Free movies at the Castle, Writing Our World, Chamber music and classical guitar concerts, Soup kitchen benefit, Community theater tickets

Dec 3, 2018

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 theexhibits, 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.

This week:

Tis the season in Cuenca!  It’s my favorite time of the year in the city. And this week is the start of the holiday festivities. On Thursday, December 5, starting at 7 p.m. is the Christmas Tree Lighting at Plaza de El Otorongo. The 35-meter-high tree is the largest in Ecuador and the event will have fabulous music and draw large crowds of all ages.  Then on Friday, December7, starting at 6:30 p.m. is the Festival of Lights. 8,000 lanterns are placed at Santo Domingo plazaand its surroundings. It’s an amazing sight.

Monday, December 3
Free movies at the Castle Cinema this week

Looking for something to do? Want to see a movie? During the day? Then plan on going to the Castle Cinema.  Showtime is 4 p.m.

No purchase is necessary. However, you can order of either the EAT or Vegetable Bar menus during the movies.

Here are this week’s movies:

Monday, December 3: “Loving Vincent” – Rendered in the style of the beloved Dutch master, this animated biopic recounts the tortured last days of Vincent Van Gogh.

Tuesday, December 4: “Same Time Next Year” – Though their married to other people, accountant George and housewife Doris, engage in a 25-year affair, meeting once a year for weekends together.

Wednesday, December 5: “The Age of Adeline” – When a beautiful 29-year-old-woman –who has lived for more than a century but hasn’t aged–falls in love, the secrets of her past unravel.

The Castle is located on the Tomebamba River, with two entrances on 3 de Noviembre (200 feet downriver from the Broken Bridge) and on Bajada de Todos los Santos, (500 feet downhill from Todos Santos Church). Parking is available on Calle Larga, just above The Castle.

tattleTALES: Critique Group for Writers of Memoir & Personal Essay

This free critique group is for anyone who wants to tell a life story–to write about lived adventure, adversity, trauma, and/or redemption. No writing experience is needed.

Sessions are held at idiomART (PresidenteCórdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega) on the first and third Mondays of each month, 10 a.m. until noon. Coffee, tea, and chocolate croissants will be served.

Facilitated by Carolyn V. Hamilton and Kathryn M. McCullough, for more information, email:

Tuesday, December 4
December meeting of WOW (Cuenca: Writing our World)!

This month’s WOW meeting will be held at the Magnolia Caffe at the Plaza de El Otorongo. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. If you’re planning on eating, please arrive between noon and 12:30.

Alison Blake will give a free presentation on “How to Sell a Zillion Books, or at Least More Than You’re Selling Now.”

It’s not just indie authors that need to know how to sell their books. Even if you’re traditionally published, these days marketing your book is 99.9% your responsibility. Alison’s presentation will focus on eBooks. She’ll take a look at the type of marketing that usually works and what is involved in getting a marketing plan up and running. She’ll lay out the basics, give you examples, and give you some ideas on how to dig deeper and find what works for you.

Wednesday, December 5

Tejido Tradicional del Sombero de Paja Toquilla Ecuaoriano (Traditional Ecuadorian Straw Hat Weaving) Demonstrations

Weavers from 20 organizations and 8 private initiatives will be demonstrating, showing and selling their craft, starting at 10 a.m., at the Parque Calderón.

Free Chamber Music Concert

7 p.m.

Featuring Paulo Morocho, clarinet, Franklin Chapalbay, clarinet, and Santiago Vanegas, piano.

Location is the Old Cathedral on Luis Cordero y Sucre.

The Estaban Encalada Jazz Quartet is play at the Jazz Society café!

Esteban Encalada on guitar, Luis Carrión on sax, Freddy Abad on drums, and Jonnathan Arévalo on bass.

Food & beverage service begins at 6:30 p.m.
Live jazz from 7:30 p.m. through 10 p.m.
The Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo.
Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant

Glenn Gano Concert at Lirón Lirón 

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Glenn is a fabulous singer, guitar player, and songwriter.  No cover charge, but tips are welcomed.

Lirón Lirón isonGran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo.

Thursday, December 6
Nelson González y Tamara Vásquez en Concierto

Classical guitar concert by c musicians Nelson González and Tamara Vásquez at the Casa dela Guitarra.

8 p.m.  $8 Cover
Casa de la Guitarra islocated at Eugenio Espejo 8-77 y General Torres.

“New Sen / Sexualities from the South” by Chilean photographer Cristobal Parra

7 p.m.

Chilean photographer Cristobal Parra, who seeks dissenting expressions of order, is inviting participants on a collaborative project. Details will be shared that evening.  Spanish only.

