A STATESIDE STORY: FEDERAL AGENTS QUELL RIOTS IN PORTLAND, OREGON; CONSIDERED FOR OTHER CITIES

A STATESIDE STORY: FEDERAL AGENTS QUELL RIOTS IN PORTLAND, OREGON; CONSIDERED FOR OTHER CITIES »

26 Jul, 2020
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After nearly 3 months of nightly protests and rioting in the streets of Portland, Oregon, President Donald Trump dispatched Federal Agents to guard the Federal Court House in Portland, and has considered sending agents to  other US cities suffering from rioting, although the Democrat-run cities have protested the “authoritarian” move.The protests which started with the police-instigated death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has devolved into nightly mass hysteria and mayhem, with Federal Agents using pepper spray and tear gas liberally, and the arrest of many. And Portland is normally a quiet, backwater town.

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

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

24 Jul, 2020
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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 PICAREQUE SPANISH & THE PANDEMIC FACE MASK »

23 Jul, 2020
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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.

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall »

21 Jul, 2020
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I say open the schools to learning and be done with it. We just have to go on with our lives.

FINDING DON QUIXOTE

FINDING DON QUIXOTE »

18 Jul, 2020
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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!

BUSKERS BOWL ‘EM OVER IN SPAIN! »

18 Jul, 2020
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Face masks and vertical social distancing, and other amazing feats!

AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER-TO-MEMBER FORUM

AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER-TO-MEMBER FORUM »

17 Jul, 2020
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Whether you are looking for other members that share interests , including meet-ups, forming outing groups, creating special events, buy/sell goods or services, or sharing tips, the American Club of Madrid forum is your place to connect with other members.

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent »

16 Jul, 2020
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Summer 2020: economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, mood of discontent, racial movements, faint hope for economic recovery. . . Maybe by Fall we will have things more under control!

Lost Martha Graham Work in Paeon to the Spanish Civil War

Lost Martha Graham Work in Paeon to the Spanish Civil War »

14 Jul, 2020
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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”

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

13 Jul, 2020
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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.