St Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires

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It may seem odd that Buenos Aires celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with such fervor, but actually, when you combine the local party lifestyle and the fact that Argentina has the 5th largest Irish community in the world, it starts to make sense. Below are some listed activities that will be taking place to commemorate the festivity this Saturday.

– The St. Patrick’s parade will take off at Arroyo and Suipacha, downtown, at 7pm, ending at Plaza San Martín. The parade will include traditional Irish music and dancing and a fairy and leprechaun costume contest.

– Meanwhile the nearby pubs around Reconquista Street in Retiro will be hosting their biggest night of the year, as it is the traditional city spot for St. Patrick’s Day feasting.  If you head in this direction, expect large crowds, a super street party and lively heavy drinking!.

– Another option, to celebrate with other fellow travelers, is the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. The pub crawl costs $150 (pesos), and includes free wine and beer from 9-10pm, pizzas, a stop at three different bars with a free shooter at each, discounts on drinks and a last stop at the annual “Night Of The Drunken Leprechaun” party. Book your place in advance here.

-Uniclub in the Abasto area will be hosting an alternative St. Patrick’s Day party starting at 11.30pm.  Live music and two different dance floors with rock music, reggae, ska, 80s, 90s, cumbia, will be setting the pace.  Guardia Vieja 3360, Abasto. 4867-6764 info@uniclub.com.ar.

-Isenbeck Beer Festival: Although not an official St. Patrick’ s Day party, a beer festival seems to be a very appropriate place to celebrate. More information here.

-Of course all the pubs in town will be participating in this lively festivity. A full list of pubs can be found at the official 2012 St. Patrick’s Day webpage.

Other events taking place on Saturday:

The weekend will also be chock full of alternative activities for those who wish to steer clear of the fairies and leprechauns.  Several concerts will be offered on Saturday as well as other events.

Buenos Aires Ukraine celebrations will be taking place at the 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo. Traditional music and dances, as well as food and more will be on display.

The city government will also be hosting an audiovisual night in the city featuring FX booths,  animation workshops, screenings and more. From 5pm-10pm. Dorrego and Freire, Palermo.

Renowned guitarist Scott Henderson will be playing at the ND/Ateneo on Saturday as part of his Well to the Bone Tour 2012. Tickets available here.

Another famous guitarist will also be staging a live show on Saturday; Luis Salinas will be playing at La Trastienda at 11.30pm. Tickets here.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium on Saturday and Sunday!  Tickets here.

Isenbeck Beer Festival

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The Isenbeck Beer Festival kicks off today and will be held until Saturday at the Tribuna Plaza in the Palermo racetracks.

The event, which will be set up in a recreated village with bars and different stages, will feature an ample selection of local and international beers to sample and enjoy. There will also be a stand-up comedy stage, the Isenbeck theatre, where renowned local artists will be staging skits, and Dj sets to keep everyone on their tapping feet.

Tickets to the event are $50, and don’t include drinks. They are available here. Thursday 15th– Saturday 17th  March – 8pm. Tribuna Plaza. Av. Libertador 4401, Palermo. 4778-1500

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

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One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecologic reserve behind Puerto Madero. This spot of nature in the city has a curious story that began with humans taking over the river´s shore.

At first, from 1918-1950 the area was used for bathing. There was not much more than the river and its banks. Then, the water became contaminated and it could no longer be used for freshening up in the summer so, in the 70´s, it was decided that it would be conditioned to build the city´s administrative center. To do so, the land was reclaimed from the river. The project was abandoned in the 80´s and when nature realized humans had no use for it, it decided to colonize the rubble filled banks that regularly flooded. The area became covered in water hyacinths and soon birds and other wildlife made it their home. In 1989 it was finally declared an ecologic reserve.

Nowadays the ecologic reserve is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday and can be toured on weekends from 9.30am-4pm. One Friday a month, the closest to a full moon, a nocturnal tour of the reserve is organized. To participate you must call to sign up on the previous Monday. Below is the list of the remaining scheduled nocturnal tours for 2012.

Sign-Up Date Nocturnal Tour
02-April-2012 06-April-2012
30-April-2012 04-May-2012
28-May-2012 01-June-2012
02-July-2012 06-July-2012
30-July-2012 03-August-2012
24-September-2012 28-September-2012
22-October-2012 26-October-2012
26-November-2012 30-November-2012
24-December-2012 28-December-2012

Contact details:

Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero

4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108

reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm

The Rules of Mate Brewing

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The world of mate is full of tradition and there are many details to keep in mind for this typical beverage to come out just right.

1. The preparation stage of the mate is crucial. To do so properly fill ¾ of the gourd with ‘yerba’ and then place the palm of your hand over the gourd and shake it. You should find some fine mate powder covering your palm. Once you have done this one or two times insert the mate straw on one of the sides of the gourd and don’t move it.

