Sound Check: Getting to Know Spain’s Amaral
By Grace Bastidas | 03/16/2010 - 20:00

Vocalist Eva Amaral teamed up with guitarist Juan Aguirre when they were students to form the pop-rock act Amaral in 1998. Since then, they’ve sold over two million records so perhaps it’s time we get to know the dynamic duo behind one of Spain’s hottest bands. I caught up with them a few days before their showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this week and here’s what they had to say.

Are you ready to conquer the North American market?

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Taste Testing: Tapas, A Taste of Spain in America
By Diana Delatorre | 02/05/2010 - 17:07

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Early in his career, chef Jose Andres trained at the legendary El Bulli under none other than the famed Ferran Adria. Hearing the announcement that El Bulli will close for the next two years, I felt wistful for a taste of Spain and a bit depressed that I may never have the chance to eat at one of the world's best restaurants. Luckily, I found just the remedy with Andres's Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.

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Video: Salsa Dancing Granny Wows Crowd on Spain's "Tú Sí Que Vales"
By Mariela Rosario | 12/11/2009 - 10:44

British grandmother Paddy Jones, 75, stole the show on Spain's equivalent of America's Got Talent, Tú Sí Que Vales. When she steps on to the stage you can see the judges doubting the fact that this older woman could possibly be capable of performing a convincing salsa acrobatica, but boy does she prove them wrong! Appearing on stage with a partner 40 years her junior, Jones proceeded to execute a series of thrilling flips, turns and whirls that most would find downright impossible at any age.

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Running of the Bulls on Cameron Diaz's Movie Set
By Mariela Rosario | 11/23/2009 - 10:43

Things got a little rowdy over the weekend on the set of Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise's new film, Knight and Day, when seven bulls escaped their pens and ran rampant through the streets of Cadiz, in southern Spain for about 40 minutes. Two women were slightly injured after the bulls made a break for it and ran towards the beach. We can't really blame them, we probably would have done the same! 

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Spanish Poet Frederico Garcia Lorca's Remains to be Exhumed
By Mariela Rosario | 10/20/2009 - 09:00

The world may finally find out where legendary Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca's remains were buried. Government officials in Southern Spain have cleared the way legally for remains buried at a mass grave site in a village near Granada to be exhumed. Andalusia regional government justice councilor Begona Alvarez said that the confidential exhumation would begin next Monday. 

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Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies
By Christine Estevez | 07/16/2009 - 12:25

Maria del Carmen Bousada died last week at the age of 69, leaving behind her 2-year-old twin boys. She was the oldest woman on record ever to give birth. Though she was 65 at the time she was impregnated, the Española lied to doctors at the Pacific Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles, telling them she was 55—the age limit for in vitro fertilization—in order to fulfill her dream of motherhood. Bousada, who was a single mom, gave birth to Pau and Christian in December 2006 at the age of 66.

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VIDEO: Friday Night Fright
By Angie Romero | 07/10/2009 - 15:12

I don’t think anyone doubts that the Spaniards are the ones making the scariest flicks right now. Case in point: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage, which isn’t just a genre masterpiece, it’s a masterpiece, period. In fact, Fresnadillo and Bayona were just named "godfathers" of the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week, dedicated to discovering new talent.

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First Goring Death at Running of the Bulls Since 1995
By Mariela Rosario | 07/10/2009 - 12:01

Pamplona's San Fermin festival is famous for it's dangerous and thrilling tradition of the running of the bulls. Held since 1591, the festival attracts tens of thousands of revelers eager to try their luck at running with the bulls. For nine days, morning bull-runs are followed by afternoon bull fights, meaning that most of the bulls who run the half-mile course face certain death.

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Antonio Banderas to Lose Beachfront Property in Spain
By Christine Estevez | 06/30/2009 - 15:45

Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have been ordered to give up a large chunk of their beachfront estate on Spain’s Costa del Sol as the country continues to crackdown on “illegal” coastal properties.

The Spanish film star and his wife have been told that more than 14,000 square feet of their £5 million mansion’s gardens will be seized to allow public access to the beach.

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Pregnant Transsexual Man Rubén Noé Coronado Suffers Miscarriage
By Mariela Rosario | 06/11/2009 - 13:10

25-year-old Spaniard transsexual Rubén Noé Coronado made headlines a few months ago when he revealed that he was pregnant with twins shortly after Thomas Beatie (aka the "Pregnant Man") gave birth to his first child last June.

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