This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display until the 20th of June at the Feria Puro Diseño in La Rural. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

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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Whilst touring Recoleta remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

In the evening don’t miss the last function of the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which is being staged at the Colón theatre. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday is a national holiday as National Flag Day is celebrated. For the occasion there will be a special event at the Centro Cultural Recoleta featuring live acts and more from 3.30 pm onwards. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening, renowned Mexican singer Lila Downs will be interpreting typical Mexican music at the Teatro Gran Rex. Tickets here.

 

Thursday

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Whilst visiting the polished Puerto Madero neighborhood make sure to stop by the new Faena Arts Center where two special exhibits by the Cuban art group Los Carpinteros, and by Argentine Daniel Amezoy are being showcased.  Faena Arts Center Aimé Paine 1169

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be promoting her new record Love?  at GEBA. Tickets here.

 

Friday

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Check out the historic  Espacio Virrey Liniers which showcases diferent aspects of the founding of Buenos Aires city. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-7pm. Venezuela 469, Montserrat.

Later on stop by the hip Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a Mimi Maura concert starting at 10pm.  Tickets here.

 

Saturday & Sunday

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Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

On Sunday, the Colón Theatre will be hosting a free violoncello concert starting at 11 am. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the theatre. Cerrito 628, Downtown.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Literature enthusiasts will have a whole week to explore detective fiction at the Buenos Aires Negra festival which will feature book readings, films, theatre, and a fake-trial, amongst others activities. From the 11th-17th of June. Find the full program here.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

 

Tuesday

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Don’t miss the temporary exhibit on Jesuit missionary cultural activities in Latin America, being held at the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Tours of the museum are also available in English with prior booking at 4327-0272 or mifb_educativa@buenosaires.gob.ar. Suipacha 1422, Downtown.

In the evening don’t miss the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which will be staged at the Colón theatre on the 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th of June. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Whilst touring Recoleta don’t forget to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

In the evening head to the Abasto neighborhood for a taste of tango presented by the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro at the Club Atletico Fernández Fierro. Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto. caff@fernandezfierro.com.

 

Thursday

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Stop by Argentina’s national library and learn more about this historically rich site. Guided tours are available on weekdays from 10am-2pm with prior reservation at 4808-6025 visitas@bn.gov.ar. Additionally, the library hosts many exhibits and cultural events. Find a full program here.  Aguero 2502, Palermo. 4808-6040. contacto@bn.gov.ar.

Close to the library is the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua (the book and language museum), also worth visiting. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 2pm-7pm.  Av. Las Heras 2555, Recoleta. 4808-0090.  museodellibro@bn.gov.ar

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

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Visit the Feria de las Artes at the Plazoleta San Francisco on the corner of Alsina and Defensa.  Whilst you’re in the area don’t forget to stop by the Cafe Tortoni for coffee and medialunas (croissants).

In the evening don’t miss the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which will be staged at the Colón theatre on the 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th of June. Tickets here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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The best of contemporary Argentine design will be on display from the 14th to the 20th of June at Feria Puro Diseño in La Rural. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

On Sunday don’t miss the special production of Rinaldo, an opera by Georg Friedrich Händel, which will be staged at the Colón theatre on the 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th of June. Tickets here.

Also on Sunday, to end the Buenos Aires Negra festival, there will be a Venetian Party at FILO starting at 10pm. San Martin 975, Downtown.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Last chance to see the Bye Bye American Pie exhibit at the MALBA 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 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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Head to the Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo, which is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

In the evening don’t miss the special opera production of Oedipus at the Colón theatre. Alex Ollé, from the famous Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus, will be staging this unique coproduced version of the Greek classic.  Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Visit the stunning Palacio Paz where the 2012 Cuisine & Vins Expo will be taking place and indulge your palate with the best that Argentine wineries have to offer. A must for foodie and wine enthusiasts alike! Av. Santa Fe 750, Downtown. From 5pm-11pm. 

In the evening, famous jazz pianist Chick Corea will be presenting Together next to Stanley Clarke and Lenny White at the Gran Rex theatre. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and explore the city’s emerging art and cultural expressions at the Ciudad Emergente festival. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 Dr.House’s leading man, Hugh Laurie, will be presenting his new record Let Them Talk, with The Copper Bottom Band at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Friday

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Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learn to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

Dr.House’s leading man, Hugh Laurie, will be presenting his new record Let Them Talk, with The Copper Bottom Band at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday, don’t miss the Underground Market in Almagro, where for a ten-peso entrance you will have access to artisanal food producers, homemade delicacies, live music and much more! IMPA La Fábrica, Querandíes 4290, Almagro. From midday to 5pm.

Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

On Sunday don´t miss the Don Doko Japanese music presentations featuring unique instruments at the Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares. Palermo.

Colón Theatre 2012 Autumn Program

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The Colón Theatre is one of the city`s most popular attractions. It is internationally known for its beautiful architecture and impeccable acoustics. Touring the Opera House is one option, but the best way to experience its virtues, is by attending one of the Operas, ballets or concerts that are staged throughout the year.

Ticket prices are varied and can range from 30 pesos (approx. 7 USD) standing at the back of the theatre, to approximately 490 pesos ( approx. 100 USD) for front row seating at a ballet and up to 950 pesos (approx. 200USD) for front row seating at the opera. Keep in mind that concerts are cheaper than ballets and operas, and that on some Sunday mornings, concerts are staged for free.

Below is a list of the theatre’s upcoming productions for  April, May and June 2012.(Get tickets here.)

April

Opera:

-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera, based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas, will be staged on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of April.

Ballet:

Carmen: Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th of April.

Concerts:

-Angela Gheorghiu  and  Roberto Alagna with the Colón Theatre Orchestra. 11th of April at 8.30pm.

-Grandezas de espíritu (Grandeur of Spirit)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Piano Soloist: Haochen Zhang. Featuring: Tangazzo by Astor Piazzolla,  Piano Concerto 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev and Symphony Nº 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. 12th of April at 8.30pm.

-Sunday 15th of April- Free concert at 11am featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.

May

Opera:

-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas will be staged on the 2nd and 4th of May.

– Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 29th of May.

Concerts:

-De la Aldea al mundo (From the Village to the World)- Director: Günter Neuhold, Piano Soloist: Saleem Abboud Ashkar.

-Featuring: Segunda Obertura de Concierto, Op.18  by Alberto Williams, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann, and La Vida Breve, interlude and dance, and El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Suites 1 and 2, by  Manuel de Falla. 3rd of May at 8.30pm.

-Bach Akademie Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling  present Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor. 8th of May at 8.30pm.

 -Free concert by string quartet Cuarteto Argentum on Sunday the 13th of May at 11am.

 -Voces celestiales (Celestial Voices)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Mezzosoprano soloist: Frederica von Stade. Featuring a selection of works by Mahler, Canteloube, and Offenbach. 17th of May at  8.30pm.

-Free concert –Homenaje a George Enescu- on Sunday the 20th of May at 11am.

-Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach´s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert´s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin´s twelve studios, Op. 25. 26th of May at 8.30pm.

-Destinos irrepetibles (Unrepeatable Destinies) Director: Guillermo Scarabino, Violoncello Soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich. Featuring: El Tarco en Flor by Luis Gianneo, Violloncello concert in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonin Dvorak, and Symphony Nº 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. 31st of May at 8.30pm.

June

Opera:

-Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 1st, 3rd and 5th of June.

-Rinaldo- Music by Georg Friedrich Händel, Libretto by Giacomo Rossi. (1711) 12th, 15th, 17th and 19th of June.

Concerts:

-Sueños y sonidos (Dreams and Sounds)- Director: Isaac Karabtchevsky, Violin Soloist: Akiko Suwanai. Featuring: “El Guaraní” overture by Antonio Carlos Gomes, Violin Concerto “L´Arbre des Songes” by Henri Dutilleux, and Symphony Nº 6 in D major, Op.60. by Antonin Dvorak. 7th of June at 8.30pm.

 -Russian Pianist Evgueni Kissin presents  Franz Schubert´s Sonata in E-flat major, D. 568,  Ludwig van Beethoven´s 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 (1806), Johannes Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano,  Op. 118 and  Frederic Chopin´s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22. 8th of June at 8.30pm.

 -Free concert by Capilla del Sola and Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco`s resident ensemble featuring anonymous Baroque and classic Jesuit composers. Sunday 10th of June at 11am.

 -Free concert by Violoncellos Argentinos. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Sunday 24th of June at 11am.

March in Buenos Aires

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March marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. As locals return from vacations and the school year starts, the city’s rhythm picks up.

Below are a few of the upcoming events and concerts that will be taking place throughout the month.

Events:

Colón Theatre Season: The Colón Theatre Season kicks off with the opera St.Mark Passion by Osvaldo Golijov and several concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. More information on dates and tickets here.

Presentes Otoño Fair:  The Presentes Otoño interior design fair will be taking place at La Rural from the 15th-18th of March. More information here.

