With PASO elections this Sunday, our weekend routine is experiencing a bit of a mix-up — club go-ers, if you want to party it’ll have to be on Friday night, since the electoral veda goes into effect on Saturday at midnight. The veda prohibits the sale of alcohol, and takes your favorite boliches out of commission so if you’d like to organize a house party instead, we suggest you stock up before Saturday. On another note, there are still plenty of things to do (believe it or not) that do not involve imbibing alcohol! See a film or some live theater, get your gamer on, or make your own paraben free soap your liver will definitely thank you for it.

Friday 11th August

FOOD

‘Buenos Aires Makes You Fat’ (Buenos Aires te engorda) is a new tour in town hosted by Ayres Viajes that will have you eating your way through the city’s most famous bodegones. A bodegón — or what we might call typical, neighborhood eatery in English — is a place that specializes in serving up porteños’ favorite comfort food. In this case, think meat, potatoes, pasta, lentil stew, or even something more typical of a greasy spoon, like über cheesy pizza, or freshly baked empanadas golden with yolk. The tour starts along Avenida de Mayo, and you absolutely must make a reservation before showing up (send an email to ayresviajes@gmail.com). Tickets are AR $485 per person.

8:15 – 11:15 PM | Avenida de Mayo 1260 | AR $485 | More info

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Photo via Facebook.

REGIONAL

Accordionist Hernán Crespo is presenting his new, award winning CD ‘Puertos’ in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti this evening, together with Emilio Turco on guitar, Rafael Delgado on cello, Mariano Gómez on violin, and Agustín Lumerman on percussion. The setlist is a collection of songs principally from Argentina’s litoral (a region including Misones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Chaco, Formosa, and Santa Fe), in addition to several other parts of the world. The concert is part of a larger cycle celebrating Argentina’s ‘Mesopotamia’ or ‘Land Between the Rivers’ that includes a number of recitals and film screenings. Tickets to the event are free, and are given out an hour before the concert starts, with a maximum of two per person.

9 – 11 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Libertador 8151) | Free | More info

HORROR

Cinephiles take note! MALBA’s next film series will be celebrating the work of Dario Argento, an Italian director (though with a last name like that we thought he was Argentine) whose principal claim to fame is his special brand of horror movies that were produced during the 70’s and 80’s. Tonight both Suspiria (1977) and Tenebra (1982) will be screening in the museum, and as usual, you get to see the two films for the price of one. Tickets are AR $60 and can be bought on Friday at the door.

10 PM – 2 AM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $60 | More info

INDIE

The tenth edition of Minima Disco’s ‘Ciclo Nuevo Puerto’ is taking place in Naranja Verde tonight and if you haven’t been to one of the previous installments we recommend checking out this one. The premise of the ciclo is to promote up and coming bands groups that you are probably not familiar with, nor have ever heard of, but that you would almost certainly like given the chance. Uruguayan power duo Magic Tundra will open with a DJ Set, followed by live shows from Mauro Valenti, Telefonema, Lynx, and Re Signados. For a more in-depth description of what to expect, or for more live music options, check out The Setlist.

11 PM | Naranja Verde (Santa Fe 1284) | AR $90 | More info

Saturday 12th August

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AUTISM

A two-month long workshop on autism will be kicking off in Acompañante Terapéutico Cursos y Especializaciones this morning. Covering everything from what exactly the disorder is, to recognizing and diagnosing it, the classes in question are exceptionally thorough, and will help you, as a family member, ally, or educator, not only to understand autism, but to develop an effective way to make a difference in an autistic person’s life. Registration for the course is free, and afterwards tuition costs AR $630 per month (this includes materials). Upon graduation, you’ll have to pay AR $200 for your diploma, making you a certified professional or at least on your way to becoming one!

10:30 AM – 12 PM | Paraguay 2553 | AR $1460 total, not due all at once | More info

GAMES

Feria Gamer is back with a ‘Retro Bit Champions’ edition, and will be taking place in the super luxurious Hotel Castelar on Avenida de Mayo, where acclaimed Spanish poet Federico García de Lorca once stayed. Get your hands on some unique merchandise this afternoon, or try your hand at one of the many video game tournaments. Alternatively, consider getting your groove on with Just Dance, binge-playing your favorite 3D Nintendo games, and then hitting the thematic buffet without breaking the bank. Tickets to the event are AR $80, and only AR $60 if you buy them ahead of time at one of the following sale-points Café GamerGran ZanzibarKAPOW,  or Misato Comics.

