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Dining, SFoodie Teleferic Barcelona: Tapas That Are Worth the Trip

Teleferic Barcelona: Tapas That Are Worth the Trip

Twenty-two years ago, Soledad Urabayen introduced the people of Barcelona to art of the pincho,(a two-bite bar snack native to the Basque country of Northern Spain) when she opened the restaurant RONDES (now Telefèric Sant Cugat) in the village of Sant…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cornerstones


The Design & Architecture Films Showcase gathers a dozen recent documentaries about design, architecture, and urban planning. These are films that consider the enormous challenges of practical aesthetics, from rebuilding Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, to exhuming subterranean rivers…
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Music, Hear This Wavves: Show Preview

Wavves: Show Preview

After releasing two self-titled albums as a San Diego bedroom punk keen on songs about goths and weed, Wavves' Nathan Williams saw his career flash before his eyes when a drug cocktail sunk his set at Barcelona's Primavera Sound, leading…
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Music, Hear This Die Antwoord: Show Preview

Die Antwoord: Show Preview

Barcelona's cutting-edge, 18-year-old Sónar music festival spans multiple days, venues, and styles of electronic music. The traveling version, which comes to eight North American cities this year, furthers the goal of presenting a strong alternative to the teenage EDM parties…
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Film, "The Other Dream Team": A Classic, Feel-Good Sports Doc

"The Other Dream Team": A Classic, Feel-Good Sports Doc

Shining a light on one corner of the former Soviet empire is The Other Dream Team, the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball squad. The Lithuanians were inevitably overshadowed by the U.S. team, which for the first time included…
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Film, "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress": Bare-Bones Documentary Provides Feast For the Senses

"El Bulli: Cooking in Progress": Bare-Bones Documentary Provides Feast For the Senses

Molecular gastronomy star Ferran Adrià's Catalonian culinary paradise El Bulli served its last meal on July 31, as the overhead of running the world's most innovative and exclusive restaurant dwarfed the income recoupable from serving 8,000 $500 meals a year.…
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Music, BeatBox Delorean: Show Preview

Delorean: Show Preview

Hailing from Barcelona, and naming its latest album Subiza after the Basque town in which it was recorded, Spanish four-piece Delorean has risen to prominence as a sort of Balearic club primer updated for indie kids. Seemingly written for an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dream On

Dream On

The temptation in the blog world might be to slot Spain's Delorean in with home-recording "chillwave" outfits like Toro y Moi and Washed Out. While the Basque-bred, Barcelona-based quartet does feature some of the sun-drenched synthesizers and swishy house beats…
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Calendar, Night&Day When a Sunflower Is Not a Sunflower

When a Sunflower Is Not a Sunflower

Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei is a major talent. His often-giant work has been shown in Barcelona, Tokyo, and Munich, and is scheduled to appear soon in São Paulo and London. Soon, his “Owl Houses” series will appear at the Presidio…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Antonio Gaudi</i>

Antonio Gaudi

This brief (72-minute) tribute to the visionary Spanish architect Gaudi (1852-1926) by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) is a beautifully oblique cinematic biography that focuses more on the creations than the creator. Utilizing subtitles without dialogue, ethereal electronic sounds…
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Dining, Eat Contigo takes a bite out of Catalan

Contigo takes a bite out of Catalan

The best thing about a trip to Barcelona, the Mediterranean and the architecture of Gaudí notwithstanding, is going on a chateo, or tapas hunt. You've had your afternoon supper, a pleasant siesta, and an early-evening stroll along Las Ramblas, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Antonio Gaudi</i>

Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi, the architect who made Barcelona into a Dr. Seuss fever dream during the course of his life, is profiled in this 1985 documentary. As befitting his twisted forms and wavy walls, Gaudi is presented largely without narration, giving…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Art of Zen (Honk!)

The Art of Zen (Honk!)

If a clown honks his nose in the middle of a forest and no one hears it, is the clown still funny? Such questions would have been welcomed at the Zen Center of Los Angeles while Moshe Cohen was an…
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Music, El Guincho&#146;s global beats take flight

El Guincho’s global beats take flight

When it comes to Barcelona-based musician Pablo Diaz Reixa and his one-man band, El Guincho, your limbs may react before your brain does. His newly released breakthrough album, Alegranza, is a sampledelic, Spanish-language valentine to island rhythms, underground hip-hop, Afrobeat,…
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Film, Film Feature

The Young Man's Dream

The last time I interviewed Woody Allen, at his editing suite on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he was preparing the release of Match Point (2005), a dark morality play about an ambitious — and ultimately homicidal — tennis instructor working…
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Music, Hear This Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones might be the only Latin band participating in this year's edition of the Warped Tour. But audiences wouldn't guess the band's Spanish origin by the music, which is a blend of psychedelic pop and '80s-inspired…
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News, Sucka Free City Little GoCars are big polluters

Little GoCars are big polluters

Anyone frequenting North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, or other S.F. tourist haunts has been startled by the chainsawlike whine of tiny yellow three-wheelers hurtling by as a recorded voice bellows GPS-guided driving directions. These GoCars use the same 50cc, two-stroke motorboat-style…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bomb Globally

Bomb Globally

Like a tagger with a camera, director Jon Reiss puts his mark on the canon of graffiti films using an appropriate technique: He goes bigger than anyone, hitting five continents over a two-year period. Reiss, who documented electronic music with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Private Eyes

Private Eyes

We dream sweet dreams of Barcelona, where the ladies all look like Penelope Cruz and the men all look like Gael García Bernal. (We fully realize that Bernal is Mexican, not Spanish. But this is our fantasy, so hush.) The…
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Music, Reviewed Prefuse 73

Prefuse 73

The production work of Scott Herren began as a study in diametric personalities. The Brooklyn- and Atlanta-based producer emerged full-force in 2000 under the aliases Delarosa & Asora, Savath and Savalas, and Prefuse 73. With each compounding persona he further…
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