Hello! A new weekend approaches and you, brave workaday warrior, are ready to head on out there and tackle it with your full might. We’re tempted to say “it’s been an interesting week in Argentina,” but isn’t that a little repetitive by this point? Isn’t every week an interesting week in this country? Has everybody else’s threshold for off-the-charts insanity raised beyond comprehension, or is it just me? Am I completely desensitized to the weirdness? Probably.
We have a whole bunch of events to share with you this week. And even though this guide is meant to cover stuff within the confines of capital, we’d like to start things off by letting you know about the Mar del Plata Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend! The most respected film festival in all of Latin America featuring hundreds of great movies from all around the world. It starts on Saturday, and we’ll be right there in the front lines, reporting back with our most interesting findings. Find all the details here.
So without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
Ah, Hype. One of the most reliable party initiatives in town, famous for showing their guests an extravagant good time. For the first time ever (!!) Hype is taking place on a Friday night, which honestly seems like a perfect fit and we’d be surprised if it didn’t start happening more often. The date is at Jager and kicks off at midnight, though there is an official previa (pregame) at Chicken Bros.
Midnight | Jager Buenos Aires – Niceto Vega 5452 | AR $200-300 | More Info
FANZINES AND LIVE TUNES
If you’re in the mood for experiencing some live music and also also checking out some independent art, why not head on over to Centro Cultural Richards for a taste of both? Motor Pop Party promises to be a great time, featuring performances by artists such as Luciana Tagliapietra, Maxylowery, and Ibiza Pareo, as well as featuring a variety of fanzines and work you can pick up to support local artists.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Richards – Honduras 5272 | AR $150 | More Info
LIVE MUSIC AT EL EMERGENTE
There are a lot of factors that come into play when we decide to recommend an event for this list. We try to think of whether our audience would get much out of it, we try to keep things somewhat varied, we try to give equal representation to genders (when it comes to live music)… and then sometimes we just like to recommend something because it has a funny name. Ladies and gentlemen, this event features a headlining band called Elefante Guerrero Psíquico Ancestral (Ancestral Psychic Warrior Elephant). They already had us with that name. Then we clicked on their music and it turns out they’re also pretty good! So come to El Emergente to support this great band with a great name.
8:30 PM | El Emergente – Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 1030 | AR $200 | More Info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
BUENOS AIRES CELEBRATES THE AFRO COMMUNITY
On Saturday, Argentina will celebrate the day of Afroargentines and Afro Culture, which make up a seldom-acknowledged part of the country’s heritage and cultural life. So we’re turning this Saturday into a big old party, with music, dancing, artisan shops and delicious food! Come celebrate the history and culture of Argentines (and immigrants) of African descent!
11 AM – 7 PM | Av. de Mayo y Bolivar | Free entry | More Info
WHAT THE FUNK IS UP
Shout Brasas & Drinks is putting together a music event titled What the Funk. Can you guess the sort of music that they’ll be playing at this event? You got it: polka. No wait, it’s not polka, it’s funk music! And on this occasion, they’ll be joined by celebrated funk-based DJ Lenni Funk, who’ll be quite literally be spinning tunes of increasingly funky proportions.
11 PM | Shout Brasas & Drinks – Maipú 981 | More Info
Ah yes, beer. The delicious nectar of the gods, that can make you feel on top of the world and also extremely sleepy within the span of about an hour or so. Not only is beer generally a good thing, but we’re also huge fans of craft beer – beer makers that take the drink in interesting directions, veering further and further from the massively produced industrial swill that often passes for beer. La Noche de las Birrerías features events in various points in town where several beermakers participate competitively to get the audience’s support and end up being crowned Gods of Beer. Vote for your favorite!
From 7 PM | Various locations | AR $100 | More Info
“U” IS FOR “UKULELE”
How do you feel about ukuleles? Some people find them profoundly annoying. And, eh, I get why – there was a period of time around the turn of the century where they became synonymous with white girls recording cutesy indie-folk covers on YouTube, accompanied entirely by their little “plinka-plinka” four-string. But some people actually do incredible things with the instrument. That’s why on Saturday, our good friends at Clásico Fernández are putting together a night that is all about showcasing what the ukulele can do.
9 PM | Clásico Fernandez – Piedras 1020 | Pay what you can | More Info
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
OPIO ANNIVERSARY BRUNCH
Opio Gastropub have been at the forefront of Asian cuisine in Buenos Aires for the last three years, and to celebrate their upcoming anniversary they are putting on a special anniversary brunch! It’s an original menu created by chef Diego Rizzi, and it includes 6 dishes as well as drinks. Lobster and mango fruit rolls! Rice with eggs and furikake! Bulgogi bun! Grilled fish with Thai herbs and chili! So much goodness. You don’t want to miss this.
12 PM and 2:30 PM | Opio – Honduras 4415 | AR $1,800 p/pair | More Info
FEMINIST ART FAIR
Finally for this week, we have Feria Migra, which is a book fair that will be featuring great work by female artists. By showing up and picking up some of this work, you’ll be supporting independent art, female creators, and general efforts to promote diversity and a plurality of identities and perspectives.
4 PM to 10 PM | Cooperativa Cultural Qi – Thames 240 | Free entry | More Info
Disclaimer: 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.
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