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Auschwitz exhibit. EXTENDED AGAIN! NOW ENDS FEBRUARY 3, 2019. DON’T LET THIS ONE GET AWAY! Disturbing, but fabulous, a must see. This exhibit was supposed to end in May but has been extended. If you haven’t seen it, please try. It’s well worth the time; and try soon as last weeks will probably be booked solid. You should get your ticket online, and my recommendation? Go early in the day, don’t plan anything afterwards as you might stay longer than you expected, and might not feel like doing much afterwards. That said, while this is a very very tough subject, the exhibit is very well laid out, gives a lot of historical background before you get to the really disturbing things, and ends with messages from survivors (which are also scattered through the exhibit). Audio guide has 60+ stops and that is not everything in the exhibit. Plan at least three hours (I was there a lot longer but I’m a see-everything person, and totally lost track of time while in there). (NOTE: the Canal exhibits are usually excellent I will try to advise of new one here. They usually start in December and run to May or June, this one is the exception). Where and when: Canal de Isabel II exhibit venue at Plaza de Castilla, until February 3. More info and tickets at www. http://auschwitz.net/
Sheep in the Streets: Yearly event, one of Madrid’s favorites. Celebrates traditional rural lifestyle, with a flock of sheep taking over their rightful space for just one day (calle Mayor and calle Alcalá are really livestock routes, go figure). And not just sheep, horses, oxen, sheepdogs, people in regional dress with regional instruments and sometimes dance, and if you are super lucky and in the right place at the right time, lamb-ikins to pet. This is a lot of fun for kids and adults, though it’s a little stop and go so best to have a Plan A, B, and C. Where and when: Madrid calle Mayor to Paseo del Prado and back. October 21 in the morning. Full info including some tips on how to have the best experience at http://www.apinderinspain.com/sheep-streets-madrid More info on Spain’s migratory livestock routes http://www.bridgetospain.com/sheep-story/
Stock / Outlet fair: This happens usually about twice a year, good opportunity for clothes, accessories, sports gear and more at good prices. Got growing kids? check it out! Where and when: Pabellón de Cristal in the Casa de Campo park (very near metro Lago), October 19-20-21. More info at http://www.feriaoutletmadrid.com/
Exhibit World Press Photo 2018. These are usually excellent, and the COAM venue is near Chueca and Dos de Mayo, so you have plenty of watering holes for drinks / food before or after. Where and when: Colegio Oficial Arquitectos de Madrid, calle Hortaleza 63, October 5 – November 4 More info http://www.coam.org/es/actualidad/agenda/agenda-coam/world-press-photo-2018
Exhibit Roy Lichtenstein posters. Big format pop-style posters. Where and when: Canal de Isabel II venue at Mateo Inurria 2 (near the Auschwitz exhibit), October 4 – January 5. More info at https://www.fundacioncanal.com/20315/roy-lichtenstein-posters/?par=exposiciones
Exhibit Tamara de Lempicka. oh yeah! really looking forward to this one. Art deco-ish works, often showing elegant and independent women from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Where and when: Palacio de Gaviria, calle Arenal 9, October 5 – February 24 More info at https://www.esmadrid.com/agenda/tamara-lempicka-palacio-gaviria
Exhibit Leonardo da Vinci, los Rostros del Genio (The Faces of Genius). Learn about the man and his life, not just about his works of art, inventions, etc. Where and when: National Library, Paseo Recoletos 20 (metro Colon), November 29 – May 19. More info at https://www.esmadrid.com/agenda/leonardo-da-vinci-rostros-genio-biblioteca-nacional-palacio-alhajas