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January 18, 2022

Weekend guide

Concert highlights

Jose Gonzalez at the Ark

Saturday as of 8 PM

Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter of Argentine descent, performing in Romania for the first time. The first band he played in was Back Against the Wall, a Gothenburg hardcore punk band influenced by Black Flag, The Misfits and the Dead Kennedys. He later played bass guitar in another hardcore band, Renascence, during 1993–1998. Between 1997-1998 José played guitar with rock band Only if You Call Me Jonathan. In 2003, he released his debut album, Veneer, in Europe. On May 19, 2008, his version of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” was used in the fourth season finale of “House MD.”

Demis Roussos in concert tonight

Friday as of 7 PM

One of the biggest voices of world rock, Demis Roussos will perform today, from 7 PM at the Palace Hall. Before that, the singer will be promoting his latest album and sign autographs for the fans at Diverta (Magheru). His new album ‘Demis’ is an inveterate rocker’s album that calls to mind the legendary hits of his late sixties band ‘Aphrodite’s Child’ (”Rain and Tears,” “It’s Five O’Clock”) as well as the current British rock-soul revival. Tickets can still be bought at the Palace Hall box-office, for prices between 100 and 350 RON.

Films opening this weekend

l Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard; (France- Great Britain 2009); Directed by Luc Besson; With: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard is a 2009 a part-animated, part-live action feature film written and directed by Luc Besson, and starring Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow. EuropaCorp is producing the film which is a sequel to Arthur and the Invisibles.

Showing at: Cinema City Cotroceni, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex

Couples Retreat; (USA 2009)

Directed by Peter Billingsley; With: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell

Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.

Showing at: The Light Cinemas, Cinema City Cotroceni, Movieplex

Zombieland; (USA 2009)

Directed by Ruben Fleischer

With: Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

Two men have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies.. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.

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Planet 51; Animation (USA 2009); Directed by Jorge Blanco

With: Gary Oldman, Jessica Biel

American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America.

Although not able to compare to some of the last year’s animated masterpieces, such as Wall-E, for instance, this is a playful throwback to the days when cartoons were mostly aimed at children. It is overall good fun for a family with kids.


FreshLatino at the Center for Urban Introspection; (during December 2- January 31)

021/316 55 41 at Mora Gallery; (during November 25- December 18)

One by 1 at MNAC; (during November 26- January 31)

Romania- a country of friendly people at the ICR; (during December 3- 10)

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Romania- a country of friendly people

The exhibit’s photos were made by teachers and students of Warsaw’s Art School, they depict people from Transylvania, Maramures and Moldavia, taken between 2005- 2008. The pictures were included in an album published in Poland and brought together by Marian Schmidt, a well known photographer around the world. Some of his works were published in New York, Tokyo and Zurich.

Fairs and other events

The Christmas Gift Fair; (Dalles Galleries, during November 30 and December 24)

Saint Nicholas Fair; (Geology Museum, during December 3 and 6)

Saint Nicholas Fair at MTR; (Peasant Museum, during December 4- 6)

l lovehandmade.ro; (Bucharest Museum, during December 4 and 30)

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MiniLibri at Sutu Palace

The fifth edition of the children’s book fair MiniLibri is being hosted by the Sutu Palace in Bucharest from December 3 to December 6, the organizers inform. The book fair will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily, with free entry. Like the previous year, the children’s book fair is organised by the Step by Step Centre for Education and Professional development together with the Bambi Pre-School, at the Sutu Palace. The fifth edition of the fair has prepared many surprises for children, parents and grand-parents alike. This year’s programme includes the Publishers’ Parade, where the young visitors will be able to go through many nicely-colored books and participate in book launches at the stands of the ten exhibiting publishers.

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Saint Nicholas Fair at Palace Hall

The Festival of the Christmas Presents opens today in the foyer of the Palace Hall. In the attempt to help Saint Nicholas to choose the presents, the Palace Hall opens the doors of the festival and closes them only after Santa Klaus fills up his bag, on the evening of December 23.The atmosphere full of stories which reigns in the foyer from the first floor of the Palace Hall is completed by fairy tale landmarks: ginger bread houses that even “Hansel and Gretel” would taste, figures inspired by Andersen, and hobbits embodied by Tolkien, unique and sophisticated jewels as if coming from Arabela series, and cosmetics meant to bring “Youth for ever.”

Visiting hours: 10.00 – 22.00, Free access.

Music by Rachmaninov at the Athenaeum

A full Rachmaninov programme was prepared by the conductor Misha Katz, guest of “George Enescu” Philharmonic for the concert of this Friday at the Romanian Athenaeum, at 19.00 h. Soloist is the pianist Dan Grigore. The programme begins with the piece Vocalize. In the version of Dan Grigore we shall listen to the Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. Then is scheduled the Choral Symphony “The Bells,” an extraordinary work of the Russian composer. Soloists: Iulia Artamanov, Ruben Muresan, Ionut Pascu. At the border between symphony and cantata, The Bells was composed in 1913, after an adaptation of Edgar Poe’s poem (published in November 1849) by C. Balmont. What impresses in the symphony from 1913 is the modern character of the music. There are excerpts almost as modern as the music from Sacre du Printemps by Strawinsky, from the same year, on the path opened by Rimski-Korsakov. (Costin Tuchila)

Naïve art on display at Romexpo

The tenth edition of the International Naïve Art Salon began yesterday in Bucharest, hosted by Romexpo’s 14 Pavilion. The event brings together works from international artists coming from 12 different countries. The public can admire exhibits from Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Brazil, France, Poland, Sweden, USA and Romania. Of the local artists displaying we name Costel Bogatu, Ana Bota, Camelia Ciobanu, Paula Iacob and Mihai Vintila. The first day of the salon also brought awards to some of the artists. The naïve painting award worth 1,000 euros went to Paula Iacob from Vaslui. The works on display can be admired until December 6.

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