This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Engel Serón)

The week kicks off with a national holiday. Head to the Palermo parks and enjoy the nice weather and lively vibe! In the nearby Japanese Gardens at 4pm there will be a special tea ceremony, there will also be an exhibit on Japanese embroidery. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

In the evening, Liza Minnelli will be staging a show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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Head to the Planetarium where the Kosice Biennial, an event destined to promote the creation of art with new media, will be taking place until Saturday.  Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 

In the evening don’t miss dancer Sylvie Guillem at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Sun is forecast so book a private walking tour with Buenos Tours and explore the city at the hand of a great guide! More information here.

Later on, celebrate Buenos Aires Art Week by participating in one of the three gallery nights that will take place during the week (on Wednesday in Palermo).

Thursday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit “Panamericano” by the Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes that showcases a selection of the renowned artist’s recent paintings. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Jamaican band The Wailers will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary at the Vorterix theatre in Colegiales. Tickets here.

Friday

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

In the evening get ready for a luxury night out at the Colón Theatre, where the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella), by Rossini, will be staged. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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The spring orchid exhibit will take place throughout the weekend at the stunning Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm Blonde Redhead will be staging a live show at popular nightclub Niceto Club. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

Find a ten day weather forecast here.

Ciudad Emergente Festival 2012

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From the 6th to the 10th of June the Ciudad Emergente Festival will take place in the Centro Cultural Recoleta showcasing emerging art and music.The event, which will feature three stages for live shows, will also include street, digital and interactive art displays, theatre, poetry, dance, stand-up, photography, film and more.

This year´s Ciudad Emergente will also be putting an emphasis on fashion with several runway shows and an innovative on-location hair salon for the brave who dare to try a new look.

There will also be free tickets to the acclaimed Hombre Vertiente show, an experimental performance including acrobatics, special lighting and interaction with the public, directed by Pichón Baldinu, one of the De La Guarda founders. A maximum of two tickets  per person will be handed out at 8pm on the days of the performance until maximum capacity is reached.

 The festival is free of charge and takes place from 2pm to 11pm at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, next to the Recoleta cemetry. Find the full program here. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

2012 Tango Championship

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Visitors who have come to the city enthusiastic to see some of the best tango in the country are in for a treat these weeks.

The 2012 Tango Championship will be taking place from the 10th to the 26th of May and will present a great opportunity to watch top-notch dancers strut their stuff at different milongas around the city.

The categories that will be included in the championship are Tango, Milonga, Vals, and Milongueros del Mundo.  Semi finals will take place on the 23rd of May at the well-known La Viruta in Palermo. Finals will take place on the 26th of May at La Usina in La Boca and will be free of charge, however tickets must be picked up in advance at the Casa de La Cultura on Av. de Mayo from midday-5pm on the previous day.

Winners will be dancing at the Tango world championship in August.

Find more information and the full program here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

In the evening Japanese flute and drum artists, Kaoru Watanabe & Shinzui Daiko, will be playing a special concert at the Teatro del Globo downtown starting 9pm. Marcelo T. de Alvear 1155, Downtown. Tickets available at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

Tuesday

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Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Later on stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Brazilian bossa nova king Caetano Veloso and his son Moreno Veloso will be staging a show at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo of Xul Solar painting by The Wide Wide World.)

Head to the intimate Xul Solar art museum where you will find artists Xul Solar´s  colorful metaphysical dreamlike paintings, and also some of his nutty but brilliant inventions, such as a new global language, and the Panjuego, a game which he made up and played with many of his friends including Borges whose books he sometimes illustrated. 4824-3302.Monday to Friday from midday- 8pm.Saturday from midday to 7pm. Laprida 1212, Palermo.

Also in Palermo is  Fueguia, a scent lab where you can sniff out nature, or aromatic blends reminiscent of writers such as Borges. Cabello 3791, 2 J, Palermo. 4806-5619.

Thursday

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The San Telmo Art Walk is offered by JuaneleAR from Tuesday to Friday at 3pm and guides you through the who is who and what is what of the neighborhood`s art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries; a great way to get to know the current Buenos Aires art scene whilst getting to know the charm of San Telmo neighborhood. 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

(Photo of Basquiat paintings by mauidw)

Don´t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening, head to the Barrancas de Belgrano parks to see how dance interacts with urban landscapes at the Ciudanza festival, starting at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday don´t miss the Orchid exhibit at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

On Sunday, the TC2000,  will allow for the city to witness some unique car racing at the obelisco, downtown.

Autumn in Buenos Aires

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As autumn creeps up, the city resumes many of its activities after a summer of fun. Schools and universities kick-off the academic year, theatres and museums renew their programs and exhibits, football season picks up and some of the city’s main events, such as the Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), the Quilmes Rock Festival and the monthly Gallery Nights, liven it up.

During autumn, the weather is mild, ranging between 10-20°C (50-68°F).  Many consider this to be one of the best seasons to visit the city and rightly so; it is less rainy than Summer, the weather is perfect for asados and sailing, there are many cultural activities going on and the cooler afternoons are perfect for hot chocolate with churros at some of the city’s charming traditional bars.

Some of the events to look out for this autumn are:

Ciudanza: 29th March-1st April: Ciudanza combines contemporary dance with urban settings bringing this expressive art form out of the theatre and into the streets for everyone to admire. This year the event will take place in the Barrancas de Belgrano Park, in Parque Lezama in San Telmo and in Parque Chacabuco. More information here.

Quilmes Rock Festival: 3rd-4th and 7th April: This annual rock festival brings both local and international acts to the stage. This year the international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the 7th. Tickets here.

BAFICI: 11th-22nd April – The BAFICI film festival, held in various cinemas in Buenos Aires offers a wide range of independent local and international films. The full program for 2012 is not yet up but we will keep you posted.

Gallery Nights: Once a month from April-December the city’s art galleries open to the public during the night and welcome an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers.

March in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Alex PC)

March marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. As locals return from vacations and the school year starts, the city’s rhythm picks up.

Below are a few of the upcoming events and concerts that will be taking place throughout the month.

Events:

Colón Theatre Season: The Colón Theatre Season kicks off with the opera St.Mark Passion by Osvaldo Golijov and several concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. More information on dates and tickets here.

Presentes Otoño Fair:  The Presentes Otoño interior design fair will be taking place at La Rural from the 15th-18th of March. More information here.

Ciudanza: This annual event brings dance out of the theatre and into the city as urban landscapes become the stage. The selected dancers will be performing at Parque Chacabuco, Parque Lezama and Barrancas de Belgrano from   March 29th-1st of April. More information here.

*The MALBA will be closing some of its exhibit halls from the 12th-24th of March.

Concerts:

Roger Waters: 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18th of March

The British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd will be back to the city and due to the outsold shows will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Toquinho: 9th of March

The renowned Brazilian Bossa Nova artist will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

John Zorn-Masada: 15th of March

Freestyle avant-garde jazz group, Masada, will be playing at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Joe Cocker: 19th of March

The English blues and rock singer will be playing at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: 20th March

The famous 60´s and 70´s rock band will be playing for their loyal local fans at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Michael Bublé:  24th-25th March

Successful Canadian singer and actor, Michael Bublé, will be staging a show at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Caetano and Moreno Veloso: 27th March

Brazilian bossa nova king Caetano Veloso and his son Moreno Veloso will be staging a show at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

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

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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

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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

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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.