Dining Picks: Efímero Festín

Palermo is scattered with restaurants big and small, and the culinary options can be dizzying with so many bistros and auteur cuisine hotspots to pick from. One that stands out, for its impeccable quality of food, superb flavors and excellent prices is Efímero Festín, a small and intimate venue that serves carefully prepared dishes at the hand of its owners Carolina Lavecchia and Marcela Croccia. For lunch, their salads and sanwiches are just right, in the afternoon, their cakes are a treat for the sweet tooth, and at dinner, more elaborate concoctions with fresh ingredients satisfy the palate. Although the menu doesn’t feature extravagant combinations, those that are looking for a cozy, comfortable place offering quality, healthy options and perfectly prepared dishes will definitely feel they have found it. Uriarte 1411, Palermo. 4831-9867

Colón Theatre Spring Program

(Photo by Duane Storey)

September

Opera: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) –Two act opera. 1817. Music by Gioachino Rossini and libretto by Giacopo Ferretti. Musical direction- Reinaldo Censabella. Mise en Scene- Sergio Renán. 25th, 28th, and 30th of September.

Concert:  Despliegues sonoros (Display of Sound). Clarinet soloist- Mariano Rey, English horn-Fernando Chiappero. Director- Alejo Perez. Featuring pieces by Alberto Williams, Fermina Casanova, Astor Piazzolla, Richard Strauss and  Jean Sibelius.  27th of September at 8.30pm.

Free Concert: Coro Nacional De Niños (Children’s national choir). Directed by María Isabel Sanz. Piano by Natalia Suriano.  Featuring a selection of choral pieces by György Orbán, Zoltán Kodály,  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy,  Ángel Lasala and René Teseo.  30th of September 2012 at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

October

Opera: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) –Two act opera. 1817. Music by Gioachino Rossini and libretto by Giacopo Ferretti. Musical direction- Reinaldo Censabella. Mise en Scene- Sergio Renán. 3rd, 5th, and 7th of October

Ballet: Trilogía Neoclásica II (Neoclassic Trilogy II). Part 1- Marguerite and Armand by Franz Liszt. Choreography by Frederick Ashton. Part 2- Fuga Técnica- “Possessed” for string quartet and percussion by Alexander Balanescu. Choreography by Eric Frederic. Part 3- Before Nightfall- Bohuslav Martinu. Choreography by Nils Christe. 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th of October.

Concert: Puntos Cardinales (Cardinal Points). Director- Carlos Vieu. Bassoon soloist- Gabriel La Rocca. Trumpet soloist- Fernando Ciancio. Featuring pieces by Alberto Williams, Carl Maria von Webber, Alexander Arutiunian and Carl Nielsen. 4th of October.

Concert: Flemáticos Apasionados (Passionate Phlegmatic).  Director Tao Fan. Violoncello soloist- Natalie Clein. Featuring pieces by Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar.  25th of  October.

Concert: Guarneri Prague Trio. Featuring pieces by Josef Suk, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák.  10th of October.

Free Concert: Ensamble de Percusión  (Percussion Ensemble). Director- Angel Frette. Featuring a selection of modern percussion pieces by Amadeo Roldán,  Edgard Varèse, Carlos Chávez, John Cage,  Emmanuel Sejourne, Iannis Xenakis,  Steve Reich, and Michael Torke. 7th of October 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Free Concert: Cuarteto Gianneo. String Quartet- Nicolás Favero Urbiztondo, Sebastián Masci,  Elizabeth Ridolfi, and Matías Villafañe. Guest accordion by Rodolfo Mederos.  Featuring pieces by Jose Bragato, Lios Gianneo,  Astor Piazzolla, and Maurice Ravel. 21st of October at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Free Concert: Jorge de la Vega and string quartet. “From Mozart to Gardel”.  Featuring a selection of pieces by Mozart, Piazzolla, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Giacomo Puccini, José Carli, Pablo Fraguela, Franz Doppler and Carlos Gardel. 28th of October at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Contemporary Tendencies: Inventarios Argentinos II (La ciudad) (Argentine Inventory II- The City). Mixed media concert composed by Martin Luit, combined with texts by Pablo Katchadjian, and filmic material by Alejo Hoijman. Musical direction by Néstor Andrenacci. 18th, 19th and 20th of October..

