Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Good Things Come on Small Plates

We gave you the heads up on El Quinto Pino way back in September but it appears that the NYT has jumped on the Pino bandwagon.

Save your appetite for candy and just have a snack at El Quinto Pino, which Peter Meehan calls “New York’s best, and maybe only, true tapas bar.” The tiny new spot — which shares a chef with another Spanish favorite, Tía Pol — has no tables, just a bar, a counter and 16 seats. But seafood dishes like the “perfect boquerones” (white anchovies) and “the sandwich of the year” — sea urchin with Korean mustard oil on a toasted ficelle — are worth standing, and waiting for, Mr. Meehan writes. The cocktails and the wine list are both excellent, so the only thing you’ll need to worry about after your visit is where to go for dinner.

For Barhoppers, a True Tapas Bar,” by Peter Meehan

Photo Credit (Rebecca McAlpin for The New York Times)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Source: TONY

The weather may be getting colder, but Harlem is just heating up.

Experience “Habana/Harlem,” two days of Cuban culture at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Ave at W135th St) on November 2 and 3, with film screenings of La Fabri-K: The Cuban Hip Hop Factory at 4:30pm and 7:30pm performances, featuring well-known musicians like Grammy Award nominee and internationally acclaimed drummer Ignacio Berroa, vocal sensation Bobi Cespedes, master percussionist Roman Diaz, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Habana Hip-Hop artist Miky Flow, GIF, arranger/pianist Oriente Lopez, improvisational string quartet Sweet Plantain and Orquesta Broadway led by founder/musical director Eddie Zervigon.

Monday, October 29, 2007


A must see film! Simply must see.

Ah, Italian Soul Food

Yes. We love our Latin food. We love all variations of Latin cuisine but cannot deny the deliciousness of:

Source: Rare Daily

Does Manhattan really need another little trattoria serving Italian food?
Who cares?
It’s already here. And it’s really good. Introducing Dell’Anima, the next hot Italian eatery from Joe Campanale, the former Babbo sommelier, and Chef Gabriel Thompson, formerly of Del Posto and Le Bernardin. The name’s Italian for “of the soul” which means Dell’Anima will be serving all kinds of goodness.
Mangia this:
NIGHTLY APERITIVO HOUR. Order one of the infused grappas or the house-made limoncello and you get to pair it with one of the complimentary (yes, free) snacks that are served during the nightly aperitivo hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Or take the edge off with one of the Dale DeGroff-designed cocktails, like the Fragoli Sogno, a crisp and refreshing mix of Hendrick’s Gin, Fragoli liqueur, limoncello, and mint.
100 DIFFERENT VINOS. Swirl your hand blown Bormioli wineglass with one of Joe Campanale’s cherry-picked Italian wine labels. Every bottle was selected to complement and highlight the Italian comfort food menu.
SEASONALLY-INSPIRED ITALIAN. The open kitchen is cinematic but it’s the food that stars (view the menu). Try the bruschetta samplers, like Chickpeas with Preserved Lemon, Roasted Fennel with Olives and Parsley or for the adventurous… the Bone Marrow Custard with Gremolata Salad (bone marrow is definitely the new black). Primi pastas are handmade daily. And the signatures, like the not-too-spicy Chicken al Diavolo and the hearty Braised Lamb Shank are excellent.

Plus, they’re open until 2 a.m.

Buon appetito, indeed.

38 Eighth Avenue (at Jane Street)
Tel: (212) 366-6633

Friday, October 26, 2007

Alternative to online dating, dining at Los Dados

Source: Bottomless Dish/Citysearch

The communal table at Los Dados is supposedly a hot singles scene.

