Expats have a full weekend with exciting options

Ballet dancers fly in unison. Georgian Nacional Ballet photo

There is no reason to be bored this weekend.

Events range from a guitar concert to an English language book sale to Shakespeare to a benefit for Parque Nacional Corcovado to the world-class Georgian National Ballet from Tbilisi.

With a little planning an expat could hit all of the events.

The guitar concert Friday is the closing of the XVIII Festival Internacional de Guitarra 2011 de Costa Rica. The event is in the Teatro Nacional at 8 p.m. The festival is in its 24th year. The standout guitarist from Argentina, Juanjo Domínguez, performs. The concert starts at 8 p.m. The best seats are just 15,000 colons, about $30.

Democrats Abroad promises thousands of books at its Saturday sale in Escazú. The organization also says it will have CDs, DVDs, video and cassettes. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Plaza Colonial in San Rafael de Escazú. That’s on the old road to Santa Ana that goes to the right at the Y at ScotiaBank.

Saturday night he guitars will be gone and the TNT Británico is offering “Much Ado about Nothing” at 8 p.m. Spanish speakers will have translation provided, said the theater.

The romantic comedy debuted in 1598, but the convoluted plot could be from a modern television soap opera. All’s well that ends well, however, and the two pairs of young lovers end up married.

Now to see William Shakespeare’s play, expats will have to forgo seeing the Georgian National Ballet down the street at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. That spectacular presentation is planned for 8 p.m., too. But not to worry.

The Georgians are back on stage Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are pricey and range from 36,000 colons to 12,000 for seats on that third floor.
That’s from about $72 to $24. But this is a world-class troupe in the same league with the Bolshoi.

When the Georgian ballet performed at La Scala, it received 14 curtain calls, according to the group’s Web site. The ballet has 70 dancers and its own folkloric orchestra.

Says the Web site:

“The role of female dancers is an interesting one. It has a grace and charm of its own, comparable with classical ballet, where every emotion and feeling has its own traditional movement. They are tender and calm, they do small steps and give the impression of slipping.”

Earlier Sunday expats have time to head for the benefit that starts at 2 p.m. Sunday in Santa Ana. The Corcovado Foundation is promising a gastronomical experience with the proceeds going to support the organization’s turtle conservation project in Drake Bay on the west side of the Osa peninsula. There also is an auction with promised deals on tourism, dinners and airline tickets, the organization said.

The location is Eventos del Sol in Santa Ana, which can be reached by a turnoff just west of The Forum on the Autopista del Sol. Admission is $50 a person. That includes wine and donated food by five top restaurants or food outlets. The wine is matched with the food, according to an announcement. Reservations may be had at 2297-3013.

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