Argentine Poetry: Evaristo Carriego

(Photo by stevegarfield)

Evaristo Carriego made a brief transit through the city of Buenos Aires, having died young at the age of 29 in 1912. He was a modernist poet from Entre Ríos who published works in some of the most renowned literary magazines of the day, inspired tangos and also, a biography written by Borges. Because of his early death, he published few poetry books: Misas herejes, published in 1908 and the later El alma del suburbio and La canción del barrio, which were published after his death and draw upon local topics such as tango, the barrio and city cafés.

Check out this beautiful performance by tango dancers Carlos Gavito and Marcela Durán of A Evaristo Carriego, a famous tango written by Eduardo Rovira.

And Milonga Carrieguera, composed by Astor Piazzolla.

Spinetta Exhibit at the National Library

(Acrylic on canvas, 2012. Carlos Lowry. Photo by Nuevo Anden)

The National Library is hosting a special exhibit on renowned Argentine musician and poet Luis Alberto Spinetta who passed away earlier this year.

The influential artist was known for his mellifluous voice and surrealist lyrics influenced by Artaud, Rimbaud, Jung, Freud, and Carlos Castaneda, amongst others.

The showcase, which will take place until the 12th of December, includes unpublished poetry, drawings and art and some of the artist’s personal objects.

Additionally, there will be a series of scheduled events and screenings of documentaries, interviews, live shows, video clips and more. Spinetta´s collaborators including sound technicians, guitarists, bassists, and drummers will also be offering workshops and conferences. The full schedule is available here.  Aguero 2502, Palermo. 4808-6040. contacto@bn.gov.ar.

While in the area stop by the nearby Museo del Libro y de la Lengua (the book and language museum) to learn more of Argentina’s literary tradition. Av. Las Heras 2555, Recoleta. 4808-0090.  museodellibro@bn.gov.ar

Ciudad Emergente Festival 2012

(Photo by dmgrl!)

From the 6th to the 10th of June the Ciudad Emergente Festival will take place in the Centro Cultural Recoleta showcasing emerging art and music.The event, which will feature three stages for live shows, will also include street, digital and interactive art displays, theatre, poetry, dance, stand-up, photography, film and more.

This year´s Ciudad Emergente will also be putting an emphasis on fashion with several runway shows and an innovative on-location hair salon for the brave who dare to try a new look.

There will also be free tickets to the acclaimed Hombre Vertiente show, an experimental performance including acrobatics, special lighting and interaction with the public, directed by Pichón Baldinu, one of the De La Guarda founders. A maximum of two tickets  per person will be handed out at 8pm on the days of the performance until maximum capacity is reached.

 The festival is free of charge and takes place from 2pm to 11pm at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, next to the Recoleta cemetry. Find the full program here. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by el_rogos)

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

                                     

(Photo by Club Atlético de Poetas)

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

(Photo by Goodnight London)

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

 

(Photo by tkamenick)

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

(Photo by lazzarello)

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

(Photo by rachel a.k.)

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