Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Barcelona manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.
Renowned for his love of languages, this autumn comedian, actor and Europhile Eddie Izzard embarked on his first Spanish tour, attempting to perform much of the show in Spanish. After taking the show to Madrid, he's back in Barcelona for another ten shows! These very special performances offer a unique opportunity to witness Izzard’s work in progress as he attempts to master a new language. As with his French and German shows before, Izzard began the run with a very basic grasp of the language, and, through performance and interaction with his audiences, he's still working to build up to performing the whole show in Spanish by the end of the run.
Veteran California power pop band The Rubinoos are back in Barcelona a year after their last visit with this concert at a 'family friendly' time of day, where minors can also get in with their parents. The band, who started out in 1970, will play tunes from their latest studio album, '45', as well as some of their infectious hits from over the years, including 'I Think We're Alone Now' and 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend'. Opening for them are local band Suzy & los Quattro, disciples of The Rubinoos themselves, who will give you a sneak peek at their new album, 'Faster & Louder', set for a March 2017 release.
It's Eat Street's first edition of the new year, where you can sample quality street food in the city. The date is at Nau Bostik and this time it's a mega yet very chilled-out breakfast edition, on from noon to 8pm, featuring breakfast dishes from around the world: Mexico, India, Venezuela, Turkey, Catalonia, Greece and beyond. You'll find litres of coffee, rest areas and good music spun by various DJs.
This year is the 15th of DelicARTessen, the most popular exhibition at the Esther Monturiol gallery. It brings together some 300 works of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography by about 90 artists. Like in the last two editions, you'll be able to find at least one work by each of the artists that starts from €100.
Here's a presentation concert for you from the new label Ataque Records, which aims to release limited editions of vinyls by national and international artists, with a double bill of rock 'n' roll. One is American band Death Valley Girls, an explosion of glam, punk, garage, riot grrrl and classic rock 'n' roll. Opening the night are Los Wilds from Madrid, one of the best bets on the rock scene out of the Spanish capital, with their new single, 'No me toques mama', the first from the label on 7" vinyl.
To coincide with the Sant Antoni neighbourhood's annual Festa Major street party, for the fifth year in a row, the Craft Beer Fair is back, where all day long you can sample various types of craft beer made by producers in Barcelona and Catalonia. You'll find them on C/ de Urgell, between Floridablanca and Tamarit, and each glass is €2.
This power-funk band is led by bassist Charlie Moreno, who has spent his career touring with top artists on the national scene with the creation of his own project, Blackbird Studios. The band present their firs album, a work influenced by classic funk but with modern touches as well.
The 'Divendres amb...' (Friday with...) series brings in young creators in the world of visual arts to share their experiences with the public in informal surroundings. Tonight it's all about Cristina Otero (Pontevedra, Galicia, 1995), who discovered her passion for photography when she was just 13 years old, and at 15 she had her first exhibition at the Kir Royal Gallery in Valencia, making her the youngest Spanish artist to have a solo exhibition. Currently her photos make up part of important collections in Germany, Canada, the UK, Spain and Brazil. Otero's work has been a revelation on social media as well. (In Spanish.)
The classical music concert series named after an Oasis album, '(What's the Story) Morning Glory', is back with daytime performances at Sala Apolo every Sunday for a month at noon, locally known as vermouth hour. The series aims to programme classical music out of its usual context – that is, in a popular concert hall and electronic music club, in relaxed surroundings, the audience sat on sofas and in armchairs, in small format and for a reduced audience.On January 22 you can take in a concert by Marco Mezquida, a pianist who plays classical pieces with a different and innovative touch. At just 29 years old, Mezquida has become one of the most sought-after musicians on the jazz scene and in improvised music. Praised by critics and audiences for his versatility and strong musical magnetism, Mezquida is one of the most well-rounded and expressive artists of his generation.