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Opera Cavalleria Rusticana
Eight shows, from 16 to June 28 at the National Theatre.

Opera Cavalleria Rusticana. Will be presented in eight performances, between 20 and 30 June at the National Theatre. The presentations will count with the participation of the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Chorus and ten opera singers under the musical direction of Mexican Enrique Patrón de Rueda.

orquesta sinfonica nacional

June: Sunday 16 and Sunday 23 at 5:30 pm.

Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, Friday 21, tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 at 7:30 pm

Tickets from ₡ 3,000

Contemporary Dance Festival


Festival Nac de Danza Will be five functions, which will be presented independent ten groups selected and six guests, all excellent examples of Costa Rican dance.
The functions are performed during two weekends: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11. Tickets are available at the ticket office Melico Salazar on Monday July 29, and have a cost of ¢ 5000 ¢ 3500 colones general students and citizens of gold.

Will be five functions, which will be presented independent ten groups selected and six guests, all excellent examples of Costa Rican dance.The functions are performed during two weekends: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11. Tickets are available at the ticket office Melico Salazar on Monday July 29, and have a cost of ¢ 5000 ¢ 3500 colones general students and citizens of gold.

Regional Orchestra Festival

Festival Orquestas regionales This wide exposition of the tico young talent will be present in the installations of the park, in Fatima at Desamparados. Participants: Ensamble de Percusión del PLL, Cuadrilla de "Square Dance", Ensamble Calypso, Marimba Criolla Sardinal, Grupo Experimental Sinem Guatuso, Ensamble de Cuerdas "Cachetitos", Camerata Inicial PLL. Free admission.

Philharmonic Mariachi

Mariachi Filarmonico The Philharmonic has prepared a very full season this 2013 playing original concerts of various genres.

This time is the turn of mariachi mexican music with the sound of classical instruments. A cultural activity to enjoy with family.
Produced by: Intempo Artistic Agency SA
ENTRANCE: from 15,000 to 25,000 colones
Philharmonic Latin sound

Filarmonica Santanera The imposing sound of the Philharmonic of Costa Rica to the beat of the mambo, bolero, rumba, guaracha and cumbia. The Santanera Sonora is one of the most famous Mexican tropical music. Definitely a unique concert! Produce: Association Gold Crown inputs 14mil to 32mil colones.

San Isidro Labrador party
Celebrations across the country in honor of San Isidro, patron saint of farmers, blessing of animals and crops, parades and fairs.


Fiesta de San Isidro LabradorCelebrations across the country in honor of San Isidro, patron saint of farmers, blessing of animals and crops, parades and fairs.




FNA Art Festival
300 performances by 2000 artists from Guanacaste and the region.

FINA Fest Int Artes Santa AnaMusic, dance, theater and circus arts, exhibitions, workshops and book changes. The dance group Ex-Anima, songwriter Luis Angel Castro, Theatre Impromtu, actress Marcia Saborio, Cradle Swing, Dance Metamorphosis, Escats and the National Symphony Orchestra.
We highlight a show with 25 marimberos from the entire Central American region.
Also Pato Barraza, Mekatelyu, Lucho Calavera y la Canalla, Sonámbulo Psicotropical, The Movement In Codes, Saint Legion, Infibeat, Park in the Space, Octopi, Moldo, Patiño Quintana y Los Ajenos.

Silvio Rodriguez in Costa Rica
Great concert for Trova lovers.

Silvio Rodriguez en Costa Rica Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez is one of the founders of the movement called Nueva Trova that began in the '70s. Today at 66 years old, is very popular in Cuba and Spanish-speaking countries.

Buy your ticket at:
Cost: from ₡17,000 to ₡60,000

The Philharmonic Orchestra presents: We Are Latinos!!!
The Philharmonic presents Sabor Latino, a tribute to our music. Best of Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo of Puerto Rico, Celia Cruz, Gilberto Santarosa, Juan Luis Guerra, and many more.

