From the lead essay, The ateneu of me, at http://andreadelmoral.wordpress.com/the-ateneu-of-me:
The what? you ask.
An ateneu is a community center-café-bar-meeting room-dance hall-library-theatre-gymnasium rolled into one. Ateneus dot the city of Barcelona, and like the lively, layered city itself, they are filled with multiple activities and people of many ages. Unlike Barcelona, they’re often visually uanssuming places, arising in the nooks of neighborhoods wherever space lends itself.