Photo by Fredrik Skogkvist
I'm from Barcelona
Razzmatazz, Friday 17th, 1am
- Háblame de amor is the first film directed by Italian Silvio Muccino, who you might know from starring in films directed by his brother, Gabriele Muccino. This movie focuses on the unrequited love of 20-year-old Sasha, the son of two drug addicts, who holds a flame for the beautiful Benedetta who doesn't appear to know he exists.
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe) Hasn't he grown? Now 16 and entering his last year at Hogwarts, Harry finds a book marked by the Half Blood Prince and embarks on a journey of discovery about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
- Don't Look Down (No mires para abajo) is a sentimental story of a boy's sexual awakening. Winner of the Best Picture at the 2008 Latin American Film Festival.
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- The good-guys known as the Buffetlibre DJs have organised PEACE; a new charity-focused initiative that invites artists from 50 countries to play concerts of their new material to raise awareness and money for Amnesty International. The first concert is this weekend and the boys will be DJing and performing alongside Swedish culty-folky band I'm from Barcelona. Razzmatazz, 1am.
- Starting out in New York in 1981, Silicone Soul have always liked to push the boundaries of their sound, normally with home-made synthesizers that produce some of the most progressive electronic dance music around. The pair are also famed for their interesting collaborations with some of the world's finest musicians. La Terrrazza, 11pm
- Barbie loves Vinçon celebrates the iconic plastic doll who's currently enjoying her 50th birthday year. Not looking a day over 20, the blonde beauty shows off her wardrobe with items from every age plus drawings, posters, photos and a variety of versions of her lovely self. Vinçon, until August 29th.
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- A night of jazz piano from Albert Bover and Bruce Barth, two of the best names around. Bover is a home-grown talent and well-known on the Catalan jazz scene, while Californian Bruce Barth has played with the greats like Wynton Marsalis and Freddie Hubbard. Jamboree, 9pm & 11pm
- The Mongol Rally was born out of the desire to fight boredom and raise money for charity. It started in 2004 and saw just six intrepid teams set off from the UK in tiny, ridiculous vehicles to see if they could make it all the way to Mongolia. Six years on and there are now 500 teams taking part and Barcelona has become an official launch location. Witness the crazy adventurers set off on their frankly insane journey and wonder just how many of them will make it over the finish line. www.mongolrally.theadventurists.com
- French artist Valérie Mréjen presents La place de la concorde. The main feature are 17 videos made between 1997, the start of her artistic career, and the present day, but it also includes five works made specially for this exhibition. Like the majority of Mréjen's work, the principal body of work explores language and all of its possibilities, like dialogue and in short stories; her work is always centred on literature, cinema and video. La Virreina Centre de la Imatge until September 6th.
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- As part of the Grec 09 festival, rising jazz star Jaume Vilaseca and his band play tracks from their latest musical offering, Jazznesis—The Music of Genesis. The album is a jazz re-intrepretation of the music of Genesis from the years 1970-74. Gerard Quintana accompanies them. Plaça del Rei, 10pm.
- Picnic Day Party is the latest Sunday session from Secretsundaze, the treasured club night from London. Founders Giles Smith, James Priestley and favourite mixing desk character Dorian Paic play top tracks whilst visual treats compete with the sunset. La Terrrazza, 6pm.