As winter solstice approaches, we encourage you to pull out your parkas and face the cold head on instead of hibernating beneath the covers. The season tends to turn everyone into a bottomless pit, so make the most of your burgeoning appetite — don’t even think about eyeing Pedidos Ya — and plan an urban forage. If your complaint is that you’re plumb-tuckered out of tasteless food (and that includes your own) there’s plenty of opportunities for you to get your hot little hands on some unorthodox foodstuffs this weekend. Vegetarians and vegans, we’ve got you guys covered too — in this edition there are health-conscious (and obviously cruelty-free) options galore.
Friday June 2nd
The sixth edition of Masambre’s ‘Festitaco’ will be taking place tonight. A joint-effort by Kevin Vaughn’s brainchild MASA, Club de Tacos, and San Telmo’s Matambre Comida Salvaje, the proposed menu is bound to stir your intrigue. Some of the offerings that might tickle your fancy this time around include chorizo taquitos with sweet chili hot sauce, pork carnitas with smoked cheese and pickled turnips, carrot, and cabbage, and for dessert, a churro tower (your translation is probably as good as mine here). Roll up your sleeves — you’re encouraged to eat with your hands — and get ready to experience some food with feeling. It’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever tried before in Buenos Aires, and unlike anything you’ll ever have again (the menu is different each time).
5 – 11 PM | Matambre Comida Salvaje (Piedras 672) | No cover, but food’s on you | More info
Interior design hot-spot Salazar Casa is hosting a new edition of ‘Gallery Nights,’ where Roberto Romero’s ‘Pájaros Origami’ (‘Orgiami Birds’) will be the prime work on display. Well-known for his artistic interpretations of the Argentine ‘gaucho’ tradition, Romero, a self-proclaimed ‘plastic artist,’ has popularized the genre through his hand-crafted sculptures. If you’ve never been to Casa Salazar before, don’t miss the chance to get a sneak peak at the store after hours — and before you go, you can check out Romero’s blog here if you’re keen to get a feel for his work.
7 – 9 PM | Casa Salazar (Libertad 1278) | Free | More info
Legendary artist Marina Abramovic is renowned across the globe for her risky work; constantly redefining the boundary between audience and artist, in her performances she’s been cut, burned, and quite near shot. Her latest projects (audacious, as always) have included the opening of a number of art institutes centered around experimentation and the practice of mindfulness. In addition, Abramovic recently undertook a journey to Brazil ‘to look for places of power.’ ‘The Space In Between — Marina Abromovic and Brazil’ is documentary that portrays the icon’s journey — following her footsteps, and her search to encounter the divine, it will be screening at 8 PM tonight in Xirgu Espacio Untref.
A two-part Flamenco presentation will be taking place tonight at Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. ‘Íntimo,’ a dialogue between guitar and voice with ‘Rioplatense airs’ will be presented by Esteban Gonda and Pepa Luna, followed by larger group effort ‘Unos pocos peligros sensatos’ — a revisionist take on some of Argentina’s most beloved national rock songs (expect your favorite tunes with a flamenco flair). Tickets can be obtained on-site an hour before the function starts, with a maximum of two tickets per person. They are free, but capacity is limited — you know the story — get there early!
9 PM – 12 AM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Avenida del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Saturday June 3rd
A vegetarian hamburger, bread, and dressing workshop will be taking place in Haedo’s Cultura Combi this afternoon. In addition to avoiding meat in the preparation of hamburgers, the workshop is also dairy and gluten free. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what exactly is left to cook with when you take away items from these three traditional Western food groups, let us take the mystery out of it for you — some of the ingredients that will feature prominently are rice, quinoa, lentils, and aduki beans. You’ll learn how to make rolls with squash and onions, as well as satisfying substitutes for mayonnaise, cheddar, and ketchup. You don’t need any previous experience with cooking, and you can register for the class by sending an email to email@example.com
11 AM – 2 PM | Cultura Combi (Gerónimo Fassola 472) | Cost via email | More info
Casa del Árbol is launching a literary workshop devoted to one of the most ‘subversive’ poets of all time. The culprit? None other than William Blake — a visionary branded irreverent in his day, and with quite a good reason; he was one of the first men of his time to verbalize the idea that man could be his own God, by following the guide of his imagination. For those interested — besides admiring the author’s poetic genius — participants will dive into Blake’s philosophical side. Linking past ideas with present will also figure prominently, as is standard in most literary classes and workshops. Each class will cost you AR $150, or AR $500 for the whole pack.