73 Gansevoort St.,
New York, NY 10014
nr. Washington St.
(Photo courtesy of Los Dados)

Free Absolute Beginner Class in Argentine Tango

What do I love more than a dance class? A free dance class! For those of you not dressing up and boozing tonight check out a free absolute beginner workshop in Argentine tango. "Featured in Vogue, the National Herald Tribune, and The Economist, TriANGulO specializes in Argentine tango, the original, more intimate predecessor to international ballroom-style tango. Founder Carina Moeller is a professional dancer with training in modern dance and ballet who has worked and studied with such tango greats as Fabian Salas, Pablo Veron, and Mingo Pugliese. Known for her engaging and precise teaching style, Carina creates a stress-free atmosphere that is particularly appealing to novice dancers."
Date: Friday, October 26th
Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location:Triangulo (35 West 20th, #301 btw 6th and 7th Ave)
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Junot Díaz Live - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Watch Junot live as he discusses the voices in the novel, his own familial influences, fukú's, among other raw segments.

His novel pulses with the language of the Dominican ghetto and a curse ("fukú) that's no urban legend

A decade ago, Dominican-born author Junot Díaz published Drown, a remarkable short story collection that met with critical and popular acclaim. Diaz's first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is worth the wait, showing the author is equally adept at longer form. Telling the story of Oscar, an overweight, oversexed, Dominican sci-fi nerd living in New Jersey, the book is a heady mixture of high and low, sex, street slang, Tolkien references, and political history.


This isn't necessarily a Latincentric event but.. I am Latin and I love champagne so....
It’s cuvées for a cause tonight at Flûte Gramercy’s FlûteFest. Benefiting The Doe Fund, the annual tasting will feature 20 Champagnes, hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ.
Go to sample the boutique producers, or to indulge in your weekly Perrier-Jouët fix.
Thursday (10/25), 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets are $50 and available at or by calling (212) 529-7870.
Flûte Gramercy
40 East 20th Street (Broadway)
(212) 529-7870

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

“Madrid Fashion Week”

Wednesday, October 24 7 pm
Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 684 Park Ave
The works of celebrated designers from Spain, among them - Agatha Ruíz de la Prada, Devota & Lomba, Roberto Torretta, Roberto Verino, Vitorio & Luchino - will be exhibited in a beautiful dynamic presentation conceived by the Association of Creative Designers of Spain. Madrid, a thriving cultural city and a “sister” of New York, is one of the most elegant and vibrant European capitals, where men and women instinctively understand fashion as an integral part of a person’s character and culture.

Admittance: $5 general admission; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for members

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First-class and Mile High

Sure some people fly coach, but sensuous luxury and sumptuous relaxation are the Latina way. And now that Latina vida can be part of the flying experience. If a private airborne suite with a duvet-covered bed for travel and a personal expeditor to whisk you though customs when you arrive at your destination are things you think you deserve then check out…..

The Return of Comfort
Long-haul flights don't have to be painful. Imagine having your own private suite, settling into a duvet-covered bed, and being expedited through customs when you arrive. Flying has never been as luxurious as this See more


Thursday, October 25 - Saturday, October 27 (download program)

Thursday & Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday at 3:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:30p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The 4th annual CortoCircuito Latino Short Film Festival will present the New York audience with over 50 acclaimed and awarded Latin American and Spanish shorts produced in the last decade. Short films play a crucial role in encouraging and fostering independent story telling in the many diverse cultures that make up the landscape of Spain and Latin America. CortoCircuito wants to reveal that diversity to its viewers. For program and further information visit or

Produced by NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. Program by Diana Vargas.

All movies have English subtitles.

Opening reception on Thursday night at the Center.
Closing party after the last Saturday screening – location to be announced.

Sab 27 Fiesta de Halloween Vie 26 Chiva Tour


Este Sabado Oct 27 tendremos nuestra Gran FIESTA ANUAL DE DISFRACES en Dolcino (517 2nd Ave Cruce con la 29th Street en Manhattan), pero un dia antes (Viernes Oct 26) y para calentar motores estaremos realizando un TOUR EN CHIVA que incluye Grupo de Cumbiamba en vivo en la chiva, picada, tour por Manhattan y Queens, ron, sodas y aguardiente ilimitado y remate en Kabala Lounge con grupo vallenato en vivo y un trago de cortesia. La Chiva sale a las 8:30 PM desde Kabala Lounge ubicado en 34-01, 36th Ave y regresara alli mismo despues del recorrido a la 1:00 AM aunque la fiesta continuara alli hasta las 4:00 AM. Entradas Chiva ($50) a los tels 347-256-2795 o 347-239-1056, (cupo limitado) mencionando esta invitacion solamente $40.

