While the forecast looks just as miserable as ever, spring is coming, and the men and women behind the city’s cultural agenda are collaborating to turn up the heat. In short —there’s an immense selection of things to do indoors that will (hopefully) keep the drizzle from dampening your spirits, as well as one or two things to get you out of doors in case it all blows over (and that is a possibility). We’ve got kick-ass comic and fantasy conventions for my fellow head-in-the-cloud-ers, live music from a number of superb local talents, and some lovely new film series shining the spotlight on French and Taiwanese cinema, respectively. Get out there and show the weather who’s boss!
Friday, 1st of September
The fourth edition of Comicópolis is set to kick off this afternoon in La Rural. Advertised as the largest festival of comics, caricatures, and cartoons in Latin America, it will feature the best works of both local and foreign talents, in addition to hosting live drawings, thematic chats, and workshops. Among this year’s highlights include expositions titled 40 Years of Star Wars, 60 Years of the Eternauta, and Las Máquinas de Quino (Quino being the nickame of Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, the genius behind comic strips like Mafalda). The event will be going on for all three days this weekend — tickets start at AR $160 and be purchased online here.
12 – 8 PM | La Rural (Santa Fe 4201) | AR $160 | More info
The disappearance of Santiago Maldonado has caused an uproar across the country — and with good reason. It echoes what is considered to be the darkest moment of Argentine history — the military dictatorship of the ´70s and early ´80s — when an estimated 30,000 civilians were forcibly disappeared by the government (read: detained, tortured, and murdered). Numerous political organizations have expressed their outrage over Santiago’s disappearance and have demanded his re-appearance immediately. Today they will be convening in the Plaza de Mayo from 5 to 7 PM — exactly a month from the date he was last seen living.
5 – 7 PM | Plaza de Mayo | More info
Palais de Glace’s audio-visual art space ‘Kino Palais’ will be the site of a month long odyssey into the world of French animation. Organized with the support of the Institut Français, the series of screenings will examine both past animations and present, with a special focus on the works of celebrated writer and director, Michel Ocelot. This Friday’s program features two short films, Les trois inventeurs and La bergère qui danse, followed by the full length classic Kirikou et la sorcière. Tickets to the event free, and are given out half an hour before the screening starts — make sure to show up early, since space is limited!
7 PM | Palais de Glace (Posadas 1725) | Free | More info
Popular singer-songwriter Ramón Ayala is playing an intimate concert in the round tonight at Xirgu Espacio Untref. Born in the province of Misiones (that tiny, curled finger of land wedged between Paraguay and Brazil), he is recognized as being one of the best representatives of the region’s rich and varied folk music. In addition to performing the songs he is known and loved for, with the aid of Ivan Elizaincin on guitar, and Joaquin Benítez on bandoneon, Ayala will also recite a number of his poems, and share several humorous insights. Tickets start at AR $250, and can be bought online or at Xirgu’s box office (open from 4 – 8 PM Mondays through Fridays).
9 – 11:55 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $250 | More info
Saturday, 2nd of September
Faerie Fantasy Buenos Aires — one of Argentina’s premier fantasy conventions, featuring the best of fantastical worlds, literature, art and film — is getting ready to open its doors this weekend for a magical 2017 edition. The famous Labyrinth exhibit is back this year by popular demand (sure to please cult film’s die-hards), and fans of the NeverEnding Story will be pleased to know that Noah Hathaway — aka Atreyu, but now all grown-up and hunky — will be in attendance. And as if that weren’t good enough, Dolores Avendaño, illustrator of the Spanish language translation of the Harry Potter saga, has also been invited to the event in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer/Philosopher’s Stone. Get your tickets ahead of time for AR $100 at Saturnalia Fan Store, Entelequia Belgrano, Quality.Store. – Exclusive items and gifts or DW Clothing. They can also be purchased for for AR $150 the day of the event at the door.
12 – 8 PM | Mirador Eventos (Acoyte 754) | AR $100 pre-sale | More info
‘International Reggae Day’ is a new concept to Buenos Aires, organized by the City Government to celebrate the popular Jamaican genre and its culture here in Argentina. Setting up camp in one of the city’s largest green spaces, Parque Sarmiento, the festival boasts a day-long line-up of the best reggae music, including performances from international groups like The Real Sound Of Black Uhuru, Gondwana, Michael Rose, and Sly & Robbie. Foodtrucks will provide hungry festival go-ers with plenty of opportunities for good eats throughout the day — or, the more adventurous of them might pack a basket for a picnic, in anticipation of the coming spring.
