This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo-centered peña serves traditional food and stages live shows as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

Tuesday

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Wednesday

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Book your place for a unique afternoon of wine, tapas and Argentine fashion (think amazing leather bags, jewelry and more) at the Fierro Hotel garden from 5pm-8pm. Organized by Shop Hop BA and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com

The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival kicks off at 8.30pm at the Usina del Arte in La Boca with a show by the Tom Harrel Quintet. The festival will take place until the 26th of November, promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

British band Pulp will also be staging a live concert at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Friday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

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! 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.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Buenos Aires Open Air Market will be taking place throughout the weekend at Barrancas de Belgrano, offering fresh organic produce and more!

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

Buenos Aires Design Tours

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Buenos Aires is internationally known for its great local design scene. Anyone who has walked San Telmo and Palermo, explored BAF week shows or searched for designer shoes, clothes and more knows that there is a lot to choose from. Buenos Aires Design Tours is not only a way to filter through the wide variety of options, but also, a great way to learn more about each designer and the local scene.

The tours are carried out by local designers who really know their stuff. They offer a San Telmo tour, a Palermo tour, a tango shoe tour that is followed by a tango show and dinner, and specialized or customized tours of flea markets, design fairs, shows and more.

If you’re looking to shop while learning about the city and the flourishing local design scene then you should definitely give these tours a go.

Humberto Primo 400 | San Telmo.  0054 911 624 7869. More information here.

BAF Week Spring-Summer 2012/2013

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As spring approaches so do new the new trends for the colorful and bright warmer seasons.  BAF week brings us everything new in the world of fashion and with a unique theme this edition that combines fashion with street art.

From the 7th to the 10th of August Garza Lobos teams up with Jaz, Juana de Arco with Pum Pum, Vicki Otero with Consuelo Vidal, Mariana Dappiano with Luna Portnoi, Cora Groppo with Natalia Molinero, Rudbeckia with Tian Dink and Jessica Trosman with Lean Frizzera. The results are colorful explosions of unique prints and lines.

Most runway shows will be taking place at La Rural from 1pm to 10pm. There will also be runway shows by invitation only at Paseo Alcorta, and the Semillero UBA runway show at Paseo Alcorta on Friday at 3pm which is open to the public and showcases upcoming designers. Tickets to La Rural are 30pesos for the day or 80pesos with preferential seating.

Some of the recommended shows include:

Juana de Arco– Tuesday 7pm. Presenting a collection full of prints and neon colors inspired by spray paint.

Vero Ivaldi– Wednesday 7pm. Presenting a collection that represents the idea of movement taken from the Muybridge studies, and frame-by-frame cinematography.

Fabian Zitta– Thursday 8pm. Presenting a collection for men and women inspired by the movements of water.

Garza Lobos-Thursday 9pm. Presenting a collection inspired in John Hubley, Paul Gauguin, and the Hungarian Herend porcelain.

Mariana Dappiano- Friday 6pm. Presenting a collection full of colorful references to confetti and party favors.

The full schedule can be found 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.

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.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to the MAMBA (Modern Art Museum) in San Telmo to see the special Bruno Dubner photography exhibit. Museum opening hours: Mon- Fri from 12.00am to 7.00pm, Sat & Sun from 11.00am to 8.00pm. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001/2970.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone for some live acoustic guitar music by Jerónimo Guiraud at 8pm, and a wonderful plate of homemade pasta. Gorriti 5737 tel 47764247 reservas@ilballo.tv

 

Wednesday

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Should the rain continue, as forecasted, head to one of the city’s indoor attractions such as the Colón theatre, or the Ateneo Grand Splendid (one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!). Afterwards you can stop by one of our recommended spots for 5 o’clock tea.

In the evening head to the upbeat and colorful AcaBar for some great drinks and board games. Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo. 4772-0845.

 

Thursday

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For those who want to check out the 2012 Autumn-Winter fashion don’t miss the runway shows at Buenos Aires Fashion week, being held this week at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. The full list or runway shows is available 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

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Finally the sun will allow for some outdoor enjoyment. Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday at 5pm, the San Martin Theatre Contemporary Ballet will be staging the 8 Estaciones Ballet (8 Seasons Ballet), a show that alternates each of Vivaldi´s 4 Seasons with the Piazzola versions. Av. Corrientes 1530, Downtown. 0800-333-5254.

On Sunday, Morrissey will be staging a live show at Estadio GEBA. Marcelino Freyre 3381, Palermo. Tickets available here.

Buenos Aires Fashion Week

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Spring-summer collections will be showcased all week at this year’s second edition of BAF Week, anticipating new designs and tendencies, and the warm months to come. The concept behind this season’s event is denim, so variations of this popular fabric are to be expected.  This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in the flourishing local design scene as runway shows and stands will bring the best of Argentine fashion together. Our top picks are Tramando by Martin Churba,  Marcelo Serna, and Mariana Dappiano.

Tramando by Martin Churba– Martin Churba, the talented designer behind Tramando began more than 15 years ago as a textile artist. In 2002 he opened his clothing line combining textile design with the fabrication of unique clothes. For this collection the premise is Fashion Now (after presenting a Retro collection for Autumn-Winter). The collection will be presented on Tuesday 9th of August at 5 pm in La Rural.

Marcelo Senra-  This Salta native brings an ethnic imprint to his unique design. His creations transform South American materials, textures, knits, forms, colors and patterns into modern urban styles modern life bringing both worlds together. For this collection he was inspired by nature and the senses working with different textures in his fabrics and incorporating natural elements such as seeds. His collection will be showcased on Wednesday 10th of August at 5 pm in La Rural.

Mariana Dappiano-As Martin Churba, Mariana Dappiano is also a textile and clothing designer and brings her knowledge and creation of the fabric into her design. Her artistic approach to design has led her to work with renowned plastic artists Marta Minujin and Nicolas Garcia and has brought her designs to the MALBA museum and the Colon Theatre amongst others. For this collection she was inspired by the relationships amongst mothers, daughters, sisters amongst other forms of womanhood using very colorful and pictorial textiles which incorporate sinewy lines and splashes. The runway show will be held on Friday 12th of August at 6pm.

We recommend you get tickets in advance for each runway show as there is limited seating availability. Tickets are available from 2pm-8pm at the event, which is at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. Their cost is 30 or 70 pesos depending on general or preferential seating. More information about BAF Week shows and designers here.