Fotos de Nuestras fiestas pasadas de Halloween en el 2004, 2005 y 2006

Monday, October 22, 2007

Chloé. Sample. Sale. Enough said!


Invites you to our
Annual Sample and Stock Sale

75%-90% Off

A fabulous selection of Handbags, Ready-to-Wear, Shoes, and more.

October 25-26, 10 am-6pm

We look forward to seeing you then!!

Location: 450 Park Avenue at 57th street

Macaco: Direct from Barcelona @ BAM

Spain's Macaco makes its New York debut at BAM next weekend. Fusing rumba catalana—the strumming and slapping of flamenco guitars—with hip-hop, reggae, electronica, and pop, Macaco performs in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and English and has a worldwide following for its sensational live shows.
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Sat, Oct 27 at 8pm
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
$20, 25

SOBs after-party with Macaco's late-night side gig:
The Cazique Project with Dj Helios and Dj Muly
Sat, Oct 27
204 Varick Street at West Houston

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hacienda Zorita

Hacienda Zorita
Salamanca, Spain
Sumptuous hacienda/ wine school. This was originally a Dominican convent, but is now one of a group of chic wine hotels, where you can learn how wine is produced and do as much tasting as you like. Located in the Duero valley, 10km from Salamanca it is a destination in itself.
+34 902 109 902

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Spain (Un)Censored

October 17–November 5, 2007

Spanish cinema flourished during General Francisco Franco's regime (1939–75) despite the dictatorship. Provoked by the system they lived under, Spanish directors told stories about the people's hopes and troubles by using humor and symbols that reached their audiences and sidestepped the censors. This unique exhibition explores an era that fought for freedom through cinema.
For more information visit
Other events include a book-release reception for Breaking the Code: Daring Films that Mocked the Repression in Spain at the Instituto Cervantes at Amster Yard on October 18.

Death of a Cyclist. 1955. Spain. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem
Muerte de un Ciclista (Death of a Cyclist). 1955. Spain. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem. With Alberto Closas, Lucía Bosé. Bardem's most celebrated solo effort concerns a university professor and his well-connected mistress, who strike a bicyclist while out driving. To hide their affair, they leave the man to die. This choice destroys their lives and epitomizes the shallowness of their upper-class lifestyle. The contrast between Madrid's rich and poor districts is well captured, but censorship forced Bardem to punish the adulterous woman in a melodramatic ending. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 84 min.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Opening remarks by exhibition participants)
Sunday, October 28, 2007, 2:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

Welcome Mister Marshall!. 1952. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga
¡Bienvenido Mister Marshall! (Welcome Mister Marshall!). 1952. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. With José Isbert, Lolita Sevilla. The run-down Castilian village of Villar del Río rouses itself from slumber at the news that Americans representing the Marshall Plan are due to visit. The mayor, eager to snare a hefty slice of economic aid, prepares to welcome "Mr. Marshall" with toasts of lemonade and sangria. Persuaded by a passing entertainment agent that the village's dried-up fountain, black-shrouded women, and listless men will never attract the Americans' benefaction, the town sets about preparing another kind of welcome. In Spanish; English subtitles. 78 min.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 8:15 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

