With legislative elections taking place this Sunday, our weekend routine is set to be a bit different. The electoral veda, or ban, goes into effect on Saturday at midnight, prohibiting the sale of alcohol and taking most boliches out of commission. Most likely you’ll have noticed that the atmosphere in the country is palpably charged — not only because of the seats at stake in the House and the Senate, but also over the discovery of what could be Santiago Maldonado’s remains. In light of the anguish that many people are battling with, we’ve packed our roundup with events to take the edge of the rawness of the grief. When it comes down to it, what better is there to console the soul than poetry, art, ritual, and live music?
Friday, 20th October
Singer-songwriter Juana Molina began her musical career in 1996 with the release of her first album Rara. Since then she has astounded critics by forging her own unique sound that consistently defies description. Blending elements of folk, electronica, and experimental pop, Molina’s music has achieved fame worldwide, and tonight she will be opening the new season of Studio Crobar with work from her newest album Halo. Released in May of 2017, Halo has been received enthusiastically, with some critics saying that Molina is currently ‘at the top of her form,’ and even ‘at the height her career.’ Come see her perform at Crobar live for yourself before she jets off on her upcoming world tour.
Cultural collective Todxs lxs chicxs has organized a new event titled ‘Word Battle.’ In essence, it’s just what is sounds like — a spicy poetry competition that will test each participant’s poetic prowess. The first of the three rounds is a poetry slam, where poets will recite one of their own poems with gusto, followed by a second one — the ‘Katchadjian’ challenge — that requires participants to cut up a body of previously written verses and re-order them. The final round will require the two remaining poets to write a poem on the spot, following rules given to them in the moment. This is to test the finalists’ skill at improvisation, and the winner will be determined by the public. The ‘Word Battle’ will start at 8:30, and is a la gorra, or pay-what-you-can.
8:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Puerta Medrano- Ex Hormiga de Oro (Medrano 688) | Pay-what-you-can | More info
For my fellow melancholics who have made a science out of overthinking things, another edition of ‘Pay-what-you-can Philosophy’ is here to brighten up your weekend! This time around the focus will be on Amélie Nothamb and her legendary novel ‘The Life of Hunger’ (in Spanish, La Biografía del Hambre). The book is constructed around Nothamb’s hunger, whether it be for life, experience, or sweetness. And perhaps the most interesting idea of the novel is that hunger is seen as a redeeming quality — something that keeps the author (and humanity) from falling into idleness. To register for the workshop send an email to the organizers beforehand ([email protected]). No previous knowledge of philosophy is necessary!
9 PM | Kalima Cultural (Benjamin Matienzo 2424) | Pay-what-you-can | More info
‘English Storytelling Night’ is gearing up for its October edition in Caballito theater and bar Hasta Trilce. This month’s theme is definitely cringeworthy — four to six storytellers are going to tell you about their ‘first times,’ — but don’t worry, not all of them will be about losing one’s virginity. We’re sure that you’ll be entertained with a wide range of tales that recount anecdotes their authors would probably rather forget. Which is exactly why you should go listen to them! ‘English Storytelling Night’ is propulsed by the desire to hear a good story, and to forge meaningful connections with others without the aid of technology.
10:30 PM | Hasta Trilce (Maza 177) | Free | More info
Saturday, 21st October
If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of rapping but were never sure where to begin, Casa Brandon has organized an event tonight that will teach you everything you need to know. The cultural center (read, house) has invited rapper Andy Sakkal to give a workshop on how to freestyle. Freestyle, for those who’ve never heard of it, is a kind of rap where the singer improvises lyrics on the spot, creating a one-of-a-kind performance that has catchy, harmonious flow. An unassuming rap artist himself, Sakkal claims to have developed a method that anyone can use to succeed at freestyle. Reserve your place by sending him an email ([email protected]). Get ready to rap!
6 – 8 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | More info here or via email
Retiro’s charming Palacio Noel — a stunning example of Hispanoamerican Neo-colonial style — is the site of chamber music concerts nearly every weekend from June to December. For those who haven’t had the pleasure to ever experience it, chamber music is instrumental music played by a small ensemble of musicians that could literally fit into a small chamber or palace room. Hence its name! The concerts (that will only set you back AR $10) generally feature baroque music, with tonight’s performance including pieces by Mozart and Bach. Check out the full program on Disfrutemos BA’s website here.
