Zah-ra Alma Ghassemino
Retratos de Babilonia
Gracia Arts Project
- Anticristo is the latest release from polemical Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier. Loved and loathed in equal amount, this shocking and, to some minds, over-the-top film has, like most of his work divided both public and critics. Starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg it centres on a grieving couple who retreat to their remote house 'Eden' in the woods with the aim of saving their marriage, but nature turns on them and it ends in the mother of all marital fights. Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish.
- El Mundo do los perdidos (The Land of the Lost) Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Ferrell has made some funny films, unfortunately this one, by all accounts is not one of them. A scientist and two tour guides fall through a space-time vortex into a parallel world where they encounter aliens and talking primates.
- Bye Bye Berlusconi is a political satire by Germany's Jan Henrik Stahlberg that shows us a slightly farcical Berlusconi and uses the film-within-a-film plot device with reasonable success. It stars Maurizio Antonini, who makes a living from being a double for the controversial Italian leader.
- La vida ante sus ojos (The Life Before Her Eyes) stars Uma Thurman and Rachel Evans Wood and concentrates on the tricksy idea of a massacre survivor who has her tranquil and idyllic family life threatened by troubling flashbacks to that life-changing event.
- Melacolía pasada is the first show by Ikegaki Tadahiko to be shown in Europe. Tadahiko is an artist and researcher at Kyoto Seika University and his short-running exhibition shows black and white chalcographies and works done with specialist Japanese gampi paper. Galeria Red 03, until August 23rd
- Retratos de Babilonia, (Stories from Babylon), Two international artists Karen Klink from Lebanon and Zah-ra Alma Ghassemino from Iran show off their latest work. Both are talented illustrators and use a variety of techniques in this, their latest exhibition. Gràcia Arts Project, until August 31st.
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- Leslie Helpert is performing for the first time in Spain, the prolific singer songwriter will be playing some pieces from her huge repertoire of acoustic guitar tracks. El Colmado, 10.30pm
- Fatima Spar and her band The Freedom Fries have forged their own unique and highly regarded sound cosseted in between jazz, world and alternative music. The group play around 100 live gigs a year and this year sees them tour with their acclaimed second album, Trust. Luz de Gas, 10pm
- Dance music's busiest polymath Carl Craig hails from the motor city, Detroit, where, as well as producing and running his own label Planet E, he still finds time to make tracks, like his seminal 'Bug in the Bassbin', often credited with moving drum and bass forward from its original ragga roots. Razzmatazz
- Anyone who has been listening to house music and found themselves in a club in the last 20 years will no doubt be familiar with this guy, Robert Owens. The vocalist, DJ and producer has been around since his first outing in Fingers Inc., with good friend Larry 'Mr Fingers' Heard. Now working solo on projects with the likes of Coldcut, his latest album Night-time Stories is set to be a mix of future classics. La Terrrazza
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- The Glasgow-based DJ Alex Smoke is one of the hottest names around after releasing the two stonking big albums, Incommunicado in 2005 and the ambitious Paradolía in 2006. No doubt he will be bringing his own mixed up brand of Detroit-influenced, tech-groove to delight the dance floor. Row 14
- If Hot Chip and MGMT feature on your ipod then you should get yourself down to the Passion Pit gig tonight. The brainchild of Michael Angelakos, the chirpy electronic five-piece from Massachusetts play synth-pop and hook-heavy, upbeat tracks and have been included in numerous 'Ones to watch in 2009' lists. Razzmatazz
- An exciting new pianist, Yaron Herman is joined by his band to play jazz and tracks from his latest album Muse. Part of the ongoing Mas i Mas festival. Jamboree, 9pm and 11pm
- The Festa Major de Sants tends to get a little bit sidelined thanks to the more showy Gràcia fiesta but it's a fun day out none the less. Today is the day when the main action starts with bingo, sardanes, workshops and concerts all out on the streets. Until August 30th
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- One of the most special venues in the city, the terrace of La Pedrera is the setting for violinist Helena Sauté and Vladislav Bronevetzky on piano to play a series of concerts. Their set will feature works by Frederic Mompou, Edvard Grieg and Beethoven. La Pedrera, Saturday & Sunday, 7, 8 and 9pm