Lunfardo and Tango Book Fair 2011

(Photo by buen-rumbo)

The relationship between tango and lunfardo, a local dialect,  is extensive and characteristic of the local identity.  Initially Lunfardo was only spoken by criminals who incorporated Italian, Cocoliche (a mix of Spanish and Italian), Gaucho dialect, Aboriginal words, French and Portuguese into their new slang. As lunfardo spread to the lower classes, it was incorporated to tango lyrics and from there introduced into the Spanish spoken by everyone.

The Lunfardo and Tango book fair  in San Telmo, offers a variety of tango paraphernalia, readings and shows. The fair will be held until the 30th of December from 3pm-9pm at the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo and is the perfect chance to get to know this interesting aspect of the local culture better.  Estados Unidos 1379, San Telmo. 4383.2393

 

Our pick of recommended activities are:

 

Friday 9:

-Tango in San Telmo with Olga Reni at 6pm.

-Conference about the traditional cafe that had the most tango influence and activity. (in Spanish) 7pm.

 

Saturday 10:

-Performance by  Vocal Ecléctico.

-Las Perlas del Tango presents Estela Bonnet, Sandra Chebriau, Silvana Reyes, Silvia Nieves, and guest poet Nélida Puig. 7.30pm

 

Friday 16:

– Concert by Buenos Aires Tango

-Tango y Dance exhibit with Antonio and Graciela. 6pm.

-Concert of tango singers at 8pm.

 

Sunday 18

-Pepe Otero presents Tango and poetry, tangos form the 40´s and more. 7.30pm.

 

Friday 23:

-Tango show by Sandrina Gallego Poetaria. 7pm.

 

Monday 26:

-Screening of Café de los maestros. 4pm.

-Documentary about Cafe Tortoni. 7pm.

 

Friday 30:

– Las Perlas del Tango closes the event with a parade starting at 6pm.

We Recommend: Cultura Cercana’s Tango Tour

(Photo by Lazzarello)

One of the trademarks of Buenos Aires is its melancholic and sensual tango music and dance. Knowing where to go to catch a glimpse of the real essence of this tradition is not always an easy task as there are many options, some which include dancing, others that include a theatre like show, and alternatives that serve dinner amongst others.

Cultura Cercana, a tour agency that aims at showing travelers the Argentine version of Argentina, offers a tango tour that acts as a filter of the available options sorting through the tourist traps to get to the places where the buzz is local and genuine. The tour also has the advantage of being guided by a couple of tango dancers who show what they can do and explain the meaning of each gesture and move. Additionally, they offer an optional tango lesson prior to the tour, should you want to try out some dancing yourself and work with reduced groups to keep the attention personalized.

Plus, they take you to and from the hotel.

More information on Cultura Cercana here.

Dancing The Malambo

(image by guerretto)

When people think of Argentina and traditional dancing, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Tango; however, over the vast country many different folkloric dances are practiced, the Malambo being one of the most stunning.

This typical dance which originated in the Pampean region is carried out by men who display their ability through their footwork and their skill with knives and boleadoras (a kind of sling used by the Patagonia natives and gauchos). The rhythmic music is usually played with a type of drum called Bombo Leguero and a guitar, although instruments vary depending on the area of the country.

Malambo shows in Buenos Aires are sometimes put on at the Feria de Mataderos ,  at tango venues and at estancias such as Estancia Santa Susana.

5 Parties Not to Miss

Club Severino Cool Beats night by Francisco Marise

Club Severino

This is the place to go on a Monday night for some hip-hop, R&B, rap, pop and retro rock. A great place to start the week off partying and, a good option to continue the party after La Bomba del Tiempo.

Club Severino

Hipolito Yrigoyen 851, Downtown

Monday’s 11.30pm

Dengue Dancing at Gong

This Thursday underground party is set in a seventies style mirrored floor with red lights and plenty of retro dancers who move to the carefully selected music all night long. The place to go for a kitsch, sexy night of fun.

