After a full three days of work it’s time for yet another glorious weekend. All those in a favor of a permanent three day work-week say aye? (No changes to our salaries though, that would be completely out of the question.)
In any case, let’s talk about the elephant in the room — you know, Valentine’s Day. If yours was a goner you’ve got a few chances to give it another shot. Perhaps by giving speed dating a try or perusing an erotic cartoon exposition?
Alternatively, if you can’t stand to hear anymore true love, or its close equivalent — an expensive box of chocolates — that’s quite alright because we’ve got lots of alternatives. Check out some of the international artists that are gracing us with their presences this weekend. After all, relationships aside, who would ever regret going to see some live music?
Friday, 16th of February
A new film series showcasing the work of American director Clint Eastwood has kicked off this week at El Cultural San Martín. The selected films, which span the director’s career from 1993 to 2008, include critically acclaimed motion pictures like Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Gran Torino (2008). An outspoken figure politically, Eastwood is widely known to eschew political correctness, and his most recent film, American Sniper (2014), has been branded by some as Republican propaganda. Tonight Eastwood’s Space Cowboys (2000) will be showing at 6:30 PM. Tickets to the screening are AR $50.
6:30 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551) | AR $50 | More info
Mostrafest, our favorite LGBTQ celebration of everything kitsch and camp, will be presenting Brazilian band Linkier e os Caramelows for the first time in Argentina this Friday. The group, whose lead singer also happens to be a transgender woman, was formed in 2015, and fuses popular Brazilian music with elements of R&B, Blues, Soul, and politically charged lyrics. Tickets to the performance start at AR $335 and can be bought online via Ticketek.
9 PM | Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2450) | AR $335 | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is offering live music every Friday this February. Featuring a diverse number of groups on stage that showcase both national and international artists, the series seeks to bring Latin American music to a wider audience. This evening, Babel Orkesta will be playing in the Conti at 9 PM. With a musical style that has been described as ‘volcanic,’ the group’s sound is indeed explosive, and has been featured in award winning Argentine movie Relatos Salvajes (2014). Tickets to the concert are free and must be picked up at the cultural center’s box office an hour before the performance starts.
9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Club Cultural Matienzo is hosting a special Valentine’s Day party this evening to convince even the most forever-alone of us out there that we’re really not better off alone. Titled ‘Amor o nada,’ the party’s list of planned activities is formidable, and includes the opportunity to participate in a kissing contest, try out speed dating, listen to live music and poetry readings, and experience a number of diverse art installations, as well as the chance to get your tarot cards read. Pre-sale tickets to ‘Amor o nada’ are AR $150 and can be bought online via Ticket Hoy.
9 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo (Pringles 1249) | AR $150 | More info
Saturday, 17th of February
The newest edition of Festipez will be taking place in the Ciudad Cultural Konex this Sunday. Featuring Flopa Lestani, Científicos Del Palo and Las Taradas, the rock festival is a Buenos Aires classic that presents a diverse range of groups from the local scene. Tickets to the event start at AR $350 and can be bought online here.
5 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $350 | More info
Burger Fest is headed back to Paseo de la Costa this weekend — a green space along Vicente López’s waterfront that is easily accessible by train. Designed for all you burger lovers out there, regardless of what kind of patty you like between your buns, there will be over 55 stands and food trucks at the festival that specialize in making gourmet burgers. Additionally, vendors dedicated to serving up street food will be on site with bagels, tacos, and the like. A number of breweries will also set up stands and the event, and rest assured that there will be vegetarian and gluten-free options.
6 PM – 2 AM | Paseo de la Costa, Vicente López | More info
William Wordsworth once said that poetry was ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings . . . recollected in tranquility.’ A succinct definition of one of the most misunderstood genres in literature, the transformation of experience into revelation is what the art-form is all about. If you want to experience the magic of poetry yourself (it will help if you are also fluent in Spanish), come to the 35th edition of ‘Poesía en la terraza’ in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening, and best of all, it’s free!
7 – 9:30 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Durga Ma will be celebrating the feast day of the Hindu god Shiva in their Villa Crespo center this evening. Known in India as Shivratri, the night’s festivities will include a special dance performance that will bring ancient Indian legends about Shiva to the stage, as well as a home-cooked Indian dinner put together by Chef Vishnu Varma (all vegetarian dishes). Tickets to the event are AR $550 per person, and include admission to the show in addition to dinner and drinks. Reserve yours by sending an email today ([email protected]).
9 – 11:50 PM | Juan Ramirez de Velasco 278 (doorbell number one) | AR $550 | More info
Sunday, 18th of February
Deseo y problemas (Desire and Problems) is the title of an ongoing erotic cartoon exposition in the H room of the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Exploring everything from society’s over-idealized notions of love to romantic fantasies and everyday expressions of affection, Deseo y problemas gets to the core of what it means to be hot and bothered. Twenty artists have contributed work to the exposition, which can be visited at the Center from 11:30 AM – 10 PM.
11:30 AM – 10 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
Vinicio Capossela has been described by the New York Times as ‘the most intelligent and eccentric musician in all of Italy.’ Lucky for us he’ll be performing songs from his album Canzoni della cupa live in the Usina del Arte tonight, so we’ll have a chance experience his genius and eccentricity for ourselves. Capossela’s music is deeply grounded in the musical traditions of Southern Italy, and is evocative of ancient folklore and myth. Show up at the Usina del Arte’s box office two hours before the show starts to get your free tickets to the concert.
8 PM | Caffarena 1 | Free | More info
Musical sextet Fadeiros will be performing a night of Portuguese fado in Palermo’s one and only Café Vinilo. An internationally popular folk music that is extremely emblematic of Lisbon, fado expresses human suffering through one of the oldest arts known to man: singing. The performance comes on the heels of successful shows in the Usina del Arte and last year’s Tango and Fado Festival. This evening’s event will be conducted in an intimate space so as to recreate the authentic atmosphere of a traditional performance — transporting the viewer across the Atlantic to Lisbon, if only for a night.
9 PM | Café Vinilo (Gorriti 3780) | 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]