Buenos Aires Agenda: October/Octubre 2015

Monday/Lunes

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If you’re in the Recoleta area, don’t miss the last chance to visit the BA Photo exhibit! Guemes 4747, Recoleta 

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.

Quienes estén en la zona de Recoleta pueden aprovechar la última oportunidad para visitar  la muestra de fotografía BA Photo! Guemes 4747, Recoleta 

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 famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo, se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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The MAMBA is featuring a remake of Marta Minujín’s famous La Menesunda installation which provides visitors with sensory stimulus in eleven different settings. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

In the evening, don’t miss the live concert by Belle and Sebastian at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here. 

El MAMBA está exhibiendo una nueva versión de la famosa instalación La Menesunda, de Marta Minujín, en la que el público puede experimentar diferentes estímulos sensoriales en once situaciones distintas.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

A la noche, Belle and Sebastian se presenta en el Teatro Gran Rex. Entradas aquí. 

Wednesday/Miércoles

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

From Wednesday to Saturday the Colón Theatre will be featuring a special performance of El Ascenso (The Ascent), an experimental choreography by Luis Garay. Tickets here.

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

A partir del miércoles, hasta el sábado, el Teatro Colón presenta una función especial de El Ascenso, una coreografía experimental a cargo de Luis Garay. Entradas aquí.

Thursday/Jueves

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Sculpture and dance come together at a joint exhibit by the national fine arts museum (MNAD) and the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

Later on, head to the Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Escultura y danza se unen en la exhibición conjunta que presentan el Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes (MNAD) y el Centro Cultural Kirchner. Sarmiento 151, microcentro.

Por la noche, Doppelganger Bar en San Telmo, es una buena opción para probar algunos de los mejores cocktails de Buenos Aires en uno de los ambientes más amenos de la ciudad. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Friday/Viernes

The MUNTREF art space in the Retiro area is showcasing a new collection of artwork which explores the theme of migration. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

In the evening, Murnau’s famous Nosferatu will be screened at the Colón Theatre with live orchestra music. Tickets here.

El espacio MUNTREF en la zona de Retiro presenta una nueva colección de obras artísticas que exploran la temática de la migración. av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Retiro.

Más tarde, el Teatro Colón ofrece una proyección especial de Nosferatu, la famosa película de Murnau, con música en vivo. Entradas aquí.
Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by Cristóbal Poyato)

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

On Saturday, head to Niceto Club to the Dune International Psychedelic Rock Fest (tickets here) or stop by the Buddha Sounds concert at the ND Teatro (tickets here).

It’s also the best time of the year to head to the 3 de Febrero Palermo parks as the roses, jacarandas and silk floss trees are in bloom! A great outing for Sunday as many things will be closed due to national presidential elections taking place. 

No olvides hacer tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

Dos opciones para el sábado por la noche: el Dune International Psych Fest en Niceto Club (entradas aquí), o el concierto de Buddha Sounds en el ND Teatro (entradas aquí).

También es la mejor época del año para pasear por el Parque 3 de Febrero en Palermo ya que están en flor las rosas, los jacarandás y los palo borrachos. Una excelente opción para el domingo ya que se estarán llevando a cabo las elecciones presidenciales.

Top 5 BA Activities on a Budget

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1- Costanera Sur Ecologic Reserve (and a chori): One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecologic reserve behind Puerto Madero, plus, on the outside, it is surrounded by choripan carts where you can get scrumptious chorizo  filled sandwiches for a fair price.

2- Buenos Aires Local Tours: Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the centre of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

3- The Recoleta Cemetery: Surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful parks, this is a classic city landmark that is free for roaming and discovering, plus, nearby are the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the MNBA (national museum of fine arts), and the Palais de Glace which all host free exhibits regularly.

4-Palermo 3 de Febrero Parks: The Botanical Gardens, the Palermo Rosedal and the rest of the surrounding green areas are all beautiful city landmarks with sculptures, monuments, (a significant cat population) and even paddle-boats to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

5- La Bomba del Tiempo: This unique percussion orchestra event has become one of Monday’s highlights in the city and is a great alternative for dancing and experiencing a one-of-a-kind environment. The ticket is 50 pesos (same as for a cinema ticket) if bought in advance here, or 60 pesos at the door.

And on a Sunday, stopping by the Feria de Mataderos is a great way of getting a dose of the typical local gaucho customs for next to nothing if you don’t get too tempted by the leather goods and crafts on sale!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Stop by the Japanese Gardens in Palermo where the animé and manga festival is taking place until the 16th of February. Av. Casares 2966, Palermo. 

