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Jun
20
Thu
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€
Jun 20 all-day
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€ @ Cinema Sáo Jorge | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Argentina.
You’ve probably heard of it.
European colonizers called it Argentina (from the Latin term “argentum,” which means silver) thinking they would find silver there.
They were wrong. But the name stuck.

Argentina is, however, home to five Nobel Prize winners, over 10 percent of all the world’s flora, and the world’s first animated film.
It is also the first country to utilize fingerprinting in order to determine if a person was guilty of a crime.
And it’s the birthplace of tango.
Among other things…

One such other thing is AR, a festival dedicated to new Argentine cinema, and it hits Lisbon this weekend. The event is described by its organizers as “a daily curation where everything that seems residual is material and revealing incisively several political, economic, and social issues that emerge from contemporary society.”
Four days.
Fifteen films, mostly never before seen in Portugal, including six full-length works of fiction, five documentaries, and four short films, at four bucks a pop.
You may need some Spanish for this one.
Mostly due to the aforementioned colonizers.

Oh, and Argentina has both the highest consumption of red meat in the world and the second-highest rate of anorexia in the world (after Japan), which may be why Buenos Aires has more psychoanalysts and psychiatrists than any other city in the world.
Just putting that out there…

More info (about the festival) here, and full program here.

to July 25 | MUSIC | Swing Jam Sessions at Little Big Apple | Olaias | 2€
Jun 20 @ 22:00 – 23:59
to July 25 | MUSIC | Swing Jam Sessions at Little Big Apple | Olaias | 2€ @ Little Big Apple | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.
Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah.”
Duke Ellington.

Get in the swing of things as the nights get shorter. Every Thursday throughout July, local swing dance school Little Big Apple invites you to “come dance and play,” and maybe even jump in with their house band, in their weekly swing jam sessions.

Thursdays, from 22h to midnight.

ENTRY: 2€ (with a drink included).

In the meantime, and to reiterate, here’s an oldie but goodie for ya.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDQpZT3GhDg[/embed]

Jun
21
Fri
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€
Jun 21 all-day
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€ @ Cinema Sáo Jorge | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Argentina.
You’ve probably heard of it.
European colonizers called it Argentina (from the Latin term “argentum,” which means silver) thinking they would find silver there.
They were wrong. But the name stuck.

Argentina is, however, home to five Nobel Prize winners, over 10 percent of all the world’s flora, and the world’s first animated film.
It is also the first country to utilize fingerprinting in order to determine if a person was guilty of a crime.
And it’s the birthplace of tango.
Among other things…

One such other thing is AR, a festival dedicated to new Argentine cinema, and it hits Lisbon this weekend. The event is described by its organizers as “a daily curation where everything that seems residual is material and revealing incisively several political, economic, and social issues that emerge from contemporary society.”
Four days.
Fifteen films, mostly never before seen in Portugal, including six full-length works of fiction, five documentaries, and four short films, at four bucks a pop.
You may need some Spanish for this one.
Mostly due to the aforementioned colonizers.

Oh, and Argentina has both the highest consumption of red meat in the world and the second-highest rate of anorexia in the world (after Japan), which may be why Buenos Aires has more psychoanalysts and psychiatrists than any other city in the world.
Just putting that out there…

More info (about the festival) here, and full program here.

to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free
Jun 21 all-day
to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free @ Belem | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

A collaboration between EGEAC from Portugal and SourceWerkz from Singapore, this festival brings choirs from around the world to Lisbon to perform, compete and no doubt get up to all kinds of choral mischief. Much of this event is based in workshops and competition, making ideal for conductors and choristers, who can see the full program here.

However, all choirs will perform publically, and some with the backdrop of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, so keep an eye out and an ear open for some ethereal tunes from Belem.

If you want to take part in the competition, there is a fee, but performances will be free.

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Jun 21 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€
Jun 21 @ 10:00 – 20:00
to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€ @ Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto | Porto | Porto | Portugal

If you don’t know what an impossible cube is, you might just be a square.
And if you think M.C. Escher has something to do with hip-hop… well, you’re right.
This Dutch master of illusion pretty much did with images what Tupac Shakur did with words, blowing minds and inspiring countless artists of every medium to this day. Ecsher is the definition of thinking outside the box, and, after a highly successful stop in Lisbon, 135 (yep, one hundred and thirty-five!) of the Master’s works call Porto home for the next few months.

Tickets and more info here.

Be there or be square.

Oh, and for the enthusiasts, here’s how to draw an impossible cube.

