There is finally some sunshine in store for us after a bout of hot and cold this week. And with La Noche de los Museos (Museum Night) coming up on Saturday, clear skies really couldn’t come at a better time. Halloween/Samhain/Day of the Dead is still in the air, with lots of thematic events going on this weekend. Make it a priority to check out the altars at Museo Fernández Blanco before they come down for the year! Lastly, for all my K-pop lovers, this Sunday is Buenos Aires Celebra Korea! So get down to Flores and show off your groove — let Girls Generation show you how to move!
Friday, 3rd November
The Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) has opened its doors once again this week, kicking off a new museum season with the inauguration of a stellar modernist exhibit titled ‘Modern Mexico Vanguard and Revolution.’ One of the largest exhibits of Mexican art to have ever come to Argentina, the exhibit features over 170 artworks from from some 60 Mexican artists. Many lesser known artists are represented in the exhibit as well as a large number of beloved icons, including María Izquierdo, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Ángel Zárraga. ‘Modern Mexico Vanguard and Revolution’ can be visited from 12 – 8 PM on weekends — admission to the exhibit is AR $120, with discounts given to students, teachers, and seniors with valid ID.
12 – 8 PM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $120 | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is kicking off the fourth consecutive celebration of Festival Mandinga this evening — a diverse series of activities aimed at bringing greater visibility to people of African descent living in Argentina. As part of the three-day festival there will be workshops, talks, film screenings, theatrical performances, dance recitals, and concerts going on in the Conti, with a day by day breakdown of all of the events on the cultural center’s website here. Highlights include a theatrical production that examines the origins of the porteño murga (Friday), a workshop on Afro-Brazilian dances that honor traditional Yoruban deities or Orixas (Saturday), and a show featuring Afro-Andean music and stories geared towards children (Sunday).
Events start at 7 PM Friday | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
The ‘Bernardino Rivadavia’ Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting an educational Halloween celebration this evening. Located adjacent to the beautiful Parque Centenario, the museum will be open from 8 PM – midnight, giving the public a chance to explore the building outside of its normal visiting hours. Highlights of the event include educational chats on a wide number of creepy animals like ants, spiders, bats, and owls, and their importance in Argentine ecosystems. Staff will also explore popular myths surrounding Argentine fauna, and take a look at some of Earth’s past and present ‘monsters.’ Admission to the event is AR $40, and tickets can be bought at the museum’s box office either beforehand or at the door.
8 PM | Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales ‘Bernadino Rivadavia’ (Ángel Gallardo 490) | AR $40 | More info
‘La muralla criolla’ (‘The Argentine Great Wall’) is a fascinating historical documentary that sheds light on ‘Alsina’s Ditch’ — the infamous 700 kilometer long trench dug from Buenos Aires province to Córdoba in 1876. A massive project that was highly criticized in the day, the trench’s function was to prevent Native American raids and attacks on the pampas, allowing for the growth of permanent settlements, and permitting Argentine expansion into the West. Combining animation with personal testimony and research,’La muralla criolla’ is showing in the Gaumont Cinema at 9 PM tonight. Admission is AR $45.
9 PM | Cine Gaumont (Rivadavia 1635) | AR $45 | More info
Saturday, 4th November
The first edition of Fiesta en San Telmo, popularized by its acronym FeST, will be celebrating the magic of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood this Saturday from morning until after dark. Offering live music, food stands, tango and milonga performances, visual arts exhibits, flea markets, and an antique car show, the festival manages to cover everything, showcasing San Telmo’s best. FeST’s main locations include Defensa Street, Pasaje Giuffra, Pasaje Lorenzo, the Mercado de San Telmo, Carlos Calvo Street, and Plaza Dorrego. Enjoy a fun-filled day packed with activities in this beloved bohemian quarter.
11 AM – 2 AM | San Telmo | Free | More info
DAY OF THE DEAD
The Museo Fernández Blanco has worked closely with the Mexican Embassy since the year 2000 to bring the Day of the Dead to Buenos Aires. The celebration take place every year in the Palacio Noel’s gardens, incorporating vibrant music and color into the festivities alongside traditional altars that honor the dead. This year’s celebration will include special offerings dedicated to writers Juan Rulfo and Juan Gelman, with readings from Muerte sin fin and La Sangre del Muerto in the voice of Roger Colom at 9:30 and 11 PM respectively. All participants are welcome to add the pictures and names of their dead to the celebration — a white canvas will be available to hang a photo or a paper skull with their name.
