The Super Bowl has been decided, and public school children return to class Monday, so the weekend is a good time to enjoy the local culture.
Tonight the Teatro Nacional debuts a new program called Viernes de Tríos with the group Alma Latina.
This is a free program that will feature series of trios on Fridays through April. The hour-long concert in front of the theater downtown begins at 5 p.m.
The Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses has another opera transmitted live via satellite and in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera of New York Saturday.
Also Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the theater hosts Suzuki Fest 2015 with youngsters from 4 to 18 demonstrating their violin skills. Some 120 youngsters are expected under the auspices of the Asociación Costarricense del Método Suzuki for the two-hour program. There is an admission.
Sunday at 5 p.m. the Concierto de Koto features Japanese music at the theater. This also is a free concert marking the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Costa Rica and Japan. The program also features Indian music.
Also Sunday in Ciudad Colón the Banda de San José presents its second concert of the year in the old city market. The program Sunday includes “Orgullo Tico,” a work by Víctor Hugo Berrocal honoring the national soccer team for its showing in the World Cup in Brazil last year.
The Central Valley is full of museums, too, but the Museos del Banco Central has a one-of-a-kind exhibit of the works of Albrecht Dürer that runs through April.
Dürer was a German engraver, painter and all-round Renaissance man who died in 1528.
The exhibit here contains 72 works of the engraver that he completed starting in 1496 after finishing his apprenticeship. He also had a hand in the “Nuremberg Chronicle,” printed in his hometown. He has been compared favorably to other giants of the Renaissance.
The museum is open every day.
Those who miss some of the events can look forward to the Art City Tour, the first of the year, Wednesday.
The tour includes free transportation and access to the major cultural locations.