2. Rule of thumb: never brew a mate with boiling water. The water should be hot, between 85-95 C. If the water is boiling it will burn the yerba and destroy its flavor. Plus, if you’re around experienced mate drinkers they will never look at you the same again!

3. One of the most annoying things that happens when a mate isn’t well prepared is that the straw gets clogged. This usually happens when the dust isn’t shaken out (step 1) or when the straw is moved around once its been placed. The straw should be still, in the same place from start to finish.

 4. Another thing to avoid is blowing on the straw to cool it or unclog it. This is inconsiderate to others in the mate round and not very hygienic. The same goes for salivating the straw. Placing your dry lips on it should be enough to enjoy the beverage.

5. Finally, change the ‘yerba’ once its lost its taste , don’t insist on drinking a washed out mate, and never pass a washed out mate on to the next person unless you wish to insult them!

A few things to keep in mind:

The mate gourd must be cured before it can be used or it will tinge the mate with a foul taste. To do so wash it out well with hot water until the water is clear and free of pigments from the wood. Then fill the gourd with yerba up to the top and pour hot water on it. Leave it overnight and wash again well.

When sharing mates with others a few basics must be taken into account; the mate brewer, who must brew the mates for everyone in the round, must drink the first mate to make sure it’s ok, the mate should never be passed on once water has gotten cold and everyone’s turn must be respected.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Tuesday

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If you´re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas´ (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

Later on, stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Wednesday

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Head to the stunning Colón theatre and tour one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world! Later on stay for La Pasión según San Marcos, an opera by Osvaldo Golijov.Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

You can also stop by La Catedral in Almagro for a tango lesson for beginners starting at 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro. 4342-4794.

Thursday

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Head to La Rural to the Presentes Otoño interior design fair which will be taking place from the 15th-18th of March. More information here.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

John Zorn and his freestyle avant-garde jazz group Masada will be playing at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Friday

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Head to the Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta. This Spanish Art Museum decorated as a renaissance palace and surrounded by a unique Spanish Muslim garden, was the home of author Enrique Larreta. His extensive collection of sculptures, paintings and furniture mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque periods can be appreciated in this ornamented historical landmark.  Juramento 2291, Belgrano, 4784-4040. Museum Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 1pm-7pm. Saturday from 10am-8pm.

Later on head to the Isenbeck Beer Festival in Palermo where you can taste a variety of brews and listen to live bands.  Tribuna Plaza 4401, Palermo. Tickets Here.

Saturday and Sunday

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St Patrick’s day celebrations will be happening all around town, especially at the local pubs. For a traditional special St. Paddy´s day party head to The Casabar in Recoleta. 1150 Rodriguez Pena, Recoleta.

Renowned guitarist Scott Henderson will be playing at the ND/Ateneo on Saturday as part of his Well to the Bone Tour 2012. Tickets available here.

Another famous guitarist will also be staging a live show on Saturday. Luis Salinas will be playing at La Trastienda at 11.30pm. Tickets here.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing at the River Plate Stadium on Saturday and Sunday!  Tickets here.

Pablo Siquier at Centro Cultural Recoleta

Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. His work includes both paintings on canvas and experimental pieces that interact with space.

Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying his more experimental work.  The exhibit will showcase some of his earlier installations from the eighties and also some pieces from the nineties, including two murals.

Some of the artwork he is most famous for includes murals in the Palacio de Velazquez in Madrid,  ceramic murals in the Carlos Pellegrini subway station, and in Los Molinos building in Puerto Madero.

23 rd of February- 4th April

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junín 1930, Recoleta

4803 1040

Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm

5 Emblematic Women in Argentine History

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Cecilia Grierson – 1859-1934

Cecilia Grierson was the first female doctor in the country. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a surgeon-doctor in 1889 and began working at the Ramos Mejia Hospital (back then, San Roque Hospital).  She founded the first school of nurses, the Argentine first aid association, and the institute for the blind in Buenos Aires.

She also traveled to London and became the vice-president of the International Women’s Congress and studied gynecology in France.

Rosario Vera Peñaloza- 1873-1950

Rosario Vera Peñaloza dedicated her life to education. She founded the first Argentine kindergarten in La Rioja. She was also a head mistress in many schools around the country.

In 1931 the national education committee entrusted her with the creation of the first national museum for primary education. Her date of death was declared the national kindergarten teacher’s day.

Alicia Moreau Justo- 1885-1986

Alicia Moreau Justo was born in London but moved to Buenos Aires with her family when she was five. She was doctor and political activist who fought for women’s rights.

In 1902 she founded the women’s socialist center and was one of the founders of the women’s pro-suffrage committee.

She was also married to one Juan B. Justo, an influential politician, journalist, physician and writer with whom she had three children.

Victoria Ocampo- 1890-1979

Victoria Ocampo was an Argentine writer and intellectual.

She was born into an aristocratic family and traveled from an early age to Europe, which helped form her cultural identity.

She was a part of the feminist movement and founded Sur magazine, which was the most important literary magazine of its time in Latin America. Authors such as Sabato, Borges, Cortazar and Camus were published in it, amongst many other prominent authors.

