This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Patrick DB)

The Doc Buenos Aires film festival is taking place until the 28th of October featuring a broad selection of top documentaries from around the world. Starting at 2.30pm you can catch documentaries on Greece, Russian landscapes and more at the Teatro San Martín and the Alianza Francesa. More information here.

In the evening, alternative British rock band Suede will be closing off the Personal Fest at the Teatro Vorterix. Tickets here.

Tuesday

(Photo by Gustav´s)

Head to the National Library in Palermo (a landmark in itself) and check out the exhibit on local rock legend Luis Alberto Spinetta and the screenings of some of his live performances at 2pm. Aguero 2502, Palermo.

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

(Photo by bustamante.antonio)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in Palermo on Wednesday´s, will surely leave you satisfied.

Later on at 7.30pm or at 9pm take a tango lesson at the fun tango venue La Catedral where you can stay on after and dance the night away. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro. 15-5325-1630.

Thursday

(Photo by Bikes And Books)

The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

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.

At 8pm dont miss the pop up show that graffitimundo is organizing to promote “White Walls Say Nothing”, a documentary about Buenos Aires urban art!

At the prestigious Colón Theatre there will be a violoncello concert, Flemáticos Apasionados (Passionate Phlegmatic), directed by Tao Fan and interpreted by Natalie Clein. The pieces played will be by Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar.  Tickets here.

Friday

The Buenos Aires Photo 2012 exhibit kicks off on Friday at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Stop by from 2pm onwards and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in front of the city lens.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878!

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by alvarochahin)

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.

The Buenos Aires Photo 2012 exhibit will take place throughout the weekend at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Stop by from 2pm onwards and catch a glimpse of what’s going on in front of the city lens.

Bicycles, music, art and a whole lot more will be taking place at the Bicycle Festival  during the weekend. More information here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

BAFICI- Independent Film in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Judy**)

Every year crowds of film enthusiasts gather at the Abasto shopping mall to take note and buy tickets for the many screenings they will attend the days to come. The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, more commonly known as BAFICI, is after all, one of the city’s most popular cultural events of the year. It is also the most important film festival of Latin America, and consequently a good opportunity to get in touch, not only with independent cinematography, but also with the Latin American culture and film industry, which is at a very prolific moment.

Some of our picks for this year’s BAFICI include:

Narcisa Hirsch retrospective:

Narcisa Hirsch was born in Berlin in 1928, but has lived in Argentina since a very young age and is a pioneer in the Argentine experimental circle. Her works include installations, graffitis and experimental films. Four Hirsch programs will be exhibited in the festival; program one will feature works that deal with identity with an autobiographical twist, the second program is thematically more diverse and will explore the filmmaker’s style,  the third program will include five films screened in their original 16mm format and the fourth program will showcase some of her documentaries. More information here.

El Rascacielo Latino by Sebastian Schindel:

This documentary by Sebastian Schindel is about the Palacio Barolo, often mentioned in this blog as one of the city’s highlights. If architecture and literature are you’re thing, then surely you will enjoy both the documentary and a visit to the place itself. Find timetables here.

Dromomanos by Luis Ortega

Argentine film maker Luis Ortega depicts an estranged and marginal world where he tells the tale of five wanderers who roam the city’s streets and a shanty town, each with their own coping strategy (a trio fascinated with pigs, an alcoholic psychiatrist and a neuropsychiatric patient who believes to have found the love of his life). The world the director shows is nocturnal and lyrical, imprinting his artistic vision of the city and the characters that explore it. More information here.

Joy Division  and Meeting People is Easy by Grant Gee

These two documentaries, one about Joy Division, the other about Radiohead’s 1997 OK Computer tour, are built in a way that the bands’ idiosyncrasies are depicted through the visual decisions and the points of view that the director chooses to describe them. More information here.

This year also features a special program for children (BAFICITO) where two animated films -Supernovas, a love story between a rocket scientist and a star, and Victor y Garu, about the intergalactic adventures of two friends-  will be screened at the Planetarium. See program here.

There will also be free outdoor screenings of eight films (two of them for children) at Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario. Find the program here.

The full BAFICI program is available here. We recommend you buy tickets as soon as you can as they do sell out fast.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by J)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. 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.

In the evening the talented flamenco dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, will be putting on a show at  Parque Centenario at 8pm.

 

Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

barolotours@gmail.com

 

Parque Centenario

Avenida Díaz Vélez 5463

4982 4252

 

Tuesday

(Photo by Quimbaya)

An exhibition on the storefront windows of the historic La Estrella pharmacy is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad.

In the evening head to traditional cafe Los 36 Billares for a live tango show with dancing staring at 9pm.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Los 36 Billares

Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown

4381-5696

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Valerie Everett)

A special exhibit of clothing and accessories related to weddings and family from 1870-1915  is being showcased at the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano Isaac Fernandez Blanco.

In the evening head to 878 bar in Palermo where renowned cocktail artist Tato Giovannoni will be preparing drinks thought the week.

 

Museo de Arte Hispano Americano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

 

878

Thames 878, Palermo

4773-1098

 

Thursday

(Photo by blmurch)

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 Sivory Museum, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens.

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.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by capitu)

Experiment with your senses at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat,  in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 3pm-5.30pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

Also in the area is La Catedral where you can take an informal tango lesson at 7.30pm or at 9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro

Telephone: 4342-4794

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by CateIncBA)

Check out one of the documentaries at DocBsAs, the annual documentary festival.  Program available here.

Sunday won’t offer much in terms of activities as it is Election Day, so it is a good chance to walk around the city to see architectural landmarks such as the Puente de la Mujer and the Cavannagh building. Restaurants will be open although alcohol will not be served on Saturday evening or Sunday.