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By Veronica Stewart
For the Herald
Performance art: Antihomenaje DADÁ by Cabaret Voltaire
Just over a century — 101 years — ago, a group of young artists and writers came together in Zurich in the midst of World War I to create a group whose main objective would be to entertain through performance art. In their first announcement, where they defined their work and their goals, they made an open call to those who wanted to join them. Now, Emilio García Wehbi and Ricardo Ibarlucía are answering that open call with some delay by putting on a series of performances to pay homage to these artists’ legacy as part of the Performance and Young Art Biennales. In an attempt to really capture this disruptive art collective’s spirit, where its members would challenge the form and experiment with all kinds of artistic novelties — it was at the Cabaret Voltaire that the word “dadá” was first used — the performances will be just as bizarre and interdisciplinary as they sound.
From Saturday, May 13 to Tuesday, May 16 from 6pm to
9.50pm at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930).
Free admission.

Music: Darío Jalfín y los Alquimistas, live in Octubre García
Because curating a series of weekly concerts to honour Charly García in the month of his 65th birthday last year wasn’t enough, Darío Jalfin is now releasing the album of that live concert, celebrated with yet another live presentation. The aforementioned shows enjoyed great success, and saw many greats of contemporary Argentine music on stage at the CCK. Jalfin is a classically trained musician who always had a soft spot for local rock, and who now plays a combination of rock, pop and Latin American music himself. After having released his record La ilusión only last year, he is now releasing Darío Jalfin y los Alquismitas, live in Octubre García as yet another way to pay homage to an artist who marked both his childhood and his career. The record will be released online for free on the same day of the show.

Saturday, May 13 at 8pm at Centro Cultural Kirchner (Sarmiento 151).
Free admission. Tickets should be picked up before the show or booked through www.cck.gob.ar.

Theatre: Parrandera’s at Espacio Polonia
In Parrandera’s, playwright Laura Correa took it upon herself to analyse a very Argentine phenomenon: that of worshiping popular local figures as though they were idols. The most iconic and recent example is that of Gilda, and although Correa does borrow from the universe of cumbia music, it deals with an entirely different plot. As Helena is kidnapped by a cumbia trio who think she has miraculous powers and therefore name her their leader, her brother shall go to her rescue slowly becoming, unbeknownst to him, part of this cult. In an intricate study of how powerful myths are — the reference to the Iliad is not a coincidence — and how humans seem to need a deity to look up to, Correa puts on stage a comic tale which still rings true.

Saturdays at 11pm at Espacio Polonia (Fitz Roy 1477).
Tickets at $150.

Music: Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro meets Milongas Extremas
This weekend, the Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro is playing alongside Milongas Extremas at the Orchestra’s home, the Club Atlético Ferández Fierro, and there couldn’t be a more local punk rock show. The OTFF is made up of fourteen musicians plus a terrific singer with a haunting voice, and they have completely revolutionised the tango scene by playing a very pure version of the genre with hints of punk and rock. It is their visceral energy which makes them so electrifying, as is the case with Milongas Extremas, a quartet of acoustic guitars with a sound typical of rock and roll. After having played last weekend in Montevideo to great praise, this set of concerts in Buenos Aires is bound to make more than one member of the audience question their definitions of both tango and folklore.

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at 9pm at CAFF (Bustamante 772).
Tickets at $200 at the venue or through www.tickethoy.com

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