Comedy: “Homage to Les Luthiers”
The Argentine musical-comedy group “Les Luthiers” has been the Latin American equivalent of Monty Python since 1967. Catch this homage to the classic comics at the Salazar Theater, courtesy of the Costa Rican comedy group “La Media Docena” (“Half a Dozen”) and band Editus.
“Homenaje a Les Luthiers” will be performed Aug. 22-24 at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. ₡5,000-19,000. Info: Salazar Theater website.
Party: White Noise
Costa Rican super-DJ Ale Mora headlines this massive late-night party at Home Finest Lounge and Terrace.
Party takes place Aug. 22 at Home Lounge, Lindora. 11 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.
Symposium: Internet Marketing Techniques
Hosted by The Women’s Club of Costa Rica, this informative event features expat entrepreneur Stacey Auch as its guest speaker.
Meeting takes place Aug. 23 at Tin Jo restaurant, downtown San José. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Event page.
Performance: “Tango and Its Histories”
Learn about this lascivious Argentine dance at CENAC, thanks to the creator Pablo Dell’Oca Sala.
“El Tango y Sus Historias” performs Aug. 24 at CENAC, downtown San José. 1 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura.
Music: Bruce Callow, The Elephants
Canadian recording artist Bruce Callow performs acoustic covers of classic and alternative songs, along with original music, followed by Costa Rican rock band The Elephants.
Concert takes place August 27 at Jazz Café, Escazú. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Jazz Café website.
Craft Beer Tour
Hosted by the boozy social group Carpe Chepe, this beer tour will help you appreciate the art and tastes of cerveza artesanal.
The Craft Beer Tour takes place Aug. 28 at La Sospecha Gastropub, Los Yoses. 6:30 p.m. Info: Carpe Chepe website.
La Favorita Organic Party
Celebrate organic cuisine and lifestyle at this super-green party, hosted by La Favorita Executive Apartments.
Party takes place Aug. 23 at La Favorita Executive Apartments, Rohrmoser. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Info: La Favorita Facebook page.
Dance: “Our Crime Each Day”
Danza Universitaria presents an avant-garde performance about relationships, familial roles, and violence at The National Theater.
“El Crimen Nuestro de Cada Día” presents Aug. 26 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 12 p.m. 1,000-2,000 ($2-4). Info: National Theater website.
Dance: Flamenco Performance
The Spanish House hosts a passionate flemanco performance, starring Costa Rican musicians and dance students.
Performance takes place Aug. 21 & 22 at the Casa España, La Sabana. Thu. & Fri., 8 p.m. 5,000 ($10). Info: RedCultura.
Music: International Blues Festival
Chicago blues legend Steve Arvey plays acoustic blues at El Sótano, along with special guest David Scott. Other acts include MG and the Blues Burners, JR Blues Band, Navil Garcia, and others.
Festival takes place Aug. 21 & 22 at El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 7:30 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: El Sótano Facebook page.
Sports: NCCWMA 2014 Championship
Seasoned athletes from around the world converge on San José to compete in the 2014 North, Central American and Caribbean World Masters Athletics Championship. None of these track-and-field stars is younger than 30, and the majority are older – but they still sprint like champions.
The NCCWMA Championship takes place Aug. 21-24 at the National Stadium, La Sabana. Info: Offical website.
International Book Fair
Colossal gathering of publishers, editors, writers, and book nuts.
Feria de los Libros continues through Aug. 31 at the Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Info: Fair website.
Art: “Dirty Game”
Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series. Read our review here.
“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.
Peter Schaffer’s masterpiece about the life of Mozart (and his bitter rival, Salieri) receives an epic production at Teatro Espressivo.
“Amadeus” plays Aug. 7 – Oct. 12 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Info: Teatro Espressivo website.
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.
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.
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 out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.
Art: Paintings by Fabio Rojas
The artist presents a series of landscapes at the University College of Cartago.
The exhibition will display Aug. 8-29 at the University College of Cartago. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Info: University website.