Cuenca International Art Bienal opens Friday, San Francisco Plaza merchants complain, Landslides close highways, Protect for STDs, Art at the mall

Nov 21, 2018

Miércoles, 21/11/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
Pagina cultural –

XIV Bienal de Cuenca – The Biennial of Cuenca will be from 23/11/2018 to 3/2/2019 at many venues around the city including MMAM which will show works from 21 artists to other locations which only one artist exhibiting. The following is a list of the venues in no special order – there is a map on the pagina cultura.
Planta eléctrica antigua (old electric plant – enter through the Casa Jesús Arreaga on Loja) <This is the one I want to see – not because of the art, but because of the buildng and its use. Be patient, I’ll get through the rest of the list without commentary.>
Multicines Batán Shopping Parque San Sebastían
Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno (MMAM) Plazoleta San Roque
Casa Bienal de Cuenca Plazoleta del Vado
Museo de la Ciudad Salón de Pueblo
Casa de los Arcos Plaza Cívica
Gobernación de la Ciudad Teatro Casa de la Cultura
Sala Proceso Plazoleta de la Merced
Museo Temático Museo de las Conceptas
Parque San Blas Parque Victor J. Cuesta
Museo de la Universidad de Cuenca Museo de la Medicina
Alianza Francesa Parque de la Madre
Saladentro Museo Pumapungo
Parque Ancestral Pumapungo
<Looks like they took Colegio Benigno Malo off the list this year.>

Bienal related events – There will be a performance and talk hoy at MMAM. A las 16:30, Santiago Reyes will perform in “La vida es un carnaval” (Life is a party) in the MMAM auditorium, y a las 17:00, Jesús Fuenmayor, curator for the Bienal will hold a master talk for teachers, artists, students and critics. <Which means everybody, since everyone is a critic.> Today’s events end a las 19:00 in the Salón del Pueblo with the opening of the show, “El acaso de la naturaleza: ecosistemas y paisajes en el arte ecuatoriano actual” (The perhaps of nature: ecosystems and landscapes in current Ecuadorian art)

3 Days of Nutcracker – <Is that like ball breaking?> The OSC and the National Ballet of Ecuador will perform “El Cascanueces” by Tchaikovsky from Thursday hasta el sábado a las 20:00 in the teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz.

Vive el Teatro – The last performance of Live the Theater was Wednesday in the teatro Sucre with “Cuentos y Poemas del Mundo” (Stories and Poems of the World) performed by the “Teatro de la Ría” and “Teatro de las Mil Puertas.” The actors took from different times and places and include writers such as Salomón, Nezahualcóyotl, Jorge Manrique, Rafael Alberti, Samuel Beckett, Onilio Jorge Cardoso, César Vallejo, César Dávila Andrade, E.E. Cummings, Slawomir Mrozec and more.

Art at the Mall – Starting Thursday and running to 2/12, artists from the Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Cuenca will be performing and showing at the Mall del Río. The 7th Edition of the Meeting of Arts (EA7) will start Thursday a las 12:30 with the rock and jazz ensembles followed by a dance performance with 25 dancers. On the ground floor there will be an exhibit from students and professors in design and on the upper levels students from the audiovisual department will be exhibiting.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Nacimiento gigante – Este viernes a las 18:00, the Archbishop of Cuenca, Marcos Péraz Caicedo, will bless and inaugurate the giant nativity scene that has been installed in the Catedral La Inmaculada.

Concierto – Daniel Betancourth will be in Cuenca el próximo 1/12/2018 a las 21:00 in the Convention Center at the Mall del Río. Tickets available at Mi Boletería in the Mall.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Intentan desactivar marchas (Attempt to disactivate marches) – The Ministry of Finances has backtracked and will not reduce $140 million in income to the Universities. This followed a massive march at the Universidad Central de Quito and a meeting between the Minister of Finances and 20 rectors and representatives of institutions of higher education. The proposed 2019 budget was $1,297,912 which was a 10% reduction from the 2018 budget of $1,443,040. Students are planning to march to the Legislative Palace next Tuesday when the Assembly will debate the budget.

