Book Group — August 10 — 2 pm — Zoom


I​n August we will be discussing The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, August 10 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to and you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is below.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

September — Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, 304 pages, published 2018

October — What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt, 386 pages, published 2004

November — Shining New Testament by Cliff Williamson, 600 pages, pre publication

December — Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llhosa, 388 pages, published 2011

January 2021 — Disappearing Earth by  Julia Phillips, 262 pages, published 2019

February 2021 — On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, 256 pages, published 2019

Ladies´ Night Out — Thursday, February 20 — 7:30 pm

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Hello BAIN Downtown and Suburbs ladies! We are back! So join us for this month’s Ladies Night Out special.
The plan is to meet at a special place in Palermo. La Dolfina Polo Bar is a clothes store selling the famous polo team brand with a very cool bar in the back.  Check the link and you will fall in love with it

There will be lively conversation, drinks and nibbles and the most important … time with girlfriends!

First time? Don’t be shy. We are waiting to welcome you.
When: Thursday, February 20th
Where: La Dolfina Polo Bar Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3301,
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hope to see you there!

Vote for Book Group Reads for 2020 — return form by February 7

Readers, please choose 10 from among the 26 books listed as candidates for 2020 reading by the BAIN Book Group.  Even if you won’t be in town for every meeting, anyone interested is invited to vote.  Fiction, non-fiction, books in translation, classics, they are all on the list.  Give 10 points to your favorite, 9 points to your next favorite, etc.    Address comments, get the form, and return the form to  In a continued effort to please everyone …  Toni will forward you to the voting form if the list below doesn’t serve you.

Vote Title Author Pages Year
1 News of a Kidnapping Gabriel Garcia Marquez 291 1996
2 No One Writes to the Colonel Gabriel Garcia Marquez 69 1978
3 The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922
4 Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011
5 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 201 1962
6 The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt 369 2014
7 What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004
8 All Over Creation Ruth Ozeki 432 2004
9 The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Elisabeth Tova Bailey 209 2013
10 Spell of the Sensuous Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World David Abrams 368 2012
11 God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine — Victoria Sweet 372 2012
12 The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015
13 Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018
14 Next Year in Havana Chanel Cleeton 394 2018
15 Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria Beverly Daniel Tatum 358 2017
16 The Indigo Girl Natasha Boyd 343 2017
17 Where’d You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple 335 2012
18 A Single Thread Tracy Chevalier 331 2019
19 Disappearing Earth Julia Phillips 262 2019
20 Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019
21 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019
22 Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson 207 2019
23 Three Women Lisa Taddeo 320 2019
24 Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom 368 2010
25 Gilead Marilynne Robinson 247 2004
26 Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng 298 2014

Monthly Social — Recoleta Grand Hotel — 6 pm — Friday, January 31, 2020

The first BAIN DT social of 2020 will be held at the Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745.  Please join us on Friday, January 31 from 6 to 9 pm.  Meet the many new members and greet those who are back in town.

At the social, BAIN Downtown members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer. 

Please send your RSVP to

Location: Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745, CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

Book Group — January 13 — Barrio Norte — 2 pm

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Barrio Norte.  Please send your RSVP to for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with, please.  We really need suggestions for 2020 books.  Please send any and all to  We look forward to seeing you.

The book for January is Fascism, A Warning — Madeleine Albright, 294 pages.

From the book cover — The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given these horrors, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

BAIN Arts & Culture returns to PROA — Anish Kapoor exhibit with lunch — December 3, 12:30 pm

Dear BAIN Members,

We’d love you to join us for our last Arts and Culture event of 2019 – an afternoon at Fundacion PROA.

WHERE: Reception: Fundación PROA
WHEN: Tuesday 3rd December
MEETING POINT & TIME: 12:30 at PROA’s reception area, Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 y Caminito
HOW TO GET THERE: Buses 20B, 29B, 53, 64 or taxi
PRICE: 700 pesos per person to include entrance, lunchtime activity on Anish Kapoor’s work
LUNCH: Includes main course, a glass of wine, water, dessert or coffee.

