With just one month left in 2017, many art exhibits, musical series, and film cycles are winding down as the impending threat of summer’s heat drives flocks of porteños away from Buenos Aires to take refuge along the breezy Atlantic coast. Not to fear though — come what may we at BA will still be here to provide you with our regular roundup of weekend activities. This finde consider checking out an electro-folk concert at Niceto Club or a Christmas edition of Buenos Aires’ famous French food market ‘Le Marché.’ Learn how to give a henna tattoo, or (for the adventurous of you) check out the inauguratory edition of Matear — Buenos Aires’ first modern exposition on the country’s national drink, yerba maté!
Friday, 1st of December
ARTS & CRAFTS
Neighbors in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca have organized an artisanal market this weekend in defense of their time-honed traditions. Featuring unique, hand-crafted merchandise that is absolutely one of a kind, market go-ers can expect to browse pottery, paintings, and engravings. A number of bands will play music during the event, and there will also be several live performances. The market will be held near Plaza de los Suspiros, mere steps away from Caminito, and it will also be open on Saturday and Sunday.
10:30 AM – 7:30 PM | Near Plaza de los Suspiros | Free | More info
December is the last month to visit ‘Björk Digital’ in La Usina del Arte. The collection of pieces — contributed by artists like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Stephane Sednaoui and Nick Thornton Jones — actually constitute an experience that immerses the viewer in virtual reality. The tapestry of music and visuals grants the public an exclusive look into the Icelandic singer’s world, showcasing the otherworldly landscapes of her home as well as the confines of the human body. The 75 minute experience is visited in groups, and is free of charge to the public. ‘Björk Digital’ is accessed just steps away from the Usina del Arte’s main entrance via Avenida Pedro de Mendoza.
12 – 9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Argentine musician Chango Spasiuk‘s Ukranian heritage is evident when he plays his music. The sound of polkas and schotis permanate songs that are drenched with the sound of accordion and strings. Pedro Canale on the other hand (better known by his stage name Chancha Vía Circuíto) explores Latin American genres like cumbia and murga while fusing them with electronica. Both of these musical giants will team up for an otherworldly show in Niceto Club — Spasiuk with his rhythms from the old world, and Canale with sounds of the new. The first 100 tickets will sell for AR $300 apiece; afterwards admission is AR $350.
9 – 11:30 PM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $300-350 | More info
Restaurant-bar You KNOW MY NAME is throwing a 90’s bash this evening for all those young souls that feel a permanent nostalgia for the decade that gave us hits by Lauryn Hill, The Cranberries, Alanis Morisette, and Britney Spears in addition to Friends, Fight Club, the World Wide Web and grunge. DJs Charly Escalante and CM Cinéfilo propose to take us back by spinning all those wonderful tracks and many more (two word: Spice Girls!) way into the wee hours of the morning. By clicking ‘I’ll attend’ on the events Facebook page you get free admission and a ‘drinkable’ gift. Take that for what it’s worth.
11:55 PM – 6 AM | Marcelo T. de Alvear 1540 | Free – AR $100
Saturday, 2nd of December
Le Marché, Buenos Aires’ local French food market, is a hosting a special Christmas-themed edition to ring in the last month of the year. Held in the Liceo Franco Argentino Jean Mermoz, the market is part of the Francophile festival ‘Francoz,’ that includes (among other things) musical performances, art exhibits, live theater, and dance. Admission to Le Marché is free — use your extra pesos on macarons!
11 AM – 6 PM | Liceo Franco Argentino Jean Mermoz (Ramsay 2131) | Free | More info
Durga Ma is hosting an intensive henna tattoo workshop in Villa Crespo this afternoon. Requiring previous registration via email (send one to firstname.lastname@example.org ) the cost is AR $400 and will cover how to prepare henna, how to make it last longer, and how to shape it into traditional Indian designs. The history of the henna plant, which has been in use for over 5,000 years, will also be touched on, including its symbolism through the ages. Make sure to register ahead of time to reserve your spot!
5 – 7 PM | Juan Ramirez de Velasco 278, doorbell number 1 | AR $400 | More info
Cultural space cum night club Feliza is hosting an exposition of illustrations made by over two dozen female artists. Showcasing an extraordinary amount of talent and a wide variety of styles, the show (titled ‘Chicas Ilustradoras II’) will take place alongside a small independent market. Interested participants can order some of the lovingly made drinks while at the exposition and stay afterwards for the dance party. A ping pong and foosball table are also among Feliza’s amenities.
6 PM – midnight | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | AR $30 | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be inaugurating a haunting new exhibit tonight, titled ‘Esta se fue, a esta la mataron, esta murió‘ (‘This one left, this one was killed, this one died’). Organized by María Belén Correa, founder of the Argentine Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals, and Transgendered People, the exhibit portrays trans women using their own photos and written testimonies. Contributing artists will be present at the inauguration tonight, which comes on the heels of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th).
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Sunday, 3rd of December
La Rural will be the site of a two day exposition dedicated to Argentina’s national drink — maté. The first exposition of its kind, Matear will reunite popular maté vendors like CBSé, Verdeflor, and Amanda to bring both traditional and organic varieties of yerba maté to the public. In addition, a wide range of free activities will be taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday (consider checking out the mateada poética at 5 PM). Accessories for your maté will also be available for purchase.
11 AM – 8 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
An unabashed celebration of Argentina’s ‘rock nacional‘ or ‘national rock’ will be taking place in Villa Soldati’s Parque Indoamericano this weekend. Several up and coming local rock bands will kick off the the afternoon before ceding the stage to more well known bands, like Turf, Kapanga, and Los Auténticos Decadentes in the evening. The event, titled ‘Ciudad del Rock,’ is free to the public.
2 – 9 PM | Parque Indoamericano (Castañares and Escalada)| Free | More info
Pinta Yoga is offering a pay-what-you-can yoga class this afternoon in San Telmo’s lovely Parque Lezama. You don’t need any previous experience to participate, nor do you need to register beforehand — just show up in comfortable clothes with your yoga mat and a light coat for when you lie down for relaxation (your body temperature drops during savasana). Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga will all form part of the practice. According to the Facebook page, the class takes place ‘at the end of the walkway lined with flowerpots that figures in the photo (pictured above), on the Paseo Colón side.’
4 PM | Parque Lezama | Pay-what-you-can | More info
‘English Storytelling Night’ is gearing up for its December edition this weekend — taking place for the first time in Marilyn Mansion, an avant-garde art-space in Recoleta. This month’s theme (to contrast the previous edition’s) is ‘last times’ — explored, as usual, by four to six engaging storytellers. In addition to the compelling tales, drinks and light snacks will be available at the event (cash only), and there will also be some live music.
10:30 PM | Marilyn Mansion (Marcelo T. de Alvear 1619) | AR $50 | More info