[embed]https://youtu.be/CZAQ_b2rzAA[/embed]

to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Jun 21 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
Jun 21 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€ @ Museu do Ajube | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

If you’ve never seen the inside of a prison, then chances are you’re not in the U.S., let alone doing better than a lot of the planet.
Museu do Ajube aims to change that — but, don’t worry, not permanently, and for a mere three bucks.
Here’s their verdict:
“The Portuguese Prison Photo Project provides an insight into seven contemporary Portuguese prisons. From the largest and oldest, dating back to the 1880s, to the newest, opened in 2004.
The images, captured by two photographers — Portuguese Luís Barbosa and Swiss Peter M. Schulthess — show different approaches and perspectives, and are complemented by historical images from the national archives.”

Learn more here.

ENTRY: 3€.

to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT | “Oil Room” by Per Barclay | Martim Moniz | 2€
Jun 21 @ 12:00 – 18:00
to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT | "Oil Room" by Per Barclay | Martim Moniz | 2€ @ Carpintarias de São Lázaro | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Per Barclay is responsible for the image on the left. Born in Norway and living and working in Italy, Per is a multimedia installation artist who likes to play with spaces. And oil. Lots of oil. Lisbon gallery San Lázaro Carpintarias is the latest space Per has reinterpreted using dead dinosaurs. Here’s what they have to say about it:
“‘Oil Room’ creates the coexistence of reality and its image reflected in the same place, where, despite the demarcation that separates the two, the perception oscillates, and it is difficult to determine if what is seen at the moment is the liquid or the solid, projection or reality. Initially, Per Barclay’s facilities were built with the intention of being photographed and the photographs themselves becoming the final work, but the impact of the installation is so striking that it has been gaining a life of its own over time, becoming an independent work.”

The installation has already transformed some high-profile places in Italy, France, and Spain, and Portugal is its next stop.

Opening: Thursday, May 16, 19h.
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12h to 18h.
Show up until July 28.

ENTRY: 2€.

to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | “Placeless” by Elena Valsecchi | Alcantara | FREE
Jun 21 @ 12:00 – 23:00
to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | "Placeless" by Elena Valsecchi | Alcantara | FREE @ Manchas de Tinta | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Elena Valsecchi is a local artist originally from Italy. Her work has been displayed in many places, among them Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Here’s how Elena describes her new show at Manchas de Tinta:
“Images of shadows, reflections, puppets, collected over the years without a conscious reason, in physical sites that refer to other realities and times, give rise to a pictorial and spatial reflection within the broad theme of the double and, more specifically, in its most ancestral, folkloric and magical aspects. From the Latin word alter, other, a projection that, by questioning our perception of reality, leads us to glimpse other dimensions, in which the questions of ‘place’ and ‘time’ become confused and can only be defined by their negations.
‘Placeless’ is also the space chosen for the exhibition: a structure raised above another physical place, no longer a bookstore, nor gallery, nor place, and at the same time part and whole of all these dimensions. Paintings are suspended in the void, thus enhancing the desired sense of indeterminacy.”
Yep.
What Elena said.

FREE ENTRY.

to Jun 30 | GUIDED TOUR | Cella Vinaria Antiqua Winery and Museum | Alentejo | 5€
Jun 21 @ 16:00 – 16:30
to Jun 30 | GUIDED TOUR | Cella Vinaria Antiqua Winery and Museum | Alentejo | 5€ @ Cella Vinaria Antiqua | Caparica | Setúbal | Portugal

Tired of the increasing crowdedness of the city and feel like you need a drink? Then kill two birds with one stone by taking a trip down to Alentejo to learn about (and taste) one of the best things about Portugal — the wine!
More specifically, Talha Wine, in a century old winery and museum perfected by generations of the Honrado family.
Here’s what Cella Vinaria Antigua (“Old Wine Cellar”) tell us:
“At Cella Vinaria Antiqua, the goal is to develop an ecotourism project in a century-old building with a history associated with generations and generations of winemakers and innkeepers, based on the characteristics of the primitive construction, which are important to know in order to understand all the spirit implicit in the art of creating Vinho de Talha.”

5€ tickets here.

Learn more about the project here.

And here’s a taste (get it?).

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QviLW4kIhnc[/embed]

to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€
Jun 21 @ 19:00 – 23:00
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€ @ Cinema IDEAL | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

What’s up, Doc?
Doclisboa (or, “6.Doc”) is back in Lisbon with its 2019 edition.
That’s what’s up.

