This Week: 17th to 23rd of August

Monday

cocktail

(Photo by Didriks)

Today is a national holiday as the country celebrates the anniversary of the death of José de San Martín.

Later on, at 9pm, Buenos Aires Cóctel week kicks off at Verne, one of our favorite bars in the city. The event promises for a week imbued with boozy fun! Find the whole program here.

Tuesday

tangoo

(Photo by ostinatoparis)

The Tango Festival and World Championship continues until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown

Wednesday

fritz thaulow

(Painting by Fritz Thaulow)

The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) is showcasing an exhibit of Nordic art, and a collection of indigenous art from Paraguay. Stop by if you’re in the Recoleta area and warm up over coffee afterwards at the famous La Biela cafe. Av. Del Libertador 14730, Recoleta.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

photographic lens

(Photo by josue armando serrano)

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, famous blues musician Robben Ford will be staging a live show at the Teatro Vorterix in Colegiales. Tickets here.

Friday

The Centro Cultural Kirchner is showcasing an exhibit of controversial French photographer Sophie Calle’s work, featuring interpretations by different women of a break-up letter that the artist received. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

Later on, at 8.30 pm, don’t miss the Swedish acrobatic production of Knitting Peace! Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

pointe

(Photo by Larah McElroy)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

The Tango Festival and World Championship will be taking place throughout the weekend until the 27th of August. Find the full program here.

On Sunday, the Colón theatre is staging a ballet production of Sylvia. Tickets here.

Tango Festival and World Championship 2012

(Photo by femuruy)

One of the most important cultural events of the year, the Tango Festival and World Championship, kicks off today, promising for a full two weeks of traditional porteño music and dancing. The festival, which will be inaugurated today at La Usina del Arte with a special presentation at 8pm by Pablo Agri and la Orquesta Típica Sub25, will display both traditional and contemporary tango until the 28th of August.

Some of the participating venues include the Centro de Exposiciones, where dance lessons, world dance championship, a Piazzolla music program, and most of the tango concerts will take place; La Usina del Arte, in La Boca, where there will be a special program of acoustic tango concerts, as well as parties and “Milonga Raves”; the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, where various tango shows will take place, the Teatro Regio, in Chacarita; the Luna Park, where the tango dance world championship finals will take place, and the Colón Theatre, where there will be a special presentation by TangoContempo on the 20th of August. Additionally, there will be a product fair and permanent exhibition of Piazzolla in the Centro de Exposiciones from the 15th to the 26th of August.

Some of the recommended events for the 2012 Tango Festival and World Championship include the Usina del Arte parties, where there will be remixes of electronic tango and late night dancing during the weekend from 8pm onwards; Gabriel Senanes Trio‘s Tango Monstrosos debut, with Pablo Agri, Pipi Piazzolla and Pedro Aznar as guests; the TangoContempo concert at the Colón Theatre on the 20th of August; the tango dancing world championship rounds, of course, and also, on Sunday the 26th of August the special tango dance shows that will be held at the Centro de Exposiciones from 2.30pm onwards.

The full program is available here.

Tickets to all the events are free of charge and for the Centro de Exposiciones, Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, and Teatro Regio will be available on a first come first serve basis before the shows. Tickets (a maximum of two per person) for the Usina del Arte will be handed out with the following criteria: for shows starting at 5.30pm, tickets must be picked up at 2pm, for shows starting from 6pm onwards, tickets will be available at 5pm, and tickets are not required for the Usina parties. The tickets for the opening concert are being raffled by facebook. Tickets (again only two per person) for the Teatro Colón show will be available at the Centro de Exposiciones box office on Saturday the 18th of August from 11am. The Luna Park tickets for the dance finals will be available on Monday the 20th of August from 11am at the box office of the Centro de Exposiciones following the same two per person criteria.

BAF Week Spring-Summer 2012/2013

(Photo by Firesam!)

As spring approaches so do new the new trends for the colorful and bright warmer seasons.  BAF week brings us everything new in the world of fashion and with a unique theme this edition that combines fashion with street art.