The Little Flat. 1958. Spain. Directed by Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferri
El Pisito
(The Little Flat). 1958. Spain. Directed by Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferri. Screenplay by Rafael Azcona, Ferreri. With José Luis López Vázquez, Mary Carrillo. Ferreri's anti-bourgeois black comedy centers on the life of Rodolfo, a middle-class man who leases a room in the overcrowded apartment of Doña Martina, a crotchety, dying octogenarian. Until he can afford his own place, Rodolfo cannot marry his embittered fiancée, who persuades her meek boyfriend to propose to Martina in order to inherit the apartment. In Spanish; English subtitles. 80 min.
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Monday, October 29, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Plácido. 1961. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga
Plácido. 1961. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Screenplay by Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano. With Casto Sendra-Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez. Academy Award–nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Plácido is a comedy about an impoverished man who spends the day before Christmas trying to avoid foreclosure on his motorbike. His frantic dealings with bankers and lawyers are set against the film's satirical canvas of a provincial town putting on a showy Christmas campaign called "Seat a Poor Man at Your Table." In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 8:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1

Nine Letters to Bertha. 1965. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino
Nueve Cartas a Berta (Nine Letters to Bertha). 1965. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino. With Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Mari Carrillo. Upon returning from an English holiday, Lorenzo, a student in 1950s fascist Spain, writes to Berta, the daughter of an exile. Having experienced another way of life, he shares his desire to leave his provincial family and discover life on his own. Patino's first feature shows a Spain shifting toward modernity and reveals Franco's regime as backward and stifling. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.
Friday, October 19, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Discussion with the filmmaker)
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Discussion with the filmmaker)

Songs for after a War. 1971. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino
Canciones para Después de una Guerra (Songs for after a War). 1971. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino. A documentary about popular songs in the first fifteen years of the Franco dictatorship, this film begins with footage of joyous people making the fascist salute at a public demonstration. The editing of over four thousand film clips mirrors the rhythms of the musical background. One song declaims, "You can do anything you want, even kill me," leaving the impression of Franco's regime as a cult of death. Although it contains no direct political criticism, this documentary was deemed unacceptable for public viewing, but was privately screened by the censors and their families. After completing the film (which was finally released after Franco's fall), Patino decided to go underground to make documentaries. In Spanish; English subtitles. 96 min.
Friday, October 19, 2007, 8:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Discussion with the filmmaker)
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Discussion with the filmmaker)

Aunt Tula. 1964. Spain. Directed by Miguel Picazo
La Tía Tula (Aunt Tula). 1964. Spain. Directed by Miguel Picazo. With Aurora Bautista, Carlos Estrada. This debut feature of Spanish actor, screenwriter, and director Picazo helped establish him as a leading figure in 1960s New Spanish Cinema. Picazo adapts Miguel de Unamuno's abstract novel to the particular circumstances of 1960s Spain and scrutinizes both Francoist gender ideology and his own equivocal experience of artistic freedom and ideological restraint. When a bank employee's wife dies, he calls upon his sister-in-law to care for the children, and finds himself falling for her. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 107 min.
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Friday, November 2, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1

The Executioner. 1963. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga
El Verdugo
(The Executioner). 1963. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Screenplay by Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano. With José Isbert, Nino Manfredi. A soon-to-retire executioner in early 1960s Spain worries about finding a successor and a groom for his daughter. The local undertaker, a handsome young man, seems a candidate for both roles. Berlanga's most elegant film, shot by the great cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, remains a powerful condemnation of capital punishment and the Francoist myths of duty and patriotism. In Spanish; English subtitles. 91 min.
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Presented by Rafael Azcona)
Thursday, November 1, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Presented by Rafael Azcona)

My Dearest Señorita. 1971. Spain. Directed by Jaime de Armiñán
Mi Querida Señorita
(My Dearest Señorita). 1971. Spain. Directed by Jaime de Armiñán. With José Luis López Vázquez, Julieta Serrano. A country matron living a conservative village life is courted by a local businessman, but after accepting his engagement ring, his further advances disgust her. Disturbed by her reaction, she follows her priest's advice, seeks medical help, and finds that she is, in fact, a man. Horrified, she takes up life in Madrid as "Juan." In Spanish; English subtitles. 84 min.
Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

