Here’s what we learned this week: Macri’s mom is just like your mom, Michelle Obama is a goddess, Donald Trump doesn’t even apologize to his wife, and we may have to move to a different country if we’re to ever get our warm and rain-free spring. Thankfully, you can clear your mind because your faithful weekend has returned. Fire up the WhatsApp groups and assemble your crew because this one is action packed.
Friday, October 21st
The 1º Congreso Internacional de Mujeres Empresarias is putting together a whole conference of Sheryl Sandberg realness at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia. A perfect way to wrap up a week highlighted by Wednesday’s National Women’s Strike, the expo will focus on leadership and innovation for women in the business world. There will be networking opportunities and boss-lady guest speakers like Andrea Grobocopatel and Susana Balbo to inspire whatever endeavor keeps you up at night. Tickets are free, but make sure to email email@example.com to get all the info you need to sign up.
Centro Cultural de la Ciencia | Godoy Cruz 2370 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your old axe or have a gut feeling that you’re harboring a secret talent for clarinet performance, Lutheria en Buenos Aires 2016 has got you covered. They’re bringing together the biggest names in instrument makers to solve any of your musical dilemmas. Take advantage of their expertise with advice, appraisals, repairs, and new acquisitions at the Centro Nacional de la Música y la Danza. There’s no entrance fee, but don’t blame us if you accidentally spend all of your money on a shiny new guitar.
Centro Nacional de la Música y la Danza | México 564 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
We’re of the opinion that the best way to experience the subtleties and complexities of Shakespeare is with an excellent tour guide. Vlady Kociancich fills those shoes nicely, and will be presenting La magia de Shakespeare at the national library for some effortless learning. She’ll take you through bits of Macbeth, The Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice, leaving you two hours smarter than when you arrived. You can find out a little bit about Kociancich’s expert literary opinions here in case you’re worried she’ll lead you astray.
Biblioteca Nacional (Auditorio Jorge Luis Borges) | Agüero 2502 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Double the senses means double the fun at Acéfala Galería’s latest opening, Derrumbe. The exposition is composer and visual artist, Juan Sorrentino’s first solo show at the gallery, and will feature the his signature multimedia works. Curated by Merlina Rañi y Cristian Espinoza, Derrumbe will include two installations whose aim is to find the middle ground between visual art and the art of sound. The show is free and you can check out Sorrentino’s full bio along with some examples of his audiovisual musings here.
Acéfala Galería | Niceto Vega 4754 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Casa Salvador is countering Acéfala’s offer with half the sensory experience, but twice the featured artists. Algo de la Piedra se va en el Agua is opening at the gallery and will highlight Esteban Posca and Pablo Frezza’s latest painterly collaboration. There’s no mention of where the show gets its eroding name, but you can snoop through Posca and Frezza’s Facebook profiles to see some of their paintings. The show is free and there will be cocktails, so make sure to get there before the booze runs out.
Casa Salvador | El Salvador 4102 | 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Broadway and Corrientes are coming together at last! Next To Casi Normales is bringing the biggest musical theater talent from New York and Buenos Aires together on the same stage. They’ll be performing all the hits from Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Next to Normal as part of “escenarios globales,” a project designed to unite the creative stage across countries. Come see the likes of tony award winner Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Josefina Scaglione, and Guido Balzaretti up close and in person. Tickets start at AR $560 and you can get yours right here.
Teatro Astral | Av. Corrientes 1639 | 9:00 PM
Thelonious Monk is (well… would be) turning 99, and will be sorely disappointed if you miss his party. Thelonious Club is celebrating their namesake legend the only way they know how, with a little music. Take a load off, sip a cool cocktail, and listen to the Ernesto Jodos quartet, all in honor of the late, great jazz king. Tickets are AR$ 200 and you can reserve your spot here. Don’t forget your cash, though. Your credit card will get you nowhere.
Thelonious Club | Jerónimo Salguero 1884 | 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
There’s no escaping it: the greeting that resonates in every nook and cranny of this country is finally being celebrated as the identifying anthem of national pride we all know it to be. Fiesta Che Boludo – Amo Argentina is boldly here to remind you why you love this country so. The best part? It’s free! No lists, no tickets. Just make sure you show up before 2:15 AM with your ID (and wearing something other than shorts or flip-flops). There will be an open terrace, cold drinks, and DJs to make you glad you came.
Brook | Juan B. Justo 1574 | 11:59 PM
Saturday, October 22nd
Buenos Aires Celebra is not even close to running out of countries to celebrate, and this weekend’s selection will make all of your lavash dreams come true. Armenia wins the prize, and since the Kardashians are otherwise indisposed, we’ll just have to honor the country with usual games, prizes, vendors, traditional dances, and (the real reason for going) food. There’s no fee to get in, so save your cash for all of the deliciousness available for purchase.
Buenos Aires Celebra | Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
While Palermo is putting on an Armenian party, the Centro Cultural Kirchner is turning its focus towards Germany, specifically Berlin. Clubraum is a multimedia extravaganza being put on by the Goethe-Institut to evoke the techno spirit of the city. There will be photography on display and DJ sets to recreate the Berliner vibe, but the main attraction will be an interview and DJ set with Sven von Thülen starting at 7:00 PM. Von Thülen is the author of the definitive handbook of the German electronic music scene and the entire event is free, so consider his set your personalized gift from Deutschland.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Zombie-themed exercise is an entertaining concept at any time of the year, but is particularly relevant during the month of October. Here’s your opportunity to celebrate the spookiest month of the year without acquiring Halloween-candy-binge induced diabetes. The circuit is 4.5K long, which sounds short until you factor in the obstacles and and the whole ‘being stalked the entire way by the undead’ thing. It’ll set you back AR $300 to run and AR $350 if you’re the zombie type, and you can register by printing and filling out this form.
