Illustration by Francisco Freixas
November 09 cover
The November 2009 issue of Metropolitan takes a look at different social, political and cultural features of Barcelona today.
First off, our main report, by Richard Schweid, is an examination of the rapidly expanding Chinese-Catalan community in Barcelona, how its members are integrating, finding work and the difficulties some of them experience due to the perceptions of local people. We also have an article by Regina W. Bryan about anarchism in Barcelona. Although today it's not a movement that many people take an interest in here, in the past, it was one of the principal political ideologies for a large number of Catalans and Spaniards. Brad Southern investigates the underground music scene in Barcelona, looking at the different genres that have taken off here in recent years, including 'chiptune' and rockabilly.
In Food and Drink, Tara Stevens went to the outer reaches of the Eixample Dreta to try the seafood at Fondo do Mar—find out here whether her seafood safari was worth it. Her lunch recommendation comes from the Rambla del Poblenou and a Andalucian-style tapas bar that specialises in Iberian pork products. And Iberian pork is the featured item in Market watch this month; according to Tara, although it's more expensive than pork from the north of Europe, once you've tasted the Iberian variety, "you'll never go back".
Our featured interview is with Canadian comedian Stephanie Figueira, who tells Nicola Thornton about the pleasures and pains of trying to make people laugh. We also spoke to three brothers who are currently on their bikes, cycling around the south of Europe following the route taken by Hannibal and his brothers on their way to try and conquer Rome more than 2,000 years ago.
Comedy dominates the culture section with two shows from the Guinness Laughter Lounge in November, and the second edition of the International Comedy Festival from the Giggling Guiri. We have tickets to give away for both of these stand-up comedy events—check the links for details. Also in this month's agenda of what's on in Barcelona, we've got a preview of the African Film Festival by Jonathan Bennett, a feature about what Depeche Mode and Simple Minds, both performing this month in Barcelona, have been up to for the past 30 years, and Alexander McSpadden reviews the Modernologies exhibition on now at the MACBA.