Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Dance: “Romeo and Juliet”
The age-old Shakespearean drama about star-crossed lovers receives a balletic interpretation, thanks to Prokoviev’s magnificent score. This touring Russian Classical Ballet production stars 35 individual dancers on the National Theater’s mainstage.
“Romeo y Julieta” performs March 21 & 22 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡17,000-47,000 ($35-135). Info: National Theater website.
Life in Color
“World’s Largest Paint Party” combines electronica music with exploding pigments at Pedregal.
“Life in Color” takes place March 21 at the Pedregal Event Center, Belén. 3 p.m. ₡25,000 ($50). Info: SpecialTicket.
Music: Beat Kaestli
The sensual Swiss singer arrives in San Pedro to perform jazz standards.
Beat Kaestli performs March 21 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 10 p.m. Free. Info: Jazz Café website.
French-style picnic hosted by the Alianza Francesa.
Le Pique-Nique takes place March 22 in La Sabana Park, San José. 12 p.m. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa Facebook page.
Film: “Vanishing of the Bees”
Investigative journalist Maryam Henein presents her film about “colony collapse disorder,” a pandemic problem with global consequences. Narrated by Ellen Page with Spanish subtitles.
“Vanishing of the Bees” screens at Finca Rosa Blanca, Heredia. 4 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.
Dance: Live Tango in the Plaza
Tango dancers converge on downtown San José, demonstrating Argentina’s sensual baile de amor.
El Tango Vive la Plaza takes place March 25 in the Plaza de la Domacracia, downtown San José. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: GamCultural.
Arab Arts Festival
A combination of belly-dancing, synchronized dance, and light gymnastics, the sixth Arab Arts Festival showcases hundreds of performers.
Festival de Artes Árabes takes place March 20 & 21 at CENAC, downtown San José. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GamCultural.
Art: “Superheroes and their Fictional Cities”
If you were always as intrigued by Metropolis and Central City as you were by Superman and The Flash, this new exhibit by Carlos Llobet Montealegre is sure to fascinate.
“Superhéroes y Sus Ficciones Urbanas” displays through May 16 at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.
Theater: “La Bruta Espera”
Three short plays by Argentinean dramatist Julio Chávez are performed at the Vargas Calvo black box theater, courtesy of the National Theater.
“La Bruta Espera” continues through April 26 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,500-5,500. Info: National Theater website.
Experimental paintings by Rolando Faba make their debut at the José Luis López Escarré Gallery.
“Microcosmos” continues through May 8 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Free. Info: National Theater website.
Celebrate all things onion at this week-long agricultural festival in Santa Ana.
Feria de la Cebolla continues through March 22 at the Sports Plaza, downtown Santa Ana. Daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.
Theater: “Blood Wedding”
The classic Lorca tragedy plays at Teatro Espressivo.
“Bodas de Sangre” is performed through March 29 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. ₡7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo 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” is on display through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.
Art: Painting and Photography in San Ramón
Catch two different exhibits this Saturday in San Ramón: “Transformación,” a series of paintings by artist Jorge Luis Capezas, and “Liquors Were Your Origin, Culture is Your Destiny,” a collection of antique photos.
Opening Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Both exhibits will be displayed through March 21 at the José Figueres Cultural Center, San Ramón, Alajuela. Info: Cultural Center website.
Theater: “I’m Not Going to Carry This Corpse”
Teatro Arlequín presents a deadly new comedy of errors, written by Luis Daell Barth.
“Este Muerto no lo Cargo Yo” continues through March 22 at Teatro Arlequín, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Theater Facebook page.
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.
To celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, the Japanese embassy presents an exhibit on Japanese cartoon art at the National Gallery.
“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” continues through March 29 at the National Gallery, former penitentiary, downtown San José. Mon.-Friday, 8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.
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