Music is the name of the game this weekend, and this city is coming at you with options galore. Whether you’re looking to dance to it, make it your career, or just sit for awhile and listen, there is no shortage of ways to fill your free hours with sweet, sweet ear candy. Get out into the sweaty Buenos Aires weekend for the healthiest anxiety reducer we know of (except maybe this goat’s foolproof method), and get inspired.
Friday, December 2nd
The crew known for churning out a steady stream of urban art at Hollywood in Cambodia (right above the Post Street Bar) is switching it up this week with a brand new opening at Galería UNION. Fuimos Todos is HIC Crüe’s latest collaboration and is made up of more than 40 mixed medium pieces that celebrate their ten years of creating art together. BsAsStencil, Malatesta, RunDon’tWalk, Stencil Land, and Tester Mariano know each other pretty well at this point, and their third group effort aims to capture their synergy and characteristic irreverence. You can find out more about where they’ve left their mark on the city here, or just hop on over to Union to catch them all under the same roof for free.
Galería UNION | Costa Rica 5929 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Xenophobia is clearly not a new trend and Burhan Qurbani’s 2014 film, Wir sind Jung. Wir sind stark shines a spotlight on its devastating effects. The trendy Kino Palais has a knack for choosing potent German films, and Friday night’s selection is definitely not an exception. Set in East Germany shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Qurbani strikes a nerve with this intense depiction of the Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots against Vietnamese immigrants. Here’s your last chance to see the award-winning movie that just missed out on being nominated for an Academy Award in 2015, and your ticket in the door won’t cost you a thing.
Palais de Glace – Kino Palais | Posadas 1725 | 7:00 PM
The CCK is constantly upping its game and we pretty much can’t keep up. They’ve added a dance class on the terrace series to their bag of tricks, and we’re sold. Get yourself to the massive landmark for a night of Charleston-ing and Lindy Hop-ing with teachers Luciana Salinas and José Zarazaga. The duo compete regularly in international swing competitions, have performed all over the world, and even have their own swing school. How’s that for qualified instruction? Find a skirt that moves, shoes that won’t slip, and head on over for the free night of dancing on the terrace. There’s no need to register, but make sure you show up early because space is limited.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 8:30 PM
After tearing it up at Lollapalooza 2016, Los Espiritus took their message to the masses with a 40-city tour of Latin America. They’re finally back in town and have the energy for one last hurrah at the Ciudad Cultural Konex, where they’ll play from their latest album, Gratitud. The bluesy sextet will be sharing the stage with Uruguayan rock staples Buenos Muchachos, and your tickets to a double whammy of local awesomeness will only cost you AR $200. Get them in advance here, and if you’re one of the first 300 to buy a ticket, Konex will knock AR $50 off of your ticket price.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 7:00 PM
Apparently the solution to an Indy rut is to go Nordic. The Festival Días Nórdicos is bringing some of the most creative names in the Nordic music scene to Buenos Aires for the three-day event, and Friday’s artists will provide more than enough inspiration for the creation of unique sound. They’ve got Julia Clara, Teitur Lassen, Sandra Kolstad, and Liima scheduled for an evening of next generation Bjork-age, and your ticket to see them all is absolutely free as long as you fill out this invitation in advance. Space is limited, so register asap or risk a Nordic-less evening.
Espacio Untref | Chacabuco 875 | 8:00 PM
Barrio X Barrio is the latest way of highlighting the magic that can be found in each little corner of this city, and Friday night’s lineup includes a moment with tango legend Amelita Baltar. Known for her incredible Piazzolla interpretations, the singer, actor, and author’s career has spanned an incredible six decades. If for some reason you aren’t already a super-fan, you can ogle at her accolades here, and then just have a quick listen to why she’s achieved Beyonce status in the tango community. There’s no charge to get into the concert, and nothing to fill out, but don’t be late! Amelita waits for no one.
Espacio Cultural Adán Buenosayres | Av. Eva Perón 1400 | 8:00 PM
WINE AND CHEESE
Despite the undeniable deliciousness of your run of the mill queso crema and Sardo, sometimes you need something a little wilder. Vinos + Quesos knows that you can’t promise intriguing cheese without wine, and want to help you on your journey towards picada heaven. Let them take you on a tour of French soft, semi-soft, hard, and flavored cheeses, while they teach you how to put together a cheese board even a Parisian couldn’t turn their nose up at. There will be wine pairings for each, and tastings of all of the irresistible combinations. Tickets for the evening of bliss will run you AR $300 and you can reserve your spot by emailing [email protected].
