This weekend in the capital: Lollapalooza, Sergio Larraín

Published On : Thu, Mar 27th, 2014

A roundup of some of the best culture, music, art, theater and film the city has to offer: Lebu film, dub music, the Pixies and a legend of photography.

This weekend in the capital: Lollapalooza, Sergio Larraín

Pixies will headline this weekend’s Lollapalooza festival alongside New Order, Soundgarden and Arcade Fire among others. Photo via PIXIES / Facebook

Dub club

A mixed collective of musicians from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Nairobi are quickly accruing serious dub pedigree through collaborations with Mad Professor, Sly & Robbie and the inimitable Lee Scratch Perry.

This Thursday they present their latest LP, “Wax” — a hodgepodge of influence that touches on the pillar stones on the genre but successfully avoids descending into staid tropes. Popping up on the album are Tippa Irie and fellow Chilean “Tea Time” of Los Tetas fame, adding a twist to the tried and tested formula.

When: Thursday, March 27 at 9 p.m.
Where: Juegos Diana, San Diego 438 (Metro Universidad de Chile)
Entrance: 5,000 pesos — available online via Puntoticket


The annual Chile edition of the U.S.-born festival rolls into town this weekend. Headliners include Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, New Order, the Pixies, Julian Casablancas and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Thankfully, the heavy North American bias takes a little break lower down the billing where homegrown rapper Ana Tijoux and cult comedy show 31 Minutos represent Chile.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30
Where: Parque O’Higgins (Metro Parque O’Higgins)
Tickets: 70,000 pesos for one day, 105,000 pesos for two days — available online via the Lollapalooza website

Lebu Film Festival

The Lebu Film Festival (FICIL) began the best part of 400 miles south of the capital in the Bío Bío Region 14 years previously, steadily building a name on the circuit for its selection of both national and foreign features.

Still based in the town from which it takes its name, the festival raison d’etre is in large part the decentralization of culture in Chile’s Santiago-focused environment. However, like many similarly intentioned projects, it has taken the decision to hold an offshoot in the capital to reach a larger audience, and it is this replica event that arrives in Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho this weekend.

Among the feature-length movies showing are “Colosio, el Asesinato,” Carlos Bolado’s re-telling of the killing of a presidential candidate in Mexico, 1994. Representing Chile are “Perfidia” by director Lucio Rojas and “El Cuelo de los Cóndores, (The Flight of the Condors)” from Cristian Toledo.

When: Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29
Where: Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho (Metro Cal y Canto)
Entrance: Free

Sergio Larraín retrospective

From his early period of apprenticeship, to his time working for Magnum — where he became the first Latin American to work for the prestigious agency — to his later life when his work was limited to “satori (moments of pure inspiration),” Sergio Larraín (1931–2012) has consistently garnered attention and praise on the international level, yet in his home country the recognition he deserved always appeared to elude the enigmatic photographer.

Now a retrospective of his work — the first exhibition of his work in Chile since the 1960s — collates more than 150 photographs, a selection of sketches and “satori” for an extensive investigation of a Chilean great.

Director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) Roberto Farriol spoke to Larraín’s influence.

“The retrospective of this great artist represents a milestone in the history of our photography,” he said in a press release. “For the first time, we can fully appreciate his magnificent and delicate ability to capture light. Through his lens, we see reality, immersing ourselves in his deep sensitivity and existential moments.”

When: March 27 through July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. everyday except Monday
Where: MNBA (Metro Bellas Artes)
Entrance: Tuesday to Saturday, 600 pesos, free on Sunday

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Mos Def

A stalwart of the hugely influential 90s New York Hip-Hop scene, Mos Def has continued on to dip his fingers in acting, activism and side projects of all sorts — notably collaborating on the Robert Glasper Experiment’s acclaimed “Black Radio.”

His recently announced Chile debut will take place at Teatro Caupolican, neatly sidestepping the danger of the atmosphere-free sterility of the city’s mammoth venues for what should be one of the Santiago’s hip-hop highlights of the year.

When: Sunday, May 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: Teatro Caupolican
Tickets: On sale from Tuesday, April 1 — available online via Ticketek

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Sam Edwards
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