U2 fans across South America have been eagerly waiting to find out if and when the Irish rock band would return to the continent for its 360° tour.
While there has been no official confirmation from the band about any South American tour plans, the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported last week that U2 will play Brazil in November, 2010.
According to the report, U2 will do three shows three show in Sao Paolo and one in Rio. If that’s true, it means U2 would almost certainly play Buenos Aires very close to that date.
In other U2 news, in case you haven’t caught U2 ’s spectacular 3D concert movie, you can see it in Buenos Aires at any of the Showcase movie complexes in Belgrano, Marínez, Haedo, as well as in the interior cities of Córdoba and Rosario. For show times and more info, click here.
Keep in mind that U23D will be showing at these theaters for just two weeks from Nov. 12-25.
Most of the scenes in the 84-minute movie, which was the first of its kind to be shot entirely in 3D, were filmed during two concerts here in Buenos Aires. In an interview with IndieLondon last year, Bono talked about why U2 shot the film in South America in general and in Buenos Aires in particular. (more…)
Che Boludo: A Gringo’s Guide to Understanding the Argentines
By James Bracken, Ediciones Continente, 30 pesos, 61 pages
Reviewed by Stephen Page
On a recent sunny spring day, while wandering the streets of Buenos Aires, searching for a café where I could sit outside at a table and sip an espresso while looking at the passers-by (a popular Argentine custom), I detoured into a bookstore.
On the very first shelf I came to, I found a pocket-sized book titled Che Boludo, with the subtitle: A Gringo’s Guide to Understanding the Argentines.
I opened the book and discovered it was a dictionary of sorts, filled with words I had never read before. The words were contemporary Argentine slang, and the definitions were in English. “What a great find,” I thought.
After a decade of living in Argentina, I have been missing some of the slang while talking with friends, or at Sunday family get-togethers (they don’t teach Argentine slang at US universities, or in most of the Castellano classes offered in Buenos Aires). I was growing tired of repeatedly asking, “What? What does that mean?” (more…)
Click Fest, a party for hip, young-at-heart Internet fanatics, social networkers, media and PR professionals, and digital designers, is taking place next Thursday in Palermo.
Please drop by. I’ll be there, and so will some of the other contributors to The Argentine Post. So stop by and say hello. Hope to see you there!
Link: Facebook Page
Where: The Newbery Club on
Honduras y Ravignani
When: Nov. 2 at from 7:30pm to 1am
Though Argentine businessmen maintain an almost dead silence about all things political, two of the country’s most influential entertainers recently spoke out about violent crime in the country.
Mirtha Legrand, host of an exceptionally successful and long-running daytime lunch show, called on Argentina’s president to give a nationalized televised speech to the country about crime. You can see her comments here in the following YouTube video.
Mirtha’s comments followed related comments by Marcelo Tinelli, host of the wildly popular ShowMatch program on Canal 13. Without naming names, Tinelli made a desperate appeal for government officials to do more to stop what seems to be a new crime wave.
Tinelli says his comments weren’t aimed “against anyone,” but he implicitly criticized President Cristina Fernández for her constant talk about “human rights,” implying that while she spends her time talking about human rights, Argentines are getting slaughtered in the streets by violent criminals who kill with almost complete impunity.
The comments made by both of these celebrities seem to reflect pervasive sentiment in the broader society, a society that – justified or not – has become outraged about what it feels to be complete and total government inaction on life and death issues like deadly crime.
The 24th annual Mar del Plata International Film Festival begins Saturday.
The festival runs from Nov. 7 thru Nov. 15 in the coastal city of Mar del Plata and will screen films from Argentina, Spain, South Korea and the US, among many other countries.
The opening film, which is featured here in the YouTube trailer, is “A Serious Man” by the Coen brothers.
In previous years, celebrities attending the festival have included Jacqueline Bisset, Renee Zellweger, Kathleen Turner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, among others.
For more information about the festival in English click here. You can download a PDF of the complete film schedule by clicking here. A much better document, available in both English and Spanish, is this one, which gives great overviews of the films and their directors, etc.
