With a tumultuous week behind us — a special thanks for the chaotic Tuesday commute, Pence — it’s time to settle in for a three day weekend, with Argentina’s Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, right smack dab in the middle. If you’ve got some in the immediate family, let the little guys in your life know that you love ’em, or if not, lavish your own inner child with some well-deserved TLC. Children will listen, as Stephen Sondheim would remind us, and God knows they grow up too fast — so everybody, whatever you end up doing, make it a point to have a drink, and toast to something that we can all get behind: youth.
Friday 18th of August
The Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is conducting an intensive (and economical) seminar on Argentine audiovisual art. Focusing on the aesthetic work of Argentine artists and their unique decisions, narratives, and concepts, the seminar will explore audiovisual installations, video-art, ‘expanded cinema,’ and the practice of found footage, among other expressions that attempt to control what we see — and at the same time — how we see it.
5 – 7:30 PM | MACBA (San Juan 328) | AR $300 | More info
William Wordsworth once said that poetry was ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings . . . recollected in tranquility.’ A succinct definition of one of the most misunderstood genres in literature, the transformation of experience into revelation is what the art-form is all about — and it is in line with Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti’s mission to be a place of meeting and transformation. If you want to experience the magic of poetry yourself (it will help if you are also fluent in Spanish), come to the 30th edition of ‘Poesía en la terraza’ — it’s a wonderful way to spend the evening. There will be live music by popular group Salmuera to accompany the impressive range of tonight’s guests — among those who have been invited to share their work this time around are Emiliano Bustos, José Antonio Cedrón, Daniel Freidemberg, Valeria Pariso and Diego Roel. Enjoy!
6:30 – 9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Avenida del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
‘The Fictional Map‘ is returning once again to Buenos Aires — a project started by Japanese graphic designer Yuko Shoji, who was interested in exploring the music beyond her country’s borders (particularly in Latin America). Taking the form of digital publications that review and (and sometimes interview) up and coming artists, Shoji also puts together mix-tapes featuring the best of each artist’s work. Tonight’s concert is a night-long celebration of artists whose music Shoji has hand-picked, and will include live performances from Jvlian (Beat set), Pumba Soundsystem, and Agustín Spinetto (El Orgullo de Mamá), in addition to a DJ set combining tracks from Shoji herself, Fukuoka-based Breezesquad, and our very own — squeal! — Coiffeur.
11 PM – 4 AM | Naranja Verde (Santa Fe 1284, left doorbell) | AR $50 | More info
Fiesta Brandon is throwing its 17th anniversary party this Friday in Niceto Club — and, if you stop by Casa Brandon beforehand to buy a drink, your purchase will get you a free pass to the party, saving you a total of AR $170. One of the city’s premiere LGBT parties, Brandon Gay Day has been described by The Bubble in the past as ‘the best option for people with souls and actual taste in music.’ Besides that, the party has a healthy mix of both guys and girls, and is also — in the spirit of equality — straight-friendly.
1 AM til the sun comes up | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $170, for a free pass see above | More info
Saturday 19th of August
A intensive, one-day workshop on how to create your own ‘urban orchard’ for your balcony, patio, or terrace has been organized in Casa Demetra for those people that are dying for a little more green. Providing some concrete options for city-dwellers with limited space, the workshop will help make your dream of an urban garden possible by covering all of the logistics. Besides ideas for space-saving structures, the workshop will also look at what to plant, and when, in addition to giving you some hands on practice at more tricky techniques — like the keys to a successful transplant. Register for the workshop today via email (email@example.com), and make sure to ask for the address!
3 – 7 PM | Address via email | AR $500 | More info
Renowned electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, on tour in South America, has added one last show tonight for her fans in Buenos Aires. First winning acclaim on America’s Got Talent, Stirling rose to worldwide fame through YouTube, before signing with Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter. The artist, openly Mormon, won a Billboard award for her second studio album ‘Shatter Me,’ that chronicled her struggle to overcome anorexia, and paved the way for her most recent album, ‘Brave Enough.’ Tickets to Saturday’s show can be bought online here at Ticketek, and start at AR $600.