The Spirit of the Beehive. 1973. Spain. Directed by Víctor Erice
El Espíritu de la Colmena
(The Spirit of the Beehive). 1973. Spain. Directed by Víctor Erice. With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera. Near the end of Franco's dictatorship, Spanish cinema began to probe the buried traumas of the recent past. Erice's theme is repression—not the stifling of thought by political authority, but the willed avoidance of painful experience—in this bewitching portrait of a child's haunted inner life. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country's devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a screening of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by its memory. In Spanish; English subtitles. 98 min.
Sunday, October 21, 2007, 5:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Monday, November 5, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

Poachers. 1975. Spain. Directed by José Luis Borau
Furtivos (Poachers). 1975. Spain. Directed by José Luis Borau. With Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor. One of Luis Buñuel's favorite films, this independently financed feature is about an emotionally underdeveloped poacher, his first experience with romantic love, and his mother's obstruction. Inspired by Franco's description of his Spain as a "peaceful forest," this cruel—and at times raunchy and slightly incestuous—story was initially banned by the censors and nearly doomed to oblivion before being resuscitated by the San Sebastián Film Festival. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 82 min.
Monday, October 22, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

The Disenchantment. 1975. Spain. Directed by Jaime Chávarri
El Desencanto (The Disenchantment). 1975. Spain. Directed by Jaime Chávarri. With Felicidad Blanc, Leopoldo María Panero. A veritable cult classic, this documentary profiles the widow and children of Leopoldo Panero, an official poet of Franco's regime. The surviving family members dissect their own personal realities and that of Panero. This acerbic psychodrama, once considered "anti-family," continues to challenge notions of the sanctity of familial relationships. It is a beautiful representation of a family trying to come to terms with its own past in a Spain that was converting to democracy. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.
Monday, October 22, 2007, 8:15 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Monday, November 5, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

Main Street. 1956. Spain/France. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem
Calle Mayor
(Main Street). 1956. Spain/France. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem. With Betsy Blair, José Suárez. Gamblers persuade a young stud from Madrid to propose to a plain spinster. One of Bardem's masterpieces, this splendidly somber film lays bare the suffocating hypocrisy of a 1950s provincial town and the sad lives of its residents. Imprisoned while shooting the film, Bardem satisfied the censors by adding to the film a claim that the events depicted could happen anywhere. The film won the International Critics' Prize at the 1956 Venice Mostra after nearly successful attempts by censors to block its exhibition. In Spanish; English subtitles. 97 min.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Sunday, October 28, 2007, 5:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

The Delinquents. 1959. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura
Los Golfos (The Delinquents).
1959. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura. With Manuel Zarzo, Luis Marín. Inspired by Luis Buñuel's films, Saura's acclaimed first film—the "most difficult film in my career" (Saura)—is an uncompromising portrait of a teenage gang (played by street children) and the first Spanish film shot entirely on location. When one of the boys expresses a desire to become a bullfighter, the others pull a big heist to finance their pal's dream. Delayed by the censors during production, the film revealed the contradictions in Franco's "defascistization," and the censorship and repression that continued under his regime. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Monday, October 29, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1

Viridiana. 1961. Spain/Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel
Viridiana. 1961.
Spain/Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey. Viridiana's title character is a young nun whose extreme devotion extends to the crown of thorns she wears and the large wooden crucifix hanging over her bed. Upon visiting the wealthy uncle who has provided for her financially, Viridiana's faith is challenged as he attempts to corrupt her. Having returned to his native Spain to create what many consider a crowning achievement, Buñuel submitted the script to Spanish censors and received support from Franco's government, who later attempted to suppress the film on charges of blasphemy and obscenity. The film was smuggled to France, where it won the Palme D'Or in Cannes. It finally premiered in Spain in 1977, after Franco's death. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.
Thursday, October 25, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1

The Strange Trip. 1964. Spain. Directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez
El Extraño Viaje
(The Strange Trip). 1964. Spain. Directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez. With Carlos Larrañaga, Tota Alba. Two siblings living in a small town near Madrid learn of their older sister's intentions to sell their family's belongings and dispose of the younger pair. Part murder mystery, part passionate indictment of the Franco regime, The Strange Trip is a fabulous oddity. In Spanish; English subtitles. 92 min.
Thursday, October 25, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Friday, November 2, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

