After a full four days of having our noses pressed to the grindstone, most of us are struggling just to form complete sentences. Thankfully, Friday is in sight — as well as Saturday and Sunday — and even if the forecast doesn’t look too bright, at least we won’t have to slog to work in the rain. The cultural agenda in the city is as vibrant as ever, with loads of opportunities to see live music, rave about great art, stuff our maws with delicious foodstuffs, and gush over independent films (we’re entering the last three days of BAFICI!).
Make sure to get out there and do something to let off a bit of steam before the weekend’s gone, Monday rolls around, and we have to do it all over again.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH
Wildly popular k-pop boy band Super Junior will be playing live in Luna Park this evening. Best know for hits like Devil, Black Suit, Mr. Simple, and Sorry Sorry, the band’s sound is heavy on the synths and incredibly upbeat, with elements of R&B and funk surfacing in their latest work. Like many other k-pop groups, Super Junior has quite a following in Argentina, and tonight’s performance should be one to remember. Tickets to the show start at AR $1,100 and can be bought online via Ticketportal.
8 PM | Luna Park (Bouchard 165) | From AR $1,100 | More info
It’s been over four years since Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle) debuted in cinemas and started making headlines around the globe. A three hour long tour de force that is, for many, controversial, the film is unquestionably intense and emotionally raw, and has already become something of a classic. A graphic exploration of one girl’s experience with intimacy, adulthood, and existential struggles, Blue Is the Warmest Color does not shy away from its depiction of life, in all of its messy wonder. Relive the film for yourself, or see it for the first time, tonight in El Desparrame at 9:30 PM.
9:30 PM | Cabildo 592 | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Club Silencio has been in business for over ten years, providing a different kind of Friday night entertainment to the public. Inviting city dwellers to close their eyes and embark on an inner sensory journey, the two-fold experience starts with a dreamlike musical component where participants are blindfolded, and ends with an unplugged visual “wake up.” Approximately two and a half hours long, the experience starts at 11 PM and costs AR $250. Send an email to [email protected] to make your reservation today, or contact Club Silencio via their Facebook page.
11 PM | Address via private message | AR $250 | More info
Goosebump inducing musical duo Mueran Humanos are back in town for a show in Palermo Club tonight. Born in Argentina, the two reside in Berlin, where they have been hard at work creating their trademark sound by combining pop, punk, and electronic noise with avant-garde, experimental techniques. Joined by DHD and Cadena Nacional, the concert will kick off at 11:30 PM. Tickets to the show are AR $250, and can be bought online via Ticketek.
11:30 PM | Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2454) | AR $250 | More info
SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST
Avant-garde art space Fundación Proa will be inaugurating a new art exhibit today. Titled Contradicción y Continuidad (Contradiction and Continuity), the exposition is a collection of 170 photos that span 160 years of Argentine history (1850 – 2010). Exploring themes like progress, violence, modernity, death, and beauty, the photographs capture everything from traditional subjects like portraits and landscapes to less orthodox ones, like advertisements. Admission to Fundación Proa is AR $80, with discounts given to students, teachers, and retirees presenting valid ID.
11 AM – 7 PM | Fundación Proa (Pedro de Mendoza 1929) | AR $80 | More info
Indian cultural organization Durga Ma will be hosting a free Indian dance class in Parque Centenario this afternoon. Geared toward beginners as well as more experienced dance practitioners, the class will focus on teaching the basics of classical Indian dance. Interested participants will meet by the park entrance closest to the Pasteur Institute. Students are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for a wide range of movement.
12 PM | Parque Centenario (Entrance next to Pasteur Institute) | Free | More info
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Buenos Aires will be organizing a special bazaar in the Thai ambassador’s residence this afternoon. Featuring traditional dishes, drinks, and arts and crafts from the five ASEAN countries with embassies in Buenos Aires (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines), a number of performances will also take place throughout the day, sharing Southeast Asian music, dance, and martial arts with the public. Interested participants do not need to register beforehand — admission to the bazaar is free.
12 – 7 PM | Arribeños 1240 (Entrance via 11 de Septiembre) | Free | More info
Buenos Aires is internationally recognized for a being a hotspot of Queer Tango, and this afternoon the tenth annual ‘Tango Against World Homophobia’ will be taking place in Boedo. Organized as a form of protest against the 77 countries that criminalize same-sex love, the communal dance seeks to increase visibility of the LGBTQ community, and put pressure on the Argentine government to lobby internationally for the decriminalization of love in all of its forms. Show up at the intersection of Boedo and San Juan Avenues at 4 PM to show your support for the cause.
4 – 6 PM | Av. Boedo and Av. San Juan | Free | More info
SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND
OK, we get it: Argentina is a major producer of grains. But if a diet of medialunas, bizcochitos, thick-crust pizza, empanadas, palitos salados, and spaghetti has turned you off from eating wheat ever again, Feria SIN TACC may be just the thing you need. Organized by the same people behind Buenos Aires Market, this gluten-free market is setting up in Caballito this weekend, in Parque Rivadavia. With roughly 50 stands boasting gluten-free products, and 25 celiac-friendly stands and food trucks, this is the perfect chance to stock up on something that isn’t wheat — or take a class on how to make your favorite meal without it.
11 AM – 7 PM | Parque Rivadavia (Rivadavia 4800) | Free | More info
A new edition of Buenos Aires Celebra will be taking place at the intersection of Avenida de Mayo and Perú this afternoon. This weekend’s installment celebrates the Italian region of Calabria, famously known — at least geographically — for being “the toe of the boot.” Over 60 stands will be present at the event, peddling traditional goodies like zeppole (deep-fried, doughnut-like fritters), spicy peperoncini, Calabrese pizza, cheeses, and sausages. In addition to all the good eats, there will also be plenty of live music and dance throughout the day. The event will be cancelled in the case of rain.
11 AM-7 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Perú | Free | More info
Legendary British musicians Larry John McNally and Harry Waters will be performing live in the Usina del Arte this evening. Currently on tour in the South America, the duo is presenting their new studio album that fuses rock with rhythm and blues. Renowned for their collaborations with other singer-songwriters (like Rod Stewart and Eddie Vedder), Argentine artists Federico Palmolella and Jorge Araujo (ex members of the group Divididos) will accompany McNally and Waters in concert tonight. Admission to the event is free, and tickets can be picked up at 5 PM from the Usina del Arte’s box office.
7 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Irish director Nora Twomey has been lauded internationally for her work on The Book of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014). The Breadwinner (2017), which made its debut in Argentina during the first week of BAFICI, is this first film she has directed entirely on her own — and if you didn’t get a chance to see it last Friday, the movie will be screened again tonight in Plaza Francia for free. The breathtaking animation centers around the emotionally moving story of Parvana, an Afghani girl who must make her way in a man’s world following the arrest of her father. Through courage, daring, and the power of storytelling, she risks everything to ensure her family survives. Make sure to arrive early as seats in the Plaza are limited.
8 PM | Plaza Francia | 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]