This Week: 19-25 May

Monday

Via Polo Circo

Via Polo Circo

Blow away the Monday blues with a trip… to the circus! Buenos Aires is currently hosting the sixth Polo Circo until 25 May. From burleque to cabaret and clowns and gravity-defying tumbles. Tickets are available from Cultural San Martín at Sarmiento 1551 and Buenos Aires Polo Circo on Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos.  Tuesday

Via Hype

Via Hype

There’s an all-star international cast of DJs at Hype at Kika tonight with a strong musical offering from Italy. Razihel joins Hype regulars Matt Ashley and Fabricio Ruiz for a full-on night of electro, dubstep, hip hop, trap. moombahton, drum&bass and house. From midnight, Honduras 5539, Palermo Soho.

Wednesday

Via Gastronomique

Via Gastronomique

For outdoor drinking and beer on tap, check out new Recoleta pub slash campsite Camping. Although the beer list is short and sweet for the time being, they plan to start making their own brew in the near future. Log in to their WiFi and use their virtual jukebox, which is totally awesome and addictive. Pueyrredón 2501, Recoleta.   Thursday Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 13.29.38 Did you know you can catch movies for free on Thursdays? The audiovisual district, better known as the north side of Palermo Hollywood, is screening once a week at El Dorrego. May has been all about renowned director Pablo Trapero (he also directed Carancho) and today you can see Nacido y Criado (Born and Bred). 7.30pm, Zapiola 50, Colegiales. Free.   Friday

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Document Art Gallery via arteBA

Aesthetes will be in their element from today and for the rest of the weekend as the 23rd edition of arteBA kicks off. This year, photography has its own section – Photobooth – for the first time while other notable elements include U-TURN masterminded by Spanish curator Agustin Pérez Rubio. 90 pesos. Until May 26. La Rural, Plaza Italia. Weekend

Via Pachamama Fotos

Via Pachamama Fotos

Sunday marks 25 May, one of the most important national holidays in Argentina. It commemorates the day in which the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata was overthrown and replaced by the First Assembly; one of the turning points in Argentine independence. If ever there was a time to celebrate patriotism, this is it! Festivities include typical dances in folklore peñas, and patriotic foods such as locroempanadas, and pastelitos. Que rico!

This Week: 12-18 May

In the run-up to next week’s arteBA, exhibitions are opening left, right and centre. Plus, a new terrace for sipping cocktails in Palermo Soho. 

Rusia Gallery via arteBA

Rusia Gallery via arteBA

Monday Test your mettle against the quiz master at the Pub Quiz Buenos Aires tonight. This is Sam Kelly’s first as the man with all the questions (and answers) following his seamless takeover from Jonathan Evans. With three rounds of 10 general knowledge questions and one themed round of 25 questions, you’ll either be breezing through with a perfect score or scratching your head in extreme bafflement. 7.30pm for an 8pm start, La Cigale, 25 de Mayo 597 (corner of Tucumán). 15 pesos. Tuesday

Via Rey de Copas

Via Rey de Copas

Some might think it’s crazy that Rey de Copas has just opened up a brand-new terrace in time for winter, but rain or shine, hot or cold, you can still sip on a mojito all year long. Thank goodness for that! Gorriti 5176, Palermo Soho. Wednesday

Courtesy of Ninina

Courtesy of Ninina

All these grey skies getting you down? In need of an alcohol-free mid-week pick-me-up? Head to one of Palermo’s best new(ish) cafés, Ninina Bakery, which has a fabulous menu and serves the perfect caffeine injection in a no-handle cup in a beautiful open kitchen, From mouth-watering pastries and cakes to invigorating fruit juices, Ninina holds breakfast, brunch and tea in spades. We love the waffles. Gorriti 4738, Palermo Soho. Thursday

Via San Telmo Productions

Via San Telmo Productions

If you check out one film this week, get down to the Centro Cultural General San Martín to see Mujeres Con Pelotas (Goals for Girls: A Story of Women With Balls). Directed by an Argentine-American couple, the documentary shows how a group of women from the Villa 31 shantytown overcame various obstacles – and not least sexism as they were women playing football – to form the  Las Aliadas del 31 team.  Sarmiento 1551, Tribunales, Thursday and Saturday, 8pm. In Spanish with Spanish subtitles. Friday

Via Pabellón 4

Via Pabellón 4

In the run-up to arteBA, there are exhibitions a plenty going on to get the artistic juices flowing and one notable opening this week is Manuel Archain at Pabellón 4, With a background in drawings, film design and animation, his latest showing El sueño oculto de lo cotidano,is based on photography that takes everyday objects out of context, Uriarte 1332, Palermo Soho. Mon to Sat 4pm-8pm.   Weekend

Via Galeria Mar Dulce

Via Galeria Mar Dulce

One of our favourite Palermo art galleries, Galería Mar Dulce, also unveils its latest exhibition this week. WALDEINSAMKEIT (AKA the sensation of feeling alone in the forest) by Sofía Wiñazki opens today. The space specialises in small artworks so be prepared to fall in love with a pret-a-porter handbag-size piece to take home. Free fizz courtesy of Rosell Boher. From 4pm, Uriarte 1490, Palermo Soho. SAVE THE DATE! That’s right, we gave it  cheeky mention earlier in the blog but the much revered arteBA, Latin America’s largest contemporary art fair opens next week. Champagne, installations and critics galore await over the four days. 23-26 May, La Rural, Plaza Italia.