RSVP: +5491136782558 or

Anish Kapoor
Sir Anish Mikhail Kapoor, CBE, RA is an Indian British sculptor specializing in installation art and conceptual art. Born in Bombay, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. Kapoor’s Mother was an Iraqi Jewish immigrant who moved to India from Baghdad with her parents as an infant. His father, a Hindu, was a hydrographer for the Indian Navy, who spent much of Kapoor’s childhood on the ocean collecting data. His cosmopolitan and forward thinking parents sent him to a prestigious boarding school and by the time he was a teenager, he found it greatly challenging to fit in to Indian society. He credits 15 years of psychoanalysis to helping him understand his artistic journey which he began in London, later returning to India to find the roots of his art before returning to the UK an becoming a British Citizen.

While the quantity of work listed on his website is mind boggling link here, the exhibit has just a few installations, each unique and thought provoking. Kapoor gave a talk in 2017 at Usina del Arte in La Boca when he told a funny anecdote about a man who threw his glasses onto a black circle created by Kapoor stating “This isn’t art!!!” As his glasses fell into the void he had to swallow his words. A similar work forms part of this exhibition so I’d not recommend testing the same theory. We will talk about each of the works over lunch so that you will have a better understanding and appreciation when you see them,

As some of you know from our last visit, fundacion PROA is not a museum since it has no collection. Yet it brings some of the most important contemporary artists from around the world and has a new educational facility, PROA 21 a couple of blocks away.

On the top floor of the foundation building Cafe Proa looks over the Riachuelo inlet and the Iconic Loading Bridge Puente Transbordador Nicolás Avellaneda built in 1914 and now a national monument. You can also catch a glimpse of the top of the Bombonera, Boca staduim, if you go out on to the balcony.

Ladies Night Out — Tuesday, November 19 — 6:30 pm — Recoleta

Hello ladies!
Please RSVP to

BAIN would like to invite both BAIN DT and BAIN Suburbs to join us for this month’s Ladies Night Out featuring LOL Havings’ Spring Collection and then walking over to Maldini Bar at Buenos Aires Design.

Join us for bubbles and check out LOL Havings’ collection starting at 6:30 pm at Angele’s, located at Callao 1578, 1B (Downtown).
Don’t miss out on your chance to start doing some holiday shopping!.

Then, we will walk to Maldini Bar on the terrace of the Buenos Aires Design. Food and drinks a la carte.

First time? Don’t be shy, we are waiting to welcome you! And if you’re not a newcomer, this is a great opportunity to bring someone new in town.

Hope to see you there for some girlfriends’ time!

BAIN Downtown and Suburbs

End of Year Event! December 5 — Palermo — 8 to 11 pm

Join us at Cabernet Restaurant, Borges 1757. Palermo, from 8 to 11 pm to celebrate the Holiday Season together.

Buy your ticket at any  BAIN event or from any BAIN Board member — Silvia, Teresa, Paula, or Toni


The menu and service are outstanding.  As is the company of friends!


Monthly Social — American Club — 6 to 9 pm on Friday, October 23

This month’s BAIN DT social will be held at The American Club of Buenos Aires.  Please join us on Friday, October 25.  Notice our new hours — 6 to 9 pm.

Both BAIN Downtown and American Club members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer. 

Important — Since the American Club is a private club, your RSVP needs to be received by October 23.  Please RSVP to

Location: American Club of Buenos Aires, Viamonte 1133, 10° Piso – CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

Lunch and Museo MALBA — Friday, October 18, 12 Noon

For Sale, The Hair Salon, Back to School & other works by conceptual artist Leandro Elrich

We will begin at 12 midday with a look at one part of the exhibit, break for lunch at 12:30 and visit the remaining part of the show after lunch.

WHERE: MALBA, Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
WHEN: Friday 18th October
MEETING POINT & TIME: 12:00 at MALBA Reception
HOW TO GET THERE: Buses 130, 102
PRICE: $1000 including a light lunch, museum entrance and tour
RSVP: +5491136782558  or

We will see how Erlich rethinks moments in our everyday lives and repackages them in magical funny, nostalgic and at times disturbing ways. From the laundry to the elevator, sitting in a hair salon, a puddle on the sidewalk, a triangular garden, an underwater gathering and a journey back in time to a classroom are creations of a brilliant mind, each creating a sense of illusion that gives us all, young and old alike, an opportunity to reflect and wonder.


Ninina Bakery is MALBA’s in-house dining space. At a community table, sharing plates and a glass of wine, we will play a Q&A card game related to the exhibit before heading upstairs to the second floor.

Hope to see you there.