As promised in a week when I have not done much Tango I thought I would tell the story of another of my photos.



This is the story of the day we went to the planetario.
I had for some time wanted to see it, and as progress on our apartment was stalled, we thought we would take advantage of a beautiful summers day to walk across Palermo to Libertador. On the way we visited all the national gardens, French, Dutch and German. The heat was really getting to me so we stopped in a hat shop, for something to shade my head.  I had my hair quite short in preparation for the heat, but I was totally unprepared for the forty degrees plus that it reached. The top of my head was also burning through my now thin thatch. so there was nothing for it but a hat.
Luba said when she saw it that I looked like a yanqui, and I think all the shop owners agreed, because suddenly everyone was over charging me.
When we finally reached the planetarium we grabbed the first ice cream vendor we could find and then hid under a tree.
Now for the exciting bit, but no! after all that walking, “Cerado para reparaciones” it seems the school holidays is the best time to close for repairs, but as it was Christmas they did have a very nice poster to view, with a picture of Saturn looking like a Christmas bauble.
I have included some photos of Avenida Libertador that I took on the way, as well as the park lands around the Planetario and Libertador.
I was very impressed with the tennis club, it seems it was built by the British to make themselves feel at home. The guy standing outside though did not seem impressed with us, and when he started approaching us in a purposeful manner, it was time for a quick exit.
We returned very footsore but had enjoyed some nice views on the way. I still have not been inside the planetarium though, perhaps I will next time.


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9 responses to “Planetario

  1. tangobob

    Many thanks Jan, I will check it out in May.

  2. jantango


    Zivals has the largest collection of tango CDs and DVDs in Buenos Aires. The best part is that you can listen to any CD before you buy. They are located at the corner of Corrientes and Callao in the theater district. You can find their on-line store at


  3. tangobob

    I know Gloria Garcia does birthday dances, although usually only for the women, I did get dragged up by her, and as I was the last to dance, ended up dancing longer than anyone else. The room was full of tango teachers, I was a nervous wreck when it was over.
    I do not know Zivals, where do I find it? I have a list of CDs I want and any savings are welcome.
    Thanks, Bob

  4. jantango

    The only organizer I know took time for birthday dances was Enrique Rosich of Milonga de los Consagrados in Centro Legion Leonesa who died a month ago. It’s possible that Alito will be asked to dance; if so, I’ll be in line.

    Zivals has been out of the Cafe de los Maestros DVD, but today I saw it at a shop on Florida at the “tourist ripoff” price of 59 pesos; Zivals sells it for 25. They are the best source of tango music and books.

  5. tangobob

    Hi Jan
    It must be an age thing but I cannot remember if we normally go there on a Tuesday, So I will have to remind myself some way.
    Will you do the birthday dance for a man? It will give Viv a chance to dance with agood dancer for a change.

  6. jantango


    It’s too early to know about anything for May except that Alito (a milonguero) will turn 80 on May 13. I’m planning a party for him at Plaza Bohemia (Maipu 444) on Tuesday night at midnight.


  7. That looks like a really cool place.

    Planetariums are great!

  8. tangobob

    Thanks again Jan for the comments. I will look out for the CD set. Hopefully the DVD will be out by the time I return. Do you know of any events in May?

  9. jantango

    If only you could have been at the Planetarium on Saturday night for the outdoor concert of “Cafe de los Maestros” which closed the summer festival. It was a clear night under the stars to see and hear the legends of tango perform. I know tango fans who arrived at 5:00 to get their front row seats for the 7:30 concert. I thought the concert started at 9:00, so I missed half of it. It was a very special night of tango for the hundreds who attended. Bandoneonista Chula Clausi (97 years) performed with the other maestros who took part in the Grammy-award winning album.

    You’ll want to buy the two-CD set at Zivals, but it will be difficult finding the documentary film on DVD. The book will be out this year in English.

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