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Polo: 2014 Tortugas Country Club Open Polo Championship


The traditional Tortugas Country Club Open Polo Championship, in which some of the teams with the highest handicap in the world will be disputing the Emilio de Anchorena Cup, will kick off on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014.
This is the first of the three great Polo Open Championships in the 2014 Official Spring Season of the Argentine Polo Association, marking the start of the honorable "Triple Crown" of Argentine Polo, also made up by the 121st Hurlingham Club Open and the 121st Argentine Open in Palermo.

Participating Teams:

Zone A
La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan M. Nero 10. Total: 40. 
La Aguada: Facundo Sola 8, Guillermo Caset Jr 9, Miguel Novillo Astrada 10, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9. Total: 36.
Magual: Alejandro Muzzio 8, Ignacio Toccalino 9, Marcos Di Paola 8, Jaime García Huidobro 8. Total: 33

Zone B
Ellerstina: Facundo Pieres 10, Gonzalo Pieres Jr 10, Mariano Aguerre 9, Nicolás Pieres 9. Total: 38
Alegría: Pablo Pieres 9, Hilario Ulloa 9, Lucas Monteverde Jr 9 y Frederick Mannix (h) 9. Total: 36.
La Aguada Las Monjitas: Lucas James 8, Cristian Laprida Jr 8, Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr 9, Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8. Total: 33.

Fixture:

Tuesday, September 23 
4:00 pm: Magual vs La Aguada Suspended for rain

Wednesday, September 24:
2:00 pm: Magual 13 vs La Aguada 12
4:00 pm: La Alegria 15 vs La Aguada Las Monjitas 12 

Saturday, September 27:
4:00 pm: La Dolfina vs La Aguada - Suspended for rain

Sunday, September 28:
2:00 pm: Ellerstina vs La Aguada Las Monjitas
4:00 pm: La Dolfina vs La Aguada
Suspended for rain

Monday, September 29:
These matches will be played at the Argentine Polo Association in Pilar
2:00 pm: Ellerstina 16 vs La Aguada Las Monjitas 12
4:00 pm: La Dolfina 13 vs La Aguada 9

Saturday, October 4:
4:00 pm: La Dolfina vs Magual

Sunday, October 5:
4:00 pm: Ellerstina vs La Alegria

Saturday, October 11:
3:30 pm: FINAL 
WINNER ZONE A VS WINNER ZONE B

The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check on this post online for updates in case of rain.
All matches will be played on fields of Tortugas Country Club, Ruta Panamericana Ramal Pilar km. 38.5 

Tickets:
Matches 1 - 6
General: $100 Pesos
Palco 1 -3: $320 Pesos
Palco 2: $ 500 Pesos

Final: 
General: $170 Pesos
Palco 1 -3: $420 Pesos
Palco 2: $ 630 Pesos

On sale at the club.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event and experience Polo the Argentine way. Contact me so I can arrange transportation for you (at least 24 hours in advance).

Springtime in Buenos Aires - "Lapacho" trees in bloom


This splendid specimen is one of the most famous trees in Buenos Aires. Popularly known as the "Lapacho de Ezcurra", this "lapacho rosado" (Tabebuia impetiginosa), a tree native from the North-West of Argentina, was planted by landscape artist Martin Ezcurra on the corner of Ave. Figueroa Alcorta and Mariscal Castilla, in Palermo Chico, and on September every year punctually announces the arrival of Spring with an explosion of pink flowers:








There Lapacho on Figueroa Alcorta Ave above is the most spectacular of all, but there are many other specimens of lapachos scattered around Buenos Aires, like the ones below:

Plaza Italia

Plaza Italia

Palermo

Botanical Garden

Palermo - Av. Figueroa Alcorta & Casares
Av. del Libertador & Olleros

This ephemeral spectacle lasts only a few days, so those who are in Buenos Aires at the end of September / beginning of October are the only lucky ones to witness it.

Rosh Hashana celebration in Belgrano

The Jewish non profit organization Limud BA, presents the "Urban Rosh Hashana", the celebration of the Jewish New Year 5775 in Barrancas de Belgrano.

This time, for the celebration of the Rosh Hashana, visitors will find typical food, talks, activities for kids, and a stage with live music and stand up comedy. The festivities will take place on Sunday, September 21st, 2014, at 11 de Septiembre & Echeverria, Belgrano, from 12 pm to 7 pm.

Activities:
  • Jewish cooking workshops
  • Live music shows 
  • Stand up Shows
  • Food court with the best of the Jewish cuisine
  • Handicrafts 
  • Documentaries
  • Recreational activities for kids

Polo: The 2014 Jockey Club Open Championship


The magnificent fields of Buenos Aires Jockey Club, located in the town of San Isidro, North of Buenos Aires, will be home of one of the most important polo tournaments in our country. The 50th Jockey Club Open Championship opens the high handicap polo season in Argentina with the participation of the 2013 Triple Crown winner, La Dolfina, with it´s 40 goal team.

