Archive for Category: "Music"

1Apr
2011

Parque Tres de Febrero

Buenos Aires residents are park people. The weekends are for filling green spaces with friends, spending hours relaxing with mate and music, or for strapping on a pair of rollerblades and circling the park. The city might not make for a long list of touristic must-sees to tick off, but I always recommend if people want to see Buenos Aires, want to get it, they should spent time at a park on the weekend. My personal favorite is a leisurely […]

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26Mar
2011

Mardi Gras Parades 2011: The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Zulu feels different from many of the other parades. They borrow a few floats from other krewes and throw beads made for parades as far back as 2009, but the sentiment here is unrivaled. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club isn’t called a krewe—it was founded in 1916 before the term was popular—but it is one. Zulu is one of the oldest organizations to march. Their parade takes place at 8 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, so the highly motivated […]

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11Mar
2011

Buenos Aires Carnaval Murgas and Corsos

This year was an important one for Carnaval in Argentina. In 1976, the Argentine military dictatorship, the same one responsible for the country’s devastating Dirty War during which thousands disappeared, eliminated the nationwide Monday and Tuesday Carnaval holidays. La Presidenta Cristina Kirchner re-instituted them as public holidays at the end of 2010 to take effect this year, so March 7 and 8 were days off. Party! Below is a clip of the Palermo corso, complete with murga, that took place […]

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10Mar
2011

Carnaval in Buenos Aires

The world’s biggest party — Carnaval — culminated and concluded Tuesday. While Rio is the number one Carnaval destination, Argentina throws some serious celebrations of its own, from non-stop Gualeguaychu madness to dances in the streets of Buenos Aires. The Carnaval celebrations in Buenos Aires consist of murgas and corsos. The corsos are the parades, and murga refers to the art, or the song and dance, and the community-based groups that perform it. The celebrations are a mix of loud […]

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9Jan
2011

Shot of the Week

The green of electronic musician Deadmau5‘s mouse ears are the centerpiece of the neon stage at the October 22, 2010 show at the Congress Theater in Chicago. –Tara for TKGO

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18Nov
2010

Saving Money in Buenos Aires

It is easy to live big on American dollars in Buenos Aires. My first weeks in the city I got continual thrills out of evaluating the prices of things in pesos and dividing by four, which is the current approximate conversion rate. But, a traveler’s mentality toward money is different from a resident’s, and I have finally begun evaluating prices pesos against pesos, rather than pesos to dollars. Now my thrills come from saving pesos while still enjoying all Buenos […]

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1Nov
2010

Fuerza Bruta in Buenos Aires

It took me coming to Buenos Aires to finally make it to Fuerza Bruta. I had wanted to go in Chicago, but missed it. Then I set my sights on New York City when I was home over the summer, but it didn’t work out. It’s best it happened in Buenos Aires, though, because here is where the show originated. The interactive, acrobatic, near-no-dialogue show has viewers standing in a high-ceilinged, enclosed room for the duration, which is about an […]

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8Oct
2010

La Bomba de Tiempo

In my first post about my new home city of Buenos Aires, I spoke of the beat of the city, and how the energy here is palpable. Nothing demonstrates that musicality so vital to this city’s personality better than the weekly, high-energy percussion show called La Bomba de Tiempo.     The group of distinguished percussionists plays together every Monday at the Ciudad Central Konexbeginning at 7 pm with guest performers under the direction of Santiago Vazquez. The show, which costs 25 […]

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5Oct
2010

Hello, Buenos Aires!

It’s been a bit since I’ve authored a TKGO post, but my move to Buenos Aires and consequent settling-in time provided the perfect opportunity for Tara, the arctic adventurer, to bring you her awesome TKGO Antarctica installment. Now that I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and closer to Antarctica than ever, I might just have to figure out how to take a jaunt down there. At the very least I’ll make it to Patagonia! I’ve been in Buenos Aires for about […]

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