3  concerts will be held on 26, 27 and 28 April at the Teatro Melico Salazar.
Filarmonica LatinosTickets are on sale at

LUNETA ¢ 21,000
PALCO ¢ 21,000
2nd floor ¢ 19,000
3rd FLOOR ¢ 16,000
4th Floor ¢ 13,000


Tico Lingo to talk in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Dictionary with terms and slang of daily use.

Tico Glossary : The essentials for visitors and newcomers.

One of the tasks that await us when we visit a new country is familiarizing ourselves with the expressions and nuances of the particular language of the area and Costa Rica is no exception.
The “Tico” Spanish is rich in variations and unique expressions well worth learning.

Pura Vida! (Pura = Pure  /  Vida = Life).

Together, these two words represent Costa Rica worldwide. 
They are joined as an expression of the pleasure and satisfaction about life that is characteristic of Costa Rican citizens. It is equivalent to saying “Everything is great!” or “Life is so good!”.
Pura Vida is used to show appreciation for life but is also used to describe positive people and nice situations. When locals are asked, “How are you?”, the most common answer will be “Puuuura Vida!”

In the process of fully speaking and understanding the “Pura Vida language”  these are other basic words that you will frequently hear:

Tico / Tica: Costa Rican. 
Chunche: Any object with a difficult or unknown name.

Macho / Macha: Light skinned person.

Brete: Work.

Varas: Excuses, pretexts.

Vacilón: Something fun or curious.

Pachuco: Vulgar language or person.

Pinche: Cheap, stingy.

Chingo: Naked, nude.

Pelón: Bald.

Asking directions



Directions in Costa Rica are pretty hard, since most of the streets are not named and most houses not numbered.   Due to this, directions are usually given using distance in meters from one point of reference to another.

For instance, typical Tico directions sound something like this:  
“From the ex-Toyota Building, 150 meters South and 80 meters East, on the two floors house with  black fence in front of the mango tree. Office number 3.”
Funny, isn’t it?

A German friend always practicing his Spanish, was continually confused each time he asked for directions, because he always heard a word that he thought was “Cigarretto”. He could not understand how this “Italian cigar” could help him find his destination. He laughed for a long time when I explained that people were actually saying, “Siga Recto”, the classical way Tico’s express,  “continue straight”.




A magical word:


This diminutive of “ahora” (in English “now”) is a key word used in everyday life in Costa Rica. Curiously, it could mean “right now” or it could mean “in a moment” which could range from a few minutes to several hours later.

This is a measure of time that does not represent a strict nor quantified commitment, and in turn places no limitation on the freedom of action (or inaction) for whoever promises “to do it ahorita”.  For this reason, when you are told “I’ll get there ahorita” or “I’ll send it ahorita”, it’s always prudent to clarify: Ahorita…right now?  Or…ahorita later?

Some very common expressions:


Upeehh: Expression used to call when you arrive to a place (if no one has noticed yet) or when you are outside someone’s house.

Por dicha: Luckily.

¿Al chile?: Really?

¿Le cuadra?: Do you like it?

¡Sóquele!: Hurry up!

¡Jue'puña!: Similar to “Good grief!”

No sia tonto mae!: No way! That’s incredible

Andar salado: Without any luck.

Hablar pajas: Only making trite remarks.

Ser care'barro: Being shameless, barefaced.

Ponerse chiva: To get angry.

Jugar de vivo: To act arrogant, to show off.

Hacerse el maje: To avoid responsibility.


Tico Verbs

There are several “new verbs” to be learned in Costa Rica even by those who are already fluent in Spanish.

Socar : Could mean ‘to tighten up’ or ‘to hurry up’, depending on context.

Estrilar: To complain, to yell.

Chinear: To spoil someone, to treat lovingly or well.

Estripar: To squeeze, press or compress.

Pringar: To splash, sprinkle or stain something.

