Another blustery forecast is ahead of us— and winter vacation is right around the corner so ready yourself for legions of small people taking over your precious museums and parks. Fret not — the city’s offering a wide range of activities over the next few days that you can definitely tailor to meet your budget — we’ve got the free options, the affordable options, a few splurges, and the most expensive workshop I’ve ever seen. There are some memorials to beautiful souls who have left us, and some audacious, unabashed ways to celebrate being alive. We did the research as to include a little bit of everything — so now let’s talk specifics.
Friday 14th of July
Anne Frank’s poignant account of her life is a story that continues to speak to the world — perhaps now more so than ever, given plight that modern day refugees face. Turned away from the United States by immigration officials unconvinced of the Frank family’s merit (along with thousands of other Jews), she died at the age of fifteen in Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her diary, initiated at the age of thirteen, chronicles the time before her and her family’s ultimate arrest and detention, and is marked by the resilience of her spirit, and the clarity of her childlike voice. A Spanish-language version of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ is playing tonight at 9:30 PM at Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo. Tickets are AR $200-250, and can be bought at the theater’s box office.
9:30 PM | Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo (Triunvirato 4444) | AR $200-250 | More info
The Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) is honoring the legacy of celebrated American director David Lynch with a back-to-back screening of ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Wild at Heart.’ Touted by The Guardian as ‘the most important film-maker of the current era, if you’ve never seen Lynch’s works in person, this is the perfect opportunity — one ticket (which gets you in to both of the films) will only set you back AR $60. Considering the soaring prices of seeing movies in the cinemas, screenings like these make for an economic alternative.
11 PM – 2 AM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $60 at the door | More info
Tonight Club Cultural Matienzo is throwing a cumbia-themed party featuring the genre’s most up and coming artists — Grupo Macambo and Indios de la Noche will be serenading you as only cumbieros can. A purely Latin American phenomenon, for many foreigners, cumbia is something of an acquired taste — yet much as it happens with with fernet, most people agree that once you get hooked on it there’s no going back. Originating in the tropics of Colombia, cumbia made it’s way to Argentina in the 1940’s, boosted in part by Peruvian and Bolivian immigration, where it fused with the local sounds of chamamé and tango. Today it’s a staple — you’ll hear it virtually anywhere you go — so why not give it a try? See them live for yourself!
11:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo (Pringles 1249) | AR $120 pre-sale, or $150 at the door | More info
Squeeze in a siesta and stock up on bananas and gatorade because it’s going to be a long night — sensational Argentine electro-pop group Miranda will be taking to the stage in Teatro Vorterix armed with their new release ‘Fuerte’, and the classics that you just can’t get enough of. A sure-fire way to ring in the weekend with a bang, a night at La Plop is always memorable — add Miranda into the already volatile mix, and we really don’t know what more to say. It’s gonna be one for the history books ladies and gents.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | Teatro Vorterix (Federico Lacroze 3455) | AR $300 online
Saturday 15th of July
If you’re just here for the food, we’ve got your back. Buenos Aires Market, our favorite moveable food-fair, is setting up shop in the beautiful Plaza Irlanda, located right in the heart of Caballito. Bring your reusable bags as you browse a wide selection of organic produce and specialty items, including an exquisite selection of artisanal breads, pastries and sweets, homemade jellies, jams, pickles — you name it. If you’re lucky enough to have some hundred peso notes burning a hole in your pocket, you can spend them on cheesy slices of gourmet pizza piled high with toppings, steaming stir-fry noodle dishes, or perfectly seasoned vegetarian empanadas with ‘soy meat.’ As always entry is free, and if you don’t care to spend, you can always window shop!
10 AM – 6 PM | Plaza Irlanda (Avenida Gaona and Donato Álvarez) | Free | More info
ARTS AND CRAFTS
‘Extraordinary Books’ is a workshop organized by quasi paper collective Alma Papelera; specializing in the creation of bindings, boxes, notebooks, and albums, today’s meet is dedicated to exploring the construction of books whose shape escapes traditional formats. Using simple methods, that include basic cuts and folds, participants will learn how to make tri-dimensional books. No prior knowledge is necessary to participate, and all the materials you might need will be provided. Reserve your spot here.