November

Opera- “Colón – Ring”: 7-hour version of Wagner’s  Der Ring des Nibelungen. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner. 27th and 30th of November.

Concert: Renée Fleming and Gerald Martin Moore on the piano. 10th of November.

Contemporary Tendencies: Museo Pierrot. A music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

Contemporary Tendencies: Díptico- Martín Matalón. A choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by and electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis. 29th and 30th of November.

December

Contemporary Tendencies: Díptico- Martín Matalón. A choreographed interpretation of a compilation of works by Martin Matalon for instruments and solo singers processed by and electronic device in real time. Choreography by Diana Theocharidis. 1st of December.

Opera- “Colón – Ring”: 7-hour version of Wagner’s  Der Ring des Nibelungen. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner. 4th and 7th of December.

Concert:  De Raíces y Alturas (Roots and Heights). Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Piano soloist- Nelson Goerner. Featuring pieces by Pascual de Rogatis, Serguei Rachmaninov, and Claude Debussy. 13th of December.

Free Concert: Estudio coral de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Choir Studio). Featuring a two-act compilation of choir pieces from around the world from  1870-1970.   Director- Carlos Lopez Puccio. 2nd of December at 11 am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Free Concert: Colón  Theatre’s Children Choir. ISA Academic Orchestra.  9th of December at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Free Concert: Buenos Aires Instrumental Ensemble. Featuring pieces by Adolphe Blanc, Alberto Ginastera and Johannes Brahms. 16th of December at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. Prior to the function.)

Contemporary Tendencies: “La rosa…” (primera audición) by Martin Matalon, based on texts by Jorge Luis Borges. Dates to be confirmed.

Contemporary Tendencies: “Nadie me dijo que había venido a este mundo para olvidarme de aquello que alguna vez soñé” (No one told me I came to this world to forget what I once dreamt of).  Theatre by Fernando Rubio. 13th, 14th and 15th of December.

Tickets for all functions (except for free concerts) can be bought online through the theatre’s web page.

Art in the City at Semana del Arte 2012

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The city streets are abuzz with artistic events due to the Semana del Arte 2012 (BA art week). The event, which will take place until Saturday, will be promoting both national and international art through many activities and special exhibits.

Every weekday starting at 4.30pm there are guided tours of different galleries and collections. From Wednesday to Friday starting at 7pm there will be gallery nights in different areas of the city. On Wednesday it will take place in Palermo, Thursday in Puerto Madero and San Telmo, and on Friday throughout the whole city. On Saturday, from midday to 4pm there will be a drawing competition and closing act at the Rosedal Gardens in Palermo. Later on, from 5pm to 7pm there will be a special guided tour of the Kosice new media Biennial that is taking place at the nearby Planetarium.

Museums and galleries will all be participating in their own way of this celebratory art filled week so expect interesting exhibits, such as the Beatriz Milhazes at the MALBA, or the new renovated exhibit at the MNBA which is also displaying a temporary loan of an El Greco painting.

 Please find more information about specific guided tours and events here.

Buenos Aires Spring 2012

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The spring months are some of the most popular for tourism in Argentina and for good reason. Not only are the flowers in bloom and the weather perfect, but also it is a time where there are many events including a lot of music festivals and more.

Festivals

Semana del Arte (Buenos Aires Art Week): 23rd-29th of September. The first week of Spring kicks off with an art filled agenda including three consecutive gallery nights, a drawing festival and more.

Festival Buenos Aires Danza Contemporanea: Throughout the 4th to the 8th of October the contemporary dance festival will take place promising for a week filled with inspiring moves!

Semana de la Gastronomía Porteña (Buenos Aires Culinary Week): Also during October, from the 5th to the 12th, is this food lovers event where open air cooking classes, special restaurant discounts and more will be offered.

