After a bit of a quilombo-filled start to the week – I’m not sure if I’ve emotionally recovered from Tuesday’s match vs. Nigeria – let’s thank our lucky stars that we’ve finally made it to the weekend. Having improved everyone’s defeated morale no end and living to fight for another day, there’s still time to cheer the albiceleste to victory. Surely, the days of unsatisfying games are up and there a few more wins in sight, right? I mean who wouldn’t want to see Maradona’s emotional roller coaster of insane facial expressions all over again?
You probably will be watching France vs. Argentina on Saturday morning, or many of the other games for that matter. However, if you need a little sustenance head to Apetito’s fine food fest, where games will be on so you can multitask to your heart’s content. Or, if you just need to dance the week out of your system, try La Tangente’s R&B night. Buen finde kids!
FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH
The immensely popular “Funk’s Not Dead” night is back at the Ciudad Cultural Konex tonight. Taking over the stage will be a varied line-up of bands including a main set by the rather creatively named “Funktásticos Genitales” and the comparatively more conservatively named “Tapones De Punta.” Always showcasing the next gen of talent on the music scene, it’s an unmissable night for funk fans. Tickets can be bought at the door or more cheaply online.
Midnight | Ciudad Cultural – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $180-220 | More info
Coming all the way from Italy, the Balletto di Roma will be staging a traditional neoclassical style performance of Shakespeare’s most famously tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. Taking place in Retiro’s Teatro Coliseo, the night could be a little more of a splurge than most, but also worth it, since it’s a rare opportunity to see the ballet company outside of Italy. We might know the story already, but that won’t stop all the drama and passion unfolding in the form of pointe and pirouettes from being totally immersive and impossible to pass up.
8:30 PM | Teatro Coliseo – Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125 | From AR $600 | More info
Celebrating the diversity and cultural richness of traditional Venezuelan music, musician Amanda en Cayapa, along with a few special guests, will be at Hasta Trilce tonight, showing off a dynamic variety of Caribbean rhythms. Presenting a sort of musical tour through the varied landscape of the country, music that originates from the Andes, coastal regions, and its capital Caracas will all feature throughout the night.
9 PM | Hasta Trilce – Calle Maza 177 | AR $200 | More info
R&B-cum-soul artists Grace & Badlove (think somewhere along the lines of Lianne La Havas and Lauryn Hill and you’ll have an idea) with a few other guests like DJ Lautaro Palenque and Trilliam will be taking over the intimately cool Palermo venue La Tangente, making it Buenos Aires’ hottest hip hop and R&B night. For a look at the local scene as opposed to the more massive international one, the night shouldn’t be missed. Tickets can be bought at the door or online for a discounted price.
11:30 PM | La Tangente – Honduras 5317 | AR $150-200 | More info
SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH
Anima Latina, known to be the only festival celebrating Latin American animation films, and already in its third edition this year, is paying special attention to the role of women in the industry. There’ll be plenty of talks held with directors and producers from across the region, as well as presentations on newly released movies. A full program of screenings, with many Argentine directors represented, will be shown at the center Cultural San Martín.
5:30 PM | Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Free | More info
Historic museum and cultural space Manzana de Las Luces is hosting a poetry and story telling evening tonight. All themed around the title of softness, interpretations will be broad and open ended, with a variety of different speakers on the agenda. An opportunity to reflect upon and question the words to which you’re listening, a discussion table will be set up for those of you keen to dive a little deeper and chat with the directors.
8:30 PM | Manzana de Las Luces – Perú 272 | Free | More info
STAND UP AND WINE
Combining two of the best things in life, wine and humor, tasting space, Sommelier en Bicicleta Espacio & Vinos are offering the chance to try a few of their specially curated vinos while listening to stand up comedy performed by Sabrina Cosentino. If you’re worried this might all go right to your head, there will also be a table of tapas from which to picar. The evening, which is set to be a relaxed kind of affair, will no doubt convince you that sometimes wine and a laugh are all you that need. Tickets should be reserved beforehand.
8 PM | Bicicleta Espacio & Vinos – Soler 5046 | AR $400 | More info
BLUES & SOUL
If you’re an early bird looking for a night of music that doesn’t start past midnight, head to Lucille. Dedicated to blues and other Afro-American genres, it’s anyone’s guess who will be on the line-up, but it’ll be good either way. For some easy listening and a chance to avoid pulling an all nighter, a Saturday evening spent in Lucille’s theater and bar is a relaxed way to go.
9 PM | Lucille – Gorriti 5520 | Free | More info
Right now, La Boca-based contemporary art gallery Walden is showing a series of self portraits and geometrical prints created by Paraguayan artist Bernardo Krasniasky. Experimental with his choice of materials and technology, many of his works are produced using a photocopier. Described as the middle ground between drawing and photography, the result is slightly eerie and a little unnerving but intriguing nonetheless. Produced in the late seventies and early eighties, this is the first time that many of the works have been exhibited together, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them with your own eyes.
12 PM – 5 PM | Walden – Av. Almirante Brown 808 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, JULY 1ST
The Palermo Hipódromo will be hosting the gourmet food truck festival Apetito today. Including a wide range of both national and international cuisines, there’ll be separate wine and beer patios so you can grab a copa or two. As a bonus, huge screens will be installed to meet any of your World Cup viewing needs. Equally, if you’re a little futból fatigued (we won’t tell anyone), live music will be on throughout the day with a few art installations to provide the odd bit of well-needed distraction.
11 AM – 11 PM | Palermo Hipódromo – Av. del Libertador 4101 | Free | More info
All about unfulfilled dreams, “La Isla Desierta” tells the tale of a group of bored and dissatisfied office workers who begin to dream about a journey to a deserted island that would free them from their monotonous daily routines. Obsessing over this unrealistic fantasy, dreams get a little out of hand resulting in the office workers truly believing they’re away from reality. Cleverly using puppetry and well-designed sets, the play challenges their desire to escape while providing a look at their longing, wishful thinking and the painful reality of the truth.
2 PM | Complejo Teatral – Av Corrientes 1530 | AR $70 – 140 | More info
In preparation for the Bauhaus Foundation’s 100th birthday celebration in April 2019, the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo has opened a monumental retrospective of Germany’s world famous design school. Paying homage to one of the most controversial and avant garde symbols of good design, the exhibition is a look at the school’s short but impactful 14 years (1919 – 1933). Including photos, films and documents, the exhibition also includes a few of the school’s most well-known objects.
2 PM – 7 PM| Museo de Arte Decorativo – Av. Libertador 1902 | Free | More info
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