With Buenos Aires back to being an horno or infierno depending on how you look at it, summer definitely isn’t done with us yet. While we could wait it out and decide to live under a rock (preferably an air-conditioned one) for the next few weeks, we would be missing out on all the varied things the city has to offer. While the end of the month inches ever closer, it’s fair to say payday seems a lifetime away and funds are a little tight. Always on your side, most of the events this week are for free or at the very least, bolsillo-friendly.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND
Feminist cumbia ensemble La Reina Carlos will be performing in a one-night special at Vuela El Pez club de Arte. Different to the sound so often associated with Argentine cumbia, the ten-person strong group blends a range of music genres, including those from Colombia and Peru that are all about spreading the buena onda and getting everyone onto the dance floor.
Midnight – 3 AM | Vuela el Pez Club de Arte – Av. Córdoba 4379 | Free | More info
Kicking off this week, the fifth edition of the annual Spanish film festival Espanoramas will be held in the downtown venue Cine Gaumont. Tonight, director Sotorra’s war documentary Comandante Arian will be screened. The story follows female commander Arian who, while on the frontline of the Syrian war, is hit by five bullets and forced to re-evaluate her role in the conflict and the fight for women’s liberty. Later on science fiction and absurd comedy Tiempo Después will be shown. For the full program, take a look here.
7 PM | Cine Gaumont – Av. Rivadavia 1637 | AR $180 | More info
Sesiones Cercanas del Primer Piso, one of BA’s hottest and hippest electronic music cycles is back in town at Club Cultural Matienzo tonight. Attempting to re-define the electronic music scene as well as unify emerging artists and explore uncharted territory, it’s always a good look at the thriving underground porteño music scene. If you’re looking for a night devoid of cliché reggaetón, this is the one.
Midnight – 5 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $150 | More info
Tonight, collective El Verbo will be holding one of its beloved open reading sessions over in Chacarita-based independent cultural center Roseti. Dubbed libre for a reason, the evening will see ten pre-selected writers who will be reading their own texts to a hopefully captive audience. Musicians Vicu Villanueva and Francisco Cañadas will also be performing toward the end of the night.
9 PM – 12 AM | Roseti – 722 | Voluntary (suggested – AR $100) | More info
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD
WINE & VINYL
Today, wine merchants Somavinos will be holding a tasting night alongside Aurea Vinos and Sinergia Wining (BA’s first wine co-working concept). During the evening, over 30 different bodegas will be pitching up to share around 100 unique Argentine wines with guests. As well as sipping on a tinto or blanco, vinyl-spinning DJs will be taking to the decks throughout the night along with rock music performances. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
6 PM – 11 PM | Sinergia Vitivinícola – Gurruchaga 1060 | AR $500 | More info
Bringing a little piece of the Brazilian Carnival bloco to Buenos Aires, Cembra, the Centro de Estudios de la Música Brasileña, will be organizing its annual barrio parade today. Concentrated in Once’s Plaza Julio Cesar Fumarola (Anchorena and Perón), Brazilian DJs will be out in full force, pumping out carnival suitable playlists. Taking in the surrounding Once, Almagro, and Abasto streets, to dress the part make sure to show up in silver and lots of glitter.
4 PM – 3 AM | Anchorena & Perón | Free | More info
If you’re looking to get healthy this year but have no idea where to start, Colegiales-based culinary workshop and school Almacén Consciente will be holding a healthy eating “how-to” class. Concentrating on breakfasts that are both healthy and give you plenty of energy – time to ditch the medialunas, people – participants will learn how to activate seeds and dried fruits, make wholegrain cereal, prepare oats properly, and make energy bars.
10 AM – 12:30 PM | Almacén Consciente – Conde (exact address confirmed on booking) | AR $900 | More info
Zona Norte friends who are tired of everything taking place in Capital Federal can rejoice that, Ciudad Cultural Konex’s summer Parador will be tonight moving to San Isidro. Featuring food trucks, a vinyl fair, and activities for little ones it’ll all be taking place riverside with the advantage of a breeze. Music wise, the night will be rock orientated with Mi Amigo Invencible performing alongside Marilina Bertoldi. Closing out the night as a grand finale, indie group Bandalos Chinos will play a set.
3 PM – 10 PM | Centro Municipal de Exposiciones – Del Barco y el Rio | Free | More info
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
Celebrating 50 editions of clothing fair Viva Vintage, this weekend’s will be taking place in San Telmo. For a bumper packed event, 36 different clothing outlets will be stalling out, selling vintage clothing, handmade accessories, and a few objects too. This is the place for retro-loving magpies. Spinning the decks, DJ Sickboy will be playing a special vinyl set.
4 PM – 8 PM | Tacuarí 905 | Free | More info
For the ever-aspiring artist, live drawing group Jam de Dibujo will be holding another Sunday evening session. Complete with live jazz, the session will be attended by at least two live models in the nude. Drawing in a young arty crowd, previous experience isn’t necessary and the sessions are more about having fun rather than producing a master piece fit for MALBA. Make sure to bring your own materials.
9:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $180 | More info
Pro-ukulele player Pablo Legeren will be hosting an intimate gathering outside of the Planetarium this evening. Playing live for anyone who’s around and wants to listen, it’ll be a chance to see the musician in relaxed, informal surroundings. Outdoors and completely acoustic, Legeren’s ukulele playing will metaphorically explore the surrounding gardens and give spectators the opportunity to dream and fly.
5 PM – 7 PM | Galileo Galilei Planetarium – Av. Belisario Roldán & Av. Sarmiento | Free | 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 [email protected]