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Flamenco superstars, Soda Stereo tribute, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Art City Tour

The last Art City Tour of 2015 will be a massive extravaganza: Dubbed “Noche en Blanca” (“White Night”), the quarterly art walk and open house will host scores of performances and activities. This particular Art City Tour is so jammed with events, you’ll have to plan your evening carefully to get the most out of it. Luckily, GAM Cultural hands out event catalogues for free, and you’ll have plenty of time peruse them on the free shuttles that zip around town.  Don’t miss The Tico Times’ open house and photo exhibition, a special stop on this Art City Tour.

Art City Tour takes place Nov. 21 throughout San José. 5 p.m. onward. Free. Info: GAM Cultural website.

Dance: “Improvisao”

Flamenco super-group Furriquito storms the National Theater for this breathtaking one-night performance.

Performance takes place Nov. 26 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. ₡20,000-62,000 ($40-124). Info: National Theater website.

Music: “A Night of Calypso”

The Concert Band of Limón presents this fun-filled homage to Calypso at the Limón Cathedral, one of the city’s most stately landmarks.

“Una Noche de Calypso” takes place Nov. 23 at Limón Cathedral, Puerto Limón. 7:30 p.m. Info: Concert Band Facebook page.

Music: Cantoamérica

Caribbean-themed musicians Cantoamérica perform their beloved oeuvre at Teatro Espressivo.

Concert takes place Nov. 27 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. 8 p.m. ₡7,000 ($14). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.

Music: “Sueño Stereo” Tribute Show

It’s generally accepted that Argentinean outfit Soda Stereo was the most influential Latin American rock group of all time. Three Tico musicians play the parts of these legendary rockers in an epic Soda Stereo tribute show.

Sueño Stereo concert takes place Nov. 21 at Kbaña Classic, Rohrmoser. 8:30 p.m. Info: Kbaña website.

Music: Youth Chorus at Jade Museum

Young voices harmonize beautifully in San José’s most impressive new museum.

Concert takes place Nov. 26 at the Jade Museum, downtown San José. 5 p.m. Free. Info: Jade Museum website.

Courtesy Red Cultura

Theater: “They Aren’t the Same Flowers Anymore”

Adapted from a novel by Federica García Lorca, this unsettling drama incorporates flamenco music and dance.

“Ya No Son Las Mismas Flores” continues through Nov. 28 at the University Theater, UCR Campus, San Pedro. 8 p.m. ₡3,000-3,500 ($6-7). Info: Red Cultura.

Holiday Market: “Space D14”

Innovative crafters and designers sell their wares at this two-evening marketplace, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design.

Espacio D14 takes place Nov. 21-22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, downtown San José. 4-9 p.m. Free. Info: MADC website.

Courtesy Taller Nacional de Danza

Dance: “Open Doors!”

Off-beat and acrobatic, this show flaunts the skills of National Dance Workshop performers.

“¡A Puertas Abiertas!” will be presented Nov. 21 at the National Dance Workshop, downtown San José. 8 p.m. Free. Info: Workshop Facebook page.

Theater: “Desaire de Elevadores”

In this avant-garde production by the National Theater Company, a group of insomniacs gather in a building and discuss human nature. Written by Alberto Villareal and directed by Gustavo Monge.

“Desaire de Elevadores” continues through Dec. 7 at the Aduana Theater, Aranjuez. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 6 p.m. Info: National Theater Company Facebook page.

Theater: “The Platypus”

In Humberto Robles’ steamy drama, a woman studying the world’s most confounding animal ends up in a love triangle with two different men. Produced by ArKetipo.

“El Ornitorrinco” runs through Dec. 18 at Teatro Lawrence Olivier, Paseo Colón, San José. Wed. & Thu., 8 p.m. ₡5,000-7,000 ($10-14). Info: RedCultura.

Art: “Almost Invisible”

Thirty-eight artists present 50 different works in this wide-ranging multimedia group show.

“Casi Invisibles” continues through Nov. 25, 2015, at the National Bank Museum, downtown San José. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Official website.

Theater: “The Cross”

Following a violent shooting in La Cruz de Alajuelita, the community reacts in Fernando Rodríguez’s award-winning new play.

“La Cruz” is performed through Nov. 30 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: “A Chronicle of Interventions”

Learn about U.S. incursions in Central America, thanks to this provocative group show co-produced with London’s revered Tate Gallery.

“Una Crónica de Intervenciones” displays at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.

Art: 75 Years of Photos

Browse decades of photojournalism at this striking exhibit, thanks to Spain’s Agencia EFE – the fourth-largest wire service in the world.

“EFE: 75 Años de Fotos” continues through Dec. 7 at the National Museum, San José. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: Museum website.

Contact Robert Isenberg at risenberg@ticotimes.net

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