Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre 1-6 2015

Monday/Lunes

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(Photo by Alessandro Prada)

The International Videoart Festival kicks off until Wednesday at the National Library and the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua in Recoleta. Find the full program here

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the  UCO after office! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Arranca el Festival Internacional de Videoarte hasta el miércoles en la Biblioteca Nacional y en el Museo del Libro y de la Lengua en Recoleta. La programación completa se encuentra aquí.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el after-office de UCO Restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo, se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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(Photo by José María Pérez Nuñez)

The Dorrego Flea Market in Colegiales is ideal for browsing antiques and trinkets, and also for picking out some original Christmas presents to take back home. Av. Alvarez Thomas and Dorrego, Colegiales.

In the evening, the warm weather is perfect for outdoor drinks at  a nice bar with a terrace.

El Mercado de Pulgas de Dorrego, en Colegiales, es el lugar ideal para mirar antigüedades y elegir regalos originales de Navidad. Av. Alvarez Thomas and Dorrego, Colegiales.

A la noche, el clima cálido es la excusa perfecta para tomar unos tragos al aire libre en algún bar con terraza.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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(Photo by Martin Terber)

If the weather is nice, a day trip to Tigre is a must while you’re in Buenos Aires. You can try a water sport, stop by the Mercado de Frutos where you can purchase local goods, go on a rollercoaster ride, stop by the newly inaugurated China Town, and even place your bets at the local Casino. Explore on your own or try a tour!

Si el día está soleado, hacer una excursión al Tigre es una salida imperdible durante tu estadía en Buenos Aires. Se puede hacer deportes acuáticos, pasar por el Mercado de Frutos para comprar artesanías, subir a una montaña rusa, conocer el nuevo Barrio Chino de Tigre, e incluso probar suerte en el Casino. Explora por tu cuenta o súmate a un Tour.

Thursday/Jueves

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

The Buenos Aires Sonar festival is taking place in Vicente López next to the river. Check out the line up here and buy tickets here.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra de la obra político-poética del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

El Sonar de Buenos Aires se lleva a cabo en Vicente López al lado del río. La programación se puede encontrar aquí, y las entradas se pueden comprar aquí.

Friday/Viernes

The Colón Theatre inaugurates their opera production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal. Functions will also take place on the 6th/9th and 11th of December. Tickets here

Buena Vista Social Club is also staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here. 

El Teatro Colón estrena una producción de la opera Parsifal de Richard Wagner. El 6, 9 y 11 de diciembre, también hay funciones. Entradas aquí.

También se presenta Buena Vista Social Club en el Estadio Luna Park. Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday/Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by Gervasio Varela/Inspired by 2011 Space Odyssey)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday evening at 8.30pm, the Museo Larreta in Belgrano is staging a stunning Lorca inspired Flamenco show. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

On Saturday, the Colón Theatre is presenting a unique screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey with live music by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets here.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a la noche a las 20.30hs., el Museo Larreta en Belgrano presenta un espectáculo impactante de flamenco inspirado en la obra de Federico García Lorca. Juramento 2291, Belgrano. 

El sábado, el Teatro Colón presenta una función especial de 2001: Odisea del Espacio, de Stanley Kubrick, con música en vivo de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. Entradas aquí.

This Week: 3rd to 9th of August

Monday

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(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

Fierro Hotel is kicking off the month with a renovated façade that showcases the work of talented local street artists. Want to see more? The unexpectedly warm winter weather is perfect for strolling the city streets on one of Graffitimundo’s tours which will show you the who is who and the whereabouts of Argentine street art.  More information here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

For some great post-dancing fugazzeta pizza, go to the nearby Los Cocos. Av Córdoba 3303, Almagro

Tuesday

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(Photo by Sam Verhaert)

The new exhibit at the MNBA (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) features indigenous art from Paraguay. Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

And while on the topic of Paraguay, practice Spanish and try some mate, a typical drink inherited from the Guaraní culture, at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

Wednesday

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(Photo by Carolina Bello)

If you’re in the San Telmo area, stop by the Ethnographic museum and learn more about the Argentine indigenous community. Moreno 350, San Telmo.

Later on, stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta and catch one of the stunning Fuerza Bruta shows. Tickets here. 