Facon | Nicaragua 4880 | 7:30 PM
When the Techno mood strikes, Crobar is always there to answer. This Friday night they’ve got Berlin based Rødhåd and Jon Hester up their sleeve to make it more than worth your while. The two are in town for one weekend only, and are joining forces to bring Berlin beats to Buenos Aires. You can check out a little bit of why they’re masters of their craft here, or just caffeinate and prepare to keep moving until the sun comes up. Tickets will run you about AR $400, and you can get them online here.
Crobar | Av. Cnel. Marcelino E. Freyre and Av. Infanta Isabel | 11:55 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, December 3rd
That’s right, this one’s for the folks who are brave enough to stand (or sit) in front of the audience. The Buenos Aires Feria Internacional de la Música is an opportunity to rub elbows with other artists, managers, producers, and marketing professionals in the industry. Hosted by Opción Música, the goal of the festival is to provide a link between the key elements of success in the music business. Come meet more than 60 international professionals for a chance to network, participate in workshops, and see performances. There’s no charge to get in, and you never know who you’ll meet…
Centro Metropolitano de Diseño | Algarrobo 1041 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
You already trust El Mercat for unique finds and a quick way to burn a hole in your wallet, so why not let them take the stress out of your holiday shopping? Whether you equate shopping with stress relief, or have to drag yourself out the door to get it over with, the Feria El Mercat-Happy Gifts has been set up to provide a merry little experience for everyone. AR $60 will get you into the Ciudad Cultural Konex for the holiday market, which will include over 100 unique designer clothing brands, food trucks, live music, and even nail art for a bit of self-pampering. Get your tickets here to get everything you need for the season in one festive afternoon.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Convoi gallery knows that some of the most creative graphic representations come in the form of Fanzines, or small scale, fan magazines. BsAs Fanzine Fest #6 will combine their favorite recent examples in a mass of toner, rare paper, textures, serigraphs, etc. Over twenty publishers and artists will be showing off their stuff in the gallery space, and your viewing experience will be accompanied by electronic musician, Julie Said. The opening is free to the public, so head on over to Convoi to discover uncover a new magazine obsession.
Convoi | Malabia 1066 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Have you ever been to the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti? If so, it’s easy to appreciate their mission and important role in the community. Like all cultural centers, the Conti is able to provide quality cultural events, workshops, and expositions, based on a little help from the government. It looks as though this year their funds are being cut, and the cultural center’s community won’t have it. How to deal? With an awesome festival to raise awareness, of course! The Festival #ElContiNoSeAchica is bringing together their favorite musicians, artists, clowns, poets, etc. for a concentrated version of what the Conti does best. True to their nature, the event is free, but they do ask that you sign the petition to reverse unreasonable funding cuts.
Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti |Av. Del Libertador 8151 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
We warned you that some serious musical experiences were coming your way, and we weren’t joking. Saturday’s options start off with Sónar Buenos Aires. Evidently, this city is pretty much the Latin American hub for current trends in electronic music technology. The Sónar festival is famous worldwide for being the premier event in the digital music trend, and our local version will not disappoint. The AR $800 ticket price might seem a little steep, but your minor investment is your ticket to a day full of concerts on various stages, and the chance to meet the most famous players in the electronic music game. You can browse the long list of performers here, and get your tickets in advance here.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 2:00 PM
German triple threat Ute Lemper has decided to make the trek to Buenos Aires, and you’d be a fool to miss the chance to see her up close and in person at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. The Münster born Kurt Weill specialist will be weaving through the best bits of her repertoire, including songs by Weill, Brecht, Gershwin, and some of the songs made immortal by Edith Piaf. Lemper’s talents stretch far beyond that of song alone, but her smooth voice and compelling performance practice (perfectly exemplified in this German version of Mack the Knife) have made her a household name in musical theater. Tickets to the concert are free, but you absolutely must reserve your spot in advance here.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 8:00 PM
Despite the intense Spanish immigration to this country, it somehow seems that Flamenco performances and events are lacking here in Buenos Aires. Starting Saturday evening, Falla y el Flamenco will do its part to correct this by expanding your available options to experience the powerful tradition. Directed by Graciela Ríos Saiz, the Ballet Hispania will be stomping up a storm to the rasgueados of Manolo Yglesias for a heart-pounding performance. Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected] and head on over to the Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta for a night of traditional music, dance, and poetry at the hands of the professionals. Tickets are AR $200 and they’ll knock off AR $30 if you’re a student or retired.
Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta | Juramento 2291 | 8:00 PM
Not music-ed out yet? Us either. Niceto Club is providing a much more chill option for your Saturday night music needs with a concert by Sig Ragga. The Santa Fe Reggae-influenced rock group has been bringing their laid-back vibes to the people since the late 90’s and have definitely found their groove. You can take a quick listen to their musical stylings here, and read up on their history here. Tickets to an entirely untroubled theme to your evening’s entertainment will run you AR $250 and you get get them in advance here.
Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | 9:00 PM
Bahrein has scored a visit from British producer and DJ extraordinaire, Quivver (a.k.a, John Graham), and want you to experience his magic. Graham has been a huge player in the circuit since the 90s, so there’s no doubt that he’s got the chops to create just the right atmosphere for your Saturday night dance needs. Not only will you get a discount by getting your tickets in advance, you’ll also get your name on the oh-so-exclusive list, which means direct access to instant fun, sans the pesky line. Your party permit will run you AR $200 if you’re a guy and only AR $150 if you’re a lady, and you can get it here.
Bahrein | Pitagora 3154 | 11:55 PM – 7:00 AM
Sunday, December 4th
Dirty races are all the rage these days, so why fight the filth? The Carrera Sucia is here this weekend for a way of making exercise bearable, and maybe even entertaining. Let out your inner dirt-loving kid at this 5K race through various obstacles, and compete to see who can ruin their clothing the fastest. You can sign up here or in person the day of the race, and there’s even a kids category so that no one is left out. Tickets to play will run you AR $550 and the muddy obstacle course will be set up at the Hipódromo in San Isidro.
Hipódromo de San Isidro | Av. Bernabe Marquez 504 | 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
It’s the perfect time of the year to augment your family with a little extra love, and the Zaguates Refugio knows the best way to do it. Their Jornada de Adopción is bringing furry cast of characters to the Parque las Heras for a meet and greet. Find a new family member, and welcome them to your crew with a photo session provided by the agency. There’s no charge to come visit the adoptees, and adoption fees vary. If you just can’t wait, you can get in touch with the agency via their Facebook page for a preview of who they’re bringing to the party.
Parque Las Heras | Av. Las Heras y Av. Coronel Díaz | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Don’t let your meat eating friends weigh you down: the Feria Vegana de la Locura Vegana is back for their final Sunday of veggie-loaded feasting before the end of the year. Never been? They’re setting up shop at the Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, right in front of the Abasto shopping center, and have tons of food options (to enjoy there or take home), cooking workshops and classes, and plenty of cruelty-free products to gift to all of your animal loving friends. There’s no charge to get in, and food and product prices vary.
Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca | Humahuaca 3508 | 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
La Usina is putting up a brand new photographic exposition called La Espera Oculta which will highlight the works of Adriana Lestido, María Eugenia Cerutti, Héctor Rio, and Alejandra Bartoliche. The tie between the displayed works of the Argentine photographers seems a little all over the place (Incarcerated Women and Maternity, Private Views of Liberty, and Photojournalism), but their bodies of work are moving enough to require no theme. There’s no charge to see the world through their lenses, and the new expo will be up through the end of December.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Spanish pop sensation Abraham Mateo will be lighting up the Teatro Gran Rex for one night only with his teeny bopper appeal and boy-band dance moves. The 18-year old signed his first record deal with EMI artists at the ripe old age of ten, and has already made quite a name for himself throughout Latin America. Famous for hits like Señorita and Girlfriend, Mateo will be here as part of his Are You Ready tour to promote his latest album of the same name. Your ticket to feeling like the ultimate fangirl/boi will only set you back AR $300 and you can get yours here.
Teatro Gran Rex | Av. Corrientes 857 | 8:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!
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