Colón Theatre Free Concert

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On Monday the 3rd of September at 8.30pm, the Colón Theatre will be opening its lavish doors to the public for a special concert featuring renowned Korean soprano Sumi Jo and the local tenor Dario Schmunk, directed by Arturo Diemecke. The event, which celebrates Argentina’s fifty-year anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea, will include a broad spectrum of music pieces by Beethoven, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Adam, Lehar, Offenbach and Ahn.

Tickets to the event will be available on Saturday from 10am at the Colón Theatre box office and a maximum of two tickets per person will be handed out until the theatre`s capacity is reached.  Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

Buenos Aires Art Galleries

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Buenos Aires is scattered with galleries that represent the city’s booming art industry, and they are well worth visiting for collectors and art lovers. Most of the galleries can be found in three main areas, the Retiro and Recoleta circuit, Palermo, and San Telmo.  Monthly gallery nights are held in different areas of the city and are a great chance to get to know this flourishing aspect of it.

Some recommended galleries include:

Retiro area:

Ruth Benzacar: founded in the sixties, it is one of the most prestigious galleries in the city and deals in contemporary Argentine art. Florida 1000, Buenos Aires. 4313 8480. info@ruthbenzacar.com.

Palermo:

Braga Mendez brings together thirty top-level artists producing independently and collectively, valuing a commitment to the idea of art stripped of a commercial focus.   Humboldt 1574, Palermo. 4775-5577. info@galeriabm.com.

Hollywood in Cambodia: Set atop a Palermo bar this hip space specializes in street art and is run by street artists. The gallery produces monthly shows and hosts many art related activities. Thames 1885, 1st floor. Palermo. hollywoodincambodia@gmail.com.

Arte x Arte: is a 1800m2 space dedicated to photography, video art and new media. They work to promote both the local artists in Argentina and abroad, and to introduce foreign artists to the local scene. Lavalleja 1062, Villa Crespo. 4773-2738.

Mar Dulce: Paintings, drawings, prints and photography by Argentine and Uruguayan upcoming artists are presented at this Palermo centered gallery. Uriarte 1490, Palermo. galeriamardulce@gmail.com

San Temo:

Arte Pampa: This gallery is dedicated to contemporary artwork that reflects the local traditions and heritage. It is a great place to buy gifts or something with a local feel to take back home.  Defensa 917, San Telmo. 4361-1138.

Zavaleta Lab: Also dedicated to contemporary Argentine art, they are intent on discovering and promoting new talents and are constantly renewing their program. Venezuela 571, San Telmo. 4331-2439.

Gourmet Bookstores in the City

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DAIN Usina Cultural is more than just a bookstore. Their main thing is to sell books, sure, but their aim is also to promote culture through live musical events, film debates, readings, art exhibits and all with the option of sitting down to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with vegetables from their own organic garden!  Nicaragua 4899, Palermo.4778.3554. info@dainusinacultural.com.

Clasica y Moderna is one of the city’s cultural hotspots where books reign and live music colors the nights. Additionally it has a great restaurant with a few fixed menus which feature carefully prepared Argentine cuisine. Callao 892, Recoleta. 4812-8707.

Abulafia Libros is a space for book and wine lovers alike.  The Palermo centered bookstore, complete with a black cat and all, is a great place to buy a gift or to sit and enjoy the fine pleasures of life. They also host films screenings and intellectual evenings. Borges 1985, Palermo. 4833-9184.

Although not really a bookstore, the gorgeous Sociedad Argentina de Arquitectos is THE architectural hotspot in the city and has the added plus of a beautiful architecture library that is open to nonmembers for only 10 pesos. Also on the premises is Restó, a guaranteed palate pleaser specializing in French auteur cuisine. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711.

Find more recomended Buenos Aires bookstores here.

We Recommend: The Argentine Experience

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Foodies looking for a good time in Buenos Aires should definitely try The Argentine Experience; a meat packed event where Argentina’s culinary traditions are explored in a fun recreational atmosphere.

