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Arts Festival, Star Wars convention, and other happenings around Costa Rica

International Arts Festival

Against all odds, FIA has begun – and you can find our handy guide here. Bear in mind that the schedule is getting shuffled daily like so many Tarot cards, but if you show up in downtown Alajuelita, Parque la Libertad in Desamparados or the Cenac facilities in downtown San José, you’re bound to find stuff happening any given afternoon.

Star Wars Convention

Q: What do Chewbacca, vintage action figures, and the phrase “que la Fuerza le acompañe” have in common? A: They will all feature prominently at the “Star Wars” convention in Curridabat this weekend. Any Costa Rican with a geek streak should be there, trading comic books and videogames, dressing up as storm troopers, and generally basking in a galaxy far, far away.

Convention takes place April 25 and 26 at Lincoln Plaza, Curridabat, east of San José. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Theater: ‘West Side Story’

When it premiered in 1957, “West Side Story” was one of the most groundbreaking musicals on Broadway. Updating “Romeo and Juliet” for a then-modern audience, “West Side Story” tells the story of Tony and Maria, star-crossed lovers in gang-infested New York City. Costa Rica doesn’t have a big tradition of musical theater, so catch this startling Spanish-language adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein classic by Luciernaga Producciones.

“West Side Story” performs May 2-13 at the Melico Salazar Popular Theater, downtown San José. (First week) Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; Tue & Wed., 7:30p.m. (Second week) Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; Tue & Wed., 7:30 p.m. ₡13,000-37,000 ($26-74). Info: Event Facebook page.

Theater: ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’

What if you plotted a murder and told an entire town about your intentions, but no one bothered to warn the victim? Gabriel García Márquez’s novel receives a stage adaptation at Teatro Espressivo.

“Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada” opens April 9 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.

Theater: ‘La Bruta Espera’

Three short, darkish comedies by Argentinean dramatist Julio Chávez are performed at the Vargas Calvo black box theater, courtesy of the National Theater. The talented actresses Tatiana y María Chaves won a national award last year for the performance.

“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.

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.

Contact Robert Isenberg at risenberg@ticotimes.net

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