9 – 11:59 PM | Teatro Opera (Corrientes 860) | From AR $600 | More info
Although garnering mixed reviews following its 1998 debut in the U.S., ‘The Big Lebowski’ has since become a cult classic. Chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry, it falls into the category of films that hold cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance. Tonight El Bar de Kowalski is hosting a Lebowski themed party that will go on well into the wee hours of the morning. Fans have been promised thematic music, a cosplay contest followed by awards, an art exposition, ‘tattoo set’ (your guess is as good as mine), and allegedly, lots of White Russians.
10:30 PM – 5 AM | El Bar de Kowalski (Billinghurst 875) | More info
Bust out the garish neon colors and have your hairspray at the ready — Buenos Aires ‘best’ 80’s party is back at You KNOW MY NAME bar and ready to rock. Tonight at midnight we’re all jumping into the time machine and going back to the golden age (or at least one of them), when Madonna, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Queen, Blondie, The Smiths, and Soda Stereo were still in the spotlight. If you confirm your attendance on the Facebook event page, you can get in for free before 2 AM — otherwise it’s AR $100, but hey, it comes with a drink.
11:59 PM – 6 AM | You KNOW MY NAME (Marcelo T. de Alvear 1540) | Free (details above) or AR $100 after 2 AM | More info
Sunday 20th of August
The eighth edition of Festival Holístico is coming to Parque Saavedra for a celebration of ‘love, colors, healing, and sharing without money.’ Expect a day full of workshops, classes, alternative therapies, free-ferias, free plants, a picnic, and of course — lots of maté. If you’re interested in the free-feria, bring anything with you that you’d like to give away — not sell — and that goes for seedlings and plants as well. If you’d like to participate in the picnic, bring a ‘cruelty free’ dish to share (we recommend something vegan). Yoga enthusiasts keen on outdoor practice will be pleased to note that there are many varieties that they’ll be able to engage in and choose from — pranayama, flow yoga, kenko yoga, acro yoga, and if you’re bringing along the kids, there’s yoga for children too. Just remember to bring your own mats!
Feria BIO — an organic, vegetarian market dedicated to providing you with a selection of sustainable, responsibly sourced products — is back this Sunday in Despierta Espacio with its 14th-ever edition. Besides serving as a place to scout out wholesome ingredients for your next meal, the feria also offers several free classes and workshops to the public. Today’s agenda includes Hatha Yoga from 1:30 – 2:30 PM (register at firstname.lastname@example.org), a ‘Do You Know What You Eat?’ info-session from 3 – 4 PM, and a ‘Live Nutrition and Body Cleansing’ workshop from 4:30 – 6 PM. The market is open air, while all classes will be held inside.
12 – 6 PM | Despierta Espacio (Federico Lacroze 3578) | Free | More info
‘The Strange World of Tim Burton’ is coming to Barracas neigborhood’s Espacio Cultural del Sur. Organized with the support of the city government, this fan-tastic event has been designed just for lovers of Burton’s work, and won’t cost you a cent (unless you’ve got some extra pesos burning a hole in your pocket). Our Alice in Wonderland enthusiasts will be able to participate in a game of croquet with the Red Queen, or attend a delectable ‘Mad Tea Party,’ made possible by Budines y Tortas de Colores. Others might be enticed by the Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired ‘Oogie Boogie Game Show,’ or any number of the live performances put on by groups like ‘The Beetlejuice Circus.’ How could you ask for a better way to spend Argentina’s Día del Niño than by celebrating your inner child?
12 – 8 PM | Espacio Cultural del Sur (Caseros 1750) | Free | More info
Buenos Aires’ Collective of Anti-patriarchal Men (Colectivo de Varones Antipatriarcales CABA) have organized a spicy, mixed-grill varieté this evening in PVT’s Independencia shelter that goes by the name of Boquitas Pintadas (Painted Little Mouths). And as if the line-up itself that’s been put together weren’t a good enough selling point, consider this: the event is pay-what-you-can. Highlights from this 11th edition will include feminist stand-up comedy by Florencia Galindo, music by Gaby Gap and FernidG, performances by Carmelitas Clown, Montse Ruano, Gonzalo Genone and Sara Valero Zelwer, and live painting by MABE.
9 PM – 2 AM | Independencia 947 | Pay-what-you-can | More info