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What to do in Santiago this weekend

What to do in Santiago this weekend

Posted by José Peralta on August 22, 2014

A roundup of some of the best culture, music, art, theater and film the city has to offer: Vinyl fair, Iranian drama ‘The Past’ and Banda Conmoción.


Rising to prominence in mid-1990s U.K., Spiritualized emerged as an introspective, psychedelic alternative among the legion of precocious, energetic britpoppers that dominated airwaves throughout much of their decade.

Spiritualized’s best acclaimed album, 1997’s “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space,” set the benchmark for a further 15 plus years of experimentation led by the only constant member of the otherwise rotating ensemble lineup, Jason Pierce. The band’s latest offering, “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” (2012), was a further success and contained more of the symphonic rock influence which will likely dominate the upcoming “Spiritualized Mainline Acoustic” show at Teatro Municipal this Thursday.

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founder Pierce will lead proceedings accompanied by piano, a vocal trio and a local string quartet. At press time a few ticket still remained, available at the venue’s box office or online.

When: Thursday Aug. 21 — 9 p.m.
Where: Teatro Municipal, Agustinas 794 (Metro Santa Lucia)
Tickets: From 15,000 pesos to 42,000 pesos — available at the Teatro Municipal box office or online via Daleticket

El Pasado

Following up on his 2012 Oscar-nominated film “A Separation,” director Asghar Farhadi returns with another tense, complex and well-executed family drama.

“The Past” follows Ahmad as he travels to Paris to finalize his divorce from his estranged French wife who he finds has a new partner and is in conflict with her rebellious teenaged daughter.

When: Screenings at 5:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily
Where: El Biógrafo, Calle Jose Victorino Lastarria 181 (Metro Universidad Católica)
Entrance: Thursday through Sunday 4,000 pesos — Monday through Wednesday 2,000 pesos

Banda Conmoción

An evening of Chilean cumbia courtesy of the 19-piece instrumental collective Banda Conmoción will keep things lively at Fonda Permanente this Friday. Mixing indigenous music of the Tinku people with hints of genres such as ska, cha cha and gypsy music, to mention a few, the brass-heavy veterans of the country’s cumbia revival will headline an evening of live music in Barrio Brasil’s rowdiest weekend watering hole — all amidst the ever-present pungent aroma of split terremotos and sweaty dancing bodies.

When: Friday Aug. 22 — from 11 p.m.
Where: Fonda Permanente, Agustinas 2359 (Metro Cumming)
Entrance: First 100 pay 3,000 pesos — General: 4,000 pesos

Cinematic dystopia

Whether it’s the a morbid curiosity at exploring how mankind behaves in the absence of society or simply the schadenfreude of watching everything go pear-shaped in a distant future while you stuff your face with popcorn, dystopia holds a recurring fascination for directors and cinema goers alike.

Matucana 100’s ongoing film cycle explores some of the best movies to delve into the murky , unwashed — and frequently cannibal-heavy — post-apocalyptic world. Upcoming screenings include Michael Anderson’s classic dystopian adaption of the George Orwell novel “1984” and the 2005 “V for Vendetta,” showing at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 24 and Tuesday Aug. 26, respectively.

When: Throughout August
Where: Matucana 100, Avenida Matucana no. 100 (Metro Quinta Normal)
Entrance: Free (voluntary donation)

Vinyl fair

The latest in a series of events for sound purists, vinyl nerds and beginners keen to start their collection of classic records and LPs, “Feria Venil Fest” will be in Providencia this weekend.

Saturday’s free event marks the International Day of Vinyl and brings together record stores from across the capital, collectively running the gamut of electronic, rock and hip-hop genres to name a few. DJs will play throughout the day.

Where: Juventud Providencia, Manuel Montt 101 (Metro Manuel Montt)
When: Saturday Aug. 22 — 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Entrance: Free

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