Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Leandro Alem

alem 2PH: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

La Avenida Leandro Alem, que lleva el nombre del fundador del partido político Unión Cívica Radical (UCR), abarca 13 cuadras desde Plaza San Martín hasta la Casa Rosada, sede del Poder Ejecutivo, y ofrece una lección de historia política y económica argentina.

Para comenzar el recorrido, conviene arrancar desde Plaza San Martín que además de brindar la sombra de sus árboles, es donde está situado el Monumento a los caídos en Malvinas. El Edificio Kavanagh, sobre uno de los laterales de la plaza, es otro punto emblemático de la ciudad, y cruzando la Avenida, está la Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina donde se ubica la histórica Torre Monumental. Un poco más adelante, sobre los laterales de Leandro Alem, se elevan torres y bancos que conforman la zona comercial central de la ciudad. Entre los edificios más emblemáticos de la zona, se encuentran la Torre Catalinas Norte, que lleva el nombre de un amor no correspondido de Alem, y otros como la torre IBM y el Edificio Alas. Frente a la Torre Catalinas, el Club Danés, ubicado en el piso 12 del Edificio Dinamarca, es una excelente opción de almuerzo los días de semana con vista panorámica al río.

Cruzando la Avenida Corrientes, punto desde el cual se puede ver el Obelisco, está el Centro Cultural Kirchner, ex Correo Argentino, que ofrece una variedad interesante de propuestas culturales. Algunas oficinas estatales completan el recorrido que desemboca en la Casa Rosada y en Plaza de Mayo. Durante los fines de semana y feriados se pueden hacer tours de la Casa Rosada antes de cruzar hacia San Telmo para recorrer la feria de antigüedades y parar a tomar un café en algunos de los bares emblemáticos de la ciudad.

 

Buenos Aires Agenda: September/Septiembre 2015

Monday/Lunes

bombo

(Photo by Bernie Durfee)

The MALBA is still showcasing the Polesello exhibit, as well as Teresa Burga’s work, plus is now the controversial new home of the obelisk’s tip. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

En el MALBA, continua la muestra de Polesello, asi como también la exhibición del trabajo de la artista Teresa Burga, además de ser la nueva y polémica sede de la punta del obelisco. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cocktails en el after-office de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la ya famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo, va a estar presentándose, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

al

(Photo by Davide Mancini)

The FIBA international theatre festival continues staging unique performances until the end of the week.

At 9pm, renowned jazz musician Al Jarreau will be staging a live show at the Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Tickets here.

El festival internacional de teatro FIBA continúa con su programación única hasta finalizar la semana.

A las 21hs., el reconocido músico de jazz, Al Jarreau, se presenta en el Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Entradas aquí.

Wednesday/Miércoles

headbanging

(Photo by Davide Mancini)

Guided tours at 3pm of  Manzana de las Luces, an old Jesuit residence from the 1700’s in the San Telmo area are well worth the experience! Peru 272, San Cristobal.

In the evening, System of a Down and Deftones will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

A las 15hs recomendamos sumarse a un recorrido de la Manzana de las Luces, una residencia jesuita en San Telmo del 1700. Perú 272, San Cristóbal.

A la noche, System of a Down y Deftones se presentan en GEBA. Entradas aquí

Thursday/Jueves

tap dance

(Photo by gyanlopez)

The stunning Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo in Recoleta is featuring a new exhibit of objects crafted in silver. The museum’s permanent collection is also well worth visiting, and their courtyard café- Croque Madame is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up coffee and a pastry.Av. Libertador 1902, Recoleta

Later on, head to Club Niceto where Giorgio Moroder will be getting the dance floor into motion. He will also be presenting himself at Niceto on Friday. Tickets here.

El Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo en Recoleta está exhibiendo una nueva colección de platería artesanal. También vale la pena visitar la colección permanente del museo y parar en Croque Madame, el café situado en el patio, un lugar perfecto para parar a la tarde a disfrutar de un café con alguna pastelería francesa. Av. Libertador 1902, Recoleta.

Por la noche en Club Niceto, Giorgio Moroder calienta la pista de baile a partir de las 21hs. También se presenta el viernes. Entradas aquí. 

Friday/Viernes

musical

(Photo by John Schneider)

Take a day trip to La Campiña, a 25 year old orange farm in the Buenos Aires town of San Pedro. Visits include a tour of the orange plantation, of a dovecot, of the jam making area, the storage room and restaurant. More information here.

In the evening, Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull will be staging a live show at Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Tickets here.

Recomendamos una excursión de día a La Campiña, una plantación de naranjos en San Pedro. La visita incluye un recorrido de la plantación, de un palomar, de la dulcería, el almacén y un restaurante. Más información aquí.

A la noche, el cantante y flautista de Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, se presenta en vivo en el Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday /Sábado y Domingo

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday at 4pm, Slipknot will be rocking at GEBA. Tickets here.

Also on Saturday, at 9pm, Katy Perry will be staging a live show at the Palermo racetracks. Tickets here.

