Almagro Tango Festival 2012

tango

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Throughout the week, until the 2nd of December, Almagro, one of the city’s most renowned tango neighborhoods will be hosting their 2012 tango festival. The event will include, tango lessons, live concerts, and more. Find the schedule for upcoming tango events below:

Thursday

7pm- Tango lessons by Soledad Fernández and Eugenia Della Latta at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

9.30 pm- Live tango music by Duo Greco- Liberati with guests Guillermo Fernández and the Orquesta Típica Almagro, and Osvaldo Peredo.  Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- Live tango music by Pablo Motta Quintet at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Friday

9.30pm- Live tango music by Dúo Daniel Binelli – Polly Ferman and Quasimodo Trío at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- Live tango music by Julián Quinteto and Quinteto Tanguísimo at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Saturday

9pm- Elvino Vardano String Orchestra and Juan Pablo Navarro featuring “Fantasía Contrapiazzolisimo” and Quinteto Viceversa featuring  “Tangos nocturnos”.  Special guest: Julio Pane. Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

11pm-  Negro Falótico and Anibal Corniglio´s quintet at Almagro Tango Club, Medrano 688, Almagro.

Midnight- . Amores Tangos at Sanata Bar, Sarmiento 3501, Almagro.

Sunday

Closing ceremony featuring free tango lessons from 3pm and live music by Violentango/Rock de Nylon, Orquesta Típica Ariel Ardit, Orquesta Típica Conciertos Atorrantes and singers Cucuza Castiello, Guillermo Fernández, Alicia Vignola, Osvaldo Peredo, Negro Falotico and Limón García at Plaza Almagro Sarmiento 3800, Almagro.

There will also be seminars and master classes for accordion players, tango dancers and more. More information here.

Whilst in the area don’t miss these great Almagro hotspots!

Emblematic Argentine Tangos

(Photo by Yellow Sky Photography)

La Cumparsita is one of the oldest and most famous tangos. It was written in 1916 by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez as a Uruguayan carnival march and then turned into a tango by Roberto Firpo who included pieces of some of his own tangos and of Verdi´s Ill trovatore. Pascual Contursí and Enrique Pedro Maroni added lyrics later.

Caminito is an emblematic tango of Buenos Aires because it was inspired by the famous location in La Boca that artist Quinquela Martin painted. Juan de Dios Filiberto, who composed the tango in 1926, was friends with the artist and the street took the tango’s name.

Cambalache was written in 1934 by Enrique Santos Discépolo for the film El alma del bandoneon  (The accordion´s soul). It was a criticism to the political upheaval and corruption of the time and was banned during the first military dictatorships.

Mi Buenos Aires Querido is the most commonly associated tango with Gardel. He composed it in 1934 and Alfredo Le Pera gave it its nostalgic lyrics.

Por Una Cabeza is another Gardel/Le Pera anthem from 1935 and is about a compulsive racetrack gambler. It compares the compulsion of gambling on horses with women. The world of the racetracks is very characteristic of Buenos Aires and this tango, as well as other Gardel tangos, is valued for representing it.

Naranjo en Flor is a tango from 1944 written by the Exposito brothers, Virgilio and Homero. The tango talks about the woes of love in the poetic language that Homero Expósito became renowned for.

Sur was composed by the celebrated Anibal Troilo in 1948 with lyrics by none other than Homero Manzi. The tango tells of lost love and through it the changes of the neighborhood or “barrio”, one of tango’s most recurrent themes that is directly linked to the city’s transformations and migratory patterns.

Adios Nonino is one of Astor Piazzolla’s most famous pieces and was recorded in 1959 in memory of his father, a few days after his death.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Stop by Museo Casa Carlos Gardel and learn more about the influential tango composer. Later on stay for the live tango concert starting at 6.30pm. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto.

Bjork will be playing the second of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the Centro de Exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Tuesday

(Photo by Mrs. Logic)

Stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive everyday life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

The legendary alternative nineties rock band, Jane´s Addiction, returns to the city to present their new album, “The Great Escape Artist”, and a selection of the band’s classics.  Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.

