Art Factory Hostel Blog

Word of the week: Cachavacha vs Cachivache

Cachavacha is a typical Rio de la Plata slang word meaning witch (see also, bruja).

This word is very popular in describing old ladies, in a friendly, childish way.

The number 10 of the Uruguayan national football team,  Diego Forlan, is usually called Cachavacha Forlan, because he looks as an old lady with long hair and pointy nose, as if he were a witch.

Cachivache is a completely different word: It means “a person who is a wreck, a mess.” It can also be applied to rusty, old objects, but it’s mostly used to describe people.

If you hear: “Roberto esta hecho un cachivache“, it means Roberto has turned into a mess, an abandoned person.

In local jail slang “cachivache” is a troublesome, controversial guy who is trying to make himself a reputation by fighting or bullying others, but usually messin’ around with the wrong people, which turns him into a “cachivache”, that is, just another cocky nobody with no respect for the rules of the game.

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BA Photo of the week: Gauchito Gil

For some reason, I’ve never taken a photo of this, one of Grolou’s best pieces in San Telmo. Luckily  someone else took a nice one.



Grolou is still the king.

You can see another great piece of his in Art Factory Hostel and even more on our San Telmo Art Walk, leaving Art Factory every Friday at 2pm.

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Gallery Roundup

Despite the primacy of the World Cup at the moment, the arts season has begun here in San Telmo with several galleries having opened significant exhibitions. Later on in the month, the city’s biggest arts exhibition, arteBA, will run for 5 days and feature artists, dealers, collectors and galleries from all over Argentina and the world.

Zavaleta Lab’s opening of Marcelo Pombo’s newest exhibition made the biggest splash. A handful of celebrities were in attendance including Gaston Gaudio, hunky Argentine tennis star. We covered it over on my Buenos Aires arts blog, Juanele:



Clipped from: juanele.me by clp.ly


One of my favorite local artists and a favorite of those who have taken my art walk, Alejandro Bovo Theiler, presented a new show of his sculptures and dolls at Laguanacazul: Chi comanda? or Who Rules?

More photos here in our flickr photostream.

Laguanacazul is open every day from 10am to 8pm.
Zavaleta Lab, five minutes walk from Art Factory Hostel, is open from 2pm to 8pm, Monday thru Friday.

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Word of the week: Adornar

ADORNAR

Literally adornar means to make something look nicer, to improve something by making it more beautiful. But, in typical Argentine style, in common parlance, otherwise known as slang, it means: To pay under the table

Adornar is similar to COIMEAR (from COIMA, black money) but less obviously, ADORNAR means to bribe someone in order to get what you need.

So literally ADORNAR is a poetic word, but as commonly used its a dark and very common bad habit we Argentines have; a way of life to some.

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Saturday Night in Art Factory: Al ver verás

Free films and presentation at Art Factory Hostel tonight in the rooftop bar.

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Feedback: Doug from USA

What were the best things about staying in Art Factory Hostel?

ASADO!
ART WORK
BIG, CLEAN ROOM

Would you stay with us again?
YES!

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BA Photo of the day: In the navy

Louis Grolou has painted more walls and buildings on the streets of San Telmo, I think, than any other graffiti artist who is also represented on the walls of Art Factory Hostel.



(Someone recently painted over one of his on Chile, for reasons unknown. Kinda pissed me off, but, that’s the transitory nature of graffiti.)

He’s also a tattoo artist and now paints canvases as well — ones that look like samples of flash art you find on the walls of traditional tattoo parlors. He’s worked his own style into and stamp onto these traditional images.


Click here for his Flickr Photostream

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Feedback: Bs As Top 5 from Jose

What were the top five things you enjoyed in Buenos Aires?

People
The “monumentality” of the city
Food
Painted walls [He must mean Art Factory Hostel's walls, all painted by a different artist. And that is one of the best things about Buenos Aires. - Rick]
Cultural options
Book shops [Restaurants, hair salons and book shops: Buenos Aires has a lot of 'em]
San Telmo

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Feedback: José from Spain

What were the best things about staying in Art Factory Hostel?

THE KINDNESS AND HOSTING ABILITIES OF THE STAFF
CLEAN AND TIDY HOSTE
GREAT SHOWERS. MEANING: HOT WATER.
THE BAR AND THE ROOFTOP TERRACE
GOOD VIBE

Would you stay with us again?

YES, OF COURSE

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