Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song:

This Week: 2nd-8th of February 2015

Monday

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(Photo by Leandro Martinez)

The weather is perfect for a stroll down Puerto Madero, and, if you’re here with your sweetheart, you can leave your love-lock at the Puente de la Mujer.

Later on, stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

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(Photo by Matias Dutto)

The Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo in Recoleta has recently reopened and is featuring an exhibit of photographs regarding the marriage of children. 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, starting at 9pm, chill out with some reggae music at Guapa Bar. Costa Rica 4933, Palermo.

Wednesday

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(Photo by UCL Institute of Education)

Stop by the MALBA and check out the exhibit of artist Antonio Berni’s stunning work which deals with traditional Porteño topics such as tango, immigration, poverty and hope in a unique and uplifting way. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral for a tango lesson. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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(Photo by José María Pérez Nuñez)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

In the evening, stop by the free folklore concert by Marían Farías Gómez, and Inés Rinaldi at the Parque Centenario. Av. Angel Gallardo and Leopoldo Marechal, Caballito.

The Rock BA Fest kicks off and will be taking place throughout the weekend at Parque de la Ciudad.

Friday

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(Photo by Nicolás Santiago Romero)

Take one of graffitimundo’s North City Tours and check out the Buenos Aires street art scene in the Colegiales and Palermo neighborhoods. More information here.

At 8pm and at 9.30pm, the Planetarium will be hosting live music concerts featuring covers of The Beatles with full dome projections of the diamond filled sky. Av. Sarmiento, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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Book your place at Fierro´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

This Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm, the circus gets electronic participation from DJs and VJs at Buenos Aires Polo Circo.Combate de los Pozos 1700, Downtown.

Throughout January and February, every Sunday, starting at 6pm, enjoy something to sip on at La Munich and stay for the live love songs. Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

This Week: 23-29 June

Monday

Via BASA

Via BASA

Long weekend thanks to the World Cup? Longer week ahead (thanks to the World Cup)? One bar that’s open on the barman’s day of rest is BASA. Head downtown and snap up the Moscow Mule (photo) – head bartender Ludo makes the ginger beer in house. Happy hour from 7pm. BASA Basement Bar, Basavilbaso 1328, Retiro.

 

Tuesday

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Via Jocelyn Mandryk

 

Turn a glass of vino into something way more exciting and drop by Pain & Vin wine bar. This Palermo store-café-tasting room has a great selection from boutique Argentine producers, plus they speak great English to help you get the most from your choice. Take a Malbec home for later, or crack it open there and then. Gorriti 5132, Palermo Soho.

 

Wednesday

Via Cocina Sunae

Via Cocina Sunae

Southeast Asian restaurant Cocina Sunae recently started to open its doors on Wednesday nights. Avoid the weekend rush and treat yourself to a mid-week spice kick you won’t regret. For a real bang, order a ginger kamikaze.

 

Thursday

Galeria Union via Marina Charles

Galeria Union via Marina Charles

Our guest blogger Marina Charles spilled the beans a few weeks ago, but tonight Galería UNION throws opens its doors to a brand-new street-art exhibit. Featuring works by the distinctive Cabaio who is known for his stencilling, “La Lluvia” presents his vibrant new artworks. Using multiple layers of stencils, he creates works which juxtapose layers of colour, iconic images and typography, using the power and chaos of the city as his inspiration. Opens tonight via invite, open Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm Carlos Calvo 736, San Telmo.

 

Friday

Via Gastronomique

Via Gastronomique

For outdoor drinking and beer on tap, check out new Recoleta pub slash campsite Camping. Although the beer list is short and sweet for the time being, they plan to start making their own brew in the near future. Log in to their WiFi and use their virtual jukebox, which is totally awesome and addictive. Pueyrredón 2501, Recoleta.

 

Weekend

Via Biography

Via Biography

Boris jazz club’s Boris Big Band puts on a special tribute to Duke Ellington this evening. Unmissable for fans of the legendary pianist and composer. 80 pesos. 8pm, Gorriti 5568, Palermo Hollywood.

 

Via GCBA

Via GCBA

Also over the weekend at the Planetarium, there is free star-spotting of the galactic kind. Every Saturday and Sunday from 7pm to 8.30pm.  Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Summer Program at the Planetarium

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The Buenos Aires planetarium, located amid the stunning Palermo parks, has recently kicked off its summer program with a variety of different events. Colisiones Cósmicas is one of their new shows and depicts the story of stars that have collided in the past and predictions about the course the universe will take. It is projected from Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm once every hour, and on weekends from 5pm to 7pm. Una de Piratas is an animated film for children produced by the planetarium and is screened on weekends at 3pm and 4pm. Tango 360 combines a stunning visual show of tango and stars with Astor Piazzolla music interpreted by Escalandrum, which is led by Pipi Piazzolla, the renowned composer’s grandson. It is screened on Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm and lasts approximately half an hour. Finally, there are also talks about astronomy being held on Thursdays and Fridays at 7.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo.

Juan Gatti Exhibit

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Renowned Argentine artist and graphic designer Juan Gatti will be exhibiting Contraluz at the Museo Sivori behind the Rosedal gardens.

The artist, who is known for his designs of Almodovar film posters, advertising campaigns, and rock band albums, will be displaying both his graphic work and a new, more personal facet in his suggestive and somber photographs.

The exhibit will also include an audio-visual piece that will be showcased at the Planetarium.

The exhibition will take place until March 2013. Tickets are 1 peso to the museum and  20 pesos for the Planetarium screenings that take place at 8.30pm.

Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest

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Bicycles, fashion shows, live music and more will all be part of the Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest that will be held this weekend, on the 27th and 28th of October at various city venues including the Planetarium, the Parque Centenario, Rosedal and Distrito Audiovisual.  The event seeks to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation in the city.

Some of the top activities planned for the weekend include two fashion shows at the Planetarium, starting at 6.30pm, thematic city bike tours, live music at the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, various conferences regarding new transport trends and other bike related themes, a special platform for freestylers to show off their bike pirouettes, games for children, bike mechanic workshops, special projections and art interventions at the Planetarium and Distrito Audiovisual, amongst others. Find the full program of activities here.

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.