12 – 8 PM | Hotel Castelar (Avenida de Mayo 1152) | AR $60 pre-sale, or AR $80 at the door | More info 

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Photo via Facebook.

THEATER

A theatrical rendition of Roberto Jacoby and Syd Krochmalny’s poem ‘Diarios del Odio’ incorporating music will be staged at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti this evening. An inquiry into human behavior — and in particular how people behave in masses — the piece will examine what great numbers of bodies are capable of: marches, protests, strikes, systematic violence, and looting. Additionally, the piece will also examine a number of hateful comments left on the digital editions of La Nación and Clarín during the Kirchner years, vocalizing them through poetic-pop songs with more than a touch of evangelism. Tickets to the event are free, and will be given out an hour before the function starts. A maximum of two can be obtained per person.

9 – 11 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Libertador 8151) | Free | More info

IRELAND

Celtic Argentina will be staging some of Ireland’s greatest stories tonight in Teatro Armenio through the performance of traditional music and dance. The organization, founded in 1979, has the distinct honor of being the first Irish dance school to be opened on the continent, and for good reason. Argentina, allegedly home to South America’s largest Irish community, took in an estimated 40,000 Irish immigrants up until the end of the 19th century, and today, approximately half a million Argentines claim Irish heritage. Tickets to tonight’s events are AR $200 each — reserve yours by sending an email today (info@celticargentina.com).

9 – 11 PM | Teatro Armenio (Armenia 1366) | More info

Sunday 13th August

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Photo via Omiyage Blogs.

ORIGAMI

Have you always nursed a secret passion for origami? Perhaps you always cultivated it but were too intimidated to try? If you’d like to make it past the paper hats and fortune tellers, and progress, to say, paper cranes, head on over to the Jardín Japonés this Saturday with 95 pe in your pocket. From 2 – 5 PM, origami geniuses Cristina Lualdi and Noemí Nohara will be demonstrating paper-folding techniques at various tables in the garden, and coordinating some actual hands on activities.

2 – 5 PM | Jardín Japonés (Casares 2966) | AR $95 | More info 

DIY

For the health conscious of you who have toyed with, or even actually tried, making things like your own deodorant, this do-it-yourself natural cosmetics class is definitely for you. Apart from deodorant, you’ll learn how to make your own toothpaste and bar-soap, as well as face-masks, moisturizers, and hand creams — incorporating your favorite essential oils at the same time. Intrigued? Send a message here to reserve your place, and start gathering the materials you’ll need at home (Two glass jam jars, one big, one small, a hand towel, and toothbrush). Hey ho, hey ho, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates have got to go!

3:30 – 7:30 PM | Teatro Carnero (Pedro Lozano 4707) | AR $350 | More info

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Photo via IMDb

FILM

Pay-what-you-can film screenings? Now that’s a first. Rapsodia Cinema has organized a showing of the 1984 classic Paris, Texas for this evening — and the theme is (you guessed it) ‘The Road Movie,’ where the destination is not as nearly important as the journey. Come for the evocative cinematography, and in particular, for the emotional shots of the desert landscapes. Homemade goodies will be available for purchase, and for the exact address send a private message here or via email (rapsodiacinema@gmail.com).

6:30 PM | Exact address via private message | Pay-what-you-can | More info

FLAMENCO

A second showing of ‘SECA,’ a dramatic work inspired by Federico García Lorca’s tragic, poetic play Yerma, is being presented tonight in Teatro del Artefacto. For our non-Spanish Lit majors, it’s worth noting that the title of the play means ‘barren’ in English, and the original story revolves around the life of childless woman in rural Spain — and the lengths she goes to to become a mother. Combining both theater and flamenco, ‘SECA’ is a unique work of art that springs from one fundamental question — what happened to Yerma after we first met her?

7:30 PM | Teatro del Artefacto (Sarandí 760) | Reserve your tickets here | More info