11:30 AM – 1 PM | Casa del Árbol (Fitz Roy 2487) | AR $150 per class | More info
The 17th International Human Rights Film Festival kicked off in Buenos Aires this Wednesday. ‘Our Body, Our Territory’ is this year’s official slogan — a direct reference to women’s rights (which are, as we at The Bubble would like to point out, human rights). During the course of the festival an impressive number of films will be screened throughout the entire city; detailing the circumstances of vulnerable populations, women, children, immigrants and original peoples will take center stage. Retrospectives and panoramas will also be featured, in addition to films commemorating past human rights violations and atrocities. The majority of tickets are AR $30 or less, although there are some pricier venues (hem hem, Espacio KONEX). A day by day program of what is showing can be found here, with details as to where films are being screened and when.
‘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. Tonight’s free performance in Cúrcuma unites singer An Díaz and pianist Anahí Fabiani; together they will cover Simone’s classic hits, with special emphasis on the songs that best exemplify blues and gospel. There will be some vegetarian and vegan chow available at the venue for those in need of a little eco-friendly nosh.
9:30 – 11 PM | Cúrcuma (Sarmiento 3685) | Free (donations accepted) | More info
Sunday June 4th
Unfortunately this is not a reference to Lana del Rey. The good news though, is that Feria Gamer is back, with a new location in the super luxurius Hotel Castelar (where the acclaimed Spanish poet Federico García de Lorca once stayed). If you’re tired of visiting the same old stands at gamer events, Feria Gamer is for you — of course there will be stands, but you certainly won’t find them anywhere else! Picture unique merchandise, live shows, videogame tournaments, competitions, Just Dance, a sector dedicated to 3D Nintendo games, and a thematic buffet that won’t break the bank. Tickets to get in are AR $75, and only AR $50 if you buy them ahead of time at Café Gamer, Gran Zanzibar, HADRIATICA, KAPOW, Misato Comics or SekaiGames.
12 – 8 PM | Hotel Castelar (Avenida de Mayo 1152) | AR $50 pre-sale, or AR $75 at the door | More info
La Casa del Árbol is hosting yet another edition of its famous ‘Todo por $50!’ (Everything for AR $50!). A used clothing, book, and CD fair, absolutely everything is marked for AR $50 or less. Doors open promptly at 3 PM, and will close at 7 PM. People will be let in based on the order they came in, so plan on arriving early and waiting in line to make sure that you get a good place, and the best buys. To get an idea of what’s being sold, take a look at some of the goodies that have been uploaded to the event’s Facebook page here.
3 – 7 PM | La Casa del Árbol (Fitz Roy 2483) | No cover to get in, otherwise, the sky’s the limit
Satori (Nada es real), is a show that has been described as one man’s metaphorical journey from subjectivity to reality; combining theater, dance, music, and the visual arts, it explores the moment of enlightenment — the moment when one realizes that the present moment is all that exists. Besides that, we don’t have too much of a description for this event — if you decide to go, you’ll just have to be surprised (what a concept!). In any case, be prepared — if the rabbit head is any indication, this might just turn nightmarish.
If you’re not enticed by the prospect of free admission to the Japanese gardens today, you might want to consider this — the June edition of ‘Locura Vegan’ (‘Vegan Craziness’) is setting up in Abasto neighborhood’s Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca. Your one-stop-shop for delish vegan food, cruelty free cosmetics, additional accessories, and gifts, each thing you buy at the feria will enter you in a drawing for a number of unique products. Several free (!) workshops have also been planned to school you in the art of vegan cooking. You betcha you’ll be bringing home heaps of tasty food to stock your fridge!
1:30 – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info