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What To Do In Buenos Aires This Weekend: September 23 Edition

By | [email protected] | September 23, 2016 9:11am


Let’s start by getting the negatives out of the way: unless you’re rolling in cash, you’re probably too late to see Esperanza Spalding or Disclosure this weekend. Also no longer happening: Brangelina. We know you’re devastated and questioning the very existence of love, but we need you to rally! The first weekend of spring is upon us, and our epic city will not disappoint. There is no shortage of activities to fill your unencumbered hours, even if your favorite events sold out before you even knew they were happening. 

Friday, September 23rd


PROTEST: BYOB stands for bike in this case. The Bicecleteada Contra la Violencia de Género is going beyond marches and cacerolazos, and is broadcasting their message two wheels at a time. What is their message? Standing up to gender violence, while highlighting sexual diversity and human rights in general. Get a little exercise in for a legitimate cause, and join the bicycle gang at Plaza Mafalda starting at 7:30 PM. It’s free to attend, but if you forget your bike you might have trouble keeping up. Plaza Mafalda (Conde 102-200)

SHAKESPEARE: Can you believe it’s been 400 years? To commemorate the anniversary of his death four short centuries ago, the Teatro Regio is putting on Shakepeare’s Othello. Martín Flores Cárdenas not only adapted the text, but is also directing his version of the play. If you tend to get your Shakespearean tragedies mixed up, here are the Cliffsnotes to help get your stories straight. Tickets start at AR $100 and the show starts at 8:30 PM. Teatro Regio (Av. Córdoba 6056)

TOYS: One of the best parts of being an artist is the ability to indulge in the element of play. The artists behind Indie Toys AR are highlighting this in an exposition devoted entirely to the design of toys from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Get to Espacio Cabrera to see what designers like Bombermat, Kalaka Toys, and many others are dreaming up. There will be a DJ to keep you feeling like a kid, and the event is free as long as you sign up here beforehand. Espacio Cabrera (Cabrera 3641)

BOOKS AND MUSIC: The first official Friday of Spring brings with it the Zonda book and music festival. Casa Dasein is hosting this coupling of word and sound, and won’t charge you a dime to get in on the action. There will be live music, presentations, and lectures, to keep you intellectually intrigued, and you can analyze the full list of what’s in store for you here. The evening’s events go from 7:00 PM until 12:00 AM. Casa Dasein (Av. Estado de Israel 4116)

MUSIC: Tired of run of the mill Friday night music experiences? Get your mystic on with Yahi and his band Sufi Mantras for their Primordial Sound tour. The group will be interpreting both traditional and original pieces based on Sufi mantras (fancy that), and presenting some Sufi poetry alongside. The entire concert is meant to take the form of a spiritual ceremony, and don’t worry, they didn’t forget to include the obligatory Whirling Dervishes. Tickets start at AR $150 and can be purchased ahead of time here. The show starts at 9:00 PM. Caras y Caretas 2037 (Sarmiento 2037)

JAZZ: For something a little funkier, head to Boris for a night with Carlos Michelini. The saxophonist, clarinetist, composer extraordinaire will be taking the stage to pay homage to the late Charlie Parker and just like Charlie, he’ll have a whole string section to back him up. Add a little Bebop to your week by checking out his musical stylings beforehand here. Then get to Boris to water down your live experience with the obligatory jazz club cocktail, starting at 9:30 PM. Tickets are AR $180 and can be purchased at the door. Boris Jazz Club (Gorriti 5568)

PARTY: A prévia is just not enough to contain the fabulousness of drag queens, so head to the first edition of Trabestia, for an entire evening in their glorious presence. The event is designed to be a night of glitter and glam for drag queens, and those who love them. There will be music, photo booths, prizes, and best of all, anyone who shows up in drag gets in for free! You can start your dragventure at 11:59 PM and tickets start at AR $70. (Av. Cordoba 4119)

PARTY: For a slightly nerdier take on a Friday night, head to the Club Cultural Matienzo for Ciclo Marte Ataca Vol 13. Your intergalactic experience will not only include drinks, live music, and a dj, but also magic shows and a galaxy fair. You can check out the full line-up of what’s on deck (and what a “galaxy fair” entails) here. The fun starts at 11:00 PM and tickets start at AR $60. Club Cultural Matienzo (Pringles 1249)

Saturday, September 24th


MARKET: Le Petit Mercado is back in full force this weekend and joining forces with Gran Escena Abierta to bring you an all day Frenchie food and music combo. Keep your Saturday fancy with over fifteen food vendors, live music, theater, book presentations, and even a fashion show. The fête will take over the patio of the Colegio Franco-Argentino, and will show if off in all of its springtime glory. You’ve got from 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM to get yourself to the festival, and tickets to get in are only AR $50. Colegio Franco-Argentino (LaValle 1067 Acassusso)

ANIMANGA: Confused about the difference between anime and manga? We’ve got your semantics right here, but more importantly, Hanami events is here to blur any division between the two to bring you Animanga. The event highlighting the trendiest Japanese animations will include drawing workshops, projections, cosplay, food, and prizes. Get there between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM to join the festivities, and if you’ve got your own cosplay getup collecting dust in the closet, bust it out for a waved entrance fee! Otherwise, tickets are only AR $40 and can be purchased at the door. (Medrano 1230)

