After a grey, gloomy week punctuated with bouts of rain, it seems as if blue skies are indeed on the horizon. The sun is scheduled to make appearance this weekend, and will hopefully shine well into the foreseeable future, so that those of us on winter vacation can make the most of our much-needed time off.
This Friday marks El Día del Amigo, Argentina’s unofficial holiday commemorating friendship. Expect cafés, restaurants, bars, and the like to be completely filled up — in a culture where friendship is a major priority, reservations for the date have been made for weeks in advance.
If you don’t already have plans to spend some quality time with your besties, don’t fret, it’s definitely not too late to work something out. Just take a look at the wide variety of activities scheduled to take place this weekend, and send out a group message in WhatsApp. Somebody’s bound to take the bait!
Whether you’re into sci-fi, theater, video games, film, live music, parties, or none of the above, we’ve got something for you in our weekend guide. And who knows — if you make the decision to put yourself out there, you might just make some new friends to spend El Día del Amigo with next year! Goodness knows Argentina has got plenty of woes, but it’s still one of the best countries in the world to make friends in.
FRIDAY, JULY 20TH
200 years have passed since the first edition of Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking novel Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus hit the shelves. Published anonymously in 1818, Frankenstein is considered to have inaugurated the modern science fiction movement, an event which opened the floodgates for other budding science fiction writers that are beloved in the literary community today. In commemoration of Shelley’s novel’s 2ooth anniversary, the Argentine National Library has inaugurated a special exhibit titled El Monstruo de Frankenstein (The Frankenstein Monster). Casting light on the origins of the story, Shelley’s diverse influences, and the novel’s timeless relevance, the exhibit will be on display from 9 AM – 9 PM, Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
9 AM – 9 PM (12 – 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday) | Biblioteca Nacional, Sala Leopoldo Marechal (Agüero 2502) | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta’s ‘A.R.C.A.D.E.‘ initiative has been designed as a meeting-place for gamers in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the amusement arcades that achieved popularity in the late 70’s and early 80’s, ‘A.R.C.A.D.E.’ seeks to re-create a center for communal enjoyment where participants can enjoy playing video games, listening to electronic music, and interacting with digital art. Launched on Tuesday, July 17th, ‘A.R.C.A.D.E.’ will conclude this Sunday the 22nd. Stop by and have a go at games like Army of One, Mad Rollers, and The Black Heart, while also getting to know some of the incredible local electronic artists who will be performing live during the event.
11:30 AM – 9:45 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta, Sala L (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
Argentina’s National Theater — named after the author of Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra — will be putting on an adaptation of The Wonderful Story of Peter Schlemihl this evening, titled ‘The Man Who Lost His Shadow.’ The plot of the story is straightforward — a man in 17th-century Germany sells his shadow to the Devil in exchange for a bottomless wallet. Yet when he is rejected by his lover, and by society at large, he is forced to consider the consequences of his bargain. Adapted and directed by Elenora Comelli and Johana Wilhelm, ‘The Man Who Lost His Shadow’ will show at 3 PM this afternoon. Tickets to the play start at AR $110, and can be bought via AlternativaTeatral.
3 PM | Teatro Nacional Argentino – Teatro Cervantes (Libertad 815) | AR $110 | More info
A new, revamped edition of ‘English Storytelling Night’ will be taking place this evening at the one and only Sheikob’s Bagels. For those who aren’t familiar, the initiative has been going on in Buenos Aires for several years, and is motivated by the desire to hear a good story, as well as to forge meaningful connections with other people without the aid of technology. This night’s theme is going to be ‘Confessions’ — so show up with an open mind, and prepare to be surprised.
8 – 10 PM | Sheikob’s Bagels (Uriarte 1386) | Free | More info
SATURDAY, JULY 21ST
The Hipódromo de Palermo is going all-out for the first weekend of winter vacation, inviting people of all ages to enjoy their brief respite from reality in one of the city’s favorite open air venues. Dozens of food trucks will be present at the event, serving up a wide range of classic fair foods, including hamburgers, french fries, pizza, ice cream, waffles, chocolate, and popcorn. The organizers have also scheduled live music, workshops, and games that will take place throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. A mobile laboratory will also be present to provide information about the city’s recycling system. Go green!