Rulear: To sleep
Jamar : To eat

Trolear: To walk

Bretear: To work

Chanear: To fix or improve the appearance of something.


Talking about drinks.


imperialGuaro: Name of the national distilled liquor. Guaro is also used to talk about any other beverage containing alcohol.

Una fría: A cold beer.

Estar tapis: To be drunk.

Goma: Hangover.



Talking about food.



Casado: Typical Costa Rican dish consisting 
of rice, beans, meat, salad and fried plantain.

Gallito: Light meal made with tortilla, salad and meat.

Bocas: Hors d’oeuvres that accompany alcoholic drinks.

Olla de carne: Traditional meat and vegetable soup.

Soda: A humble restaurant


Cirque du Soleil in Costa Rica
Presents their newest espectacular production: "Varekai"

30 functions will be present in Costa Rica the show "Varekai" .
The story is loosely based on the Greek myth of Icarus, who is melting his wings after flying too close to the sun. He lands in a lush forest land, in which creatures will teach to fly again.
Tickets available from 28 to 134mil colones at
the pre-sale of tickets has been very successful! Do not miss this opportunity.



Understand 'Pura Vida' style
When we talk about Pura Vida we are in essence referring to a feeling that lives in the heart and flows through the veins of each Costa Rican and that is spontaneously transmitted to the visitors who set foot in this land. The philosophy of Pura Vida is in the genes of all Costa Ricans and is easily transmitted by oral and physical contact. That is, one can acquire it through conversations and smiles, and then little by little, it starts permeating through each of our pores.

You know… for a fact you have heard it. Everyone says that Costa Rica is a Pura Vida country! When visiting the country or living here for a while, the vast majority of people are fortunate enough to confirm it. This is truly a country where it’s easy to enjoy life. But…is it so for everyone?

When we talk about Pura Vida we are in essence referring to a feeling that lives in the heart and flows through the veins of each Costa Rican and that is spontaneously transmitted to the visitors who set foot in this land. The philosophy of Pura Vida is in the genes of all Costa Ricans and is easily transmitted by oral and physical contact. That is, one can acquire it through conversations and smiles, and then little by little, it starts permeating through each of our pores.

Pura Vida is a special outlook on life. It is a philosophy that states that happiness is found in the simple things, in the manner in which one perceives life, how one relates to the world and values the details on a day-to-day basis.

When we use PURA VIDA to define the country, we are basically saying that this is a country that lives in peace and harmony. A country without stress. A friendly, loving, and hospitable country. A country with few prejudices. A country without trauma and with no army. A clean, solidary, noble, respectful of the Earth country, and a country that has learned to take it easy in life but still attaining outstanding international records of pacifism, social justice, stability, citizens happyness, a Nobel Price for Peace, the widest Blue Zone area in the world, more than 94% of the energy coming from renewable sources, and some very uncommon but brave desicions like disolve the army 60 years ago and put the formerly military budget into the education system, or that desicion of preserve for the future generations more than 25% of the country territory.


All these virtues add to the beauty of its exuberant nature and make Costa Rica as a whole a good place to live…. a very good place.

These are the reasons why Costa Ricans love their country so much and so many foreigners choose it for a vacation or as a place to start a new life.


But enough compliments! Every coin has two sides and the truth is that all those specific conditions in which we have found so many positive things, are, for a few suffering newcomers, the beginning of a total nightmare! There aren’t many such instances, but they are there.

It isn’t rare in Costa Rica to see a foreigner furious because the way of doing things here is very different from how they would be done in their country of origin. It isn’t rare either to see another individual highly upset because an order they placed several days prior is not ready or because things do not move as quickly or in the manner in which they are accustomed.

Costa Rica has achieved all the good conditions previously mentioned, by opting for a unique set of priorities and in turn has chosen to minimize the importance of other factors. One could say that the major priority of Costa Rica is the degree of happiness achieved each day and the satisfaction that each citizen feels about his or her life.

