This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Liliana Porter. Man with an axe. Photo by Medieval Karl)

Head to the MALBA and check out the new Liliana Porter exhibit. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

One Table, 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

(Photo by Brian Negin)

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.

Last chance to catch Britten’s War Requiem that is being staged at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Tom Marcello)

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.

In the evening,  Al Di Meola will be staging a live concert at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

Thursday

(Photo by Anztowa)

The annual gourmet food fair, MASTICAR, which is organized by some of the cities most prestigious chefs, will be taking place until the 6th of October. More information here.

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.

Friday

(Photo by sniggie)

FIBA, the international theatre festival kicks off until the 20th of October.  More information here.

Later on, stop by Fierro Hotel for the monthly Thank Fierro it’s Friday happy hour! Soler 5862, 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.

On Saturday, PM Open Air Music will be taking place with live music and more from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

The Yámana Indigenas from Tierra del Fuego

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Way down to the very south of the country is a small province called Tierra del Fuego, which literally translates to Land of Fire. The first European to arrive on these lands, Ferdinand Magellan,  gave it its name since he could see the fire of the Yámana people from the shore.

The Yámana (also known as the Yaghan people) were a nomadic tribe of indigenes that lived on the coasts of the south of Argentina and Chile. One of the features that was particular about them was that they wore little or no clothing despite the cold. This is why the fire element was so important to them, and they carried their fire everywhere, even in their canoes, making it a priority to keep it alight in order to keep warm.

They had no designated leader and their social structure was initially matriarchal. Later on, it shifted to a patriarchal structure although women played a significant role in their system because they were the only ones who could swim and were in charge of collecting shellfish while the men hunted for sea lions and whales.

Another interesting factor of the Yámana people was their language that had a very rich vocabulary and was full of melodic vowels. The records of the language show an English influence, this was due to the many English settlers that populated the area with which they traded. In the 1800’s they were also occasionally taken hostage by the Europeans for stealing and the like, and there began to be a big cultural exchange during that period. In fact, Captain Fitz Roy took a Yámana man along with three other indigenes from other tribes to England to educate them and later bring them back to the island. The man known as Jemmy Button (Orundelico in his native tongue) became a celebrity as the London newspapers were fascinated with the exotic newcomers. Later Fitz Roy returned to Tierra del Fuego with Button, and also Charles Darwin (who studied the Fueguian tribes) on board. Upon his return, Button reinserted himself with his tribe and taught some of his family English.

Parque de la Memoria

(Photo by Gustav´s)

The Parque de la Memoria- Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado is a relatively new space in the city that was inaugurated in 2007 as a memorial of the victims of the military dictatorship in the seventies. The park was designed by Estudio Baudizzone-Lestard-Varas and associate architects Claudio Ferrari and Daniel Becker. Its neat green landscape features sculptures by different artists, each reflecting on themes related to the park’s commemorative purpose. The location also hosts art exhibits that reflect upon these themes and there is an information archive. Although a bit out of the way, it is an interesting place to reflect upon Argentina’s history, and also as a city landmark with artistic value.

An upcoming exhibit will be inaugurated this week featuring Chilean arpilleras, which are burlaps on which textile designs are applied to tell a story, or what cannot be spoken off.  The exhibit will be open from the 28th of September to the 10th of November from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on weekends and national holidays from midday to 6pm.  Av. Costanera Norte – Rafael Obligado 6745.

Liliana Porter at the MALBA

(Photo by Juan Nosé)

Liliana Porter is an Argentine contemporary artist that works with mixed media. Her artwork deals with topics such as time, space, and the dual nature of destruction and creation. Many of her pieces include inanimate objects that she finds in flea markets and later gives new meaning through art. She also works with photography, engravings, drawings and video.

El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves (the man with the axe and other temporary situations) is the name of the MALBA exhibit that is being displayed and portrays different characters carrying out actions that build the idea of paradox and ambiguity.

The exhibition is taking place until the 18th of November.  The museum is open from Thursday to Monday from midday to 8pm, and to 9pm on Wednesdays. Tickets are 40 pesos. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 4808-6500.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

Don’t miss the chance to check out the Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival . Find the full program here.

One Table, 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

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The international Video Dance Festival kicks off until the 29th of September at the Centro Cultural Conti. Find the full program here.

In the evening, starting at 8.30pm, the Colón Theatre will be staging Britten’s War Requiem. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Arstuce)

Head to the MALBA and check out the new Liliana Porter exhibit. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Starting at 9.30pm, Matias Mendez will be presenting his new record, Bass Boost at Boris Club de Jazz. Gorriti 5568, Palermo. 4777-0012.

