Although some of us weren’t quite sure we’d make this far into the year, another week (thankfully) is over, and the days left in 2017 can be counted on two hands. A full three days of rest and relaxation are in store for all residents of Argentina — with each one absolutely warranted after the occurrences in Congreso earlier this week. While we do hope you’re enjoying the holidays at home with friends or family, if you’re not (or if you are but it gets to be a bit too much) we’re here as usual with a comprehensive list of things to do. In the meantime, crack open the cider and chomp down on some turrón (nougat) — the time is going to fly from now to 2018!
Friday, 22nd of December
Feria El Mercat is a local, emerging design fair that has been running for approximately five years. Today, it will hold a special ‘Made with Love’ edition in the city’s emblematic Ciudad Cultural Konex. Besides browsing unique, one-of-a-kind items, attendees will be able to attend inspirational talks, participate in workshops, enjoy live music, and fuel back up at food trucks. Admission to the fair is AR $40, and tickets can be bought online here.
3 – 10 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $40 | More info
To get you warmed up for Radiohead’s upcoming concert in April, Auditorio Kraft is playing the the group’s widely acclaimed album, Kid A, on Argentine inventor Hugo Zuccarelli’s holophonic speakers. The unique sound system is allegedly unrivaled — and what’s more, the music will be played in the dark. Remembered as one of the best albums of the 2000s, Kid A is sure to evoke some fond memories. Tickets to the experience are AR$ 150 pre-sale, or AR $175 at the door. Get them online here and save yourself 25 pé.
6:30 – 8 PM | Auditorio Kraft (Florida 681) | AR $150-75 | More info
Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki has said that he believes ‘film can maintain hope.’ He is not, however, talking about the 90% of ordinary films that in his opinion are ‘pure foolishness.’ To honor the prolific director, Kino Palais is screening a series of Kaurismäki’s films, with a modern take on Shakespeare called ‘Hamlet Goes Business‘ being projected at 7 PM tonight. Unlike other modern adaptations, the film has does have a dark sense of humor, prompting us all to re-ask the question ‘to be or not to be?’
7 PM | Palais de Glace (Posadas 1725) | Free | More info
Folksy act Nacho Rodríguez will be presenting his new record this evening in cultural space El Universal. A former member of Onda Vaga, Rodríguez has also played in other groups including Doris y Alvy and Nacho y Rubin. Uruguayan band Franny Glass — back in Buenos Aires for one last show in 2017 — will be opening the night with tracks from ‘Desastres Naturales.’ Both artists, who were originally solo acts, have since teamed up with additional musicians to create more rich, textured sounds. The artists’ intensely lyrical works explore recurring themes like heartbreak, obsession, and nostalgia. Get your tickets the night of the concert at the door for AR $150.
11:55 PM – 4:59 AM | El Universal (Soria 4940) | AR $150 | More info
Saturday, 23rd of December
A pay-what-you-can workshop covering the basics of permaculture will be taking place in Parque Saavedra this afternoon. Hosted by Naturalquimia Permacultura, the workshop will explore the definition of permaculture and the way it seeks to promote sustainability through ethics and design. The meaning of permaculture’s five R’s will also be examined —refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle (or some variation of those five). The group will meet in front of the mural outside of the park’s bathrooms.
3 PM | Parque Saavedra | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Galería Patio del Liceo is one of the Buenos Aires’ many hidden treasures. Tucked away on Santa Fe between Anchorena and Laprida, the galería is a smaller, more intimate version of a shopping center that boasts a vibe that is occasionally described as hippy or outright bohemian. This Saturday all the galería‘s shops will be opening their doors for a special Christmas market. Sales, discounts, and bargains galore will be available on the wide range of hand-crafted and artisanal goodies, including notebooks, clothes, jewelry, shoes, and decorative objects for the home.
3 – 8:30 PM | Santa Fe 2729 | Free | More info
The Teatro Colón will be transmitting ‘The Nutcracker’ this evening on the big screen in Plaza del Teatro Colón. A holiday classic for young and old alike, the live transmission of the two-act ballet is free to the public, and presents an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit without spending a single penny. The Plaza del Teatro Colón is immediately adjacent to the theater, located on the corner of Cerrito and Viamonte.
8 – 11 PM | Plaza del Teatro Colón (Cerrito and Viamonte) | Free | More info
Artist collective Al Ver Verás fuses music with visual art. Projecting animations, videos, and images onto city buildings and walls, hauntingly orchestrated melodies accompany the otherworldly projections. Tonight the group is hosting ‘NavidadPanorma’ — a special Christmas edition of the event. One of the last projections of the year, it will take place as usual across from the Palacio Barolo in the porteño neighborhood of Monserrat. To make reserve your tickets, or for further information, send a message to Al Ver Verás’ Facebook page. Make sure to eat some dinner beforehand as the show does start quite late.
9 – 11:59 PM | Monserrat | More info
Sunday, 24th of December
Reopened this past May after 18 months of renovations, the Teatro San Martín on Corrientes is one of Buenos Aires’ most iconic theaters. A new photography exhibit exploring the theater’s past and present was recently inaugurated this December — consisting of a series of Instagram photos taken at the theater’s reopening, the exhibit also features a selection of original sketches, designs, and pictures from the theater’s historic past. The exhibit is free to the public and can be visited from 10 AM to 10 PM.
10 AM – 10 PM | Teatro San Martín (Corrientes 1530) | Free | More info
An open air Tai-Chi class will take place in Parque Saavedra this afternoon, providing a chance to connect with nature, and to slow the mind and body down. A lovely alternative to faster paced martial arts like Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi teaches slower, drawn out poses without compromising intensity or rigor. Interested participants are asked to bring loose, comfortable clothing, a coat, mat or blanket, and (so the mosquitoes don’t get you) bug spray. Call (1551201103) or send an email ([email protected]) to reserve your spot.
12 PM | Parque Saavedra | More info
Los Suruba are a Spanish duo who are best known for producing eclectic underground house music. The success the two have enjoyed since they first met in 2001 — sometimes described as ‘meteoric’ — has propelled them across the world as they showcase the best of Madrid’s vibrant club scene. Tonight they will be playing in The Bow on the city’s northern waterfront. Tickets start at AR $340 and can be bought online here.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | The Bow (Costanera Norte and Sarmiento) | AR $340 | 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]