This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by J)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy.

In the evening the talented flamenco dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, will be putting on a show at  Parque Centenario at 8pm.

 

Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885

info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

barolotours@gmail.com

 

Parque Centenario

Avenida Díaz Vélez 5463

4982 4252

 

Tuesday

(Photo by Quimbaya)

An exhibition on the storefront windows of the historic La Estrella pharmacy is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad.

In the evening head to traditional cafe Los 36 Billares for a live tango show with dancing staring at 9pm.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Los 36 Billares

Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown

4381-5696

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Valerie Everett)

A special exhibit of clothing and accessories related to weddings and family from 1870-1915  is being showcased at the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano Isaac Fernandez Blanco.

In the evening head to 878 bar in Palermo where renowned cocktail artist Tato Giovannoni will be preparing drinks thought the week.

 

Museo de Arte Hispano Americano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228

 

878

Thames 878, Palermo

4773-1098

 

Thursday

(Photo by blmurch)

Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivory Museum, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens.

Later on Book your place for the 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.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Friday

(Photo by capitu)

Experiment with your senses at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat,  in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 3pm-5.30pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

Also in the area is La Catedral where you can take an informal tango lesson at 7.30pm or at 9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

4864-3200

 

Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.

4958-7387

 

La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro

Telephone: 4342-4794

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Check out one of the documentaries at DocBsAs, the annual documentary festival.  Program available here.

Sunday won’t offer much in terms of activities as it is Election Day, so it is a good chance to walk around the city to see architectural landmarks such as the Puente de la Mujer and the Cavannagh building. Restaurants will be open although alcohol will not be served on Saturday evening or Sunday.

 

Wine Regions of Argentina: La Rioja

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Although Mendoza is Argentina’s top wine region, La Rioja, is one of the oldest and has the longest continued history of wine production in the country.  The Spanish-named province was planted with grapes by Jesuit missionaries who settled there in the 16th century, and is the main producer of our white, crisp Torrontés Riojano, an indigenous grape from which truly local wine is made.

The main winemaking area in La Rioja is Chilecito where the Famatina Valley is located. The high altitude, low humidity, the sandy loam soils and sunny weather make this an ideal place for viticulture with Torrontés Riojano and Bonarda as the main cultivated varieties, although Muscat of Alexandria, Pinot Grigio, Malbec and Syrah are also thriving in the area. Other interesting wine producing areas are Nonogasta, Vichigasta, Anillaco, and Famatina, representing roughly 3,7% of the total area with vineyards in Argentina.

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Start the week by paying a visit to the Carlos Gardel Museum and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. If you stay until 6.30 pm you can watch some live tango and at 8pm  a screening of the monthly tango film (with English subtitles!) which is the documentary “Astor Piazzola, La otra cara del tango.” this month.

Later on head to Isabel, a glitzy posh bar with a dark seventies inspired interior in Palermo that offers great drinks which you trade purchased casino chips (isabelinas) for.

 

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2-15

 

Isabel

1664 Uriarte, Palermo Soho

4834 6969

 

Tuesday

(Photo by blmurch)

Take advantage of the sunny forecast and spend some time getting to know the city outdoors on one of the city bike tours.

In the evening head to Boris Club de Jazz for some live music and drinks.

 

Boris Club de Jazz

Gorriti 5568, Palermo

4777-0012

info@borisclub.com.ar

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Julio Costa Zambelli)

Zona Norte- Start the day off with a meditation at 10 pm in the San Fernando Tren de la Costa station where you can also enjoy a nourishing organic breakfast at the organic market. Then continue on to Tigre for a day out on the river.  More information on Tigre and how to get there here.

In the evening stop for drinks at  Rio Café or indulge in one of Hernán Gipponi’s tasting menus. (check out The Lost Asian’s great review of the restaurant.)

 

Rio Café

Honduras 4772, Palermo‬

Open 10pm-3am‬

 

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Thursday

(Photo by boonj)

Head to Plaza de la República (Av. 9 de Julio and Corrientes) to catch a glimpse of Las cajas voyeuristas,  an urban intervention by the Mexican Dora García who stages scenes of forgotten women of Mexican history inside “voyeur boxes” that spectators peek into.  Starting at 1.30pm. More information here.

Later on Book your place for the 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.

In the evening the popular Portuguese group, Buraka Som Sistema, bring Kuduro, a music-dance from Angola influenced by  sungura, afrobeat and ragga to Niceto Club in Palermo. Tickets here.

 

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 

Niceto Club

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4799-9396

 

Friday

(photo by vtveen)

Sign up for one of the city’s religious tours, which take you to different temples and churches in the city for an overview of the religious identity, history and architecture of Buenos Aires. The tours are carried out the first and third Fridays of every month starting at 10AM. Book your place at cultos@buenosaires.gob.ar or visitasguiadasdgcul@yahoo.com.ar, or by phone: 4323-9410 / 4323-8000 int. 2855/2797

In the evening check out the city’s other religion (football)  at the Argentina vs. Chile match, which starts at 8pm at the River Plate Stadium.  Tickets here.

