It is generally accepted as a fact that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon 48 years ago today. An event that resonated in the collective conscious of humanity, in Argentina, the lunar landing had a special effect — it prompted musician, odontologist, and professor of psychology, Enrique Ernesto Febbraro, to propose a worldwide celebration of friendship — El Día del Amigo. And while only four countries total have adopted his idea to date (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Spain) we presume that if you’re reading this, you’re transiting or living in one of them — so call up your nearest friend and plan on doing something together this weekend. Life goes fast and heaven knows it’s easy to forget about what’s important — if nothing else, today is a wonderful reminder that we’re ultimately here for the connections.
Friday, 21st of July
The Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) has recently inaugurated an exhibition featuring the work of renowned American photographer Diane Arbus. Spanning the time from 1946 to 1952, the hundred-plus photographs on display are considered to be the core of the artist’s creative body. Drawn to outcasts and marginalized populations — people living on the fringes of society — Arbus (in her own words) sought to capture ‘the divineness in ordinary things’ through the lens of her 35mm camera. Visit the exhibit until 8 PM tonight — and obtain a AR $50 discount if you are a student, teacher, or retired person with qualified photo identification.
12 – 8 PM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $100
The ‘Argentine Circus of Horror’ has claimed wild popularity throughout the country — and luckily for fans of the morbid and the grotesque, the show is coming to Capital. Niceto Club has opened its doors to this singular grisly spectacle; promising everything from clowns to pyrotechnics and contortionists, you’ll also be entertained by exorcisms and suicide trapeze artists. Boasting acts like ‘Ruby Fair,’ ‘The Insect Eater,’ and ‘Leather-face,’ the show is something no horror fan would want to miss — at the very least you’re guaranteed a thrill — or for the more squeamish of you, a scream.
Buenos Aires born singer-songwriter Loli Molina has wowed us with the tenderness and gripping depth of her latest jazz-heavy EP, ‘I fall in love too easily.’ Re-interpreting classics like ‘Stella by Starlight’ and ‘My Funny Valentine’ the artist presents the songs soulfully, with a special emphasis on the timelessness of the lyrics. This evening Molina will be making an appearance at Santos 4040, for a moving, intimate concert. Tickets can be bought online in advance — we suggest you get yours asap.
11:30 PM | Santos 4040 | AR $200 – $250 | More info
‘English Storytelling Night’ is back — setting up as usual in La Casa de Sr. Duncan — and this edition’s theme is going to be titillating: lust. With a definition ranging from zealous sexual appetite to a more general burning enthusiasm, desire, or craving for something, stories exploring the word in all of its varied denotations will be shared. The encounter — convening for the tenth time — is propulsed by the desire to hear a good story as well as to forge meaningful connections without the aid of technology. Participants are welcome to share their own stories or simply enjoy listening to others.
10 – 11 :30 PM | La Casa de Sr. Duncan (Rivadavia 3832) | Free | More info
Saturday, 22nd of July
If the recent plunge in temperatures has left you thinking about the people in the city living without heat (or who are, generally speaking, less fortunate than you), consider an alternative way to spend your Saturday — by playing fútbol for a cause. Fundación Pilares — a non-governmental organization whose mission is to provide education, health care, and work opportunities to people living in Villas 21-24 — has organized a charitable football tournament this afternoon with the objective of fundraising money. Interested participants (of all genders) are responsible for organizing their own teams and must also pay AR $1300-$1600 to compete. The proceeds will go to the Fundación, and ensure that they are able to continue helping those in need. Register your team by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
10 AM – 5 PM | KDT (Salguero 3450) | AR $1300-$1600
La Casa del Árbol is closing its doors after ages of workshops, ferias, art openings, poetry readings and film screenings. Don’t freak out though — they won’t be gone forever; once the collective finds a new home, they will resume their creative, community-based activities. In the meantime, you can help them say goodbye to their home on Fitz Roy tonight with a glorious despedida — and besides partying it up with some beer and nosh, you’ll have a chance to see the Casa’s ongoing collage exposition (three months in the making), as well as browsing a new and used book sale with prices starting at AR $50.