From the 7th to the 10th of August Garza Lobos teams up with Jaz, Juana de Arco with Pum Pum, Vicki Otero with Consuelo Vidal, Mariana Dappiano with Luna Portnoi, Cora Groppo with Natalia Molinero, Rudbeckia with Tian Dink and Jessica Trosman with Lean Frizzera. The results are colorful explosions of unique prints and lines.

Most runway shows will be taking place at La Rural from 1pm to 10pm. There will also be runway shows by invitation only at Paseo Alcorta, and the Semillero UBA runway show at Paseo Alcorta on Friday at 3pm which is open to the public and showcases upcoming designers. Tickets to La Rural are 30pesos for the day or 80pesos with preferential seating.

Some of the recommended shows include:

Juana de Arco– Tuesday 7pm. Presenting a collection full of prints and neon colors inspired by spray paint.

Vero Ivaldi– Wednesday 7pm. Presenting a collection that represents the idea of movement taken from the Muybridge studies, and frame-by-frame cinematography.

Fabian Zitta– Thursday 8pm. Presenting a collection for men and women inspired by the movements of water.

Garza Lobos-Thursday 9pm. Presenting a collection inspired in John Hubley, Paul Gauguin, and the Hungarian Herend porcelain.

Mariana Dappiano- Friday 6pm. Presenting a collection full of colorful references to confetti and party favors.

The full schedule can be found here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(MALBA. Victor Grippo. Photo by Sheep “R” Us)

An excellent exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August.  The artist´s work, which focuses on reconstructing history through artistic quotes of newspapers and other media, has earned him international acclaim.  The museum is also showcasing two new special exhibits; one on Matias Duville, and the other on Victor Grippo. 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

(Photo by vonKinder)

Another rainy day is expected on Tuesday so plan for indoors! Find our list of rainy day suggestions here.

Spring/Summer BAF week kicks off, offering the latest Argentine fashion until the 10th of August. This season’s BAF week combines fashion with street art, providing for colorful and inspired collections. Find a full list of runway shows and more here.

The Colón theatre is staging a special production of Sleeping Beauty on the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August (tickets here).

 

Wednesday

(Photo by ANSESGOB)

Book a tour with Buenos Design Tours and find out more about the local design, the best boutiques, antiques and more. More information here.

In the evening stop for a free concert of Argentine folklore music at the Centro Cultural Recoleta starting at 7pm. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

 

Thursday

(Photo by vmiramontes)

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.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta. 4801-8248.

For a unique evening, 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

(Photo by _Claudio_deste_)

Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

In the evening, at 10pm, the MALBA will be screening Fritz Lang´s classic Metropolis, with a live orchestra. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by kevin.j)

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.

Don’t miss the latest trends at the Spring/Summer BAF week until the 10th of August. Find a full list of runway shows and more here.

On Sunday locals will be celebrating children’s day, so expect a lot of families and special activities for the younger ones!

 

August in Buenos Aires

(Photo by jorgeBRAZIL)

The cold continues in the Southern Hemisphere, however, during August, activity picks up as the school winter break ends, the skiing season slows down and spring is anticipated.

August is also a big tourism month because it is when the Tango festival and world championship takes place.

Below are all the August events to plan for and look forward to.

Estrellas de Ballet Ruso: Don´t miss the chance to see Russia’s top ballet dancers on stage at the Teatro Coliseo.  There will be three performances on the 31st of July and the 1st and 2nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Fashion Week: The latest Argentine fashion will be presented at the Spring/Summer BA Fashion week that will be taking place from the 7th to the 10th of August.

Tango Festival and World Championship: The largest worldwide tango event of the year takes place from the 14th to the 28th of August in Recoleta. An excellent opportunity to watch the best dancers, listen to best music and participate in all tango-related events.

Colón Theatre highlights during August include the Sleeping Beauty ballet 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August (tickets here) and I Due Figaro opera on the 28th and 30th of August (tickets here).  Renowned Hungarian/British classical pianist, András Schiff, will be offering a special concert on the 22nd of August (tickets here.The full Colón Theatre winter program is available here.

Riverdance: The renowned Irish dance company will be presenting a special show at the Gran Rex Theatre from the 22nd-29th of August. Tickets here.

Dream Theatre: 19th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Maroon 5: 31st of August at Estadio Ferro. Tickets here.

