Our editors' selection of the best galleries, concerts, gigs, cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs, films and more that you won't want to miss this weekend in Barcelona.
Christopher Nolan. USA, 2014. Original language, Spanish subtitles. 169'.
If you missed seeing Christopher Nolan's space odyssey on the big screen, here's your second chance. The film's visuals and the original way it looks at questions and challenges that face space travel made it one of the top films of last year. Life on Earth is coming to an end, and a group of scientists decide to go on a mission to find a new planet for humans to inhabit. Their mission will be vital to the survival of the human race, but it will also make them give up everything they left behind. (Read the Time Out review.)Read more
Art Blakey (1919-1990) left his mark on the history of jazz in a big way. Those who played as part of his Messengers include illustrious musicians who are beacons of contemporary jazz such as Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. Between 1982 and 1986 the saxophonist Jean Toussaint was also a Messenger alongside Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Mulgrew Miller. Now it's Toussaint who wants to pay special tribute to Blakey with a live show that highlights the essence of the band and the explosion of a hard bop that created a whole new school of jazz.Read more
Eleven photographers have their work on display in this exhibition, among them Antonio Gavilán, Carlos Pérez de Rozas, Emilio Godes, Juan Gyenes and Salvador Torres Garriga. The images are recent high-quality reproductions of original negatives that were stored in Reproducciones Sabaté, one of the industrial photography labs in Barcelona, which is still active, where film producers left negatives of stills to make copies for the press and advertising. Via stills of film shoots, this exhibition captures how, in those turbulent years when the Republic succumbed to the Franco dictatorship, film represented the ideal of society, with its contradictions and its own particular characteristics, illustrating how people worked and spent their leisure time, and how couples spent their time. The exhibition also aims to vindicate stills as an art form, and a much more important part of the process of film-making than they was previously considered.Read more
Brazil is the star of the festivities tonight with Wagner Pa, a Brazilian musician and singer who's called Barcelona his home for more than two decades. For the occasion, his band Bazuca Matraca will be with him for a performance full of new bossanova, sophisticated sounds of world music, and touches of jazz, funk and soul. Rounding out the line-up are Araca Samba and Barcelona resident Chilean singer Manuela Paz, who competed on the talent show 'La Voz' ('The Voice'), with her electrifying dose of soul, pop, funk and R&B.Read more
Canarian singer Esther Ovejero takes the stage at Jamboree to show her audience how her personal and artistic transformation has been a source of surprise and enthusiasm for fans and critics alike. Convertida en Ricca pumps its energy into the repertoire and sound influenced directly by funk, soul and jazz.Read more
Fifty years ago, on July 3, 1965, The Beatles gave a one-night-only concert in Barcelona's Plaza Monumental bullring, before 25,000 screaming fans who were yearning for freedom more than anything, something Catalans didn't have under the Franco regime. To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the concert, the gallery presents a retrospective of some 20 photographs selected by the Fab Four themselves, illustrating their beginnings, from 1963 to 1969.Read more
How'd you like to dance along to the rhythms of one of the best Cuban music groups in town? Sazonando's concerts have a tropical sound and are tops in music quality. It's a colourful cocktail with little umbrellas and fruits in to get everyone moving from the first tune to the last.Read more
Leo McCarey. USA, 1957. Original language, Spanish subtitles. 119'.
During a cruise, a playboy (Cary Grant) who's an aspiring artist meets a singer (Deborah Kerr). They're each engaged to someone else, but nonetheless fall in love and, once they're back in New York they decide to spend some time apart to see if they still feel the same way in six months, when they set a date to meet at the top of the Empire State Building.Read more
Under the name Dour Festival, this weekend's dose of Piknic brings to the gardens of Montjuïc names like Mr. Scruff (3pm), who plays across genres; Surfing Leons (4pm), a Belgian artist with a clear leaning towards the house sounds out of Berlin and London; Breakbot (5.30pm), a French producer and DJ mostly known for his remixes, and Irfane, whose 'Baby I'm Yours' video has won plenty of awards; and Belgian-born, Berlin-based Kill Frenzy (7.30pm), who has an infinite affinity for crude, lewd, deep and dark vibrations. Getting the day started is DJ Coco (1pm), a key to understanding the local and national independent and electronic scene.Read more
Among the musicians who have marked a turning point in the history of jazz, John Coltrane (1926-1967) is one of biggest. The release of his album 'A Love Supreme' (1965) is one of the peaks not only of his career but of the jazz genre as a whole. This year marks 50 years since the album came out, and to celebrate the anniversary, Swedish drummer resident in Barcelona Anton Jarl, an admirer and connoisseur of Coltrane’s sound, has brought together a quartet to re-create his masterpiece. A declaration of love supreme to close out the San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival at Jamboree.Read more
Jim Jarmusch. UK, France, German, Greece, 2013. Original language, Spanish subtitles. 123'.
Jim Jarmusch's latest film is a story of immortal love between two highly intelligent and sophisticated bohemian vampires (Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who have to fight daily against their basic instinct for blood and against the fact that they have to hide their true identities. Set in modern-day decadent and post-industrial Detroit, and in Tangier with romantic airs, the film is an exercise in fascinating style where the filmmaker conveys a love of knowledge and artistic creation, but also the profound disapointment with the direction humanity has taken. A minimal story full of tenderness and irony, far from the usual truculent vampire film. (Read the Time Out review.)