Location: Salida De EmergenciaonLa Condamine 13-10 y Bajada del Vado

Friday, December 7
85th Anniversary of the coronation of the Virgen Morenica del Rosario!

Come with your family and friends and enjoy an unforgettable evening with the lighting of more than 8,000 lanterns at Santo Domingo plaza.

6 p.m.
Installation of lanterns on the plaza and surrounding streets.

6:30 p.m.
Liturgical act: blessing of the fire and lighting of thelanterns to the ringing of the bells.
7 p.m.
Holy Eucharist in homage to La Morenica del Rosario.
7:15 p.m.
Serenade to the Virgin
7:30 p.m.
Closing of the event.

Sustainable Cuenca Fund Raiser – Helping to create a “Happy Holiday” for those less fortunate

Cuenca Soup Kitchen is in the beginning process of creating the 2019 budget and tentatively looking at needing $2,800 a month to continue serving on average 140 refugees four days a week and 20 Ecuadorian working poor in the coming year.

The meals include a bowl of soup, an entree, a dinner roll, rice, juice and a piece of fruit. The children also get cookies and milk and volunteers make baby food for the infants. They also run a dispensary of warm clothes, bedding, kitchen items, diapers, etc.

Please plan on joining this fundraiser on Friday, December 7, starting at 6 p.m. at The Vegetable Bar Restaurant.

Donation: $25, includes first drink and strolling hors d’oeuvres service.

If you would like to help the Soup Kitchen but will be unable to attend the fundraiser, you can still make a holiday donation by PayPal to account  And if you have questions or comments you can send them to Bob Higgins at

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Jerry Joe Holland playing at The Castle!

7 to 10 p.m. $3 Cover

Jerry’s shows are comprised of classic blues (40’s – 70’s), classic rock (60’s – 80’s), and his original songs of similar genre.

The Castle is located at 3 de Noviembre, 70 meters downriver from the Broken Bridge.

Coming soon:
Coffee, Cupcake and Carols – Casa Maria Amor/Mujeres con Exito’sAnnual Christmas Thank You!
Casa Maria Amor/Mujeres con Exitois having a Coffee, Cupcake and Caroling event on Tuesday, December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

No charge.

The International Christian Community Choir will be leading in the singing of Christmas Carols whilecoffee and cupcakes are served. Raffle: Diana Ham Baskets – $1 a ticket

Please bring pennies to the event. We are filling bags of pennies to include in the Christmas bags for the children.

Also, if you have a nice handbag to donate for the mothers’ Christmas present from their children, please bring to the event or drop off at Mujeres con Exito at your convenience.

Lastly, if you have any hotel soaps, shampoos etc. please bring to place in mothers’ handbags.

For reservations, email Susan McBride at:

Address:Baltazara de Calderon 2-26 y Miguel Velez.

Photography Exhibition, “ECUADOR Y MÁS: Su Tierra y Su Gente” at Miguel Illescas C. Galeria De Arte

Photographers Michael Hamilton, Burt Johnson and Evelyn Johnson will be showing their work in December.  Opening will be Thursday, December 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Get your tickets for Azuay Community Theater’s “Clever Little Lies”!

Bob Fry and Deana Culp are back with A.C.T. NAKED Readers Theater, accompanied by newcomers to A.C.T. Rachel De Salvo and Matthew Hart in “Clever Little Lies” written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro.  Showtimes: Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, at 4 p.m.

$10 advance purchase.
Ticket sales at the following:
Tuesdays at Veggie Bar Trivia from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at A.C.T. Theater from 2 to 3 p.m.
Thursdays at Sunrise Café from 10 a.m. to Noon
Monday thru Friday at idiomART from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PayPal tickets using family and friends to or contact Marilyn’s same email, cell: 099 138 9130.

A party to kick off the season!

Set your calendar for December 12 at Lirón Lirón, for the Blues Before Christmas Masquerade Ball. Dig into your closet and find your best masquerade wear and your perfect mask and come out to dance! The mask is not required… but you’re sure to have a great time if you bring one along.

This event is being produced by Rick Hubbert‘s Ricardo In Ecuador Productions and, is expecting a full house, please send your reservation request to him at

There will be drink specials, great music and good friends.

LirónLirón Bar Restaurante is located on Gran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo in the historic district of Cuenca.

$5 cover.

Roxy – Vocals, Paco Lightfoot – Guitar & Vocals, Spencer Matteson – Guitar, Matthew Hart – Guitar & Harp, David Troop – Saxophone, Michael Wanner – Bass, Jeff Jones-Drums, Steve Fuentes – Drums.

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’sthis 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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