Thursday

The Museo de Arte Hispanoaméricano Isaac Fernandez Blanco, located in the stunning Palacio Noel, is featuring a special retrospective of Ecuadorian photographer Hugo Cifuentes.  Suipacha 1422, downtown.

In the evening, the first performance of Antidiaspora, featuring music by Argentine musicians developed in France, will be taking place at the Colón Theatre. Functions will be taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. Tickets here.

Friday

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(Photo by Filipe Fortes)

Expect Summery warm weather on Friday and make sure to stop by one of our recommended spots for ice-cream after spending the day outdoors!

In the evening, the first performance of Antidiaspora, featuring music by Argentine musicians developed in France, will be taking place at the Colón Theatre. Functions will be taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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(Photo by Ignacio Sanz)

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

For an off the beaten path outing, check out the Caballito neighborhood and stop by Parque Rivadavia where the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place throughout the weekend. Av. Rivadavia 4800, Caballito.

Head to the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero and look for the stunning monument La Fuente de las Nereidas which depicts the birth of Venus, and was sculpted by Lola Mora, one of Argentina’s most renowned women artists.

You can also 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.

This Week: 23rd Feb- 1st March 2015

Monday

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(A  Midsummer Night’s Dream, Photo Cesar Ojeda)

The Shakespeare Festival is taking place until the 28th of February featuring plays, films, Shakespeare walks and bike rides. More information here.

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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Take a City Sailing tour and get to know Buenos Aires from atop a sail boat! More information here.

Tuesday evenings at BASA bar include great drinks and music by renowned local DJ Nico Cota from 9.30pm onwards. Basavilbaso 1328, downtown.

Wednesday

Stop by the Museo de Arte Moderno in San Telmo where a must-see exhibition of Leon Ferrari’s works is being showcased. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.

In the evening, head to Boris Club de Jazz and catch a live concert by Barbarita Palacios and Paloma del Cerro starting at 9.30pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Thursday

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(Photo by José María Perez 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 La Catedral for a tango lesson. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Friday

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(Photo by Rick Powell)

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!

Last chance to experience Carnaval festivities on Saturday. Stop by Darwin between Gorriti and Cabrera in Palermo between 7pm and 2am and experience the fun!

Juana Molina will be staging a live show at Centro Cultural Konex starting at 8pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

The Sivory Museum, next to the  Palermo Rosedal offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Buenos Aires Architecture: La Casa de los Lirios

(Photo by FJTUrban (sommelier d mojitos))

The Balvanera neighborhood is home to two stunning buildings, both designed by Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega. The first is a residential building with a façade reminiscent of Gaudí and is known as La Casa de los Lirios. The other is nearby and has a stunning cupola with an insignia in Catalan that says no hi ha somnis imposibles (which translates to “there are no impossible dreams”). And in fact, the beauty of the constructions illustrates this idea to perfection.

La Casa de los Lirios was built between 1903 and 1905. The facade is ornamented with leaves and iris flowers (lirios) that give the building its name. Crowning the ledge is a plaster face of an old man that is presumed to be either Poseidon or Aeolus, his son. The entrance and windows are decorated with fluid lines made of iron.

If in the neighborhood, don’t miss the chance to stop and admire these two examples of the gorgeous local architecture. La Casa de los Lirios is located on Av. Rivadavia 2027 and the cupola is on Av. Rivadavia 2009.

5 Curious Stories from the Recoleta Cemetery

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Given the stories and characters the Recoleta cemetery holds, its no wonder that authors Jorge Luis Borges and Bioy Casares used to walk around it together and fantasize about the dead they would befriend if they were to be buried there themselves someday. Great political figures, scientists, writers and other important characters of the city are buried in this cemetery full of stories of broken hearts, love and hate, friendship, obsession, loyalty and ghosts. We looked into some of them and put together five of these curious anecdotes to share with you:

1-Wedded Un-Bliss

Tiburcia Dominguez and her husband Salvador María del Carril spent thirty years of their married lives without speaking to each other. The hatred they lived with for years was taken to their graves after the widow stated in her will that their statues were to be facing opposite directions.

2- To Die For

Gravedigger David Alleno worked for thirty years in the cemetery, where he destined his life savings to his very own plot in the burial ground that obsessed him. The sad story tells that after putting the finishing touches to his precious spot, he went home and killed himself.

