Top things to do this weekend in Barcelona
English pianist James Rhodes has become something of a mass phenomenon, beyond his usual genre of classical music. Thanks to his books, where he's written about his life and musical experiences, Rhodes has managed to capture a wider audience for classical music. Now he's in town at the Palau de la Música Catalana to offer a recital with pieces by Beethoven, Chopin and Bach / Busoni.
The bicycle is the star of the day in the city on March 24 with the 'Bicicletada' and Bicycle Party to celebrate the month of the bicycle (April) a bit early this year. Pedals start moving at 10am with a starting shot at the intersection of C/Aragó and Passeig de Sant Joan. Anyone can join this bicicletada that runs 12 kilometres and finishes on Passeig de Lluís Companys, where you'll brake at the big party (which also starts at 10am). There you can enjoy plenty of activities and workshops for all ages, with the biggie being a mosaic of a bicycle being drawn that will be visible from the sky.
Welcome to the second edition of this gastronomic festival on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona's most popular street for shopping and lined with plenty of great places to eat. The festival, on from March 14 to 24, sees the avenue and adjacent streets featuring offers from 18 of the area's stand-out restaurants. There's a route of small dishes you can purchase for €7, sampling menus for €50, and all kinds of gourmet experiences with important local chefs.
For more than ten years the multinational band members of Guateque Town has been winning and breaking hearts in Barcelona with their darkly comic take on life in songs that range from vintage pop, country and swing classics to Tom Waits as well as their own original material, all sung in the sort of close harmony that gives you goosebumps.
Vans is putting on Girls Skate Camp, a day dedicated to girls and women into skateboarding and featuring loads of activities for experts and newbies alike. The big draw of the event are the free skateboarding classes, available to all girls and women who sign up. Plus you'll find DIY workshops, skateboarding videos, a photo exhibition, and music from DJ Virginie. Get inspiration by watching live demonstrations by big names on the local skateboarding scene along with international skaters from the UK and France. In adition to free classes for beginners, Girls Skate Camp also features Cash for Tricks this year, for women with more experience.
Blues & Ritmes is a veteran music festival in nearby Badalona celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It gets underway with a free concert in the Teatre Principal with Eric Bibb, one of the most distinguished musicians in recent blues history, with such sublime albums as 'Migration Blues' (2017). Bibb kicks off the series of live music performances with a fab quartet which includes Paul Robinson, who played drums behind Nina Simone for two decades.
Stanley Kubrick's brain was a perfectionist, neurotic machine. It expressed itself with the calm voice of Hal 9000 but behind the wild eyes of an axe-swinging Jack Nicholson. This exhibition at the CCCB is impressive, a peek into the labyrinthine mind of the genius. From Kubrick's beginnings as a photographer for 'Look' magazine and his time documenting the life of boxer Walter Cartier to all the works he left unfinished, the exhibition takes you on an electrifying journey that's at times diabolical, at times satirical, at times pure pop pleasure.
The current fave on the American folk scene, I'm With Her, featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, played the Blues & Ritmes festival in 2015, and now they're back this year to present 'See You Around' (2018), an album full of virtuoso bluegrass and vocals from another dimension.
Stellar Belgian DJ and producer Charlotte de Witte makes her debut at Nitsa after having been the headliner at an Xceed party and publishing with Turbo Recordings, Suara and the renowned trance label Bonzai Records, remixing the classic Jones & Stephenson. The Flemish singer's talent has taken her all over the world, where she's performed in the best festivals and clubs on the scene.
Albert Quesada, a choreographer linked to Mercat de les Flors, presents his latest creation, where he once again dives into the world of flamenco and its complexities. Under the name 'Flamingos', the dancer aims to move beyond the stereotypes of flamenco from the perspective of a contemporary creator.
The Adams Family and Big Mouthers come together for the second time in Luz de Gas to bring you the greatest hits from Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. You'll hear many a classic tune, like 'It's My Life', 'Livin' on a Prayer', 'I Do It for You' (Bon Jovi), 'Heaven', 'Summer of '69' (Bryan Adams) and more. A perfect experience for fans of rock.
Down Urban BCN is a spectacular test of descent on bicycles that starts at the Olympic Stadium and heads down the Avinguda de l'Estadi to the MNAC and the Montjuïc fountains. The descent is full of jumps and obstacles along the emblematic stairs. There will also be a test for the king of DUB, the Dual – the competition that features two riders at a time, and the winner passes through eliminations and to the final. Participants are the top classified riders in Urban Descent, which will have been decided just a few hours before this event. The competition also includes a circuit with ups and downs where XCO riders compete. At 8.30am the first of the official events start, and prizes are scheduled to be awarded around 2.30pm.
This monographic exhibition features the work of Bartolomé de Cárdenas (aka El Bermejo), an exceptional painter from the second half of the 15th century. His work stands out for its extraordinary technique and for its iconographic originality. The exhibition presents 21 oil panel paintings, almost the whole of what he produced, together with other works by contemporary artists, and it also reveals little-known aspects of the painter behind the 'Pietat Desplà'.
The party known as Matrix celebrates its second anniversary in Barcelona with a spicy metamorphosis in Sala Safari. In room 1, Matrix Metamorphosis, you'll get music spun by Manuel de Diego, De Felipe and Tamayo, and in room 2, it's Mad Bear, Amadeo, Fina & Filipina and DJ Felix. It's a night to explore the unlimited possibilities of artificial universes...
Tricicle are a wildly popular sketch act who formed in Barcelona in 1979, and after 40 years, they've decided to say adiós. With gestures, of course, as the trio perform without language, so everyone can get in on the fun. Their final set of performances are 'Hits', featuring a selection of acts chosen, we're told, by fans via the Tricicle website. Though this means there's not any kind of thread or theme running through the show as fans might be accustomed to, it doesn't take away at all from the humour and enjoyment of this 100 percent recommendable show.