Bonnie and Clyde, Kentucky Derby Party, Jazz Wednesday to Saturday, Luis Ullauri performs at La Joyapa, Dinner with the new mayor

Apr 29, 2019

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, What’s Happening Under the Domes highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed.

If, in the Blue Grass State where I come from, the Run for the Roses marks the beginning of spring, then moving from Kentucky to Ecuador, where roses are the largest agriculture export, has eternalized that season for us.  Arguably May is the most beautiful month in Kentucky, and the first Saturday of the month brings some of the things most memorable about spring in my state:  red roses, big hats, and the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”

Thus, Kathy and I will celebrate our arrival in Cuenca six years ago in May with a blow-out Kentucky Derby party at idiomART, on Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 8 p.m.  Our party will feature: live music by Deb Davis; derby delicacies catered by Double D’s Delights; roses from EcuadorUSA Roses; and a cash bar with the best mint juleps anywhere between Appalachia and the Andes.  We’ll offer a “Wagering Window” where you can bet on the event and a live broadcast of the race on two large screen televisions.

Live music by Deb Davis.

Tickets, $15 each, will be available at idiomART through May 1.

At idiomART, this week, you can also purchase Derby hats, handmade by Jolene Wilson-Glah, a three-time cancer survivor. Proceeds from sale of the hats will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Also, Ecuador—USA Roses will host a drawing at the event.  The winner will be able to send a free bouquet of roses to a loved one in the US, just in time for Mothers’ Day.

idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella (near Huayna Cápac), we are open on Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm.

We hope you’ll celebrate the Run for the Roses with us.

Monday, April 29
Free movie in La Guarida!

7 p.m. Classic “Bonnie and Clyde”, directed by Arthur Penn, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. English with Spanish subtitles.

La Guaridais located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta.

An exhibit by Scott McDonald, “So Far”, continues through May 3 at idiomART!

Come by and see Alaskan-born artist, Scott McDonald, fabulous paintings influenced by his year-long stay in Ecuador. Exhibition continues through Friday, May 3.

idiomART’s Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

idiomART is located at PresidenteCórdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella (near to Huayna Cápac)

Tuesday, April 30

Virtuoso Singer-Guitarist Luis Ullauri performs at Café La Joyapa!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30.-10p.m. Cover harge $7.

Café La Joyapa is a rustic, candle-lit space on the second floor of of El Doblón restaurant. Food and drink service, provide by El Doblón, includes a wide selection of reasonably priced Ecuadorian, Italian, and North American fare.

Café Joyapa is located at Honorato Vasquez 6-60, between PresidenteBorrero and Hermano Miguel.

Wednesday, May 1
This IS the time of your life workshops by Susan Burke March at The Castle!

Don’t let your weight, a risk for diabetes, or poor diet stop you from enjoying it! Learn how to eat for your life.

“Socializing can be hazardous to your waist! Top tips for dining out without blowing your diet!”, from 4:30 til 6 p.m. Come early for dinner and beverages will be available for purchase

These talks are developed and presented by Susan Burke March MEd, RDN, CDE. Susan will allow time for questions after the presentation.All proceeds go to The Cuenca Soup Kitchen and Helping Kids in Ecuador. $10 per talk!

Call 098 935 8169 or email to reserve you spot today.

The Castle is located at 3 de Noviembre downriver from the Broken Bridge.

Live Jazz at the Jazz Society Café

Wednesdays through Saturdays. Food and beverage service: 6:30 through 10 p.m. Jazz Concert: 7:30 through 10 p.m.

Reservations: The schedule of events is posted on Facebook page: Jazz Society Café

The Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Thursday, May 2
Dinner to Welcome the New Mayor

The board of directors and partners of Fundación Hogar de Esperanza, are hosting a dinner to welcome the Mayor-elect, Pedro Palacios and Council.

7 p.m., Cocktails and Social Hour starting at 6 p.m.

Mayor-elect Pedro Palacios

Dinner will be prepared and served by the University of Cuenca, Faculty de Hospitalidad and desserts by Double D´s Delights. Entertainment will be provided by the University de AdultosMejor.

Tickets are available for purchase at MINKA on Gran Colombia 9-69 y Padre Aguirre.

Location: Former Saysana Restaurant, Seminario San Luis on Benigno Malo y Simon Bolivar. Entrance between TuttoFreddo and Raymipampa Restaurant.

Cost: $30 per person

Also welcomed are the following: Fabian Ledesma, Councillor-Elect; Pablo Burbano, Councillor-Elect; Hugo Palacios, Bank of Guayaquil; Padre Cesar Santa Cruz, Cathedral Rector;Luis Montero Valladares, Posado San Franciso Administrator; Rocio Parra, Catholic University; Sister Patricia Rodriguez, University Aduto Mayor Director; Sandra Salazar,Institute American College;

Marlene Jaramillio, University of Cuenca; Lorena Riofrio, Hogar Emaus; Jenny Armijos, Hospital IESS; Rocio Illescas, CETAP Lucy; Diana Vasquez, Mujeres con Exito.

