Argentina is the focus for the 2012 Houston International Festival, and along with loads of music, food and an arts market, there’s the Chevron Argentina Living Museum. A transformed Sam Houston Park will give visitors a taste of Buenos Aires, beginning with a cafe in the architectural style of the famed Casa Rosada and a 20-foot reproduction of the national monument, the Obelisco de Buenos Aires (the Obelisk of Buenos Aires). There’s also a replica of a street soccer field similar to the ones where many great Argentine soccer stars got their start, and one of Recoleta, the cemetery where Eva Perón and others have been laid to rest. A graffiti mural, Buenos Aires’s most abundant form of public art, and the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), a 9,000-year-old cave with pictorials from ancient indigenous peoples, round out the museum. All of the planned performances, demonstrations and exhibits will transport festival-goers to Buenos Aires, the city once known as the Paris of South America. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through April 29. 1000 Bagby. For information, call 713-654-8808 or visit www.ifest.org.
Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: April 21. Continues through April 29, 2012