For those of you in school: Congratulations! You survived the first half of the year. For the rest of you, hey it’s the weekend! Whether or not you actually passed your parciales or made any of your deadlines this week, here are a few ways to reward yourself for successfully arriving at the weekend.
POETRY: Sometimes you need a little poetry to wind down from the weekday madness. The Centro Cultural de la Memoria is here to provide just that with their latest cycle of Poesía en la Terraza. Come to the Terraza de Conti in the cultural center for an afternoon of reading and reflection. Poets like Osvaldo Aguirre, Cecilia Perna, Carla Sagulo, José Villa, and Horacio Zabaljauregui will be performing starting at 7:00 PM. Centro Cultural de la Memoria (Av. Del Libertador 8151) Free!
ART: You’ve heard of Dadaism, but have you heard of Dataism? Spanish media artist Solimán López will present his latest project, titled Harddiskmuseum at the MACBA. The show consists of a live presentation of unique digital art archives on a hard drive by the artist himself. The tour of the insides of a computer starts at 7:00 PM and is free! MACBA (Av. San Juan 328)
TANGO: Reconnect with your sensual side at one of the best Friday night Milongas: La Taba Práctica will host its usual open práctica at the Centro Achorena from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The evening is free, and DJ Marcelo Garcia will make sure that you’re not a wallflower. All they ask is that you bring some sweet treats to share (or at least some mate). Centro Achorena (Doctor Tomás Manuel de Anchorena 441)
MOVIE: If you’ve reached your movement quota for the week and would prefer a stationary activity, the Museo de Bellas Artes will premiere Alexandr Sokurov’s Francofonia (2015). Find out about the history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and meditate on the timelessness of art in one of Buenos Aires’ most beloved art sanctuaries. You can see a complete list of the museum’s movie series here. The show starts at 8:30 PM and tickets are ARS 70. (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2280)
DANCE: Pretend you’re in Brazil with a beginner and intermediate Samba class, followed by a night of Samba, forró, zouk, and even tango with live music! Fight the cold and get moving with DJ Peque Vénere, and (all the way from Brazil) Flor de Aguapé. Tickets are only ARS 70 and the music starts at 10:00 PM. El Quetzal (Guatemala 4516)
PARTY: Parties are always better when it’s dark enough to hide embarrassing dance moves, but are you ready to party in the pitch black? Konex is working on making sight-less parties the next big thing. See whether it’s worth the hype with an homage to Daft Punk’s “Discovery” in total darkness. The show starts at 9:30 PM and tickets are ARS 120 in advance (get them here) and 150 at the door. Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131)
PARTY: For a party that allows for the use of all five senses, head to see la Coca Sarli at Mostrafest. The epic night advertised as ‘full of magic’ and ‘one for the history books’ includes go-go dancers, djs, and vjs galore. Your magical, historical night starts at midnight and tickets are only ARS 90 if you buy them in advance here and ARS 100 at the door. Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2450)
LECTURE: We’ve all had one: Anthropologist Julián Mario Ponisio’s Lecture titled Crisis de Identidad will make you feel like you’re not alone. Come listen to what promises to be a compelling afternoon of self examination, inspired by the release of his latest book with the same name. The talk starts at 5:00 PM at the Museo Histórico de Buenos Aires Cornelio de Saavedra and it will only set you back ARS 5 to get into the museum. Museo Histórico de Buenos Aires Cornelio de Saavedra (Av. Crisólogo Larralde 6289)
CLOTHES: Come for the vintage clothes, stay for the music! Bombay Streaming Bar is hosting Viva Vintage with more than 15 vendors to keep your style flawless. There is no charge to get in, and there will be live music by pop/electronic music group Individuo to keep your wardrobe inspired for the whole afternoon. Get there at 4:00 PM so you don’t miss out on any great pieces. Bombay Streaming Bar (Buenos Aires 583)
MOVIE: Make a little room in your Saturday for the film that La Nación called, “as exotic as it is captivating.” The Museo del Cine will be playing Federico Pintos’s Generación Artificial (2015). The film studies the relationship between music and technology in its admittedly subjective look at the history of vjs. Come see Pintos’s latest masterpiece starting at 4:30 PM. Museo del Cine (Caffarena 49) Free!
