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Serrat concert, live karaoke, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Music: Joan Manuel Serrat Concert

Legendary Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat will offer two concerts in Costa Rica as part of his Latin American “Antología Desordenada” tour.

“Concierto Joan Manuel Serrat” will take place October 27 and 28 at Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. ₡40,500 – 97,500 ($81 – 195). For more information visit the Eticket Website.

Theater: XII TEC Festival

The Technological University of Costa Rica (TEC) is organizing the twelfth edition of its Theater Festival, which will last the whole weekend. Eleven theater groups from Cartago, San José and Heredia will offer a wide variety of plays. On Friday, Oct. 23, the festival kicks off at 5:45 p.m. and with a block of plays including “Abre los ojos” (“Open your Eyes”), “Aeropuerto” (Airport), “El Contrato” (The Contract) and “Yo me apunto a Shakespeare” (“I’m Up for Some Shakespeare”). On Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 3 p.m., plays will include “Vuelvo donde algo perdí” (“Going Back where I Lost Something), “¡Ay Mujer!” (“Oh, Woman!”), “Historias de Tranvía” (“Railway Stories”), and “Perdimos a Kevin” (“We Lost Kevin”). On Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 3 p.m., plays will include “Polifonía sin etiquetas” (“Polyphony without Labels”), “La joroba de Melina” (“Melina’s Hunchback”), and “Miedos Inmarcesibles” (“Unfading Fears”).

“XII Festival de Teatro del TEC” takes place October 23 – 25 at Casa de la Ciudad, inside the TEC building in Cartago. One day (3 plays) ₡3,000 ($6), two days (6 plays) ₡5,000 ($10), and the full three days (9 plays) ₡6,000 ($12). For more information call 2550-2340 or 2552-5333.

Music: Punk Rock Karaoke in Costa Rica

Punk Rock Karaoke is a live karaoke band with a set list including Bad Religion, Descendents, The Clash, The Ramones, Nofx, Green Day, Rancid, Pennywise, Sex Pistols, Black Flag and Face to Face, among others. This Saturday they will head to the Steinvorth to 0ffer their audience members the style to sing their favorites onstage, backed up by the live band. Guests artists are Eric Melvin (Nofx), Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks), Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger), and Stan Lee (The Dickies).

“Punk Rock Karaoke en Costa Rica” takes place Oct. 24 at The Steinvorth, downtown San José. ₡10,000 ($20). 8 p.m. More information at El Steinvorth Facebook page.

Theater: “Las Fisgonas de Paso Ancho”

The play depicts life in Paso Ancho, San José, in the 1960s, featuring choreography by renowned dancer Luis Piedra and music by Luis Ángel Castro.

“Las fisgonas de Paso Ancho” will be performed Oct. 23 at 10 a.m, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. At the National Theater, downtown San José. ₡8,000 ($16) general public, and ₡2,500 ($5) for students. More info at the National Theater Website.

Dance: “Dirge: The passage to the afterlife”

An interdisciplinary project that features 45 artists, all co-producers, depicting pre-Columbian and colonial funeral rituals.

“Canto fúnebre: el paso al más allá” will be performed Oct. 24 – 25 at Centro Cultural Omar Dengo, downtown Heredia, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 at the Dance School at the Omar Dengo Campus of the Universidad Nacional, in Heredia, at 7 p.m. Free. More info at the RedCultura Website.

Bingo Fundraiser for Alzheimers

A bingo night will raise funds for the nonprofit Costa Rican Association of Alzheimer’s and Associated Dementia (ASCADA), which educates and supports families and caregivers of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

“Bingo Viajero ALA 2015” takes place Oct. 29 at the Hotel Corobicí in San José, 6:30 p.m. ₡10,000 (approximately $20) per card. For more information call 2231-2690.

Theater: Jarte Jarte Commedia dell’Arte

A performance fusing the antique theater technique of Commedia dell’Arte and improvisation. The public will chose the topic and the stories that will be developed.

“Jarte Jarte Commedian dell’Arte” will be performed Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., Oct. 29-30-31 at 8 p.m., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., Nov. 5-6-7 at 8 p.m., Nov.8 at 6 p.m. At the Teatro Universitario, at the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro. ₡4,000 ($8) general public, ₡3,000 ($6) senior citizens and students. For more information call 2511-6722-

Theater: “Puzzle”

Seven different stories which, at some point, all intertwine, offer a critique of increasing violence in Costa Rican and the country’s “pecking order.”

“Rompecabezas” will be performed Oct. 17 – Nov. 1 at the Óscar Fessler Theatre, inside the National Theater. Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4) for students, ₡4,000 ($8) general public. For more information call 2221-1273.

Dance: Zumba Classes

Dance classes for people 50 years and over will be offered during the whole month of October at La Libertad Park, Desamparados. The goal is to offer a comfortable space where people can exercise, taking into account varying levels of physical condition and musical tastes.

“Clases de Zumba” take place every week from Monday tthrough Friday during October at La Libertad Park, Desamparados. Free. 10 a.m. For more information call the National Cultural Center (CENAC), 2221-2154

 Upcoming Concerts:

“Three Different Rhythms, One Coast”: Afro-Caribbean concert with musicians Johnny Hall Mendoza, from Nicaragua; Mike Joseph, from Puerto Limón; and Gabriel, from Mexico. October 23 at Instituto México, Los Yoses, San Pedro. Free. 6 p.m. More info at the Event Facebook page.

Sarchi Festival 2015: Concert of several local bands, and exhibit and sale of craft works. Oct. 24 at Campo Ferial of Sarchi. Free. 3 p.m. More info at the 89decibeles Website.

Front Fest 2015: The band Another Front organizes another edition of the fest, featuring Costa Rican bands Xhysto, Cazador Nocturno, Fractured Souls, Inception CR, Breaking the Shadows, Vórtice, Traumatik, Cassettes CR, and Another Front. Oct, 25 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. ₡3,000 ($6). 3 p.m. For more information call 2253-8933,

Floriaton III: Halloween party and Florian Droids concert. October 29 at El Steinvorth. 9 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10) general public, and ₡4,000 ($8) people wearing customs. More information at the El Steinvorth Facebook page.


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