Alright, so the forecast is less than perfect (Facebook’s kindly reminding us there’s going to be torrential rain and storms), but a little water never hurt anyone unless you were the Wicked Witch of the West, and you didn’t see her freaking out about the forecast, did you?
If you actually stop to think about it (as we writers tend to do), it makes for a perfect metaphor as we approach Argentina’s own Independence Day this Sunday — we’ve been promised doom and gloom time and time again, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from living. So for those of you who it takes more to faze than an ominous, bruise-colored sky, here’s what we’ve got for you to do this weekend — glasses up ¡viva la patria!
Friday, 7th of July
A quirky mishmash of an art market is taking place this weekend in Saavedra. Artist collective Fábrica de estampas has rounded up vendors peddling silk-screen prints, risographs, lithographs, woodcuts, all around ‘marvelous objects,’ and new and used books, especially for the occasion. The collective, founded in 2011, is dedicated to print making — and when they’re not hosting art fairs, they teach a number of creative workshops focused on the variety of techniques used to make impressions. Although prints in all their various incarnations are definitely the name of the game this weekend, you’ll also find exquisite bohemian treasures like hand-bound notebooks, scarves, embroidery, jewelry, and pottery for your purchasing pleasure.
11 AM – 9 PM | Fábrica de estampas (Pinto 4384) | More info
The last day of the French Alliance’s ‘International Southern Countries’ Film Festival’ (featuring cinema from South America, Africa, and Oceania) is closing with three films exploring the relationship between Africa and France. Sylvain George’s documentary ‘Les Éclats’ pictures the infamous refugee encampments in Calais, and the systematic repression of their inhabitants, as carried out by the French state. Sarah Bouyain’s dramatic comedy ‘Notre étrangère’ shines the spotlight on Burkinabe women as they seek out estranged family members, while Elisabeth Leuvrey’s ‘La Traversée’ examines the stories of brave Algerian men and women as they journey across the Mediterranean to France. Admission to the screenings is free but space in the auditorium is limited.
5:30, 7:15 and 8:50 PM respectively | First floor auditorium in the Alianza Francesa (Córdoba 946) | Free | More info
Teatro Mandil will be playing host to the second edition of ‘Fantastic Femininja Fest’ tonight. Advertised as an inclusive gathering for people of all ages, colors, orientations, and sizes, the event has been designed as a ‘safe space,’ where participants can enjoy themselves and listen to some fresh, funky music. The list of invited guests includes Rosario-based band Alto Guiso, whose music has been self-described as a mix between ‘apocalyptic post hip hop’ and ‘digital garage psycho-rap,’ and Orquesta de Señoritas “La Comunacha” who will be performing together with Ballet Alien Internacional. Tickets are AR $80 until 1 AM, and AR $100 afterwards.
11 PM – 5 AM | Teatro Mandil (Humberto Primo 2758) | AR $80 before 1 AM | More info
Mostrafest, your alternative, once-a-month, flamboyantly avant-garde party, is celebrating the legacy of beloved Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar with what promises to be a memorable homage. For those not familiar with the director, we’ll try keep it short and sweet — anything that bears the tag of being ‘Almodovarian’ is characterized by its colorful, eye-popping, tragically-comic, vivid kitschiness. This week’s party in Palermo Club is definitely going to be over the top, and will feature go-go dancers, special live performances, and a smattering of (you guessed it) surprises. Tickets are AR $120 at the door, with all-you-can-drink beer and mojito mixtails until 2 AM.
23:45 PM – 7 AM | Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2450) | AR $120 until 2 AM, $150 afterwards | More info
Saturday, 8th of July
If you’ve finally decided it’s time to turn your black thumb into a green one, this Saturday will provide the perfect opportunity — Mundo Cactus Villa Crespo has organized a ‘Gran Barata‘ of cacti and succulents in their own Villa Crespo plant nursery (in English, a ‘Gran Barata‘ would be something like ‘a huge sale’). Spice up your balcony or terrace with a few of these little buggers (we promise they’re hard to kill), and bring along a friend too — you can buy in bulk, or not. Send a message to the nursery’s Whatsapp ( +54 9 11 3274 1948) to schedule your visit, or send a private message to Mundo Cactus’s Facebook page.
