This Week: 9th-14th of March



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If you’re visiting the Obelisco and strolling down Corrientes Avenue, stop by the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación which is hosting a photography exhibit about the social problematic related to last World Cup in Brazil. Av. Corrientes 1543, downtown.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also 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.



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

It’s Milonga Week in the city so check the out the schedule here, pick a time and a venue, and stop by Bolívar 466 in San Telmo from 2pm to 6pm to pick up your free tickets.



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If you’re in the Recoleta area, stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes which is hosting a new exhibit featuring collages by Eduardo Stupía, texts by Ricardo Piglia and music by Luis Nacht until the 22nd of March. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

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



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The Ciudanza festival, featuring contemporary dance performances in urban settings, kicks off until Sunday!

Later on, catch an experimental performance combining theatre and poetry at the Teatro Colón starting at 8pm. Tickets here.



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Take one of graffitimundo’s North City Tours and check out the Buenos Aires street art scene in the Colegiales and Palermo neighborhoods. The tour ends at Post Bar where you can grab an icy beer and also purchase some urban art to take back home. More information here.

At 8pm and at 9.30pm, the Planetarium will be hosting live music concerts featuring covers of The Beatles with full dome projections of the diamond filled sky. Av. Sarmiento, Palermo.

And, if the street art tour left you hungry for more color, you can head to the Life in Color: World Largest Paint Party at Mandarine Park. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday


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Book your place at Fierro´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well!

The Sivory Museum, next to the  Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm!Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

On Saturday night, British DJ John Digweed will be in charge of setting the rhythm at Mandarine Park. Tickets here.

On Sunday, James Blunt will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

This Week: 22-28th September 2014


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Start off the week by visiting the MALBA where a great collection of artwork by Julio Le Parc is being exhibited until the 6th of October. Av Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Later on, stop by to celebrate the arrival of Spring at Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo will be staging their weekly percussion show. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

For some great post dancing local style pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta, an onion and mozzarella specialty. Los Cocos- Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro


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The 2014 photography festival ¨Festival de la Luz¨ will be taking place at different venues around the city. A full list of exhibitions is available here.

The last function of the opera Falstaff will be taking place at 8.30pm at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.


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Head to the beautiful 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo where you can rent paddle boats and make the most of the sunny Spring weather.

Later on, at 5pm, stop by the nearby planetarium that will be screening an immersive Tango show with music by Astor Piazzolla. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.


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Get a general overview of the city  on one of the “Pay What You Want” walking tours led by Jonathan, an Englishman in love with BA! More information here.

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is hosting a new Thursday event that aims at creating an alternative experience of art. Head to the Recoleta area and stop by for the Bellos Jueves show at 7.30pm that will feature local bands Coiffeur and Paloma del Cerro amidst a beautiful art collection. Avenida Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.


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If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not a vegetarian, chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

In the evening, Franz Ferdinand will be staging a live show in Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Buy your tickets here.

Another option, in Abasto, is to catch the 7pm show by the Teatro Ciego (blind theatre) which will be playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in absolute darkness. Zelaya 3006, Abasto.

Saturday and Sunday

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During the weekend, a Spanish dance festival will be taking place with flamenco shows and classes in different venues around the city. Check out the program here.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Joe Satriani will be staging live shows at the Gran Rex Theatre.

Argentine Talents: Eduardo Falú


Eduardo Falú was one of the most important folklore artists of the country. The guitarist, composer and singer, was known for his warm voice and for combining the traditional sounds of the northwestern region of the country, which is where he was from, and classical aspects of music, which he dedicated his life to studying.

 In the sixties and seventies he became one of the voices of the “nueva canción” in which folkloric elements combined with social protest, although he was less political than other renowned voices of this movement. He also composed music for words by the likes of Borges and Sábato.

Born in Salta, the influence of the region’s indigenous music marked him and he began to learn guitar on his own, at a local barbershop (it is rumored). The renowned artist passed away this past 9th of August at the age of ninety and the traditional sounds of his home and his soulful talent are ever present in his music, a rich addition to Argentine culture.

Argentine Talents: Julio Bocca

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Julio Bocca is the most important ballet dancer in Argentina, and is renowned worldwide for his expressive and passionate dancing. Having won several awards and having performed in front of audiences at the local Colón Theatre, at La Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera, to name a few, he is undoubtedly one of the country’s most talented artists.