Ciudanza: This annual event brings dance out of the theatre and into the city as urban landscapes become the stage. The selected dancers will be performing at Parque Chacabuco, Parque Lezama and Barrancas de Belgrano from   March 29th-1st of April. More information here.

*The MALBA will be closing some of its exhibit halls from the 12th-24th of March.

Concerts:

Roger Waters: 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18th of March

The British legend that was once part of Pink Floyd will be back to the city and due to the outsold shows will be playing 8 dates at the River Plate Stadium!  Tickets here.

Toquinho: 9th of March

The renowned Brazilian Bossa Nova artist will be staging a live show at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

John Zorn-Masada: 15th of March

Freestyle avant-garde jazz group, Masada, will be playing at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Joe Cocker: 19th of March

The English blues and rock singer will be playing at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: 20th March

The famous 60´s and 70´s rock band will be playing for their loyal local fans at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Michael Bublé:  24th-25th March

Successful Canadian singer and actor, Michael Bublé, will be staging a show at the Luna Park. Tickets here.

Caetano and Moreno Veloso: 27th March

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

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Retiro: This emblematic neighborhood which features the impressive retiro train station, the Torre Monumental, the beautiful Plaza San Martin with its Malvinas monument, and the deco Cavanah building, will charm architecture lovers.

In the evening go to La Cigale for drinks and some live acoustic music from 11pm onwards.

La Cigale,
25 de Mayo 597, downtown.
4893 2332.
Monday-Friday 6pm until late
Saturdays 9pm–4am.
Cash only. Happy hour until 10pm.

Tuesday

Teatro Colon: A synonym of magnificence, the Teatro Colón is one of the most beautiful and prestigious buildings of the city. Internationally recognized for its acoustics and architecture, this is a place to see and experience.  Tours of the theatre are available every day from 9am-3.45pm. We also recommend you see one of the productions being staged.

Later on, you can also check out one of the free music concerts offered by la Casa de la Cultura on Tuesdays.  Featuring tango singer Gladys Reccia this week.  Or for jazz lovers, the swing summit brings together some of Argentinas best jazz musicians at 9.30pm in Notorious.

Teatro Colon
Cerrito 628
4378-7100
http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar

La Casa de la Cultura,
Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Palermo.
4808 0553

Notorious
Callao 966
4813-6888

Wednesday

If want to learn how to make a proper Argentine asado, take a coking class with Teresita! Starting at 11 am, she will take you to the butcher shop to show you the different cuts, then guide you through the preparation of asado and empanadas, and afterwards, allow you to enjoy the meal! After you’ve taken a ‘siesta’ to recover from lunch, head to the Coliseo Theatre for the opening of the Ushuaia International Classical Music Festival featuring the Moscow Symphonica.

Cooking with Teresita
Spiro 456, Adrogue
4293-5992
http://try2cook.com/Argentina-Cookery-Course.html

Coliseo Theatre
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125
4814-3056
http://fundacioncoliseum.com.ar/

Thursday

One of the most beautiful places to do shopping in Buenos Aires is the upscale Galeria Pacifico, well worth visiting for its aesthetic and architectural appeal. You can ask for audio-guides at the information center on Mondays through Fridays from 11.30am-4.30pm. Later on you can check out a homage to the muralists of the Galeria by renowned artist Julio Le Park which is being exhibited at the Centro Cultural Borges.

Galeria Pacifico
Florida and Av. Cordoba
5555-5110

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte and San Martin
5555-5359

Friday

Art lovers should definitely take the Calle Arroyo tours offered every Wednesday and Friday from 3.30pm-5.00pm. The walk begins at the Spanish American Art Museum and takes you through antique stores, design houses, galleries and historic buildings.
Later on in the evening, an exiting alternative, is the acrobatic show “Tiempos que corren” starting at 9pm.

Calle Arroyo Tours: Ayres de Arte
Book in Advance
4327-0228
mifb.turismocultural@gmail.com.

Tiempos que corren
Polo Circo
Combate de los Pozos and Juan de Garay
Tickets: $30

Saturday

Sunny Saturdays are a great day to take a bike tour through the city. Bike your way through the lakes, the north side, the south side or the outskirts of the city and find out more about the city whilst enjoying the fresh air!

http://www.labicicletanaranja.com.ar/english/index_english.html

Sunday

Feria de matadors: This local traditional fair reopens this Sunday and displays local folklore, gaucho competitions and great typical food! We recommend you go before 1.30pm as that is when the music starts. To be on the safe side, we suggest you plan your transportation with the hotel beforehand as to get to the fair you must go through some of Buenos AIres less charming areas.


Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales (Mercado Nacional de Hacienda)