March has arrived, bringing with it the promise of cooler days and storms that are merely stormy, as opposed to apocalyptic. The year is in full-swing. The kids are going back to school, the leaves are anticipating their colorful death, and Congress has opened for the 135th time in its history, with a somewhat austere hour long speech from the President on the country’s pathway to change. But there’s no need for you to be austere in tone and message. Cap off your working week – cheerfully abridged by two days of carnival – with another two days of rest, revelry and self-improvement. After all, the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March in the 2017th year of the Common Era will never come again…

Friday 3rd

Venetian Carnival

Put on your jewel-encrusted mask and succumb to a night of license and pleasure with Carnevale di Venezia, organized by La Asociación Circulo Italiano. The event will take place in the association’s sumptuous headquarters, located in Calle Libertad 1264. There will be pizza until 10pm, followed by the very best in venetian music. And, best of all, you will receive a free mask upon  arrival!

7:30pm-10pm ($AR100, with pizza) 10pm-12pm ($AR50, without pizza)| La Asociación Circulo Italiano, Libertad 1264

Argentine Western

Escape From Patagonia
Escape From Patagonia

Escape From Patagonia (Fuga de la Patagonia) is an Argentine western based on the diaries of scientist and explorer, Perito Moreno. Famous for his contribution to science, Argentine national identity and also for creating the country’s national parks, Merito is, nevertheless, a somewhat controversial figure, criticized for putting indigenous tribes on display in his La Plata museum. Directed by Javier Zevallos and Francisco D`Eufemia, Escape From Patagonia focuses on Moreno’s escape from a Mapuche tribe in Patagonia, after they condemned him to death for espionage. Shot on location in the epic wilds of Patagonia, the film has been described as “one of the best Argentine films of the year.” Check it out at the Centro Cultural Recoleta this Friday night. The directors will be in attendance and answering questions after the screening.

9pm | $AR50 | Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junin 1930| Watch Trailer

Piano

If you like the sound of hammer on string then head to the Kirchner Cultural Center in downtown Buenos Aires for a night of piano with Alejandro Franov, Lilian Saba, Nora Sarmoria and the Pablo Fraguela Trío. They’ll be performing as part of the ‘Popular Argentine Music‘ series, which aims to give listeners a tour through some of the most exciting contemporary Argentine musicians of all genres. Tickets are free and can be collected between 12 and 6pm on the day of the event.

8pm | Free, but go early to collect ticket | CCK, Sarmiento 151

Saturday 4th

Music

Last year, PM Open Air was voted the best electronic dance party in Argentina. Raise a glass of champaña for these electro-lovers this Saturday afternoon, as they celebrate both this and their five year anniversary with a very special evening of smooth beats and revelry on the breezy slice of costanera that has made them so famous. The event kicks off at 4pm at Oasis Punta Carrasco and will be sonically stewarded by the very talented Fosky (Crosstown Rebels, Desolat), Jay WestMATIAS SUNDBLAD and Guido Guelman (Cueva Records) You can save $AR250 if you register on the guest list.

4pm-12pm | Oasis Punta Carrasco, Av. Costanera Norte & Av. Sarmiento

Chicas/HACKERS!

Photo via Educ.ar
Photo via Educ.ar

The stats on women in tech are pretty abysmal. At Google, for instance, only 17% of tech employees are female, while at Twitter it’s a measly 10%, according to Huffpost. Do your bit to start shifting this culture by attending Chicas/HACKERS this Saturday afternoon, an event designed to foster female-involvement in science and technology. Timed to coincide  with Women’s History Month, and organized by Women Techmakers of GDG Rio de la plata, Chicas/HACKERS invites women to relate their experience of working in the tech industry.

3pm-8pm | Free, Register | El Cultural San Martín, Sarmiento 1551

Philosophy + Argentine Rock

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, a group of prisoners are chained together in a cave, facing a blank wall. The only thing they see are the shadows that a fire behind them casts on this wall. The shadows are the totality of their reality. Bleak, huh? Let argentine pop-philosopher Darío Sztajnszrajbe (shtain-shraiber) help you out of the cave with an open-air evening of philosophising in the Ciudad Cultural Konex patio with “Out of the Cave“. Sztajnszrajbe, famous for his show Mentira la Verdad (Lie the Truth), will mull on Plato’s 2000 year old allegory, asking such questions as: can we differentiate between reality and appearance? How do construct our common sense? Making this event even more argentine is the presence of Lucrecia Pinto’s band, who will break up the evening’s philosophizing with lashings of rock.

8pm | $AR200 (Early Bird) Ticketek | Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131 | Will not be cancelled for rain

Sunday 5th

Thrills

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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanityEdgar Allan Poe

Peer deep into the darkness with NegromoniCon, a festival of gothic and horror fiction that will take place this Sunday in centrally-located, Paseo La Plaza. The stories of Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft will be read aloud and accompanied by various art forms: dance, sculpture, and theatre, escorting you through the darkest recesses of the human mind. The event comes with a +16 age rating, so expect some at least mild thrills.

8:30pm-11:30pm | Paseo La Plaza, Av. Corrientes 1660 | $AR150 (early bird) $AR200 (including a tasting) | More information: cia.avantgarde@gmail.com

Vegan Market

Celebrate the kids going back to school with this opulent vegan market. You’ll find everything you need for a month of wholesome, cruelty-free living: food, clothes, even liquors, and for those who wish to develop their cooking skills – free cooking classes. Take the kids and enjoy the site of vegetables and supple, glowing humans at palermo’s favourite cooperative, the Cooperative Bar Casona. The market goes ahead rain, hail or shine!

1:30pm-5:30pm | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, Humahuaca 3508,

Music

centroGlut yourself on the very best cumbia with DJ Sonido Parrandero at Centro Cultural Recoleta. For over 15 years, Fernando Isaías (DJ Sonido Parrandero) has been sifting through old record collections to find the sweetest and most original cumbia hits from its long forgotten past. This Sunday, from 7pm onwards, he’ll be spinning his delicious blend of mutated gems and originals for the delight of all cumbia lovers. And once his fingers tire, multitudinous motley crew, Orkesta Popular San Bomba, will take over, with their blend of klezmer, salsa, rock, and cumbia.

7pm| Free Entry | Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junín 1930

Detroit Techno

Dance-floor innovator and detroiter, Carl Craig, who trades in everything from “orchestral production” to “modular strangeness” will be working his magic at Río Electronic Music this Sunday night. Craig is one of the most influential and well-respected DJs and Producers going around, so if you like electronic music, you’re not going to want to miss his set.  Enjoy the twilight and then the deep night on the Buenos Aires costanera with an auditory landscape of jazz and soul infused techno from a master of many genres.

6pm-2am | FacebookRío Electronic Music, Av. Costanera Norte & Av. Sarmiento