International puppet theater festival, Night out at the movies, First edition calendars, North Pole pop-up art sales, Santa Canela Anniversary party

Nov 12, 2018

By Sara Coppler

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.

This week:
Creatively plan out the new year with Meditations in Markers

Cuenca-based artist Nancy Thornton’s ”Meditations in Markers 2019” is the first edition of what will be an annual wall calendar. Each month features an original and colorful print created by the artist. These over-sized calendars can be purchased at Nancy’s “Different Strokes” Exhibition at idiomART on Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16. Calendars will sell for $15 each.

These limited, first-editions will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. However, orders will be taken for a second printing, and those calendars will be available for distribution in early December.

This large calendar’s original art will inspire you each time you mark-upcoming activities and will provide colorful and practical holiday gifts for friends and family.

Monday, November 12
Free movies at the Castle Cinema this week

4 p.m.
Monday, November 12: “Our Souls at Night”
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite at the end of their careers in this touching look at love in the later years. After widowed neighbors Addie and Louis begin sleeping in bed together platonically to alleviate their loneliness, a real romance begins to blossom.

Tuesday, November 13: “Race”
Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Wednesday, November 14: “Arrival”
A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

Friday, November 16: “Flight”
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

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.

Calling all Cuenca artists and artisans to the North Pole

You are invited to participate in idiomART’s “North Pole Pop-up in last week of November. To help you sell your art just in time for the holidays, idiomART will host a pre-December shopping event that will market your work for holiday gift-giving.

For more details, email

Please note that all items must sell for fewer than $100. Deadline for submissions, including photos of items, descriptions and bio, is at the end of this week, Saturday, November 17.

Tuesday, November13
Latin musician Luis Ullauri is performing at the Jazz Society Café every Tuesday

7:30 p.m.  $5 Cover

Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, upstairs of the La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Artist Nancy Thornton’s “Different Strokes” Exhibition Opening

4 to 7 p.m.

Paintings, Drawings and Doodles!
Snacks, Cash Bar and Creativity.

Exhibition continues through Friday, October 16.
Regular gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Exhibition is at idiomART on President Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega.

Wednesday, November 14
Repeat performance of “El Público”after a stellar premier last week!

8 p.m.  Tickets $7  (Spanish only)

La Guarida presents“El Público at the Pumapungo Theater. The play is the most complex work of the great acclaimed poet / dramatist Federico García Lorca. It confronts complicated concepts, questions conventional theater and offers a great visual spectacle. The production will have more than 30 costumes, local actors, emerging and great career, professionals in lighting and digital projection. It will also have its own musical compositions and the presence of the singer-songwriter Roberto Ávila. The director, Andrés Zambrano, directed this play in Off-Broadway, New York in 2010, winning several awards.

Cast: María Ochoa Argüello, Andrés Zambrano, Daniel Montalvan Delgado, Gaby Yunga, Jefferson Castillo, Omar Uru, Fabian Escandón ,Andrez Ordoñez, Amanda Lorena Neira, and Las Perras de Yeso.

Pumapungo Theater is located on Calle Larga y Huayna Capac.

You can get tickets at the following places: The Tokte, Libri-Mundi Cuenca, Sucre Salé Café, Pajarogato, TAITA and La Guarida.

Thursday, November15
Concierto de Homenaje a Cuenca by Darío Torres

8 p.m.  Free

Darío Torres is an outstanding Ecuadorian guitarist, he studied music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Quito, the Alois Haba Conservatory in Barcelona (Spain) and the Conservatoire National de Région Boulugne Billancourt in France.

On this occasion Torres will share the stage with Kimberly Toledo, Tamara Vásquez and Flavio Guzmán who will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Agustín Barrios, Gerardo Tamez, Manuel Merchán, Pedro Barreiro, Mauricio Colonna, César Guerrero, Julio Mosquera, among others.

Hosted by Dirección Municipal de Cultura Cuenca at the Teatro Sucre on Sucre y Luis Cordero.

Looking for a fun and creative night out?  Try Vino & Van Gogh!

5 to 9 p.m.

Artist Amelia Earl, will guide you step-by-step through creating a featured painting and help you unleash your inner Van Gogh. All while making new friends and sipping wine.At the end of the night you’ll take home a one-of-a-kind painting and hopefully a newfound talent.

This week’s featured painting is inspired by Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull.

Located at Café San Sebas on Plaza San Sebastán – Sucre y Coronel Talbot.

All supplies and your first glass of wine are provided.  And a special dinner and snacks menu is available.

Cost: $29

More information is  available on its event page at or you can contact Adam at

Friday, November 16
8th International Puppet Festival (Titiri Cuenca) 2018

7 to 8 p.m. at the Pumapungo Theater.  Spanish only.

The Community Theater from Colombia is performing their work “Chirinventos, Cantos y Cuentos”. The show includes live music, masks, puppets, trovas and string songs based on oral and musical tradition, with the joy of typical of Colombian rhythms.

Free tickets are available at: La Salita (Pumapungo Museum) and Café-Libro Palier (House of Culture), also at the theater.

Pumapungo Theater is located on Calle Larga y Huayna Capac.

Santa Canela Anniversary Celebration!

7 to 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy the Blues, Funk, Rock and Disco music with the Gatos Negros. Come with your friends and enjoy a night full of fun!

Santa CanelaHostal Bar Grill Lounge is located at Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca.

Saturday, November 17and Sunday, November 18
Tribute concert to the Sol de América – Luis Miguel

Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

At Lirón Lirón on Gran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo.

Coming soon:

Fishbon del Sur Presents a Salon de Refusé with artist-in-residence Howard Taikeff
A native of Manhattan, NYC, Howard teaches at the University of San Francisco in Quito. His work may stir some controversy, but that’s part of its appeal.

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 25
4 p.m.
Gallery Hours: November 26 through 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Portraits in Clay Workshop
(FREE with registration)
November 26 through 30 Monday from 4-7 p.m.

Workshop will be the study of the anatomy of the head, and creation of a portrait bust in clay.

Space limited to 15 students.
For more information, email at
Fishbon del Sur is located at 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral.

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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