This is supposed to be a space for frivolity and fairly superficial entertainment (which is hugely important, by the way), so that is what it will remain despite the particularly disappointing news this week. The comfort we can offer comes in the form of sentiments of people like George Takei, and in knowing that we get to live (and spend our weekends in) beautiful Buenos Aires. We know you’re not perfect, you big, messy city, but you’re moving forward and you sure know how to show the world a good time.
Friday, November 11th
Here’s your chance to unplug from your devices and stimulate your mind, all in one nerdy afternoon. The ALADA will be filling up the Centro Cultural Kirchner with scores of well loved books for the 10th edition of their Antique Book fair. Go for the perfect gift for that hard to shop for friend, and try your very best not to leave with an armful of books you never knew you needed. Over fifteen different bookstores will be showing off their rarest finds, and there’s no charge to see what they’ve got. You can find out more about the ALADA in general and the participating bookstores here.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The best way to move forward is to learn from the past. Get to the UBA Facultad de Ciencias Sociales for a panel discussion based on the recent release of the books, Compañero Raymundo and Un cine hacia el socialismo: Imágenes del PRT-ERP, along with the 1974 documentary, Me matan si no trabajo, y si trabajo me matan. The authors will be there in the flesh discussing Socialism and its presence in film, while the documentary is projected in the background. You can actually watch the entire documentary here to prep for the expert opinions that will be tossed around on Friday evening. There’s no charge to get in, but show up on time because space is limited.
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales | Santiago del Estero 1029 | 7:00 PM
Blow off a little steam at the Teatro de Flores with the Rock Nacional gods, Cirse. The band will be playing for the first time at the legendary theater, and will dust off hits from their four successful albums. Frontwoman Luciana Segovia’s, vocal chops are undeniable and you can sample them in Cirse’s latest single Backup here. Get in on the head banging action and take advantage of this excuse to forget depressing international events starting at AR $200.
Teatro de Flores | Av. Rivadavia 7806 | 7:00 PM
What’s better than a Troubadour meetup? A Troubadour meetup dedicated to female Troubadours, of course! The Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos is bringing together women from all over the country for a weekend of concerts, workshops, and peñas for MUJERTROVA 2016. Over 30 performers will be under the same roof, including representatives from Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, and Mexico. Their common goal is to bring about social change through music, and the Ni Una Menos movement is integral to their message. The event is a la gorra, and you look through the agenda and listen to some of the performers on deck here.
Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos | Av. del Libertador 8151 | 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM
If you’re craving a little classical comfort, one of Croatia’s rising stars will be at the Usina showing off his Liszt skills. After getting his doctorate from the Paris Conservatory, Goran Filipec has been filling up the poshest concert halls across Europe with his fast fingers and nuanced phrasing. He’ll be performing Liszt and Paganini, so you know there will be fireworks, and you can preview his stylings here. Because La Usina is the definition of awesome, the concert has its usual AR $0 price tag as long as you show up a bit early to get your ticket.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 8:00 PM
The food film festival is also taking up residence at La Usina this weekend, and Friday night’s second showing wins our vote. Carreras’s El Duelo del Vino follows a sommelier who loses his discerning palate, destroying his established reputation. Don’t worry though, the story has a happy ending, and you’ll leave inspired to up your wine game for your weekend libations. Watch the trailer here before showing up for your free ticket to a night at the movies. Tickets are available starting two hours before the show and are limited to two per person.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 9:45 PM
Sometimes tango overshadows Buenos Aires’s peña game, and Lautaro Heredia will be bearing his Folclore soul on Friday to show you that the genre is just as compelling. The always superb, Peña del Colorado is welcoming the artist to the stage for an evening of traditional food, good wine, and old school Argentine folk music. It’ll only cost you AR $100 to get in, and you can reserve your one-way ticket to comfort food and entertainment heaven here.
Peña del Colorado | Güemes 3657 | 10:00 PM
Argentine writer, actress, poet, and dramaturge, Lola Arias, wrote and directed Minefield, a documentary theater piece that puts six veterans – three Argentine, three British – on stage at the same time to tell their stories of the war. The play premieres on the Friday night and bridges cultural and political divides all the way through the beginning of December. It’s free to watch but make sure you reserve your spot at eventbrite.com.