Furrows. 1951. Spain. Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde
(Furrows). 1951. Spain. Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde. With Luis Peña, María Asquerino. Nieves Conde's best-known work, this portrait of postwar Madrid set the precedent for Spanish Neorealist filmmaking. Tackling issues virtually unseen during Franco's rule, including rural immigration into the cities, poverty, prostitution, unemployment, and class conflicts, the film follows a family's migration from the countryside in hope of a new life in the city. Furrows is an expression of the contradictions within Franco's regime. While the Catholic Church considered the film "deeply dangerous," the political wing labeled it of "national interest." The film wasn't released until its controversial ending was removed. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 100 min.
Friday, October 26, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1

The Hunt. 1965. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura
La Caza
(The Hunt). 1965. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura. With Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Three men and a boy embark on a hunting expedition that traverses territory where the men fought during the Spanish Civil War. As tempers rise among the ex-soldiers, their animal prey are brutally slaughtered, much to the horror of their youthful companion. Spanish Civil War memories and guilt emerge, climaxing violently and shockingly as the men's seething anger and hatred surface. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Friday, October 26, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

From Yellow. 1963. Spain. Written and directed by Manuel Summers
Del Amarillo
(From Yellow). 1963. Spain. Written and directed by Manuel Summers. With Antonio Alfonso Vidal, Antonio D. Olano. Two stories concerning love, young and old: a young boy in love becomes obsessed with winning the heart of an older girl of fourteen who enjoys playing with his affections; two residents of an old-folks home for the poor, separated by the gender rules of the institution, express their love through letters. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Thursday, November 1, 2007, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

The Cuenca Crime. 1979. Spain. Directed by Pilar Miró
El Crímen de Cuenca
(The Cuenca Crime). 1979. Spain. Directed by Pilar Miró. With Amparo Soler Leal, Héctor Alterio. In this film based on actual events, two innocent men are convicted of a shepherd's murder after an orchestrated trial. Subjected to brutal torture, they serve six years of a fifteen-year prison term. Marking the limits of the fragile freedom of expression during Spain's transitional period from dictatorship to democracy, the film was originally suppressed, and Miró was tried unsuccessfully for defamation. When released in 1981, it became the highest grossing film in Spanish history. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 4:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

Monday, October 15, 2007

Running of the Bulls

source: Urban Daddy

Bullring Boutique Hotel in Mexico

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who run from the bulls, and those who stay overnight in the ring.

Once upon a time in Mexico, the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America's largest bullring, hosted epic bullfighting matches in colonial center Zacatecas. Centuries later, the toros have departed but the theater is alive and well—and, as all obsolete architectural landmarks should be, renovated into a boutique hotel.

The five-star result, the Quinta Real Zacatecas, is a modern torero's paradise. The still-intact arena El Ruedo serves as a gorgeous central patio, with cobblestones and fountains overlaying the hoof-stomped floor where the bulls once ran. Encircling the ring are 49 spacious suites which, with vaulted ceilings and antique furnishings, are as Old World extravagant as...well, bullfighting itself.

After a day exploring the winding streets and cable-car lined hills of the mining village, head ringside for the best meal in town: The former VIP stands now hold the three-story La Plaza restaurant, featuring haute Mexican cuisine and picture windows overlooking the ring. And since any self-respecting bullfighter knows how to get a little down-and-dirty, end the night at the Botarel Bar, built into the animal hold—nothing says atmosphere like low ceilings, exposed brick and bullpen-close quarters.

Keep the red flag at the ready.Quinta Real Zacatecas, Av. Ignacio Rayón 434 Col. Centro, Zacatecas, Mexico, 01 (492) 922 91 04,

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dolce & Gabbana Sale

Source: Fashion Geek

Dolce & Gabbana Sale
Fri-Sun, Oct. 12-14
at 85 Spring St.