While in most of developed countries, professionalism, efficiency and business image can be extremely relevant and play a huge social rol, for a good number of Costa Ricans might not be the most relevant priority.

It's good to understand early that here the concept of success could be different.  It has much more to do with the personal and family happiness than with money, projects or work-related issues.

The Pura Vida citizen (could be CR born or inmigrant converted) will always take care of having enough time to dedicate to the family and the enjoyment of life. They will make sure to side step stress and evade suffering for things not worth of suffering for.

This does not mean that in the country problems are not resolved...sometimes could take extra time but always get done. What is very likely is that when doing each thing, people here will try to enjoy the process and suffer less stress...


The route to Pura Vida

Mental peace is a fundamental requirement to feeling completely satisfied and fulfilled in one’s life. To attain mental peace, the first major requirement is…. not to live stressed, which is quite the opposite to mental armony. Stress is a bad guy expert in steal our intellectual and emotional peace.

In Costa Rica, this is something that has always been known.

The CR recipe: Take it easy in life. 

The cost: Once in a while, someone who i s in a hurry will get upset.

Costa Rica with a European mentality would no longer be Costa Rica and perhaps it would not be a country so Pura Vida anymore.

The best thing that new residents can do is to read about Costa Rica's history (extremely helpful!), read the news, learn the language, make tico friends...

Much sooner than later, you will be loving and deeply respecting this unique culture.


Other suggestions that can help you to better embrace the Pura Vida way.

Dealing with complacency:

-When you need something in a hurry, the best thing is to request it with humility and to explain the situation. Don’t forget, you are the one in a bind. In Costa Rica people are much more responsive when you speak from your heart. You will get a much greater commitment and better results appealing to their solidarity than by being arrogant.

-Be more open in your expectations about deadlines and always allow for a margin of delay and the 'unexpected'.

-To prevent misunderstandings when placing an order or assigning a duty, always explain in full detail what do you want and how do you want. Most uncomfortable situations are a result of an error at initial communication. If you do not speak Spanish yet, it is wise to take someone with you to translate your instructions. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and will also assist you in a better negotiation.

-If things don’t go as you expect, take a deep breath and then think of a solution. Skip the getting angry part. It's useless here and actually can make the things worse, closing you the door for a solution.

To live... Pura Vida:

* Appreciate your surroundings. The air you breathe, the water you drink, the breeze on your face, the endearments of your children, that juicy mango, a walk on the beach, the sunset, the night, the day, your friends…Feel more deeply the sounds, the aromas, the colors, the textures, the smiles….

* Re-prioritize what is truly important for your happiness and what is not. Concentrate much more on the first.

* Complain less about what you don’t have and appreciate more what you do have.

* Celebrate and be grateful for the good things, from the smallest details to the largest achievements.

* Send out good vibes and they will multiply.

How to Organize a Chore Schedule for Kids
Chores benefit children because they teach responsibility, an appreciation for hard work and the importance of helping. However, children often resist, and parents don't always know how to get their children to help with the housework without a lot of nagging and reprimanding.

One way to reduce the amount of stress involved in getting children to do their chores is to organize an effective chore schedule. By assigning an appropriate number and type of chores to your child you increase the chance that he will complete the housework you want him to with a minimum of fuss and tears.


1) Identify age-appropriate chores your child can complete. 2- to 3-year-olds can make their own beds, pick up their toys and put dirty clothes in their hampers. 4- to 5-year-olds can help set the table, help clear the table and give a pet food and water. Younger school-age children can vacuum, empty the dishwasher, take out the trash and help with the laundry. Teenagers can clean bathrooms, mow the lawn and prepare meals.

2) Determine which chores your child should complete every day or week. Select chores for your child based on her ability and interests. Decide whether she should be responsible for the same chores all the time or whether she should trade jobs with another family member periodically. Ask for her input into the chores she will be responsible for. If you assign her a chore she hates and expect her to always do it, it will be harder to get her to complete her chores than if you either alternate chores or give her a regular job to do that she enjoys.


