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Ticos in the World Cup, Chicken Festival and other happenings around Costa Rica

The World Cup

The moment has arrived: Costa Rica battles Uruguay this Saturday, kicking off the first weekend of the 2014 World Cup. Expect raging parties, manically honking taxistas and nationwide excitement. Stay tuned for The Tico Times’ World Cup coverage.

Costa Rica plays Uruguay on June 14. Game will be televised live at 1 p.m. England plays Italy the same day at 3 p.m. The United States plays Ghana on June 16 at 4 p.m. Visit our schedule for local broadcasts and times.

Music: Guadalupe Urbina

Solo musician Guadalupe Urbina celebrates the third anniversary of Casa del Arcoiris art space.

Guadalupe Urbina performs June 13 at Casa del Arcoiris, downtown San José. 7 p.m. ₡7,000 in advance, ₡8,000 at the door. Info: Red Cultura.

Music: SYEL

As part of its “music salon,” Jazz Café hosts the understated band SYEL for sophisticated listeners.

SYEL performs June 16 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 9 p.m. ₡2,500 ($5). Info: Red Cultura.

Film: “Repulsion”

One of Roman Polanski’s most disturbing films, “Repulsion” tells the story of a damaged young woman descending into madness.

“Repulsion” screens on June 14 at the Joaquín García Monge Museum, Desamparados. 6:30 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GAM Cultural.

Dance: “Mosaic Illusions”

The National University showcases works by its dance school students.

“Mosaico Ilusiones” performs June 15 at the Melico Solazar Theater, downtown San José. 10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. 3,000-3,500 ($6-7). Info: GAM Cultural.

The Creole Chicken Festival features traditional music and dance.

Courtesy Silencio del Quepos

National Creole Chicken Fair

This fair celebrates all things poultry, taking place on the bucolic farm of Silencio del Quepos.

La Feria de la Gallina Griolla takes place June 13-15 at the Silencio del Quepos cooperative farm. Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Info: Farm’s website.

Music: Minguet Quartet

Classical strings receive a new interpretation by this German quartet.

The Mingette Quartet performs June 13 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, San Pedro. 5 p.m. Free. Reserve at Info: RedCultura.

Art: “The Day We Became Contemporary”

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design celebrates 20 years of cutting-edge arts with a comprehensive, retrospective showcase.

“El Día Que Nos Hicimos Contemporáneos” continues through Sept. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Residents ₡1,000 ($2), foreigners ₡1,500 ($3), students ₡500 ($1). Info: MADC website.

Drawings by Fernando Carballo

Master draftsman displays his diverse body of work at Casa del Artista.

Exhibit continues through June 30 at Casa del Artista, Guadalupe. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.

Art: “A Family Portrait of Helvetica”

This dual exhibit features a fascinating exploration on the typeface Helvetica, by artist Mimiam Hsu.

“Retrato Familiar en Helvética” and “Ojalá el Sol Me Esconda” display through June 28 TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.

Art: Great Painters Exhibit

Paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Andy Warhol arrive in Costa Rica. Presented by the National Gallery, this collection incorporates 158 artworks and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture, based in the former penitentiary.

“Herencia del Arte” takes place April 28–June 28 at the National Gallery in Barrio Mexico. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.

Theater: “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

The classic Jules Verne science-fiction story receives an innovative Spanish-language adaptation at Teatro Espressivo. Enjoy this family-friendly afternoon adventure.

“Viaje al Centro de la Tierra” takes place May 8-July 13, Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos, Cartago. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. ₡6,000 ($12). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.

Theater: “Baroque Café”

A variety of Spanish-language one-act plays make up this comic revue.

“Café Barroco” takes place through July 6, Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos, Cartago. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.

Art: “Mayo en Verde”

Celebrate the coming of the green season with these colorful landscapes, painted by a variety of Costa Rican artists.

“Mayo en Verde” takes place at the López Ecarré Gallery, National Theater, downtown San José. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Free. Info: Gallery website.

Enamorate de tu ciudad

Yes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.

Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website.

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