3- Homage from a Son

Tomas Guido, one of the generals in the Argentine Wars of Independence was originally buried in the Recoleta Cemetery. His tomb, which took the form, a grotto was built by poet Carlos Guido Spano, one of his sons, who took upon the task of layering each stone with his own hands as a symbol of the humility they had always lived with.

4-The Employee of a Lifetime

The Saenz Valiente family was so happy with their servant, Catalina Dogan that they decided to give her a burial place in the prestigious cemetery. Given the class system of the time, they did however bury her at a distance, outside of the family vault.

5-The Buried Bride

Elisa Brown awaited the return of her fiancée Frances Drummond who fought against Brazil under the command of Admiral Brown (Elisa’s father). Upon his death the young commander handed a watch for the admiral to give to Elisa. The young woman, devastated by the tragic news is said to have drowned herself in her wedding dress to be reunited with the soul of her lover.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

Retiro: This emblematic neighborhood which features the impressive retiro train station, the Torre Monumental, the beautiful Plaza San Martin with its Malvinas monument, and the deco Cavanah building, will charm architecture lovers.

In the evening go to La Cigale for drinks and some live acoustic music from 11pm onwards.

La Cigale,
25 de Mayo 597, downtown.
4893 2332.
Monday-Friday 6pm until late
Saturdays 9pm–4am.
Cash only. Happy hour until 10pm.

Tuesday

Teatro Colon: A synonym of magnificence, the Teatro Colón is one of the most beautiful and prestigious buildings of the city. Internationally recognized for its acoustics and architecture, this is a place to see and experience.  Tours of the theatre are available every day from 9am-3.45pm. We also recommend you see one of the productions being staged.

Later on, you can also check out one of the free music concerts offered by la Casa de la Cultura on Tuesdays.  Featuring tango singer Gladys Reccia this week.  Or for jazz lovers, the swing summit brings together some of Argentinas best jazz musicians at 9.30pm in Notorious.

Teatro Colon
Cerrito 628
4378-7100
http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar

La Casa de la Cultura,
Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Palermo.
4808 0553

Notorious
Callao 966
4813-6888

Wednesday

If want to learn how to make a proper Argentine asado, take a coking class with Teresita! Starting at 11 am, she will take you to the butcher shop to show you the different cuts, then guide you through the preparation of asado and empanadas, and afterwards, allow you to enjoy the meal! After you’ve taken a ‘siesta’ to recover from lunch, head to the Coliseo Theatre for the opening of the Ushuaia International Classical Music Festival featuring the Moscow Symphonica.

Cooking with Teresita
Spiro 456, Adrogue
4293-5992
http://try2cook.com/Argentina-Cookery-Course.html

Coliseo Theatre
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125
4814-3056
http://fundacioncoliseum.com.ar/

Thursday

One of the most beautiful places to do shopping in Buenos Aires is the upscale Galeria Pacifico, well worth visiting for its aesthetic and architectural appeal. You can ask for audio-guides at the information center on Mondays through Fridays from 11.30am-4.30pm. Later on you can check out a homage to the muralists of the Galeria by renowned artist Julio Le Park which is being exhibited at the Centro Cultural Borges.

Galeria Pacifico
Florida and Av. Cordoba
5555-5110

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte and San Martin
5555-5359

Friday

Art lovers should definitely take the Calle Arroyo tours offered every Wednesday and Friday from 3.30pm-5.00pm. The walk begins at the Spanish American Art Museum and takes you through antique stores, design houses, galleries and historic buildings.
Later on in the evening, an exiting alternative, is the acrobatic show “Tiempos que corren” starting at 9pm.

Calle Arroyo Tours: Ayres de Arte
Book in Advance
4327-0228
mifb.turismocultural@gmail.com.

Tiempos que corren
Polo Circo
Combate de los Pozos and Juan de Garay
Tickets: $30

Saturday

Sunny Saturdays are a great day to take a bike tour through the city. Bike your way through the lakes, the north side, the south side or the outskirts of the city and find out more about the city whilst enjoying the fresh air!

http://www.labicicletanaranja.com.ar/english/index_english.html

Sunday

Feria de matadors: This local traditional fair reopens this Sunday and displays local folklore, gaucho competitions and great typical food! We recommend you go before 1.30pm as that is when the music starts. To be on the safe side, we suggest you plan your transportation with the hotel beforehand as to get to the fair you must go through some of Buenos AIres less charming areas.


Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales (Mercado Nacional de Hacienda)