Parque Presidente Sarmiento | Av. Dr. Ricardo Balbín 4750 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Even if you spent all of your paper on music festivals this month, you can still afford to look fresh as long as you head to La Casa del Árbol. They’re throwing a mega sale and will be liquidating their entire clothes stock at AR $50 a piece. Get to this one stop shop for unique pieces for men, women, and kids, along with accessories, books, and cds. There’s no fee to get in, but try to wake up before the sun goes down because inventory is limited.
La Casa del Árbol | Fitz Roy 2487 | 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Speaking of festivals, hopefully you have room left in your heart for one more. Personalfest 2016 is here, and they’re guaranteeing a memorable experience. Saturday has a primo lineup including Andrés Calamaro, Jamie Cullum, and Breakbot. You can even download the free Personalfest app here to make sure you’re making the most out of your experience. Get to the Club Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires for a full day of spring music festival glory. Tickets start at AR $800 and you can get them online here.
Club Gimnasia y Esgrima | Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 5575 | 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM
We’ve all seen the Hollywood version, and now it’s Buenos Aires’ turn. If you show up at various predetermined locations along the famed street, you’ll get to experience a part of Estrellas de la Calle Corrientes. Merely lining the sidewalk with star shaped tiles would be unfitting for this vibrant town, so instead there will be live concerts on every corner. The standouts? Sandra Mihanovich on Uruguay and Corrientes at 5:40 PM and Nacha Guevara on Libertad and Corrientes at 6:45 PM. The whole street is free to roam and you can check out all of the performances on deck here.
Calle Corrientes | Various | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
You saw his exhibit, now you can see his avant-garde Suprematist ideas on clothing. The Kazimir Malevich fashion show is taking over the sidewalk of the Fundación Proa in conjunction with the Cátedra Saltzman de Diseño de Indumentaria y Textil. Augment your art history trivia knowledge and check out some up and coming designers in one fell swoop. Once the runway portion is over, Proa invites you to come inside and reconsider the original expo. The event is free, and you can get a sneak peek at some of the looks here.
Fundación Proa | Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
GENDER AND DIVERSITY
Ok, maybe the title sounds a little bit like your everyday ‘intro-to’ university course, but don’t fall asleep just yet. The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is throwing a party to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of the very first pride parade. Jornadas de Diversidad y Género will start with an homage to activist Carlos Jáuregui, and will wrap up with what is sure to turn into a dance party with live music by Tita Print. The event is free, so make sure to pay your respects.
Centro Cultural de la Memoria | Av. del Libertador 8151 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Funk’s Not Dead! Konex is here this weekend to make sure you agree with their declaration, with a party that promises to be ‘plagued with movement.’ If you’re up for a good plague, you can get your groove on to tasty beats by Brown Sugar Soul, Funky Animal Orquesta, and Data Process live. Tickets start at AR $120, and you can commit to the funk and get yours in advance here.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Av. Sarmiento 3131 | 11:55 PM – 4:30 AM
Sunday, October 23rd
You may have mastered your go-to cumbia moves, but how are your twerking skills? Don’t worry, Jornada Street Dance will teach you everything you need to know with their day of free freestyle classes. Twerking will be just one of the many options to gain essential skills. Try your hand at styles like reggaeton and dancehall, and stay for demonstrations by the professionals. No need to bring any cash, but make sure to bring some non-perishable food to donate to the Hogar Ale and Dario in place of an entrance fee.
Street Flow Dance Academy | Avenida Hipólito Yrigoyen 8867 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
For all of the public transport averse Palermians (yep, just made up a word), Buenos Aires Market is setting up shop at the Hipódromo this weekend. Stroll on down to the horse race mecca for the best fresh market in town. There will be over 70 vendors to choose from, and activities and workshops to keep it wholesome. The market is always free, so take advantage of this excuse to poke around the coolest racetrack around and get all of your Sunday shopping done.
Hipódromo de Palermo | Av. del Libertador 4101 | 11:00 AM
OKTOBERFEST [Attention: This Event Has Been Canceled]
Palermo again for the win! Once you’ve exhausted your Buenos Aires Market shopping options, head to the Galpón Milagros for your favorite party to come out of Germany. This year’s Palermo Octoberfest boasts an impressive list of live bands, artesanal beer, and tasty treats that even Jeffrey Steingarten wouldn’t turn his nose up at. Check out the full list of attendees here, and make sure you’re present between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM for the happy hour. Best part? There’s no charge to get in! Like Oma always says, Betrunkene sagen immer die Wahrheit…
Galpón Milagros | Gorriti 5417 | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
If you couldn’t get out to La Boca on Saturday, you can still get in your weekend dose of fashion. Veni que te vestimos is showing off the coolest pieces to come out of hearts and minds of the students from the Escuela de Molderia Casali. You can go just to steal ideas for your next killer outfit, or actually purchase the items from the expo. Musicians from the La Escuela Musica Gerardo Russo will be there to accompany your trendy afternoon, and the whole event is free.
Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249 | 2:00 PM
Wind down the weekend excitement with the MALBA’s film series. Acevedo’s Drama La tierra y la sombra is playing and according to the New York Times’s Ben Kenigsberg, it will make it so that you never look at a packet of sugar the same way again. Lose yourself in one of Colombia’s best recent contributions to film before facing the inevitable arrival of your weekday reality. Tickets are AR $60 and can be purchased at the door.
MALBA | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | 22:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!