Ah, chilly March mornings, giving us a taste of the autumn season that’s to come. Pretty soon we’ll all be able to get to work without looking like we’ve run an Olympic race. Won’t that be a relief?
With International Women’s Day happening yesterday; if you’re looking for more activities that celebrate womankind’s collective genius, you’ve come to the right place. There are tons of gigs, concerts, tributes, and other events celebrating female talent this weekend. Make sure to check them out! There’s also plenty of outdoor activities scheduled over the next few days, like Buenos Aires Celebra Irlanda y Escocia, and 2018’s first edition of Feria del Productor al Consumidor. Take advantage of clear skies and radiant sunshine — being out and about this weekend will be a treat!
FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH
Buenos Aires’ Alliance Française has been hosting a French film week for eighteen consecutive years. Each year an overarching theme is chosen for the mini film-fest, and this year, the spotlight is on French youth. Today, at 7:30 PM, Fièvres — a film about a thirteen year old boy who moves in with his father after his mother goes to prison — will be screened in the auditorium of the Alliance‘s central branch (Córdoba 946). Admission to the film is free, although spaces in the auditorium are limited.
7:30 PM | Alliance Française (Córdoba 946) | Free | More info
In honor of the anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s death 24 years ago today, an homage to the German-American poet will be held in El Quetzal tonight. Inviting participants to read their favorite Bukowski poems in English as well as Spanish, there will also be live jazz and classical music throughout the night in addition to a book fair and all around good vibes. If you’re interested in reading or playing the piano, send a message to La poesía sobre el monotributo.
9 PM | El Quetzal (Guatemala 4516) | Free | More info
Trio of Patagonian singer-songwriters Fémina will be playing live in the Usina del Arte tonight. The group’s theatrical shows, which combine diverse genres like cumbia, bolero, reggae, and funk, are all united by strong elements of rap and stunning vocal harmonies. Fémina has toured extensively internationally, and has received considerable critical acclaim for their unique melodies. Admission to tonight’s concert is free — tickets may be picked up from the Usina del Arte’s box office two hours before the performance starts.
9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Latin fusion group Alerta Pachuca will be celebrating ten years of music making tonight in Xirgu Espacio Untref’s theater in the round. Well known for their intimate performances, the group bridges the distance between performer and public by involving the audience to directly in the performance. In the same vein as artists like Perotá Chingó, Alerta Pachuca experiments with a variety of sounds while at the same time staying true to its South American roots. Tickets start at AR $170 and can be bought via Plateanet.
9 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $175 | More info
SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH
IRELAND & SCOTLAND
Buenos Aires Celebra is gearing up for another edition this Saturday, celebrating both Ireland and Scotland in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. The festival will set up at the intersection of Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar, and as usual there will be a wide variety of food stands, regional products, arts and crafts, live dance, and music. While you’re enjoying traditional goodies like haggis, colcannon, and shortbread, you can also watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade that will take place at 3 PM.
12 – 7 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
In commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be screening four documentaries about some of Argentina’s most prolific female writers. This Saturday’s will dive into the life of Salvadora Medina Onrubia, a woman who at the age of fifteen had already committed every imaginable sin for a woman at the beginning of the twentieth century — among them, being a single mother, anarchist, and writer. Through excerpts from Onrubia’s journals, poems, and personal documents, her life-story will be revealed, affording a glimpse into the life of a woman who was well ahead of her times. Tickets to the screening are free, and are available for pick up at the Conti’s box office an hour before the function starts.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta is celebrating the women of indie rock every Saturday this March with a special series of concerts titled Chicas de fuego (Women of Fire). Curated by Albina Cabrera, each evening’s line-up presents the best of the thriving female indie rock scene, with this Saturday’s including La Piba Berreta, Las Ex, and DJ Malén Denis. The women involved are asking the music industry for greater accessibility as well as an increased demand for female shows. Show up in the Centro Cultural Recoleta at 7:30 PM and honor them with your support.
7:30 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
Fiona Apple is a musician whose name commands respect worldwide. Defying expectations about the trajectory of her career as well as any easy categorization, Apple did battle with the music industry numerous times while producing impeccably crafted, poetic music. El Espacio Universal will be hosting a tribute to the American singer-songwriter this evening at 8:30 PM in Palermo. Come out to see Argentina pay homage to the artist’s timeless hits, and enjoy a few drinks while you’re at it since admission to the event is free.
8:30 PM – 1 AM | El Espacio Universal (Soria 4940) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH
2018’s first edition of Feria del Productor al Consumidor will be setting up in the UBA’s School of Agriculture this weekend. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the feria is an Argentine take on a farmer’s market, made up of self-managed workers who see their products through from start to finish. That means that if you’re one of those people who like to know a little more about what they’re buying, you’re in luck — the vendors would be more than happy to give you an in-depth explanation of what exactly goes into their production. Enjoy some special start of the season activities and support some small, local businesses in the process. Admission to the event is free!
10 AM – 7 PM | Entrance via Avenida San Martín and Nogoyá | Free | More info
The March edition of the city’s iconic ‘Food Fest’ is set to take place in La Rural this weekend. For those who haven’t been before, this open air food festival gathers together the best of Buenos Aires’ food trucks in one place, offering both time-tested favorites as well as more adventurous options. Live music is scheduled during the event, provided by a number of local bands and DJs. Admission to Food Fest is free, and entrance is via Avenida Sarmiento.
1 – 10 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Following its weekly Sunday diversity market, cultural center Feliza will be screening the heartwarming Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbor Totoro. Centering around the story of a Japanese family transitioning into life in the country, the film recreates the magical sensation of childhood, and the awe and wonder that the natural world inspires at a young age. Admission to the market and screening are both free. The movie is in Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
7 PM | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | Free | More info
Casa Brandon’s first tertulia of the year will be taking place this evening in the cultural center’s characteristically warm, informal environment. Originally started to make classical music more accessible to the general populace, the organizers have done an incredible job of doing just that. After all, where else in the city would you go to listen to classical music while sprawled out on the living room floor? This edition will feature arrangements for violin and piano, flute, guitar, bass, and drums. Admission with the house’s dinner special will set you back AR $240.
8 – 11:30 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | AR $120, or $240 with a dinner special | 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]