It’s the weekend again! Or rather, we are standing at the precipice of it. And if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to doff the shackles of the punch-in, punch-out workday routine and get a little silly. See a little art. Eat a little food. Drink a little alcohol. Drink a little more alcohol than planned. End up getting blitzed. Apologize to everyone the next morning. Wallow in shame for the next 48 hours. You know how it goes.
And hey, for an extra dose of weekend goodness, make sure to check out our column about the best film screenings happening in Buenos Aires this month; everything from weirdo arthouse films to old Hollywood to Tarantino rave-ups, there’s something for everyone.
Without further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH
At one point or another, everybody has fancied themselves a bit of a photographer. Whether it was the time you picked up your first $300 DSLR camera, or the moment you applied your first Instagram filter, we’ve all had a moment when we thought to ourselves, “hey, I could do this.” But it’s when you look at a stunning photograph that feels vibrant with visual poetry and speaks to a very raw, very real aspect of the human condition that it all falls away and you realize your close-ups of food don’t quite measure up. Wanna see some of these amazing works of art? Check out BAPhoto’s 15th Anniversary Exhibit at La Rural.
2 – 9 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $200 | More Info
MUSIC, POETRY, & BAGELS
Sheikob’s Bagels has earned our love and admiration over the last few years, not only because of their reliably delicious bagels – if I ever find myself facing the firing squad and I am given the choice of a last meal, chances are it’ll be the “everything” bagel – but also because of the cool events it hosts. This time around? A night of bawdy, erotic storytelling, poetry, live music, food and drinks. And it’s all in English. And the event flier features a photo of George Costanza crudely edited to make it look like he’s eating a bagel. It’s like this event was tailored especially to me.
8 PM | Sheikob’s Bagels – Uriarte 1386 | Free entry | More Info
Ukuleles! They’re not just for YouTube white-girl covers of 90s rap classics anymore. The Familia de Ukeleles has become one of the most respected champions of the oft-derided instrument, using it as the basis for their sound; blending old-school swing stylings and a more contemporary pop-friendly approach, this group of talented musicians put on a hell of an entertaining show. They’ll be playing the beautiful Thelonious Club this Friday.
9 PM | Thelonious Club – Nicaragua 5549 | AR $350 | More Info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
VAMOS LAS PIBAS
The Buenos Aires independent comics scene is thriving. Not only that, but women are actually at the forefront of it! Of course, you wouldn’t know it if you only paid attention to mainstream outlets. This is why the Vamos las Pibas fair, now celebrating its fifth installment, is so important. It highlights work by female creators and allows you to buy directly from them. Scope out some creative, inventive work by some awesome independent artists this Saturday at Feliza.
6 PM – 11 PM | Feliza – Av. Córdoba 3271 | Free | More Info
Bring a little bit of Brazilian heat to the late-winter gloominess of September with this awesome events, courtesy of the kind folks at Buenos Aires Celebra. Drink some Brazilian drinks! Eat some Brazilian food! Dance to some Brazilian samba! Check out the many awesome vendors selling their wares, and don’t mention Bolsonaro or the Amazon rain forest, lest you be accused of being a giant buzzkill.
11 AM – 9 PM | Av. de Mayo & Bolívar | Free entry | More Info
ORCHIDS AND SUCCULENTS AND CACTI, OH MY
I just moved to a fully furnished apartment to a lifeless blank slate. And what better way to liven up a living space than to decorate with actual life? The Oki Fair at the beautiful Centro Okinawense will be showcasing beautiful orchids, bromeliads, cacti and more. A must-see if you’re a plant lover or, like myself, you’re in desperate need of some greenery for your home.
11 AM – 7 PM | Centro Okinawense – Av. San Juan 2651 | AR $50 | More Info
TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
If you’re looking to spend your night reveling in some swanky melancholia (and, honestly, why wouldn’t you be?), check out this tribute to ol’ blue eyes at Museo Fotográfico Simik. Not only will you get to hear some of Sinatra’s most iconic songs, but also hits by Nat King Cole. Sit back, relax, order a nice whisky (if they sell any – surprisingly hard to find out!) and let yourself be whisked away by some of the greatest torch song in music history.
9 PM | Museo Fotográfico Simik – Av. Federico Lacroze 3901 | More Info
IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH
From one pop-culture icon to another. Britney Spears occupies such an unusual spot in our collective imagination. From teenybopper to adult chart-topper to kind-of-a-wreck to a shining beacon of resilience to this strange prisoner-to-her-fame narrative that has been built around her for the last couple years. No matter! Celebrate Britney in all of her glory with this insanely fun party at Uniclub. Also, sorry not sorry, “Toxic” is her undisputed masterpiece. Don’t @ us.
10 AM – 6 PM | Uniclub – Guardia Vieja 3360 | AR $270 | More Info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
POP CULTURE EXTRAVAGANZA
Remember when you were a teenager and your friends started making you feel weird about still being into Star Wars, anime, comics, or other similarly brightly-colored pieces of pop-culture ephemera? Well, who’s laughing now?! Fandom has completely taken over our cultural landscape. And though there may be problematic things about this – we don’t really want culture to boil down to a single thing, do we?! – the sheer joy that it brings to people who partake in it cannot be denied. That is why events such as the FRIKI POP Fest, celebrating fandom in all its forms, are so gosh-darn fun. A huge gathering of people who care passionately about inherently silly things! With fan-art and collectibles and merchandise for sale! A great way to spend a Sunday.
12 PM – 7 PM | Avenida de Mayo 1152 | AR $60 | 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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