3) Design a chart with your child's chore schedule. Draw eight columns on a piece of paper or sheet of poster board with a ruler and pen or marker. Write the chores you want your child to complete in the far left column. Write a day of the week in the top row of the other seven columns. Draw a line under each chore, extending through all eight columns, to create boxes your child can mark off when he completes a chore.

Clean backyard


Water garden



Wash the car


Take garbage


4) Post the chore schedule you have created in a central location -- such as the refrigerator -- to remind your child of the chores she needs to complete. Have her mark off the chores as she finishes them to give her a sense of accomplishment.

Things You'll Need

Paper or poster board
Pen or marker

Tips & Warnings

•    Don't assign so many chores your child becomes stressed out and overwhelmed. Keep in mind the amount of homework he has to complete and extracurricular activities when deciding how many daily chores you expect. Make sure he has some free time to relax and wind down.

Article by By Michelle Johnson, Courtesy of eHow.

How to Organize your week and optimize your time.
Organizing your week successfully can help you reduce and manage stress as well as ensure that appointments or important tasks are accomplished in a timely manner. The process should include both your personal and your work-life projects to give you a manageable "map for success" that prioritizes the most important activities during your week and also allows some extra space for the unexpected things that pop up.

Successful time management starts by being honest with yourself and setting realistic expectations. The well-organized week hinges on good time management. Here some basic suggestions that may help you:


Make a list of priorities for the week on a separate sheet of paper that is categorized by subtitles, such as work, family, personal. Anyway, paper stuill works but it's kind of 'too old school'. Organize your life in present times is  easier than ever before. Take advantage of the nice features in phones or tablets, desktop apps like iCal, mail based services like Google Calendar or one of many great web-based services like Mind42, RememberTheMilk, Plaxo or RescueTime. You will maybe have to spend a few hours learning and getting used to the systems, but you will save a lot more time in the future ...and probably will become more efficient too.


If you prefer the paper, mark the items on your list with the 'highlighter pen' selected for the things that need to be done on a daily basis. In your electronic/web-based app, change the font color or the background color, to denote daily task.
 Anyway, even the most simple time-managment tool or e-calendar will be full of features way beyond color marking. Just try some and you'll see...


Organize your life and their items in subcategories like 'work', 'family', 'social life', etc in their order of importance.The tasks lists inside subcategories should start by the most important task to complete and the last number on the list should be the least important task to complete. Finish by numbering the personal and family subcategories the same way.


In your lists, take the top three priority items from each subcategory that are also highlighted as daily tasks and or pencil them in your calendar in their consecutive days. In your e-calendar or app, choose "new event" and enter the priority items on their dates, setting notifications for any item that needs one.


Record or enter the remaining top three to five priority items from each of the three subcategories on the days they need to be done.


Evaluate the tasks scheduled for each day to ensure that you haven't over-scheduled a day or your week. If you have time left over and can add in additional items on certain days or even as a low-priority daily task, consider adding in what makes sense. Remember to prioritize some downtime for yourself each day.


Add two or three "flexible" tasks at the bottom of each day just in case you have extra time one day and want to take on something you normally wouldn't be able to get to. Having a go-to list of flexible additional tasks will save you time, keep your priority tasks on target and prevent indecision on what other tasks you might have time to accomplish.


Keep your priority list of tasks and refer to it at the end of your week to make the next week's priority task schedule. In your electronic calendar, you can simply drag the events that reoccur the next week into the following week on their correct day.