Centro de las Artes de la UNSAM | Sanchez de Bustamante 75 | 9:00 PM
Head to the coast to party with Israel’s finest electronic duo, Infected Mushroom. If you can get past the strange imagery their name inspires, you’ll be in for a night to remember with their unique style fueling an all night dance party at the Mandarine Club. Heatmap will also be in house to get your evening going, and tickets to the whole shebang are AR $320. Get yours at the door and dance yourself into a blissful oblivion.
Mandarine Club | Av. Costanera Norte y Av. Sarmiento | 11:55 PM – 6:00 AM
Saturday, November 12th
Whether or not you agree with its current political situation, it’s difficult not to feel a twinge of nostalgia for good ol’ fashioned US traditions. BA Country is bringing you all of the twangy guitar action you’ve been missing at this ode to the genre. Get to the Centro metropolitano de Diseño for one of the only opportunities you’ll get around here to show off your line dancing moves. There will be live bands, dance classes, and vendors dishing out all of the food you’ve been missing. The event is free, so pull out those cowboy boots your mom said you’d never wear and get your country fix.
Centro metropolitano de Diseño | Algarrobo 1041 | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Get all of the gear you need in one convenient spot for your summer running and biking needs. Expobici 2016 is bringing together all of the best brands in sports gear to make sure you’ve got the right stuff to ride and run. In addition to more than 100 stands there will be BMX shows, competitions, demos, and even a place to test drive the bikes. They’ve got a super secure place to lock up your bike if you decide to ride to La Rural, and your ticket will only cost you AR $65
La Rural | Av. Santa Fe 4200 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Hose race season is in full swing, and this Saturday you can get a front row seat to watch jockeys vie for the Gran Premio Nacional. Head on down to the tracks at 1:00 PM to cheer on your favorite horse, and take advantage of the food trucks, pop up beer garden, and live music filling the void between races thanks to the Apetito Festival. There’s no fee to get in, but bring your cash to cast your bets and enjoy treats like liquid nitrogen ice cream (and of course, beer). The festivities will last all day, so don a fancy hat and gather your favorite people for a day at the races.
Hipódromo de Palermo | Av. del Libertador 4101 | 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
More horses! Polo season kicks off with the first match of the year at 2 PM with La Dolfina versus Cría Yatay. Tickets are available online or directly at the Campo Argentino de Polo. Dust off your whites, find a fan and get ready for some bubbly, and elegant sportsmanship.
Campo Argentino de Polo | Av. del Libertador 3902 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The independent rock label Discos Laptra is turning a year older and they’re celebrating the only way they know how, with music. The Ciudad Cultural Konex is hosting the massive concert with sixteen bands, and over eight hours straight of music. Laptra’s mantra? Bring the progressive sounds of the Argentine Indy Rock scene to the people. Come for favorites like Bestia Bebé and El Mató a un Policía Motorizado, and stay to find your new favorite band. Tickets start at AR $250 and you can get yours here.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Musical birthdays are trending this Saturday, and La Vela Puerca is celebrating their 20th. What does that mean for you? A concert, of course! They’re coming to the Atlanta Stadium in Buenos Aires to show off the talent that’s kept them popular for the past 20 years. The Uruguayan rockers got their start all the way back in December of 1995 with a little concert at a bar called El Tigre, and the rest is history. You can read up on the band’s trajectory through the world of rock, and hear some of their stuff here. Tickets will run you AR $450 and you can get yours here.
Estadio de Atlanta | Humboldt 390 | 4:00 PM
This week’s events call, if nothing else, for a good a good cocktail. Why not have it be an expertly crafted one at Leitmotiv’s 3rd anniversary event? The posh bar will be kicking off the beginning of their fourth year with live music, fresh new cocktail recipes, and happy hour specials to help you keep some of your hard earned cash. Cynar Argentina is also on the guest list, and will be dishing out samples of their new Cynar 70 at 9:00 PM for the first people to show up. There’s no charge to get in and drink prices vary.
Leitmotiv | 9:00 PM | José Antonio Cabrera 5696
Mirlo Rocket is throwing up his latest expo, Retratos del Pollo Sobrero, at the Pomo gallery with all of his usual “glam metal” sensibilities. The quirky artist is turning the opening into an all out bash, with a live show and a DJ to accompany your art viewing pleasure. Known for his somewhat controversial pieces, the self-proclaimed king of “Avant Garch” has worked alongside Nicolás Guardiola to put together the compilation, and both will be present at the gallery. Get there at 9:00 PM for your free entrance to the show.