Options include a lunch experience and a dinner experience. Both begin with a mate refreshment upon arriving and then, once clad in chef hats and aprons, continue onto the empanada-making phase. After that comes a delicious steak and wine lunch, during which some fun and games are carried out, and then a mate tasting and brewing class, and an alfajor making class, all with top notch information about the local traditions. The dinner option also includes all you can drink until 11pm and free guest list entry to a BA nightclub.

The Lunch experience costs 60USD, and the dinner costs 75USD. Places must be booked in advance. More information here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Don’t miss the last days of The Tango Festival and World Championship! Check out the Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones, and the concerts and shows! Find the full program here.

Tuesday

(Jean Tinguely. Photo by wccwang)

Stop by the Centro Cultural Borges where the new Jean Tinguely exhibit is being displayed! Viamonte and San Martín, downtown.

Later on, the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging a special production of Il Due Figaro. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening check out Riverdance! The renowned Irish dance company will be presenting a special show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

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The Museo de Arte Decorativo is a gorgeous museum in Recoleta and it is currently showcasing a very special exhibit of Italian art from the Marche region. Also, the museum cafe is a lovely place for a hot cup of tea and cakes afterwards.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta. 4801-8248.

 Book your place at 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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Later on the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging a special production of Il Due Figaro. Tickets here.

Friday

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Take a trip down the historical A-line Subway and travel through time whilst stopping to visit some of the city’s emblematic spots such as the Casa Rosada, Cafe Tortoni and Congreso.

Art lovers should definitely check out the monthly Gallery Night that will be taking place in the Recoleta and Barrio Norte areas from 7pm to 10pm.  More information here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday there will be a live Alan Parson’s Project show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.  

 

Find a ten-day weather forecast here

Dining Hot Spot: Brotes del Alma

This laid-back Belgrano restaurant is a lovely quiet spot with a varied menu offering what could be described as Argie food with a twist. Options abound and include salads, bruschetta’s, the typical provoleta grilled cheese, stuffed pastas, meats and more. Their star dishes include their “entraña a la parrilla” (skirt steak) which they prepare with mozzarella cheese, tomato and prosciutto, and “lomo envuelto en panceta” (tenderloin wrapped in bacon). For desert don´t miss the traditional Argentine vigilante (cheese and quince or sweet potato jam) which they of course turned into something unique by using Brie and syrup.  (Find the full menu here).

They also offer special menus on occasions such as Valentines Day and Friendship Day, amongst others.

The restaurant opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30pm to midnight. Reservations are encouraged. Olazabal 1422, Belgrano. 4781-4504. brotesdelalma@yahoo.com.ar

Argentine Art: 1950’s to Present Day

After the first vanguards in the early 20th century, the art scene in Argentina flourished. There were, and are, many different trends and themes, groups, and art movements. Buenos Aires is filled with galleries and museums and the scene is thriving with abundant quality local production and a large local and international public/market for it. Due to the wide variety of styles and movements it is difficult to trace a specific line in Argentine contemporary art which is why we have selected just a few of the recent emblematic artists from the local scene.

The abstract international Madí movement was spurred by by Gyula Kosice and Carmelo Arden Quin. It suggested that art should be liberated so that creation and invention could take place without the restraints of format, style and preconceived notions of what art should be.

(Persistence of the Mobile Drop of Water, Gyula Kosice. Photo by mirsasha)

The Kinetic art movement was the successor to the Madí movement with renowned artist Julio Le Parc at its head.  This movement, which played with the ideas of motion and light, sought to engage the spectator with the piece making it truly dynamic.

(Continuel Movil. Julio Le Parc. Photo by Tecnópolis Argentina)

Antonio Seguí is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His work over the years has been versatile and influences range from expressionism, to surrealism to hyperrealism. The works, which include sculptures, paintings, illustrations and more, often deal with social themes presented in a satirical angle.

(Antonio Seguí. Photo by blacques_jacques)

Marta Minujín is one of the most talked about Argentine artists. She is a conceptual/pop artist who has carried out many “Happenings” both in Buenos Aires and abroad since the 60’s. Her work, which includes sculptures, paintings and more, is centered on consumer culture and on the ephemeral.