Those makers of sexy Italian clothing and demeaning advertisements are now offering both their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G lines on sale for up to 70 percent off. When it comes to unabashed glamour and sex appeal, nobody does it quite like D&G. I assume that crowds of club-going men and women will be lining up for the discounted goods, so I decided to give you the heads up. Check out the complete details on the Dolce & Gabbana sale, as well as our complete list of New York sample sales.

Peasant Tense

source: Urban Daddy

Cigars. Communism. Pacino in Scarface.

Yes, Cuba has excited and perplexed you over the years. For even a bit more Cuban flavor, say hello to our little friend: Cantina, opening tonight in the East Village.

A two-room restaurant and bar led by Jason Swamy (Movida), Cantina is designed to be your Cuban peasant saloon in disrepair (we've heard this somewhere before). Inside the smallish 54-seat haunt, you'll find ambiance like flaking paint, old stereos, raggedy dolls, an un-tuned organ and bookshelves spared from the junkyard and transformed into wine racks.

Unlike Socialista, though, Cantina is not a club, will have no doorman and lacks hard liquor. "This is no chichi place," notes Swamy. "This is more laid-back. More avant-garde." So avant-garde, in fact, that within a few weeks they'll stay open till 5am or later, and offer takeout and delivery.

For now, head to the 10-seat bar or one of two cozy red booths and order Latin dishes prepared in possibly the smallest kitchen in Manhattan. There's a lamb's tongue sandwich, spicy meatballs, braised oxtail with cocoa and pulled-pork dulce de leche. Wash it down with fresh-fruit sangrias and watermelon sodas from Cuba's own Cawy bottling company.

Just in case you take your Cuban in a bottle.

Cantina, 29 Avenue B (between 2nd and 3rd), 212-228-0599

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fuerzabruta hits NYC!


Launced in Buenos Aires in 2005 and after passing through Lisbon (2006), London (2006), and Bogota (2007), Fuerzabruta (Brute Force): the new acrobatic creation from the people who brought you De La Guarda, finally hits New York at The Roth Theater this October.
Picture this: a show with a suspended pool above the audience, performers flying around, running through walls, while displaying an amazing acrobatics show. The theater is creation in space, the language in it's purely material aspect. Direct. Body to body. Forming a common dream with the audience. Real. Tangible.

Where: Daryl Roth Theater (101 E. 15th St.)
Tickets: or (212) 239-6200

Pinta Art Fair in NYC Nov 16-20

Nov 16-20
Metropolitan Pavilion
Its time to move beyond Art Basel and join us at pinta, New York's first ever contemporary Latin American art fair.
The fair is running from November 16 to the 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W18th Street, between 6th and 7th), and coincides with Latin American art auctions at both Christie's and Sotheby's.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A New Label

Source: Urban Daddy

As we've been saying for years now, most things go better with empanadas.

Two well-documented examples: beer and music.

Where you can find them: Label, the new underground music-and-empanadas bar that's destined for the top of your list of the city's best underground music-and-empanadas bars.

Premiering this week on the Lower East from ex-Cielo general manager Nick Valencia, Label may at first strike you as a modest late-night empanadas den. The major reasons for this perception: two neon pink signs in the window that say "empanadas" and "eat late," and four flavors of empanada (chicken, beef, cheese and vegetable) cooked Colombian-style (using cornbread rather than tortilla) till 4am.

But the truth is, Label's main entrée is music. Valencia calls his place a "musicbar" (yep, one word), and the name "Label" comes from "White Label," the term used to describe new and unlicensed remixes from underground DJs and producers. Backing up all the music-talk are 14 speakers from a five-figure Electrovoice sound system, a DJ booth situated behind an intimate dance space and two inches of acoustic foam that cover the entire ceiling of the long, narrow and antler-sconced cavern—meaning you'll hear all of Label's funk/soul/Latin/deep-house/non-commercial music with pristine clarity.

Colombian imports and New York nightlife—the romance continues.

Label, 174 Rivington (between Clinton and Attorney), 212-228-9600