In the evening of both Saturday and Sunday, Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull will be staging a live show at Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Tickets here.

On Sunday, from 10.20 am onwards, Italian celebrations will be taking place at Av. de mayo and Bolívar.

Haga su reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante irlandesa. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a las 16hs. toca Slipknot en GEBA. Entradas aquí.

También el sábado, a las 20hs. va a estar Katy Perry en el Hipódromo de Palermo. Entradas aquí.

El sábado y domingo a la noche, el cantante y flautista de Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, se presenta en vivo en el Teatro Gran Rivadavia. Entradas aquí.

El domingo a partir de las 10.30 Buenos Aires celebra Italia en Av. de mayo y Bolívar.

At the Buenos Aires Core: Av. Corrientes

Avenida Corrientes is one of the city’s most emblematic avenues and spans from Puerto Madero to the Chacarita cemetery. Known as the street that never sleeps, due to the many theatres and cafes that line it, it is full of history and local identity.

 

(Photo by ‘J’)

It’s hard to believe that the lively avenue was once a narrow dirt road, but that is how it started out in the XVIII century. When Domingo Acasssuso inaugurated the San Nicolás de Bari temple (where the obelisk is today and where the Argentine flag was first raised in Buenos Aires), the street began to acquire a greater importance and progressively expanded. It had many different names and finally settled on Corrientes in 1822 to honor the Corrientes province’s involvement in the Argentine independence.

During the early 20th century, the first theatres began to open as well as cafes and restaurants. Tango was acquiring a great popularity in the city and the Abasto area boomed with Corrientes Av. at its heart.

 

(Photo by Evandro Flores)

Today, Av. Corrientes is one of the cultural epicenters of the city where live music acts, film screenings and theatre are always on offer. The Revue and music hall are genres that have been locally accepted and their main attractions are scantily dressed feather clad vedettes (female singers and entertainers). The area is also known for its bookstores, traditional cafe’s such as La Giralda and Gato Negro, and pizza venues such as Las Cuartetas and Guerrin.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by yo_axolotl)

Head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

In the evening Japanese flute and drum artists, Kaoru Watanabe & Shinzui Daiko, will be playing a special concert at the Teatro del Globo downtown starting 9pm. Marcelo T. de Alvear 1155, Downtown. Tickets available at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

Tuesday

(Photo by jazzfestwien)

Pablo Siquier is an Argentine artist known for his impressive murals and installations. Throughout March a special exhibit held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will be displaying some of his more experimental work from the eighties and nineties. Junín 1930, Recoleta. 4803 1040. Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.

Later on stop by Sugar and meet other fellow travelers at the Beerlingual Bilingual Trivia Night from 7pm-9pm. Costa Rica 4619¸ Palermo.

Brazilian bossa nova king Caetano Veloso and his son Moreno Veloso will be staging a show at the Gran Rex. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo of Xul Solar painting by The Wide Wide World.)

Head to the intimate Xul Solar art museum where you will find artists Xul Solar´s  colorful metaphysical dreamlike paintings, and also some of his nutty but brilliant inventions, such as a new global language, and the Panjuego, a game which he made up and played with many of his friends including Borges whose books he sometimes illustrated. 4824-3302.Monday to Friday from midday- 8pm.Saturday from midday to 7pm. Laprida 1212, Palermo.

Also in Palermo is  Fueguia, a scent lab where you can sniff out nature, or aromatic blends reminiscent of writers such as Borges. Cabello 3791, 2 J, Palermo. 4806-5619.

Thursday

(Photo by derekGavey)

The San Telmo Art Walk is offered by JuaneleAR from Tuesday to Friday at 3pm and guides you through the who is who and what is what of the neighborhood`s art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries; a great way to get to know the current Buenos Aires art scene whilst getting to know the charm of San Telmo neighborhood. More information 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

(Photo of Basquiat paintings by mauidw)

Don´t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

In the evening, head to the Barrancas de Belgrano parks to see how dance interacts with urban landscapes at the Ciudanza festival, starting at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Silvio Tanaka)

On Saturday don´t miss the Orchid exhibit at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.

On Sunday, the TC2000,  will allow for the city to witness some unique car racing at the obelisco, downtown.

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

(Photo by slaff)

Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

(Photo by morrissey)

Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

(Photo by InnerCore)

Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

(Photo by matt.hintsa)

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.

Tonight All Night-La Noche en Vela

Those of us lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires this weekend will be able to enjoy an atipical Saturday all nighter insipired by the french ¨Nuit Blanche.¨ Free activities ranging from 3D mapping proyections, to live music, outdoor theatre, contemporary dance, acrobats, angels, fireworks and book readings will be held in the landmarks of Buenos Aires throught the whole night from 7pm to 7am in the morning. Highlights to check out include a 3D mapping in the recoleta cementary, theatre in Palacio Barolo and the Botanical Gardens, the Moscu Symphonic Orchestra at the Obelisco, amongst many others that you can check out here. Aditionally, tour buses will be working all night and special promotions will be offered by restaurants, cafes and bars which will extend their opening hours!