(Colchones de Marta. Marta Minujín. Photo by Richard Bolivar)

Leon Ferrari’s controversial conceptual art questions western religion and power relationships in a provocative way. His works, which include collages, sculptures and the use of resignification, have earned him  international fame and reputation.

(León Ferrari. Photo by silvia_c77)

Read more about Argentine Art:

Argentine Pre Hispanic and Colonial Art

Nineteenth Century Argentine Art

Early 20th Century Argentine Art

Art Museums in Buenos Aires

Emblematic Argentine Tangos

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La Cumparsita is one of the oldest and most famous tangos. It was written in 1916 by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez as a Uruguayan carnival march and then turned into a tango by Roberto Firpo who included pieces of some of his own tangos and of Verdi´s Ill trovatore. Pascual Contursí and Enrique Pedro Maroni added lyrics later.

Caminito is an emblematic tango of Buenos Aires because it was inspired by the famous location in La Boca that artist Quinquela Martin painted. Juan de Dios Filiberto, who composed the tango in 1926, was friends with the artist and the street took the tango’s name.

Cambalache was written in 1934 by Enrique Santos Discépolo for the film El alma del bandoneon  (The accordion´s soul). It was a criticism to the political upheaval and corruption of the time and was banned during the first military dictatorships.

Mi Buenos Aires Querido is the most commonly associated tango with Gardel. He composed it in 1934 and Alfredo Le Pera gave it its nostalgic lyrics.

Por Una Cabeza is another Gardel/Le Pera anthem from 1935 and is about a compulsive racetrack gambler. It compares the compulsion of gambling on horses with women. The world of the racetracks is very characteristic of Buenos Aires and this tango, as well as other Gardel tangos, is valued for representing it.

Naranjo en Flor is a tango from 1944 written by the Exposito brothers, Virgilio and Homero. The tango talks about the woes of love in the poetic language that Homero Expósito became renowned for.

Sur was composed by the celebrated Anibal Troilo in 1948 with lyrics by none other than Homero Manzi. The tango tells of lost love and through it the changes of the neighborhood or “barrio”, one of tango’s most recurrent themes that is directly linked to the city’s transformations and migratory patterns.

Adios Nonino is one of Astor Piazzolla’s most famous pieces and was recorded in 1959 in memory of his father, a few days after his death.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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The Tango Festival and World Championship is in full swing! Don’t miss the Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones, or any of the concerts and shows! Find the full program here.

In the evening, save your place at the Olive Oil tasting being organized by Mondo Oliva.  More information here.

Later on the African-Spanish artist Buika, considered to be one of the “50 Great Voices” will be staging a show at the Gran Rex theatre starting at 9pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing two new exhibits. The first features Argentine and Brazilian contemporary pop art, realism and political art, and the second is a collection of works by Roberto Aizenberg and younger artists who have been inspired by him.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

The renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist András Schiff will be presenting the following pieces at the Colón Theatre: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No 30 in E major, Op. 109, Bela Bartók: Sonata (1926), Leos Janácek: Sonata (1905), Franz Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894.  22nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and check out some of the photography exhibits that are being displayed as part of the Festival de la Luz (light festival). The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.

Book your place at 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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

Later on the Jamaican Ska and Reggae band, The Skatalites, will be playing a live concert at Teatro Vorterix, the new concert hotspot in town! Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday there will be a special tango-dancing program at the Centro de Exposiciones from 2.30pm onwards. More information here.

Football fans can also enjoy a River Plate vs. San Lorenzo match at the Club Atlético River Plate on Sunday. www.bsas4u.com offers a special River Plate tour that includes a bilingual guide, transfers to and from the hotel and tickets to the game.  Book here.

Find a ten day weather forecast here.

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

Saturday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

On Sunday the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating the Dondoh fire ceremony! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Another great event that will be taking place during the weekend is the International Artisan Beer festival. Different beer related events will be taking place around Recoleta including a beer tour on Sunday during the day and a festival at night. More information here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Monday

The Feria de Mataderos is the perfect place to go to commemorate the death of San Martin. On Monday they will be holding a Folklore Festival from 11am to 8pm! Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. De los Corrales.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango festival and world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

 In the evening head to Almagro where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts, will be making sure everyone is dancing. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.