Sonic Youth front man, Thurston Moore, will be presenting his new solo album ¨Demolished Thoughts¨ at Niceto Club where he will share the stage with Kurt Vile and The Violators. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by Carlos Marzano)

From 11am-midday there will be a guided tour of the Lucien Hauman Botanical Gardens, which belong the the Buenos Aires agronomy university . To attend the tour you must sign up in advance at visitasguiadas@agro.uba.ar or call 4524-4008. Av. San Martín 4453, Agronomia.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone in Palermo for some homemade pasta and live jazz at 8pm. Gorriti 5950, Palermo.

Starting at 8.30pm Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna will present a concert at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

(Photo by loopdeeloop)

One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting-pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets 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.

Bjork will be playing the third of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency will be presented to the public. On the 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the 21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

Friday

(Photo by Bunnicula)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening don´t miss the festive Bubamara party being held at Salon Real on Friday. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the menu! JD Peron 1391, downtown.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by bogavanterojo)

One of the most popular cultural events in Buenos Aires is the annual international independent film festival (¨Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente¨ BAFICI). Presenting over four hundred films by a great variety of both local and international directors, the festival is a cultural melting pot with something for everyone. Check out the program and buy tickets here.

The Buenos Aires International Folklore Festival takes place annually in La Plata and is a great place for music enthusiasts to become acquainted with a part of the local identity through the native culture. More information here.

On Sunday, starting at 11am, there will be a free concert at the Teatro Colón  featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Start the week by paying a visit to the Carlos Gardel Museum and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. If you stay until 6.30 pm you can watch some live tango.

The Buenos Aires Tango Queer Festival also starts today and will be hosting workshops, classes and dance shows throughout the week. More information here.

In the evening head to La Cigale to participate in the monthly Pub Quiz (in English) where you can meet people and maybe win something!

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2015

La Cigale

25 de Mayo 597, Downtown.

4893-2332

Tuesday

(Photo by claudioruiz)

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. Throughout November there is a photography exhibit about the Mayas at the Rosedal.

In the evening head for a special dinner at  Unik, a newcomer to the Palermo scene  which offers a combination of top quality gourmet dining and modern design.

Unik

Soler 5231, Palermo

4772-2230

info@unik.pro

Open:

Lunch- Tue-Sat 12.30-3pm, Dinner: Mon-Sat 8.30pm-12pm

Wednesday

(Photo by Jack Zalium)

Inside a beautiful French style building you will find The Decorative Art Museum, which showcases a collection of local and foreign objects and furniture. The building in itself makes the museum well worth the visit and the cafe in the courtyard is a lovely place for an afternoon stop.

In the evening the Stone Temple Pilots play at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

Av.del Libertador 1902

4801-8248

museo@mnad.org

Luna Park

Av. Madero 420, Downtown

5279-5279

Thursday

(Photo by MarenYumi)

Head to the stunning new Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero, which is showcasing the center´s opening Ernesto Neto exhibit, curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.

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.

Faena Arts Center

Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero

4010 9233

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 Friday

(Photo by Robert Ostmann)

Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires Graffitimundo offers an off the beaten path tour of the city streets. Group tours are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 3pm for those interested in learning more about the local street art and the political and social context that is behind it. This is a great option to get to know another side of Buenos Aires. More information on meeting points and prices here.

In the evening Alexandre Babel, Nuno Aroso, Bruno Lo Bianco, Martín Diez  and Gonzalo Pérez will be interpreting James Tenney´s contemporary percussion pieces at the Colón Theatre.

Teatro Colón

Cerrito 628, Downtown

4378 7100

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by calafellvalo)

Take a day trip to, La Campiña, a 25 year old orange farm in the Buenos Aires town of San Pedro owned by a couple who wished to turn their love for the land into their life. Visits include a tour of the orange plantation (with the added joy of the orange blossoms perfume in the spring), of the selection process, of a dovecot, jam making area, storage and the restaurant. More information here.

Pop Diva Britney Spears stops by Buenos Aires on her Femme Fatale World Tour to put on one of her famous shows at Estadio Unico de La Plata on Sunday 20th of November. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by ‘J’)

Head to the stunning new Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero, which is showcasing the centers’ opening Ernesto Neto exhibit, curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.