Mike Wanner at Common Grounds!

7: 30 p.m. Yukon Mike Wanner has performed in coffeehouses, music festivals, honkytonks, and concert halls from Alaska and western Canada, down through the Florida Keys, México, Bahamas and most recently in Ecuador. He presents an eclectic assortment of original and classic blues music, and various other popular tunes from the 50s-80s. He is also a founding member of the popular Paco’s Blues.

Common Grounds Sports Bar and Grill is located at Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia.

Discover a unique way to socialize in Cuenca with Vino & Van Gogh at Cafe San Sebas

5 to 9 p.m. Vino & Van Gogh at Cafe San Sebas offers a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity.  Artist Amelia Earl will guide you toward creating your own masterpiece. Cost $29. Reserve your seat now at

All supplies and your first glass of wine are provided as your hostess, Amelia Earl, guides you through creating your version of the featured painting and help you unleash your inner Van Gogh.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Cafe San Sebas is located across from Plaza San Sebastián.

Friday, May 3
idiomART’s Friday Salon!

10:30 a.m. to Noon (Doors open at 10 a.m.)

Every Friday a new presentation!  Great way to meet local artists and writers, learn more about Ecuador’s art, history and culture and meet new folks!

This week, we will be presenting “Create Works Of Art On Your Smartphone”, by Lenny Charnoff. In this presentation, you will learn to use the following:

•        Google Photos Editing & Storage
•        Flickr
•        Amazon Photos
•        Snapseed Photo Editor
•        Prisma Photo Enhancement
•        Vinci Photo Enhancement

And soon, you will be able toddit a photo on your smartphone, create a photo worthy of a gallery showing!

Little background on the presenter: Lenny loved working as a school teacher in New York until he discovered computers. Before a marketing stint with Apple Computer, he worked as a computer retail store manager. At Apple, Lenny was responsible for business development for their 4th largest retail account.Lenny has been enthusiastically promoting the possibilities of the Internet since 1993, and was selected by Microsoft Corporation as one of four Internet entrepreneurs featured in the television series “America At Work- Road Map To The Internet”.

$10 with proceeds going to Sustainable Cuenca. Coffee, tea, and snacks available.  Open to all. No reservation needed. Coffee, tea, and snacks available.

idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5

Derby Party: Run for the Roses at idiomARTwith Deb Davis, Double D’s Delights, and EcuadorUSA Roses!

Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets, $15 each, available at idiomART through May 1st.

idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro, regular open hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meditate with Shambhala

Sunday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Free, though donations appreciated.

All are welcome! The Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Group invites you to meditate together.

Shambhala International follows the tradition of Pema Chödron and her teachers Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Sunday’s practices include group chanting, silent seated meditation, and group walking meditation.

Chairs and cushions are provided. Everyone is invited to join us for brunch/lunch at a restaurant after meditation. Meditation instructions are available free with advance notice at 9.30 a.m.

Located at 8-81 Calle Larga, east of Benigno Malo, south side, upstairs at Namaste India Restaurant.

Volleyball on Sunday

Have you played regulation international 6-on-6 volleyball in the past and are looking for a fun way to exercise? Good news. Play will be from Noon to 2 p.m.

Location is tournament style outdoor net on the grass just west of the soccer field at the west end of Parque El Paraiso (not too far from Banos and refreshments!) – at the intersection of Pje. Del Paraiso and Avenida Diez de Agosto.

For more information, email Gary at

Coming Soon!

One-day Workshop with Caro: The Art of the Mandala on Thursday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at idiomART. In this creative class you’ll learn how to design, draw and color your own intricate mandalas.The balancing visual elements of a mandala symbolize unity and harmony. Using both geometric and organic forms, you choose the shapes and colors that express your individual personality and emotions.This will be an enriching personal experience as you discover how to create this wonderful tool for meditation and increased self-awareness.

Your instructor, Caro, is watercolor artist & award-winning graphic designer, Carolyn V. Hamilton.$45 includes all necessary supplies plus a delicious lunch. To register call Caro at 099 998 8777 or email Advance registration is required, Paypal& major credit cards are accepted.

idiomART is located at PresidenteCórdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

What’s Happening Under the Domes is a weekly column by Sara Coppler. Sara has lived in Ecuador for over 5 years. She is an architect by training, who has worked for more than two decades in the field of international development and poverty housing. She is a co-founder of idiomART, a creative community center in Cuenca. Having admired the creative process throughout her life,she describes herself as a “Head Cheerleader for the Arts.” It’s this enthusiasm that she hopes to bring to this weekly column. You may contact her at and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at

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