As the cold kicks in, and the skies cloud up (again), it’s time to start thinking about hygge-fying your life. You know, that lovely Danish concept — in English, roughly translated as the art of coziness — including lots of hot tea and coffee, or perhaps a gourdful or two of mate, sweets, fuzzy sweaters and socks, and after five o’ clock, vino caliente (mulled wine) by candlelight, with friends, to warm the heart. And also (obviously) making some time to enjoy a leisurely evening out, experiencing live music, film, or art.
This weekend we’ve got a pretty good mix of all of the above, including a very unique workshop on making your own fermented foods (kombucha, anyone?). Coffee lovers should make sure to check out FECA, Buenos Aires’ very own coffee fest, to experience firsthand Argentina’s New Era of Specialty Coffee that everyone is buzzing about.
In addition to that, consider checking out the Spanish language version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ because, why not? If you didn’t quite get it in English, perhaps you’ll appreciate it more in Spanish? In any case, it’s the perfect excuse to see the beautifully restored Teatro San Martín. Get out there and slay it my ‘What to Do’ readers — the year will be halfway over before we even know it!
FRIDAY, MAY 18TH
Milena Pafundi’s audiovisual exhibit ‘Visibility’ opened in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this past Thursday. Inspired by female:pressure, a platform that seeks to promote female, trans, and non-binary artists who specialize in electronic music and digital arts, the exhibit features the work of seven different women from all across the globe. Visitors can expect to interact with music, film, and technology, and experience the relationship between all three. Admission is free and does not require tickets.
1 – 8 PM | CCK, Sala 504 (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
The 2018 City Dance Championship (Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad) is taking place in cultural centers and milongas (tango bars) across Buenos Aires. Organized by the Cultural Ministry of the city, the championship has four categories in which dancers can compete, including Tango de Pista (sometimes called Salon Tango), Milonga (similar to tango, but more lively) Milongueros del mundo (Milonga dancers of the world), and Vals (Waltz). For all those interested in watching the action take place, head to the Usina del Arte tonight, where the semifinals of Milonga and Vals will start at 6 PM. Tickets to the watch the showdoen are free, and can be picked up anytime after 4 PM.
6 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Juan Pablo Navarro Septeto and Fito Páez will be rendering an homage to the renowned Argentine composer Juan Carlos Cobián tonight. Kicking off at 8 PM in the Usina del Arte, the invited artists will revisit classic tangos written by Cobián, including ‘La casita de mis viejos,’ and ‘Che papusa oí.’ Tickets to this evening’s concert are free, and will be given out starting at 6 PM in the Usina del Arte’s box office. Plan on arriving early, since there’s bound to be a huge line. How many chances do we usually get to see Fito Páez for free?
8 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Borrá todo lo que dije del amor porque no sabía bien quién era (‘Erase Everything I Said About Love Because I Didn’t Really Know Who It Was’), is Argentine director Guillermina Pico’s loving homage to the simple moments of life. Centered around intimate experiences with family, and everyday life experiences, Pico seeks to stay the passage of time by capturing the tenderness, wonder, and vulnerability in the vignettes of her visually stunning film. See it tonight at the Centro Cultural Recoleta (CCR) at 9 PM in the center’s Capilla (Chapel).
9 PM | CCR (Junín 1930) | AR $50 | More info
SATURDAY, MAY 19TH
An introductory workshop to fermented foods will be held in OiHoy Casa Abierta at 10:30 AM this Saturday. Both theoretical and practical, the workshop will cover the reasons why fermentation is beneficial to many foods, while also examining the nutritional values gained in the process. Lunch will be provided, and a number of recipes for popular fermented drinks and dishes will be presented — including recipes for kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi. The value of Saturday’s one time class is AR $600 — but really, since you’ll be taking home your very own kombucha ‘scoby’ and kefir ‘nodules,’ the value is rather priceless. Make sure to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to register and coordinate payment.
10:30 AM | OiHoy Casa Abierta (14 de julio 426) | AR $600 | More info
FECA (lunfardo, or Argentine street slang, for coffee), is a two-day celebration of Buenos Aires’ vibrant coffee culture, held in the Plaza República del Perú, right next to the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA). A coffee lover’s dream come true, the festival will feature a designated coffee drinking space for those who would like to kick back and enjoy a cuppa, as well as a coffee market where it will be possible to purchase quality beans. Chats, presentations, classes, and workshops will be also conducted during the day, and there will be a kid-friendly activity area for the youngsters who are just at the beginning of a life-long addiction. Check out the hourly breakdown of activities on Disfrutemos BA. Admission to FECA is free, and the festival will be rescheduled in the case of rain.