He started dancing classes at the age of four and was prodigious from an early age, and began performing at the Colón Theatre when he was only fourteen. At eighteen he won a gold medal at the international dance competition of Moscow. After a long and prolific career, he retired in 2007, and since works as an artistic director for the Uruguay National Ballet.

Adriana Varejao at the MALBA

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Adriana Varejao is one of the best-known Brazilian artists of her generation. Her works deal with themes regarding art and religious history, Brazilian history and colonialism, optical illusions, maps, travel, and oceans.  Using mixed media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and photography, she has produced a broad spectrum of works from the nineties to the present day.

From the 10th of April to the 10th of June, for the first time in Argentina, a retrospective of her art will be on display at the MALBA. The exhibition will feature over 40 of her most significant pieces from different periods that will be arranged in chronological order and will include the installations presented at the 22nd and 24th Sao Paolo Biennials.

The MALBA is open from midday to 8pm every day except Tuesdays. The stylish museum also carries out film screenings and has a great cafe and restaurant.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, 4808-6500.

This Week in Buenos Aires


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Start the week by paying a visit to the Museo Carlos Gardel and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto. 4964-2015.

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. Los Cocos- Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro



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Villa O Campo, located in San Isidro on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, brought together renowned twentieth century intellectuals and authors. Tours of the home and gardens are offered from Thursday to Sunday and afterwards some tea and scones are mandatory. 

In the evening, stop by Florería Atlántico for drinks, dinner and a lovely time. Arroyo 872, Retiro. 6761-2908




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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori Museum, the Planetarium and the Japanese Gardens.

In the evening, the hip Palermo Shanghai Dragon hosts happy hour and a weekly beerlingual bilingual pub quizAráoz 1199, Palermo


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Take a tour with graffitimundo and explore the city streets and its prolific art. Then stop by Hollywood in Cambodia where you can purchase the local street artists’ works.

In the evening, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be playingat the stunning Colón Theatre starting 8.30pm. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.



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Stop by the Juan Gatti exhibit in the Sivori museum behind the Palermo Rosedal, and then head to the Planetarium where an audiovisual exhibit by the same artist is being screened.

In the evening, visit Fierro’s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the best speakeasies in the city! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

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.

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

On Saturday, Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull’s leading man, will be playing live at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

On Sunday don’t miss the free concert at the Colón Theatre featuring the Camerata Bariloche at 11am. Be sure to pick up your tickets in advance! Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

Fileteado Porteño at Museo de la Ciudad

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The Museo de la Ciudad showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including permanent exhibits of city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Last Saturday it added a new permanent collection that features a typical porteño style of painting called Fileteado Porteño.

This typical Argentine painting style dates back to the nineteenth century when it was first used as a decoration for horse drawn carts used to transport foods. It was progressively developed as a way of advertising and because big letters were taxed, the focus was placed on elaborate ornamentation to frame smaller letters. The style also became popular amongst the tango scene and many traditional tango neighborhoods feature ornamented filetes on their walls.  It has since been used as a decoration for accordions, buses, furniture, home fronts and more. A visit to the museum is a great way to learn more about this colorful painting style, as is the Fileteado Porteño Tour. The museum is also showcasing a temporary exhibit on hats.

Museum opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 11am-7pm and on weekends from 1pm to 6pm. Tickets cost 1 peso. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

Gourmet Bookstores in the City

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DAIN Usina Cultural is more than just a bookstore. Their main thing is to sell books, sure, but their aim is also to promote culture through live musical events, film debates, readings, art exhibits and all with the option of sitting down to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with vegetables from their own organic garden!  Nicaragua 4899, Palermo.4778.3554.

Clasica y Moderna is one of the city’s cultural hotspots where books reign and live music colors the nights. Additionally it has a great restaurant with a few fixed menus which feature carefully prepared Argentine cuisine. Callao 892, Recoleta. 4812-8707.

Abulafia Libros is a space for book and wine lovers alike.  The Palermo centered bookstore, complete with a black cat and all, is a great place to buy a gift or to sit and enjoy the fine pleasures of life. They also host films screenings and intellectual evenings. Borges 1985, Palermo. 4833-9184.

