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What To Do In Buenos Aires This Weekend: September 9 Edition

By | [email protected] | September 9, 2016 12:54am


My fellow weather-beaten city dwellers! I am here to tell you that the end of this seemingly eternal winter is in sight! My weekend gift to you is a few warm days, a guest appearance by the sun, and a promise to finally stop talking about the weather. Scout’s honor. Shed your acquired hibernation habits, and go out into the bright new world for a weekend lineup that will not disappoint.

Friday, September 9th


ANIMATION: Wind down from a hectic week with a healthy dose of whimsy. The sixth edition of the International Festival Cartón is in full swing, and is bringing Buenos Aires the latest and greatest in Cutout Animation. La Tribu is playing host to animators from over 20 countries who will be projecting their works, and competing for prizes in various categories. If Cutout isn’t necessarily your favorite kind of animation, Festival Cartón also has categories for CGI, Stop Motion, and Videoarte. The fun starts at 7:00 PM and is free! Make sure to check out the agenda and what projections will be shown here so you know what you’re in for. La Tribu (Lambaré 873)

MUSIC: Literary powerhouses Cervantes and Shakespeare come together at last in el Coro Trilce’s celebration of the written word. Their latest series highlights the two in a concert of their most famous works set to music by classical composers. You can compare and contrast some of the most well constructed prose in Spanish and English at the Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes starting at 9:00 PM. The entire program is available for your perusing pleasure here, and the concert is free to the public! Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes (Talcahuano 1261)

MUSIC: For a more intense and interactive performance experience, get tickets to the show everybody’s been talking about. Fuerza Bruta will be at the Centro Cultural Recoleta through the end of the month to show off their latest spectacle. True to their nature Es lo que te provoca, will leave you questioning your audience expectations and will be anything but boring. If you’re unfamiliar, you can read a little bit more about the origins of the Postmodern Theater show here, or check out what they do in this video teaser. The best part? Their Friday night show is also DJ night, which means you get to hang out with the cast and get your groove on until 2:00 AM. The show starts at 11:30 PM and tickets start at AR $300 ($350 for DJ nights). Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930)

ART: Serigraphs are all the rage these days, so get in with the it crowd and go see Espacio Cabrera’s latest opening. Curator Sol Echevarría is bringing together both national and international artists who are making a name for themselves in the medium at the expo titled LoCRO. The evening kicks off at 7:00 PM and will feature DJ Nachi Cavalli to keep the beat fresh. There’s no charge to get in, but you have to sign up beforehand here to get your name on the list. Espacio Cabrera (Cabrera 3641)

ART: If you’re feeling the interactive vibe, check out Las personas no van juntas at the Gachi Prieto Arte Contemporáneo gallery. The show is the third in a series which brings the artist, curator, and writers together in a discussion which stems from the work presented by the featured artist. In this case you’ll hear curator Sebastian Vidal Mackinson, Lucia Dorin, and Lorena Fernández discuss Lihuel González’s latest exposition. You can read a bit about the artist here, or just show up to find out what the professionals think. The opening starts at 7:00 PM and there is no charge to get in! Gachi Prieto Arte Contemporáneo (Uriarte 1976)

MOVIE: Apparently known as the “Hollywood of the Nile,” Egyptian cinema has carved out a space for itself in the world of movies with over 3,000 films produced there since the 1920s. Despite recent political turbulence in the area, the industry is still thriving and La Alianza Francesa is hosting a series showing off their best works. You can check out the full lineup of films here, and you’ve got two options for your Friday night entertainment: Kawthar Younis’s documentary A Present from the Past at 6:00 PM or Mohammed Khan’s Before the Summer Crowds at 8:30 PM. Tickets are free and space is limited, so get there early! Alianza Francesa (Córdoba 946)

PARTY: Since the weather is cooperating, pull out all the stops this weekend and put on your party hat for the fancy Peacock Society party on the coast. The all night bash includes an international lineup of DJs including DJ Umho, Andrés Zacco, and Matteo Gritti. Tickets start at AR $150 and include a free cocktail as long as you get there before 1:30 AM. You can get them online here and secure your spot on the oh-so-posh list. Punta Carrasco (Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 1221)

Saturday, September 10th


RUN: When a marathon is just too intense, but you still want to tap into those exercise induced endorphins, turn to the September edition of Running Party. The folks in charge are determined to make the event lean more towards a fun day at the park than a chore you have to endure to earn your Saturday asado. You can do a 2k, 4k, or 10k, and the party is free to join as long as you sign up here. Make absolute sure not to forget your apto médico, or you won’t be allowed to participate. Registration starts at 9:30 AM and the runners get about the business of running at 10:00 AM. Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur (Camino del Medio and Camino de los Lagartos)

CELIAC: If gluten is your enemy numero uno, drag your bread averse compadres to the 25th ACELA festival. The entire event is dedicated to safe to eat goodies and is put on by the Asociación Celíaca Argentina. All of the major producers of SinTACC food will be in attendance showing off how to make gluten-free food taste of carby heaven. The festival is free to the public and will last from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Centro de Exposiciones Miguelete – Parque Yrigoyen (Av. 25 de Mayo and General Paz)

GREEN: Being a responsible consumer in this city is a challenge. Come together with like-minded folk for a festival surrounding the issue, and stock up on all of your green needs. Feria Espacio Green is bringing together the city’s best vendors of eco-friendly cosmetics, clothing, cleaning products, organic food, and much more. There will also be green workshops, prizes, and live music to keep the shindig festive. There is no charge to get in, so show up between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM for the fun, and remember to bring your reusable bag for stashing purchases to avoid embarrassment. (Uriarte 1332)

