With notably cooler temperatures on the horizon, it looks like we’ve finally said goodbye to the heat. And as the year kicks off, cultural centers and venues continue to deliver, inaugurating brand new series of concerts, readings, and films. With St. Patrick’s Day coming this Saturday, you could celebrate it by heading to one of Buenos Aires’ many Irish pubs, or with a full Irish breakfast at Chicken Bros before downing your first pint. As an alternative, you could consider honoring Ireland’s rich musical and lyrical heritage by going to see some live music or (I know I’m always pushing it on you), poetry. There’s plenty of options to do both over the next few days – get out there and honor your (real or fake) Irish ancestry!
FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
When cultural center La Casa del Árbol closed its doors in July of 2017, the prospect of finding a new home and re-opening was terribly daunting. Fast forward eight months to March of 2018, and the casa that so many of us knew and loved is inviting everyone to its new home for an inaugural housewarming party. Complete with live music, a brand new art exposition, films screenings, homemade food, and craft beer, the cultural center is finally up and running again. Let’s hope that it’s here to stay!
6 PM | Córdoba 5217 | Free | More info
Argentine singer-songwriter Nacho Rodríguez will be giving his first concert of the year tonight in cultural space El Universal. A former member of Onda Vaga, Rodríguez has also played in other groups including Doris y Alvy and Nacho y Rubin. For his newest album, La destrucción total, he teamed up with a number of other musicians, including Caetano Veloso’s guitarist, Pedro Sá. The songs feature moving lyrics that explore themes like heartbreak, obsession, and nostalgia, and are sure to give you all the feels. Get your tickets this Friday at the door for AR $150.
8:30 PM | El Universal (Soria 4940) | AR $150 | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta will be screening Anahí Berneri’s Alanis in Plaza Francia this evening. The movie, featured in numerous international film festivals, centers around the story of Alanis (Sofía Gala), a young sex worker and single mother struggling to carve out a place for herself and her son in society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the contradictory laws regarding prostitution in Argentina, and at the diverse lives of female immigrants lured to the city by the promise of a better life.
9:30 PM | Plaza Francia | Free | More info
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
For all those wishing to celebrate the patron saint of the lovely Emerald Isle, Chicken Bros will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party in Palermo this afternoon. Kicking off the day with a full Irish breakfast available from 12 – 6 PM, there will be music, good vibes, face-painting, and plenty of drinks (d’uh). Specials include a Green Golden Ale from brewers Jahbier Cerveza Artesanal as well as Irish Carcombs (stout with a shot of Jameson or Baileys).
12 PM | Thames 1795 | 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 this art-form is all about. If you want to experience the magic of poetry yourself, come to the 36th edition of Poesía en la terraza in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. In addition to readings by the evening’s invited guests (all of whom, in line with #marzomujer, are female), folk duo CheChelos will also be playing live. FYI – the readings will be done in Spanish, so for those of you who aren’t fully fluent yet, this might be great (albeit uncommon) opportunity to improve it!
7 – 9:30 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
One of Argentina’s biggest techno parties, Afterlife, will be taking place in Mandarine Park tonight. Described by the organizers as “a journey through consciousness,” the party boasts mesmerizing electronic music combined with stunning visuals and special effects. This year’s eye-popping line up includes Agents Of Time, Mind Against, Recondite, and Tale Of Us. Definitely a splurge, tickets start at AR $1130 and can be purchased online via Ticketek.
8 PM – 5 AM | Mandarine Park (Avenida Costanera and Sarmiento) | AR $1130 | More info
Argentine musical duo Bife is a highly eclectic, anti-romantic power couple that fusions cumbia, tango, and punk with attitude. Self-proclaimed musicians and poets, the group writes deeply politicized music that tackles topics like machismo, non-binary gender identities, and human rights. Tonight, Bife will be presenting songs from their new album Adentro in Xirgu Espacio Untref. Drawing heavily on Argentine regional folk traditions, the album puts a contemporary spin on age old genres, throbbing with rhythm and emotion. Young porteña singer-songwriter Jazmín Esquivel will open the show.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH
Another free opportunity to visit the Teatro Colón has presented itself this weekend as the theatre gears up for the first performance of its 2018 series, Intérpretes argentinos. At 11 AM, the Trío Luminar and Trío Ginastera will be playing a selection of sonatas for wood and strings by Claude Debussy. To get your tickets to the show, arrive early at Teatro Colón’s box office (Tucumán 1171) on Friday the 16th — from 10 AM to 8 PM, two tickets to the performance will be given out per person.
11 AM | Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628) | Free, tickets to be picked up beforehand | More info
OK, we get it: Argentina is a major producer of grains. But if a diet of medialunas, bizcochitos, thick-crust pizza, empanadas, palitos salados, and spaghetti 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 in Villa Urquiza this weekend, on Pedro Rivera and Avenida Triunvirato. 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.
11 AM – 7 PM | Pedro Rivera and Avenida Triunvirato | Free | More info
Japanese percussion ensemble Mukaito Taiko will be playing in the Jardín Japonés this afternoon. The group, whose name can be translated as ‘The dream of crossing the sea,’ has been sharing traditional Japanese music in Argentina for 23 years, providing shows, courses, and workshops to the public. Admission to today’s concert is included in the AR $120 that gets you into the Japanese Gardens.
4:30 PM | Jardín Japonés (Casares 2966) | AR $120 | More info
Another installment of ‘Pay-What-You-Can Philosophy’ is here to brighten up our weekend. Taking place in Club Malvinas Argentinas in Parque Chacabuco, this edition will focus on American philosopher Judith Butler. Best known for challenging conventional notions of gender, Butler stresses the importance of being comfortable with uncertainty. “As we ask to know the Other,” she says, “it will be important not to expect an answer that will ever satisfy [us] (…) and letting the question remain open.” After all, Butler concludes, “life might be understood as precisely that which exceeds any account we may try to give of it.” And if we can’t even wrap our heads around life, how could we ever truly understand someone’s identity?
7 – 9 PM | Eva Perón 1934 | Pay-what-you-can | More info
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