 

Temporary Exhibits:

MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

–       Fernando Bryce: 29th of June- 20th of August

–       Victor Grippo: 27th of July- 22nd of October

–       Matias Duville: 27th of July-29th of October

MNBA (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes)

–       Real/Virtual: Argentine kinetic art from the 70’s. 14th of June-19th of August.

MNAD (Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo)

–       Meraviglie dalle Marche: 600 years of Italian Art. 7th of July-30th of September.

–       Racing motorcycles from the 70’s-80’s. 4th of July -2nd of September.

Fundación Proa

–        Arte de contradicciones. Pop, realismos y política. Brasil – Argentina 1960

–        Aizenberg y Amigos

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by vagner carvhaleiro)

Stop by La Rural, the annual agricultural and livestock show, and get a feel for the Argentine campo, where so much of the local identity and economy has been forged. The fair takes place from the 19th to the 31st of July at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the afternoon stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then shake off the cold at the nearby La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

(Photo by Andreas Ebling)

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.

Don´t miss the chance to see Russia’s top ballet dancers on stage at the Teatro Coliseo.  There will be three performances on the 31st of July and the 1st and 2nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by jikatu)

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.

In the evening head to the new El Faro de Buenos Aires Milonga with live music, dancing and more at the special Palacio Barolo.  Wednesdays from 5pm-1am. Av. de Mayo 1370 P.B, Downtown.

Thursday

(Photo by m4caque)

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.

For a unique evening, 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

(Photo by Mulling it Over)

Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Later on, musician Francisco Fattoruso will be staging a live show at Boris Club de Jazz starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by amanky)

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.

Book your place for one of Norma’s cooking classes and learn to make typical Argentine food such as locro, empanadas and the delectable alfajor. Classes run every Saturday from 11am-2pm and include lunch. More information here.

Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

This Week in Buenos Aires

The Tango festival and dance world cup continues this week whilst the city celebrates the birthdays of two of our literary legends; Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar.

Tuesday

Check out the recently reopened Film Museum where you can find memorabilia and information on the thriving local industry.

In the evening the San Martin Theatre is staging a contemporary ballet version of A Streetcar Named Desire with music compose by Bela Bartok.

Film Museum (Museo del Cine Pablo Hickens)

Agustín R. Caffarena 49, La Boca

4303-2882

museodelcine@buenosaires.gob.ar

Open 11am-6pm

San Martin Theatre

Av. Corrientes 1530, Dowtown.

0800-333-5254

ctba@complejoteatral.gov.ar

Wednesday

(Photo by ojo_de_vidrio)

Take advantage of the Tango Festival this week to visit the Tango Product Fair where you can get souvenirs and other unique memorabilia!

Later on head to the new “it” place, the Rio Cafe, where they will be hosting their weekly Wednesday Rock in Rio.

Tango Product Fair

Centro Municipal de Exposiciones

E. J. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

Thursday

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Whilst you’re in Buenos Aires you can’t miss a visit to the Colón Theatre. Guided tours in English are offered every day on an hourly basis from 11am-2pm.

For a coffee break in one of the city’s charming traditional bars head to the nearby Petit Colon.

Later on head the Museo de Arte HispanoAmericano for a Haiku reading in English starting at 7.30pm

In the evening get to know more about the local wine industry at the weekly tastings in the Fierro Hotel.

Teatro Colon

Cerrito 628, Downtown

4378 7100

info@teatrocolon.org.ar

Petit Colon

Libertad 505, Downtown

4382-7306

Museo de Arte HispanoAmericano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

mifb_prensa@buenosaires.gob.ar

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com


Friday

(Photo by paula soler-moya)

Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing Sistemas, Acciones y Procesos- 1965 a 1975  which displays an array of art work form the 60´s and 70´s by renown local and international artists.

In the evening explore the city’s art galleries and museums with the rest of the crowd on the monthly Gallery Nights.

Fundación PROA

Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca

[54.11] 4104.1000

info@proa.org

Open 11am-7pm

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by PaRaP)

The environmentally friendly Green Film Fest will be hosted from the 25-31st of August at the Palermo Cinemark. More information here.

If you’re walking the 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo stop by the Japanese gardens where an Ikebana exhibit will be displayed all weekend. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.