FESTIVAL: BAIS is back and is celebrating Brazil! Check out the best our richly cultured neighbor has to offer at the latest installment of Buenos Aires Celebra. The festive environment will be chock full of music, dancing, and food! The event is free, but you have to sign up here beforehand to join the BAIS crew on your Brazilian adventure. Get to the meeting point at Casa Bais at 1:30 PM to travel to the northern wonderland without ever leaving Buenos Aires. Casa Bais (Ayacucho 1571)

POLO: After last weekend’s race, it is officially hipódromo season in the city! Find out if the players look like they do in the Polo commercials, and head to the Campo de Polo for the open tournament Abierto de San Jorge 2016. If you’ve never been to a match, you can brush up on your Polo rules and the history of the elite sporting activity here. The tourney starts at 3:00 PM and is free, so you have no excuse to not see these athletes up close! Campo de Polo (Av. del Libertador 4300)

TANGO: Even though the mundial is over, tango never sleeps in this city. This week plays host to the Experiencia Piazzolla at the Teatro Konex, and Saturday’s lineup is not to be missed. The day’s events will culminate with a concert featuring Néstor Marconi, Juan José Mosalini, and Julio Pane with the Camerata Bariloche. This tribute to tango’s quintessential bandoneón will feature some of the best tango musicians in the world. You can read more about their accolades here, and brush up on the legend himself. I know you’ve heard it before, but I’m just gonna leave this gem right here to remind you that if it’s good enough for a royal wedding, it’s probably worth checking out. The show starts at 9:00 PM and tickets for the evening start at AR $220. You can get them online here. Teatro Konex (Sarmiento 3131)

MUSIC: La Bomba del Tiempo is throwing their own 10th birthday party and you’re invited! The famed improvisational percussion group is sure to lift your spirits and get you out of your seats with their latest rhythms. Here’s a list of their current members, and you find out a little bit more about what makes them unforgettable here. The concert starts at 4:00 PM and is free to the public, so get there early to get your allotted two tickets. La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1)

RAP: The biggest Latin American battle in freestyle rap is here, and at Tecnópolis to boot! Get yourself to the nerdy paradise to see the reigning champions do battle in the intense tête-à-tête that is Batalla de los Gallos. The internationally renowned event will open its doors at 2:00 PM so you get in the mindset for the 5:00 PM show. Tickets start at AR $200 and make absolute sure that you get them here beforehand because you will be sorely disappointed if you try to purchase them at the door. Tecnópolis (Av. de los Constituyentes and Matheu)

PARTY: Everybody looks more interesting under a blacklight, right? Take advantage of this excuse to don your fly-est whites and dance the night away. Neon Party will crank the electronica, cumbia, and anything else to make your extension of normal waking hours worthwhile. There’s even an open bar from 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM for only AR $150. The bash kicks off at 11:00 PM and tickets are only AR $100. Get them at the door and party the night away! Once in Motion (Thames 1537)

Sunday, September 11th


VENEZUELA: Check out our other friendly neighbor at the Feria de Gastronomía Sabores Venezolanos. The food focused festival will host the best Venezuelan flavors the city has to offer, and promises to be the most delicious part of your Sunday. Satiate your cravings for homemade Arepas, Cachapas, Patacones, and much more! The feast starts at 11:00 AM and lasts until 7:00 PM. There’s no charge to get in, but food prices vary. (Concepción Arenal and General Enrique Martinez)

PINK: Last weekend you got a sneak peak at the Palace of the Argentine Congress, so naturally the Casa Rosada is opening its doors to the public this weekend. You can sign up for the free visit to the halls where the Argentina’s presidents have done their most important work here, but for a group experience, tag along with the Argentina for All group. They’ll be meeting at the Obelisco at 2:15 PM and heading to the historic landmark en patota. Make sure to sound like you know what you’re talking about with this brief history, and get your government geek on! (Av. 9 de Julio and Corrientes to go with the group, Balcarce 50 otherwise)

BALLET: If you think the Teatro Colón is just for music, you have been mislead! The theater boasts some of the best ballet productions in the world and here’s your chance to see one of them. Cranko’s Onegin, brings together Tchaikovsky’s impossibly beautiful music and Alexander Pushkin’s classic novel. Refine your classical dance palate, or just use the event as an excuse to ogle at the athletic perfection that is a ballerina. You can watch a little preview here if you’re curious about what you’re in for. The performance starts at 5:00 PM and tickets start at AR$ 70. Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

CLINIC: Ever wonder what’s swirling around in the brain of a jazz musician when they’re coming up with their next series of notes on the fly during a session? Here’s your chance to find out. Jazz great Jon Irabagon will be at La Usina del Arte for a free clinic on the matter, and will be spilling his greatest improv secrets. The saxophonist has played at the genre’s  greatest venues around the world, and is known for his subversion of the Jazz form. Learn more about him here and get to La Usina at 2:00 PM to meet him in real life! La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1)

ART: For the first time in Latin America, the Fundación Proa in conjunction with the State Russian Museum, is presenting a retrospective on Kazimir Malevich. Curated by expert Eugenia Petrova, the exhibit will include the entire creative panorama of the esteemed artist. Malevich is famous for opening the doors to abstract art and originating the avant-garde Suprematist movement. For intelligent cocktail party conversation topics, you can read a little more about his contributions to the art world here. The opening gets going at 12:00 PM and is free to the public. Fundación Proa (Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929)

TANGO: If you didn’t get enough dance in over the past few weeks, take advantage of the perfect weather and head to Milonga Placita del Pañuelo Blanco for their outdoor milonga. The práctica is free and gets started around 6:00 PM, but if you want to work on your skills, there is a class starting at 7:00 PM. Take advantage of your last chance to get up close and personal with perfect strangers before you have to face the Monday music. Plaza Dorrego (Defensa 1100)

Happy weekend y’all!