Pepsi Music Festival: From the 18th-22nd of October the city will be receiving international artists including Garbage and a closing concert by Suede. The festival will also have a special opening concert on the 27th of September featuring The Wailers. Tickets for The Wailers here, for Suede here and for the rest of the festival here.

Maquinaria Festival: Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, and Deftones are just a few of the names that will be participating in the Maquinaria Festival which will take place from the 8th-10th of November at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

Creamfields 2012: The most awaited electronic party of the year will take place on the 10th of November at the Autodromo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. This year’s lineup includes Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Infected Mushroom and Paul Van Dyk amongst others. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Jazz: Spring and Jazz festivals go together like cafe con leche y medialunas, and from the 21st to the 26th of November both will be available around city cafes and stages!

International Artisans Fair: From the 4th to the 9th of December artisans from around the world will gather at La Rural where they will display their masterful crafts just in time for Christmas shopping.

 

International Live Acts

Linkin Park- 5th of October. GEBA. Tickets here.

Snow Patrol- 7th of October. Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Robert Plant- 1st  and 2nd of November. Estadio Luna Park.  Tickets here.

Lady Gaga -16th of November. Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

Slash and Black Laberl Society- 17th of November. Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

Pulp- 21st of November. Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Joss Stone- 22nd of November. Estadio Luna Park. Tickets not on sale yet.

Norah Jones- 8th of December. Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Madonna- 13th of December. Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The week kicks off with a national holiday. Head to the Palermo parks and enjoy the nice weather and lively vibe! In the nearby Japanese Gardens at 4pm there will be a special tea ceremony, there will also be an exhibit on Japanese embroidery. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

In the evening, Liza Minnelli will be staging a show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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Head to the Planetarium where the Kosice Biennial, an event destined to promote the creation of art with new media, will be taking place until Saturday.  Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 

In the evening don’t miss dancer Sylvie Guillem at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Sun is forecast so book a private walking tour with Buenos Tours and explore the city at the hand of a great guide! More information here.

Later on, celebrate Buenos Aires Art Week by participating in one of the three gallery nights that will take place during the week (on Wednesday in Palermo).

Thursday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit “Panamericano” by the Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes that showcases a selection of the renowned artist’s recent paintings. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Jamaican band The Wailers will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary at the Vorterix theatre in Colegiales. Tickets here.

Friday

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

In the evening get ready for a luxury night out at the Colón Theatre, where the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella), by Rossini, will be staged. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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The spring orchid exhibit will take place throughout the weekend at the stunning Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm Blonde Redhead will be staging a live show at popular nightclub Niceto Club. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

Find a ten day weather forecast here.

Spring at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Spring has sprung and with it, fresh new ingredients for Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, and great weather for drinks in Fierro Hotel’s garden.

The season kicks off today from 6-8pm with celebrity bartender Fede Cuco at the lead of a festive happy hour. The 2 for 45 peso special and HG`s tapas are not to be missed on this sun kissed evening!

Another event that is coming up is the GAJO dinner on the 1st of November.  GAJO is a deluxe culinary team made up of the city`s top chefs (including Hernán Gipponi) who combine their talents to deliver the best of fine dining at different venues around the city. Although we are more than a month away from the event it is imperative to book well in advance for this one!

Follow the Fierro Hotel and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on Facebook to keep updated with our menu specials and spring events! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Top Romantic Dining Spots in the City

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Whilst the northern hemisphere is getting ready to light up chimneys and lay on blankets, Argentina is preparing for the glories of Spring; orange blossoms scenting the street, the purple flowers of the sunlit jacaranda trees, and gourmet courtships under the influence of some of the best wines in the world!  So where in Buenos Aires can a gent take a lady (or a lady a gent!) to make a good impression? Read on.

Belgrano

Pura Tierra: Top quality local delicacies are served in this acclaimed foodie heaven in Belgrano, The owner and award winning chef, Martín Molteni, offers the best Argentine cuisine using carefully selected seasonal ingredients. The dim lighting and great wine list create an intimate atmosphere; a prerequisite for any restaurant to be considered romantic! 3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano. 4899 2007. 