Doclisboa 2019 is coming in October, but here’s your chance to avoid the whole festival atmosphere and just see some of the best work of the past festival. Five films from around the world, originally premiered at Doclisboa 2018, screened weekly through the end of July, at five euros a pop, accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers and special guests.

NOTE: You’ll probably need some Portuguese for these, but English subtitles have been known to work now and then.

Here’s the line-up, with trailers and whatnot:

28 March – 3 April, 21h15.
THE KAMAGASAKI CAULDRON WAR.

25 April – 1 May, time to be announced.
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS.

23 – 29 May | time to be announced.
ALMA CLANDESTINA.

20 – 26 June | time to be announced.
TERRA.

18 – 24 July | time to be announced
GREETINGS FROM FREE FORESTS

NOTE #2: Dates and showtimes vary from week to week. More info here.

ENTRY: 5€.

And here’s a trailer for “Alma Clandestina.”

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leU_yLzndzk[/embed]

to Jun 30 | FOOD | Persian Food: Free tasting for Bloggers and Photographers | Areeiro | FREE
Jun 21 @ 19:00 – 22:30
to Jun 30 | FOOD | Persian Food: Free tasting for Bloggers and Photographers | Areeiro | FREE @ 1001 Nights Iranian Restaurant | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Hello.
Are you a food blogger?
A photographer?
More importantly, do you like free food?

If you answered yes to one (if you have a good poker face) or more of the above questions, then Sajjad from the 1001 Nights Iranian Restaurant has a message for you:
“Dear Food Blogger / Photographer.
How are you?
In order to introduce Persian (Iranian) cuisine in Lisbon and create online content, we invite you for a free food tasting. You can bring one friend. Please call us (+351 927 626 665), or send a message or book on our website (mentioning food blogger or photographer in your message) to confirm your presence.
What will we do? We are going to serve you our starter, food, and dessert.
What do we expect? It will be your kindness if you create online content in the shape of a blog post, or a review, or photos. We appreciate if your presence could be in not busy times of restaurant (Monday to Thursday for dinner, for example) as we will have more time to have a better service to you.
Please, when you arrive at the restaurant, let us know that you have come based on our invitation about ‘food blogger-photographer.’
Or show this event page to the waiter.
Kind Regards,
Sajjad.”

Well, there you have it.
You’re welcome.

to Jun 29 | LIVE MUSIC | Quartetos Extraordinários | Belém | FREE
Jun 21 @ 21:00 – 23:00
to Jun 29 | LIVE MUSIC | Quartetos Extraordinários | Belém | FREE @ O'culto da Ajuda | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

From Wikipedia:
“In music, a quartet is an ensemble of four singers or instrumental performers; or a musical composition for four voices or instruments.”

Quartetos Extraordinários translates to “Extraordinary Quartets,” which in turn translates to three evening concerts, by three extraordinary quartets, free of charge, which translates to a lot of math…

Here’s how the organizers describe it:
“Three Extraordinary Quartets made up of exceptional musicians give shape to three programs dedicated to works of the 20th and 21st centuries. A quartet of strings (Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos), a quartet of marimbas (Drumming Marimba Quartet) and a Quartet of Saxophones interpret some of the reference pieces for these instrumental formations, side by side with the most recent songs by Portuguese composers, including premieres of new work.”

THE PROGRAM:
June 21st
Quarteto de Saxofones
(Álvaro Collao, Rodrigo Vila, Henrique Portovedo, Pedro Bittencourt)

June 22nd
Drumming Marimba Quartet
(João Miguel Braga Simões, Pedro Gois, André Dias, Miquel Bernat)

June 29th
Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos
(Vítor Vieira, Juan Carlos Maggiorani, Jorge Alves, Marco Pereira).

Showtime: 21h.

FREE ENTRY (limited to capacity, so get there an hour or two early to claim your spot).

Jun
22
Sat
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€
Jun 22 all-day
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€ @ Cinema Sáo Jorge | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Argentina.
You’ve probably heard of it.
European colonizers called it Argentina (from the Latin term “argentum,” which means silver) thinking they would find silver there.
They were wrong. But the name stuck.

Argentina is, however, home to five Nobel Prize winners, over 10 percent of all the world’s flora, and the world’s first animated film.
It is also the first country to utilize fingerprinting in order to determine if a person was guilty of a crime.
And it’s the birthplace of tango.
Among other things…

One such other thing is AR, a festival dedicated to new Argentine cinema, and it hits Lisbon this weekend. The event is described by its organizers as “a daily curation where everything that seems residual is material and revealing incisively several political, economic, and social issues that emerge from contemporary society.”
Four days.
Fifteen films, mostly never before seen in Portugal, including six full-length works of fiction, five documentaries, and four short films, at four bucks a pop.
You may need some Spanish for this one.
Mostly due to the aforementioned colonizers.