10 AM | Figueroa Alcorta and Salguero | Free | More info
Calling all yogis (and non-yogis!) to head over to Buena Onda Yoga for a free yoga class and raffle this Saturday. After that, people will head together to a nearby favorite – Obrador – for lunch. You’ll get a chance to experience most of the teachers as six of them will each lead a 10 minute segment of a 60 minute class.
They will be giving away tons of cool stuff in the raffle, like a yoga mat, block, yoga towel, and yoga/wellness themed books. Everyone will get at least one ticket for attending. You’ll get two tickets if you arrive right on time and you can buy more tickets for 20 pesos each to improve your chances of winning.
2 PM | Carlos Calvo 950 | Free | More info
The May edition of Buenos Aires’ iconic ‘Food Fest’ is set to take place in La Rural this weekend. For those who haven’t been before, the open air festival gathers the best of the city’s food trucks together in one place, offering both classic Argentine dishes as well as more exotic options. This theme of this weekend’s edition will be Argentina’s beloved rock nacional (‘national rock’), with tributes to artists like Charly Garcia and Soda Stereo in the works. Admission to Food Fest (as always) is free, and entrance is via Avenida Sarmiento.
1 PM – 2 AM | La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Independent event organizer Animal Dreams is bringing an acoustic session of underground artists to its Villa Crespo location this evening. Featuring musicians with a diverse range of talents, the line-up includes groups like Grace & Badlove, Lautaro Feldman & Los Artistas del Zen, Mejor Actor De Reparto, Martin Oliver, and Netiel (music above). An artistic intervention has also been scheduled during the night by artist collective Misterio de Cultura. For more information, including the event address and price of admission, send a private message to Animal Dreams.
8 PM | Address and price of admission by private message | More info
SUNDAY, MAY 20TH
Leandro Listorti is an Argentine director whose most recent motion picture, ‘La película infinita’ (‘The Endless Film’) is made up of movies that were never finished. Using inconclusive cuts from directors like Mariano Llinás, Martín Rejtman, Mariano Pensotti, and Nicolás Sarquis, among others, the film constructs a story out of incomplete works. Particularly poignant in a country where an estimated 30,000 people disappeared, and were never heard from again, ‘La película infinita’ highlights the necessity of moving forward and creating closure by using what has been left. The film will be screened at 6 PM in the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA).
6 PM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $60 | More info
A poetry slam organized by Justa Poética will be held in Puerta Medrano tonight. A competitive, two-round tournament, the slam — along with three juries — will test the poetic prowess of 16 different participants. Open to any interested poets, the sign up for the slam starts at 8 PM Sunday evening. The requirements are as follows — poets must bring two texts, one for each round, and when read out loud, each one must last 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Of course, if you’d prefer not to read, you can always kick back with a drink and watch the action. Poets, on the other hand, should try to arrive early!
8 PM | Puerta Medrano (Medrano 688) | Free | More info
The heartwarming French film Amélie is without a doubt one of the top rated movies of all times. Endearingly quaint, and perhaps somewhat hopelessly romantic, the film is a classic for rainy days. For all those fans who just can’t get enough of the story, tribute band Merienda Amélie will be bringing the film-score to life with a concert this Sunday. The six-member group will cover the best of Yann Tiersen — the French musician and composer behind the film’s magical soundtrack. Tickets to the concert are AR $240 and can be bought online via Club de Música.
8 PM | Club de Música (Paraguay 5519) | AR $240 | More info
The British Council launched the initiative ‘Shakespeare Lives’ in 2016 — a global invitation to revisit the playwright’s timeless works 400 years after his death. As a result of this international collaboration, the British director Penny Cherns has come to Buenos Aires to direct a Spanish language version of ‘The Tempest.’ Shakespeare’s last play to be written, ‘The Tempest’ took place at a time of discoveries and conquests, as well as great religious and political instability. The work is a meditation on power, government, and law, as much as on newness and rebirth. Experience the power of the play yourself tonight at 8:30 PM in the Teatro San Martín. Tickets start at AR $220.
8:30 PM | Teatro San Martín (Corrientes 1530) | AR $220 | More info
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