A New A Line

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After a heartfelt last ride in the city’s antique subway wagons, the historic A line closed down during the Summer for remodeling and maintenance. Today at 8pm a modern new subway opens to the public. Although the picturesque wagons with their wooden seating, dim lights and manually operated doors will be missed, the new wagons will be air-conditioned and will once again allow tourists to stop at some of the city’s most emblematic historic landmarks including Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada, Casa de la Cultura, Café Tortoni and 36 Billares, Congress, Las Violetas and Parque Centenario. Additionally, the stations have been intervened by some of the city’s most talented street artists including Triángulo Dorado, Martín Ron Murales, Dame, Nazza Stencil, Georgina Ciotti, Stencilland and Run Don’t Walk.

 

March in Buenos Aires

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As the legal recess comes to an end and schools begin a new academic year, the city picks up its pace and prepares to receive Autumn and the Easter bunny in full swing.

Live music, art exhibits, and the Colón Theatre Season are all part of the upcoming cultural program.

Festivals and Events

Inauguration of the A line: The historical A subway line, which has been closed during the Summer for renovations, will be reopening this March. On your way to the Tortoni and Congress, look out for the gorgeous new murals at the Plaza de Mayo station by Triangulo Dorado  and other artistic interventions at the different stations and on the subways themselves.

Masa Crítica: 3rd of March. This monthly event gathers bicycle riders the first Sunday of each month at the Obelisco on Av. 9 de Julio with the purpose of touring the city thus promoting the use of bicycles as transport. If you would like to join you can rent a bike at Bici Naranja.

Nighttime tour of the Ecological Reserve- 9th of March. Discover the nightlife of the city’s ecological reserve under the light of the moon.  Sign up in advance for the tour on the 5th of March at 0800-444-5343.

CiuDanza:  14th-17th of March.  Parque Las Heras, Plaza San Martín and Parque Patricios will be the stages for this dance festival that merges dance with urban spaces. Find the full program here.

Colón Theatre 2013 Program: The stunning theatre kicks off their annual program of operas, ballets and concerts. Check out the full program here.

Easter Weekend: 28th-31st of March. With the Autumn chill comes the friendly Easter bunny full of comforting chocolate. Friday the 29th is a national holiday.

Live Music

Elton John- 2nd of March. The legendary singer/songwriter will be playing at Estadio Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Ian Anderson- 10th of March. Jethro Tull’s leading man will be playing live at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

Moon Park- 16th of March.  The second part of the Moon Park electronic festival, featuring Sasha and Hernán Cattaneo will be taking place at Centro Costa Salguero. Tickets here.

The Killers- 31st of March. The popular Vegas band will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

Art Exhibits

MALBA

Adriana Varejao- 27 Mar- 30 Jun.

MAMBA

Ronald Shakespeare Retrospective- 21st March

MACBA

Geometry in Argentina- 9th of March

Juan José Cambré- 16th of March- 12th of May

MNAD

Lucio Boschi Photography- 15 Mar- 28 Apr.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Luis Muñoz)

Head to La Rural in Palermo to check out Expotrastiendas Art Fair, organized by the Argentine association of art galleries.

In the evening don’t miss out on 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.

 

Expotrastiendas at La Rural

Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo

 

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

 

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday

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Take a guided tour in English at 11am or 4pm of the spectacular Congress Palace.

In the evening the centric and hip Le Bar is serving some of the best drinks in town, and also showcasing a interesting photography exhibit by Pix Talarico.

 

Palacio de Congreso

Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849, Downtown

Tours available Mon, Tue, Thus, Fri at 11am and 4pm.

 

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

 

Wednesday

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ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is booking one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and get into context.  More information here.

In the evening get your dose of tango at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso where orchestra Ojos de Tango will be playing at 21.30.

 

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

Defensa 1575, San Telmo

4307 6506

 

Thursday

(Photo by Luciano Belviso)

For those of you interested in economics and Argentine economic history, head to the Museum of External Debt where you can find out more about the economic evolution of the country. Audio guides in English are offered.

Later on Book your place for the 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.

Jazz fans will get a special treat on Thursday evening as the John Scofield Quartet will be playing at the Gran Rex Theatre starting 9.30pm. Tickets available here.

 

Museum of External Debt

José E. Uriburu 781, 1st floor, Downtown.

4374-4448

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Teatro Gran Rex

Corrientes 857, Downtown.

4322-8000

 

Friday

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Weather forecasts anticipate a warm sunny day, ideal for a walk in the ecological reserve in Puerto Madero where you can get the best view of the city!

In the evening head to aphrodisiac restaurant Te Mataré Ramirez where a free temporary exhibit of contemporary art is being displayed from 8.30pm onwards. Staying for a rather expensive dinner with an erotic puppet show is also an option.

 

Ecological Reserve

Av. Tristán Achával Rodriguez 1550

4315-4129

Open: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm

Saturday and Sunday

 

Te Mataré Ramirez

Gorriti 5054, Palermo

4831-9156

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by capitanbar)

Head to the off the beaten path Caballito neighborhood where you can visit the natural sciences museum, a large market (Mercado del Progreso) and take a ride on antique trams.