While it’s not the four-day weekend it would have been during the Kirchner years (and that’s probably not the first time you’ve been reminded of it), nearly everyone would agree that two days are still better than one — and the perennial plethora of cultural activities in the city has yet to disappoint us. There are so many opportunities to see live music going on over the next few days that we’re not entirely sure what to do with ourselves — you can do yoga to live music, browse books to live music and either sit on your keister while watching live music or shake it. Uruguayan sensation Franny Glass is coming to town (try not to spray hot coffee out of your nose like I did) — but if you’re not into studly, soft-spoken, poppy-folk singers, we’ve also got experimental, indie, improv, k-pop and fado on our weekend radar. There’s also a special treat for our Harry Potter fans — if you want in, get your tickets from Luna Park ya!
Friday June 16th
Two low-cost yoga classes focusing on increasing the dexterity of the body through asanas (poses) will be offered in Parque Centenario this afternoon. For all of you protesting that you’re not flexible enough, or in no way, shape, or form, would be caught in public doing a downward dog, rest easy — the teachers dictating the class accept people with all levels of abilities, and will help you (gently) to reduce your limits. The class will be accompanied by a ‘sound journey,’ courtesy of musical group Tierra Obsidiana, whose wide range of exotic instruments include the quimelod (in English a hang, ot UFO shaped steel drum), erhu (Chinese violin), sakuhachi (Japanese flute), digeridoo, and bells. Click here to see an aerial map of the park indicating where the class will be held.
3 and 5 PM | Parque Centenario | AR $70 | 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 28th edition of ‘Poesía en la terraza’ — it’s a wonderful way to spend the evening. There will be live music to accompany the impressive range of tonight’s guests — among those who have been invited to share their work this time around are Cristian Aliaga, Diego L. García, Paula Simonetti, Melina Alexia Varnavoglou and Ezequiel Zaidenwerg.
6:30 – 9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Avenida del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
As if the forecasted stormy weather weren’t enough, a projection of Michael Haneke’s 1997 ‘Funny Games’ has been organized by San Telmo film geeks Cine Club C4; falling into the genre of psychological horror, the basis of the film’s story-line is simple — two boys in rural Austria head over to greet their new neighbors, and sooner rather than later, realize that something is terribly wrong. For further information and to reserve your tickets, contact the club via private message on their Facebook page (link provided above).
8 – 11 PM | San Telmo | More info
The mythical Roxy Live is hosting it’s weekly Indie Rock night ‘La Roxtar’ — your one stop party for an alternative night out, the occasion warrants getting your bangs (fringe) cut extra high. The make-your-knees-weak set list — including the best from bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy, Tame Impala, the 1975, and Arcade Fire — is bound bring out, and pacify, the inner hipster in you. Just to keep things fresh, DJs Budda and Blakk will also be spinning Brit, Pop, Electro, Funk, and Disco hits — and following midnight, local bands Terapia and Serán del Volcan will take to the stage. Pre-sale tickets are AR $100, and can be bought online here.
11:58 PM – 6 AM | Roxy Live (Niceto Vega 5542) | AR $130 at the door | More info
Saturday June 17th
A book, music, and art fair will be taking place in one of San Telmo’s most charming, bohemian haunts — a hidden treasure on Balcarce street, La Galería del Viejo Hotel. Once (as its name suggests) a hotel, the Galería is now home to the workshops of dozens of artists. Boasting a past shrouded in mystery, it is believed the Galería was built during the second half of the 19th century. One of a number of structures that provide a glimpse into life as it was in another epoch, the building is said to have been a pensión, or boarding house, in addition to having served as a hotel. The feria taking place this Saturday has been organized by Cofradía del libreros de viejo San Telmo — a neighborhood of rare and used books, looking to give some used tomes a new lease on life. If you’re at all fond of thrifting or antiquing, come on over and give an old book a new home.
11 AM – 5 PM | La Galería del Viejo Hotel (Balcarce 1053) | Free | More info
The cultural phenomenon known as the ‘Korean Wave’ without a doubt has made its way to South America. The term, that refers to the growth in popularity of South Korean culture across the globe, is synonymous with the catchy pop tunes that have ensared millions — but trust us when we say there’s much more to Korean music than Psy’s Gangnam Style; groups like SS501, Super Junior, and Girl’s Generation are just as good, and a quick Youtube search may start you planning your next trip to Seoul. Until then though, this Saturday’s ‘K-pop Revolution’ should do the trick — all your favorite music videos will be projected, fan-dancer contests will be held, and stands with k-pop themed merchandise will be open along with a gastronomical area specializing in Asian food (!). Pre-sale tickets are AR $60 at Iwish Store, or AR $80 at the door.
