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.
Monday, April 22
Theatre and free movies in La Guarida!
La Guarida continues its free weekly film projections with
On Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
“All About My Mother”, a film by Spain’s beloved director Pedro Almodóvar. Presented in Spanish with English Subtitles.
About: “All about my mother” is arguably one of Almodóvar’s best films. In 1999, it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He works again with his muse Penélope Cruz and her role as an HIV pregnant patient makes her stand out in an all-star cast. Impossible to miss this tragic, funny and uplifting film.
On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.
“Fight Club”, a film by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
About: ‘Fight Club’ is already considered a cult film. A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla, a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.
On Thursday, April 25, La Guarida will be showcasing young playwright’s Jordi Almeida’s new monologue: “Rounds like the Earth.” (Presented in Spanish). Come support this young local talent. Reservations: 099 806 8071, call after 8 a.m.
La Guaridais located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta.
An exhibit by Scott McDonald, “So Far”, opening 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 Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella.
Tuesday, April 23
Last call: Azuay Community Theater (A.C.T.) auditions!
For “Mornings at Seven” by Paul Osborn, directed by Paula Bailey. Staged and memorized.
Needed: 5 women, 4 men, various adult ages.
Tuesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to Noon and Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Nothing to prepare.
Performances are the last two weekends of June, rehearsals from April 26 through last June weekend.
‘Morning’s at Seven” is the funny, poignant story of the four aging Gibbs sisters — Cora, Arry, Ida and Esty — and their families in an American Mid-Western town in 1939. When Ida’s son, Homer, finally brings his fiancée of many years home to meet the family, resentments, regrets and desires that have lain beneath the surface of their seemingly quiet and comfortable lives are revealed. Each one has not lived life as they really wanted, and now is compelled to change before it’s too late.
Contact Paula for any questions at email@example.com. Auditions at Azuay Community Theater, on Ordonez Laso, next to Hotel Oro Verde, across the street from Palermo apartments:
Virtuoso Singer-Guitarist Luis Ullauri performs at Café La Joyapa!
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30.-10p.m. Cover charge $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 Presidente Borrero and Hermano Miguel.
Wednesday, April 24
Brazilian Singer/Songwriter and Jazz de Barro in Concert!
8 p.m., April 24 and 25, Teatro Sucre in Cuenca will present the award-winning Brazilian singer/songwriter Luiz Simas and his unique style of Bossa Nova. He will be accompanied by international performer and Jazz artist, Su Terry. Also playing is the group Jazz De Barro, just back from their sold-out show at Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito.
Luiz Simas was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948 and started piano at age 4, growing up surrounded by the music and musicians of Brazil. He began to write songs and became a first-call studio musician and composer for Brazilian television. His groups were signed to various record labels including Philips, Odeon/EMI, Sigla, and RCA. He moved to New York in 1990, when he met Su Terry and they began their musical collaborations. Luiz performs worldwide, most recently at the World Piano Summit in New York. He and his wife Maria, a professional photographer, divide their time between New York and Rio when Luiz is not on tour. He has recorded several CDs of his original music.
Tickets: $5. Tickets available at the box office. Advance tickets available at: Palier Café Libro, Luis Cordero and Presidente Córdova.
Teatro Sucre is located at Luis Cordero and Mariscal Sucre.
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.
April 24, “Can you rev up your metabolism? Top myths and facts”, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 1, “Socializing can be hazardous to your waist! Top tips for dining out without blowing your diet!”, from 4:30 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve you spot today.
The Castle is located at 3 de Noviembre downriver from the Broken Bridge.
Art Graduate Thesis Exhibition
5 to 8 p.m. for the opening. And continues through Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last day is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Artists, Isaac Orellana and Leonel Garcia, will be exhibiting their graduating thesis art exhibition at Galeria Ombligo. They are exhibiting their finding and studies of the people of El Camen de Jadan of Gualaceo.
Their curatorial text is as follows: Starting from the need to approach a rural / ancestral knowledge, we generate an artistic project based on relational aesthetics. This has been carried out in the community of El Carmen de Jadán of Gualaceo for 8 months, which links three folds of meaning: pedagogy, cultural management and artistic production.
The pedagogical fold proposes an art workshop with children of the community, with whom we work different topics and techniques. The fold of cultural management involves research, design, organization and administration of materials.
The artistic production has two results. The first is the production of murals in the community’s school, while the second is the reproduction of audio recorded with a focus on the oral tradition of the place, both function as pedagogical devices.
What is presented here is a sample and result of what has been developed in El Carmen to date. Works carried out by participants of the workshop, photographs of the processes, audio samples and other relevant objects are exhibited.
Galeria Ombligo is located at Coronel Talbot 7-38 and Presidente Cordova.
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: email@example.com 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, April 25
The Spoken Word
Is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, at the Sunrise Cafe, 9-38 Calle Larga near Benigno Malo. Authors reading include Michelle Moore, Duane Connell, Ricardo Segreda, Barbara Snow and Robert J. Bradley. The doors open at 5 p.m., readings begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 26
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 present “On Becoming Heroic Parents and Grandparents”-When Our Kids Struggle, Who Do They Need Us to Be?
Renowned Learning Specialist and Educational Consultant Sanford Shapiro is sharing his current research in neuroscience and social science as well as the heart of Sanford’s experiences. Sanford is an expert in Dyslexia, Learning Differences and the Mental Health of Children and Teenagers. Sanford also has published two new and beautifully illustrated new children’s books.
Free event. 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.
10 Hands Plays at The Castle!
7:30 p.m. 10 Hands has musicians from Moxy Players; Freyler Lopez, Bass, Julio Bonnenmaison, Guitar, Mariangel Mandary, Vocals, Steve Liggett, Keyboards, Jeff Jones, Drums.
$5 Cover. Come early for dinner at the two venues EAT and The Vegetable Bar. For reservations: 098 935 8169
The Castle is located at Passe Tres de Noviembre, 200 yards downriver from the Broken Bridge.
Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28
Hippie Party with Gatos Negros at El Meson!
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Go back to the hippie years, just one night. Put on your hippie clothes and do what you want, tonight.
Dance, laugh and enjoy … 2×1 cocktails!The price of the ticket is $15 per person. Includes dinner, show, and party.
Menu: BBQ ribs, French fries, special salad, Vegetarian option, Ratatouille, with special rice or French fries and salad.
El Meson Espanol is located on Luis Borrero 7-47.
Dario Torres in Concert at Casa de la Guitarra
Darío Torres, classical guitarist, with the best of his repertoire of Ecuadorian music. He will also present his current musical proposal “Nueva Guitarra Ecuatoriana”, based on current composers of Ecuador.
The concert will be Sunday, April 28, at the 5 p.m. at Casa de la Guitarra, located at Eugenio Espejo 8-77 and General Torres, two blocks from the Park of La Libertad.
Meditate with Shambhala at Namaste India
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Race for the Roses at idiomART
Save The Date: Saturday, May 4 — Kentucky Derby in Cuenca! Food by Double D’s Delights, Music by Deb Davis, and so much more! Mint Juleps and Premium Bourbon Bar too!
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 CaroModernArt@gmail.comAdvance registration is required, Paypal & major credit cards are accepted.
idiomART, Presidente Cordova 1-77 between Manuel Vega y Huana Capac.
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 email@example.com and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at www.underthedomes.org.