Although not really a bookstore, the gorgeous Sociedad Argentina de Arquitectos is THE architectural hotspot in the city and has the added plus of a beautiful architecture library that is open to nonmembers for only 10 pesos. Also on the premises is Restó, a guaranteed palate pleaser specializing in French auteur cuisine. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711.

Find more recomended Buenos Aires bookstores here.

Buenos Aires Basic Etiquette

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Greeting: Most people greet with a kiss on the right cheek in informal situations. This is valid for women greeting women, women greeting men, and men greeting men. In more formal situations a handshake and a smile is customary.

Tipping: Generally in Argentina 10% tipping is expected in restaurants, cafes and beauty saloons/ hairdressers. Taxis don’t expect tipping unless they offer a special service.

Timetables: Locals are not generally very punctual although this varies from person to person. Lunchtime is usually around 1.30pm, and dinner around 10pm and restaurants open late.  Usually between 5pm and 6pm it is customary to  stop for afternoon tea. Parties don’t start until 2 am minimum and when invited to a house, guests are usually expected to be between half an hour to an hour late.

Public transport: In general all queues must be respected. Argies get very irked by people cutting in or pushing through. It is customary to let old people or women with babies get on  to the bus first and also to offer them one’s seat if there are no more available ones. Men usually let women get on first although younger generations do not necessarily abide by this gentleman’s rule.

Clothing: Porteños are reputed to be trendy and casual. Expensive jewelry is avoided on the streets for safety reasons. Also, if you don’t want to be spotted as a tourist, leave your fanny-packs, baseball caps, straw hats, sports sandals and khaki cargo pants in the wardrobe, as these are instant giveaways. Be street-smart and discreet, stay attentive with cameras, iPhones and laptops as well.

Conversation: People in Argentina usually gesticulate a lot and talk close to one another. It is common to strike up random conversations with taxi drivers, kioskeros and neighborhood grocery store vendors, amongst others.  There are many locals who know English although level of comprehension varies.  Argentines are usually upfront people with their opinions and don’t care much for being politically correct, however some sensitive subjects include the Malvinas/Falklands, the military dictatorship and politics in general, specially the current situation which is known to bring about heated arguments.

Mate, a typical bitter beverage that is shared amongst a group, also has its rules and you can find them here.

If you’re into dancing tango you might also want to read these suggestions before heading to a milonga.

The Buenos Aires Port

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Do you ever wonder why people from Buenos Aires are locally referred to as ¨porteños¨? The answer is simple; it is because Buenos Aires is a port city. It was founded on the river where the port would be, and then it progressively expanded around it, as did the country. Thus, the historical relevance of the port is of great importance and also key in understanding the geographic and economic distribution of Argentina, and the cultural identity in some of its aspects.

In 1536 Pedro de Mendoza, a Spanish conquistador, founded Buenos Aires city on the banks of the Riachuelo (where La Boca is today), which drains into the Rio de La Plata river basin. Many other rivers drain into the basin as well and it was a straight access to the Atlantic ocean, so it was a key location. During this period however, it didn’t officially function as a port because the Spanish crown forbade it; its role was to be a strategic point from which to conquer the whole Rio de la Plata area with the benefit of having low tides and high riverbanks, which made it difficult for warships to approach.

It wasn’t until 1776, when the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was formed, that the area really began to develop.  The port, which was allready being used for clandestine commerce (and- it is suspected- to transport South American silver to Spain), expanded. At the same time, England was industrializing and was in need of raw materials and markets to sell to, so goods started to flow through the port. In fact, it was such a strategic location and was expanding at such a rate that many European powers were interested in occupying it.  In the early 1800’s the British invaded it twice, without success, as the locals defended their city, sparking a sense of national identity that would lead to the Argentine independence in 1810.

From independence onwards the port continued to grow and was a protagonist of the migratory currents in the 1850’s, promoted by the first Argentine constitution, and later in the post world war periods. Centralis (“Unitarian”) policies from the founding years, concentrated economic activities around Buenos Aires and the port; the nation expanded around it, with much of its immigration settling in the city rather than populating the rest of the country as had been expected.  Thousands of immigrants populated the port and surrounding areas where they lived in conventillos (tenements).  This moment in Argentine history defined the local identity and is reflected in tangos, in Quinquela Martin’s art and in literature.

For practical purposes, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the port was moved to where Puerto Madero is now. Later it expanded to Puerto Nuevo where the port operates today.