11 AM – 7 PM | Colegio San José (Azcuénaga 158) | AR $60-80 | More info
POMO, Distrito de Arte, is hosting a kick af jam session tonight in Palermo that you certainly won’t want to miss out on. For those who haven’t already heard of it, this trendy venue is a soulful bohemian gallery and watering hole that promtes local and lesser known artists. If you’re a musician — even if you’re out of practice — this is your perfect excuse to play; pack up your instrument and head on over — this is a brilliant opportunity to network and meet other chill improv-minded musicians. What’s more, you can enter yourself to win a digeridoo, ‘thunder’ drum, or two-tone bongo, by liking the organizers’ page, confirming you’ll attend on the event’s page (a maybe isn’t going to cut it), and sharing their publication titled ‘SORTEO Y ZAPADA!,’ with the four accompanying photos. May the odds be ever in your favor!
7 – 11:30 PM | POMO, Distrito de Arte (Santa Rosa 5157) | Free | More info
Uruguayan soloist Gonzalo Deniz, better known to the public as Franny Glass, will be playing new songs from his forthcoming album in Club Cultural Matienzo, along with local talents fresh from their tours in Peru and Uruguay, Niños Envueltos. In the same vein as the kind of folk music that has been popularized (and personalized) in Argentina by Lisandro Aristimuño and Coiffeur, Glass’ voice, described by Rolling Stone Argentina as ‘pure fragility,’ intones delicate, literary gems that explore heartbreak, obsession, nostalgia, and anguish. Get your tickets ahead of time for AR $80, or for AR $100 at the door.
8:30 – 11:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo (Pringles 1249) | AR $80 presale, AR $100 at the door | More info
Sunday June 18th
For all our Renaissance Festival lovers enviously eyeing the summer happenings back home, Avellaneda’s Asociación Cultural y Folklórica Martín Fierro will be hosting a Medieval Faire this afternoon if you absolutely need your dose of the Middle Ages. At just ‘two minutes from Puente Puerreydon,’ it’s really not far from the city, and for a mere AR $30 at the door (AR $20 pre-sale) you’ll get access to the market of ‘Medieval merchants,’ a number of exhibits created specifically for the event by historical reconstructionists, tribal dance, artisanal faire food and drink, and Irish and Swedish folk music, courtesy of Na Fianna and Vilsevind, respectively. Plug in your address to Mapa Interactivo de Buenos Aires to see how you can get to ye old faire.
1 – 8 PM | Avenida Bartolomé Mitre 2226 (Avellaneda) | AR $30 at the door | More info
Pilcha is Argentine slang for clothes, and clothes this afternoon are the name of the game — advertised as the ‘feria de ferias’ (fair of fairs), Alta Pilcha will have used and vintage clothing galore. Featuring over 20 local vendors, tastes and styles are bound to be varied, and prices have been described as ‘incredible,’ if you’ve been waiting for the right moment to get your new winter look. To make the event even more interesting, La Casa del Árbol is providing a buffet; craft beer will also be on hand, if you need some help loosening up to make a purchase.
3 PM | La Casa del Árbol (Fitz Roy 2487) | No charge to get in | More info
If you’re still waiting for your letter to Hogwarts (or other regional School of Witchcraft and Wizardry), you’re certainly not alone — but in the meantime, while you’re waiting for Correo Argentino to deliver your one way ticket out of reality, you might consider attending tonight’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert’ in Buenos Aires’ one and only Luna Park. The songs from the first movie in Rowling’s incredible saga will certainly bring back fond memories, and (arguably) there’s no better way to spend your Sunday night. We suggest you head down to the box office now, check out what seats are left, and fork over your hard earned cash. Tickets start at AR $600 and go up to AR $1650, and can also be bought online here.
9 PM | Luna Park (Avenida Eduardo Madero 420) | AR $600-1650
Musical quintet Almalusa has organized a night of Portuguese fado in Palermo’s one and only Café Vinilo; an internationally popular folk music emblematic of Lisbon, the purpose of fado is to express human suffering through singing. The night’s event will be conducted in an intimate space, by candlelight, and without the aid of electronic amplification; in doing so, the group seeks to recreate the authentic atmosphere of a traditional fado performance — transporting the viewer across the Atlantic to Lisbon, if only for a night.
8 PM – midnight | Café Vinilo (Gorriti 3780) | AR $170 | More info