|Expats have their choice of weekend
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Expats have a variety of events to enjoy for the weekend. They range
from an orchestra performance of "The Firebird" to an Indian market at
the Museo Nacional.
There also is poetry.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional is brining in reinforcements for
the weekend concerts because Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird" is on the
The orchestra said it was adding 15 musicians for the piece, which
first was performed as a ballet in 1910.
The orchestra will premier "Preciosa y el aire, para dos
y orquesta sinfónica" by Edín Solís, a Costa
Rican composer. A summary said that the new piece was inspired by
a poem by the Spanish literary figure Federico García Lorca.
The Costa Rican David Calderón and the Cuban Rosa Matos will be
the invited guitarists for the work.
This is the ninth concert of the season for the orchestra, and the
director will be the Austrian Christoph Campestrini.
As usual the first performance will be tonight at 8 p.m. with a
second performance Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.
Indian market and art
To celebrate the Día de las Culturas the Museo Nacional plans
Feria Chietón Morén to offer crafts and art work from the
various native communities. The event is Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. It also is a companion to a new exhibit of 46 contemporary works
inspired by pre-Columbian art. The show is called Muestra Mayinca:
tiestos de una cultura. A tiesto
is a pot perhaps best translated here
as melting pot.
Chietón and morén are Boruca words that
mean a fair deal,
according to the museum announcement.
The museum is promising crafts and art
Centro Nacional de la Música
Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at
The Huetare are to display basketry from Quitirrisí.
will have cotton textiles and those
famous diabilto masks.
The Chorotega will bring the ceramics with
3,000-year tradition from San Vicente de Nicoya.
The museum said that the Ngöbe from the
southern border will have
textiles and cacao along with bows and arrows. The Teribe will display
their work with gourds as will the Maleku. The Cabécare
to bring their fiber animal figures, and the BriBri are to display
textiles and handiwork, said the museum.
Food will be on sale, served native style, from Quitirrisí
de Mora and from Tucurrique, said the museum.
The art show, which will be inaugurated Sunday at 11 a.m., is scheduled
to run until January.
The 14th edition of the Festival Internacional de Poesía
Costa Rica begins Saturday for a 10-day run.
Some 16 well-known foreign poets and many frm Costa Rica will
participate. The inauguration will be at 7 p.m. in the Teatro
Popular Melico Salazar. During the week that follows there will be
events all over the country. The locations are HERE.
There also is a weekend festival in Bolívar de San Ramón
with dancing and popular music.
All of the events have the support of the Ministerio de Cultura y
A.M. Costa Rica/Rommel Tellez
Young people gather at the Plaza de
la Democracia for a vigil for Gerardo Cruz.
|Stabbing of photog generates outpouring
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
At the center of public concern is a critically injured 22-year-old man
who is in Hospital Calderón Guardia.
He is the young man who photographed an individual who was taking
photographs himself of the rear of a woman while she was walking on the
pedestrian boulevard in San José. Although taking photos on a
public street is legal, there was an outcry when the 22 year old posted
his photos of the man on social media sites.
The older man who was taking the photos used a cell telephone camera
and did so surreptitiously. He quickly was labeled a pervert by those
who saw his photo on social media sites.
The 22 year old, later identified as Gerardo Cruz Banquero, reported
that he chased the man to seek an explanation of his actions until the
man left in a taxi. That was Monday.
Television stations and the Spanish-language media
picked up the story,
and Cruz gave interviews. The man photographing the woman was
identified as an employee of the Ministerio de Hacienda, the financial
|The nation's women's
lobby seized upon the incident as another example
of harassment on the city streets. The incident even reached the
Defensoria de los Habitantes which issued a statement that said it was
embarking on a campaign to eradicate the tradition of men whistling at
women or making remarks. Also included were other actions, such as
making obscene gestures, making sexual comments, taking photographs of
woman as well, as unwelcome touching or exhibitionism.
Cruz was on his way to another media interview Wednesday night about
7:30 in San Sebastian when a car pulled up and an assailant got out and
knifed him several times.
The news that Cruz had been knifed ignited a wave of sympathy and
outrage. A vice minister of Seguridad Pública, María
called a press conference along with the head of the Fuerza
Juan José Andrade, Thursday morning.
They urged quick action to find
the person responsible for the attack.
There were vigils Thursday night in San José, and walls of
encouragement for Cruz has gone up in public places. News stories about
the case are getting international exposure.