Spanish Thru Experience: Anthropology as everyday practice

Spanish Through Experience invites you into the home of anthropologist Barbara Grünenfelder-Elliker who will reflect on the mundane, the funny, as well as the “non-exotic” aspects of research and practice in this field. Items connected with anthropological fieldwork will illustrate how theory and method land on the floor of everyday reality. 

Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 3 PM

If you are interested, please contact Shaké Balian or email:



Spanish Thru Experience: 20th Anniversary celebration

“Spanish Through Experience” celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a birthday bash on Wed. October 24th, 2018 at 3 PM. The venue is Edda Valeska Schmitt’s atelier (where we will be able to see her wonderful paintings) on Obligado 2661, 3rd floor, in Belgrano. The program,  which also commemorates the “Writers’ Workshop’s” 25th anniversary, will include Alicia Magide’s recital of Oliverio Girondo’s poems, a Gershwin medley sung by Kathy Power, and Charmian Brainwood’s Quiz (with prizes!). All you have to do is sign up, bring savory or sweet finger food and remember a joke so that we can have many healthy laughs!

If you are interested, please contact Shaké Balian or email:



Spanish Thru Experience: National Academy of Tango

“Spanish Through Experience” organizes a visit to the National Academy of Tango (Academia Nacional del Tango), for September 26th at 4:30 PM. The Academy is located on Avenida de Mayo 833, right above the traditional “Café Tortoni” and it houses tango’s cultural heritage. It was founded in 1990 by well-known poet Horacio Ferrer. We will be received by its current President, Gabriel Soria, a renowned tango disc collector, radio speaker and lecturer who is the organizer of the World Tango Festival. He will speak about the Academy’s activities and his own role disseminating tango. The activity is made possible by María Rosa Braile, a long-standing tango fan.  

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 26th , at 4:30PM with the option of having coffee/tea at Café Tortoni at 3:PM (reservation needed so please mention it when you sign up).

If you are interested, please contact Shaké Balian or email:




Spanish Thru Experience: Bookbinding exhibit

Expert bookbinder, Marta Donadieu invites this study group to enjoy her exquisite collection of books which she has handcrafted over the years. Marta’s creations – which fall into the category of “artistic bookbinding” – are crafted with handmade paper, typography, engravings, and drawings. She will offer insight into the methods of this centuries old craft.

The meeting will take place on Wed., August 8th, at 3PM.

If you are interested, please contact Shaké Balian or email



Spanish Thru Experience: Astrology

Our group met on May 28that María Rosa Braile’s home for a talk on Astrology by María Rosa, who has studied astrology for the past ten years  and guest speaker Lic. Osvaldo Vartanian, an expert in Astrology and the interpretation of Natal Charts. Astrology is based on astronomical observation but it is not a science; it is an outlook on reality. Each zodiac sign is governed by one planet. The planets conform archetypes, potent psychic images which are related to an energy within us.  Thus, astrology develops the conscience of our energies, which includes taking into account the influence of the four “elements:” fire, water, earth and air. The talk concluded with the reading of  the Natal Chart of our group’s chair, Shaké Balian.


Spanish Thru Experience: Modern sculptures

On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 3 pm, artist María Rosa Braile, a former President and long-time member of our Club, will talk about her work and modern sculpture, and will be exhibiting some of her pieces for Spanish Through Experience. She has kindly offered to serve tea and coffee after her talk about “El Arte como Camino de Crecimiento Personal,” so finger food by those who attend will be welcome. For reservations and the address, please call Shaké.