2 – 10 PM | Parque Sarmiento | Free | More info
If you couldn’t get enough of our recent poetry guide, read on: Todxs lxs chicxs — the cultural collective composed of poets, musicians and performers — is back, and has organized an open mike night in Centro Cultural La Senda – Seamos Libres. Combining passion for poetry, with affordable clothes, local fanzines, and good eats, we’ve been promised an eventazo — in essence, something you won’t want to miss. Expositions by several visual artists will open the evening, along with a healthy dose of live music — following this, anyone and everyone who has a poem to share will be able to do so, having previously registered with the organizers, of course.
6:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Centro Cultural La Senda – Seamos Libres (Juan B Thorne 493) | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Eclectic Rioplatense group Perotá Chingó is presenting their chill new disk, Aguas, in Sala Siranush – Teatro Palermo tonight. The group, that was formed after a summer spent hitchhiking and musicking their way up and down the Uruguayan coast, is characterized by a wide variety of rhythms, styles, and languages, that is united around one central component — the sound human voice — which swims in and out of their tracks in an ethereal, unearthly manner. The result, a unique musical geography, is one that must be experienced live to fully appreciate. Get your tickets online for AR $300, or at the door the night of the event (AR $350).
Sunday, 3rd of September
The purifying and transformative power of fire has been revered and celebrated in numerous cultures around the world — and this Sunday, in our very own Buenos Aires, Hi Matsuri, the traditional Japanese Fire Festival, will be celebrated in the verdant Jardín Japonés. Participants in the festival will be given a small block of wood, where they will be able to write something they would like to leave behind. This will then be burned in a ritual fire that will convert “all the negative things we have been through . . . into positive energy that will give us strength to start something new or continue along the path we are already on.” Entering the gardens and the festival will set you back AR $95 and kids under twelve, disabled persons, retirees, and seniors (over 65) enter for free, presenting official ID.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés (Casares 2966) | AR $95 | More info
If the season finale came just a little bit too soon, and you haven’t fully processed the fact that the next episode won’t be out for another two years, don’t despair quite yet — Games of Thrones fans in Buenos Aires have organized ‘Winter Is Coming,’ what is probably the largest convention of its kind in Argentina, where you can celebrate, debate, share, eat, parade, dance, engage in some friendly combat, and spend what’s left of your hard earned pesos. Highlights from this edition include ‘Strategies to Conquer the Iron Throne,’ ‘The Language of Dragons: An Introduction to High Valyrian,’ ‘Sand Snakes, Dances from Dorne,’ a flea market, and (for the nerds of us out there), all day sessions of GOT board games (picture RISK but with a colorful map of Westeros and Essos). Entrance to the convention is free, although food and merchandise sadly are not.
12 – 7 PM | Caseros 1750 | Free | More info
The 17th edition of the enormously popular Expo Cupcakes y Repostería is here to help you get your sweet tooth on. A confectioner’s dream come true, this baker’s exposition is for all those who love making cakes, cookies, crumbles, and the lot as much as they do eating them. Featuring national and imported goods for all of your baking needs, free demonstrations, workshops, master classes, and satisfying, sugary exhibitions, this expo is your one stop shop for everything sweet. Tickets will be sold for AR $100 the day of the event at the door.
1 – 8 PM | Sarmiento 1867 | AR $100 | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is inaugurating its ‘Encounter with Taiwanese Cinema’ this evening — a month-long, free series of screenings showcasing four films representative of the small island’s most recent developments in filmography. Organized in collaboration with the Commercial and Cultural Office of Taipei, the series will provide a unique insight into the history of a country that has struggled to win international recognition (under China’s ‘One-China’ policy, countries that wish to have relations with Beijing may not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state). The first film in the series is Hou Hsiao-Hsien recent ‘The Assassin.’ Tickets will be given out an hour before the film starts until the the center’s theater reaches capacity.
Opening chat at 5 PM, film at 6 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info