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Bravas, Bridges &  Brew  in The Home of the Brave!

Bravas, Bridges & Brew in The Home of the Brave! »

10 Oct, 2020
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I hatched a plan after my doctor described my latest blood test as "boring." I never  wanted  anything  about me to be described as boring. So I drove from the  middle of  Long  Island, epicenter of bland restaurants, to  southern Brooklyn to  pick up the Guidepost Galloping Gourmets. They can root out Spanish food better than a savy pig can find a truffle.

SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC

SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC »

15 Sep, 2020
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The pandemic confinement gave people time to ponder their way of life and, accordingly, their place of residence. Spain, next to the UK, is a top choice of those thinking of moving to a new country when the coast is clear. France comes third.

A Second Opinion: August Lulls and Summer Reading

A Second Opinion: August Lulls and Summer Reading »

10 Aug, 2020
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Sitting under the shade of the trees in the pleasant summer weather, I find watching the squirrels and bluejays getting a drink and a bath in the birdbath sometimes just as fascinating as reading about Meditation, but still I am learning something new and improving my attitude in this locked-down world. If anything we have been given time to spend doing things at home we don’t normally do—Like READ!

Turning Ashes into Activism: SoHo Reclaims its Artistic Tradition

Turning Ashes into Activism: SoHo Reclaims its Artistic Tradition »

2 Aug, 2020
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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

Messages of BLM and Hope Smashed by Opportunists and Greed »

2 Aug, 2020
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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. . .

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.

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.

BASTILLE DAY FROM THE AMERICAN VIEW POINT: IT’S ALL IN THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE’S KEY

BASTILLE DAY FROM THE AMERICAN VIEW POINT: IT’S ALL IN THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE’S KEY »

9 Jul, 2020
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Bastille Day, July 14, marks the day at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Soon after, the French people gave the Marquis de Lafayette, who had helped the United States gain independence from Great Britain, the key to the Bastille as a gesture of good faith, entrusting him to protect France’s newly won liberties. Lafayette, a good friend of George Washington, sent Washington the key in 1790 on behalf of the French people, to solidify the two countries’ friendship.

A Second Opinion: A Trip to Remember

A Second Opinion: A Trip to Remember »

22 May, 2020
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If we had heeded the admonition to Stay Home and Save Lives we wouldn’t have had such a lovely picnic at the coast. A little bit of freedom goes a long way.

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

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

11 May, 2020
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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.”