by Opportunists and Greed

The two SoHo plywood mural art projects, SoHo Social Impact and Art to Heart, were a creative response to the vandalism and loss of property that occurred in that NYC downtown neighborhood in early June. However, those murals, with messages of hope, healing, beauty and Black Lives Matter, have themselves been looted. Transcendent and transient. . .

Lost Martha Graham Work in Paeon to the Spanish Civil War

The collaboration by the New York-based Martha Graham Dance Company, the Los Angeles-based Wild Up chamber music collective and The Soraya Nazarin Center for the Performing Arts has produced a digital dance inspired by archival remnants of Martha Graham’s Immediate Tragedy, a solo she created in 1937 in response to the Spanish Civil War. Drawing on the common experience of today’s global pandemic, the 22 artists creating the project are collaborating from locations across the U.S. and Europe using a variety of technologies to coordinate movement, music and digital design. The new digital Immediate Tragedy premiered online Friday, June 19 on The Soraya Facebook page, and Saturday, June 20 at the Martha Matinee on the Graham Company’s YouTube Channel.

LA TRAVIATA AT THE TEATRO REAL AND ON “MY OPERA PLAYER”

The Teatro Real has resumed its activity after all programming was cancelled in March due to the pandemic. It has now scheduled 27 'La Triavata' performances between July 1 and 29. All of the pertinent safety measures (masks, hand sanitizers, social distancing) have been adopted, which means only 869 spectators will be allowed to attend each performance. There's a free presentation of 'La Traviata' on My opera Player this coming July 15. A fabulous treat! Don't miss it.

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.)

SPAIN: THE KING WHO LEFT THE PALACE AND WALKED OUT ON THE QUEEN

THE royal letter, from king to king: "A year ago, I spoke to you of my wish and desire to withdraw from institutional functions. Now, guided by the conviction to provide the best service to the Spaniards, their institutions, and to you as King, I am informing you of my well-considered decision to leave Spain at this point." But what about the wife?

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: The EU Approves its Own Marshall Plan* Following the Devastating Corona Pandemic!

European Commission President Charles Michel: "This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe's journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project"

SPAIN TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EU’s “MARSHALL PLAN” AND FINDS IT BRILLIANT!

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: The Agreement in Brussels of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan marks "one of the most brilliant pages ever written in EU history." It is "a historic agreement for the economic recovery of our country [i.e., Spain], not only in offering a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but also to the transformations needed." The Agreement is 95% satisfactory for Spain and 100% for the whole of the EU.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980

A reprint of Eric Beerman's article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan's induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.

THE PICAREQUE SPANISH & THE PANDEMIC FACE MASK

The Spanish is nothing if not picaresque. It’s there in the underpinnings of his national icons. However, the latest survey by the Sociological Research Center shows that not only do most Spaniards believe the measures adopted by the government to contain the corona pandemic were necessary; now  that the lockdown  has been lifted, they want the authorities to impose stricter controls,  including a re-imposition of confinement, where needed. A near-perfect unanimity  of  deeds  and sentiments, and quite a departure from what one would  normally expect from the highly individualistic picaros.

FINDING DON QUIXOTE

I had given up finding my favorite Street Performer Don Quixote. I was afraid he had gone the way of the many other performers, not to be found again. But to my surprise, on one of my last days in Madrid I rounded the corner and there he was. Tall, handsome, and lance in hand, waiting for people to take his picture. I have always loved finding him.

BUSKERS BOWL ‘EM OVER IN SPAIN!

Face masks and vertical social distancing, and other amazing feats!

HOW AMERICANS MAY VOTE IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS VIA THE U.S. EMBASSY OR CONUSLAR AGENCIES IN SPAIN

You're an expat in Spain who intends to vote in the upcoming November 2020 elections? Here's an important how-to straight from the ultimate authority on the matter.

YOU SHOULD BE RUNNING THE BULLS NOW, BUT YOU CAN’T!

Monday, the 6th of July 2020. If this were any ordinary year, the plaza of Pamplona would have been packed to the rafters with excited Spaniards and foreign tourists who couldn’t wait to celebrate the chupinazo and kick off the sanfermines. But this is no ordinary year. It is one of the five times when Pamplona's festival of running the bulls has been cancelled in its long history.

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!

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.

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