Spanish Conversation Class in City Bars

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Travelers who wish to practice their Spanish and meet other travelers while they’re at it can join the Tuesday conversation groups that take place in different bars around town.  The hour long practice sessions organized by Bueno, Dale! Spanish School in BA are open for all levels and all one must do is show up from 7pm to 8pm with a 30 peso fee. The location of each event is announced via Facebook.

And while you’re in Buenos Aires don’t miss the chance of introducing some fun lunfardo slang into your vocabulary and putting it to practice!

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Don’t miss the new photography exhibit at the Centro Cultural Borges, which displays the renowned Italian photographer Tina Modotti’s portraits of Mexican culture.  Viamonte and San Martín, downtown. 5555-5359.

Liven your evening at La Bomba del Tiempo a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

Tuesday

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Guided tours at 3pm of The Manzana de las Luces, an old Jesuit residence from the 1700’in the San Telmo area, are well worth taking! Peru 272, San Cristobal.

In the evening, starting at 9pm, don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand up comedy in English at the Café Rivas in San Telmo. Estados Unidos 302, San Telmo.

Wednesday

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Summer is the perfect time to visit Tigre, in the Paraná delta, criscrossed by small rivers and streams. This untamed location surrounded by nature has a variety of attractions and excursions including canoeing and kayak, trekking, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, teahouses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park.

In the evening stop by Boris Club de Jazz where there will be live music at 10 pm by Guaruba, who fuse Guaraní and Cuban rhythms. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

Thursday

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The MALBA is featuring a highly recommended exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. Also on display is a showcase of videos by British artist Tracy Emin. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

 

Friday

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Book your place for a special lunch with the Argentine Experience who will give you the 411 on everything local and feed you great Argie meat and more! They also organize mate and dulce de leche tastings. More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the best speakeasies in the city! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Also on Saturday, there will be live Japanese music at the Jardín Japonés in Palermo at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares. Palermo.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Mexican Tasting Menu at HG Restaurant

Mexican flavors will be making their way into HG Restaurant on Saturday evening as Mexican guest chef Antonio de Livier and our very own Hernán Gipponi join forces to cook up a colorful tasting menu full of flavor and spice.

The menu kicks off with Baja California style battered fish, white fish sashimi, sprouts and avocado mousse (paired with top of the line tequila!). Then, two starters follow including shrimp with kumato soup, cucumber and strawberries and crispy flour tortillas with pig trotters in Mexican green mortajada sauce, fried oysters, radishes and sour cream.  The main courses include catch of the day with pipían sauce, humita and fennel, creamy rabbit rice with mushrooms and leeks, and veal cheeks sous vide, Oaxaca mole, green squash, spiced carrots and watercress.  Finally, for the sweet part of the menu there will be a pre-dessert of yacaratía (an Argentine tree with an edible trunk), with blue goat cheese from Entre Ríos and sweet chili, and then a dessert of passion fruit and yoghurt with strawberry, mango and carob granita.

The tasting menu costs 290 pesos per person and includes wine parings. Book your place in advance at 3220-6820. Fierro Hotel. Soler 5862.

Summer Café: Cocó Marie

A new addition to the Palermo scene, this daytime café meshes together everything summer. It is first of all a swimwear store, and also sells flip-flops, bags, other accessories, plants and flowers. It’s the perfect place to shop for that two-piece you need for lounging by the hotel rooftop pool and to stop for some great pastries or a light lunch in the shady outdoor patio. The cuisine, which they advertise as homemade and fresh, caters to the Palermo palate and includes salads, sandwiches and many a sweet treat for the afternoon. Armenia 1764, Palermo.4833 0950.

Margarita Paksa Retrospective at the MAMBA

The MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires) is displaying an extensive collection of the prolific Argentine artist Margarita Paksa’s work. The retrospective includes sculptures, drawings, digital and video art. Some of the subjects the artist deals with are subjectivity, perception, time and language in thought provoking pieces that invite the audience to participate and interact.

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Also on display are a photography and video art collection by Italian artist Massimo Listri, video art by Luz Linder, and an exhibition of sculptures and installations using wood and other organic materials by Alejandro Somaschini. Artists Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel have also intervened the museum walls with drawings and paintings.

The exhibition is open until the 30th of March from Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am to 7pm and from 11am to 8pm on weekends. Tickets are five pesos.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001.

Buenos Aires Tango Orchestras

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Tango orchestras, known as Orquestas Típicas, date back to the 1870’s, a period when the country was beginning to form its national identity after its independence in 1816. The first formations were very basic and consisted of guitarists, flutists and violinists. Afterwards they incorporated the piano, the double bass, the cello and the emblematic bandoneón, which replaced the flute until Astor Piazzolla reintroduced it.

Initially, Orquestas Típicas played in different venues, first in brothels and suburbs and later, as they gained prestige, in more open social spaces.  In the thirties, they also began to include musical scores, which contributed to the sophistication of the compositions and led to tango’s golden years in the forties with Troilo, Pugliese, De Angelis, Francini-Pontier, Discépolo, Manzi and Expósito as the leading directors and composers.

Nowadays, with the revival of tango, there are contemporary tango orchestras such as the popular Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro that follows a traditional approach and stages weekly live shows at the Club Atlético Fernández Fierro in Almagro. Other contemporary tango orquestras are the Orquesta Típica Imperial, and the Orquesta Típica Sub-25 directed by  Pablo Agri which played in the tango world championships.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week off by getting a general picture of Buenos Aires with Jonathan who offers free daily walking tours that start at 11am from the Garibaldi Statue at Plaza Italia. More information here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado .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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Stop by the new Gardel exhibit that is being showcased at the Casa de la Cultura until the 30th of April. The exhibition features the largest tango collection in the world! Av. De Mayo 575, first floor, downtown.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz where Russian Red will be staging a live show starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

 

Wednesday

 

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Summer is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

 

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Stop for a light lunch at hierbabuena in San Telmo and then check out the Margarita Paksa exhibit at the  MAMBA !  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

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  include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. 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.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Huset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!