TANGO: As the Mundial gets closer and closer, Buenos Aires seems to be amping up its tango game. The grammy award winning, La Orquesta de Tango is putting on yet another awesome free concert at the Centro Cultural Soka Gakkai. The music starts at 6:00 PM and will fall under the expert conducting hands of Raúl Garello, Néstor Marconi, and Juan Carlos Cuacci. The concert starts at 6:00 PM and there’s no charge to get in! Centro Cultural Soka Gakkai (Donado 2150)
MUSIC: For a slightly different musical direction, head to La Usina del Arte for an evening of Bach Cello Suites. Steffan Morris will be here in the flesh, interpreting one of the greatest series ever written. Principal cellist in the London Philharmonic and professor at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Morris is gaining a great deal of traction in the classical music scene. See what all the hype is about, and indulge in a little Bach at 7:00 PM. La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) Free!
MUSIC: Having the option of tango, classical or a Ukulele orchestra in the same night = why we live in this tremendous city. Right? La Familia de Ukeleles will be putting on a free show at the Parque Patricios starting at 8:00 PM. The musical selections will focus on the 50s and 60s, and will erase any lingering weekday blues you might still be struggling with. Parque Patricios (Av. Caseros and Monteagudo) Free!
MUSIC: Based on the banner art alone, I couldn’t leave this one out: Mi Amigo Invencible will be playing at the Santana Bar starting at 9:00 PM. The group from Mendoza will be playing from its latest album “La Danza de los Principiantes” until the wee hours of the morning. Check out a teaser here. Tickets are ARS 100 and can be purchased here. Santana Bar (Av. Presidente Perón 414)
PARTY: For something a little less run of the mill, get yourself to La Fiesta de los Dioses. Plugged as a divine celebration connecting heaven and earth, the party will include dragons, fairies, gnomes, shamans, and much more. Just make sure you show up in costume so you don’t feel out of place! The event is in abasto, but for the exact address and ticketing info you need to send a Facebook message here. The exclusive fête starts at 8:00 PM.
PARTY: If you’re not quite ready for costumes and shamans, Ciudad Cultural Konex is offering a standard Cumbión for your Saturday night dancing needs. Konex will be turning seven years old and is celebrating with a night of ‘pure Cumbia.’ Get ready to dance the whole night long with a live music set by La Delio Valdez, and djs to keep you going until the morning. Tickets are ARS 150 and can be purchased here. Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131)
FESTIVAL: Shop small! The producer to consumer festival eliminates the middle man, so you get your goodies straight from the source. Vendors will set up starting at 10:00 AM in front of the Facultad de Agronomía and will stay until at least 6:00 PM. The fair is perfect for lazy browsing, and to find the best artisan products and local food around. Facultad de Agronomía (Av. San Martin 4453) Free!
FESTIVAL: We all know that the selection of organic products at most supermarkets leaves a great deal to be desired, and Feria Bio Orgánico is here to solve that issue for you. Hosted by Despierta Espacio, the fair will set up around 12:00 PM and will last until 7:00 PM. There is no fee to get in and best of all, it won’t be cancelled whether or not it rains! Despierta Espacio (Av. Federico Lacroze 3578)
FOOD: In case you’ve missed the past couple of Frenchie food events, get yourself to Plaza Francia for an epic food festival to celebrate the week of the revolution! Buenos Aires’ best French chefs will be at Le Marché dishing out all of the classics from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Plaza Francia (Plaza Francia 1129) Free!
CELIAC IN THE CITY!: It’s finally here! For all you gluten averse compadres, Expo Celíaca has arrived to give you the latest and greatest in gluten free goodies. Come for the food, cooking classes, new products, and massive amounts of info on the Celiac Association in Argentina. This promises to be an oasis in a city where most of the carby deliciousness is strictly off-limits. It all goes down at the Centro Costa Salguero and is totally free to get in. 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Av. Rafael Obligado 1221)
DANCE: For those of you who didn’t get enough dancing in on Saturday, or prefer a more structured dancing situation, Nati Mussio will be teaching a Contemporary Jazz Intensive workshop at MoverArte. The class will last from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and you need to reserve your spot in person or here. The workshop is a little steep and will set you back ARS 350, but your jazz skills will be on point. MoverArte (Gorriti 331 1st floor)
COSPLAY: Cosplay will make its debut here in Buenos Aires at the Usina del Arte as part of their winter vacation celebration! The opportunities for getting in costume this weekend are limitless. The agenda for the afternoon includes the National final of the International Cosplay Association, along with karaoke and anime. Come check out the hype for free from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM in the big auditorium. La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1)
MUSIC/ART: Finish off the weekend with a “culture house” event hosted by Piola Palermo Hollywood. The afternoon combines everything you love: food, music, art, drinks, and Sundays, into one neat little package. Check out a list of artists and musicians here, and show up at 5:00 PM for your evening’s entertainment. Piola Palermo Hollywood (Gorriti 5751) Free!
Happy weekend y’all!