Museum of Art Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is known for amazing beaches and a variety of rum drinks, including the famous Pina Colada.  What about Art?  Today, I set out to explore the art scene in Puerto Rico, starting with the capital of San Juan.2016 CenterBellaArt3

My first stop was the Centro de Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico.  The building is surrounded by outdoor sculptures, murals, and paintings (FREE Activity).  Early morning is the best time to visit, it is quiet, cool, and empty.  I had the entire plaza to myself, with The Muses.  These eight bronze female life-size sculptures are dedicated to the types of arts and culture found within the center; music, theater, literature, dance, films (my favorite pictured below), architecture, sculpture, and painting.  Inside are three main concert and theater halls for plays, ballet, operas, symphony, concerts, and festivals.  With a bit of planning, a performance here may be in my future.

The Muses
The Muses

Joined by Brenda from Traveleira, we ate a delicious brunch nearby, then walked to the Museo de Art de Puerto Rico, home to an eclectic assortment of local art.  The docents (gallery workers) are polite, multilingual, knowledgeable, and passionate about the art.   There are some beautiful, and thought provoking pieces which the docents are eager to discuss and admire with you.  Paintings, sculpture, contemporary pop-art, modern art, impressionism, and more are represented in the gallery.  With such a variety of styles, there are pieces that I immediately connected with and others that are not to my liking.  The building itself is a simple design in a bright, whitewash surrounded by palm trees.  The same air conditioners and humidifiers that protect the art, also are a cool refreshing break in the heat of the day.  The cost of admission is very reasonable at $6 for an adult, with student, children, seniors, and other discounts. Continue reading “Museum of Art Puerto Rico”

Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual Tour 2013

Cyndi Lauper220px-ShesSoUnusual1984 is touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the She’s So Unusual Tour.

This is not simply a concert, it is a stand-up comedy routine with history lesson, trivia, and wisdom sprinkled throughout!

Cyndi was gracious and charming, telling us stories of adventures being a hockey Mom, the history behind Time after Time lyrics, and modest mentions of her role in Kinky Boots (which she won a Tony Award for Best Score as the Composer).

Her voice sounds amazing.  A shiver went down my spine when she started “All through the Night”.  Every song was sung and performed beautifully.

The June 22 show at Talking Stick resort in Scottsdale, Arizona was filled with technical difficulties, and hassles that would make lessor performers cry.  Cyndi Lauper handled herself and the crowd with a great attitude and a smile.

She is touring the remainder of the summer, to many SOLD OUT shows, and much better venues. This kind of concert only comes around every 30 years, so do not miss out!