This Week: 15th-21st December

Monday

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The MALBA is showing a new exhibit featuring famous Argentine artist Antonio Berni’s work. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

Later on, stop by Centro Cultural Konex where the 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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Chinese artist Cai Guo-Quiang is showcasing his first exhibit in Argentina at Fundación PROA. His work includes installations and portraits and landscapes (in this case of the Misiones and Salta provinces) made with gunpowder. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

In the evening, the Colón Theatre inaugurates its ballet production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with functions on the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 26th and 27th of December. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) kicks off a new photography exhibit on the topic of Latin America. The museum is also showcasing a collection of erotic art, and an exhibit dedicated to El Greco. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 

In the evening, head to the Centro Cultural Recoleta to catch the stunning Fuerza Bruta show. Tickets here.

Thursday

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The Isaac Fernandez Blanco museum in the Retiro neighborhood is showcasing a collection of antique dolls and toys. Hipólito Yrigoyen 1420, Downtown.

Afterwards, stop by La Catedral for a tango lesson. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Friday

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Explore the 3 de Febrero parks in Palermo and later, at 5pm, catch the tango show at the Planetarium. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, Palermo. 

Starting at 9pm, a Piazzolla tribute led by Escalandrum, the band Piazzolla’s grandson plays in, will take place at Boris Club de Jazz . Gorriti 5568, 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.

On Saturday, celebrate the last day of Spring at the Holi Festival of Colors starting at 3pm in Palermo. Tickets here.

Free Cultural Summer Events 2014

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The 2014 Verano en la Ciudad, a program of free cultural events in the city for the summer, kicked off last week.  The events included include tango, live rock music, and dance, theatre and film, while for the younger ones, circus acts, magicians, outdoor screenings of children’s films and Muppets.

On Saturdays and Sundays there will be tango shows at 5pm at La Usina del Arte in La Boca, and on Thursdays at 8.30pm there will be a tango show at Parque Centenario.  There will also be drive-in cinema at the Palermo Rosedal, live rock music at Ciudad del Rock, and theater at different city parks in Belgrano, Almagro and Villa Urquiza. All the events are free of charge and the full program is available here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to the MALBA and check out the Liliana Porter and Elba Bairón exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

One Table, the city’s top Monday event, is the best place to start the week with glorious foods, great wines and a chance to share with lovely people. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Tuesday

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Stop by the Casa del Bicentenario and check out the Leonardo Favio exhibit that features documents, images and more of the renowned Argentine filmmaker. Riobamba 785, downtown.

Later on, if you’re looking for a laugh, don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at Garage Bar in San Telmo. Chile 631, San Telmo. Book your place here.

Wednesday

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Take a tour with Buenos Aires Art Nouveau and check out some of the most stunning buildings in the city! Tours must be booked in advance with Cecilia Alzano at 15-5376 1305 or at ceciliasalzano@hotmail.com. Find a full list of art nouveau buildings in BA here.

Later on, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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Head to La Botica del Ángel in Montserrat and visit this off the beaten path art and theatre landmark. Then, if you’re in the Recoleta area stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta where there is an exhibit being held about the eccentric spot.  La Botica is open from 4-6pm. Luis Saenz Peña 541, Montserrat.

Later, stop by for a live blues concert by Nasta Super starting at 9.30pm at Boris Club de Jazz. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Friday

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If you came to Buenos Aires and you’re not a vegetarian chances are you want some of that famous Argentine beef! Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely satisfy your meat cravings!

Later on, stop by Fierro Hotel for the monthly Thank Fierro it’s Friday happy hour! Soler 5862, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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.

St Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is known for its party lifestyle and throughout the years it has incorporated more and more international festivities, including one of the most popular, St. Patrick’s Day. With the 5th largest Irish community in the world and the jolly nature of the celebration, it’s no wonder. If you want to join the rest of the leprechauns with a frothy pint this weekend then check out the following St Paddy’s day parties and events:

Celtic Festival: Saturday 16th of March- 7:30pm. The Celtic festival will feature an exhibit and fair with everything Irish and Scottish on display. There will also be live bands, and typical Irish dances.  Virrey Loreto 2348, Belgrano.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl 16th of March- 9pm. The pub crawl costs $150 (pesos), and includes free wine and beer from 9-10pm, pizzas, a stop at three different bars with a free shooter at each, discounts on drinks and a last stop at a nightclub. Book your place in advance here.

