After an alleged real-feel of 40 degrees Celsius last Sunday, this weekend will provide a much welcome respite from the heat. Cool breezy days coupled with intervals of sunshine are just begging to be enjoyed with some activities. Take an architectural walk down the Avenida de Mayo, see some live rap or hip-hop, or participate in the Indian celebration of Holi. Additionally, go to a wine party, stock up on some out-of-print books, or catch Guillermo del Toro’s latest film at the cinema. Consider this your friendly reminder that autumn is indeed coming — so be active, get out there, and whatever you decide to do, make sure to take advantage of the lovely summer days.
Friday, 23rd of February
África y su fuerza vital (Africa and Its Vital Force) is the name of an ongoing art exposition located in the Centro Cultural Borges. Described as one of the most important African art expositions in the Americas, the pieces that are currently on display come from the private collection of Hipólito Barreiro, a man who served as Juan Domingo Perón’s personal doctor, and later, the Argentine ambassador to Liberia. Including masks, sculptures, musical instruments, and games, the objects come from a number of West African countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Today, in addition to visiting the exhibit, a documentary on African immigration in Argentina will be shown at 6 PM, giving visibility to a growing community that has largely been overlooked.
6 PM | Centro Cultural Borges | More info
The Avenida de Mayo is generally considered to be one of Buenos Aires’ most beautiful avenues, and for aficcionados of architecture, it may also be one of the most interesting. To discover the avenue’s architectural gems for yourself, consider joining this evening’s tour, run by the locals at Buenos Aires desde arriba. Guided by architectural experts, participants will have their attention drawn to the characteristics of the avenue’s defining buildings, in addition to receiving detailed materials including photographs, diagrams, and plans. The group will meet outside of the Cabildo (town hall) at 6:30 PM close to the intersection of Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar. Get your tickets to the tour ahead of time via Eventbrite.
6:30 – 9:30 | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | AR $220 | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is offering live music every Friday this February. Featuring a diverse number of groups that showcase both national and international artists, the series seeks to bring Latin American music to a wider audience. This evening, La Candela will be playing in the Conti at 9 PM. An Argentine-Cuban joint-effort, the band takes its cues from some of the best orchestra’s in the Caribbean country, including Bamboleo, Maykel Blanco, and El Noro. Tickets to the concert are free for the public, 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
Local experimental rap group Jvlian will be giving a free concert in the Usina del Arte tonight. Made up of five members, the band was founded in 2005, and is known for integrating elements of electronica, pop, and hip hop into its sound. January saw the group release Droga, the first single from its forthcoming album Crisis. The audience will get to hear some of the album’s unreleased songs during show this evening. Tickets to the concert are available for pick up at Usina del Arte’s box office starting at 7 PM.
9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Saturday, 24th of February
The colorful Indian celebration of Holi is a festival that is immediately recognizable around the world. Signifying the arrival of spring — that is, in the Northern hemisphere — the festivals lasts a full two days. The first involves the burning of ceremonial fires intended to banish evil, and ends on the second with participants chasing each other around with colored powders and water. This year a Holi celebration will be held in the Hipódromo de Palermo. Tickets start at AR $400 and can be bought online here.
1 – 10 PM | Hipódromo de Palermo | AR $400 | More info
Guillermo del Toro’s award winning film The Shape of Water opened in Argentine theaters this Thursday. Achingly beautiful, the film is quintessentially del Toro, examining both the monstrous tendencies latent in humans as well as the human qualities present in monsters. Stunning audiences around the globe, the film boasts an intensely moving storyline combined with a riveting performance from Sally Hawkins. See The Shape of Water in English with Spanish subtitles from 2 PM and onwards in Cine Lorca.
2, 6:15, 8:25, and 10:15 PM | Cine Lorca (Corrientes 1428) | More info
Refresh! Wine Fest — advertised as the first wine festival for millenials — will be taking place in PL Déli Café this Saturday. Boasting over 100 different kinds of wines, and some unique wine-based cocktails as well, the organizers promise you stellar attention from their staff as you make your rounds through the whites, rosés, and reds. In fact, they’re even implementing an app to help you remember which vintages are your favorites — because let’s be honest, after the first couple glasses, you won’t be able to do it on your own. Tickets to the event are AR $350 and can be bought online via Eventbrite.
4 PM – midnight | PL Déli Café (Gorriti 6046) | AR $350 | More info
‘Hip Hop Culture’ days have started back up at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, bringing a wholesome combination of music, dance, art, and education to your lazy summer afternoons. The working title for today’s date is ‘Funk Summer Lovers,’ and you can expect workshops, chats, classes, and forums to take place in the Patio del Ajibe. Invited artists will perform throughout the day and DJs will spin the best of Soul, R&B, Gospel, and many other genres. If you plan on doing any dancing it’s a good idea to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.
5 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junin 1930) | Free | More info
Sunday, 25th of February
If you’ve ever had the chance to wander through someone’s personal library, you may have emerged from the experience feeling you had a better knowledge of the owner. Put simply, the books we choose to read tell quite a bit about us, and San Telmo bookstores Witolda Libros and El Juguete Ilustrado have invited us into their own libraries to browse and buy since they are downsizing. Children’s books and literature will be available, as well as cartoons, magazines, out-of-print books, and rare editions. Stop by anytime from 3 to 8 PM on Saturday or Sunday to give some old books a new home.
3 PM | Venezuela 615, apartment 1 | More info
Although it didn’t hit theaters until 20 years later in the States, American director Gus Van Sant made his debut in 1987 with Mala Noche. A low-budget, independent film based on an autobiographical novel by Walt Curtis, Mala Noche was shot in Portland, Oregon on black and white 16 millimeter film. Chronicling a story of unrequited love between Walt, the manager of a shady liquor store, and Johnny, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who doesn’t even speak English, the film examines barriers, both romantic as well as linguistic, and illustrates how often the people we fall for do not fall for us.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Festival Únicos is somewhat of a new proposal in Buenos Aires. For the first time in its history the Teatro Colón will deviate from its traditional classical repertoire and make room for six whole days of modern hits and pop music. The artists who have been selected to participate in the festival represent a wide range of genres, and include national celebrities like Joan Manuel Serrat and Hernán Cattaneo, as well as international ones, like Luis Fonsi, the author of Despacito, who will be performing live in the Colón today. Tickets to this evening’s concert start at AR $300 and can bought online via Tu Entrada.
8 – 11 PM | Teatro Colón (Tucumán and Cerrito) | 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]