12 – 7 PM | Hipódromo de Palermo | Free | More info
The Buenos Aires Masonic Lodge will be hosting the next installment of its ongoing series of talks titled ‘Culture, Gender, and Diversity.’ This evening’s topic is scheduled to be abortion, and the talk will be delivered by Diana Maffía, member of Argentina’s National Campaign for Legal, Safe, and Free Abortion, and Juana Garay, president of the Buenos Aires National College’s Student Center. The talk is open to all interested participants and admission is entirely free.
5 – 6:30 PM | Gran Logia de Argentina (Perón 1242) | Free | More info
The Teatro Colón will be screening three silent films this afternoon by the legendary Spanish director Luis Buñuel. Hailed by critics as a revolutionary and a leader of avant-garde surrealism, some of his greatest films will be represented in this evening’s program. Foremost among them are Un perro andaluz, Las Hurdas, and La edad de oro. Each of the films will be accompanied by original live music, courtesy of the renowned Argentine composer Martín Matalón. The event is organized with the support of the French Institute of Argentina as well as the Embassy of France. Tickets start at AR $110, and can be bought online here.
8 PM | Teatro Colón (Tucumán 1171) | From AR $110 | More info
Renowned music, dance, and theater troupe El Choque Urbano will be performing live in Ciudad Cultural Konex this evening. Presenting their new show, ‘Fierro‘ (‘Iron’) to the public, the act is based on fragments of Martín Fierro, a widely read epic poem that constitutes an integral part of Argentine literary identity (and that you probably read here during your study abroad). Highlighting the power of the spoken word, ‘Fierro‘ demonstrates the sheer beauty of poetry, while also reminding us of the ability words have to capture and transform the everyday occurrences of life. Tickets to the show start at AR $300, and can bought online here.
9 PM | Centro Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $300 | More info
BURNING MAN PARTY
Fuego Austral (in translation, something like ‘Southern Fire’) is Argentina’s regional take on Burning Man. Based on the principles of community, art, self-expression, and radical self-sufficiency, the festival has been taking place here for several years. Tonight, a fundraiser for the Fuego Austral’s next edition will take place in Sala Siranush, with the proceeds directly contributing to festival’s thematic camps. The night’s program includes a talent show, as well as a formidable line-up of DJs. Affordable drinks will also be available, so make sure to have some extra cash on hand. Pre-sale tickets to the event are AR $150 on EventBrite. They can also be bought the night of the event for AR $200 at the door.
11 PM – 5 AM | Sala Siranush (Armenia 1353) | AR $150 pre-sale | More info
SUNDAY, JULY 22ND
The 28th edition of Buenos Aires’ Children’s Book Fair is taking place in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this weekend. Showcasing the best of children’s literature, the Fair has activities for people of all ages, including live music, theater, readings, workshops, and more. Book stands will be set up in the CCK’s ‘La Plaza del Centro,’ or Central Plaza, and bargains on children’s books will abound. Even if you think you’re too old for the book fair, we still recommend you consider browsing this year’s offerings. The Little Prince, at the very least, should have taught us all that children’s books are much more than they seem, and reveal greater wisdom as we age.
11 AM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
Rock tribute band ‘Marielenos Walsh’ will render an homage to one of Argentina’s greats this afternoon — a poet, writer, musician, and singer-songwriter, we’re speaking of none other than María Elena Walsh. Walsh was a woman of many incredible talents, and her legacy is still present in Argentine society today. She is especially remembered for her contributions to children’s literature and songs, which are still widely read and played to this day. Some of Walsh’s most famous tunes will be performed by the tribute band today, including Manuelita, Canción de tomar el té, and El reino del revés. The concert will take place in the Usina del Arte’s central patio, and is free for all interested participants.
5 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Casa Brandon will be inaugurating a new series of poetry readings this evening with a complete reading of Macky Corbalán’s 2007 Como mil flores (Like a Thousand Flowers). Lauded as one of the foremost poets of her generation, Corbalán was a native of the Patagonian province of Neuquén. She dedicated her life to writing poetry, and the result is an intoxicating body of work, rich with sound, and ripe with imagery. It is also unabashedly lesbian and feminist. The poems will be read by a selection of five men and women, who will interpret them with gusto on the cultural center’s stage. Show up early to ensure you get a seat on one of the comfy couches in the living room.
8 PM – midnight | Casa Brandon (Luis María Drago 236) | Free | More info
The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email at [email protected]