Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Semana Santa in Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica

With all of the businesses closed, this is a great time to explore the city. We will have it virtually to ourselves, allowing us more time to look at the details, take photos and learn about fabulous San Jose without the crazy! We have added additional architecture to our Bird's Nest tour to make up for the closed museums & galleries.

To make a reservation call 89269867 or email barriobird@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Titanick, FIA

I saw Titanick last night and if you can see them tonight at 6 p.m. in Parque Central you will not be disappointed. The group focuses on street performance using fire, air and water as a part of the performance. The group likes to perform outside because each setting is different, they can take advantage of effects that are restricted inside, and people that may never go to the theater get exposure. It was a thrill to happen upon this last night. Enjoy!

Video 1
Video 2

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Contemporary Museum of Art & Design, Flamenco Opening - San Jose, Costa Rica

Barrio Bird checked out MADC's opening for, in_ter_va_lo. It was well done with live music, free wine and plenty of San Jose's 'artists'.

The exhibition takes a look at artists who have turned to Flamenco as the center of their work. Most of this exhibition is video so allow yourself more time than usual to walk through if you want to take in each piece.

These pics are a few of the pieces and a lovely moon over San Jose. Open through April 30th. P.S. This facility is air-conditioned so nice stop in midday, free on Mondays.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Cozy, Cute Restaurants - San Jose, Costa Rica

Two smaller cafes have opened in the past week. Maple Leaf Cafe is in the previous Nashville Bar. It is two stories with a nice balcony and beautiful views of Parque Morazan, downtown and the northern mountains. Breakfast is served all day. Typical Tico/gringo mix on the menu. Prices are a little high, normal for the area. Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 2221-6127

Pizza OK Ristorante Italiano is a cute cafe about 50 meters north of AutoMercado. They sell inside and have a window at the street. I've been disappointed in pizza selection here in Costa Rica and this seems like welcome change. Incorporating more gourment ingredients such as gorgonzola cheese, capers, ricotta and anchovies. I had the Pizza OK, tomato, pesto, ricotta & spinach, Yum! 2222-3837

Monday, March 15, 2010

TransitArte 2010

Let's just say, WOW. San Jose can really put a nice festival together when it wants to. It was so nice to see so many people in downtown on the weekend. I hope we will see more activities like this continue to bring life to downtown.

This year's TransitArte festival really offered a great variety of arts for all ages to enjoy. We here at Barrio Bird were only able to catch a few events, but we saw everyone enjoying themselves. Here a few photos. If you missed the festival, you can probably catch some of the same groups at the FIA festival which starts this Thurs. Photos: Fashion Show at eNe,Public Art in Parque Morazan,  Sonambulo

Friday, March 12, 2010

This Weekend's Recommendations - San Jose, Costa Rica

With so much giong on, and for free it's tough to decide what to check out. Here are my Friday recommendations:

Before 4:00 pm - Paintings by Esteban Gomez la galería Vida Plena BIRDS & NATURE

5:30 pm - Las Robertas, UCR, Escuela de Ciencias Sociales, GIRL ROCK

7:45 pm - Banda Municipal de San Jose, Parque Morazan, SYMPHONY
9:30 pm - Draconian Incubus, UCR, el parqueo de la Facultad de Educación, GOTH ROCK

And if you haven't see my play, 'No Sex Please We're British', it's still running this weekend. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Reviews of Barrio Bird Walking Tours - San Jose, Costa Rica

Please note which tour you took. Post a comment to this post to leave your review. Chirp away! Tico Times Review

Barrio Bird loves Bird Art in San Jose, Costa Rica

I was very excited to open the paper this morning and see my friend & artist, Esteban Gomez. His first exhibit showcases his work on the topic of nature, specifically BIRDS! Please take the opportunity to see his work and if you want to speak the artist first-hand I'm sure I can facilitate.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Season of Festivals in San Jose, Costa Rica

This time of year (summer as they call it) in San Jose, Costa Rica is a great opportunity to learn about Costa Rica's historic and modern day culture through the arts. Here is just a sampling of some the fun stuff you can enjoy this weekend and throughout the month.

Summer Festival with CENAC, every weekend thru March 28th
Art in Transit Festival, March 12 - 14 
International Arts Festival, March 18-April 3