10 AM – 4 PM | Address via private message | More info
Galeria UNION and graffitimundo have teamed up to bring you a theoretical-practical workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about stencils. Led by Cabaio, a prominent member of the local urban art scene, the class will begin with a presentation on the history of stencils, and after exploring their construction, end with students creating their own work of art. The activity is directed towards beginners and more advanced artists alike — for more information or to sign up, send an email to email@example.com
2 – 6 PM | Galería Union (Costa Rica 5929) | Cost via private message | More info
In honor of Sunday’s full moon, Encuentro De Tambores En Luna Llena Argentina has organized a get-together outside the city’s Planetarium to drum up some good vibes whether it rains or shines (or at least at the moment this article was being written it was). The encounter is open to anyone who is interested but bring your own drum. Of course, if you don’t have a drum you are still welcome to come — you’ll just have to get creative (that’s what a you’ve got thighs for)! Participants are kindly requested to bring plastic bags to pick up any leftover trash following the event.
11 PM | Planetario Galileo Galilei | Free | More info
R&B / HIP HOP
SWRV is an ongoing musical project that seeks to promote innovation in hip-hop culture. Creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and keeping your experience fresh, each month a house party is organized with the objective of presenting the genre with a unique, progressive twist. A team of resident DJs will create a custom mix of video and music tailored to the event space, and this month’s edition will feature the music of artist Kaytranada. Send a message to the event’s page for more information, and (of course) to reserve your spot.
11:59 PM – 6 AM | Abasto (exact address via private message) | More info
Sunday, 9th of July
To celebrate Argentina’s Independence Day, dozens of Buenos Aires’ artists have come together. Their mission? To give the city a bit of color, by painting the persianas (louvers) in the neighborhood of San Nicolás. Throughout the course of the day, you’ll be able to watch each painting or mural take form, and afterward, in Naranja Verde, a concert will be given featuring entirely female voices. Show up at the corner of Bartolomé Mitre and Paraná, where the scheduled artistic action is at.
9:30 AM – 6 PM | Bartolomé Mitre and Paraná | Free | More info
Tarabata, the Japanese Festival of the Stars, is being celebrated in the Jardín Japonés this Sunday. Rooted in ancient myth, as the legend goes, creatress of the stars, Orihime, fell in love with the caretaker, Hikoboshi. Such was there love for each other that they neglected their celestial duties — and in doing so, invoked the wrath of the Heavenly Emperor. In punishment, he relegated them to opposite sides of the Milky Way, but conceded that the couple should be reunited each year, for only a single night. That night is July seventh, when Japanese youth write down their wishes on colored strips of paper, and direct their deepest desires to the stars.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japones (Casares 2966) | Two get in for the price of AR $95 | More info
A new edition of ‘Food Fest’ is coming to La Rural to help you celebrate the patria’s birthday this Sunday — but whatever your relation to the fatherland, (like most relationships with parental figures, we understand that it tends to vacillate between love and hate) we’re gambling on the fact that you like to eat — and hey, if Argentina has taught us how to do anything after all, it’s just that. Expect a plethora of finger-lickin’ good food trucks, live bands, and local DJs, who’ll be serving up some groovy sets. Entrance is free, and the event won’t be suspended if it rains.
1 PM – 10 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Casa Brandon’s monthly tertulia (in this case a gathering of people who get together regularly to gush over classical music) is back, and this evening’s invited artists will be celebrating Independence Day their own way, in what is a no-frills, decidedly informal environment, with greats like Schubert and Mozart on the musical itinerary, but also some more modern composers that make use of electronic sounds, like Rhode-Island native Alvin Curran. We suggest you get there a bit early, to snag a seat on the sofa. Admission, with the house’s dinner special, will set you back AR $200 — and yes, there is a veggie option, for those of you who’d prefer to hold the meat.
8 – 11:30 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | AR $120, or $200 with a dinner special | More info