August is upon us my lovelies — and if you’re wondering where the year has gone, you’re certainly not on your own. This weekend promises to be much brighter than the last few we’ve had, with some solid sunshine to make getting out into the metropolis all the more enticing. We’ve got several art and interior decoration events on our radar, heaps of good music to choose from, numerous chances to stuff your face with healthy and responsibly-sourced food, and of course — we couldn’t leave it out — the obligatory touch of glitter.
Friday 4th of August
If your studio apartment is looking rather bare, this is your chance to invest in some one-of-a-kind, charitable deco and finally spruce it up. ‘Pimp My Factura‘ is an international effort to help three community day care centers pay off their debts (factura in this case means a bill — not a pastry). Artists from seven different countries have transformed the centers’ outstanding bills for electricity, gas, and maintenance into small masterpieces that will be sold in the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas this Friday. The idea is that if you like the art, you can keep it — by simply paying the price printed on the bill. Prices will range from couple hundred pesos to several thousands — for a look at what’s available, or to learn more about the artists, click here.
7 PM | Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (Corrientes 2038) | More info
‘Nina Sessions’ is an Argentine homage to the extremely talented and versatile vocalist Nina Simone. Ranging from soul, to blues, to jazz, to gospel, Simone’s music (and her career) defied definition. Young Buenos Aires musicians An Díaz and Anahí Fabiani will be revisiting her work in Bebop Club this evening — putting a special emphasis on the songs in the singer’s repertoire that best exemplify blues and gospel. They will also cover the classic hits that made the singer a legend.
Curious to see what’s in the cards? Have the strength to take a look? Brand spanking new cultural center cum boliche Feliza is outdoing itself with a barrage of vibrant, engaging activities — among them, a beginners tarot workshop. Learn about the iconic ‘Fool’ and his journey through the 54 card deck, and discover how it relates to yourself and where you are in the process. Each class is three hours, and the first one kicks off this Friday. Subsequent classes will be held at the same time each week, and materials will be distributed by the experts at YOGA & Arte Tarot. The cost per one month of classes is AR $1000 — reserve your spot via email ya (email@example.com).
6:30 – 9:30 | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | AR $1000 per month | More info
Piano lovers, mark your calenders — Mariana Obersztern’s “Oberek, Un Bemol Mayor,” is opening in the Teatro Sarmiento this Friday. A piece for “piano, woman, public, and orchestra,” the musical composition takes place around the story of “a troubled pianist, lost in time, and willing to find herself.” Intriguing description piqued your interest? Get your tickets at the theater’s box office, open from 10 AM to 10 PM, Tuesdays through Sundays.
8:30 PM | Teatro Sarmiento (Sarmiento 2715) | AR $140 | More info
Saturday 5th of August
In yet another chance to decorate your home, Voleando Cachila Casa de Reciclado (located just blocks away from Plaza Irlanda) has organized a two-day sale on their affordable, Nordic-inspired furniture. The offerings this time around include staples like night-stands, mini-tables, and bookshelves. Check out the Casa’s Facebook page for a look at styles, sizes, and colors — we can guarantee that there’s something for virtually everyone, as well as for every budget.
10 AM – 6 PM | Terrero 884 (apartment 6) | AR $500-1800 | More info
OK, we get it — Argentina is a major producer of grains — but if a diet of medialunas, bizcochitos, thick-crust pizza, empanadas, palito salado, and spaghetti with a side of bread followed by a slice of cake has turned you off from eating wheat ever again, Feria SIN TACC may be just the thing you need. Organized by the same people behind Buenos Aires Market, this gluten-free market is setting up on Figueroa Alcorta and Jerónimo Salguero, right next to the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA). With roughly 50 stands boasting gluten-free products, and 25 celiac-friendly stands and food trucks, this is the perfect chance to stock up on something that isn’t wheat — or take a class on how to make your favorite meal without it.
10 AM – 6 PM | Figueroa Alcorta and Jerónimo Salguero | Free | More info
A festival celebrating the cultural wealth of the Indian subcontinent will be taking place in Villa del Parque this evening. Bhakti yoga expert Radha Govinda Prabhu will be in attendance, and there will be a number of ongoing activities, including a chat about the key concepts of Eastern philosophy, readings from the Bhagavad Gita, recitations of mantras and devotionals, ‘musical therapy,’ and the sharing of vegetarian and vegan food. There is no cover to get in, although donations will be graciously accepted.
Can I get a YASSS? RuPaul veterans CoCo Montrese and Pandora Boxx are taking Rheo by storm tonight in one of the spiciest editions of ‘HUMAN’ party we’ve ever seen. It’s going to be a fabulous, pop-filled night, jam-packed with beautiful people dressed to the nines grooving — top it all off with a drag performance and what more could you want? Add your name to the discount list (firstname.lastname@example.org), bring your ID, and make sure to get in the door before 2:30 AM. Admission is AR $350 and includes three drinks.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | Marcelino Freyre and Infanta Isabel | AR $350 | More info
Sunday 6th of August
After failed negotiations with Mother Nature last month, Feria del Productor al Consumidor is up and running once again — for those who aren’t familiar with it, the Argentine take on a farmer’s market is a collective of self-managed workers who see through their products from start to finish. And luckily for the people who like to know a little more about what they’re buying, the vendors would be more than happy to give you an in depth explanation of each of the steps that goes into their production (Agronomía is the new Portland?). For a look at just a fraction of the available products, check out the market’s Facebook page here, where you can ogle jars of pickled cabbage, or reserve yourself some home-grown mushrooms (NOT the magical kind).
10 AM – 6 PM | Facultad de Agronomía (San Martín 4453) | Free
Another edition of our favorite Venezuelan food-fest is taking place today in the parking lot of Colegiales’ famous Mercado de las Pulgas (Flea Market). Uniting an increasingly large community that has been forced abroad due to an economic and political crises, today’s event shows solidarity with Venezuelan immigrants to Argentina, and celebrates something we can all get behind — food. There will be arepas, pastelitos, tequeños, sandwich de pernil, empanadas, and much, much more. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to sink their teeth into a torta tres leches or paleta de helado (what could be described as an ice cream pop). The event will go from 10 AM – 7 PM and there is no charge to get in.
10 AM – 7 PM | Concepción Arenal and Enrique Martínez | Free | More info
In honor of International Sailor Moon Day (yes, there actually is a day for that!) Argentina’s die-hards have organized an unforgettable afternoon dedicated to celebrating the manga and televison series that continue to be remembered so fondly around the world today. Entrance to the event is free, and a wide range of activities have been planned — theatrical musicals and shows, drawing competitions, a cosplay parade, and select Sailor Moon screenings. Presumably, there will be fan merchandise and food, so budget your sueldos (‘salary’ or large wad of cash that gets you through the month) accordingly!
1 – 7 PM | Espacio Cultural Adan Buenosayres (Eva Peron 1400) | Free | More info
Totó la Momposina, one of Colombia’s truly legendary voices, will be performing a free concert in the Centro Cultural Kirchner this evening. Fusing her soulful voice with the sounds of Caribbean drums, and regional rhythms, Totó will sing from her vast repertoire of songs, as well as sharing some of those that are native to her country like chalupas, guarapas, cumbias, and rumbas. Tickets can be picked up this week in the CCK from 12 – 7 PM — a large crowd is expected, so the sooner you get yours the better!
7 PM | Sala Sinfónica, CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info