Buenos Aires Agenda: April/Abril 2017

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José María Pérez Nuñez

Buenos Aires is under the effects of Autumn and will be cooling down as the month advances which means more time for indoor culture, and delicious dining. Below, this month’s main events in the city.

Events/Eventos

Easter: This month, Easter, which is a national holiday, will be taking place from the 13th to the 16th of April. Get ready for some rosca de pascuas and chocolate eggs.

Pascuas: Este año las pascuas, que son feriado en Argentina, se festejan del 13 al 16 de abril, época para comer la típica rosca y huevos de chocolate.

Konex Classical Music Festival: 19-23 April, classical music lovers should definitely stop by this festival which will be homaging Beethoven this year.

Festival Konex de Música Clásica: Un imperdible para los amantes de música clásica que este año hace homenaje a Beethoven y se lleva a cabo del 19 al 23 de abril. 

BAFICI Film Festival: The biggest independent film fest of the year in Argentina takes place from the 19th to the 30th of April. We recommend you buy your tickets in advance.

BAFICI: el Festival de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo del 19 al 30 de abril y es uno de los eventos culturales más importantes de la ciudad. Recomendamos adquirir sus entradas con anticipación. 

Annual International Book Fair: Buenos Aires is a literary city and its international book fair is a great opportunity to find books, readers and writers all in one place. This year it will be carried out from the 27th of April to the 15th of May.

Feria del Libro: Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria y la Feria Internacional del Libro que se lleva a cabo todos los años es el lugar ideal para encontrar libros, lectores y escritores, todos en un mismo espacio. Este año se lleva a cabo del 27 al 15 de mayo. 

Art/arte

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MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits this month, one of the art collective General Idea, and the other of Argentine artist Gastón Pérsico’s work . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: Este mes, el MALBA presenta dos muestras, una del colectivo artístico General Idea, y el otro de la obra del artista argentino Gastón Persico. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Fundación PROA: Fundación PROA is still showcasing its Yves Klein exhibit. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación continúa teniendo en exhibición la obra de Yves Klein. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museum is showcasing an exhibition of Xul Solar’s work .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes tiene en exposición una retrospectiva de la obra de Xul Solar .  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

FOLA: The Latin American photography library is showcasing the works of Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, and Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

FOLA: La Fototeca Latinoamericana está mostrando la obra fotográfica de Vivian Maier, Angelica Dass, y Dani Yako. Godoy Cruz 2620, Palermo

 

This Week: 11-17th of May

Monday

chess

(Photo by Honghu W)

Last chance to stop by the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and shop for some books to take back home or play a game of chess with the pros at 7pm. More information here.

Later on, stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

anima mundi

(Anima Mundi- Marina Abramovic)

The B.15 Performance Biennial is still taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the evening, head to the Colón Theatre to attend the opera function of L’Elisir d’Amore starting at 8pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

the wings of desire

(Photo from The Wings of Desire/ Wim Wenders)

The Buenos Aires Polo Circo Festival, featuring circus and trapeze acts from around the World and other related activities, is taking place until the 17th of May. Find the full program here.

At 7pm, head to La Trastienda for their Brazilian Wednesday event, Miércoles Carinhosos, and dance all the way past midnight. Balcarce 460, San Telmo.

Thursday

Check out the new Mona Hatoum exhibit being held at Fundación PROA until the 14th of June.

In the evening, head to the Colón Theatre to attend the opera function of L’Elisir d’Amore starting at 8pm. Tickets here.

Friday


puerto madero

(Photo by Ernesto Lago)

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, the British band Jungle will be staging a live show at Niceto Club in Palermo. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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(Photo by Tom Gill)

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

The Buenos Aires Market, offering fresh organic produce and natural products will be taking place at the Palermo racetracks throughout the weekend.  More information here.

On Saturday evening, don’t miss the Zappa plays Zappa concert by Dweezil Zappa at the Teatro Opera. Tickets here.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

May 2013 in Buenos Aires

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25th of April- 13th of May- International Book Fair. Buenos Aires is a literary city and the annual book fair is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is books as bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature. More information here.

9th of May- Gallery Nights. The monthly art event will be taking place at the hippest Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro art galleries. More information here.