2:30 – 6:30 PM | Alma Papelera (Hidalgo 1792) | AR $1100
Argentine dance group Buenos Aires Ballet will be continuing their monthly cycle of galas in downtown’s ND Teatro. This evening’s program will include a number of revamped classics, performed by what are claimed to be some of the ‘best dancers’ in the country. Music by Bach, Vivaldi, Ignoz and Von Biber is set to figure prominently. The group, formed by the Teatro Colón’s ‘First Dancer,’ Federico Fernández, emerged out of a need to bring ballet to the public, in diverse settings, and at a modest, accessible price. At AR $300, tickets are really a pittance — get yours online here.
9 – 11 PM | ND Teatro (Paraguay 918) | Tickets start at AR $300 | More info
This past April marked a year since the world lost one of its most iconic singers, and for many, the grief is still raw. Xirgu Espacio Untref will be throwing a dance party tonight in honor of Prince — the first of what it proclaims to be many subsequent homages. A projection of the award-winning film ‘Purple Rain’ will be central to the night’s celebration — as will a mise-en-scène with dance and dress inspired by the singer. Afterwards, live music will be mixed by renowned local DJ Nico Cota. Tickets are AR $180 and you can buy them here.
9 PM – 3 AM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $180 | More info
Sunday 16th of July
An open-paintball game will be held in Urban Paintball’s headquarters in Nuñez’s Club Centro Naval. You can go alone, or with a group of friends — the organization will take care of making the teams. To register, the steps are straightforward — confirm your attendance by clicking the ‘I’ll attend’ button on Facebook and then call either 4702-1002 or 4519-0103 with your name, and the names of your friends if you’re bringing any. AR $220 includes everything you need — protective mask, camouflage suit, gloves, protective vest, semiautomatic paintball gun, 100 paintballs and unlimited CO2.
10 AM – 2 PM | Club Centro Naval (Cantilo and Arrollo Medrano ) | AR $220
Eye-catching and seductive without being overly explicit, a ‘pin up girl,’ (or her male counterpart, a ‘male pin up’) is a model whose iconic, and undeniably erotic, mass- produced pictures were immensely popular with the general public. Often, but not always considered sex-symbols (as they emphasized what society considered to be ‘feminine’ attributes at the time), pin-up girls continue to be hallmarks of modern pop-culture, finding their way into informal displays around the globe in everywhere from bedrooms to bathrooms, offices, restaurants and bars, where they were, and still are, ‘pinned up.’ Head over to the city’s Planetarium this afternoon for a pin-up market celebrating the quaint charm and sexiness of the genre.
11 AM – 6 PM | Galileo Galilei Planetarium | More info
La Casa del Folklore is putting on its first Afro-Bolivian peña, or folk-jam, aimed at honoring and celebrating the legacy of Bolivia’s first Africans. Brought to Altiplano as slaves by the Spaniards hundreds of years ago to work in the region’s silver mines, the majority relocated to las Yungas, north of La Paz, following their eventual emancipation in the nineteenth century. Numerous shows are scheduled for the night — including a wide range of folk musicians and dancers. Highlights include a presentation by dance troupe ‘Sariri del Ande,’ who will present a sneak-peak of their theatrical show that dramatizes the arrival of Africans to the South American continent
1 PM | La Casa del Folklore (Rivadavia 7945) | AR $100 at the door
GAME OF THRONES
Game of Thrones fans have been doing their best to keep calm and carry on while waiting for the premiere of the series’ seventh season. We’ve got good news — the wait is finally over this Sunday, and you don’t need to despair if you haven’t got HBO. Whether you’re a staunch lover of the Lannisters, a die-hard Targaryan loyalist, or extremely partial to the new King in the North, you’ll be able to watch this season’s first episode in ‘Boedo y más allá,’ in what is sure to be one of the most explosive GoT themed parties we’ve ever seen. There’ll be a thematic buffet for your eating pleasure as well as a bar, live music, games, and cosplay. Space is extremely limited — get your tickets here now, or in one of the several box offices listed on the event’s Facebook page.
5 – 11 PM | Boedo y más allá (Salcedo 3942) | AR $150