Oh, and Argentina has both the highest consumption of red meat in the world and the second-highest rate of anorexia in the world (after Japan), which may be why Buenos Aires has more psychoanalysts and psychiatrists than any other city in the world.
Just putting that out there…

More info (about the festival) here, and full program here.

to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free
Jun 22 all-day
to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free @ Belem | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

A collaboration between EGEAC from Portugal and SourceWerkz from Singapore, this festival brings choirs from around the world to Lisbon to perform, compete and no doubt get up to all kinds of choral mischief. Much of this event is based in workshops and competition, making ideal for conductors and choristers, who can see the full program here.

However, all choirs will perform publically, and some with the backdrop of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, so keep an eye out and an ear open for some ethereal tunes from Belem.

If you want to take part in the competition, there is a fee, but performances will be free.

Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE
Jun 22 @ 08:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE @ Feira da Ladra | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

The biggest and still the best outdoor market in Lisbon, every Tuesday morning and Saturday pretty much all day. “Ladra” means “thief” – while you can get some nice artisanal jewelry, 17th-century tiles, copper pots, and vintage LPs, this is also THE market to replace your missing phone charger or stolen backpack, pick up some off-the-truck books, and haggle over Soviet gas masks. Best place for gramophones in Europe bar none.

Morning time is when things are particularly sketchy, if you like that sort of thing. By 9, it’s mostly very nice shoppers, very civilized and such. Bonus: excellent street musicians forming impromptu gypsy orchestras with some real class and skill.

Take 712, 734 and 28 Electrico tram, or go by taxi, who all know where it is.

Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antique Books | Chiado | FREE
Jun 22 @ 09:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antique Books | Chiado | FREE @ Feira dos alfarrabistas do Chiado | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Feira dos Alfarrabistas (used book dealer fair) is a great place to break up the monotony of chain stores in Chiado and pick up something truly unique. Most books here are in Portuguese, but there are always gems in English and French and occasionally other languages. Several sellers also usually carry antique prints, old postcards, and maps. A very pleasant place to browse, and the prices are usually fairer than other markets.

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 20:00
to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€ @ Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto | Porto | Porto | Portugal

If you don’t know what an impossible cube is, you might just be a square.
And if you think M.C. Escher has something to do with hip-hop… well, you’re right.
This Dutch master of illusion pretty much did with images what Tupac Shakur did with words, blowing minds and inspiring countless artists of every medium to this day. Ecsher is the definition of thinking outside the box, and, after a highly successful stop in Lisbon, 135 (yep, one hundred and thirty-five!) of the Master’s works call Porto home for the next few months.

Tickets and more info here.

Be there or be square.

Oh, and for the enthusiasts, here’s how to draw an impossible cube.

[embed]https://youtu.be/CZAQ_b2rzAA[/embed]

to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€ @ Museu do Ajube | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

If you’ve never seen the inside of a prison, then chances are you’re not in the U.S., let alone doing better than a lot of the planet.
Museu do Ajube aims to change that — but, don’t worry, not permanently, and for a mere three bucks.
Here’s their verdict:
“The Portuguese Prison Photo Project provides an insight into seven contemporary Portuguese prisons. From the largest and oldest, dating back to the 1880s, to the newest, opened in 2004.
The images, captured by two photographers — Portuguese Luís Barbosa and Swiss Peter M. Schulthess — show different approaches and perspectives, and are complemented by historical images from the national archives.”

Learn more here.

ENTRY: 3€.

ALL YEAR | GUIDED TOUR | Alfama and Mouraria Free Walking Tour | Rossio | FREE
Jun 22 @ 10:30 – 13:30
ALL YEAR | GUIDED TOUR | Alfama and Mouraria Free Walking Tour | Rossio | FREE @ VARIOUS LOCATIONS

The best way to experience history is to live it. That’s why our friends at Live History offer you an immersive three-hour glimpse into two of the most historical, oldest, and most alive neighborhoods in Lisbon: Mouraria and Alfama.
Free of charge.

The guides are enthusiastic, charming polyglots. They’re funny, welcome and respond thoughtfully to questions, intimidatingly knowledgeable, easy to follow (both on foot and in thought), and truly seem to care.
Also, their only pay is the love of their city and your tip at the end. Remember, these are locals and, despite what AirBnB might believe, need to live here too. So tip well if you feel you’ve lived some history!

