We are all contemporary: Mafalda gets her spray on in San Jose. By Misha, of the Niños Perdidos Crew. (Photo by C-M.)
Since I’m on a dog kick…another mutt. (Photo by C-M.)
San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by C-M.)
Later the same day, I ran into the real Oscar Arias at an event with the mayor of Beijing to mark the establishment of a Chinatown in San Jose. (Arias is the jowly one in the tan jacket.) And since that wasn’t surreal enough…
…this international diplomatic ceremony — attended by two mayors and one president — got rolling with this stunning rendition of the Star Wars Death Star theme Imperial March by a local high school marching band. Awesome.
A very large mural of dogs playing poker. At the Bar Morazan in San Jose. (Photo by C-M.)
For a lot of folks, Costa Rica is synonymous with zip lines and monkeys and lots of eco-marketing. But the capital of San Jose has a lively cultural scene as well. Today I stumbled right smack into a wonderful new arts space and museum called TEOR/eTica — which showcases works from the collection of the TEOR/eTica foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Central and Latin American artists. Their permanent collection is small, consisting of only a few hundred works. But what I saw of it was compelling. I got lost in Baltazar Torres’s installation, Colmena, shown above (and after the jump). Though that may be because I enjoyed looking at myself in all the little mirrors…
Afterward, I also got lost in a gigantor hunk of super-fresh cheesecake with stewed strawberries at the awesome new bistro/cafe Kalu, located right across the street. A work of art, indeed.
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