Palermo

Lelé de Troya: Set in a renovated old house, this charming restaurant in Palermo serves Moroccan fusion food, and is best known for its amazing ambiance. Each room is decorated following a different color scheme and outside there is a garden full of flowers where it is also possible to dine. Costa Rica 4901, Palermo. 4832 2726.

Recoleta

La Bourgogne: French restaurants abound in Buenos Aires but none are so well known as this lavish dining haven set in the famous Alvear Palace Hotel. This a place for traditional romance and delicious food. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4805 3857.

San Telmo

Amici Miei: A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, this Italian restaurant overlooks the charming Dorrego square in San Telmo. The food is superb and there is balcony seating overlooking the plaza where tango is regularly danced. Defensa 1072, San Telmo. 4361 2929.

La Boca

Patagonia Sur: Small and intimate this La Boca restaurant owned by Francis Mallmann has been considered one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. Offering typical Argentine dishes, superb wines of course, and a homey “campo style” ambiance, it is a great option both to celebrate love and to experience the best of local gourmet cuisine. Rocha 801, La Boca. 4303-5917.

Overlooking the river

Morena Beach: Although there are mixed reviews about the food, everyone agrees that this is one of the most romantic spots in the city. Why? Because it overlooks the river, has an intimate atmosphere and great service. It is THE place to go on a full moon if what you want is a great backdrop in a lavish setting! Club Náutico Puerto Norte, Av. Rafael Obligado 4899. 4786-0204.

Beatriz Milhazes at the MALBA

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Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes’ paintings are known for their colorful shapes that merge modernism with her local Brazilian culture; until the 19th of November, they will be exhibited at the renowned MALBA art museum.

The exhibit has been organized by the Brazilian embassy as part of the Brazil Month in Buenos Aires activities.  It not only features over thirty vibrant paintings, but also includes a special installation designed for the museum’s gallery on the second floor. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

Viví Francia: A Week of French Culture in BA

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Throughout the week the city will be filled with activities relating to French Culture including cuisine, arquitecture, fashion, music, film, and more. The event will take place from the 16th to the 23rd of September at different venues around the city.

The agenda includes tours to the French Embassy, an urban design tour of Palermo, a Santa Fe avenue tour, a visit to the Botanical gardens, tango influences in Recoleta, and a French hotspot tour in Retiro and Recoleta. (Find the tour schedules here).

There will also be live music events, theatre and film screenings (find schedule here), French lessons at the Alianza Francesa (here), conferences about Parisian fashion (here), and an interesting gourmet option including a French wine tasting at Grand Cru, a tea tasting event at Chez Pauline and a conference about French cuisine (more information here).

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit “Panamericano” by the Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes that showcases a selection of the renowned artist’s recent paintings. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Rain is forecasted for Tuesday so plan for indoors! Find our list of rainy day suggestions here.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

The Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new show from the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Head to the Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo, which is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

Later on, the Swedish electro band Covenant will be staging a live show at Niceto Club at 9pm.  Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. Tickets here.

Thursday

 

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

Later on sip on different tea blends at the special tea tasting at Chez Pauline, in Recoleta, which is being held as part of Vivi Francia, the Buenos Aires France Week.  Book your place in advance at 4816-9988 or at info@chezpauline.com.ar.

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Celebrate the first day of Spring by heading to the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero where you can catch one of the best views in the city!

(Keep in mind that as it is also student’s day, the Rosedal park in Palermo will be very crowded as it will be full of high school kids celebrating).

Later on stop by the Fierro Hotel garden where there will be a Springtime celebration with happy hour and tapas from 6pm-8pm! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening pick one of the many live shows that will be staged as part of the 2012 Buenos Aires Music Festival. Find a full program 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 Saturday take a tour of the French side of the city starting at 3pm at Cerrito and Av. Alvear.

In the evening pick one of the many live shows that will be staged as part of the 2012 Buenos Aires Music Festival. Find a full program here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.