This Week in Buenos Aires

Plenty of alternative and off the beaten path activities will be hosted this week in Buenos Aires after a long and rainy weekend! Between the announcement of the presidential candidates and all the live music and theatre options, the city is sure to be abuzz.

Tuesday

(Picture taken in the Evita museum by Brian Negin)

Start the week by visiting the Evita Museum to find out more about this emblematic political figure. Guided tours in English can be booked in advance and last about an hour.

In the evening, head to the stately Claridge Hotel’s tea parlor for a free concert by Opera Singer Elena Tasisto at 7pm.

Evita Museum

Lafinur 2988

4807-0306

Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Claridge Hotel

Tucumán 535

4314-2020

Wednesday

(9 de Julio and Corrientes Avenue by everdaniel)

Take a walk down Corrientes Avenue and stop by the Gran Rex Theatre for a free Vivaldi concert at 1pm.  Only 9 blocks away is the best pizza in town at El Cuartito.

Later in the evening you can catch the stunning Fuerza Bruta show being staged until Friday at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.

If you’re up for drinks, or some vegetarian food, head to Magdalena’s Party in Palermo, which opens from 8pm-3am.

Gran Rex Theatre

Av. Corrientes 857

4322-8000

El Cuartito

Talcahuano 937

4816-1758

Magdalenas Party

Thames 1795, Palermo

4833.9127

Thursday

(Museo Penitenciario by Edgar Zuniga Jr.)

Weather forecasts predict rain for Thursday so it’s a good day to visit museums. An interesting alternative is the Museo Penitenciario (the penitentiary museum) set in a building that dates back to 1732.  The display traces the history of the federal prison activity and shows objects, and archives.

Later on visit the Festival en Pantalla Chica, in the Centro Cultural Rojas, which will be screening a selection of the “Best youtube videos” At 7pm.

In the evening the Ernesto Jodos Trio will be playing jazz at Thelonious at 9.30pm.

Museo Penitenciario

Humberto Primo 378, San Telmo

4361-0917.

tomuseopenitenciario@spf.gov.ar

Opening Hours: Thur-Sun 2pm-6pm.

Guided tours: 5pm

Centro Cultural Rojas

Corrientes 2038

4954-5521

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo

4829-1562

Friday

(Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo by Iggykaser)

Inside a beautiful French style building you will find The Decorative Art Museum, which showcases a collection of local and foreign objects and furniture. Currently they are also hosting a temporary exhibit of Swedish ceramics. 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 British Arts center is staging Chekhov’s “The Marriage Proposal” at 9pm.

For some live music later on, head to Thelonious, where Pipi Piazzolla  (Astor Piazzollas grandson) will be playing at midnight.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

Av.del Libertador 1902

4801-8248

museo@mnad.org

British Arts Center

Suipacha 1333, downtown

4393-6941

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo

4829-1562

Saturday and Sunday

(Book Tower of Babel. skaycito)

Last few days to visit the Book Tower of Babel installed in the center of town.  Plaza San Martin from midday-8pm.

On Sunday head to the beautiful Japanese gardens where a Reiki marathon will be taking place.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares from 10am-6pm.

This Week in Buenos Aires

The 9th National Dance Championship, the Quilmes Rock Festival, the International Human Rights Film Festival, Marta Minujin’s art installation, a Tower of Babel made of books, and Arte BA, the country’s most important art fair all take place this week.

Monday:

(Palermo Corner by André M.)

The Palermo area is great to walk around and explore. Small cafes, great and unexpected stores by independent designers and contemporary galleries such as Braga Mendez Gallery, Milo Locket art space  and Galeria Foster Catena  are well worth visiting.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts.  For some great post dancing pizza, head to nearby Los Cocos and order a fugazetta pizza, an onion and mozzarella local specialty.

Book your visit to Marta Minujin’s art installation “Tower of Babel” made of books.

La Bomba del Tiempo at Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

4864-3200

Los Cocos

Córdoba, Av. 3303, Almagro

4963-0457

 

Tuesday:

(Marta Minujin´s Tower of Babel by Gustav´s)

With your previously booked place, visit local reknown artist Marta Minujin’s Tower of Babel made of books which is being displayed in Plaza San Martin. Whilst in the area, check out the Cavanagh Building, and the glorious Retiro area.

In the evening head to the Wherever Bar which specializes in whiskies, and British rock. Their happy hour is from 5pm-9pm.

Tower of Babel

Plaza San Martín

Opening hours: 11am-10pm

Wherever Bar

Fray Justo de Oro 2476, Palermo

4777-8029

whereverbar@hotmail.com.ar

Wednesday

Robert Doisneau- Picasso et Francoise Gilot

Visit French Robert Doisneau’s photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, which is half a block away from the famous must see cemetery. For a sweet treat and some warm afternoon tea, head to close by Sirop Folie.

In the evening head to La Viruta to watch some of the local dance talents as they compete in the 9th city dance competition to the sound of melodious milongas and soulful tangos.

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junín 1930

Opens: Mon-Fri  2pm-9pm.

Saturdays and Sundays 10am-9pm

4803 104

Sirop Folie

Vicente Lopez 1661, Pasaje del Correo, Recoleta

4813-5900

9th National Dance Championship

La Viruta

Armenia 1366, Palermo

4774-6357

Entrance fee: 30 pesos

The show starts at midnight.

Thursday

(ArteBA 2009 by manuchis)

Arte BA is a contemporary art fair hosted every year in Buenos Aires and showcasing some of the most talented and prestigious artists of today’s scene.  Also in the area are the Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

In the evening Jack Johnson plays in the Quilmes Rock Festival, (tickets here), Michael Bolton plays in Luna Park (tickets here) and Motley Crue present themselves in Estadio Malvinas Argentinas (tickets here).

Arte BA

La Rural

Av. Sarmiento 2704

4816-8704

Entrance Fee: 38 pesos

Opening Hours 1pm-9pm

Friday

(Vintage beer ad)

Visit the city’s museum headquarters housed in a legendary building once belonging to the Munich Brewery. The museum, in Puerto Madero and close to the ecologic reserve, is showcasing the brewery’s vintage advertisements from 1920’s-1957.

In the evening Jamiroquai will get the crowds revved up for the Quilmes Rock Festival. Another great option is Le Bar’s Pompeya party.

Museum Headquarters

Cerveceria Munich

Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero

4516-0944

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm

Tour guides in English must be booked: 4516-0944 int.215

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Downtown

5219-0858

Saturday and Sunday

(San Isidro Cathedral by Juan Pablo G. Volonté)

Take a day trip to the San Isidro neighborhood in the outskirts of the city and visit Quinta Los Ombues, one of the oldest homestead in the city where a small historical museum is displayed overlooking a beautiful viewpoint of San Isidro. Close by is the San Isidro cathedral and an artisans fair in a shaded park. Also in San Isidro is the Casa de Victoria OCampo well worth visiting and having some tea with scones in.

On Saturday evening Tricky is presenting his tenth album “Mixed Race” at 7pm in Groove.  Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo. Tickets here.

On Sunday evening the dance competition closes with a milonga at the corner of Av. San Juan and Av. Boedo.