2012 Tango Championship

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Visitors who have come to the city enthusiastic to see some of the best tango in the country are in for a treat these weeks.

The 2012 Tango Championship will be taking place from the 10th to the 26th of May and will present a great opportunity to watch top-notch dancers strut their stuff at different milongas around the city.

The categories that will be included in the championship are Tango, Milonga, Vals, and Milongueros del Mundo.  Semi finals will take place on the 23rd of May at the well-known La Viruta in Palermo. Finals will take place on the 26th of May at La Usina in La Boca and will be free of charge, however tickets must be picked up in advance at the Casa de La Cultura on Av. de Mayo from midday-5pm on the previous day.

Winners will be dancing at the Tango world championship in August.

Find more information and the full program here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Monday is the last chance to stop by the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos and the fair is open from 2pm-10pm. Find the full program of activities here.

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 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.

 

Tuesday

                                     

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The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta is hosting a special exhibit on renowned Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik. The museum is open from 1pm-7pm. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

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

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The international circus festival, Polo Circo will be taking place until the 14th of May, and is a great opportunity to check out some of the most talented acrobats and circus shows around the world! Find the full program here.

Don’t miss Mora Godoy: Chantecler Tango, a tango musical directed by the British Stephen Rayne, that is being staged at the Teatro Alvear from Wednesday’s-Sunday’s. Avda. Corrientes 1659, Downtown. 4373-4245.

 

Thursday

 

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A new temporary exhibit will be displayed at the Espacio Virrey Liniers showcasing the latest archeological explorations of Buenos Aires city. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-7pm. Venezuela 469, Montserrat.

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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Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening, don’t miss the Tango Championship where the country’s best dancers will show the best of their abilities.  Find the full program here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective, finding what they normally wouldn’t on a typical tourist location. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. Upcoming locations are listed on the Foto Ruta webpage.

On Saturday don’t miss the free jazz concert at Boris Club de Jazz where singer-songwriter María Eva will be presenting Ciclo Bienestar at 11.30pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Every Sunday until the 13th of May from 1pm-4pm there will be live tango music and milongas at the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880. Aristóbulo Del Valle 1100, La Boca

Buenos Aires Polo Circo 2012

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Although recent in the city, the annual international circus festival has rapidly expanded over the years. This year it will take place from the 3rd to the 14th of May and will be hosting dazzling circus acts from around the world at the traditional Polo Circo venue, as well as the newly added Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya, Espacio Cultural Carlos Gardel, Espacio Cultural Adán Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural San Martín and the Centro Municipal de Exposiciones.

The program features shows by circuses from France, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Chile and of course Argentina. At the Polo Circo venue there will also be free shows by independent acts one hour before the official performances begin. Additionally there will be a Bar del Circo from 10pm onwards with live bands, drinks and DJ´s.

National shows are free of charge and international presentations cost between 30-60 pesos. The full program is available here and tickets can be purchased here.

May in the City

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Festivals and Events

UMF: The renowned international electronic music festival will be taking place on Saturday the 5th of May. Justice will be playing live, as well as John Digweed amongst others. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Polo Circo: The International Circus Festival will be held from the 3rd to the 14th of May. Find the full program here.

Buenos Aires Tango Championship: From the 10-26th of May the Buenos Aires Tango Championship will be held in all of the popular tango venues of the city. Find the full program here.

On the 25th of May, Argies also celebrate Independence Day making for a great excuse to try typical dishes such as locro and pastelitos.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Colón Theatre program and MALBA’s new exhibits.

Live Concerts

Duran Duran- The new wave British rock band will be presenting a live show at the Luna Park on the 4th and 5th of May. Tickets here.

Noel Gallagher- Oasis front man brings his new solo album “High Flying Birds” to Club GEBA on the 6th of May. Tickets here.

Crosby, Stills & Nash- The classic 70’s folk rock band will be staging a live show at the Luna Park on the 6th of May. Tickets here.

The Kooks: The popular British Indie band will be presenting their new record “Junk of the Heart” at the Luna Park on the 14th of May.  Tickets here.

Buena Vista Social Club- The sensational Cuban orchestra, made Famous by a Wim Wenders documentary on their music, will be playing at the Teatro Vorterix on the 21st of May. Tickets here.