Another beautiful weekend is in store for us Buenos Aires residents — sunshine and temperatures in the upper twenties that may just send you running for the nearest air conditioner. Properly hydrated and sun-screened up you’ll be prepared to enjoy one of the many festivals taking place over the next couple of days outside. Food festivals and music festivals abound this Saturday and Sunday, with some excellent national and international artists gracing us with shows. Live it up before the forty degree weather comes around —we promise you won’t regret it!
Friday, 10th of November
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 the art-form is all about. If you want to experience the magic of poetry yourself (it will help if you are also fluent in Spanish), come to the 32nd edition of ‘Poesía en la terraza’ in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti — it’s a wonderful way to spend the evening. BogadoCuman will be presenting their new disk ‘Parciales‘ alongside the poets who have been invited to take part in this edition, including Gabriela Bejerman, Ignacio Barsaglini, Fabián Leppez, Martín Moureu and Ivana Romero.
6:30 – 9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
As part of this month’s ongoing electronic music festival — ‘Noviembre Electrónico 2017’ — the CCK is hosting a series of free electronic concerts in its glass rooftop cupula. Tonight’s invited guest is Argentine electronic music collective Beathey — in essence, a community of producers, DJs, artists, and fans who have worked hard to carve out their own space in the scene without going through the big names in the music industry. Tickets can be picked up at the CCK’s box office during normal museum hours. Admission to the concert is free.
8 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free
El cineclub de los viernes is back with it’s second-to-last edition of the year — a special night dedicated to independently produced short films (cortos). Taking place in Espacio Cultural Dinamo, this month’s program includes Un Bosque by Adriano Curci, Tía Olga by Solange Peyruc, and Tapera by Mariano Basso (brief descriptions can be found on the event’s Facebook page). In addition to the screening and the subsequent debate that follows, participants can play ping pong, enjoy a mixed drink, or take advantage of the sweet and savory offerings for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores (homemade). Admission is pay-what-you-can.
8:30 – 10:30 | Espacio Cultural Dinamo (Sarmiento 3096) | Pay-what-you-can
Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, listen up! Mostrafest, one of Buenos Aires’ most flamboyant, avant-garde parties, has invited a host of drag queens to this month’s edition, where they will be battling it out for number one on the stage. Promising performances that will leave even the most battle scarred drag veteran speechless, in one word, tonight’s competition is going to be hot. Get there before 2 AM for the all-you-can-drink beer special and the discounted admission (AR $120).
11:45 PM – 7 AM | Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2450) | AR $120 until 2 AM, $150 afterwards | More info
Saturday, 11th of November
Buenos Aires Celebra returns this weekend for another lively edition — this time celebrating the city’s diverse African community. Uniting the descendants of the first Africans who were brought against their will to the South American continent with those more recent immigrants from countries like Senegal and Angola, the festival will feature traditional African-American foods like feijoada, tamales, and fried fish, as well as dances, music, arts, and handicrafts. Several workshops will also take place during the day to share different aspects of African culture with the public.
1 – 7 PM | Plaza Uruguay (Austria and Tagle) | Free | More info
PersonalFest is set to inaugurate the music festival season this weekend with an impressive line-up of both international and local artists. Taking place over the course of two days, some of the big names from abroad include Phoenix, PJ Harvey, Daughter, Neon Indian, and from the local scene, Diosque, Altocamet, and Francisca y los Exploradores. Admission to the festival per day is AR $800, or AR $1200 for a two day pass. Tickets can be bought online here.
2 PM | Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Del Libertador 5683) | AR $800 – $1200 | More info
Feria Masticar — the gastronomic market that over 130,000 people attended during its last edition — is back this weekend to satisfy your inner foodie. Boasting dozens of stands stocked with regional products from across Argentina in addition to a large number of chats, classes, workshops, and conferences, the market has something for everyone, including a special area for kids. Admission to Feria Masticar is AR $110 if you buy your tickets online, and AR $130 if you buy them at the door. The market kicks off at 2 PM this Thursday, and will close at 11 PM on Sunday.
12 – 11 PM | Zapiola and Matienzo | AR $110 – $130 | More info
Uruguayan soloist Gonzalo Deniz, better known to the public as Franny Glass, is not so solo anymore! For his new album ‘Desastres Naturales,’ Glass has worked with a full band to create a new sound that adds electronic elements to what had previously been an acoustic project. Tonight he and the band will be presenting their new disk in La Tangente, along with local talents Los Andes who (coming up on their one year anniversary) are also debuting their new album. Firmly rooted in the kind of folk music that has been reinvented in Argentina by artists like Lisandro Aristimuño and Coiffeur, Glass’ voice, described by Rolling Stone Argentina as ‘pure fragility,’ intones delicate, literary gems that explore heartbreak, obsession, nostalgia, and anguish. Reserve your tickets ahead of time via email for AR $150 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
11:55 PM – 4:59 AM | La Tangente (Honduras 5317) | AR $150 | More info
Sunday, 12th of November
Feria del Productor al Consumidor is setting up in the UBA’s School of Agriculture for its November edition this weekend. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this Argentine take on a farmer’s market is a collective of self-managed workers who see their products through from start to finish. That means that if you’re one of those people who like to know a little more about what they’re buying, you’re in luck — the vendors would be more than happy to give you an in-depth explanation of what exactly goes into their production. Including everything from organic fruits and vegetables, to hand-crafted pottery and jewelry, Feria del Productor al Consumidor provides the perfect way to support small, local businesses. Admission to the event is free!
10 AM – 7 PM | Facultad de Agronomía (San Martín 4453) | Free
Another (free) opportunity to visit the Teatro Colón has presented itself this weekend as the theater gears up for the next performance in its most recent series, ‘Intérpretes argentinos.’ ‘Coro de Cámara Bella Vista’ will be singing pieces by Lucas Pearsall, Gustav Holst, Randall Thompson, Carlos Guastavino and many others in what is sure to be an unforgettable concert. To get your tickets, show up early at Teatro Colón’s box office (Tucumán 1171) this Friday — 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
Boasting a ridiculous number of food trucks that serve up regional delicacies from across the world, Festival Apetito is here once again to insist (like an Italian grandmother) that we eat. Mouthwatering steak sandwiches dripping with chimichurri await food-lovers, as do hamburgers made of lamb and venison, in addition to Mexican dishes and Asian staples like freshly steamed dumplings and soy saucy stir-fries. But no matter what you like to eat, make sure to show up in your most comfortable pants. After a day full at Festival Apetito, we can virtually guarantee you’re going to need them.
12 – 11 PM | Hipódromo de Palermo (Del Libertador 4100) | Free | More info
Casa Brandon’s second to last tertulia of the year will be taking place this evening in its characteristically warm, informal environment. Originally started to get more young people interested in classical music, the organizers have done an incredible job. Where else in the city could you go to listen to classical music while sprawled out on the living room floor? This edition will feature the works of contemporary composers like Lili Boulanger, Lucrecia Carril, and Bruno Maderna, interpreted by musicians on strings, woodwinds, and percussion. Admission, with the house’s dinner special, will set you back AR $240 — there’s an option for omnivores as well as vegetarians so that no one feels left out.
8 – 11:30 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | AR $120, or $240 with a dinner special | More info