Thursday

(Photo by Martiis)

Take advantage of the sunny spring weather and take a biking tour of the city with Buenos Aires Biking tours.  More information here.

In the evening, Bon Jovi will be staging a live show at Estadio Velez Sarsfield. Tickets here.

 Friday

(Photo by Anne Marthe Widvey)

Take advantage of the sunshine and book your place for a Foto Ruta Academia tour where you can get to know the city through the lens while benefiting from professional photography tips! More information here.

Later, Iron Maiden will be staging a live show at Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

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.

On Saturday evening, Alice in Chains will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of Britten’s War Requiem. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Spring 2013

(Photo by Lieutenant Pol)

Events

FIBA international theatre festival- 4th to the 20th of October. More information here.

International Jazz Festival- 20th to the 25th of November.  More information here.

Feria de las Naciones- 16th to the 25th of November. A display of foods and traditions from different countries at La Rural in Palermo.

Noche de los Museos– 9th of November. The city museums open their doors until 3am for a lively and arty night.

PM Open Air Music kicks off its Spring-Summer 2013 edition with live music and more every Saturday from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

Concerts

21st of September- Caetano Veloso- Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

21st of September- John Digweed at Mandarine. Avenida Costanera Norte and Sarmiento.

21st of September- Steve Bug at Pacha. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera.

26th of September- Bon Jovi at Estadio Velez Sarsfield. Tickets here.

27th of September- Iron Maiden at Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

28th of September- Alice in Chains at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

2nd of October- Al Di Meola at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

4th of October- Marc Houle, Magda and Troy Pierce at Mandarine Park.Avenida Costanera Norte and Sarmiento.

5th of October- Paul Van Dyke at Mandarine Park.Avenida Costanera Norte and Sarmiento.

6th of October- Black Sabath and Megadeth at Estadio Único de la Plata. Tickets here.

12th and 13th of October- Personal Fest featuring Aerosmith, Muse, Whitesnake and Janes Addiction. Tickets here.

1st  to the 3rd of November- Quilmes Rock featuring Blur and Tan Bionica at Ciudad del Rock. Tickets here.

8th of November- Ringo Starr at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

9th of November- Creamfields featuring Sven Bath and Richie Hawtin. Tickets here.

12th of November- Red Hot Chili Peppers- to be confirmed.

14th of November- Planeta Terra Fest featuring Travis, Lana del Rey and Beck at Tecnópolis. Tickets here.

15th of November- Paco de Lucía at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

20th of November- Devendra Banhart at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

23rd of November- Cat Stevens at Tecnopolis. Tickets here.

12th of December- Stevie Wonder at Estadio Velez Sarsfield. Tickets here.

14th of December- Metallica- To be confirmed.

14th of December- Buenos Aires Summer Break Fest 2013  featuring Dave Mathews, Incubus and SOJA at  Al Rio. Tickets here.

Spring Parties in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Gaetano Brunetti)

In Argentina, the first day of Spring is also traditionally students’ day, and so parks fill with joyous youth and parties abound. Since this year the 21st falls on a Saturday there will be plenty of Spring events around town to celebrate the season of love.

20th of September- Celebrate Spring’s eve at Fierro Hotel’s Thank Fierro it’s Friday event that has become increasingly popular due to the great cocktails, tapas and vibe! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

20th of September- Alicia Keys- GEBA. Tickets here.

20th-21st of September- A wide variety of live music acts will be taking place around the city as part of the BAFIM (Buenos Aires International Music Fair). Check out the program here.

21st of September- Caetano Veloso- Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

21st of September- PM Open Air Music kicks off its Spring-Summer 2013 edition with live music and more from 3pm onwards at San Pedro de Jujuy 101, Retiro.

21st of September- La Bomba del Tiempo spring party at Konex. Dance the night away to the sound of drums from midnight onwards.  Sarmiento 3125, Abasto.

21st of September- John Digweed at Mandarine. If electronic music is more your thing, head down to Mandarine where British DJ John Digweed will be musicalizing the scene. Avenida Costanera Norte and Sarmiento.

21st of September- Steve Bug at Pacha. Another option for electronica lovers is to head to Pacha where German DJ Steve Bug will be synthing Spring. Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Costanera.

21st of September-Fiesta Piso Compartido at Niceto Club will also be celebrating Spring! Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.