Dengue Dancing at Gong

Cordoba 634, Downtown

Happy Hour 11.30pm-12.30pm

Club 69 at Niceto Club

This wild Thursday party has been going for more than a decade now displaying a burlesque show, glitter clad transvestites, clowns and belly dancers and more. Bizarre, colorful, and entertaining this jam-packed party doesn’t stop until the break of dawn.

Niceto Club

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

Thursdays 11pm (Keep in mind that partying here doesn’t really start until 2am)

Ploox! at Wanna Club

These Friday parties have recently become a part of the city nightlife promising to be Miguel Salas and Will Aquinos next big hit after their popular Hip Hop Wednesday parties at Sugar. National and international DJs get  both the local and the foreign adult crowds going, promising a night of fun and non-stop dancing.

Ploox

Juan B. Justo 1636, Palermo

Fridays 12pm-6am

Fiestas Bubamara

This upbeat monthly party is inspired in Balcanic music and gipsy style.  They were born in 2002 from a wave of artistic youth who came across the films and music of Emir Kusturica  and decided to bring the increasingly popular gipsy aesthetic to the city nightlife. Now a days the parties have become so popular they have spread across the country offering boisterous nights of dancing, live acts and video projections in an unconventional party setting.

Check out Bubamaras Facebook page for news on their upcoming parties.

5 Hot Nightspots in the Almagro Area

(La Catedral by Julie&Rebecca)

The Almagro neighborhood is one of the tango sources of the city that still keeps its nostalgic and colorful charm. The four blocks of flower shops, open day and night, around the area of what was once the flower market; the old typical Spanish style food stores; the intimate tango venues and bars, and a recent theatre boom make it a lively area where there is plenty to see and do.

El Bar de Roberto

Gardel and other tango passionates frequented this traditional bar, which was bought by a Spaniard from Asturias in the 1930s. Now a days it’s still kept as way back then,  with the same bottles adorning the walls and late night live tango sessions to charm the crowded audience.

El Bar de Roberto

Bulnes 331, Almagro

4862-0415

El Banderín

Another traditional spot in the Almagro scene, El Banderín is a place with a very personal identity.  This welcoming bar got its name from the many national and international football team flags (banderin), which are hanging from every bit of free space on the walls.  The flags were collected by one of its first owners so there is not only variety but also a few relics and the warm ambiance makes it a special place to visit and sit down for a few beers.

El Banderin

Guardia Vieja 3601, Almagro

4862-7757

La Catedral

This somewhat grungy alternative tango hall is popular amongst the younger more laid back tango crowds which start the night early with a tango class and then dance the night away into the dawn. Intimate live music shows are also put on. The ample space, the mismatched chairs, and the Carlos Gardel shrine add to its appeal whiles its vegetarian restaurant is loved by some and hated by others (eating can always happen elsewhere at the nearby Pierino for example, a family restaurant owned by Italians).

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, Almagro

155-325-1630

Centro Cultural Konex

The Centro Cultural Konex became increasingly popular thanks to its Monday evening super hit- La Bomba del Tiempo, a one of a kind percussion orchestra that slowly went building its public by word of mouth until the small crowd of enthusiasts became a packed event in the city week. The cultural center has a large open space and hosts quality art, music and theatre events such as the teatro ciego (blind theatre to experience with your other senses) and Medea Tango, which merges tango with theatre. A place to go to for good surprises.

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Almagro

4864-3200

La Salsera

Also in Almagro is the very popular salsa club La Salsera. The Caribbean feel of the place, the welcoming people and atmosphere have attracted many tourists looking for the warmth and rhythm of the Latin soul. Salsa lessons are offered here and other events and cultural activities focusing on Latin-American culture are also part of the agenda.

La Salsera

Yatai 961, Almagro

4866-1829 
info@lasalsera.com

Buenos Aires Nightlife #4

Jet Lounge

This exclusive club overlooking the river and port is the party spot for the Buenos Aires rich and famous. Their great cocktail menu, dinning space and multiple bars and dance floors guarantee a good time for those looking to party in style.