What to know:
-You can pre-book a spot on our Marketplace. Or if you’re reading this the morning of, you could try to meet them at 10h30 by the statue at the center of Praça Dom Pedro IV, also known as Rossio square.
-The guides wear white Live History t-shirts, have white umbrellas, and are dressed up as Portuguese crusaders and navigators if you’re lucky.
-Available languages: English / Spanish (languages on demand: Portuguese / French / Czech / Slovak).
-These are free walking tours. Donations welcome at the end.
-Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are advisable.

Contact them if you need more info, or “if you feel the need for your own private tailor-made tour.”

And read Atlas‘ in-depth interview with Live History co-founder Jofre Correia here.

P.S.: If you’re worried about three hours up and down the eight (ask your guide) hills of Lisbon, we know for a fact that last August, in the sweltering heat, an American woman did the whole tour, effortlessly, with a smile on her face… a mere five days before giving birth.

to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT | “Oil Room” by Per Barclay | Martim Moniz | 2€
Jun 22 @ 12:00 – 18:00
to July 28 | ART EXHIBIT | "Oil Room" by Per Barclay | Martim Moniz | 2€ @ Carpintarias de São Lázaro | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Per Barclay is responsible for the image on the left. Born in Norway and living and working in Italy, Per is a multimedia installation artist who likes to play with spaces. And oil. Lots of oil. Lisbon gallery San Lázaro Carpintarias is the latest space Per has reinterpreted using dead dinosaurs. Here’s what they have to say about it:
“‘Oil Room’ creates the coexistence of reality and its image reflected in the same place, where, despite the demarcation that separates the two, the perception oscillates, and it is difficult to determine if what is seen at the moment is the liquid or the solid, projection or reality. Initially, Per Barclay’s facilities were built with the intention of being photographed and the photographs themselves becoming the final work, but the impact of the installation is so striking that it has been gaining a life of its own over time, becoming an independent work.”

The installation has already transformed some high-profile places in Italy, France, and Spain, and Portugal is its next stop.

Opening: Thursday, May 16, 19h.
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12h to 18h.
Show up until July 28.

ENTRY: 2€.

to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | “Placeless” by Elena Valsecchi | Alcantara | FREE
Jun 22 @ 12:00 – 23:00
to Jun 27 | ART EXHIBIT | "Placeless" by Elena Valsecchi | Alcantara | FREE @ Manchas de Tinta | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Elena Valsecchi is a local artist originally from Italy. Her work has been displayed in many places, among them Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Here’s how Elena describes her new show at Manchas de Tinta:
“Images of shadows, reflections, puppets, collected over the years without a conscious reason, in physical sites that refer to other realities and times, give rise to a pictorial and spatial reflection within the broad theme of the double and, more specifically, in its most ancestral, folkloric and magical aspects. From the Latin word alter, other, a projection that, by questioning our perception of reality, leads us to glimpse other dimensions, in which the questions of ‘place’ and ‘time’ become confused and can only be defined by their negations.
‘Placeless’ is also the space chosen for the exhibition: a structure raised above another physical place, no longer a bookstore, nor gallery, nor place, and at the same time part and whole of all these dimensions. Paintings are suspended in the void, thus enhancing the desired sense of indeterminacy.”
Yep.
What Elena said.

FREE ENTRY.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL | Festa do Japão | Belém | FREE
Jun 22 @ 14:00 – 22:00
CULTURAL FESTIVAL | Festa do Japão | Belém | FREE @ Jardim Vasco da Gama | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

There is a very, very long history between Japan and Portugal. In fact, Portuguese explorers were the first European traders to ever set foot in the country back in 1543. There is also a lot of back and forth between the languages, with a whole host of Japanese words coming from Portuguese and vice versa — including Saturday (sabato),  cup (koppu), and tempura (peixinhos da horta, anyone?).

Now you can experience it all for yourself at a festival celebrating everything Japanese, from traditional ceremonies and dancing to food and cosplay. There is a lineup of acts to watch from 14h to 22h, which can be seen here, as well as tents to wander in and out of in beautiful Belem. According to the organizers, they plan “to celebrate the friendship and culture between Japan and Portugal” by recreating the “environment of ‘Matsuri’.”

