This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to Malvinas 30 Años, an exhibit by Adrián Rocha Novoa being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta that invites visitors to reflect upon the war in 1982 and its effects upon the present. Opening hours: Sat, Sun and national holidays from 10am-9pm. Junin 1930, 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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The Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo 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.

Staring at 6.30pm the Buenos Aires Cathedral will stage a choir concert in preparation for the Easter festivities.  San Martin 27, Downtown.

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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Head to the stunning Colón theatre and tour one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world! Later on stay for a special production of Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot by Osvaldo Golijov.Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Don´t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s which depict different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

A Japanese tea ceremony will be demonstrated at 4pm at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Bjork will be playing the first of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency  will be presented to the public. On the 6th ,9th , 12th , and 15 of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposicionaes and on the  21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

The 2012 Ultra Music Festival Buenos Aires will be taking place in Costanera Sur with a big DJ line-up including Justice, John Digweed, and Chris Liebing amongst others.  Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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The Quilmes Rock festival will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the Saturday the 7th. Tickets here.

The Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be playing a lively tango show at CAFF in Abasto starting at 11.30pm. Sanchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

On Sunday head to La Oreja Negra in Palermo to participate in the folklore and tango peña starting at 8pm. Uriarte 1271, Palermo.

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

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Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

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Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

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Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

(Photo by matt.hintsa)