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Don Quixote

Happy 400th Birthday, Don Quixote!

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 10.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Don Quixote was originally published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Accordingly, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the complete novel's publication. In celebration, Restless Books has published a new edition of the Ormsby translation.

Beyond the Lashes: Matthew Poppe and the Trockaderos

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The history of Western society's obsession with women's looks can be traced through the often peculiar, but revealing, history of gender representation on the ballet stage. Ballet's twin aesthetic of ethereal beauty and youthful sexual allure -- with an idealized view of women at the focal point -- has been achieved over centuries of restrictive body ideals and a monastic discipline.

Paloma Herrera's Swan Song

Phil Chan | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

She entered the stage to a roar of applause, pausing on the tips of her toes, exhaling and taking in the cavernous Metropolitan Opera House. Was this the title character Giselle, breathing in a new day and unaware of the tragic fate before her, or a veteran performer relishing her final moments?

Who Said It?: Don Quixote Or Don Draper

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts

Today, every book-adoring Twitter user is paying homage to a certain literary heavyweight's deathiversary. (Ahem, his name rhymes with Gilliam Rhakesp...

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

Oh, What a Night: Don Quixote Returns to San Francisco Ballet

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

This is a ballet to which I would take anyone who is new to the art form. Most of the dancing takes place in the sun-filled village square into which Don Quixote and Sancho Panza wander, on a (live) horse and mule, in their quest for adventures in chivalry.

Experts Believe Bones Found In Spain Belong To 'Don Quixote' Author

AP | By JORGE SAINZ | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — Experts believe bone remains found in a Madrid convent include those of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes but are unable to identify ...

The Mystery Of Cervantes' Missing Body

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 01.26.2015 | Science

The body of one of the most celebrated authors in the history of the printed word has been missing for hundreds of years. But now, researchers believe...

12 Things The World Can Learn From Spain

El Huffington Post | Margarita Lazaro | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

If there’s a tradition that Spain can pass on to the world, and that the world has already begun to embrace, it is the siesta. The importance of res...

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

The Power of Old Books

Tom Morris | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Tom Morris

If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll be thinking what everyone else is thinking, and that may lead to your doing what everyone else is doing.

A Non-Quixotic Fate for Birds of Prey in Europe?

Steve Zack | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

The unintentional devastation of India's vultures is well-known. Yet here we see Spain ready to distribute and use veterinary diclofenac. Even minor usage of the drug on livestock may well lead to a collapse of Europe's wild birds of prey.

Follow the Cryptik Movement

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The artist known as Cryptik doesn't want you to focus on the idea of the cult of personality, rather the message that we are all a united people, a collective consciousness of peoples moving in similar paths intertwined for purpose.

Search Begins For Miguel de Cervantes's Remains

AP | JORGE SAINZ | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books

MADRID (AP) — Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died broke in Madrid, his body riddled with bullets....

John 'Quixote' Kerry Tilts for the Impossible With Russia and Israel

William Bradley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.

Barack, Barak and Peace in the Middle East

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Perhaps, Hillary Clinton, as crafty as Jael, will swoop in after 2016 and rescue Israel and the U.S. from the questionable leadership we are seeing now. In the meantime, she too, like Iran, will have to wait it out.

A Delusional Freshman Senator

Jim Worth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Worth

Though Monsieur Cruz, the Ivy League-educated Canadian, was preceded by the erratic and inglorious Rand Paul, the Lone Star pol has taken imbalanced and out-of-touch to new heights.

Madrid vs. Lisbon: Which Is Iberia's Top Pick?

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Spain and Portugal are like fresh sangria and old port. They are different tastes. And while the Euro has helped to remake these countries in some similar ways, the two are like neighbors who roll their eyes at the shouts and spicy smells that drift from next door.

Wild Night Ride Fueled by Pot, Puke and the Dead

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

By the time we made it to a rest stop and a McDonald's in Van Buren, Arkansas I was sick of the Grateful Dead.

Kitri Basilio Barcelona

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.26.2012 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Never have Santo Loquasto's elegant designs looked so perfect as in this glittering, yet intimate, setting, and the opening night audience seemed to take feisty Cuban ballerina Xiomara Reyes to their hearts.

Americans Bring Russian Don Quixote Home to Spain

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.19.2012 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Will performing in the homeland of Miguel de Cervantes add even more Spanish brio to this spirited, madcap Russian ballet?

The Deaths of Two Heroes

David Sable | Posted 10.27.2012 | Media
David Sable

Two Armstrongs, two heroes. Both had dreams that others thought were impossible. Both faced negative odds that most would not bet against. Both tilted at windmills... but with diametrically opposite outcomes.

Movie Review: Robot & Frank

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A caper film whose biggest thief is actually the inexorable flow of time, Robot & Frank is a terrific character study that offers the always-captivating Frank Langella the opportunity to stretch out a little bit.

Time to Clear the Air: Wind Works

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

Polluters like Big Coal are in desperate need of this dishonest help from their allies in Congress because, as it turns out, the coal industry is hitting strong head winds.