Because the city is celebrating its “cafe-bar day” there will be special deals and performances around the city. We recommend you catch the free tango show at 6pm at the historic Esquina Homero Manzi café.

 

Faena Arts Center

Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero

4010 9233

 

Esquina Homero Manzi

Av. San Juan 3601, Boedo

4957-8488

 

Tuesday

(photo by santiagonostalgico)

Pay a visit to the Bicentennial House where a permanent exhibit of Argentine history is showcased and where you can also access the temporary display on Argentine economic and political history. The museum of the external debt is another alternative for those interested in the economic history of the country.

In the evening the Cuban orchestra, Buena Vista Social Club, will be playing live at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.

 

Casa del Bicentenario (Bicentennial House)

Riobamba 985, downtown

4813.0301

 

Luna Park

Av. Madero 420, downtown

5279-5279

 

Wednesday

(Photo by emehacheese)

Start the day by exploring color and space at the MALBA (museum of Latin American art), which is showcasing an exhibit of Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work centering on these subjects.

In the evening starting 9pm, the Recoleta Cultural Center is staging Hombre Vertiente, an experimental performance including acrobatics, special lighting and interaction with the public, directed by Pichón Baldinu, one of the De La Guarda founders.

 

MALBA

Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808 6500

 

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junin 1930, Recoleta

4803-1040

 

Thursday

(Photo by worldofoddy)

Experiment with your perception 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 5pm-9pm

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

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.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by Rennett Stowe)

Catch a horse race at the Palermo racetracks and whilst you’re there take a look at the temporary exhibit of Gardel by local artists.

In the evening Aerosmith makes a comeback on the stage of Estadio Unico de La Plata. Tickets here.

Friday nights are also great for drinks at posh Isabel Bar.

 

Hipodromo de Palermo (racetracks)

Avenida Del Libertador 4101, Palermo

4778 2800

 

Isabel Bar

Uriarte 1664, Palermo

4834 6969

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by micmol)

The international design festival will be held during the weekend and will be hosting alternative activities such as bike rides through city neighborhoods led by fashion designer Martin Churba,  Olivier Hanocq, and arquitect Emiliano Espasandín. More information here.

Also this weekend Buenos Aires Photo 2011 being held at the Palais de Glace in Recoleta from 1pm to 9pm. More information here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Start the week by paying a visit to the Carlos Gardel Museum and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. If you stay until 6.30 pm you can watch some live tango and at 8pm  a screening of the monthly tango film (with English subtitles!) which is the documentary “Astor Piazzola, La otra cara del tango.” this month.

Later on head to Isabel, a glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior in Palermo that offers great drinks which you trade purchased casino chips (isabelinas) for.

 

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2-15

 

Isabel

1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho

4834 6969

 

Tuesday

(Photo by blmurch)

Take advantage of the sunny forecast and spend some time getting to know the city outdoors on one of the city bike tours.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz for some live music and drinks.

 

Boris Club de Jazz

Gorriti 5568, Palermo

4777-0012

info@borisclub.com.ar

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Julio Costa Zambelli)

Zona Norte- Start the day off with a meditation at 10 pm in the San Fernando Tren de la Costa station where you can also enjoy a nourishing organic breakfast at the organic market. Then continue on to Tigre for a day out on the river.  More information on Tigre and how to get there here.

In the evening stop for drinks at  Rio Café or indulge in one of Hernán Gipponi’s tasting menus. (check out The Lost Asian’s great review of the restaurant.)

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

 

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Thursday

(Photo by boonj)

Head to Plaza de la República (Av. 9 de Julio and Corrientes) to catch a glimpse of Las cajas voyeuristas,  an urban intervention by the Mexican Dora García who stages scenes of forgotten women of Mexican history inside “voyeur boxes” that spectators peek into.  Starting at 1.30pm. More information here.

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.

