As Evita belts out in the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, “what’s new, Buenos Aires?” The answer is, always a lot. Tango Town is one of those world cities that’s always afroth, no matter what time of year, and that means there’s always something exciting to do, no matter what your tastes – especially when it comes to culture. For example, check out some great stuff if you happen to be hitting town this coming month:
Speak of the devil – at the museum dedicated to one of history’s most colourful golddigger first ladies, Eva Perón (1919-52), “let’s hear it for the Rainbow Tour, it’s been an incredible success”! Through the 14th, you can catch the final two weeks of an exhibition documenting Evita‘s much hyped 1947 swing through Spain, Italy, and France (though downplaying Switzerland, where protesters lobbed rocks and tomatoes at her), including five of her outfits on the tour. It’s also a big year generally here, marking the hundredth anniversary of Evita’s birth.
“Stella!” One of the USA’s foremost 20th-century plays, Tennessee Williams‘ A Streetcar Named Desire, was reimagined as an atonal opera in 1995, and gets a fine staging here, with soprano Daniela Tabernig in the lead role, on 7, 10, 12, an 14 May. Also, the mid-19th-century French ballet Le Corsair is on the menu the last two days of May (as well as the first two of June)
With a half century of work under her belt, Diana Dowek is one of Argentina’s foremost living painters, and on display through 2 June an exhibition of her Paisajes Insumisos (Insubordinate Landscapes) will leave you gobsmacked – as will the painting and installations of her also distinguished countryman Carlos Alonso (now age 90), especially focussing on the dark days of Argentina’s dictatorship and “dirty war” from the early 1970s through the early 1980s.
And while you’re here, check out the pair of new halls putting on permanent display 400 artifacts both from the colonial Spanish and pre-Columbian eras (the latter from the cultures of northwest Argentina from the 5th century BCE through the 1500s.
If you’re in the mood for a big concert experience, head to this arena (named after the amusement park it replaced) in the central San Nicolás district, with May headliners including Lauryn Hill on the 1st and everyone’s favourite classical boyband Il Divo (top) on Friday the 24th.
Beyond all that, of course, the rest of the city’s museums, theatres, concert halls, and galleries also offer a dizzying variety of ever changing programming. For more info in English, check out Turismo.BuenosAires.gob.ar, Frommers.com, EventGuide.com, and ExpatArrivals.com.