8 PM | Museo Fernández Blanco (Suipacha 1422) | Free | More info
The 14th edition of Buenos Aires’ famous ‘La Noche de los Museos’ will be taking place across the city this Saturday night. For those who haven’t heard of it, the initiative gives the public the chance to explore hundreds of museums at night for free, with visiting hours for all of them going well into the wee hours of the morning. This year over 240 museums and institutions will be participating (a full list of them can be found here), with highlights including the Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection in Puerto Madero, the Botica del Ángel Art Museum in Monserrat, the Usina del Arte’s 20th anniversary party in La Boca, and the Santa Felicitas Tunnels and Hidden Temple Museum in Barracas. Admission, as mentioned, is free.
8 PM – 3 AM | Museums and institutions across the city | Free | More info
As this year’s edition of LGBT film festival Asterisco rounds up, party collective LOCA has teamed up with Casa Brandon to make sure it goes out with a bang. Enter Fiesta Asterisco — a fresh, avant-garde party that draws crowds of hip people for an unforgettable night in Niceto Club. Like Fiesta Brandon and related parties, the set-list tonight promises to be heavy on the electronic music, with invited artists Cristian Trincado, Carisma, Hector, and Bond sure to spice things up. Proceeds from Saturday’s Fiesta Asterisco will go towards LOCA’s float in this year’s Pride parade.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | Niceto Club | AR $100 until 2:30 AM, $150 afterwards | More info
Sunday, 5th November
The devastation of the Korean War left both North and South Korea financially crippled — with some sources suggesting that poverty levels were on par with those of African countries. It’s small wonder then, that Argentina (at the time in the top twenty global economies) was an attractive destination for Korean emigrants. Today, Buenos Aires Celebra will be commemorating the city’s Korean community in the modest neighborhood of Bajo Flores — the informal ‘Korea-town’ where about half of Argentina’s 30,000 Korean immigrants settled. During the festival, you’ll be able to enjoy traditional Korean foods, including bulgogi, and South Korea’s spicy national dish, kimchi. Live music and dance will also take place at the event, with a special performance from travelling theater troupe Uhee Nori.
10 AM – 8 PM | Avenida Avellaneda and Nazca | Free | More info
Cultural center La Casa del Árbol closed its doors this past July, dampening the spirits of many young people in the know who loved its workshops, film projections, parties, and flea markets. In an effort to raise funds for the center’s re-opening (yes, they have finally found a new home) an affiliated cultural center, Casa Sofia, is hosting a AR $50 fair. Including clothes, CDs, books, plants, odds and ends, and decorative objects, all of the fair’s proceeds will go towards the construction of the new Casa del Árbol. Come by, find a little something for you, and help them expedite the re-opening date.
12 – 7 PM | Casa Sofia (Fitz Roy 1327) | Free admission | More info
The heartwarming French film Amélie is without a doubt one of the top rated movies of all time. For those fans who just can’t get enough of the film, tribute band ‘Merienda Amélie’ is here to the rescue this Sunday. The six-member group will be serving up the best of Yann Tiersen — the French musician and composer behind the film’s magical soundtrack —covering all of the hits fans know and love in addition to a few extra. Immediately before the concert (at 5 PM) a language exchange will take place, connecting Spanish speakers with French speakers, and giving all language-learners a chance to practice.
6 PM | Club de Música (Paraguay 5519) | AR $180 pre-sale, $200 at the door | More info
Eclectic Rioplatense group Perotá Chingó is presenting its new disk, Aguas, with an open air show tonight in Ciudud Cultural Konex. The group, that was formed after a summer spent hitchhiking and musicking their way up and down the Uruguayan coast, is characterized by a wide variety of rhythms, styles, and languages, that is united around one central component — the sound of the human voice — which swims in and out of their tracks in an ethereal, unearthly manner. The result, a unique musical geography, is one that must be experienced live to fully appreciate. Get your tickets beforehand online or at Konex’s box office for AR $250, or for AR $300 the night of the event at the door.
7 – 10 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $250 – $300 | More info