St. Patrick’s Parade: 17th of March – 5pm. will take off at Arroyo and Suipacha, downtown, at 7pm, ending at Plaza San Martín. The parade will include traditional Irish music and dancing and a fairy and leprechaun costume contest.

Meanwhile, Reconquista Street in Retiro is the traditional city spot for St. Patrick’s Day feasting.  If you head in this direction, expect large crowds, a super street party and lively heavy drinking!

A full list of pubs that will be participating with special promotions, Guinness and more is available here.

Shakespeare Festival

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The Shakespeare Festival kicks off today, just in time for Carnival weekend, and offers a variety of activities related to the playwright. Theatre of course, but also Shakespearian walks and bike rides, music, acting classes and more.

The festival takes place until the 16th of February around different city venues. It is divided into performances, which will take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Teatro Shakespeare and Anfiteatro Eva Perón in Parque Centenario; Shakespearean walks, which take place in Costanera Sur, are 3,5 km long and include a representation of Hamlet; a touristic Shakespearian bike ride that will take participants to different architectural landmarks in the city whilst stopping to read and act fragments of Othello; acting classes, including seminars by Rebecca Gould and Richard Twyman, and finally a special function of Romeo and Juliet for Valentines day. The full program is available here.

All activities are free of charge on a first come first serve basis until full capacity is reached. To attend workshops, Shakespeare walks and bike rides you must sign up previously here.

Buenos Aires Carnival 2013

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Carnival is celebrated throughout many South American cities and towns during the month of February and with it come the sound of drums to the Buenos Aires streets. For 2013, in Argentina, Carnival weekend officially takes place from the 9th-12th of February and the 11th and 12th are national holidays.

In Buenos Aires different neighborhood murgas come out to parade the streets with drums and colorful costumes, meanwhile events are also being planned at the Parque Centenario. Below is a list of some of the parades and activities to look out for.

Murgas/Parades

Parades will take place on Saturdays 11th and 18th from 7pm to 2 am as well as throughout carnival weekend from 7pm to midnight.  Some of the centric locations near the hotel where there will be drumming and dancing are:

Almagro: Av. Corrientes between Av. Medrano and Bulnes

Colegiales: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Martínez

Colegiales 2: Benjamín Matienzo between Conesa and Gral. Ramón Freire

Colegiales 3: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Conesa

Palermo: Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti

San Telmo: Av. San Juan between Tacuarí and Perú

Villa Crespo: Av. Scalabrini Ortiz between Av. Corrientes and Velasco

Other Festivities

At the Anfiteatro Eva Perón in Parque Centenario, the city government is organizing live Carnival related shows on Fridays throughout February.

At the Centro Cultural Rojas there will be thematic film screenings about carnival from the 18th to the 22nd of February at 7pm and a live Carnival show on the 22nd of February at 9pm by Los Linyeras de la República Popular de la Boca.

Into the Past at Casa del Historiador

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La Casa del Historiador in San Telmo, known to many as casa del Virrey Liniers, is one of the city’s historical landmarks and dates back to the XVIII century. The house belonged to one of the country´s viceroys,  Santiago de Liniers, who played a key role in the reconquering of Buenos Aires after the British invasions.  It is the only remaining colonial house in the city, preserved for years as such by the Estrada publishing house.  Today, this emblem of the local history belongs to the city government and functions as a museum in which the Buenos Aires colonial period is depicted.

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One of the highlights of this historical landmark is La Perichona Despensa de Comidas, a charming deli inside the house named after the Viceroy’s lover (who has a colorful story of her own). The XVIII century Andalusian patio with outdoor seating is the perfect spot to stop for a bite on a sunny day.

Venezuela 469, San Telmo. 4974-0265.  info@laperichona.com