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Buenos Aires News: Edition 5

news buenos aires1 300x222 Buenos Aires News: Edition 5Fires Burn Over 1,200 Acres In Argentina [LAHT]
A state of emergency has been declared in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, where more than 500 hectares (1,234 acres) of forest have been scorched by several fires, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people, officials said Sunday.

Argentine automakers to sell at cost, protect jobs [Reuters]
Argentine automakers will sell basic models at cost through state-subsidized loans in a plan to protect jobs in Latin America’s third-biggest economy from the global economic slowdown. Local plants of Renault SA, General Motors, Peugeot, Ford Motor Co. and other automakers will participate in the government’s plan to protect 150,000 auto industry jobs and to keep production from falling steeply next year.  Now this is an interesting idea!

Argentine Unions Want Floor for Peso Devaluation [Bloomberg]
Argentina’s union leaders want the government to put a limit on the peso’s devaluation, claiming that a softer currency will fuel inflation and undermine workers’ buying power.

Madge blows $1 million in hotel bill [The Times of India]
Madonna reportedly shelled out a million dollars on the Four Seasons hotel in Buenos Aires after she and her crew checked out from its posh premises. The megastar blew an alleged 9,000 dollars per night to stay at the hotel’s private mansion while her 200 backing dancers, singers, make-up artists, choreographers, managers and security checked into another 110 rooms – costing at least 600 dollars each.  Now, I know where at least part of my ticket money went!

Argentina Gun Swap Wildly Successful [IPS]
As a disarmament campaign launched 17 months ago in Argentina nears its end, the government and civil society groups involved in the initiative announced that it has far exceeded even the most optimistic projections, despite the lack of publicity.  The Interior Ministry reported that the programme, in which people voluntarily swap their firearms for cash, has so far collected over 102,000 guns and 721,000 munitions, all of which were destroyed.

Why Have So Many Restaurants Closed in Buenos Aires?  (english version) [La Nacion]
An interesting read, about the closure and pending closures of almost 300 restaurants in Buenos Aires due to the economic crisis. Many of these restaurants had relied on the tourist market and thus increased prices so significantly that they lost the locals. It will be intersting to see if the new visa tax that goes into effect on January 1 will cause a further decline in tourism and what the fallout will be.

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Madonna Postpones Her First Buenos Aires Concert

madonna sweet and sticky tour 300x120 Madonna Postpones Her First Buenos Aires ConcertDamn! I was all excited to check out Madonna’s first show tonight in Buenos Aires. We had scored some VIP tickets, I’ve been listening to Madonna all day, and we had planned out how to go to class, grab dinner and get out to the show in time…  Plus, it was her first show and I was all ready to blog about it when I got home. Then, Mersal read the bad news on Yahoo! Argentina…

(UPDATED with new show information.) Unfortunately, her shows have been rescheduled due to problems with her sound equipment not arriving due to flight delays. Her Wednesday show has been rescheduled to Friday and her Saturday show has been moved to Monday.  Full details are available on the Ticketek site.

So, now I’m going to have to go through my Madonna ritual again on Friday. And, blogging about it is going to be old news…

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Madonna, Christina and Ex-Rebel Hostage Meet

madonna buenos aires 300x220 Madonna, Christina and Ex Rebel Hostage MeetMadonna has arrived in Buenos Aires for her series of near sold-out concerts at the River Plate Stadium on December 3, 4, 6, and 7.  The shows were originally all sold out, which caused scalper’s prices to jump, but additional tickets to all shows were released (dashing many people’s thoughts of making a quick profit).

Her entourage consists of her three children  and 220 dancers, technicians and other crew members.  No word on whether A-Rod is with her or not.  Her Buenos Aires shows will be taped and used for her “Sticky and Sweet” tour video.

Yesterday, in an odd meeting, Madonna met with Argentina’s president Christina Fernández de Kirchner.  Madonna arrived early and Christina brought her into a closed door meeting with her previous appointment, Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.  Betancourt is one of the world’s best known ex-hostages who was freed in July after being held more than six years in jungle camps by leftist rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

This is Madonna’s third time in Argentina and her second visit to the Pink House. In 1996, she filmed scenes from the movie “Evita” on the balcony of the Pink House (Casa Rosada) where she sang “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”

We managed to score some tickets for tonight’s opening concert, so we’ll be sure to let you know how it was.

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Madonna is Coming to Buenos Aires

madonna sweet and sticky tour Madonna is Coming to Buenos Aires

That’s right, Madonna is bringing her Sticky & Sweet tour to Buenos Aires on December 6, and it’s been a big deal.  There are actually three different on sale dates:

August 27 – 29: for members of her fan club
September 6 – 7: for CITI customers
September 8: for everyone else

Ticketek also has a special pre-registration web page.  While it does not guarantee tickets, they claim it will speed up the ticket buying process on September 8.

madonna sweet and sticky tour big 268x300 Madonna is Coming to Buenos AiresOk, so I hate her new album, but I have a special place in my heart for her. I still remember asking the girls in my 8th grade class to cut out pictures of her from their Tiger Beat magazines for me. Plus, you can’t deny that her songs are classics. And, I’ve never actually seen her live before. And, when you compare ticket prices in Buenos Aires to ticket prices in New York it’s a good deal (all in U.S. dollars):

Buenos Aires – River Plate
Campo VIP / Palta Preferencial: $210
Paltea Baja: $160
Platea Alta: $60
Campo: $72
General: $32

vs.

New York – Madison Square Garden
Floor Seating: $354.50
Promenade Seating (Level 100-200): $64.50 – $354.50
Loge Level Seating: $64.50 – $354.50
Promenade Level 300 Seating: $64.50 – $99.50
Mezzanine Level Seating: $64.50

And, the highest prices in BsAs guarantee you’ll get the best seats up front – at MSG, you’ll still be two levels up! Plus, you’d have to pay crazy scalper prices to get good floor seats.

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So, for all those reasons (not that I have to justify anything), I’ve pre-registered and I’ve added September 8 to my calendar to try and get tickets…  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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