After the delay for rain, the start of the tournament has been reprogrammed for September 18, and only 4 teams will be participating:

La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan M. Nero 10. Total: 40.
Chapaleufú La Mariana: Agustín Merlos 8, Alberto Heguy Jr 7, Sebastián Merlos 9, Eduardo Heguy 8. Total: 32.
Santa Teresa: Juan M. Zavaleta Jr 7, Salvador Ulloa 7, Francisco Elizalde 7, Alfredo Cappella Barabucci 7. Total: 28
Miramar: Gonzalo Deltour 7, Valerio Zubiaurre (h) 7 (C), Ignacio Laprida 7 y Santiago Toccalino 7. Total: 28.

Schedule:

Thursday, September 18 
2 pm: La Dolfina vs Miramar at La Ensenada Polo Club (Lujan)
2 pm: Chapaleufú La Mariana vs Santa Teresa at Palermo Polo Field
Free entrance

Saturday, September 20:
3 pm: Final at Palermo Polo Field (Av. del Libertador y Dorrego)
La Dolfina vs Chapaleufú La Mariana
Free entrance

The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check for updates in case of rain.
Av. Marquez 2302, San Isidro
Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event and experience Polo the Argentine way. Contact me so I can arrange transportation for you.

The exceptional art exhibition "Meraviglie dalle Marche" returns to Buenos Aires


An extraordinary exhibition of paintings from Le Marche region of central Italy on the Adriatic, similar to the one held in 2012, will be exhibited at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires, from September 20th to November 30th, 2014.

Called "Meraviglie dalle Marche II", or Marvels from the Marche, this exhibition displays a valuable collection of paintings from an Italian region rich in natural beauty and artistic heritage, culturally important for the quality and number of artists who have contributed much to the pictorial art in Italy and the world. Most of the works are leaving Italy for the first time, and come from private collections and Museums in the region.

The paintings span more than 400 years of Italian religious art, with works from the Pre-Renaissance to the the 19th Century by Perugino, Tiziano, Lorenzo Lotto, Guido Reni, Guercino and other lesser known but highly talented artists.

The exhibited works are by artists Andrea da Bologna, Carlo Crivelli, Pietro Alamanno, Perugino, Nicola Filotesio, Lorenzo Lotto, Tiziano, Federico Zuccari, Filippo Bellini, Andrea Lilli, Domenico Tintoretto, Simone De Magistris, Guercino, Federico Barocci, Guido Reni, Claudio Ridolfi, Sassoferrato, Angelo Caroselli, Simone Cantarini, Bernardo Strozzi, Domenico Peruzzini, Ciro Ferri, Alessandro Vitali, Giovanni Francesco Guerrieri, Baciccio, Lissandrino, Luca Giordano, Pier Leone Ghezzi, Corrado Giaquinto, Anton von Maron, Francesco Podesti, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo.

Location:
Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo: Av. del Libertador 1902

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm
Mondays closed

Admission:
Wednesday to Sunday: AR$ 50
Pensioners with ID/receipt: AR$ 25
Children under 12: free
Tuesdays: Free

6th French Week in Buenos Aires

The French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2014" will take place from September 14th to 21st, 2014, organized by the French-Argentine Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCIFA), and sponsored by the French Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. 

A series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all, including free guided visits to French buildings and sites in Buenos Aires, a movie festival at Alliance Francaise, make-up and fashion shows, art exhibitions, concerts, and a gastronomic festival.


Some of the most outstanding scheduled activities are:

VISIT TO THE FRENCH EMBASSY:
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: Joining the celebration of European Heritage Days (Journées européennes du patrimoine), the French Embassy in Argentina will open its doors to the public. This will allow visitors to discover the Palace Ortiz Basualdo (photo), home to the French Embassy since 1939, built by French architect Paul Parter in 1912.
Besides the main entrance and the honor staircase, the public will be invited to visit the reception halls in the first floor, which make the Palace Ortiz Basualdo a significant example of the French influence in the Argentine architecture.
Accessing the second floor, visitors will admire the main dining room, the music room in a Louis XV style with Chinese decoration, the ball room, its mirrors and its painted boards, as well as the XVI century English style winter garden.
The French Embassy is located in Cerrito 1399, Recoleta.
FREE ENTRANCE. An ID is required to enter the Embassy (Passport or DNI).
During these two days a French Market will be installed at Plaza Cataluña, on Cerrito & Arroyo, offering typical French specialties, crafts and live music. 