A trial began this week for Argentina’s last dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, and others accused of kidnapping, torture, murder or other abuses of power during the dark days of Argentina’s dictatorial regime.
This new video by Al Jazeera provides a brief overview of the story.
If you’re not familiar with the story behind Argentina’s troubled relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and what this has to do with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center here, then you’d be wise to check out this video from Al Jazeera which looks at the issue.
The 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, or AMIA, was the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentine history. It killed 85 people and injured hundreds.
On Sunday former Argentine soccer star Fernando Cáceres was shot in the head as theives tried to steal his car while he drove through the neighborhood of Ciudadela on the western outskirts of the City of Buenos Aires.
The 40-year-old Cáceres, who played for Argentina in the 1995 World Cup, now lies comatose in a hospital, with a bullet lodged inside his brain.
Unfortunately, what happened to Cáceres wasn’t an entirely isolated incident.
Car theft (including violent car jacking) has soared in Argentina so far this year. And it’s risen dramatically in the area where Cáceres was shot, as well as in other parts of the country.
Nationwide, car theft rose almost 21% in the first nine months of 2009, according to CESVI, a car and road safety organization. But the data vary dramatically depending on location.
Car theft rose only 2.4% in the capital City of Buenos Aires.
But it skyrocketed by 140% in the neighborhood of Ezeiza and by 197% in General Rodriguez and 136% in Lujan.
In the City of Buenos Aires, the worst areas were Flores, where theft rose 12.8%, and Retiro, where it jumped 12.5%.
In the country’s interior, car theft harshly affected Neuquen province (+67%), Mendoza (+66%), Santa Fe (+53%) and Cordoba (29%).
Argentines, who already eat more beef per capita than people in any other country except Uruguay, are eating even more of the fleshy red stuff.
Between January and September of this year, per capita beef consumption rose about 4% to 73.2 kilograms (161.3 pounds), the Argentine Beef Industry Chamber, CICCRA, reported Monday.
That’s the highest level in 15 years, the chamber said.
It means that the average Argentine eats the equivalent of almost two McDonald’s Quarter Pounders every day, all year long. That’s a lot of meat, and it doesn’t even include chicken, pork or lamb, which are consumed in much smaller quantities.
But it’s still not as much as what they eat in Uruguay, where last year per capita beef consumption totaled 86 kilograms.
The rate of crime rose again last month, making October the fourth consecutive month of increases, according to a new study.
Torcuarto Di Tella University’s latest crime “victimization rate” survey indicates that both overall criminal activity and violent crime worsened last month.
Di Tella’s study, which surveys households in 40 urban centers around the country, shows that 34.6% of these homes said at least one household member was a victim of a crime within the past 12 months.
That figure is up a bit from 32.7% the previous month and up from 29% a year ago. That puts crime up about 19% on the year and up almost 6% on the month.
The study said that reported crime victims were much more likely to be well educated. Indeed, 42.4% of victims had a college degree or at least some post-high school education. Meanwhile, 34% of victims had just a high school degree and 31.7% had only an elementary education.
Crime was worst last month in the cities of Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Tucuman, where 43% of households reported having a victim. The victimization rate in the City of Buenos Aires last month was 38.1% while it was 31.9% in Greater Bueno Aires.
Link: Di Tella Victimization Survey
Men can be pigs. And they can be most swine-like when it comes to bathroom behavior. They often don’t clean up after themselves and they frequently don’t wash their hands after relieving themselves. It’s disgusting, as women know all too well.
A 2005 study of bathroom etiquette in the US found that 90% of American women wash their hands after using the bathroom while just 75% of American males clean up. That percentage for men had actually fallen to 66% by 2007, according to a newer version of the study.
As quoted in the NY Times, Michael T. Osterholm, chairman of the public health committee of the American Society of Microbiologists, which commissioned the survey, said he couldn’t explain the difference:
“I don’t think anyone knows why men are so much less likely to wash than women. People who use urinals probably think they don’t need to wash their hands. But the overall message is that most Americans do wash their hands after using the bathroom, even though we have a long way to go.”
We have a long way to go, indeed, especially in Argentina, where poor bathroom infrastructure tends to promote bad behavior. (more…)