7 PM | Palacio Noel (Suipacha 1422) | AR $10
Diwali, the Indian New Year, is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu calendar. Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, the holiday symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, hope over despair, and knowledge over ignorance. Millions of candles are lit over the course of the night, making for a splendid sight. Tonight you can participate in a traditional Diwali celebration organized by the Buenos Aires School of Classical Indian Dance, Durga Ma. Participants will have the chance to light candles, observe ritual dances, and of course, eat traditional Indian food. Tickets to the event are AR $450 per person, and you must reserve your spot by sending an email to the school ([email protected]).
9 PM | Juan Ramírez de Velasco 278, doorbell number one | AR $450 | More info
Duke Ellington is reported to have said, “If I’m the Duke, then Peggy [Lee] is the queen.” He was referring, of course, to the singer, songwriter, composer, and actress whose career spanned nearly six decades — the woman who was born as Norma Deloris Engstrom, and later became known by her stage name, ‘Peggy Lee.’ Famous for hits like ‘Fever,’ ‘Why Don’t You Do Right,’ ‘Big Spender,’ and ‘Black Coffee,’ Lee left an immeasurable influence on the jazz genre. Tonight an homage to the singer (aptly titled Fever!) will be hosted in Thelonious Jazz Club. The entourage includes Jenny Moule (voice), Damien Poots (guitar), Alan Zimmerman (piano), Diana Arias (bass), Leo Gerstner (drums), and Julian Lopez Di Muro (trumpet). Tickets to Fever! are AR $180, and can be bought online, or at the club’s box office (Salguero 1884).
Midnight – 2:50 AM | Thelonious Jazz Club (Salguero 1884) | AR $180 | More info
Sunday, 22nd October
The Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) is playing host to ‘El ojo avizor,‘ a Liliana Maresca retrospective that will be open to the public until the fifth of November. Maresca, an Argentine artist whose work includes sculptures, paintings, photography, and graphic montages, explored themes like love, sexuality, social violence, and the human body before her death in 1994. The high point of Maresca’s career took place following the Democratic Spring (primavera democrática) in Argentina that was ushered in by Raúl Alfonsín after decades of dictatorship. The retrospective covers the period from 1982 – 1994, and can be visited from 11 AM – 8 PM on weekends. Admission to the MAMBA is AR $30.
11 AM – 8PM | MAMBA (San Juan 350) | AR $30 | More info
To encourage more people to embrace exercise as a part of their lives, the Buenos Aires city government has organized a vast number of physical activities out of doors. Provided at no cost to the participants, the classes are open to people of all ages. No previous experience is required and a full list of activities available in the city’s green spaces can be found here. Every Sunday from 1:30 – 3 PM a yoga class is held in the city’s beautiful rose gardens (Rosedal). So if you’ve ever wanted to do a downward dog surrounded by 18,000 roses, you can cross that one off your list! For more information about the any of the classes contact Deporte BA ([email protected]).
1:30 – 3 PM | Rosedal (Sarmiento and Figueroa Alcorta) | Free
If your significant other happens to be vegan and you’re wondering how on earth you’re supposed to make them a suitable dessert without eggs, butter, or milk, Vegetalia Carnes Veggies is here to the rescue. The restaurant has put together a three-hour workshop dedicated to exclusively vegan sweets, including muffins, mousses, meringues, cakes and pies. All the materials and ingredients are included in the cost, and you’ll get to bring everything you bake home. So-long sandy cupcakes!
2 – 5 PM | Vegetalia Carnes Veggies (Forest 1160) | AR $600 | More info
World-famous Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler is returning to Buenos Aires this weekend. Scheduled to play a total of four shows in city’s legendary Gran Rex theater, Drexler will be presenting songs from his newest album, Salvavidas de hielo, released this past September. The album contains hits like Telefonía (a song that explores long-distance love), as well as collaborations with other Latin American artists like Julieta Venegas and Natalia Lafourcarde. Tickets start at AR $400, and can be purchased online on Ticketek here.
9 PM | Teatro Gran Rex (Corrientes 857) | Tickets start at AR $400