FRENCH MARKET "LE MARCHE": 
An authentic French Market will be installed in Buenos Aires, at the . Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, croque-monsieur, crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, cheese, as well as pastries, tarte aux pommes, financiers, macarons, chocolate, viennoiseries, pithiviers, gateau au chocolat, and much more, in over 20 gastronomic stalls.
Sunday, September 14th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, Av. del Libertador & Dorrego - - Canceled for bad weather
Saturday, September 20th, 10 am to 5.00 pm: Plaza Cataluña, Cerrito & Arroyo

FREE GUIDED TOURS:
Sunday 14, 3 pm: "Palermo Chico" - Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Mariscal Castilla
Monday 15, 3 pm. "Hipodromo de Palermo" - Meeting Point: Av. del Libertador & Dorrego
Tuesday 16, 11 am to 1 pm. Wednesday 17, 11 am: Visit to Lesaffre Argentina Baking Center. Free visit with previous registration at: 011-4833-8000 - info@lesaffre.com.ar
Tuesday 16: "A French retreat" - Meeting point: Av. Quintana & Ortiz
Wednesday 17, 3 pm: "The Botanical Garden" - Meeting Point:: Av. Santa Fe 3951
Thursday 18, 3 pm: "Avenida Alvear" - Meeting Point: Cerrito & Av. Alvear
Friday 19, 3 pm: "Justice Courts Palace" - Limited capacity with previous registration at 4114-5791, Monday to Thursday 10 am to 3 pm - Meeting Point:: Talcahuano 550
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 10.30 am and 2.30 pm: "Parks and Monuments on electric bike" - Limited capacity with previous registration by email: turismoendosruedas@buenosaires.gob.ar. Adults over 18 years old. Meeting Point: Av. Sarmiento & Belisario Roldan, Planetarium.

ART AND MUSIC:
Several concerts, Opera performances, screenings from the Paris Opera, art exhibitions and conferences will take place during the week. Click here for the complete list of activities.

All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge.

For more information, complete daily schedules, and registrations, visit "Vivi Francia 2014" official website (in Spanish only).

Gallery Nights September 2014

Gallery Nights is the original circuit for art lovers around more than 60 art galleries, antique shops, museums and cultural centers, organized by the art magazine Arte al Día, AdnCultura (La Nacion newspaper), and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires once a month, between April and December.

The next edition will be on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, from 7 pm to 10 pm, in the neighborhoods of Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta in Buenos Aires.

As always, there will be live music and free shows, and guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Chandon champagne. Maps will be provided to the public so they can visit their favorite galleries and exhibitions at their own pace.

The traditional circuit of Gallery Nights covers from San Martín to Ayacucho Callao and from Tucumán to Av. del Libertador. There is also a free transportation service with fixed stops and a constant route to get to all of the spots in the circuit.

This event is totally free of charge.

Maps, participating galleries and more information: Gallery Nights website.

A week dedicated to the "Bodegones" of Buenos Aires

The Tourism Entity of the City of Buenos Aires, together with Pietro Sorba, renowned gastronomic journalist and author of numerous local restaurant guides, present the second "Semana de los Bodegones Porteños", a week dedicated to honor the gastronomic traditions in Buenos Aires, from September 8th to September 14th, 2014.

"Bodegones" are simple, family owned restaurants, that serve huge portions of popular Argentine food, usually adapted from traditional Italian and Spanish dishes.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed menu with a set price of $ 85 pesos for lunch and $ 135 pesos for dinner, including service charge. The prices are per person. and the menus can´t be shared.

Click here for the complete list of participating establishments.

2014 Festival of the Foreign Communities at the Rose Garden - New date

The Government of the City of Buenos Aires announced that due to the bad weather conditions, the celebration of the Immigrants Day with an open air Festival at the park next to the Rose Garden (Av. Sarmiento & Figueroa Alcorta), will take place on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Groups representing the different communities that reside in the city of Buenos Aires will offer their typical dances, gastronomy and culture, in an event for the whole family.

The celebrations will start at 11.00 am. On a large stage at the Planetarium, over 40 dance and music shows by 500 artists from 60 communities will be presented throughout the day.

There will be stands offering typical crafts, regional products, and traditional food and drinks, like tropical smoothies, arepas, shawarma, feijoada, ceviche, crêpes, lehmeyún, tacos, pignolata, knishes and more.

Xtreme Life Fest: Tony Hawk´s exhibition in Buenos Aires


Tony Hawk, considered as the best skater of all times, will offer an exhibition in Buenos Aires as part of the first Xtreme Life Fest, that will be held on Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at Palermo woods, on Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Dorrego.

The event will start at 1 pm and will last approximately 5 hours. Tony Hawk, who has been the world champion for 12 consecutive years, will  be accompanied by other Skating world stars, such as Neal Hendrix, Lizzie Armanto, Lincoln Ueda, Kevin Staab and Elliot Sloan, and national riders like Gonzalo Rodríguez, Ladas Amarilla and Sandro Moral.

