Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Autódromo Municipal

And I thought municipal golf courses were a strange idea.

In my mind, the archetypal racetrack (for cars) is more of a professional sports stadium than public park, but in Buenos Aires the Autódromo Municipal appears to be open to all drivers [Google Maps].

With credit to Google for the translation, here is the description on the city’s website:

Located in the south of the city (at the intersection of Avenida General Paz Roca) is the Municipal Autodromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez. On weekends, thousands of spectators from all over the country come to enjoy the skills offered by different tracks. Autodrome has a Picódromo. Anyone interested can register their vehicle in one of the classes and participate in the stings.
I think the word which was translated to “strings” – picadas – can also mean races. So anybody can participate in the races! I wonder how many people actually do.

Niagara Centre for the Arts II

The feasibility study can now be found here. The Standard has highlights from last night’s City Council meeting and the study presentation.

Niagara Centre for the Arts

I think as far as the city is concerned, the Niagara Centre for the Arts is a done deal. The consultants (surprise!) say it would be a good idea. Now all we need is funding from the province and Ottawa.

I’m watching the presentation to City Council on the local channel right now, but I can’t find the report on the city’s website yet.

It sounds pretty good. The consultants are talking about promoting downtown on downtown’s terms. It’s not meant to compete with Fallsview Casino for Celine Dion; it’s not meant to compete with the Empire cineplex at the Pen Centre. This will be something unique in the city (and the region, I think).

(photo credit)

Visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario

I arrived at the AGO this afternoon to take advantage of the free admission and discovered that the entire city had the same idea. The line folded in on itself a few times along Dundas, went down McCaul, and then wound up and down both sides of Grange Road. It was really a sight to behold.

But considering the time of year, the wait wasn’t too bad. The line moved fairly quickly and we got to the entrance in about 90 minutes without losing any toes to the cold or getting soaked by rain. I took this picture from the end of the line and you can clearly see how far away we are from the AGO.

Waiting for the AGO

I’ll let others extol the virtues of the new building. Christopher Hume at The Star and Nicolai Ouroussoff at the NYTimes (via Richard Florida). (I will say this: even with the incredible crowds outside, it rarely seemed crowded inside.)

Sometime in the next few months I’ll have to go back because there was no way to see everything in a few hours this afternoon.