Another week means another weekend, and this happens to be the spookiest weekend of the year. Is it because it’s Halloween (or rather, the weekend closest to Halloween without going over)? Or is it because the political future of this country hangs in a very precarious balance? Or is it because you won’t be able to purchase alcohol starting Saturday at 6 PM? Let’s just say it’s a little from column A, a little from column B, and a whole lot from column C.
But no matter! Things may be reaching a fever pitch in terms of general anxiety, but we’ve got a heaping serving of fun events to take your mind off of things. Not only that, but so many of these events are Halloween and horror related, they’ll provide you with ample opportunity to let all that tension out by screaming your head off in a context that is socially acceptable and won’t get you escorted off of the premises.
So without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
RADIOHEAD IN THE DARK
“Holophony” is a revolutionary way of conceptualizing sound, which was developed in the 1980s by a gentleman named Hugo Zuccarelli. Zuccarelli used this technology to help produce albums by a number of prominent musicians, including Pink Floyd. And you can hear his special holophonic speakers at Auditorio Kraft, where he hosts demonstrations by playing entire albums in pitch blackness. Sitting in total darkness and listening to an old favorite album blasting through these incredible speakers is a fantastic experience, and Radiohead’s immersive 2016 mood piece A Moon-Shaped Pool is as great as album as any to sample it.
9:30 PM | Auditorio Kraft – Florida 681 | AR $200 | More Info
POOL BAR OPENING
That’s right! We mean an actual pool. Not billiards. The Faena Hotel is re-opening their luxurious poolside bar and are hosting a swanky party to celebrate, featuring music from DJ Nela Abib and a live performance by Pablo Bañares and his band.
7 PM | Faena Buenos Aires – Martha Salotti 445 | More Info
HALLOWEEN + OPEN BAR = ???
Alright, so maybe you’re not in the mood to mope around to incredibly moody art-rock or stand at a swanky poolside party. Maybe your body is telling you “yo, it’s late October, why aren’t we dressing up in ridiculous costumes?” Boom. Here’s your chance to do exactly that. Head on over to Studio Crobar for a Halloween bash where costumes are strongly encouraged. Plus, there’s an open bar, so you’ll be able to act a fool in addition to looking like one. Go on and get spooky!
Midnight | Studio Crobar – Marcelino Freyre y Paseo de la Infanta | AR $700 | More Info
PAULA MAFFIA LIVE
Paula Maffia (formerly of Las Taradas and La Cosa Mostra) is one of the absolute greatest singer-songwriters making music in the Argentine indie scene. If you’re not familiar with her, please do yourself a favor and scope out her latest album POLVO, which is available for streaming on all platforms (title track is linked above). She’ll be playing selections from the album, as well as her entire career, this Friday at La Usina del Arte.
8 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustin R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
TOAST TO THE SETTING SUN
A beautiful sunset. Green grass. Delicious food (courtesy of La Carnicería). Music (courtesy of DJ Waltie). Alcohol (courtesy of Sorrelita). Good company. A creeping feeling of dread. Well, scratch that last part. Come to this brindis for a taste of all that is good about the weekend, condensed into a single afternoon.
5:30 PM | PM the event for the address | More Info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
BRUNCH AT 416 SNACK BAR
416 Snack Bar continues to surprise and delight us with this brunch event. Assuage your anxieties about the upcoming election with a delicious Saturday morning meal. Smoked salmon and cream cheese! Sausage and egg muffins! Breakfast tacos! French toast with maple syrup! Avocado toast! All of this as well as delicious cocktails to ease you into a dry Saturday pre-election night. See you there!
11 AM – 6 PM | 416 Snack Bar – Angel J. Carranza 1940 | More Info
COFFEE AND A MOVIE – THE SHINING
As we keep pointing out, it is the spookiest month of the year. And what better way to celebrate it than by watching one of the spookiest films of all time? Come on over to Vlado Café for a nice coffee, perhaps something to eat, and one of the most influential horror films in the history of cinema: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which you can also use as a refresher in anticipation of the upcoming sequel Doctor Sleep, which stars Ewan Mcgregor and looks absolutely awful!
6 PM | Vlado Café – Ávalos 1090 | Pay what you can | More Info
HALLOWEEN AT THE CASINO
Casinos are terrifying for a number of reasons. The biggest one is that they have the uncanny ability to drain me completely dry of my funds. But what can make a casino even scarier? A bunch of people standing around in VR masks, looking scared out of their mind! The gorgeous Casino Buenos Aires in Puerto Madero is hosting a Halloween party this Saturday that is guaranteed to deliver frights and chills and all of those things. It includes a VR experience which we’re going to definitely try out before we head on over to the slot machines to lose all of our money.
10 PM | Casino Buenos Aires – Elvira Rawson Dellepiane 1 | Free entry | More Info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH
JAZZ AT THE MOVIES
Jazz and classic films go together like, uh, Halloween and elections. Why not take your mind off of all the political hullabaloo by checking out some live jazz music and relaxing into an old favorite like Casablanca, When Harry Met Sally, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or The Manchurian Candidate? Wait, scratch that last one.
9 PM | Bebop Club – Moreno 364 | AR $250 | More Info
GET LOST IN A SPOOKY MAZE
Wax museums are pretty scary – the uncanny valley effect and all that. But what if we told you there’s a wax museum that also has a spooky labyrinth experience designed specifically to freak you out? Would that make you more or less likely to attend one? Come on over to the Galería del Asombro for the absolute scariest thing you can do this Sunday, aside from staying at home glued to the television and watching the election results come in.
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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