Pomo Gallery | Santa Rosa 5157 | 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
A Britney themed party needs no pitch. Beatflow is honoring the pop princess with an all nighter featuring DJ Rodri Ulloa who will take you on a tour of the hits that made her royalty. Pick your favorite Britney era (except maybe 2007, unless you have a very spherical head and cheekbones for days), and dress up like the diva before heading out for the night. Tickets are AR $167 and you can get yours in advance here.
Beatflow | Av Córdoba 5509 | 11:59 PM – 6:00 AM
Sunday, November 13th
The only way to feel like all is right in the world is to surround yourself with cute animals (or eat a pile of nachos, but we’ll stick with the animals for now). How can you make the experience even more fulfilling? Surround yourself with rescue animals, duh. The Refugio San Francisco de Asis is turning 29 years old and wants you to spend the day hanging out with its furry residents. There will be food and fun for the whole family, and you can rest assured that the friends you make are guaranteed to be awesome. The Refugio has set up plenty of transportation options and your ticket onboard will cost you AR $80. Send a private message on the event page or a WhatsApp message to 11-6584-8206 to reserve your spot.
Refugio San Fransisco de Asis | Humberto I and Deán Funes | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Buenos Aires Celebra is on a roll, and Sunday’s edition is bringing you everything you could ever want from Spain. The afternoon will include everything you’ve come to expect from the series like performances, prizes, vendors, and most importantly, food. Indulge in an afternoon of pincho bliss, and don’t miss the Julio Igesias and Joan Manuel Serrat cover artists. The event is free, but bring some cash in case you’re tempted by the goodies on display from over 40 pop-up shops.
Buenos Aires Celebra | Av. De Mayo and Bolívar | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The peeps behind arteBA have teamed up for a two-day mini event showcasing younger Argentine contemporary artists and galleries in arteBA Focus / Distrito de las Artes. In addition to flaunting some fly new art, two cinema rooms will be screening documentaries throughout the event, and live DJ’s will be in house to provide the right soundtrack for your visual feast from 6:00 PM onwards. Admission is AR $100 at the door, and only AR $50 if you’re a student or retiree.
Arenas Studios | Av. Pedro de Mendoza 965 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Looking for some new threads, but don’t want to spend a fortune? Feria Dressme has got you covered with their latest clothing blowout. Head to Palermo for great deals on name brand stuff for guys and girls. There will be shoes and accessories too, so you can leave with a fresh, new head to toe look to make you feel better about the week ahead. There’s no charge to get in, but to get the exact address make absolute sure to send a private message to the event to reserve your spot. Pro-tip: show up early because supplies are limited, and latecomers will leave looking exactly the way they did when they arrived.
Dressme | Palermo – exact address upon request | 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Music cures all, and Tecnópolis is hosting yet another massive music festival to help you make the most out of your Sunday. Head to the science mecca for a stellar lineup of bands, art installations, gourmet food options, and a beer garden at the Music Wins festival. Why should you part with your money for yet another music event? I’ll tell you why: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Here’s why you’ve heard of them. Tickets for your afternoon music adventure are AR $950, and you can check out all of the other bands on deck and get yours here.
Tecnópolis | Av. de los Constituyentes and Mitre | 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Sometimes you just need someone to throw some words of encouragement at you to remember that the world is good and green. Darío Sztajnszrajber has got your back with Filosofía de domingo, an outdoor conversation at the Ciudad Cultural Konex covering everything from love and anguish, to death. The philosophy professor, author, and tv star has more than enough experience with the human condition to say just what you need to hear. Your tickets to let someone else do the thinking for a change will cost you AR $150. Get them here.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Av. Sarmiento 3131 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
If you’re experiencing cumbia overload, or just have an appropriately deep love of hip hop, energize the start to your week with a rooftop hip hop festival (complete with beer!). The dance event producer, BA Ritmo, is putting on the event to bring people together over a shared love of dance, music, and booze. You can peruse the list of dancers and choreographers who’ll inspire your evening here, and get your AR $200 ticket here. Make sure to leave your underage homies at home though, the event is 18 and over.
BA Ritmo | Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | 8:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!