Sunday, 6 April 2008

Paloma's Birthday Party

Today is Paloma's birthday, and yesterday night we all went to her party at El Atril. The bar isn't what it used to be. Now there's only one table and the board games and most of the pictures that gave it it's character have gone (the pictures are in the basement). The music is the same eclectic mix of seventies nostalgia, contemporary pop and salsa. They don't bother to crush the ice for the “mojitos” any more. Had to wash all my clothes this morning as the reeked of tobacco smoke; so much for the supposedly harsh anti-smoking legislation in Spain.

But we all had a good time. Feliz Cumpleaños, Paloma.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Bob Wilson's Lady of the Sea at the Matadero

Go to see this production at the “Naves del Español” an annex to the national theatre, the Teatro Español at the “Matadero,” the old slaughterhouse complex along the road from where I live. It was a production by the Teatro Español in collaboration with Change Performing Arts

The play is a rewriting of Henrik Ibsen's classic by the late Susan Sontag and directed by Robert Wilson. We enjoyed it very much. The last of Wilson's works I saw was “Einstein on the Beach” “Teatro de Madrid” (back in 1992?).