9-19th of May- Festival Polo Circo. Although recent in the city, the annual international circus festival has rapidly expanded over the years and hosts dazzling circus acts from around the world! More information here.

11-12th of May- Buenos Aires Market. Over 60 stands promoting healthy lifestyle and organic products will be at the intersection of Sarmiento and Libertador Avenue.  If it rains the market will take place on the following weekend.

21-26th of May- Feria Puro Diseño. The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display at La Rural.  More information here

24-27th of May- Arte BA. The local artistic community will be abuzz in May as the most important contemporary art fair of the year takes place at La Rural. More information here.

Live Music

6th of May- 9pm- Kate Nash at Niceto Club. Tickets here.

16th of May- 9pm- Pet Shop Boys at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

30th of May- 9pm- Yes at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

31st of May-9pm- Bajofondo at Teatro Coliséo. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires International Book Fair 2013

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The 2013 Feria Internacional del Libro (international book fair) kicks of this Thursday topping off April’s full cultural agenda.  The annual fair is the world’s largest Spanish speaking book fair and displays over 1,500 exhibitors from around the globe.

Each year the event has a different theme. This year it is “Books as Bridges” and there will be a special section dedicated to Dutch literature, illustration and publishing called the Amsterdam Café. Here, different Dutch authors will present books and there will also be exhibits of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to Theo, the best-designed books from Holland, and more.

Also, as every year, there will be a host of renowned international authors who will be speaking about their craft and signing books. Amongst this year’s guests are Nobel Prize winner John Coetzee, Leonardo Padura from Cuba, Spanish author Arturo Pérez Reverte, Russian artist and author Vladimir Sorokin; Laura Esquivel, Rosa Montero and others.

On Thursday evening, as part of the fair’s inaugural events, there will be free access from 9pm-1am and there will be a special concert by star Brazilian Bossa artist Toquinho.

Tickets to the fair are 20 pesos on weekdays and 30 on weekends. The fair is open from 2pm-9pm from Monday to Thursday, from 2pm-10pm on Fridays, from 1pm-10pm on Saturday’s and from 1pm-9pm on Sundays and national holidays. The full program is available here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Celebrate Earth Day by taking a day trip to Tigre, a town in the outskirts of the city set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. Enjoy nature and the variety of attractions this location offers including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.

 

Tuesday

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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson starting at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

(Passarinhos- Adriana Varejao. Photo by Srta. Bia)

Stop by the MALBA in Recoleta and get a glimpse of the Latin American modern art scene and of Grete Stern and Adriana Varejao’s work. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Daniel Johnston will be staging a live show starting at 9pm at the popular Palermo Niceto Club. Tickets can be purchased from Monday to Friday from midday to 6pm at Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

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The annual book fair kicks off until the 13th of May and is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is Books as Bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature.

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be staging a concert at 8.30pm at the stunning Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

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, jazz musician Fabian Zylberman will be presenting his new album at Thelonious starting at 9.30 pm.  Later on, after midnight, the Juan Nevani Jazz Trio will continue to bring music to the night. Salguero 1884, 1st floor, 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.

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

The Colón Theatre will be presenting a free concert by the Philharmonic Quintet who will be playing pieces by Mozart and Schuller. Tickets must be picked up in advance.

On Sunday, Tales of the Cocktail Tour kicks off, promising for three days of cocktails, tango, New Orleans style brunch and great parties. More information here.

Also on Sunday, there will be a Sumo demonstration at the gorgeous Japanese gardens in Palermo starting at 3.30pm. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

From 1pm-5pm there will be a Reiki marathon at the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss 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.

Wednesday

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The IV International Buenos Aires Circus Festival will host a variety of stunning circus acts from the 3-14th of May starting at midday. Find the full program here.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark.  Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Thursday

(Photo by Humberto Terenziani)

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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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.

Don´t miss the chance to take part of the nocturnal tour of the ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero. Remember to book your place in advance! Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero 4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective, finding what they normally wouldn’t on a typical tourist location. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. Upcoming locations are listed on the Foto Ruta webpage.

