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My day in Latin American weirdness.

Here’s how my day began yesterday: ran into these guys in the National Park in San Jose filming an anti-Oscar Arias skit. (That’d be Oscar Arias as in the Nobel Laureate and President of Costa Rica.)

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.

Theoretically: TEOR/eTica, a new contemporary arts space in San Jose, Costa Rica.

A detail from Colmena, 2005, an installation by Baltazar Torres. (Photos 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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