In the evening the popular Portuguese group, Buraka Som Sistema, bring Kuduro, a music-dance from Angola influenced by  sungura, afrobeat and ragga to Niceto Club in Palermo. Tickets here.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Niceto Club

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4799-9396

 

Friday

(photo by vtveen)

Sign up for one of the city’s religious tours, which take you to different temples and churches in the city for an overview of the religious identity, history and architecture of Buenos Aires. The tours are carried out the first and third Fridays of every month starting at 10AM. Book your place at cultos@buenosaires.gob.ar or visitasguiadasdgcul@yahoo.com.ar, or by phone: 4323-9410 / 4323-8000 int. 2855/2797

In the evening check out the city’s other religion (football)  at the Argentina vs. Chile match, which starts at 8pm at the River Plate Stadium.  Tickets here.

 

River Plate Stadium

Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Belgrano

4789-1200

club@cariverplate.com.ar

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Metropolis by Fritz Lang)

On Saturday the legendary rock band Guns N Roses return to Argentina on their world tour of Chinese Democracy at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

Check out the MALBA´s special screenings of silent films with live music from the National Film Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday there will be a midnight screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and on Sunday at midnight a screening of Metropolis. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

This week in Buenos Aires

Monday:

The Museo Carlos Gardel is a great place to go to  find out more about the tango legend. A temporary exhibition of Mercedes Simone, one of tangos most important female voices, is being hosted.  Additionally the museum offers live music on Mondays at 6.30pm. 

In the evening  Morcheeba is presenting their new album at Estadio Luna Park at 9.30pm.

Jean Jaurés 735, Almagro
4964-2015/2071
Opening hours:  Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 7pm. Tuesdays closed.

Estadio Luna Park
Bouchard 465, Centro, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
 5279-5279 
Mail: info@lunapark.com.ar 
Web: www.lunapark.com.ar
Tickets available at: http://lunapark.ticketportal.com.ar/eventperformances.asp?evt=287

Tuesday

For a magical view of Buenos Aires history take a tour of the “Zanjon de Granados,” a unique experience of urban archaeology and architecture. Later on in the evening have dinner at charming traditional “rotisería”  Miramar which offers typical Spanish influenced Argentine food.

El Zanjon de Granados:
Defensa 755, San Telmo
4361-3002
Tours: Mondays -Friday 10.30 am- 6pm
turismo@elzanjon.com

Miramar
San Juan 1999 Boedo ,
4304-4261 
Tue-Sun 12am-4pm- 8pm-1am

Wednesday

Visit the Evita museum for a closer look at one of Argentinas most controversial political figures.

In the evening at 9pm great opera singer Placido Domingo is offering a free show at the Obelisco.

Evita Museum
contacto@museoevita.org
Lafinur 2988 (1425) Buenos Aires
Tel-  4807 – 0306
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Thursday

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. Thursdays are also the party night of the week and Club Niceto hosts their famous club 69 party.

Palacio Barolo
Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

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

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar  

barolotours@gmail.com

Club Niceto
(+54 11) 4779 9396 / info@nicetoclub.com
Niceto Vega 5510 – C1414BFD – Palermo
Ciudad de Buenos Aires – Argentina
http://www.nicetoclub.com

Friday

Take a stroll down the Botanical Gardens and check out the temporary exhibit of underwater photography being hosted.

In the evening treat yourself to a special dinner at Pura Tierra where owner and chef Martín Molteni offers the best Argentine cuisine using carefully selected seasonal ingredients.

Botanical Gardens
Avenida Santa Fe
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(0)11 4831 4527

Pura Tierra   
3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano
4899 2007
Mon- Sat  8pm to closing

Saturday

“La noche en vela” is a Buenos Aires all nighter event inspired by Paris’s “Nuit Blanche.”  Free activities will be hosted from 7pm to 7am offering a unique experience of contemporary art, music, tango classes, contemporary dance, performances, 3d mapping on the recoleta cemetery and other fun surprises.
For more information on specific activities go to: http://www.nocheenvela.com.ar/

Sunday

After Saturday nights events, Sunday will be a day to get up late and go to Plaza Serrano to check out the independent designers exhibiting at the traditional weekend fair. Whilst your there, Oui Oui is a great tea house close by where you can stop for some well deserved treats!

Oui Oui
Nicaragua 6099, Palermo
5778-9614