Celebrity barman Fede Cuco will be preparing innovative concoctions at Fierro Hotel on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the chance to try a Multiple Choice Crusta, Chicago Fizz, Barrel Aged Rob Roy and C&C.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Electro fans will be joyously dancing on Saturday to the unique beats of Justice, John Digweed and the likes at the UMF electronic music festival taking place on Saturday and Costanera Sur. Tickets here.

Every Sunday until the 13th of May from 1pm-4pm there will be live tango music and milongas at the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880. Aristóbulo Del Valle 1100, La Boca

Emblematic Argentine Literature

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The starting point of Argentine literature can be traced back to the 1800’s when the country began to establish itself and cultural identity was needed. It was during this period that gauchesque literature became popular and “Martin Fierro” (1872) by Jose Hernandez was the most emblematic work to come from it. The epic poem (considered by Borges to be a versed novel) was written in the voice of a poor gaucho who deserts the army in the historical war in Patagonia against the native Indians.  The style imitates the Gaucho payadas (ballads) and is a pinnacle of national cultural identity, as it explores some of the local imagery and historical events of the time, and also a general feeling of destituteness, which the immigrant community could identify with.

Another emblematic book that deals with the theme of national identity, political and geographic context and the gaucho lifestyle is “Facundo: Civilización y Barbarie”(1845), written by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento who was president from 1868 – 1874. The book is divided into a description of Argentine geography and history,the life of caudillo Facundo Quiroga and a conclusion of his vision for a Unitarian Argentina. As the title suggests, it deals with the clash of civilization and barbary, each associated with different political ideologies of the time.

Finally, “Don Segundo Sombra”(1926), written by ‘estanciero’ Ricardo Güiraldes, explores the gaucho legend through the eyes of a young farm worker who grows up next to a gaucho he idealizes.

Some years later, Jorge Luis Borges, who was part of the Grupo Martín Fierro that experimented with the vanguard’s uses of language, took up a lot of the imagery and topics from gauchesque literature and included them in famous stories such as “El Sur”, and “El Fin”, both present in one of his most famous books, “Ficciones” (1944). Another of the most renowned literary works by this celebrated author is “El Aleph” (1949), a compilation of stories belonging to the fantasy genre that deal with themes such as time, identity, dreams, myths and the infinite. Borges’s friend, Adolfo Bioy Casares, also explored the fantasy genre receiving great recognition for his sci-fi novel “La Invención de Morel” (1940) about a man who escapes to an Island and then realizes he is submerged in a virtual world invented by Morel. The novel is said to have inspired Alain Resnais’s “Last Year in Marienbad” and the popular TV series “Lost”.

The Boedo Group is generally described as opposing the Grupo Martín Fierro. Although they were also followers of the European vanguards, the Boedo group had a much grittier style, and was less aristocratic. Its most prominent author was Roberto Arlt who really captured the Buenos Aires city energy using a lot of the local jargon in his novels, the most renowned being  “El Juguete Rabioso” (1926), about a high school drop out who searches for opportunities to be somebody, and his masterpiece “Los Siete Locos” (1929) which explores existentialist philosophy, anguish and desolation.

The famous “El Túnel” (1948) by Ernesto Sabato, also brings up existentialist themes, and is about an obsessed painter that deals with alienation and incommunication. Sabato’s later novel, “Sobre Heroes y Tumbas” (1961), is his most acclaimed work and is accepted by some as the best Argentine novel of the twentieth century. It explores Argentine identity and politics and makes a unique description of Buenos Aires’s urban landscape.

Contemporary to Sábato is another Argentine literary giant, the well known Julio Cortazar, often associated with Surrealism, and known for his ambiguous stories where time and space blur. His most famous work, “Rayuela” (1963), can be read in different orders; in the customary front to back manner, in a suggested order by the author, or as the reader pleases. The narrative line in this sense is not fixed and implies openness to alternative realities.

Although literature was generally considered to belong to the man’s world there was also a strong feminine influence in modern Argentine literature, especially in the realm of poetry. Some of the most famous names include Alfonsina Storni, Silvina Ocampo and her sister, Victoria Ocampo, who was the founder of Sur magazine where many respected local authors published their works. Further back in time, authors Manuela Gorriti, Juana Manso and Eduarda Mansilla (amongst others), also contributed to the local literary scene.