In the evening, scout out one of these neighborhoods where Carnival parades will be taking place.

Tuesday

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Sign up for one of the free Shakespeare walks that will take place starting 11am at Costanera Sur and revive Hamlet whilst getting to know Buenos Aires outdoors.

Later on head to  La Catedral in Almagro and take a tango lesson at either 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes where there is a new exhibit about paper as an expressive medium that showcases drawing, engravings and more by artists ranging from Picasso to Toulouse Lautrec. Avenida del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz for some live folk and funky music by Facundo Monty starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568,Palermo.

Thursday

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Take a tour of the stunning Palacio Barolo, one of the city’s architectural landmarks full of history and mystique. Av de Mayo 1370, Downtown.

Romance the special someone in your life by treating them to a unique tasting menu with wine pairings at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Friday

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The MALBA is featuring a must-see exhibit on Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. An exhibit by British artist Tracy Emin is also being showcased. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Head to the Jamiroquai concert starting at 10 pm and dance the night away with an enthusiastic Argie audience. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Stop by the Shakespeare festival that will take place until Saturday and will feature live music, theatre of course, and more. More information here.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Find a ten-day weather forecast here and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at one of these fantastic Buenos Aires heladerias!

Top Places for Picnics in BA

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Picnics are one of the many perks of nice weather, and are both enjoyable and cheap options to savour delicious nourishment in the outdoors. Now that spring is upon us, it is the perfect time to find a shady Ombú or a sunny patch of grass to sit under and dig in. Below are our favorite BA picnic spots.

In Palermo- Tres de Febrero Parks.  These emblematic Buenos Aires parks are perfect for picnics due to their ample space and shady trees. Our favorite is the Rosedal where you can sit down and watch the pedal boats whilst blooming roses surround you. Where to buy your sandwich: Voltaire Coffee and DeliAngel Justiniano Carranza 1946, Palermo.

In Recoleta- Plaza de las Naciones Unidas. The Recoleta area is also surrounded by lush parks and is a great spot for enjoying a meal outdoors. Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is a landmark in itself due to the stunning Floralis Genérica sculpture. It is surrounded by the city art museums, and close to the famous Recoleta cemetery.  Where to buy your sandwich: Tea Connection. Montevideo 1655, Recoleta.

In Puerto Madero- Reserva Ecológica. The ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero has one of the best city views and is a gorgeous spot for a picnic. Where to buy your sandwich: For the healthy Sanno Natural Temptations (Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson 367, Local 7, Puerto Madero), for the adventurous, purchase your typical choripan or bondiola sandwich at the parri-carts outside of the reserve.

In San Telmo- Parque Lezama. This beautiful park in San Telmo has a gazebo, a sculpture garden, florid jacarandas, history and a lot of green. Additionally, it is surrounded by the traditional Bar Britanico and the Russian Orthodox Church.   Where to buy your sandwich: Delivery Gourmet. Juan de Garay 319, San Telmo.

In the outskirts of the city- Martinez– The riverbed of the Rio de la Plata at the Martinez and Acasuso locations is lined with open green spaces that are perfect for a picnic. Plus, the Tren de la Costa borders it and is one of the ways of getting to Tigre. Where to buy your sandwich: Deli Club. Emilio Lamarca 391, Martinez.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The week kicks off with a national holiday. Head to the Palermo parks and enjoy the nice weather and lively vibe! In the nearby Japanese Gardens at 4pm there will be a special tea ceremony, there will also be an exhibit on Japanese embroidery. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

In the evening, Liza Minnelli will be staging a show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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Head to the Planetarium where the Kosice Biennial, an event destined to promote the creation of art with new media, will be taking place until Saturday.  Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 

In the evening don’t miss dancer Sylvie Guillem at the Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Sun is forecast so book a private walking tour with Buenos Tours and explore the city at the hand of a great guide! More information here.

Later on, celebrate Buenos Aires Art Week by participating in one of the three gallery nights that will take place during the week (on Wednesday in Palermo).

Thursday

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit “Panamericano” by the Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes that showcases a selection of the renowned artist’s recent paintings. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Jamaican band The Wailers will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary at the Vorterix theatre in Colegiales. Tickets here.

Friday

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

In the evening get ready for a luxury night out at the Colón Theatre, where the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella), by Rossini, will be staged. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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The spring orchid exhibit will take place throughout the weekend at the stunning Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm Blonde Redhead will be staging a live show at popular nightclub Niceto Club. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

Find a ten day weather forecast here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Don´t miss the new exhibits of Argentine art at the MALBA featuring an exhibit of Matias Duville’s celebrated contemporary art, and a retrospective of Victor Grippo’s best work.

