Argentine Talents: Nazareno Orlandi

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Born in Italy 1861 and later nationalized as an Argentine, Nazareno Orlandi was both a prolific painter and muralist.  He studied in Florence and was commissioned by the Argentine government to help remodel the government headquarters in Buenos Aires where he ended up making his home and most of his murals. Some of his best know work can be appreciated at a few of the city’s most emblematic architectural landmarks such as the Casa de la Cultura, the Atenéo Grand Splendid, Teatro La Comedia and Palacio Paz, all well worth visiting for their beauty. He also painted in the San Telmo church and in the San Salvador church on the corners of Tucuman and Callao. His work was not only limited to Buenos Aires as he also participated in the painting of murals in Córdoba and Santa Fé and exhibited internationally wining many awards.

Experiencing the Argentine Experience

Tours in Buenos Aires abound, as is to be expected in any great city, and more and more, services are veering to combining the local cultural element with the experiential aspect of comming together with other travelers to share what makes each place unique. The Argentine Experience has tapped into this dynamic and offer, much as their name suggests, a lot more than a run through typical Argentine food and customs.

In Buenos Aires (because they also offer packages in Mendoza and Uruguay), in their ideal Palermo location (which is 5 blocks away from Fierro Hotel), they carry out two experiences, which can be booked separately or combined. The first is a wine cocktail mixology class that combines a fun olfactive “guessing” game and a demonstration of how to prepare three different cocktails made from, you guessed it, wine. The second is a dining experience which covers everything from making your own empanadas, participating in a creative empanada contest, eating the best grassfed beef in the city, and finally both making one of the typical local sweets, alfajores, and brewing yerba mate tea, a truly Argentine tradition. In between courses, the enthusiastic international tour guides also make great impersonations of Porteños and their unique way of speaking, amongst other idiosincrosies, making for a very engaging evening. Of course, the added plus of all this is that you get to share the dining experience with all the other strange travelers round the table who, clad in an aprons and chef’s hats, turn into quite a fun bunch after all the free flowing top quality wine.

Places can be booked online here or contact them at info@theargentineexperience.com. They also organize group and private events.

Buenos Aires through Artists’ Eyes

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Fundación PROA in La Boca recently inaugurated a new exhibit featuring different representations of Buenos Aires as seen through artists’ eyes. The showcase, which includes photographs, films,  installations, paintings and more,  is an excellent way to get to know different aspects of this bustling lively city.

The exhibition is divided into four parts: the first, features different film fragments that portray the city’s independence and constant rhythmic pulse; the second, deals has the obelisk as its theme and includes photography by the likes of Grete Stern, Horacio Coppola and Juan di Sandro, amongst others, and also, the preparatory sketches and designs of the monument by Alberto Prebisch as well as different art objects inspired by the famous landmark; the third part of the exhibit deals with themes of poverty and alienation, and political and socio-economic aspects; finally, the fourth presents us with a vision for the future.

The exhibit is open until the 27th of October from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 to 7pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

The Tango Festival and World Championship finals are taking place on the 26th and 27th of August. Check out the program here.

One Table is back! The city’s top Monday event is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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Start the week by browsing books and sitting down for a read over coffee at the stunning Atenéo Grand Splendid. The impressive bookstore is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Av. Santa Fe 1860. 4813 6052.

The Tango Festival and World Championship finals are taking place on the 26th and 27th of August. Check out the program here.

Wednesday

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Fundación PROA is showcasing a new exhibit that features images of Buenos Aires as seen through different artists eyes.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

For some live music later on, head to Boris Club de Jazz, where Pipi Piazzolla  (Astor Piazzollas grandson) will be playing at 9.30pm. Tickets here.

Thursday

Temperature should be going up from Thursday onwards, and visiting the Palermo parks is a great way of enjoying outdoor BA!

Book your place with the Argentine Experience for a wine cocktail class and dinner in the evening and meet other fellow travelers whilst sampling the best of the local culture.

Friday

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 monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

Later on, stop for hotdogs and a drink at the posh Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

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 at 5pm, the Colón Theatre will inaugurate the Don Quixote ballet at 5pm.  Tickets here.

