As the last week of July comes to a cold, wet close, and our brief winter vacation with it, there’s no denying that spirits are pretty low, so it’s time to take advantage of our final few days off. Our usual smorgasbord of cultural offerings is peppered with a few choice activities, including an “immersive, participatory art installation and pop-restaurant bar” that simply can’t be missed.
Besides chowing down on some extraordinary tapas, you might also check out the famous Expo Rural — Argentina’s iconic, annual take on what those of us from the US would probably call a county fair. For those who have had more than enough of farm animals however, there’s plenty of other options, including a full moon drumming circle, Buenos Aires’ 7th annual “Magic Meet-up,” and a piano concert by classically trained Israeli musician Uriel Herman.
Whatever you do choose to do with your weekend, bear in mind that the forecast does look pretty grim. It’s well worth checking that no event has been cancelled before trekking through the metropolis in your rain boots!
FRIDAY, JULY 27TH
“Células Madre” (“Mother Cells”) is the name of a recently inaugurated exhibit in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. A comprehensive exhibition that includes both graphic and audiovisual components, “Células Madre” chronicles the first years of Argentina’s feminist press after the country’s return to democracy in 1983. As part of the initiative a chat titled “El futuro es feminista” (“The Future is Feminist”) will take place in the cultural center this afternoon. Led be a group of professors from the UBA’s School of Social Sciences, renowned scholars Mariela Scafati and Marí Moreno will also participate. Show up by 5 PM if you’re interested in taking part of the project to make the future feminist!
5 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Faena Art Center will be hosting an immersive, participatory art installation and pop-up restaurant bar this weekend called “El Internacional. Archaeological Sandwich.” The strangely named, yet compelling initiative is spearheaded by Spanish artist Miralda, along with fellow restaraunteur Montsee Guillén, and the help of award-winning chef Paul Qui. From Friday to Sunday the trio will present cutting-edge, avant-garde art alongside a menu of international flavors and ingredients. While admission to the installation is free to the public, for AR $500, participants will be able to sample three unique tapas that have been designed especially for the event. Make sure to check out the exhibition while it’s in town, and enjoy the unique communal experience.
6 PM – 1 AM | Faena Art Center (Aimeé Painé 1169) | Free | More info
Downtown tango bar Patio de Tango will be hosting two free dance classes this evening. Suitable for beginners as well as intermediate dancers, the program will kick off with a milonga class at 6:30 PM, followed by a tango class immediately afterward at 7:30 PM. Milonga in this context indicates a lively, faster genre of dance, that actually preceded the birth of tango, and is heavily influenced by African traditions. Milonga can also mean a tango bar, or even the act of getting together to dance. After the classes a milonga (communal dance) will take place at 9 PM, giving students a chance to try out their new moves.
6:30 PM | Perú 222 | Free | More info
Meet-up group Encuentro de Tambores en Luna Llena will be convening outside of the city’s planetarium tonight for an open drumming circle at 9:30 PM. Open to all musicians, regardless of the instrument they play, the group will take advantage of the groovy lunar vibes to make some improv music. Participants traditionally sit around a lovely, crackling campfire, connecting with each other while playing instruments, singing, and sharing food, drink, and life anecdotes. To keep litter to a minimum, the organizers ask that participants refrain from bringing glass to the event. Plastic bags to pick up trash are certainly acceptable.
9:30 PM | Planetario Galileo Galilei | Free | More info
SATURDAY, JULY 28TH
The annual International Agriculture, Livestock, and Industry Exposition (Expo Rural) kicked off in Buenos Aires late last week. One of Argentina’s most iconic and representative expositions, the Expo Rural highlights the importance of the country’s traditional agricultural sector. Participants will be able to explore the role of agriculture across Argentina by learning about the key industries in each of the country’s provinces. Cows, sheep, and other livestock will undoubtedly be present. Admission to the exposition is AR $120, with discounts given to retirees, people with disabilities, and students with valid ID.
9 AM – 8 PM | La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704) | AR $120 | More info
The 7th edition of Argentina’s Magic Meet-up will be taking place in Colegio San José this weekend. Possibly the largest gathering of Harry Potter fans in the Southern Cone, this year’s edition will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Yes, it actually has been that long. The Meet-up’s program includes a wide range of activities, including a House Cup competition, a Hogsmeade market, an appearance by Gilderoy Lockhart, and a concert by The Weird (Argentine) Sisters. Tickets to the event are AR $160 pre-sale, or AR $190 at the door.
12 – 7 PM | Colegio San José (Azcuénaga 158) | AR $160-90 | More info
As part of its special winter vacation programming, the Usina del Arte will be screening classic children’s films in its very own Museum of Cinema (Museo del Cine). This afternoon the 1984 cult film The NeverEnding Story will show at 4 PM. Based on Michael Ende’s 1979 eponymous novel (in German originally “Die undendliche Geschichte”), the fantasy epic is beloved by millions, and has touched viewers both young and old. Tickets to the The NeverEnding Story are free, and can be picked up from the Usina del Arte’s box office two hours before the film starts.
4 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Colorful Palermo bar El Quetzal will be hosting a night of “National Pop” this evening. Boasting a line-up of entirely female artists, the bar will bring Julia Agra, Natalia Pellegrinet, and Sophie Sobral to its cozy, wooden stage. Marginalized by factors like gender, genre, and even language, tonight’s event invites these talented women into the spotlight. Admission to the concert is AR $120, and tickets can be bought online via Passline.
9 – 11:59 PM | El Quetzal (Guatemala 4516) | AR $120 | More info
SUNDAY, JULY 29TH
Ingmar Bergman is remembered by critics as one of the most influential film directors of all times. Born in Sweden, Bergman’s prolific career gave us classics like Wild Strawberries, Persona, The Silence, Scenes from a Marriage, and Fanny and Alexander. An exhibition dedicated to Bergman’s life and art is currently on display in La Casa Nacional del Bicentenario. Focusing on the connections between audiovisual language, fashion, and art, the exhibition examines Bergman’s influence on design, and in particular, on that of clothing. Through photography, a series of round tables chats, and numerous documentaries, this little studied aspect of Bergman’s career is brought into the spotlight.
2 – 8 PM | Casa Nacional del Bicentenario (Riobamba 985) | Free | More info
El Cultural San Martín will be moving forward with the next film in its ongoing series dedicated to Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia. A former comic book writer, de la Iglesia is an award winning director, and together with Guillermo del Toro and several others forms part of the “unofficial” generation of new Hispanic filmmakers. This evening the director’s apocalyptic cult film El día de la bestia (1995) will be screened at 6 PM in the cultural center’s sala dos (theater 2). Admission to the screening is AR $70 — tickets can be bought at the center’s box office.
6 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento | AR $70 | More info
A chat titled “Friends and Enemies. Thinking about the Other” will be given by Darío Sztajnszrajber in the Centro Cultural Recoleta this afternoon. Exploring everything from the formation of friendships to the expectations friends have of each other, the talk will challenge participants to think not only about friendship, but about the way that they relate with others on a day to day basis. A modern day philosopher whose ideas are very much in vogue, Sztajnszrajber will apply his knowledge to everyday life. Admission to the talk is absolutely free, but space on the terrace is limited.
7 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1940) | Free | More info
Israeli musician and composer Uriel Herman will be performing live in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this evening. A classically trained pianist, Herman has developed his own unique sound that combines elements of rock, jazz, and Israeli folk. Although he and his quartet have performed at many international festivals, tonight marks Herman’s first performance in Argentina. Tickets to the 8 PM concert are free, but need to be picked up beforehand at the CCK’s box office.
8 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | 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]