In the afternoon stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then shake off the cold at the nearby 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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Another rainy week is forecasted starting on Tuesday so plan for indoors! Find our list of rainy day suggestions here.

The much awaited tango world championships kick off and promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

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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Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

In the evening stop for a free concert of Argentine folklore music at the Centro Cultural Recoleta starting at 7pm. Junín 1930, Recoleta.

Thursday

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The Green Film Fest kicks off, showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

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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Don´t miss the free classical music concert that renowned director Zubin Mehta will be carrying out at 1pm at the stately Plaza San Martin in Retiro.

In the evening participate in one of the most popular Argie cultural activities: theatre going! The British Arts center is staging a production (in English) of Power by Nick Dear, directed by Hugo Halbrich starting at 9pm. More information here. Suipacha 4333, downtown.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

On Sunday the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating the Dondoh fire ceremony! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

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Find a ten-day weather forecast for this week here.

Looking for more suggestions? Check out this link with other recommended sources of information regarding what´s going on in Buenos Aires!

Buenos Aires for Kids

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During July, Argentine children have winter holidays, and a broad variety of activities are offered for the young ones. Below are a list of fun activities and sights to visit with children.

Parks

The city is full of beautiful parks and in Palermo, the Rosedal is one of the most attractive. You can rent pedal boats to go around the lake. Nearby are the Japanese gardens where it is common to see kids with their grandparents enthusiastically feeding the fish.

The Planetarium is another great spot to go with children. It is currently showcasing the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

Fun Parks

Parque de la Costa: Tigre is an interesting place to visit in the outskirts of the city and boat rides and other fun activities abound in this unique district. One of the main attractions for children in this area is the Parque de la Costa where roller coasters and cotton candy promise to seduce the heart of every child.

República de Los Niños: This Disney-inspired children’s theme park on the outskirts of La Plata was built in the early fifties for civic learning. The team of architects based the design on stories by Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm brothers and legends by Tennyson and Mallory. The park also includes a doll museum with dolls from all over the world. The theme park can be visited every day from 10am-6pm. Camino General Belgrano and 501, M. B. Gonnet, La Plata. 0221-484-1409.

Zoos

The Buenos Aires Zoo is a special place in the city, not only because it displays a large variety of exotic animals, but also because it is an important research center and has beautiful architecture that dates back to the late 1800´s.  It also hosts many special events for children. Av. Las Heras y Av. Sarmiento.

Temaiken Biopark: This popular well-kept biopark on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in Escobar, is more than a zoo; it aspires to be a combination of Botanical Garden, Zoo, Aquarium, and Natural History and Anthropology Museum. A guaranteed child pleaser. There are special buses that take you there leaving from Plaza Italia.

Museums

Museo de los niños: This interactive museum for children in the Abasto shopping mall is a small scale reproduction of the city and allows kids to look at how businesses function and to play at being a part of them. A popular place for the young ones!

Buque Museo Fragata: This frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel is now docked in Puerto Madero and is open as a museum.

Museo Participativo de Ciencias: This fun interactive science museum is set inside the Centro Cultural Recoleta, right next to the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Its motto is “Prohibido no tocar” which translates to Forbidden not to touch, and pretty much sums up the idea.

Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata: This famous natural sciences museum in La Plata has a permanent exhibit that traces the history of life from the inorganic to the organic concluding with mankind and culture. It showcases over 2,500,000 objects including dinosaur fossils.  Paseo del Bosque S/Nº. La Plata. (54-221) 425-7744 / 9161 / 9638. museo@museo.fcnym.unlp.edu.ar.

Museo del Titere (Puppet Museum): The Puppet Museum in San Telmo has a beautiful collection of puppets from all over the world as well as a specialized library and an antique puppet theatre where shows are occasionally staged. Piedras 905, San Telmo. 4307 6917.

MALBA: The MALBA museum of Latin American art regularly offers special activities for children where different works of art from the museum are discussed. The discussions are then followed by a creative activity where they make their own work related to what they saw.  For these winter holidays they have also organized a recycling workshop and a live presentation of how different things from daily life, such as soap and knits, are made.

Theatre and shows

Winter is also the time for children’s theatre productions. The city government organizes many of these, including clown, dance and puppet shows. (Find full schedule here).

The annual Disney on Ice is also a big hit and features ice-skating performances of Disney musicals.