She also edited and supported an anti-nazi magazine during world war II.

In 1976 she was appointed the first woman member of the Argentine Academy of Letters.

She frequently received visits from internationally renowned writers, artists and thinkers at her residence, which is open to visits. More information is available here.

Evita- 1919-1952

Evita is the most iconic woman in Argentine history. Born in Los Toldos, in the Province of Buenos Aires, she was first an actress, and then a politician.

She married Juan Domingo Peron in 1944 and became the face of Peronism.

As a first lady she is credited with having played an essential part in obtaining women’s voting rights and organizing the feminine branch of the Peronist political party. She established and ran the Fundacion Eva Peron, dedicated to social work.

She died of cancer when she was 33 and it is estimated that over a million people assisted her wake.

More information on Evita is available at  the Evita Museum.

Off the Beaten Path: Campanopolis

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Campanópolis is an unusual place in the outskirts of the city, in Gonzales Catán.  Once a garbage dumping ground, the land was rescued by Antonio Campana and turned into an eco-medieval village with impressive constructions made from recycled material that seem to belong more to a fairy tale than to the outskirts of the city!

The grounds are not open to the public but there are activities and group visits that are organized throughout the year. Some of the activities they offer are mountain bike and trekking, workshops about history, the environment and recycling, and medieval games and archery.

The premises are also available for events, and for advertising campaigns, film, and TV productions.

More information here.

March in Buenos Aires

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March marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. As locals return from vacations and the school year starts, the city’s rhythm picks up.

Below are a few of the upcoming events and concerts that will be taking place throughout the month.

Events:

Colón Theatre Season: The Colón Theatre Season kicks off with the opera St.Mark Passion by Osvaldo Golijov and several concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. More information on dates and tickets here.

Presentes Otoño Fair:  The Presentes Otoño interior design fair will be taking place at La Rural from the 15th-18th of March. More information here.

Ciudanza: This annual event brings dance out of the theatre and into the city as urban landscapes become the stage. The selected dancers will be performing at Parque Chacabuco, Parque Lezama and Barrancas de Belgrano from   March 29th-1st of April. More information here.

*The MALBA will be closing some of its exhibit halls from the 12th-24th of March.

Concerts:

Roger Waters: 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18th of March

The British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd will be back to the city and due to the outsold shows will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Toquinho: 9th of March

The renowned Brazilian Bossa Nova artist will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

John Zorn-Masada: 15th of March

Freestyle avant-garde jazz group, Masada, will be playing at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Joe Cocker: 19th of March

The English blues and rock singer will be playing at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: 20th March

The famous 60´s and 70´s rock band will be playing for their loyal local fans at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Michael Bublé:  24th-25th March

Successful Canadian singer and actor, Michael Bublé, will be staging a show at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Caetano and Moreno Veloso: 27th March

Brazilian bossa nova king Caetano Veloso and his son Moreno Veloso will be staging a show at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If you´re visiting the Recoleta area, stop by Centro Cultural Recoleta where Pablo Siquier murals are being displayed.  Also in the area is La Biela Café, a lovely traditional spot to stop for a coffee break.

Of course you don´t want to miss out on tango dancing while you´re visiting Buenos Aires, so stop by Club Gricel where a milonga will be taking place from 8.30pm-4am.  To ensure your safety we recommend organizing transport with the hotel. Rioja 1180, Constitución. infoclubgricel@gmail.com. 4957-7157

Tuesday

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Put on your galoshes because the forecast says rain! Our suggestion; head to one of the city´s many art museums and explore the rich cultural side of Buenos Aires.

Later on stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Another option is Ill Ballo del Mattone where you can catch some live acoustic guitar music by Jerónimo Guiraud at 8pm, and enjoy a wonderful plate of homemade pasta. Gorriti 5737 tel 47764247 reservas@ilballo.tv

Wednesday

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Teresita´s Argentine barbeque and empanada cooking class is only on from November-April so don´t miss out on it! The class includes a trip to the butcher shop, a cooking demonstration, and a delicious meal paired with Argentine wines. From 11am-4pm. More information here.

In the evening Boca will be playing a football (soccer) match against Fluminense at the ‘bombonera’ (Boca Stadium). Go to Boca Experience to coordinate your visit to the stadium, the museum and the match.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Thursday

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Luis Perlotti was a distinguished Argentine sculptor who dealt with native themes and indigenous imagery, as well as producing sculptures and monuments of local characters of the artistic and political scene. The museum showcases an ample selection of his works as well as displaying sculptures by other renowned Argentine artists. Pujol 644, Caballito. 4433-3396. Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-7pm.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday at 4pm head to the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo to watch some sumo wrestling! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares.

Roger Waters, the British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd, will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

The annual Tattoo show will be held throughout the weekend from 11am-11pm at the Bowen Hotel. Callao 360, Congreso. More information here.