So whether you’re from igirisu, oranda, or Portugal, don your kappa just in case, and get yourself to this cultural extravaganza!

to July 27 | STREET MUSIC | Gypsy Jazz Jam Get Together | Areeiro | FREE
Jun 22 @ 15:00 – 18:00
to July 27 | STREET MUSIC | Gypsy Jazz Jam Get Together | Areeiro  | FREE @ Jardim Fernando Pessa  | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Gypsy jazz is the type of thing that works well both indoors and out. With that in mind, as Lisbon gets warmer, local gypsy jazz aficionado Nuno Marinho and friends invite you to “bring your guitars, violins, and any other instruments you like, and hang out, have a drink, share thoughts, experiences or goals. Everyone is invited. Everyone is welcome.”
Head over to Jardim Fernando Pessa, every Saturday between 15h-18h, and bob your head to some gypsy jazz as you welcome summer.

Imagine this, but under the sun.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TjUgw5LS_8[/embed]

to Jun 30 | ART WORKSHOP | Atelier Sardinha | Chiado | FREE
Jun 22 @ 15:30 – 16:30
to Jun 30 | ART WORKSHOP | Atelier Sardinha | Chiado | FREE @ Rua Nova da Trindade 20, 1200-303 Lisboa, Portugal | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Sardines.
If you’ve ever been to Portugal, you know they’re a thing. Especially this saintly time of year.
Sardines look stupid, are affordable, easy to prepare, easy to eat (the bones are edible too, trust us), and they taste from ok to good.
Drawing them, however, is not an easy task, as some of Atlas’ own staff have learned in recent years. It’s a long story…

If you, however, have ever wanted to perfect the art of sardine representation, then Atelier Sardinha invites you to bring the whole family to their free weekend workshops.

Here’s what they tell us:
“Integrated in the 100% Sardinha exhibition, Atelier Sardinha invites different Portuguese artists to explore various artistic materials and techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, and printing.”

The workshops run through June, with hour-long sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, at 15h30 and 17h30.

Remaining Sessions:
15 JUNE:
15H30 – MARIA REMEDIO.
17.30 – MANTRASTE.
All ages.

16 JUNE:
15H30 – TIAGO ALBUQUERQUE (All ages).
17H30 – CATARINA SOBRAL (kids 5-12).

20 JUNE:
15H30 – MARIANA RIO (All ages).

22 JUNE:
15H30 – TERESA CORTEZ (15 and older).
17H30 – JOANA ESTRELA (All ages).

23 JUNE :
15H30 – SERROTE.
17.30 – SUSANA ANTONIO.
(All ages).

29 JUNE:
15H30 – ANDRÉ Letria.
17:30 – Nuno Saraiva.
(All ages).

30 JUNE:
15.30 – TIAGO GALO.
17.30 – NICOLAU.
(15 and older).

Register here, or email [email protected] with any questions.

FREE with registration.

to Jun 30 | GUIDED TOUR | Cella Vinaria Antiqua Winery and Museum | Alentejo | 5€
Jun 22 @ 16:00 – 16:30
to Jun 30 | GUIDED TOUR | Cella Vinaria Antiqua Winery and Museum | Alentejo | 5€ @ Cella Vinaria Antiqua | Caparica | Setúbal | Portugal

Tired of the increasing crowdedness of the city and feel like you need a drink? Then kill two birds with one stone by taking a trip down to Alentejo to learn about (and taste) one of the best things about Portugal — the wine!
More specifically, Talha Wine, in a century old winery and museum perfected by generations of the Honrado family.
Here’s what Cella Vinaria Antigua (“Old Wine Cellar”) tell us:
“At Cella Vinaria Antiqua, the goal is to develop an ecotourism project in a century-old building with a history associated with generations and generations of winemakers and innkeepers, based on the characteristics of the primitive construction, which are important to know in order to understand all the spirit implicit in the art of creating Vinho de Talha.”

5€ tickets here.

Learn more about the project here.

And here’s a taste (get it?).

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QviLW4kIhnc[/embed]

to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€
Jun 22 @ 19:00 – 23:00
to Jul 22 | FILM FESTIVAL | Doclisboa 2018 Films | Chiado | 5€ @ Cinema IDEAL | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

What’s up, Doc?
Doclisboa (or, “6.Doc”) is back in Lisbon with its 2019 edition.
That’s what’s up.

Doclisboa 2019 is coming in October, but here’s your chance to avoid the whole festival atmosphere and just see some of the best work of the past festival. Five films from around the world, originally premiered at Doclisboa 2018, screened weekly through the end of July, at five euros a pop, accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers and special guests.

NOTE: You’ll probably need some Portuguese for these, but English subtitles have been known to work now and then.

