Buenos Aires Avenues: Leandro Alem

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Named after the UCR political party founder Leandro Alem, this bustling avenue spans from Plaza San Martín to Casa Rosada (Pink House), where government headquarters are located, and is a lesson in Argentine political and economic history.

You can start the tour at Plaza San Martín  which is full of shady trees and also where the Monument to the soldiers fallen in Malvinas/Falklands is placed. The neighboring Kavanagh building is another important landmark, and in front of Plaza San Martín, in the Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina, is  the Torre Monumental clock tower  which is another of the city’s historical sites. Further on, a few blocks with skyscrapers and banks form part of the central commercial district of the city, and here you will find some emblematic skyscrapers such as Torre Catalinas Norte, named after Alem’s unrequited love, and others such as the IBM tower and the Alas building. In front of Catalinas is the Edificio Dinamarca, which on weekdays has a good Danish lunch spot, Club Danés, on the 12th floor with a great view of the river and skyline.

Crossing Corrientes Avenue (from where you can see the Obelisco), the Centro Cultural Kirchner, once the central post office of the city, is well worth the visit and offers a lot of interesting exhibits and cultural activities. Other government offices line Alem until reaching the famous Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo, where government headquarters are located. Don’t miss out on one of the weekend tours before losing yourself on the other side in the San Telmo district as you look for antiques and a nice place to stop for coffee

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

April 2nd is a national holiday as it is Veterans Day and commemorates the fallen Malvinas soldiers. The long weekend will be full of activities detailed below.

Saturday

Throughout the weekend three city parks will be displaying unique contemporary dance performances for the Ciudanza festival, which seeks to fuse dance with urban landscapes. More information here.

Malvinas 30 Años, an exhibit by Adrián Rocha Novoa being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, invites visitors to reflect upon the war in 1982 and its effects on the present. Opening hours: Sat, Sun and national holidays from 10am-9pm. Junin 1930, Recoleta

Training and classification rounds of the TC2000 car race will be held on Saturday from 10 am-6.30pm. The racing circuit, on the streets of Buenos Aires, will be on Avenida 9 de Julio between Viamonte and Av. De Mayo, Diagonal Norte and Av. De Mayo and between Bolivar and Av. 9 de Julio.

The MALBA is featuring two new exhibits well worth visiting.  Bye Bye American Pie explores the cultural transformation of the United States through the pieces of seven renowned American contemporary artists; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Nolan and Paul Mc Carthy. Brailles y relecturas de la Biblia, is an important exhibit on Leon Ferrari, an Argentine artist who, like his American counterparts, also explores themes relating to cultural and political dominance. Open midday-8pm. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta. 4808-6500.

The Japanese Gardens in Palermo will be showcasing over 200 orchid species at their 32nd Orchid exhibit “Otoño con Orquideas.” Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

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 every day life in a different way.  Open from 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

At 9pm The Centro Cultural Recoleta 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. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

The electro-tango Tanghetto will be presenting a live show at the ND Ateneo at 9pm. Tickets here.

Argentine guitar virtuoso Luis Salinas will be staging a show at La Trastienda starting at 11.30pm. Tickets here.

Reputed percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be filling the night with rhythm from midnight onwards at a party held at the Centro Cultural Konex. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200.

Sunday

Throughout the weekend three city parks will be displaying unique contemporary dance performances for the Ciudanza festival, which seeks to fuse dance with urban landscapes. More information here.

Malvinas 30 Años, an exhibit by Adrián Rocha Novoa being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, invites visitors to reflect upon the war in 1982 and its effects on the present. Opening hours: Sat, Sun and national holidays from 10am-9pm. Junin 1930, Recoleta

Training and classification rounds of the TC2000 car race will be held on Saturday from 10 am-6.30pm. The racing circuit, on the streets of Buenos Aires, will be on Avenida 9 de Julio between Viamonte and Av. De Mayo, Diagonal Norte and Av. De Mayo and between Bolivar and Av. 9 de Julio.

The MALBA is featuring two new exhibits well worth visiting.  Bye Bye American Pie explores the cultural transformation of the United States through the pieces of seven renowned American contemporary artists; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Nolan and Paul Mc Carthy. Brailles y relecturas de la Biblia, is an important exhibit on Leon Ferrari, an Argentine artist who, like his American counterparts, also explores themes relating to cultural and political dominance. Open midday-8pm. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta. 4808-6500.

The Japanese Gardens in Palermo will be showcasing over 200 orchid species at their 32nd Orchid exhibit “Otoño con Orquideas.” Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

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 every day life in a different way.  Open from 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

At 9pm The Centro Cultural Recoleta 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. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

American indie-rock band Cage the Elephant will be presenting “Thank You, Happy Birthday” at La Trastienda at 9pm. Tickets here.

Niceto Club will be hosting a new edition of their Undertones party at 12.20pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Monday

Malvinas 30 Años, an exhibit by Adrián Rocha Novoa being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, invites visitors to reflect upon the war in 1982 and its effects on the present. Opening hours: Sat, Sun and national holidays from 10am-9pm. Junin 1930, Recoleta

The MALBA is featuring two new exhibits well worth visiting.  Bye Bye American Pie explores the cultural transformation of the United States through the pieces of seven renowned American contemporary artists; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Nolan and Paul Mc Carthy. Brailles y relecturas de la Biblia, is an important exhibit on Leon Ferrari, an Argentine artist who, like his American counterparts, also explores themes relating to cultural and political dominance. Open midday-8pm. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta. 4808-6500.

The Japanese Gardens in Palermo will be showcasing over 200 orchid species at their 32nd Orchid exhibit “Otoño con Orquideas.” Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

As usual reputed percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be setting the beat at the Centro Cultural Konex. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200.

A tango peña will be held at  La Peña del Colorado at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered Peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers 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.