Related posts:Palmares festival, Allende play, and other happenings around Costa Rica BMX bikers, TEDx lectors, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nativity scenes, funk music, and other happenings around Costa Rica Little Devils’ GameThe unique Brunca ritual is a multi-day battle between a “bull” and masked warriors. Following a similar event in the Boruca Indigenous Reserve in early January, this sequel takes place in the nearby community of Rey Curré.El Juego de los Diablitos takes place Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, Rey Curré, Puntarenas province. Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free. Info: SiCultura website.Cirque du SoleilThe mind-blowing avant-garde circus arrives in Costa Rica with its latest production, “Corteo.”“Cirque du Soleil: Corteo” continues through Feb. 8 at Hacienda Espinal, Alajuela. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 12 & 4 p.m. ₡38,000-140,000 ($74-280). Info: eTicket.Art: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance GeniusClassical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” displays through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.Film: “The Devil’s Elbow”This acclaimed new documentary unearths a grim period in Costa Rican history.“El Codo del Diablo” screens at various cinemas. Info: Film website.Dance and Film: “La Bayadère”An exotic love triangle unfolds in this beloved ballet by composer Ludwig Minkus. The Eugene O’Neill Theater will screen a live production beamed into the theater by satellite.“La Bayadère” screens Jan. 24 & 25 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Los Yoses. 11 a.m. ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info: Cultural Center website.Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.Theater: “Family Wanted”From Mexican dramatist Berta Hiriart comes a musical for all ages about family – the good, the bad, and the happy surprises.“Se Busca Familia” performs Sundays at Teatro La Fortina, Heredia. 3 p.m. ₡4,500 ($9) children, ₡6,000 ($12) adults. Info: La Fortina website.Theater: “The Kings’ Dream”A collaborative production between Costa Rican and Chilean artists, “El Sueño de unos Reyes” explores the concepts of nationhood and identity through movement and multimedia.“El Sueño de unos Reyes” performs through Jan. 18 – Feb. 1 at Gráfica Genesis, Cathedral District, San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Gráfica Genesis website.Theater: “The House of the Spirits”Isabel Allende’s masterpiece comes to life during this stage adaptation by U.S. playwright Caridad Svich. After last year’s extremely successful run, Teatro Espressivo revives the Spanish-language production for a second round.“La Casa de los Espiritus” runs Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡10,000-15,000 ($20-30). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Film: “Maikol Yordan”From the madcap minds of “Media Docena,” the hit Costa Rican sketch show, comes their first feature film, a comedy about the well-meaning yokel Maikol Yordan. How will this goofy campesino fare on his globe-trotting tour? Find out by catching this super-Tico comedy at almost any local movie theater.“Maikol Yordan” screens at various cinemas across the country. For more information about the film, visit the official Facebook page.Exhibit: “Juan Rafael Mora”Recognized for his muttonchops and paternal demeanor, Juan Rafael Monge is widely considered the Abraham Lincoln of Costa Rica. The National Archives displays images of this founding father to the public.Exhibit continues through Feb. 28 at the National Archives, Zapote. Free. Info: Archives website. Facebook Comments The Super BowlThe folks in Quepos are not messing around: This small seaside down in Puntarenas province will host a massive outdoor Super Bowl party, and they expect no fewer than 1,000 attendants to flood the Marina Pez Vela amphitheater. Whether this is event will actually be the largest Super Bowl party in Central America has yet to be seen, but that is precisely their goal. If you’re not in Manuel Antonio, expect every sports bar in the country to host its own Super Bowl party this Sunday, Feb. 1. Whether you’re rooting for New England or Seattle – or just want an excuse to buy buckets of beer and watch satellite TV – American football’s finale can be just as awesome in Costa Rica as in the U.S.Concert Evening at Sibú ChocolateMusicians from The National Symphony perform in an intimate setting. Guests will be treated to a gourmet spread, courtesy of Sibú Chocolate.Concert takes place Jan. 31 at Sibú Chocolate, San Isidro de Heredia. 6 p.m. ₡15,000 ($30). Info: Sibú website.YogathonDowntown Yoga inaugurates its new location with a yoga marathon. Participants can sign up for certain time slots or for the entire day.“Yogatón” takes place Jan. 31 at Downtown Yoga’s new location, downtown San José. (From the Casa Amarilla, 100 meters east, 50 meters north, look for a red building with the drawing of a man). 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. ₡3,000-7,000 ($6-14). Info: Downtown Yoga website.Comedy AbroadLaugh for a cause: Comedy Abroad brings together PG-13 stand-up comics to benefit Abriendo Mentes, an education initiative in Guanacaste.Comedy Abroad performs Jan. 30 at Mar Vista, Flamingo, Guanacaste & Jan. 31 at El Coconut, Tamarindo, Guanacaste. Fri. 6 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m. $15-20. Info: Comedy Abroad website.TEDxUnited World College of Costa Rica hosts the popular lecture series at Veritas. Presenters will speak in English and Spanish, with translators on-hand.TEDx takes place Feb. 5 at Veritas University, Zapote. 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Info: TEDx website.National Poetry DayJan. 31 is National Poetry Day in Costa Rica, and local bards have been celebrating all week. While readings and workshops take place across the country, poets will finisht the week by presenting their work at the bohemian bar El Lobo Estepario.Readings take place Jan. 30 & 31 at El Lobo Estepario, downtown San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Free. Info: Event Facebook page.
Comments Share Asked Monday what his team must do in order to have success in the playoffs, Arians said nothing special.“Just play to our own strengths,” he said. “When we play with passion and energy, we don’t miss tackles. We do a much better job following bootlegs and things like that. We’re more focused. Offensively, just catch the damn ball. It’s not like we’ve dropped a lot of balls this year, but we dropped a bunch in that game (vs. Seattle), which was a total lack of focus.” – / 39 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3. Arizona CardinalsFPI rank: firstEPA rankings: first offense, third defenseComment: Coach Bruce Arians wrote off the Cardinals’ 36-6 defeat to Seattle as a “good wake-up call” heading into the playoffs. He might be right, but there is little precedent. This was the third-worst Week 17 defeat for a playoff team since the NFL realigned to eight divisions in 2002. Only the 2005 and 2009 Cincinnati Bengals lost by more in Week 17 before entering the playoffs.Carson Palmer has been much better for this Cardinals team than he was for those Bengals teams. He led the league in Total QBR (82.1) and was the most consistently productive quarterback in the NFL this season. While he made it through the regular season without suffering another knee injury, an injured right index finger did affect him in the final two games. The bye week gives Palmer’s finger time to heal while letting his 36-year-old body rest following a 16-game grind. That should be big for Arizona.Prior to Sunday’s defeat, the Cardinals had won nine games in a row — with one of the victories coming over the Seahawks in Seattle.Arizona finished the season ranked first in the NFL in total offense, averaging 408.3 yards per game, and second in points per game at 30.6. The Cardinals are also fifth in total defense, allowing 321.7 yards per game, and seventh in points allowed per game, at 19.6. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The regular season is a thing of the past. Now, it’s time for the playoffs.The Arizona Cardinals enter the postseason with a 13-3 record to go along with the second seed in the NFC. They are the favorites to win the Super Bowl according to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, and could very well be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at Levi’s Stadium next month.Time will tell, but as the playoffs get set to kick off, ESPN NFL writer Mike Sando, in his playoff team rankings (ESPN Insider), has the Cardinals sitting third behind No. 1 Seattle and No. 2 Carolina.