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International Book Fair, theater galore, and other happening around Costa Rica

International Book Fair

Costa Rica’s 16th International Book Fair will fill the Antigua Aduana in Barrio Aranjuez with scribes, poets and happy bookworms for the next 10 days. The literary extravaganza, co-produced by the Costa Rican Chamber of Books and the Culture Ministry, will feature hundreds of exhibitors, lectures, and other activities (download the full program here). The fair will honor renowned Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal, who will attend as a special guest, and beloved Costa Rican author Carmen Lyra. Don’t miss it.

“Feria Internacional del Libro en Costa Rica” takes place Sept. 18 – 27. Free. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. More info at the Fair Website

Theater: “El Túnel”

The dramatic novel by Argentine author Ernesto Sábato comes to life in the hands of Los Hambrientos Productions. It tells the story of a painter who lives in a world of aversions and insecurities until he falls in love with María, who changes his view of life. However, their love becomes an obsession.

“El Túnel” will be performed every Saturday and Sunday until Sept. 27 at Teatro Oscar Fessler, Barrio Escalante, San José. Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ₡2,000 – 4,000 ($4 – 8). More information call 2221-1273

Vegan Fair

The 17th edition of this health-conscious fair will offer lectures on veganism and experts to answer questions regarding food, proteins, calcium, recipes, meat, dairy and eggs substitutes,  and what you must know to become vegan or vegetarian. Sample homemade and gourmets food and other vegan products along the way.

“Feria Vegana” takes place Sept. 20 at Parque del Norte, Moravia, San José. Free. 10 a.m. More info at the Event Facebook page.

Reading: “The Norman Conquests”

As a fundaiser to help support their new headquarters in Escazú, the Little Theatre Group will be presenting a staged reading of one part of Alan Aykeburn’s award-winning trilogy, “The Norman Conquests.” Audience members will be treated to delicious goodies and a free glass of wine.

“The Norman Conquests” reading will take place Sept. 19 at the Little Theatre Group’s new home, #27, Calle Rolex, San Rafael de Escazu (300 m. west of Plaza Rosa on Calle Rolex; bear left at Koala School, and go 50 m. Black Gate on Left. Across from the “Mercadito.”) 2 p.m. Donation ₡5,000 ($10). For more information call 8858-1446.

Costa Rica Designs EXPO

Artflow Gallery will host this exhibit of the work of more than 20 Costa Rican artists. Some of the artist will be present, along with additional guest artists. During the activity members of the Blogger CR group will be giving talks and free trainings.

“EXPO CRDiseña” takes place Sept. 23 – 27 at Artflow Gallery, Avenida Escazú, Escazú. Free. Wed: 7 p.m. (Inauguration), Thu-Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. More info at the Artflow Facebook page.

Theater: International Improv Encounter

The Costa Rican Improvisation League brings us the 7th edition of their international improv event, featuring eight different performances at Giratablas Theatre and El Triciclo Theatre. At Giratablas Theater (all shows at 8 p.m.): “Más vale Piolo que mal acompañado” – Sept. 18. Improbox encounter – Sept. 19. “Memorias andantes” – Sept. 20. “+1” – Sept.25. “Segredos” – Sept. 26. Improvisation Jam – Sept. 28. At El Triciclo Theater (both shows at 5 p.m.): Improv Challenge – Sept.20. “Más vale Piolo que mal acompañado” – Sept. 27.

“Encuentro Internacional de Impor” takes place Sept. 18 – 27 at Giratablas Theatre, and El Triciclo Theatre. ₡3,500 – 4,000 ($7 – 8). For more information call 2253-6001.

Tres Ríos Neon Run

This 10-km night run in the city of Tres Ríos, between Cartago and San José, will feature masquerades, cimarronas and runners decked out in neon bracelets as they compete for prizes starting at ₡50,000 ($100). A 5-km recreational run will also take place (no prizes).

“Tres Ríos Neón Run” take place Sept. 26 at Parque Santo del Este, Tres Ríos. ₡10,000 – 12,000 ($20 – 24). More information at the Tres Ríos Run Facebook page.

Tour: EcoMuseum Abangares

A tour through the mining history of Costa Rica in Abangares, Guanacaste. Participants will travel through extraction tunnels, see machinery and tools used by the miners, and view the rail machine, named “Tulita.” At the end of the tour people can spend some time in the hot springs of Pueblo Antiguo. Price includes private transport, guides, the museum and hot springs tickets.

“Caminata EcoMuseo Abangares” takes place Sept. 19 in Abangares, with transportation meeting points in San José, Heredia or Alajuela at 5 a.m. ₡20,000 ($40). For more information call 8829-9455, or write

Meditation Workshop

This eight-hour workshop covers tdeep silence, contemplative meditation, the art of flowing, healing meditation, breathing exercises, meditation for prosperity, and meditation for the rising of consciousness. The ticket price includes a coffee break, lunch, transportation and a handbook.

“Taller Pura Meditación Avanzada” takes place Sept. 19 at Concepción de San Isidro, Heredia. 8 a.m. ₡30,000 ($60). For more information call 8704-7903 or 2268-0361.

Upcoming Concerts:

Independence Party: Costa Rican band Los Ajenos offers a belated celebration of Costa Rican Independence Day. Sept. 18 at Maze Club, Tibás, San José. 7 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). For more information call 5006-5005.

Soul Legends: A group of the best Costa Rican soul musicians will pay tribute to soul legends such as Gladys Knight, Thelma Houston, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and more. Sept. 18 at Jazz Café Escazú, Escazú. 9 p.m. For more information call 2253-8933.

Billy the Kid: Hardcore punk band presents its new album “Gorilla” and new video “Gran Jaguar.” Guests bands are SEKA, Inersia CR, Solo Carne, Trampa, Adaptados, Carta Magna, Entre Lobos, and XactuarX. Sept. 20 at Asylum Club, Paseo Colón, San José. ₡3,500 ($7). For more information call 6176-0416 or 4031-6474.

Libertad: Rapper Fakir presents his new album with guests soultwo, Jahckal, Gab, Pranz, Malicia Indígena, Nakury, DJ Rap, and Arman. Sept. 18 at  Club Suburbia, Zapote, San José. 8 p.m. ₡2,000 – 5,000 ($4 – 10). For more information call 7061-9572.

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