Tips & Warnings

•    An over-scheduled week is as much a recipe for disaster as the unscheduled week. Be realistic about the amount of time each task requires and don't forget to prioritize personal time. To stay on task and keep your energy level high for each task, it's important to schedule time in your week for taking care of yourself. Physical exercise, healthy eating habits and free time with friends and family should be given priority on your list. Evaluate how well you've allotted yourself down-time during the week and make adjustments where you see needs. Using your selected tool with "notifications" to remind you of personal wellness tasks can help make them a priority.
•    For any schedule to work well, you must be prepared for changes. Carry some form of your weekly schedule with you, whether it's electronic, or in a small notebook/planner and use a pencil to facilitate changes. Be prepared to make adjustments to your schedule during the week by referencing your schedule nightly. Having an organized schedule for the week can not benefit you if you don't refer to it, make adjustments to it and then stick to it.

Article writen by Kimberli Nalven, courtesy of eHow, a place where knowledge is awesome!

Tribute to Michael Jackson by the Philharmonic Orchestra
3 shows with more than 100 performers, including dancers, singers and musicians.

Tributo a Michael Jackson de la la Orquesta FilarmonicaA show with the highest level, which will have the main songs of Michael Jackson, all the successes of his career, even with the Jackson 5. Ensures Marvin Araya, director of the orchestra. The concert will feature nearly 100 performers, including dancers, singers and musicians.

Friday, 07-Jun-13, 8:00 PM
Saturday, 08-Jun-13, 8:00 PM
Sunday, 09-Jun-13, 6:00 PM

Tickets: from 15 to 30,000 colones

European Film Festival

Fest Cine Europeo

15 films from 10 countries from the old continent, will be projected at the famous Cine Magaly. The programming of the films and their respective schedules can be seen on the link below. Cine Magaly is located in Barrio La California, opposite the Observatory, San Jose. Admission: ¢ 2000 / golden Students and citizens, ¢ 1500

ArtExpo "Eco Contra Lógico" (eco v/s logic)

Eco contra Logico

Artworks of Carlos Fernandez. A sample space intervened, with drawings directly on the wall, elements made ​​with plastic bags, residues architecture, among other items, to looking for dialogue with nature. Room 1.1  at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, MADC (closed Sundays). General admission ¢ 1,000 colones, Mondays free admission.

Horse Parade Anexión de Nicoya


Will raffle a chainsaw, appliances and more prizes. Dancing closing and awards ceremony with dance music of the group "Son del Barrio" Organize Asoc de caballistas de Nicoya (Assoc of riders of Nicoya).

Day of the Annexation of Guanacaste

Anexion de Guanacaste

It celebrates the annexation of Nicoya to Costa Rica, territory belonged to Nicaragua until 1824. This area is what is now known as the province of Guanacaste. This anniversary is celebrated with parties, dances, topes, cattle fairs, bull ridings and concerts in the major communities in Guanacaste.

Sculpture Art Expo

Expo Escultura

This sample brings together 26 works of 20 students on materials like stone, plaster, wood, jute, copper wire and which combine in assembly techniques, modeling, size and construction. Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm Free admission. Escuela Casa del Artista (The artist's house School) is located in the Eastern Cultural Center, 100 Guadalupe Cemetery west and 50 south in San José.

San Francisco Boys Chorus in Costa Rica

San Fco Boys Chorus

Do not miss this celestial show with the voices of the choir boys of San Francisco, by Director Ian Robertson. Enjoy world music, baroque, classical, romantic, gospel and popular. This is his first visit to Central America. The SFBC has toured throughout the world and in its 65 year history has visited every continent except Antarctica.

Abstract art exhibition opening

Abstraccionisimo  Hidden Garden

Abstract art exhibition opening national artist Christian Porras. The Hidden Garden Art Gallery is the largest of its kind in Guanacaste, more than 60 artists on exhibit, and 14 rooms full of paintings, sculptures and diverse artistic expressions and styles.
Also enjoy every Saturday our marketplace. It’s a congenial atmosphere of food & fun, and a real social gathering from 10 am until 2 pm.
Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber
(Liberia) International Airport
(towards the beaches)




















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