With a full four days off to look forward to, many people are planning their own weekend getaways to the countryside. If you’re not taking the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city though, then get ready to start actively planning your staycation! Summer temperatures will be returning over the next few days, so you can probably ditch the cardigan if you head out to enjoy the vibrant Buenos Aires nightlife. And speaking of nightlife, there’s so much to choose from, including stand-up comedy, live music, drumming circles, and theater. Get out there and make the most of every second — who knows when the next four day weekend will come around! And hey, if you’re not with you’re family for Easter dinner, treat yourself this Sunday to a heavenly Easter brunch — perhaps some buttery scrambled eggs or a decadent pain au chocalat at Luce?
FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH
This is the last weekend to experience contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei’s art exhibit in Fundación Proa. Titled Inoculación, the exhibit addresses everything from freedom of expression to human migration, and consists of monumental installations, objects, photographs and videos that exemplify the artist’s unique sense of irony and rebel spirit. Visit the exhibit from 11 AM to 7 PM on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. General admission to Inoculación is AR $80.
11 – 7 PM | Fundación Proa (Pedro de Mendoza 1929) | AR $80 | More info
Marty Friedman, perhaps best known for his stint as a lead guitarist in Megadeth, surprised heavy metal fans around the globe when he teamed up with New-Age, Japanese artist Kitaro in 1992 to record his first ever instrumental album. That was just the start of the plot-twist in Friedman’s career, which saw him continue to explore less aggressive music over the decades. Currently on tour in Argentina with his Japanese band, Friedman will be present in the Usina del Arte for a question and answer session tonight. As Argentina and Japan celebrate 120 years of diplomatic relations, Friedman will speak about his experience as a current Japanese resident. Tickets to the event are free, and can be picked up starting at 12 PM on Friday.
9:30 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
If you enjoyed That’s What She Said: Six Women Who Intruded Intrusos (and Helped Change Argentine TV), you might consider heading to Casa Brandon this evening to meet one of the six — Virginia ‘Señorita Bimbo’ Godoy. Together with Noelia Custodia, the two women will unite their voices, sharing their piercing observations about everyday life in a way that is intelligent and also hilarious. Tickets to the act are AR $150, and can be bought in Casa Brandon from 3 – 7 PM this Thursday or Friday. An additional show will be put on by the duo tomorrow at 9:30 PM.
10 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | AR $150 | More info
Niceto Club is turning 20 years old tonight, and to celebrate, has invited the extremely iconic Argentine electropop duo Miranda! to the party. Famous for more hits than can properly be listed here (think Don, Perfecta, and Ya Lo Sabía) the two will be presenting songs from their 2017 album, Fuerte, for Niceto’s birthday (and hopefully, more than a few throwbacks). Tickets to the performance start at AR $350 and can be bought online via Ticketek.
11:50 PM – 6 AM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $350 | More info
SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST
Mujeres Audiovisuales (MUA), a close-knit network of women who work in TV and film production, will be meeting in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti this afternoon for an open encounter titled Nosotras Miramos. The proposal, something like a feminist audiovisual day camp, is jam-packed with a wide range of activities, and includes screenings of both short and full length female-directed films, chats, workshops, as well as a photography exposition. Participation in the event is free, and the complete breakdown of activities can be found here.
3 – 9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti | Free | More info
Dennis Smith’s highly acclaimed play, Boyscout, has returned to El Cultural San Martín for four additional shows this April. Described as intensely poetic, transcendental, and emotionally moving, the play tackles a pressing issue that many of us were familiar with as adolescents — bullying. Through a carefully chosen selection of music Boyscout explores the effects of verbal and psychological abuse in a way that is powerful, without being unnecessarily overt, as well as the overwhelming experience of becoming an adult. Tickets to the show are AR $160 and can be bought at the theater’s box office.
7 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551) | AR $160 | More info
In preparation for Radiohead’s upcoming concert in Tecnópolis on April 14th, El Universal Espacio Cultural is dedicating an entire night to celebrating the British band’s legendary discography. An audio-visual treat for the most die-hard fans out there, the organizers have invited local artists to cover the group’s greatest hits. Doors open at 8:30 PM and admission to the event is free.
8:30 PM – 1 AM | El Universal (Soria 4940) | Free | More info
In honor of tonight’s full moon, Encuentro De Tambores En Luna Llena Argentina has organized a get-together outside the Galileo Galilei Planetarium to drum up some good vibes. A long-time fixture on the city’s cultural agenda, the meet is open to anyone who is interested — just make sure to bring your own instrument (guitars, ukuleles, and flutes are fair game too). Participants are kindly requested to bring plastic bags to pick up any leftover trash following the event. Glass bottles are not permitted.
11 PM | Planetario Galileo Galilei | Free | More info
SUNDAY, APRIL 1ST
Mendoza singer-songwriter Mariana Päraway is scheduled to play at the Usina del Arte this afternoon. Presenting the third record of her career, Flecha — far and away her ‘poppiest’ sounding album yet — Päraway explores womanhood, specifically, women’s aspirations and dreams, and the many different things a woman can choose to grow up to be. Tickets to the concert are free and can be picked up at the Usina’s box office two hours before the concert starts.
5 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Spanish poet, playwright, and director Federico García Lorca is internationally recognized for his contributions to world literature. What you may or may not know is that the author actually visited Argentina from October 13th of 1933 to March 27th of 1934. While in Buenos Aires, he stayed in the legendary Hotel Castelar — in room number 704, to be exact. Hab704 (short for Habitación 704) is a theatrical retelling of García Lorca’s time in Buenos Aires, as interpreted through music, poetry, and dance. Put on in the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, the interactive show will start at 7:30 PM tonight. Admission to the museum (AR $30) plus a ticket to the show (AR $170) will set you back AR $200.
7:30 PM | Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco (Suipacha 1422) | More info
The Guitar Orchestra of Latin America will be performing live in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this evening under the direction of Horacio Pozzo and Hernán Núñez. An international ensemble of acoustic guitars modelled after Robert Fripp’s past itinerant orchestras, the group will play original as well as improvised pieces that highlight the versatility of the instrument. Tickets are free and be reserved online, or picked up at CCK’s box office before Sunday’s performance.
8 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
Palermo cultural center La Gran Jaime will be hosting the April edition of Jam Afrobeat del FAI. A musical event dedicated exclusively to afrobeat, this installment’s featured artists include Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti, and Africa 70. For those unfamiliar with the genre, afrobeat is a style of popular musical that integrates elements of jazz, soul, funk, and traditional African music. Minga Ensamble has also been invited to this edition, which coincides with La Gran Jaime’s fourth birthday. Doors open at 9 PM and admission is pay-what-you-can.
9 PM | La Gran Jaime (Aráoz 832) | Pay-what-you-can | 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]