7 – 11:59 PM | La Casa del Árbol (Fitz Roy 2487) | Free | More info
Well known for bringing the urban backdrop to life, artist collective Al Ver Verás fuses music with visual art; projecting animations, videos, and images onto city buildings, towers, and walls, materials like brick and concrete are the group’s literal canvas. Hauntingly orchestrated melodies and sounds accompany the lucid, imaginative projections, creating a singular experience that is unique and thrilling — memorable, albeit transitory. This night’s projection is one of the last this winter, and will take place in the porteño neighborhood of Monserrat across from the Palacio Barolo. We suggest bundling up, as you’ll be watching the projection outside from the rooftop, and grabbing a bite to eat beforehand as the function starts quite late. Send a message to Al Ver Verás’ Facebook page to reserve your spot, or for further information.
9 – 11:59 PM | Monserrat | More info
‘Drakefest’ is back this Saturday and Crobar is bringing the heat — this edition, featuring the music of Drake and Rihanna, is dedicated to celebrating hip hop’s biggest giants. And although we’re sure that each artists’ respective discography could take us into the wee hours of the morning, the night also will doubtlessly include hits from other influential names in the genre. Tickets to the event (in advance) will set you back AR $200 — get yours by sending a private message via Facebook to the organizers Boris Eventos.
11:55 PM | Crobar (Infanta Isabel and Marcelino Freyre) | AR $200 | More info
Sunday, 23rd of July
This winter edition of Buenos Aires Celebra is bringing us a taste of the tropics — it’s Colombia’s turn to shine in the spotlight today, as we come up on its 202nd celebration of independence. The festival, organized with the support of the Buenos Aires City Government, the Colombian Embassy, and the Collective of Colombian Women in Argentina, have all collaborated to create a day of activities that focus on what the country does best. There will be stands featuring Colombian food, in addition to traditional clothes and folk art. Festivities will take place in the usual location, at the corners of Avenida de Mayo and Perú.
10 AM – 7 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Perú | Free | More info
El Campito Refugio is inviting you to their countryside sanctuary to celebrate El día del amigo with man’s best friend — dog! A no-kill refuge, El Campito has taken in 750 dogs to date — some are disabled, some are blind, and some are simply old, while others have terminal illnesses. For those who are interested in a trip out of town, and lovin’ on these animals who have been given a new lease on life, send an email to email@example.com, as they will reserve you a spot in one of their combis (a sort of shuttle that will transport you to and from the sanctuary). Bundle up, and fill your pockets up with tissues — this is an afternoon that’s going to be moving, and filled with slobbery happiness and fur.
1 – 5 PM | El Campito Refugio | More info
In a country where ‘the nail that sticks out gets hammered down’ is a popular refrain, Harajuku style emerged in Japan as celebration of individuality, and a radical means of self expression. Characterized by garishly colored, often clashing clothes, and an abundance of cutesy, homemade accessories and ornaments, the trend has become popular the world-over, with various Harajuku fashion walks taking place in a large number of countries. This afternoon the walk is coming to the heart of Buenos Aires — smack dab in the middle of the Nueve de Julio and Corrientes, where it will take place around the ubiquitous porteño Obelisco. Get in the mood by jamming to one of Harajuku style’s greatest living icons — Japanese pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
3 – 8 PM | Obelisco (Nueve de Julio and Corrientes) | Free | More info
Femininity is a concept that is extremely relative to time and culture — and hell, just to illustrate that point, in the past 30 millenia, what’s considered ‘feminine’ has gone from Venus of Willendorf to Barbie. And while it’s obvious from that example that the physical picture of femininity has changed quite a bit, how people identifying as feminine are treated hasn’t changed nearly enough — it still holds true in too many parts of the world that the worst thing a boy can be called is a girl. So now that that’s out in the open, shall we make being ‘girly’ great again? No more ‘you act/throw/scream like a girl,’ unless you’re intending that as a compliment. The Girly Market is setting up this afternoon in Abasto’s La Casona de Humahuaca — and it’s going to be a celebration of the things this culture thinks are quintessentially feminine, including trendy fashions, hand-made accessories, make-up, and other cosmetics. Get your girly self on down, and be entered in a number of drawings. Entry is free, but bring some cash — we can guarantee you’ll want to spend.
1 – 6 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info