 

River Plate Stadium

Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Belgrano

4789-1200

club@cariverplate.com.ar

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Metropolis by Fritz Lang)

On Saturday the legendary rock band Guns N Roses return to Argentina on their world tour of Chinese Democracy at Estadio Único de La Plata. Tickets here.

Check out the MALBA´s special screenings of silent films with live music from the National Film Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday there will be a midnight screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and on Sunday at midnight a screening of Metropolis. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Wine Regions of Argentina: Salta

(Photo by Tanenhaus)

Although Salta is most commonly known for its impressive landscapes and colorful indigenas, wine making in the region (as in most of Argentina) dates back to the sixteenth century, ever since Spanish Colonials inhabited the area.  Despite producing a smaller percentage of the country’s wine than other provinces such as Mendoza and San Juan, the viticulture activity of the area has increased in the last years, producing top wines that have acquired great acceptance in the local and international markets.

The two main areas of viticulture in Salta are Cafayate and further to the north Colomé, both in the stunning Calchaquí Valleys. The dry warm weather,  the irrigation from the valleys melt water  and nearby rivers and the arid rocky soil are favorable for the cultivation of fine grapes. Additionally, the vineyards are at very high altitudes (they are amongst the highest vineyards in the world) and have  a lot of exposure to sun, which increases the amount of polyphenols (antioxidants) in the grapes. (The large amount of beneficial antioxidants is generally recognized in all Argentine wine.)

The typical grape of the Salta region is the sweet Riojan Torrontes, for which it is internationally recognized,  and other white grapes that also grow well such as Chardonnay and Chenin. There is also a large production of red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Tannat.

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by J)

ANDA Responsible Travel is a tour agency that promotes social and environmentally friendly  tourism.  One of the alternatives they offer is booking one of their experts to discuss in-depth economy, politics, history and culture of Argentina over coffee.  Choose one of the city’s historical cafes and put yourself in context.  More information here.

In the evening join locals and tourists for a night of fun at the Buenos Aires Pub Crawl, who are organizing a 4th of July celebration. More information here.

Tuesday

(Photo by Pablo SSt)

Head to San Telmo to the charming Museo del Traje (Clothing Museum) and explore the fashions of the 1850´s-1915, 20´s, wedding attire, and children’s clothing between 1860´s-1960´s amongst others.

In the evening the Colon Theatre is staging a production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

Muse del Traje

Chile 832, San Telmo

4343-8427

museodeltraje@gmail.com

Open Tue-Sun 3pm-7pm

Teatro Colon

Cerrito 628

4378-7100

Wednesday

(Photo by Lionel Fernandez Roca)

Visit  the governments cultural headquarter (Casa de la Cultura) and tour the stunning 19th century French style building which originally belonged to “La Prensa” newspaper.  This historical gem also displays different exhibits and concerts in the famous golden room.

Internationally acclaimed Tango orchestra El Arranque, which has won prizes and played with the like of Winston Marsalis amongst others, are celebrating their 15th birthday at 8.30pm in the Teatro 25 de Mayo.

Espacio Casa de la Cultura

Av. de Mayo 575, Subsuelo

or Av. Rivadavia 576

Te. 4323-9669

Tue-Sun 2pm-8pm

El Arranque

Teatro 25 de Mayo

Triunvirato 4444, Villa Uquiza.

4524-7997

Thursday

(Wine tastings at the Fierro Hotel)

Check out the photography exhibition “El Tiempo Detenido. Imagenes de la danza”  at the San Martin theatre capturing special moments in dance.  Whilst you’re in the area don’t forget to try some of the best pizza in the city at close by Guerrin or a warm Submarino (hot milk with a melted chocolate bar) at La Giralda.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s  Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine wine association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

Teatro San Martin

Avda. Corrientes 1530

0800-333-5254

Open midday onwards

Pizzeria Guerrin

Av. Corrientes 1368

4371-8141

La Giralda

Av. Corrientes 1453

4371-3846

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

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Wine Tasting at 7pm

Friday

(Photo by La FruU///LitaBosch)

Explore the charming Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo where you will find all sorts of interesting knick-knacks and antiques.

In the evening head to the Centro Cultral Rojas to view one of the dance shows being put on for their annual dance festival, or to participate in a contact improvisation! More information here.

Dorrego Flea Market

Av.Dorrego and Conde, Palermo

Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by :Antonio)

Saturday is the Argentine Independence day, so keep an eye out for pastelitos, locro and traditional festivities.

Also on Saturday is the Winter Blues Festival at La Trastienda starting 9pm. More information here.

On Sunday’s head to the Iskon Festival for some Bhakti yoga and mantra meditation starting at 5 pm and ending at 8pm with a vegetarian dinner. Cuidad de la Paz 394, Belgrano, 3532-9996.