CIUDAD EMERGENTE: The change in season is the perfect time to celebrate everything this monstrous city has to offer. Ciudad Emergente is the perfect opportunity to do so, and is presenting anything and everything that is young, creative, and awesome in Buenos Aires. Saturday’s agenda is bursting with said awesomeness, so there is something for everyone. Our recommendation? The Krumping demonstration at 2:30 PM at Escenario 220. All the events are free, so there’s no excuse for Saturday ennui. Study up here and plan accordingly. (various locations)

ART: Join the cool kids for a gallery opening featuring up and coming contemporary Argentine Artists at Isla Flotante. Curated by Sebastián Vidal Mackinson, Los Días Siguen Llegando brings together the latest and greatest by artists like Eugenia Calvo and Valentin Demarco. The gallery will open its doors around 4:00 PM, leaving plenty of time for your Saturday night escapades. There’s no charge to get in, so make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to level up in general sophistication. Isla Flotante (Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1561)

COSMOS: Exposition Cosmos 432 is here to make sure you can carry the outer space theme throughout the entire weekend. Musicians Lucas Cervetti and Gilda Tomassini are coming together to present their latest collaboration inspired by the sacred geometry of the stars. The evening’s activities include Cosmo themed art, lectures, and music, and there will be copies of Cosmos 432 and other goodies available for purchase. There’s no fee to get in, and you can take a break from this gravity encumbered planet from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Fundación Columbia de Conciencia y Energía (Jorge Luis Borges 2020)

MOVIE: Living in this glorious city comes with the common knowledge that soccer is religion, but have you ever wondered how little boys end up becoming the club soccer stars that ignite such devout passion? Jorge Leandro Colás’s Los Pibes follows the Boca Juniors recruiters whose job it is to find these diamonds in the rough for the multi-million dollar industry. You can find out what it takes to get to CABJ glory as part of the MALBA movie series. The show starts at 8:00 PM and tickets are AR $60. MALBA (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415)

FOOD: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we’re in the thick of Buenos Aires Food Week. This is the last weekend for you to get a deeply discounted taste of the city’s best restaurants, so don’t forget to take advantage. The participating restaurants are on point this year, and you can choose between a prix fixe lunch of AR $220 or dinner of AR $350. Try out all of the restaurants you’ve been adding to your wish list before it’s too late. (various)

MUSIC: A blend of the Americas is what Kevin Johansen promises, and he’ll be presenting his take on the concept at the Teatro Opera. The Alaskan native and his band The Nada, are debuting their latest CD Mis Américas, which features music inspired by his extensive travel and colored experiences across North and South America. You can find out more about the artist here, and get a sneak peak of one of the songs on the album here. The concert starts at 9:00 PM and tickets start at AR $300. Get them here before they sell out! Teatro Opera (Av. Corrientes 860)

PARTY: Fiesta Bomba is as excited about the impending warm weather as you are, and are going above and beyond to throw you the ultimate party experience. Join forces with Bomba de Tiempo to make your evening unforgettable and dance your way right into Sunday. You can get there as early as midnight, and can get discounted tickets for AR $130 as long as you get them beforehand here. Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131)

Sunday, September 25th

Star Wars

PERSIANA: Have you ever stopped to consider the art you walk by every morning before all of the shops open their shutters for the day? Proyecto Persiana is making shutter art its mission this Sunday, with a festival dedicated to their decoration. Artists will start painting at 10:00 AM along Paraguay, so you can stop by to check out their process. The real treat, however, involves showing up around 5:00 PM when everyone is wrapping up their work and you can see all the completed oeuvres in conjunction. There will be bands, pizza, beer, and dancing to help convince you to extend your loitering enjoyment, and the event is free! (Uruguay 400)

BIKE/YOGA: Sunday mornings and self-care go together like Oprah and bread. Here’s your opportunity to practice a little Sunday morning love with a bike ride through the Ecological Reserve, and a yoga session directly afterwards. The event is totally free, and if you’re bike-less, bring your DNI for a rental. The gang will set off from the south entrance of the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve (behind the fountain) at 10:45 AM, so don’t be late! Reserva Ecológica de Costanera Sur (Av. Int. Hernan M. Giralt)

STAR WARS: Let your nerd flag fly at the Into the Force Exhibition. The Complejo Costa Salguero is organizing this event and not only do they promise the best Star Wars experience in Buenos Aires, but are also donating part of their proceeds to the Ronald McDonalds house and other deserving charities. There will be presentations, prizes, and the coolest Star Wars gear available for purchase. Tickets start at AR $170 and it all goes down starting at 1:00 PM. Complejo Costa Slaguero (Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado)

POETRY: Look no further than Caras y Caretas 2037 for your weekend dose of Feminism. Trémulas is bringing together two legendary lady poets to spark a dialogue around women in the world of literature. The poets in question this Sunday are Olga Orozco and Alejandra Pizarnik, two Argentine powerhouses who were able to make a serious mark in the genre. There will be live music to accompany the discussion, and tickets will only run you AR $100. Get them in advance here and show up at 4:00 PM to stimulate your poetic creativity. Caras y Caretas 2037 (Sarmiento 2037)

TANGO: Save the last dance for Sunday’s Maldita Milonga Domingo. The late-night close encounter will feature a class by Rebecca O’Laoire and Ignacio Gianinni, and live music by the orquesta típica El Afronte. No details on ticket pricing, but you can call 2189-7747 to find out everything you need to know. The class starts at 9:00 PM and you can keep dancing until 2:00 AM if you’re not ready to let go of your precious weekend. Buenos Ayres Club (Perú 571)

Happy weekend y’all!