Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 78


New York

Literature.  USA,  09/11/2017

Modern Classic Uncertain Glory Touring the US with Translator Peter Bush

The New York Review of Books' newly published translation of Uncertain Glory will tour the United States from November 9 to 17. The classic by Joan Sales, originally published in 1956, will travel across universities and bookstores in New York, Amherst, Boston, New Jersey, and Chicago, with presentations, workshops, and discussions by the renowned translator Peter Bush.

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Music.  USA and Canada,  07/11/2017

Giulia Valle Trio on tour in the US and Canada

“Giulia Valle is a rara avis on the Spanish jazz scene…Driven by a strong sense of discipline and an undeniable natural talent, Valle has established herself as a unique voice on the contemporary and avant-garde jazz panorama.” – JazzTimes

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Literature.  USA,  26/10/2017

Third season of the "Two Month Review" is all about Mercè Rodoreda

Over the summer, Open Letter launched a new podcast, “Two Month Review” in which the hosts talk about a single book section-by-section, week-by-week. The idea is that by reading slowly and treating the book like a form of serial entertainment, the podcast can really help build out the context for enjoying and understanding it, while also counteracting the never-ending churn of lists and one-sentence reviews that have taken over a good portion of today’s literary conversation. The third season of the "Two Month Review" is all About Mercè Rodoreda and her two books, The Selected Stories and Death in Spring, both translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent and published by Open Letter.

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Culture.  New York,  03/11/2017

A Celebration of Antoni Miralda’s El Internacional

El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant was conceived as an artistic project carried out between 1984 and 1986 by artist Antoni Miralda (born 1942) and chef Montse Guillén (born 1946) in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. One of the first restaurants to introduce Spanish tapas in the United States, El Internacional quickly became a cultural icon and a creative hub of New York’s downtown in the 1980s. It combined the social ritual of eating with installation and performance art, blurring the boundaries between food, art, design, architecture and mass media.

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Music.  USA,  10/10/2017

Latin Grammy Nominees Las Migas on Tour in the US

Las Migas is unique among Spanish music groups, with a fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean styles that combines classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful. Las Migas' album Vente conmigo has been nominated for the 2017 Latin Grammys.

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Visual Arts.  Boston,  19/10/2017

Culture, Technology, and Society Collide: Big Bang Data at MIT Museum

The data we generate on our phones, sensors, social networks, photographs, and purchases can be stored and processed to reveal patterns. But what are they for? And who uses them? Big Bang Data explores social and technological innovation in the face of today's political, economic, and cultural challenges. 

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Cinema.  USA,  29/10/2017

Pere Portabella’s film Vampir-Cuadecuc, in the US movie theaters

Filmed on the set of Jesse Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Portabella’s Vampir-Cuadecuc mixes making-of footage with an investigation of the figure of the vampire. Both playful and deadly serious, with high-contrast black-and-white cinematography and an electronic soundtrack, the film asks us to consider the undead as a stand-in for both General Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and cinema, the art that reanimates the dead.

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