The Festival will also feature live music by DJ Resident Nic Lerner, live bands, as well as stands for fashion designers, skate accessories, skate manufacturers, tattoo parlors, hairdressers, and merchandising.

The event is totally free of charge.
In case of rain it will be held on Sunday 7th.


Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo - September 2014

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a street market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th, 2014, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages in an area specially located at Plaza Unidad Latinoamericana, on El Salvador & Medrano, in the neighborhood of Palermo. The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.

More than 40 gazebos will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.

Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.

There will be special menus for visitors and healthy food to go, and communal tables set on the street of this picturesque market.

Consult on Buenos Aires Market website for any change of schedule in case of rain.





IV Buenos Aires Food Week

Buenos Aires Food Week, the new bi-annual event in which 40 of the best restaurants in the city offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held again from September 1st to September 14th, 2014.

With similar editions in New York, San Pablo, Milan and other major cities worldwide, the goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to learn about premium restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 140 pesos for lunch and $ 220 pesos for dinner, not including drinks, service charge, and tip, + optional $ 1 Peso to be donated to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

The restaurants participating in this edition are: Agraz (Caesar Park Hotel); Akira Nikkei Palermo; Aldos Vinoteca Restoran; Astor Bistro; Bice; Blanch; Brasserie Petanque; Captain Cook; Casa Cruz; Chizza; Club 31 (Buenos Aires Grand Hotel); Contraluz (Alvear Art Hotel); Dashi Palermo; El Faro (Hotel Hilton Buenos Aires); Fleur de Sel; Francesco; Green Bamboo; La Brasserie (Plaza Hotel); La Panadería de Pablo; La Rosa Nautica; Le Grill Buenos Aires; M Palermo; Marieta; Mercado Central; Mullu; Olaya; Osaka Puerto Madero; Osaka Palermo; Paru Inkas Sushi & Grill; Per Se Restaurant; Peugeot Lounge Plaza Grill (Plaza Hotel); Red Resto & Lounge Puerto Madero; Sagardi Cocineros Vascos; Sipan Centro; Sipan Palermitano; Sivela 465 (Mio Hotel); Trattoria Olivetti; To Restaurante; Unik.

Furthermore many of these restaurants will offer a complimentary aperitif with Campari, Aperol, or Cinzano to each person that orders the Buenos Aires Food Week menu.

For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit: www.bafoodweek.com. Some restaurants offer the lunch or dinner menu only. Check the conditions of participation of every restaurant before making a reservation.

If places are left available, people may also attend directly the restaurant of their choice.

Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal. 

"Dondoh Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony" at the Japanese Garden

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires (Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo) presents the festival "Dondoh Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony".

This is an ancient tradition celebrated before the times of the Samurais at the Dondoh Yaki. In this ceremony, the God of Fire is invoked so the God of Earth wakes up from his winter sleep. The God of Fire warms up the Earth so the seeds germinate, and also protects the harvests.

The Festival of Fire will be accompanied by traditional dances and songs, Karate Do exhibitions, and a show of Japanese Drums by the group Mukaito Taiko

Program of Activities:
3 pm: Taiko (Japanese Drums) by Mukaito Taiko
4 pm Participative workshop of Japanese Drums by Mukaito Taiko (limited capacity)
5.30 pm: Closing of the Festival, with burning of boards and Taiko

Admission: $32 Pesos

Antique Car Race - Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre

More than 60 classic cars and motorcycles manufactured before the 1920´s will be exhibited on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 in Recoleta, before the start of the XVIII Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre. The vehicles will be on exhibition on Saturday, on Quintana Ave. between Ayacucho & Ortiz, between 1 pm and 5 pm. After the exhibition the cars will take a short tour around the area and will be garaged until the next day.

The race itself will start on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, at 9:30 am at La Biela (Quintana & Ortiz); from there the vehicles will take on Av. Figueroa Alcorta, Tagle, Av. Del Libertador all the way through Vicente López, San Isidro Cathedral (where the drivers will be able to make a pit stop) and San Fernando, taking Cazón and Paseo Victorica until arriving around midday at Museo de Arte de Tigre. The pilots and their companions will be wearing the typical costumes of the time (early XXth century), making this a fun and picturesque event for adults and children along the route.


This is an historical recreation of the first road race in Argentina, that took place on December 9th, 1096 between the neighborhood of Recoleta and the suburbs of Tigre.

The Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre is unique in South America for it´s singularity and the good state of preservation of the participating vehicles.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo - August 2014

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a large market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, August 23rd, and Sunday, August 24th, 2014, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages at El Dorrego, located on Zapiola 50 (between Dorrego and Concepción Arenal), Palermo Hollywood.  The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.

More than 40 stands will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.

Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.

There will be special menus for visitors and food to go, with communal tables inside the picturesque market

For more information visit Buenos Aires Market website.






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