Whether you’re a Scrooge or more of a Buddy the Elf kind of character, there’s no avoiding that the holiday season is on the horizon. While decorations pop up over the city and we start getting excited about what we might eat (Vitel Toné anyone?), temperatures are still in the enjoyable range, so make sure to make the most of the sunny weekend ahead.
Also, remember to spare a thought for friends in the Northern hemisphere who are probably enduring tundra-like temperatures while you sip on that ice cold cocktail on your friend’s roof terrace. While we have our usual diverse range of cultural and food-related shenanigans on in the city, head to Casa Brandon for their first ever Festival of Queer Art or to MALBA to see some Portuguese film.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH
Doc Buenos Aires an independent film collective, will be organizing the fourth annual edition of the Ciclo Cine de Artistas tonight at the MACBA museum. Selecting Latin American film directors who choose to tell untold stories using compelling imagery, tonight, film fanatics can explore the World of Argentine murgas through Pernas’ film Mírala. Closely looking at the eight months of carnival preparation through the eyes of murga Los Cometas de Boedo, it’s a beautifully shot film of the local performers as well as the Boedo neighborhood. Brazilian short film Torre takes a reflective look at the lives of the children of disappeared politician Virgilio Gomes da Silva.
6 PM | MACBA – Av. San Juan 328 | Free | More info
Fans of Brit-pop icon Morrissey, are in luck as there are still a few tickets remaining to his show. Showing off his latest hit album Low in High School, the iconic and divisive leader of band The Smiths will most likely offer a nostalgic night to those who remember his music as a rite of passage to adulthood. As a global megastar, he’s not often on Argentine soil, (the last time was in 2015) and we can’t lie – prices aren’t exactly cheap, but consider it a chance to see a living legend live on stage.
8 PM | Av. Olivos 3215 – Panamericana km 35.5 | AR $1,780 – $3,900 | More info
Contemporary and opera are not two words you’ll see together often. Reflecting on the political unrest and protests in Argentina during the late sixties, the opera based on Marcelo Brodsky’s book 1968 el Fuego de las Ideas, combines art, video, and photography in a move that challenges traditional perceptions of opera. Looking at how the year of 1968 is remembered collectively in Argentina, and what was happening in wider Latin America the opera is particularly significant in the 50th year since the monumental year. Tickets can be picked up in person at Tucumán 1171 or reserved online.
8 PM | Teatro Colón – Tucumán 1171 | AR $220 | More info
Celebrating 100 years of French film director Jean-Pierre Melville, the Kino Palais is holding a four-day festival during which cinematic highlights from his time as a pioneering creative director will be screened. The first film in the running, Bob le Flambeur looks at the life of successful gambler and con artist Bob Montagne. A tale of a flagging criminal, when Bob attempts his most challenging robbery yet, it becomes clear his luck has run out. Credited as being the father of the New Wave cinema, Melville’s films are beautifully shot and are still as relevant as the day they first came out.
7 PM | Kino Palais – Riobamba 985 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH
The Fototeca Latinoamericana or FoLa photography gallery will be dedicating today to women in photography and the international Photobooks by Women project. The prize-winning book is all about exploring the content and design that female photographers have contributed during the history of the art form. In honor of this, FoLa have organized book presentations, discussions as well as a photo market where FoLa associated photographers will be showing off their work, some of which will be available for purchase.
12 PM | FoLa – Godoy Cruz 2620 | Free | More info
With December 8th being the traditional day for many to put their Christmas trees up, the Buenos Aires’ Christmas Park will also be opening its doors to those looking for an extra dose of festive fun. Including a toy making workshop and a lifesize Papá Noel’s cabin, children will also be able to get creative with writing and decorating Christmas wish lists to be sent to the bearded man himself. Family-friendly board games will also be available to be played by visitors. To spread a little cheer, bring along a few toys to be donated to local NGOs who will happily distribute them among local children.
10 AM – 8 PM | Parque Chacabuco | Free | More info
ADOPT DON’T SHOP
Animal rights organization and rehoming shelter Proyecto 4 Patas will be holding a Jornada de Adopción in Estilo Veggie this afternoon. The day will be a chance to adopt a furry friend, purchase a few early Christmas presents at their pop-up shop, find out about feeding your pup consciously-made food, as well as donate whatever you may be able to afford. If you’re not ready to commit to a four-legged companion just yet, make sure to give their Instagram a follow – we promise you’ll fall in love.
4 PM – 7 PM | Estilo Veggie – Fitz Roy 1941 | Free | More info
PM OPEN AIR
As temperatures rise, the idea of sweating it out in a rammed boliche becomes less and less appealing. Over by the cooling breeze of the Río de la Plata, PM Open Air Music will be back hosting one of their outdoor afternoon parties in Punta Carrasco. Today in a double extravaganza, both techno DJ Ben Klock and German electro duo Mind Against will be headlining. While the first round of early bird priced tickets have now sold out, if you’re down to go reservations can be made via Passline.
4 PM – 10:30 PM | Av. Rafael Obligado 2221 | AR $700 | More info
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH
A sunny afternoon spent indulging in copious amounts of pasta, Aperol Spritz, and ice cream couldn’t be more ideal for many. This weekend Italian food festival Al Dente will be taking place in the grounds of Mercado de las Pulgas. Already in its sixth edition, neighboring restaurant Il Ballo del Mattone is organizing the day and visitors can expect live music, interviews with chefs, cooking workshops and art installations.
1 PM – 9 PM | Mercado de las Pulgas – Avenida Dorrego & Enrique Martinez | Free | More info
Nueva Casa Japonesa, the no-reservations Japanese restaurant and Asian supermarket based in San Cristóbal will be holding their annual food festival today. Offering delicacies like ramen, dumplings, sushi, calamari, yakjtorj and harumakj all for the rather sweet deal of between AR $35 and $100, it’s unmissable for fellow Japanese foodie aficionados. Hugely popular, it would be wise to arrive early before lines begin to form around the block and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your eating quest.
10 AM – 5 PM | Nueva Casa Japonesa – Humberto Primo 2357 | Free | More info
If you’re looking to purchase both locally sourced and organically produced food products, look no further than 2018’s final edition of Feria del Productor al Consumidor. Set up in the UBA school of Agriculture, its basically Buenos Aires’ take on a farmer’s market. If you want to make sure you’re only eating seasonal produce that hasn’t travelled from hundreds of kilometers away, it really is the feria for you. For those who like to dig a little deeper, vendors are usually more than happy to explain what goes into the produce.
10 AM – 7 PM | Facultad de Agronomía – San Martín 4453 | Free | More info
Back for a celebration of the finest Iberian food and customs, BA Celebra will be pulling out all the stops to bring a huge Spanish style street party to the centre of town. Food wise, plenty of paella, tortilla, gazpacho and charcuterie will be available to sample. While you’re munching away make sure to catch the many dance performances on too. While of course flamenco will be performed, slightly lesser known musical genres fandango, muiñeira, and jota will also be on.
12 PM – 6 PM | Av. de Mayo & Bolívar | Free | More info
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