This Week: 29th of June- 5th of July


la giralda

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A rainy winter forecast makes for the perfect chance to browse through books at the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

In the afternoon, stop for some churros with dulce de leche at La Giralda or for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200



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Renowned artist Vic Muniz, who makes art from food and other unlikely materials, will be showcasing his work in the Retiro area at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero until the 14th of September. Av. Antartida Argentina 1355, downtown.

At 8.30pm, the Argentine football team will be playing the semi-final round of the copa América against Paraguay.

At 9pm, don’t miss the free concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional that will be interpreting pieces of Russian classical music at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. Two tickets per person will be handed out on a first come first serve basis two hours prior to the function. Bouchard 350, Downtown.



(Photo by Edson Hong)

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.

From 9pm onwards you can stop by Isabel Bar in Palermo, one of the hottest nightspots for cocktails in the city. Uriarte 1664, Palermo. 



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Check out the MALBA’s two new exhibits, one of controversial Argentine artist Rogelio Poleccelo, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict important historical events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

In the evening, call up to book your place at Colegiales based closed door restaurant Treinta Sillas and sample a flavorful meal paired with delicious wines. 4492-7046



(Photo by Nic Taylor)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening, at 7pm, the Festival Piano Piano kicks off at the Centro Cultural Kirchner with performances by Hernán Jacinto and Danilo Pérez. More information here.

Saturday and Sunday

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

On Saturday at 5pm, head to the Punte de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, dressed in white and with a mirror, to participate in an artistic performance by renowned Argentine artist Marta Minujín.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Green Film Fest 2012

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Starting tomorrow, the third edition of the Green Film Fest will take place in the Palermo Cinemark until the 22nd of August.  The festival, which will be showcasing fourteen international films about the environment, will feature mostly documentaries and also a compilation of fiction short films by renowned international directors including Isabel Coixet, Isabella Rosellini and Faith Akin, amongst others.

Some of the titles included in the festival are La Soie du Monde, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Thierry Piantanida and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire, a documentary with spectacular photography about the use of water in different industries, countries and more; Surviving Progress, a Canadian production directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks that questions the idea of progress; the highly acclaimed and awarded The Island President by Jon Shenk about the Maldives and the island’s struggle to literally stay afloat; Fuel and Freedom, both  by Josh Tickell, dealing with the issue of alternative energy sources;  and the 2012 Oscar nominee If a Tree Falls by Marshall Curry that follows a radical group of ecologists that have attacked and set fire to businesses they accuse of destroying the environment. Find the full list of films here and the schedule here.

Tickets for the screenings cost 28 pesos, or 252 pesos for ten films, and are available at the Palermo Cinemark, located on Beruti 3399. The proceeds from the tickets will be destined to creating the Parque Nacional “La Fidelidad” to preserve the Chaco forest.   The Green Film Fest also encourages car pooling to the cinema, or going by bike, and offers free parking space for the later, in order to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.