As the political world seems to be tumbling around us and Spring seems to be somewhere off in the unreachable horizon, thank your lucky stars it’s the weekend and time to zone out for a bit.
As per usual, this weekend we have a little bit of everything to cater to everyone and help you make the most of a still-wintry Buenos Aires. This time around there’s plenty going on for a more intellectually stimulating finde in the form of story-telling, life-drawing, and a Japanese film screening. For a quirky and totally unique Saturday night out in Buenos Aires, check out visual poetry group Al Ver Verás in Xirgu Espacio Untref. Baffled by the phrase “visual poetry”? Good, it’ll make the surprise all the more worthwhile. Abrigate and have a good one.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH
In this literature cycle, “Las Sobras vs Las Obras” (leftovers vs. masterpieces), expect to hear a whole range of different stories which will most likely take the form of stand-up jokes, short anecdotes, and poetry. If you’re a willing participant, all you need to do is send a private message to the organizers along with your story. Rest assured, writers retain a low profile and will remain anonymous during the reading while an actor recites what you’ve written.
After all the stories have been presented, the audience will be able to give their verdict and talk openly about their opinions. Authors may then make themselves known if they wish to.
8 PM | La Gran Jaime – Aráoz 832 | Free | More info
Fede Cabral will be playing a set at El Universal Espacio Cultural. Composing and playing his own music, Cabral’s style has been described as a unique blend of folk and pop mixed with a bit of electronic beats for good measure. Barcelona-based indie rock musician Hans Laguna will be opening the show at 9 PM so make sure to get there on time.
8:30 PM | El Universal Espacio Cultural – Soria 4940 | Free | More info
Theater group El Piso Impro will be performing their highly popular improvised theater piece, Amorbo. Combining both tragedy and comedy, with a touch of melodrama, each night is unique and fully improvised on the spot. Running for 20 years now, the production has made its way across Latin America and beyond, scooping up heaps of awards along the way. The stories which are always imaginative and impossible to repeat leave you in awe and a little intrigued as to how the actors come up with them.
11 PM | El Piso Impro (Escuela) – Hidalgo 878 | Pay what you can | More info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH
Parque Centenario will be hosting an all-day festival, including workshops, discussions, and live shows. The day is all about getting outside and trying something different. Including yoga, Capoeira, and a percussion workshop, everything on offer is free. If you’re more of an intellectual there will be presentations on economy during neoliberalism and the challenges of privatizing science.
To round it all off, the eleven member strong band Los Prófugos Del Borda will be playing their unique fusion of Argentine murga with rock, cumbia, and salsa.
11 AM – 9 PM | Parque Centenario – Av. Angel Gallardo 1414 | Free | More info
Buenos Aires’ MAMBA museum will be hosting a special anniversary party to celebrate 20 years of providing a space for experimental audiovisual art. Including an open screen that will showcase a variety of experimental projects produced by both international and Argentine artists alike, the evening will culminate in a few electronic music DJ sets led by Dany Nijensohn, an avant garde artist of the seventies and DJs Pareja who you may recognize from the festival scene.
8 PM | MAMBA – San Juan – 350 | AR $70 | More info
AL VER VERÁS
Visual poetry group Al Ver Verás are back tonight after a long winter hiatus. Known for transforming Buenos Aires’ skyline into beautifully intricate and hypnotic patterns, visuals are synced to live music. Since it’s still a little too chilly for a full evening spent on a rooftop, the night’s event will take place at Xirgu Espacio Untref. You’ll find yourself leaving in awe and probably feeling a little trippy – hey, enjoy the ride. Tickets may be reserved beforehand.
9 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref – Chacabuco 875 | AR $250 | More info
Tonight, cozy cultural center La Casa del Árbol will be hosting female stand up comedy group Kweens. Rotating the performing comedians at each event, Kweens hopes to promote up and coming female comic talent. Dissecting anything from popular culture to feminism in humorous way, it’s a healthy dose of girl power to kick off your Saturday night. For those unfamiliar with La Casa del Árbol, it’s one of the friendliest cultural centers around with its diagonal bar being the perfect place for a pint or two as well as something to picar pre- or post- comedy.
9 PM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | AR $100 | More info
JJ Circuito Cultural will be holding a party tonight to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Buenos Aires as well as draw attention to some of the recurring problems and discrimination that it faces. A line-up of DJs will be providing tunes for the night culminating in a set by DJ Chocolate Remix. Partygoers are asked to come with an open mind and leave prejudiced attitudes and unhelpful stereotypes at the door. All money raised from the night will go toward funding a trip to the 33rd National Women’s conference in Chubut.
Midnight | JJ Circuito Cultural – Jean Jaures 347 | AR $150 | More info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH
For the final instalment of the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti’s season on Japanese cinema, “The Blue Bird” will be shown. A fairly dark and hard hitting movie, it deals with the theme of bullying in junior high school and one particular pupil’s transfer to another school. Tickets are free but can be obtained up to an hour beforehand at the center.
6 PM | Centro Cultural – Av. Del Libertador 8151 | Free | More info
This weekend is your last chance to see, performing arts group ‘El Choque Urbano’ perform Fierro at Ciudad Cultural Konex. Inspired in part by José Hernandez’s poem “Martín Fierro,” the play is set in a rubbish-filled street, where a group of people are searching for items with a certain kind of magical aura. Including elements of poetry, dance and music, the show is full of action and creativity. Tickets can be bought online.
9 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $300 – 450 | More info
Usina del Arte’s experimental cookery session for children is back on again this afternoon. Led by chef Martín Molteni, participating youngsters will be cooking up a ratatouille and a salad, all including mushroom as the star ingredient. Aimed at getting kids between the ages of seven and twelve interested in healthy, seasonal eating you can sit back and relax, knowing you won’t have to cook tonight. Entry is free but it’s recommended to arrive early to secure your spot.
5 PM | Usina del Arte – Caffarena, Agustin R.1 | Free | More info
For those who feel like getting a little more creative this Sunday evening, head to Club Cultural Matienzo for a night of drawing people desnudo and live jazz music. Sound a bit wacky? It is! Known as Jam de Dibujo, the evenings are open to all those with a creative side, whether just beginning or a seasoned artist. Informal and liberating the sessions are perfect for discovering a hidden artistic talent, or just for trying something new.
9:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $140 | More info
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. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email at [email protected]