Qué Lindo Feria de Arte
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Playa Sámara, the Qué Lindo Feria brings together dozens of Costa Rican artists working in every medium. Invest in one-of-a-kind art in one of Guanacaste’s coolest beach towns.
Art fair takes place Jan. 23 at the Natural Center, Sámara, Guanacaste. 2-6 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.
Community Book Sale
Combining affordable used books and delicious baked goods, this book sale benefits Coco Animal Rescue & Education (CARE).
Book sale takes place Jan. 24 & 25 at the Coldwell-Banker parking lot, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Info: Event website.
Art: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance Genius
Classical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.
“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” displays through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.
Music: “They Say It’s Your Birthday”
The Beagirls perform covers of The Fab Four in San Pedro.
Concert takes place at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 9:30 p.m. 4,000 ($8). Info: Jazz Café website.
Film: “The Devil’s Elbow”
This acclaimed new documentary unearths a grim period in Costa Rican history.
“El Codo del Diablo” screens at various cinemas. Info: Film website.
Dance and Film: “La Bayadère”
An exotic love triangle unfolds in this beloved ballet by composer Ludwig Minkus. The Eugene O’Neill Theater will screen a live production beamed into the theater by satellite.
“La Bayadère” screens Jan. 24 & 25 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Los Yoses. 11 a.m. ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info: Cultural Center website.
Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”
See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.
“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.
Daniel is a tormented artist – but what happened in his past? And can the unstable painter even trust what he sees? Costa Rican director José Miguel González questions reality in his breakout feature film.
“Espejismo” screens in various theaters across the country. For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.
Theater: “Family Wanted”
From Mexican dramatist Berta Hiriart comes a musical for all ages about family – the good, the bad, and the happy surprises.
“Se Busca Familia” performs Sundays at Teatro La Fortina, Heredia. 3 p.m. ₡4,500 ($9) children, ₡6,000 ($12) adults. Info: La Fortina website.
Theater: “The Kings’ Dream”
A collaborative production between Costa Rican and Chilean artists, “El Sueño de unos Reyes” explores the concepts of nationhood and identity through movement and multimedia.
“El Sueño de unos Reyes” performs through Jan. 18 – Feb. 1 at Gráfica Genesis, Cathedral District, San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Gráfica Genesis website.
Fiestas de Palmares
One of the biggest community events of the year, the Palmares festival attracts hordes of people from across the country for a saturnalia of beer, music, and horsemanship.
Theater: “The House of the Spirits”
Isabel Allende’s masterpiece comes to life during this stage adaptation by U.S. playwright Caridad Svich. After last year’s extremely successful run, Teatro Espressivo revives the Spanish-language production for a second round.
“La Casa de los Espiritus” runs Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡10,000-15,000 ($20-30). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.
Film: “Maikol Yordan”
From the madcap minds of “Media Docena,” the hit Costa Rican sketch show, comes their first feature film, a comedy about the well-meaning yokel Maikol Yordan. How will this goofy campesino fare on his globe-trotting tour? Find out by catching this super-Tico comedy at almost any local movie theater.
“Maikol Yordan” screens at various cinemas across the country. For more information about the film, visit the official Facebook page.
Exhibit: “Juan Rafael Mora”
Recognized for his muttonchops and paternal demeanor, Juan Rafael Monge is widely considered the Abraham Lincoln of Costa Rica. The National Archives displays images of this founding father to the public.
Exhibit continues through Feb. 28 at the National Archives, Zapote. Free. Info: Archives website.