Tourist safety guide – The Ministry of Tourism has published a new guide, “Ecuador, Destino Seguro” (Ecuador, Safe Destination). The guide has general recommendations for travelers, activities available in the country, national maps of tourist destinations and service centers integrated with the ECU-911 and health centers. It also informs tourists how to avoid incidences and natural threats <like thinking you’re going to climb Chimborazo with a hiking pole and tennis shoes, or heading off on a self guided off-trail tour of the Cajas or in the Galápagos>. The guide is available on the Ministro de Turismo web page. <I poked around on their site and surprise, surprise (not) I couldn’t find it. Maybe those of you with better computer skills can.>

Indigenous rights – La Relatora Especial (The Special Rapporteur) of the UN, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, is in Ecuador to learn about the advances the country has made relative to rights of the indigenous population. She met with the Secretary of State, José Valencia <I’m immersed – I can’t remember who the Secy of the State in the US is. I lost track after Tillerson.> who emphasized the importance of signing on to the practice of plurinationality and interculturality, consecrated in the Constitution and national legislature.

San Francisco Plaza – Merchants are worried about their relocation back to the plaza. The vendors’ booths aren’t ready yet, and vendors are opposed to relocating while work is still being done. They’re worried that there won’t be enough space to put everyone back since each family can only have one booth and there’s no room for expansion. <Isn’t there a better word than booth? My English is disappearing on me.> Other worries are lack of toilets and future parking. They don’t like the benches next to the church because they look like tombs and will attract “personas “Indeseables”” (undesirable persons). <Like all those brown people who are just a front and human shield for terrorists walking to Texas?>

STDs – According to data from the Vicente Corral Moscoso Hospital, HIV occupies first place in sexually transmitted diseases. The hospital has treated 700 cases with 152 new cases this year. Condoms are the most effective way to prevent this disease. <So boys, never go out without your raincoat or raincoats if you plan to be a very busy boy.>

Residuos infecciosos – 2,060 institutions including hospitals and other health centers, labs, beauty shops and spas use the Planta de Esterilización de Residuos Infecciosos <pretty much all cognates, all yours> of EMAC EP to treat the 2.3 tons of waste generated. Infeccious waste is placed in red bags and taken to a collection point in Santa Ana where it is put into containers of two autoclaves from which all oxygen is evacuated for 35 minutes after which steam at 134 centigrade is introduced for another 14 min. The waste is then dried and cooled and the sterilized material is taken to regular land fills. <Now you know what happens to the needles and vials after you get a blood test.>

Campaign against speeding – The manager of EMOV EP, Adrián Castro, announced an intensification of the Detalles que Salvan (Details that Save) Campaign. 5 fixed radars, street markings and signs, and radar equipped vehicles are on the way. The 5 fixed radars which also send out speeding tickets will be at the Hospital del Río (70 kph limit), on the Panamericana Norte 500 m. from the entrance to Ucubamba (65 kph), on González Súarez at calle Paredes (65 kph), and 2 on Ordóñez Lasso – one diagonal to the hotel Oro Verde (55 kph) and at the Gasolinera Primax (65 kph.) <Think maybe the Ordóñez Lasso radars were in response to gringos who lobbied the city?>

Road closures – The vía Gualaceo-Limón has been blocked by a landslide at km. 11 in the Ingamullo zone. Work to limpiar and despejar (clean and clear – your words for the day. But you probably already know limpiar if you have a cleaning lady.> started yesterday morning, but was impeded by new slides in the afternoon. Vehicles won’t be allowed until the stability of the road has been determined which has to happen before even earthmoving equipment can be brought in. Alternative routes between Azuay and Morona Santiago are Paute-Guarumales-Méndez and Sígsig-Chiguinda-Gualaquiza.

Descuentos y compras –

Kossmarán – Black Weekend sale – jueves 22/11 to domingo 25/11 – 25% in the whole store, 50% off selected clothing. <If you don’t know where it its, google it. Who says an ad has to provide you with the location since everyone in Cuenca already knows where it is.>

Decameron – all inclusive resorts – Discounts per person per night, from $85 to $68 and from $95 to $76 for stays until 6/11 – or Unidad Nacional 2-82 y 12 de Abril or 1800DECME (332263).

Pintacasa – Black Days sale, 22 y 23/22 – discounts up to 60% on selected merchandise – Imbabura 3-76 y Remigio Crespo (frente a Fybeca (across the street from Fybeca)) – 288 2760 or 409 0343 or 099 226 3696 <for all the good those numbers will do for you who are Spanish challenged>.

Chery – Tiggo4 from $21,990 – at Cuencauto, Chapetones y Av. España – 099 886 8322 8322, 099 052 5882, 098 477 9866, 099 729 8104 or

And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –


Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news from the Cuenca daily newspaper El Mercurio. If details, such as event dates and times, do not appear in the translation, they did not appear in the newspaper. The text between the carrots (< … >) is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.

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