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Rufus T. Firefly, FestiMad

Rufus T. Firefly, FestiMad

FestiMad 2015

Madrid's big music festival is on this year from April 22 to May 9 in various venues throughout the city. More than 50 concerts will fill over 30 venues with music. If that sounds good to you, then you'll really love the prices: some concerts will be free, and the most expensive won't cost more than €30. The festival also coincides with the Comunidad de Madrid festival, featuring the annual Festi MADTASTE battle of the bands.

  1. Various venues
  2. Wed May 6 - Sat May 9
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'Plataforma Maritíma del Casino Marie-Christine', Raoul Dufy

'Plataforma Maritíma del Casino Marie-Christine', Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy

His art is the exaltation of the joy of life, a hymn to the pleasure that he claimed through his paintings, wonders in manipulating light from colour. Now, part of the work of Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), an artist who played an essential role in the birth of the avant-garde, comes to the Thyssen Museum. A total of 89 pieces are added to the four works owned by the museum and honour the memory of this artist with a brilliant palette who was included in the pantheon of masters for a time and then unfairly relegated to oblivion soon after. It's a show that tells of his first steps as an Impressionist and Fauvist artist, and his next as a Cubist painter and author of works of printing, prints and ceramics.

  1. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Palacio de Villahermosa. Paseo del Prado 8, 28014
  2. Wed May 6 - Sun May 17
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Thinking shacks

The places where artists like Knut Hamsun, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas and Gustav Mahler conceived their work are the core of 'Cabañas para pensar' ('Thinking Shacks'), that the Círculo de Bellas Artes is currently hosting. The exhibition gives us a peek at the intimate surroudings of 11 key thinkers and creators of modern art to see that these spaces carved out for creating all turned out to be minimalist buildings surrounded by lush nature – places tending toward the primitive that we can contemplate via photographs displayed alongside plans, models and other documentation.

  1. Círculo de Bellas Artes Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2, 28014
  2. Wed May 6 - Sun May 31
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The Water Diviner

  • Rated as: 3/5

You know him as a surly lunk of slab-faced Aussie manhood. But Russell Crowe shows his squishy side as the director of this soft-hearted war melodrama. He also stars as Connor, a farmer whose three sons are missing presumed dead on the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli. Coming on like Liam Neeson without the leather jacket, four years later he travels to Turkey, dad-on-a-mission style, to bring home the bodies of his boys. Once there, he encounters the obligatory sneering British officer who orders him back to Australia. (read more)

The Pyramid

  • Rated as: 2/5

Who would you choose to take along on a pioneering Egyptian tomb excavation? Chances are, it wouldn’t be a guy who looks like Indiana Jones’s bookish, bad-tempered uncle, the year’s most hapless screen blonde and the mouthy one from ‘The Inbetweeners’. Yet here they are, getting into all manner of scrapes inside a millennia-old structure buried deep in that part of the Sahara desert that looks suspiciously like California. (read more)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

  • Rated as: 1/5

Cinema lovers, you should thank God for Kevin James. This oft-ridiculed screen giant is here to answer a question that has plagued mankind for decades now: what would a film be like if every single person involved made as little effort as humanly possible? It’s been six years since the inexplicably successful ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’, and our hero (Kevin James) is in a rut. His wife has left him, his mother was flattened by a milk truck and his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) is planning to leave home. (read more)

Woman In Gold

  • Rated as: 3/5

A powerful true-life tale becomes the stuff of workaday drama in ‘Woman in Gold’. A dusky lady looks quizzically out from a mosaic of gold leaf in the Klimt canvas dubbed ‘Austria’s Mona Lisa’. But for elderly LA resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), it’s a portrait of her Aunt Adele, and a painful reminder of the lives, home and property wrenched from her Jewish family during the Nazi annexation of Austria. In the late 1990s, changes in Austrian law allowed the handing back of looted treasures to their owners. So Mirren’s crotchety but indefatigable Maria and a junior lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) begin an against-the-odds battle against Vienna’s state-run Belvedere Gallery. (read more)

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