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Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica

World Cup: Germany vs. Argentina

The other game we’ve all been waiting for: The World Cup concludes with a showdown between Germany and Argentina.

The game starts at 1 p.m. on Sun., July 13. Visit designated “fan zones” in the Plaza de la Democracia or Avenida Escazú for public hi-def screenings. Check out all of our World Cup coverage by clicking on the hashtag #Brazil 2014.

Theater: “Virus”

What is the nature of sickness? Costa Rican playwright Ana Istarú explores this theme in “Virus,” her new drama at the Vargas Calvo Theater.

“Virus” plays through Aug. 31 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: National Theater website.

Music: 424

Pensive indie-rock band plays its single “Hueco,” among other tunes.

424 plays  July 11 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 10 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: Jazz Café website.

Theater: “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All to You”

Christopher Durang’s famous satire about Catholic education receives a Spanish production at Teatro Espressivo.

“Sor María Ignacio lo Explica Todo Para Usted” plays through July 27 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.

Art: Art City Tour

This edition of the popular nocturnal “museum crawl,” now in its fifth season of bringing San José to life as museums open their doors for free exhibits and other cultural offerings, includes activities both in eastern San José, where the Tour normally takes place, and in the western Sabana area. Go on foot or catch a free shuttle.

Art City Tour, July 16, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info: GAM Cultural website.

Music: Alejandro Cordona

The singer-songwriter performs a concert entitled “Tejidos Rebeldes” (“Cloth Rebels”).

Alejandro Cordona plays July 11 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Spanish Cultural Center website.

Film: “Tiresia”

In Bertrand Bonello’s challenging drama, a transgendered woman faces imminent tragedy – but then she receives a supernatural gift.

“Tiresia” screens July 11 at the Alianza Francesa, Barrio Amón. 6 p.m. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa website.

Film: “The Mirror”

Andrei Tarkovski’s film narrates the life of a man living in the Soviet Union, from youth to old age.

“El Espejo” screens July 12 & 13 at Joaquín García Monge Museum, Desemparados. Sat., 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GAM Cultural website.

Artist Guillermo Fournier stands before one of his sketches.

Alberto Font/The Tico Times

Art: “Documentos en Línea”

Artist Guillermo Fournier exhibits his series of sketches at the National Theater.

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

“The Underworld of Athan”

No need to wait for Halloween: “The Underworld of Athan” is a terrifying creep-fest in the middle of the Parque Diversiones amusement park.

“El Inframundo de Athan” continues through July 13 at Parque Diversiones, San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 1,700-3,100 ($3.50 – $6). Info: Parque Diversiones website.

Theater: “The Drummer” Children’s Festival

This children’s festival incorporates puppets, skits and storytelling. The story takes its name from Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica’s famous war hero and drummer boy.

El Tamborcillo Festival performs June 29 – July 13 at the Juan Santamaría Museum, Alajuela. Daily at 6 p.m. 500 ($1). Info: RedCultura.

Courtesy Museo del Banco Central

Art: “Dirty Game”

Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series.

“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website.

Exhibit: “Cathedrals of Soccer”

This photographic exhibit illustrates the beauty of the soccer field – not the game itself, but the stadiums where games take place.

“Catedrales del Fútbol” continues through Aug. 1 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Info: Centro Cultural de España website.

Theater: “Run for Your Wife”

What’s worse than one dysfunctional marriage? How about two? Teatro El Triciclo presents this polygamous farce by Ray Cooney. See how the jokes translate in a Spanish-language production.

“¡Corre Por Tu Mujer!” plays at Plaza Tempo, Barrio Lujan, San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Teatro El Triciclo website.

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.

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.

Enamorate de tu ciudad

Yes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round 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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