Here’s the line-up, with trailers and whatnot:

28 March – 3 April, 21h15.
THE KAMAGASAKI CAULDRON WAR.

25 April – 1 May, time to be announced.
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS.

23 – 29 May | time to be announced.
ALMA CLANDESTINA.

20 – 26 June | time to be announced.
TERRA.

18 – 24 July | time to be announced
GREETINGS FROM FREE FORESTS

NOTE #2: Dates and showtimes vary from week to week. More info here.

ENTRY: 5€.

And here’s a trailer for “Alma Clandestina.”

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leU_yLzndzk[/embed]

to Jun 30 | FOOD | Persian Food: Free tasting for Bloggers and Photographers | Areeiro | FREE
Jun 22 @ 19:00 – 22:30
to Jun 30 | FOOD | Persian Food: Free tasting for Bloggers and Photographers | Areeiro | FREE @ 1001 Nights Iranian Restaurant | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Hello.
Are you a food blogger?
A photographer?
More importantly, do you like free food?

If you answered yes to one (if you have a good poker face) or more of the above questions, then Sajjad from the 1001 Nights Iranian Restaurant has a message for you:
“Dear Food Blogger / Photographer.
How are you?
In order to introduce Persian (Iranian) cuisine in Lisbon and create online content, we invite you for a free food tasting. You can bring one friend. Please call us (+351 927 626 665), or send a message or book on our website (mentioning food blogger or photographer in your message) to confirm your presence.
What will we do? We are going to serve you our starter, food, and dessert.
What do we expect? It will be your kindness if you create online content in the shape of a blog post, or a review, or photos. We appreciate if your presence could be in not busy times of restaurant (Monday to Thursday for dinner, for example) as we will have more time to have a better service to you.
Please, when you arrive at the restaurant, let us know that you have come based on our invitation about ‘food blogger-photographer.’
Or show this event page to the waiter.
Kind Regards,
Sajjad.”

Well, there you have it.
You’re welcome.

to Jun 29 | LIVE MUSIC | Quartetos Extraordinários | Belém | FREE
Jun 22 @ 21:00 – 23:00
to Jun 29 | LIVE MUSIC | Quartetos Extraordinários | Belém | FREE @ O'culto da Ajuda | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

From Wikipedia:
“In music, a quartet is an ensemble of four singers or instrumental performers; or a musical composition for four voices or instruments.”

Quartetos Extraordinários translates to “Extraordinary Quartets,” which in turn translates to three evening concerts, by three extraordinary quartets, free of charge, which translates to a lot of math…

Here’s how the organizers describe it:
“Three Extraordinary Quartets made up of exceptional musicians give shape to three programs dedicated to works of the 20th and 21st centuries. A quartet of strings (Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos), a quartet of marimbas (Drumming Marimba Quartet) and a Quartet of Saxophones interpret some of the reference pieces for these instrumental formations, side by side with the most recent songs by Portuguese composers, including premieres of new work.”

THE PROGRAM:
June 21st
Quarteto de Saxofones
(Álvaro Collao, Rodrigo Vila, Henrique Portovedo, Pedro Bittencourt)

June 22nd
Drumming Marimba Quartet
(João Miguel Braga Simões, Pedro Gois, André Dias, Miquel Bernat)

June 29th
Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos
(Vítor Vieira, Juan Carlos Maggiorani, Jorge Alves, Marco Pereira).

Showtime: 21h.

FREE ENTRY (limited to capacity, so get there an hour or two early to claim your spot).

Weekly | DANCE PARTY | Caos no Sodré: Altamont Sessions | Cais do Sodré | FREE
Jun 22 @ 22:30 – Jun 23 @ 01:30
Weekly | DANCE PARTY | Caos no Sodré: Altamont Sessions | Cais do Sodré | FREE @ O Bom O Mau e O Vilão | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Saturday nights in Cais do Sodré can get quite chaotic. Trust us…
But that doesn’t mean that, amidst the chaos, you can’t find solace in some good music. Here’s what O Bom O Mau e O Vilão, the organizers of “Caos no Sodré,” say:
“Attention all Gunslingers: Altamont is pleased to present Rock as a fuse for a epic dancing night to the sound of The Beatles, The Stones, Hendrix, The Smiths, REM, Blur, Nirvana, Joy Division, The Clash, The Ramones, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, among many others! This Saturday night will get more flavor with the new Jameson Ginger and Lime! Come and try it.”