 

Argie Winter Special: Garrapiñada

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Come the winter months and street vendors who sell traditional sweets such as cotton candy, caramel apples and pirulín lollypops start cooking a sweet crunchy treat called garrapiñada. These warm crackling snacks are prepared in-situ in large copper pots where sugar, vanilla and water bubble into a caramel that then coat peanuts, or in less common versions, almonds and other nuts. A heartwarming treat for chilly days touring the bustling city!

History and Art and MNBA

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in Recoleta, recently inaugurated an exhibition of Argentine artist Ariel Mlynarzewicz works. The showcase features different portraits of local historical figures that the artist painted for the bicentennial of the May independence wars. The exhibition also features a series of documentaries that show the artistic process and also, interviews that the artist carried out with historians and other renowned figures of the local culture to better understand the subjects of his works. The paintings will be on display until the 22nd of September. The museum is also showcasing an excellent exhibition of Argentine artist Pío Collivadino’s works.  Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

Argentine Talents: Walter Malosetti

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Walter Malosetti was one of the greatest jazz composers and guitarists of the country. The musician, who recently passed away, was born in Córdoba in the thirties and was a big influence on the Argentine jazz scene. During the fifties he played with some of the most significant local orchestras including Guardia Vieja Jazz Band, California Ramblers and The Georgians Jazz Band. In the sixties, he founded a jazz and guitar institute where many of the locally renowned names, such as Armando Alonso, Francisco Rivero and Botafogo, went to study. Throughout the following decades, he continued to teach and to play and record music, both locally and abroad. His style was highly influenced by swing music and he often cited Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt as his greatest influences.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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The Tango Festival and World Championship is taking place until the 27th of August. Check out the program here.

Later on, don’t miss the function of The Marriage of Figaro being staged at the stunning Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Don’t miss the stunning Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the MALBA that is taking place until September. There is also a showcase of Argentine artist Kenneth Kemble’s works.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

Later on, don’t miss the function of The Marriage of Figaro being staged at the stunning Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

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, starting at 8.30pm the Colón Theatre will be staging a concert featuring a selection of music composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets here.

Friday

Take one of graffitimundo’s tours that kick off at 3pm in Colegiales and learn more about the booming local street art scene. More information here.

Later on, stop for hotdogs and a drink at the posh Verne Cocktail Club owned by Fede Cuco, our celebrated happy hour bartender. Medrano 1475, Palermo.

Saturday and 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.

Fundación PROA is inaugurating a new exhibit this weekend that features images of Buenos Aires as seen through different artists.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.  

The Japanese Gardens in Palermo will be holing a demonstration of the Japanese Bontemae tea ceremony as well as a Manga display. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares. Palermo.  

José de San Martín

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Monday is a national holiday in memory of José de San Martín, the country’s independence leader. The famous general was born in the late 1700’s in Corrientes province and is credited with leading Peru, Chile and Argentina to their independence whilst Simón Bolivar did the same in the north of the continent.

Although he was born in Argentina, San Martin grew up in Spain where in fact he began his military career, reaching the rank of lieutenant coronel and came in touch with the ideas of the Spanish Enlightenment. After resigning to the Spanish military, he returned to South America and began his participation in the independence wars. Many speculate that this decision was actually encouraged by the British who had commercial interest in the independence of South America; others argue that for San Martín, the South American independence war was only an extension of an ideological battle between enlightenment and absolutism. Whichever the cause he became a national hero and had a brilliant military career, with many anecdotes, such as the crossing of the Andes, which history highlights as one of the extraordinary feats of South American independence.

In Buenos Aires, the Plaza San Martin in one of the central landmarks. In it is the famous San Martin monument where the independence battle and the country’s libertador are commemorated.

On the Argentine Table: Sandwiches de Miga

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Sandwiches de miga are typical sandwiches eaten usually at social gatherings and as afternoon snacks. They probably originated from the Italian Tremezzino sandwiches and are made up of either two or three layers (known as dobles or triples) of thin crustless bread (or miga) and a variety of fillings which may include different combinations of ham and cheese, heart of palms, pineapple, anchovies, eggs, blue cheese, olives and more.

The famous tostado is a grilled ham and cheese miga sandwich that is usually served in city cafes. Otherwise, a broad variety of these local delicacies are sold in bakeries at a very reasonable price or at traditional cafes like Tortoni and Las Violetas.  A great place to try them in Palermo is in Santa Paula bakery (Scalabrini Ortiz 3154, Palermo).