Av.Rafael Obligado 4801, Costanera Norte
info@jet-lounge.com.ar
http://www.jet-lounge.com.ar
Open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Rumi

Rumi is a Belgrano centered nightclub with a great atmosphere and a high end crowd. On Wednesdays they play 80’s music and reggeton, Thursdays they host their Elegant Night party, playing 70’s music and offering live shows and screenings, Fridays are classic dance music and Saturdays offer latin music and slow dances.

Figueroa Alcorta 6442, Belgrano
4782-1398
http://www.rumiba.com.ar/

Crobar

This popular club in Palermo offers two dance floors, a VIP lounge and some great house and electronica. This good looking crowd gets pumping to the very loud music brought by local and international DJ’s!

Marcelo Freire and Paseo de la Infanta, Palermo
4788-1500
info@crobar.com.ar
http://www.crobar.com.ar

Buenos Aires Nightlife #3- Latin beats

        

For the past few weeks we have been writing about some of the best nightclubs Buenos Aires has to offer (Buenos Aires Nightlife#1 and Buenos Aires Nightlife #2). However, we figure you came down to South America for a taste of the latin culture too, so we kept that in mind for this weeks nightlife suggestions!

La Salsera:
One of Buenos Aires liveliest salsa and merengue clubs. A friendly crowd and upbeat dancing to catchy rhythms ensure a night of fun fun fun! You can also take a beginner salsa lesson on Saturdays at 10.30pm
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and holiday eves (which means today too!) from 12pm onwards.

La Salsera

Yatai 961, Almagro

4866-1829 
info@lasalsera.com

www.lasalsera.com

Azucar:
Another nightclub and dance school that specializes in salsa, bachata and other boisterous options for night time fun! On Fridays and Saturdays, this vivacious dance house hosts its Caribbean nights party which combines a mix of latin rhythms.

Azucar

Av. Corrientes 3330, Abasto

4865-3103 
info@azucarsalsa.com

www.azucarsalsa.com

Maluco Beleza:

This centric venue offers a lively and colorful environment where you can move to brazilian tunes and watch professional brazilian dancers do their thing! Another perk of this place is that is has another dance floor with more conventional nightclub music in case you want to switch for a while. On Fridays at 10.30 pm you can take a lambazouk dance class and then stay to practice the entire night or go for a Brazilian dinner-show on a Wednesday and let the night sweep you off your feet!

Maluco Beleza

Sarmiento 1728

4372-1737 
info@malucobeleza.com.ar

www.malucobeleza.com.ar

Carnaval

The importance of the `barrios´ in Buenos Aires developed in the twenties when the mixed immigration wave made a new cultural identity imperative. Right around this time the `murgas´, groups of youngsters that gathered during carnaval to sing and beat drums and pans began to appear on the city streets. Now a days, during February and March, the tradition continues and in every `barrio´you can find a `murga´displaying its colourful rhythms, dances and costumes.

While in Buenos Aires you MUST experience a Milonga

Milonga

We have all heard about the tango shows in the city and they are fine, but if you are in Buenos Aires for a few nights you must visit a Milonga at least once.

Milongas are where the local dancers (both professionals and amateurs) go to dance tango. With a great mix of characters and people of every age, they are a great place to learn how to tango (classes before the milonga), improve your level (by dancing with different people with different styles), see some excellent dancers (usually there is a couple that performs every night) and listen to live tango with traditional tango orchestras (not in everyone). 

Another great thing about the milongas is that they open every night of the week as individual events: It’s not about the venue, it’s about the organizer and the people. So in the same space you can have different milongas on different nights. 

With fix times you might have to go to several on one night to spend the whole evening dancing (although maybe with a few hours is enough if you are not an experienced dancer) as they have fix opening and closing times.

Some of our favourites are: La Catedral (see previous photo post), Salón Canning, Porteño y Bailarín, mail us to recepcion@fierrohotel.com if you want a full list!