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Arcadio Esquivel exhibits his best-known comic, ‘Wences’ World’

The comic features 17 different characters, including Carilo, a child obsessed with soccer; Jimmy, who believes in aliens; and Mariela, an environmentalist who wears a heart in honor of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora.

5 questions for Cuban pianist Leonardo Gell – ‘I believe in love and effort’

"I think that in Costa Rica the cultural system should be modified. In Cuba I was a performer who taught. Here, I’m a teacher who performs." Pianist Leonardo Gell steps into our Weekend Arts Spotlight.

A passion, not a profession: new orchestra aims to broaden access to music

“The secret behind this orchestra and the reason why it is called Humanities Orchestra is because the main objective of the university is not to create ‘button pushers,’” Zamora said. “This is an industrialized society in which we are seen as ‘entities’ that produce to consume more and more; it’s a vicious cycle.”

Marvin Camacho’s musical mission: ‘One does not choose, it’s a need you feel’

"Speaking about what you want to express is something complex and intimate. I always tell my students that the moment in which their work is 'public' it’s not theirs anymore. It has their name on it, but it’s not theirs."

President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass

Many Costa Ricans say that despite some early stumbles in the administration of Luis Guillermo Solís, the country is on the right track, and they rated the president's performance as good – for now.

New administration boosts consumer confidence in Costa Rica, study shows

Costa Rica’s consumer confidence index in May reached 49.8 percent, its highest since February 2011 when it was 50.3, according to a new study by the University of Costa Rica. But a UCR expert says a boost in confidence is normal during electoral cycles.

Scientists from 15 countries study deep carbon sources in Costa Rica

The interior of the Earth has large unexplored sources of carbon, and a group of 35 scientists are meeting at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) Thursday to share the latest advances and research on the subject.

Indian activist Vandana Shiva speaks out against GMOs in Costa Rica

When Indian activist Vandana Shiva began her speech at the University of Costa Rica’s agronomy auditorium Tuesday, you could still hear the drums and claps of hundreds outside waiting to get in.

Election video spurs angry responses

An anonymous group and the ruling National Liberation Party respond to video attacks.

Viral election video urges Costa Ricans to reject the historically dominant parties

University of Costa Rica students filmed in all seven provinces. The video has received more than 100,000 views in less than a week.

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