We’re not sure about the “Jameson Ginger and Lime” bit, but the line-up definitely sounds to be in good order.

FREE ENTRY.

Jun
23
Sun
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€
Jun 23 all-day
to Jun 23 | FILM | AR#5: Argentine Film Festival 2019 | Avenida | 4€ @ Cinema Sáo Jorge | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Argentina.
You’ve probably heard of it.
European colonizers called it Argentina (from the Latin term “argentum,” which means silver) thinking they would find silver there.
They were wrong. But the name stuck.

Argentina is, however, home to five Nobel Prize winners, over 10 percent of all the world’s flora, and the world’s first animated film.
It is also the first country to utilize fingerprinting in order to determine if a person was guilty of a crime.
And it’s the birthplace of tango.
Among other things…

One such other thing is AR, a festival dedicated to new Argentine cinema, and it hits Lisbon this weekend. The event is described by its organizers as “a daily curation where everything that seems residual is material and revealing incisively several political, economic, and social issues that emerge from contemporary society.”
Four days.
Fifteen films, mostly never before seen in Portugal, including six full-length works of fiction, five documentaries, and four short films, at four bucks a pop.
You may need some Spanish for this one.
Mostly due to the aforementioned colonizers.

Oh, and Argentina has both the highest consumption of red meat in the world and the second-highest rate of anorexia in the world (after Japan), which may be why Buenos Aires has more psychoanalysts and psychiatrists than any other city in the world.
Just putting that out there…

More info (about the festival) here, and full program here.

to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free
Jun 23 all-day
to June 24 | Summer Choral Festival | Belém | Free @ Belem | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

A collaboration between EGEAC from Portugal and SourceWerkz from Singapore, this festival brings choirs from around the world to Lisbon to perform, compete and no doubt get up to all kinds of choral mischief. Much of this event is based in workshops and competition, making ideal for conductors and choristers, who can see the full program here.

However, all choirs will perform publically, and some with the backdrop of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, so keep an eye out and an ear open for some ethereal tunes from Belem.

If you want to take part in the competition, there is a fee, but performances will be free.

to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
Jun 23 @ 05:00 – 09:30
to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE @ VARIOUS LOCATIONS | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

The 13th edition of Somersby Out Jazz is back in Lisbon, which means you have the option of spending any given Sunday afternoon trough the end of September enjoying jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, rock, DJs, drinks, dancing, friends, and fresh air in some of the most beautiful gardens of the capital.
Free of charge.
Here’s what José Filipe Rebelo Pinto, founder of Somersby Out Jazz, says:
“Lisbon is trendy and still has a lot to offer. There are many green spaces scattered throughout the city with great potential, which have the capacity to receive an event of this size and that only benefit in being more dynamic. The aim of the Somersby Out Jazz is precisely to provide a diversified musical experience for Portuguese and foreigners while promoting the gardens in which it is held and encouraging their (re-)visitation.”

The Belém Tower Garden is the first outdoor venue to receive the 2019 edition, followed by:
Jardim do Campo Grande in June;
Jardim da Estrela in July;
Ribeira das Naus in August,
and Bela Vista Park in September.

View the full program, with artists and other info, here.

FREE ENTRY.

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 20:00
to Jul 29 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Porto | Porto | 4-13€ @ Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto | Porto | Porto | Portugal

If you don’t know what an impossible cube is, you might just be a square.
And if you think M.C. Escher has something to do with hip-hop… well, you’re right.
This Dutch master of illusion pretty much did with images what Tupac Shakur did with words, blowing minds and inspiring countless artists of every medium to this day. Ecsher is the definition of thinking outside the box, and, after a highly successful stop in Lisbon, 135 (yep, one hundred and thirty-five!) of the Master’s works call Porto home for the next few months.

Tickets and more info here.

Be there or be square.

Oh, and for the enthusiasts, here’s how to draw an impossible cube.

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to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
Jun 23 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€ @ Museu do Ajube | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

If you’ve never seen the inside of a prison, then chances are you’re not in the U.S., let alone doing better than a lot of the planet.
Museu do Ajube aims to change that — but, don’t worry, not permanently, and for a mere three bucks.
Here’s their verdict:
“The Portuguese Prison Photo Project provides an insight into seven contemporary Portuguese prisons. From the largest and oldest, dating back to the 1880s, to the newest, opened in 2004.
The images, captured by two photographers — Portuguese Luís Barbosa and Swiss Peter M. Schulthess — show different approaches and perspectives, and are complemented by historical images from the national archives.”

Learn more here.

ENTRY: 3€.

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