The timely arrival of autumn this week has happily sent many of us digging for our jackets and scarves – and hey, after three whole months of summer’s humid, searing heat, who can really blame us?
For those of you who aren’t already aware, one of Argentina’s most somber holidays is upon us this weekend – El Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y Justicia (National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice). The day commemorates the beginning of what is considered the darkest chapter in Argentine history, a period of time when an estimated 30,000 men and women were “disappeared” by the government (read: who were abducted, detained, tortured, and murdered).
There are many ways to honor the people whose lives were cut short, and in this edition, we’ve included an option for every day. Whether through making music, visiting memorials, watching a film, or personal reflection, it is crucial to remember the past so as never again to repeat it.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD
As part of #marzomujer, the Centro Cultural Recoleta has booked a series of female comedians to entertain us all with their hilarious life-anecdotes and self-deprecating senses of humor. This final installation of the series will see Connie Ballarini take the stage, right outside the cultural center in Plaza Francia beneath the stars. Bring a blanket, your best friends, and a Portlandia worthy collection of snacks.
8 PM | Plaza Francia | Free | More info
La Casa del Árbol is commemorating El Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y Justicia this Friday by inviting five artists to perform a selection of songs that were banned during the last military dictatorship. A poignant celebration of memory as well as freedom and resistance, the cultural center is inviting everyone to raise their voice in song this evening. Food and drinks will be available, courtesy of El Diagonal Bar and Trent Craft Beer. Admission to the event is pay-what-you-can.
9 PM – 3 AM | Córdoba 5217 | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Casa Brandon is approaching its 13th birthday this month, and in preparation for the big event, the cultural center’s organizers have planned a spectacular birthday party celebrating art, respect, and love. Performances by Amarella, Pato Ruiz, Fok, and Ale Berón have been scheduled for the evening, with Damsel Talk and Karen Bennet providing the main act of the night (Check out Damsel Talk’s stellar EP, Fe Fi Fo Fum, on Spotify). Carroza Loca will also be providing music to get everyone in the mood to dance. Plan on arriving a bit early, since space at the casa is limited!
9:30 PM – 2 AM | Luis Maria Drago 236 | More info
Studio Crobar’s “Drakefest” is back for another edition this Friday. The event, essentially, is just what it sounds like – a night long homage to one of hip hop’s biggest giants. DJ Saga and DJ Up are this editions’s special invitees, and together, they will be selecting the best of Drake’s hits to keep you dancing into the early hours of the morning. Tickets to “Drakefest” start at AR $230 online – get yours via Ticketek here.
11:55 PM | Crobar (Infanta Isabel and Marcelino Freyre) | AR $230 | More info
SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
As we mentioned before, March 24 is known in Argentina as the Day of Remembrance. Starkly different from other, more festive holidays, the day marks the anniversary of the coup d’état that indelibly marked Argentine history, and commemorates thousands of men and women who were “disappeared” during the seven years that the military government was in place. If you’re unsure about how to spend the holiday, consider heading over to the city’s Parque de la Memoria – a 14 hectare park located along the Río de la Plata that is home to a monument dedicated to the victims of state terrorism, as well as a number of other commemorative sculptures. Visiting hours are from 10 AM – 7 PM on weekends.
Mon – Fri, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat – Sun: 10 AM – 7 PM | Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745 | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta is celebrating the women of indie rock every Saturday this March with a special series of concerts titled Chicas de fuego (literally, “Fire Women”). Curated by Albina Cabrera, each evening’s line-up presents the best of the thriving female indie rock scene, with this Saturday’s including Las Ligas Menores, Rosario Bléfari, and DJ Malén Denis. The women involved are asking the music industry for greater accessibility as well as an increased demand for female shows. Show up in the Centro Cultural Recoleta at 7:30 PM and honor them with your support. (Also, if this is exactly your type of thing, check our article on Female Musicians in BA – complete with our own personally curated Spotify Playlist!)
7:30 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
El Cultural San Martín will be projecting the complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy this weekend, giving all of us Tolkien-fans a chance to see the extended versions of the classic films on the cultural center’s big screen. Beginning at 8 PM on Friday with the Fellowship of the Ring, the series will continue on Saturday with The Two Towers, and on Sunday with The Return of the King. Tickets are AR $70 per function, with a discount offered to students with valid ID.
8 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551) | AR $70 | More info
Cordobese musical duo Valdes will be playing live this evening in the Usina del Arte, presenting hits from their 2016 debut album (Valdes) along with fellow musicians Tomás Luján (drums), Rodrigo Lagos (bass), and Flor Lucena (voice). Praised by critics both at home and abroad, the group played at the Lollapalooza Argentina just last weekend, and has been invited to open for musical giants Javiera Mena and Juana Molina in the past. Tickets to tonight’s performance are free – pick them up two hours before the concert starts at the Usina del Arte’s box office. Listen to their album Valdes on Youtube or download it for free here.
9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH
The Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) has inaugurated a new exhibit this week, featuring 700 selected works of the celebrated Argentine photographer Aldo Sessa. Spanning nearly half a century, Sessa’s photographs depict both his native Argentina and the world – the artist traveled quite extensively, visiting the Middle East and Southeast Asia in addition to making frequent pilgrimages to New York City. Discover the enigmatic images yourself from 11 AM – 7 PM Tuesdays through Fridays, or 11 AM – 8 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
11 AM – 7 PM | San Juan 350 | AR $30 | More info
La Noche de los Jardines is here to get us all outside – specifically, off of the couch and into Parque Micaela Bastidas, one of Puerto Madero’s many lovely green spaces. Promising live music and shows, a space for picnics, beer patio, and food trucks, the night’s program is jam-packed with activities for adults as well as kids. Admission to the event is free, and because it is outdoors, it will depend on good weather to happen, so be on the lookout for any potential storm.
6 – 10 PM | Parque Micaela Bastidas (Julieta Lanteri 1500 – 1600) | Free | More info
In commemoration of Argentina’s Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y Justicia celebrated on March 24th, the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be screening Milagro Mumenthaler’s 2016 film La idea de un lago (The Idea of a Lake). The film is inspired by Guadalupe Gaona’s Pozo de aire (Well of Air), a book of poetry and photographs whose central theme is the disappearance of the author’s father in March of 1976. While the movie necessarily touches on history and politics to examine Gaona’s experience of absence, La idea de un lago focuses on being a study in unanswered questions. Portraying the void that her father’s disappearance left behind, the film chronicles one woman’s struggle to make peace with her past and find closure. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Conti’s box office an hour before the performance starts. Director Milagros Mumenthaler and protaganist Carla Crespo will be present.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Classical trio of musicians Zambo will be giving a concert in Café Vinilo this evening. Composed of Flavio Romero on bass, Gabriel Lombardo on guitar, and Leo Pérez on violin, the group will play some original compositions as well as a selection of traditional Argentine folk songs that have been adapted especially for the occasion. Tickets to the show are AR $150 and can be bought online here.
9:30 PM | Café Vinilo (Gorriti 3780) | AR $150 | More info
The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email at email@example.com.