As hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children held vigil last night in front of Congress while Argentina’s Senators made history debating the proposed abortion bill, there’s no denying that after an unsurprising but still disappointing result, many will be feeling understandably weary.
We get it, everything hurts, you’re exhausted and stuck at work, and you have an extreme case of fiaca. Tempting as it is to give in, there’s a nearly perfect sunny weekend on the horizon, jam-packed full of fun (read: distracting) things to do. Not only should you be proud that Argentina made the history books last night, but also realize that this is not the end of the road.
Anyway, back to discussing the trivialities of the weekend. Whether you’re looking to indulge a childhood dream of becoming a hip-hop dancer or adopt a new pet, we’ve got you covered. If the stress of the week has truly gotten to you and the only way forward is a a heavy dose of retail therapy, try Feria Juntas for all your purchasing desires. Or, if you need more of a physical stress reliever, check out the Brote Escuela’s free percussion workshop and take out any frustration on the provided drum. Whatever you do, make the most of your finde, kids.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH
Yesterday, Buenos Aires International Tango Festival and World Cup kicked off. Running until August 22nd, there’s plenty of time to get in on some tango-led action. With musical performances, dancing competitions, photography exhibitions, and public workshops, it’s unmissable for both serious tango enthusiasts and those still looking to wrap their head around the complex rhythm. Tonight, highlights include a contemporary tango (of course) workshop, a 21st century style milonga hosted by DJ Toro, and a concert with Esteban Riera to celebrate his 20-year commitment to singing tango. Venues vary throughout the festival, however tonight all will hosted at the Usina del Arte.
From 12:30 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More info
This weekend will be the last run for director Marcial Di Fonzo Bo’s interpretation of Argentine playwright Copi’s plays “Eva Perón” and “El homosexual o la dificultad de expresarse.” On at Argentina’s national theater, the Teatro de Cervantes, the biographical work initially caused scandal back in the 1970s – three months of police protection was needed for the play in Paris. About an imaginary trans Eva Perón, whose energy and character outshine that of husband and ex-president Juan Perón. Exploring death, resurrection, and the complications of homosexuality, it’s a controversial play bound to spark debate. Tickets can be reserved online.
8 PM | Teatro Nacional Cervantes – Libertad 815 | AR $180 | More info
Musician Matías Ravier will be performing tonight at Club Cultural Matienzo. Four years after his most recent album, Ravier is making a comeback with his fourth release “Malabar.” Described as eclectic, you can expect a fusion of Latin American genres with his music taking a whistle stop tour through River Plate regions, ending up in Brazil. Consisting of Ravier’s most personal reflections on love, life, and strange encounters, the evening is an opportunity to see the singer in intimate surroundings. Tickets may be bought beforehand.
10 PM | Centro Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $150 | More info
Bookworms looking for a nerdy Friday evening out should look no further than Ciudad Cultural Konex’s “Feria de Editores.” Now in its seventh edition, the fair will provide a meeting space for readers and editors from all over Latin America to meet and discuss well, books obviously. Focused on the independent publishing sector, 15 publishers will be taking part, all showcasing and selling their most recent editions. Workshops and talks are on tonight and throughout the weekend.
2 PM – 9 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3125 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11TH
Always seen yourself as a breakdancer? Now’s your chance to give it a go. As part of its Saturday series encouraging local hip hop dance talent to take to the stage, Centro Cultural Recoleta is offering a free workshop this afternoon for members of the public keen to improve their moves. Dancing alongside the pros, you’ll either find you’ve got a bit of a knack for hip hop, or make a fool of yourself. Whichever comes first, it’s a novel way to spend a gray Saturday afternoon. If it does rain, note the event will be called off.
3 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More info
ADOPT DON’T SHOP
If you’re looking to take in a new furry friend, head to Buenos Aires City government’s latest adoption fair. Full of cute four-legged amigos all looking for a loving home, be careful not to give in and try and take them all with you. For fully-fledged animal owners, there’ll be workshops, activities, and prizes awarded to the best owners. There will also be a vet in attendance, offering free consults should you have any pet related worries. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled.
1 PM – 5 PM | Plaza Aristóbulo del Valle (Baigorria & Cuenca) | Free | More info
JAZZ & PHILOSOPHY
Exploring the links between jazz, philosophy, and existential literature, composer Grisel D’Angelo will be using author examples such as Sartre, Kafka, Camus, and Cortázar to show how music reflects philosophical thought. Going highbrow and analyzing death, the absurd, and existence, you can expect to find yourself listening to music in a new way and unusually educating yourself on a Saturday night. Tickets can be bought online.
11:50 PM | Bebop Club – Moreno 364 | AR $150 | More info
Warning: Compulsive spenders and shopping addicts should look away now. If you want a bit of a splurge this weekend, check out Feria Juntas. Known as Buenos Aires’ prettiest and most Instagrammable fair, its collection of aesthetically pleasing stands and social media-friendly purchases can be pawed over and purchased today. From locally crafted jewelry, uniquely designed prints, or pocket sized books, you’ll walk away both with a stash of goodies and your bank account a little more bereft than it was before.
3:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Ciudad de La Paz 502 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12TH
Banish the Sunday blues with a free percussion session in Chacarita’s Brote escuela. If there’s a better way to take out your frustration about the inevitable close of the weekend, we want to know about it, as this one seems to top the list. Informal and suitable for those with no experience it’s purely about turning up ready to make some serious noise. Note that prior inscription is required via writing in the comments section of the Facebook event.
4 PM | El Brote Escuela de Percusión – Chacarita | Free | More info
This month, Cinema de Las Luces is showing films by South Korean director Park Chan-Wook. Tonight, “Joint Security Area” will be screened. The mystery thriller, which is in fact South Korea’s highest grossing movie of all time, details an investigation looking at a shooting of two North Korean soldiers on the notorious DMZ border zone. As the two nations’ delicate relationship hangs in the balance, it’s a tense unfolding of events that will have you on the edge of your seats.
7:30 PM | Manzana de Las Luces – Perú 272 | Free | More info
An extravagant and electric performance, Shampan unites humour, music, dance and magic all under one performance. Glamorous and exciting, the show identifies itself as part of a new generation of productions eclectically merging a variety of genres and styles. Boldly over the top, it’s colorful, the wardrobe choice alone deserves viewing. A little out there and most definitely off the wall, it’s a crowd pleaser that’ll certainly extend some much needed cheer on a gloomy winter’s Sunday. Tickets can be bought here.
8:30 PM | Sirhan – Gorriti 5568 | AR $200 | 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]